DEATHLOK the DEMOLISHER

Real Name: Luther Manning

Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-7484) human cyborg

Legal Status: Citizen of the USA (Earth-7484);
    legally dead as of 1985 A.D.

Occupation: Adventurer;
    former Colonel in the US Army, mercenary assassin, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent

Group Membership: Formerly CIA, the "Heralds," Project: Alpha-Mech, US Army,

Affiliations:
    (Earth-7484) Pelops,
Redeemers, Linc Shane, Lord Tantalus, Dr. Wilcox,
        formerly CIA, Teresa Deveraux,
Godwulf, Manning, Luther clone-CIA version, Timestream, Mike Travers
    (Earth-616)
Blackwulf (Lucian), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Daredevil, Deathlok (Michael Collins), Devil-Slayer, Falcon (Sam Wilson), Fantastic Four, Nick Fury, Professor Louis Kort, Luther Manning, Mr. Fantastic, Nth Command, Peacekeeper, Siege, Stark International, Thing (Ben Grimm), Tunnel Dwellers;
        formerly the Brand Corporation,
Nth Command, Roxxon, Harlan Ryker, S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division)
    (Earth-9997, aka Earth X) Annihilus, Blastaar, Luke Cage, Mac, Monster Android, Peter Parker, Redwing, Sasquatch, Venom, X-51
    (other) formerly the
Bangers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice Peace;
        see Heralds

Enemies
    (Earth-7484) Julian Biggs and his men, cannibals, Dr. Commonhate, "Cubists," Death Machine,
Doomsday Mechs, Nina Ferry, Curtis Giles and his unidentified associate, Grissom, Hellinger, Hugo, Luther Manning clone-CIA version, Luther Manning clone/ Doomsday Mech, mutants, Omni-Computer, Peters, Red Skull (Johann Shmidt), Simon Ryker, Strake, Timestream, Trouble-Shooters, War-Wolf, Dr. Wilcox
    (Earth-616) Brand Corporation, Bushwacker, Cult of
Vera Gemini, Devourer (Mayan), Fixer (Paul Norbert Ebersol), Walter Jenkins, King of the Sewers and his agents, Luther Manning, Mentallo (Marvin Flumm), Nth Command, Mr. Parker, Roxxon Corporation, Harlan Ryker, S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate);
    formerly Deathlok (Michael Collins),
Devil-Slayer, Falcon, Nick Fury, Impossible Man, Invisible Girl, Cory Payne, President of the United States (POTUS), Siege, Thing
    (Earth X) Celestials, Watchers;
        formerly Annihilus, Blastaar, Monster Android
    (other) Bangers, Justice Peace, Satyrnin and her warriors,
Time Variance Authority

Marital Status: Marriage terminated as Manning is believed to be legally dead

Known RelativesJanice Travers (formerly Janice Manning; widow (as he is legally dead), Richard Manning (son)

Aliases: The Demolisher;
    Not really aliases, but maybe noteworthy for completeness sake:
    Linc Shane and his revolutionaries mistakenly believed Deathlok was the Saviour Machine, and Shane subsequently told Deathlok that he was the "savin'est machine";
    In Astonishing Tales#28, Ryker says, it's not a Death-Machine the world needs now, or an army of walking Death Soldiers, but a Saviour-Machine. After destroying Ryker's Super-Tank/Death-Machine, in Astonishing Tales#31, Deathlok says, "The Death-Machine is dead. Long live the Death-Machine."
    Deathlok also jokingly referred to himself as "Two-Gun Kid Corpse" and "Twinkletoes"

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan (Earth-7484)

Base of Operations: Mobile;
    last seen in the sewers on Earth-616;
    formerly New York City and surrounding area of Earth-7484;
    briefly X-51's moonbase and Attilan, Earth-9997 ("Earth X");
    formerly the Brand Corporation facility, Earth-616;
    created within Simon Ryker's base (presumably within one of the World Trade Center towers), Manhattan, New York

Education: Military academy graduate

First Appearance: Astonishing Tales#25 (August, 1974)

 

Deathlok the Demolisher - OHotMU skeleton diagram

 

 

 

Powers/Abilities: Deathlok's synthetic bone, muscle, and organs have been surgically joined to the still-functioning remains of his human body. His spine and pelvis, plus the major bones of his legs and arms have been replaced by surgical grade stainless steel (some of which was later replaced with an unidentified metal). His organic semi-living tissue has been enhanced to superhuman levels of function.

    His entire right arm is artificial: steel bone, core-less helical motor-driven muscle, and synthetic flesh. Gimballing ball-and-socket joints fill his knee, hip, and shoulder sockets. Ratchet-lockable coiled-springs have been implanted in his legs. His spine has been girdled by articulated flat-springs to reinforce the mechanical coupling of his spine to his pelvis. Half of his skull is replaced by a metal exo-skull. The superficial layer of his skin is composed of long chain polymer with integrated metal-affinity polymer.


    Deathlok's artificial musculature and steel enhanced skeleton grant him enhanced human physical abilities, including strength (he could initially lift 980 pounds with his right arm and 2 tons with both arms, but his body parts have been replaced and enhanced over time, enabling him to lift closer to 10 tons), speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes.

    His artificial right arm has the tensile strength of forged steel. His right hand can crush a revolver, and the limb is strong and durable enough to be punched through a steel door 3-inches thick (provided he is sufficiently braced). 

    He can run at 42 mph. He can make a standing high-jump of 20', and a broad jump of 27'.

    His milli-pore oxygen/waste filtration-enhanced cardiovascular system gives him approximately five times normal human endurance.

    The reaction center of his computer/brain are about 100,000 times as efficient as a normal human's, although this is encumbered by motor response time, giving Deathlok a practical reaction time 20 times as fast as human. His conventional respiration is augemnted by a waste filtration system that enhances his physical endurance to 5x human normal. The filtration systems is intended to be serviced every 2-3 years of normal respiration.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deathlok the Demolish - OHotMU skull diagram    His left eye is artificial and has (had) three interchangeable optical elements that can be slid into place by cybernetic command.

        The first is a 7 power telescopic lens with a 5 degree field of view, which sees at 1,000 feet what the unaided eye sees at 140 feet.

        The second is a 30 power microscopic lens which can focus over a range of 3-inches to 27-inches.

        The third is an image intensifier in the infra-red region of the spectrum (3,964 Angstrom Units) with a miniature scanning IR laser array that acts like a small searchlight to enable him to see in total darkness or to track a target by his or footprints (a least when the target had departed within five minutes).

        These optical elements all focus on a full-color (except while in the infra-red mode which looks like black and white TV) imaging surface, only 1/4 inch, with a resolution comparable to his organic eye.

    His vocal cords have been replaced by a speech synthesizer, and his left ear has been replaced by an audio pick-up.

    All of his brain but the cerebrum, certain parts of the medulla oblongata, and parts of the hypothalamus, have been removed and replaced by computer micro-chips containing the majority of memories and knowledge possessed by his human brain.
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deathlokdemolisher-at25-carddeathlokdemolisher-at25-armport    When he was first reconstructed, his computer/brain was programmable through a hard-wire cartridge slot -- also used for maintenance, reprogramming, and systems analysis -- in his right arm that consisted of light encoded multi-mode input/output. This has since been removed.

    Despite his bionic parts. Deathlok is still subject to certain human limitations and needs. Because his respiratory system is mostly intact, though enhanced, he still needs to breathe air to oxygenate his organic parts. He must ingest foodstuffs to nourish his digestive tract and organic components, and he also must defecate waste products.

    However, his major source of power if a small heavily-shielded nuclear powered thermo-electric generator, which is located near his spleen and needs re-fueling every 8.3 years. Because part of his brain is still intact he needs to sleep periodically. A side-effect of the drug which inhibits his body's immune-system's normal rejection of non-organic parts is to slow his cell-division rate to the point of ineffectiveness. As a result, wear and tear, as well as cumulative cell-rejection of his non-organic parts, will eventually cause major destruction of his organic parts, necessitating their replacement. His systems were initially projected to remain active for 30 years.
    He is no longer capable of physical reproduction, as he lacks both the physical/mechanical components and the fuel. 

    He is of gifted intellect and is a brilliant military strategist (Per Astonshint Tales#25, Simon Ryker considered him to have been the most brilliant military strategist alive (prior to his death)) and formidable hand-to-hand combatant, being proficient with knives, daggers, handguns, and laser pistols. His own knowledge, skills, and thought processes are computer augmented; these are integrated to the point that volition is often the result of computer heuristic algorithms rather than conscious free will. He has advanced computer-enhanced hunches (statistical interpretation of seemingly unrelated phenomenon) and pattern recognition. Despite this, his thoughts also exist independent of the computer system, effectively granting him two personalities. While the computer can make recommendations and perform advanced functions at his request, Manning's mind almost uniformly remains in control of Deathlok's actions and functions. Nonetheless, Manning maintains an antagonistic attitude towards the computer, generally responding to it with hostility.

    Initially, Deathlok had a third personality, which seemed almost to manifest his id, as stream of consciousness ramblings. This was eventually revealed to be an implant placed by Simon Ryker, which served as a bug to track his position.

 

 

    His costume is composed of woven metal-mesh of considerable durability.

Deathlok's gun from OHotMUdeathlokdemolisher-at26-pistolblasts    He is traditionally armed with a portable 150 watt/second helium-neon laser pistol, with a 1/2 inch exit beam capable of boring through 1/2 inch stainless steel in 1 second.


deathlokdemolisher-at25-weaponsdeathlokdemolisher-at25-throwknife    He also carries a 9" throwing dagger, patterned after the Marine Corps combat knife, which is magnetized to stick to his leg.



    At one point Deathlok possessed one of Godwulf's Time Gauntlet's enabling him to travel through time. It is not know whether he still possesses this, or whether it still works.

 Percentage composition in initial form, listed by his computer (circa Astonishing Tales#33)
17% decaying organic matter
36% amnio-biotic fluid preservative (this seems high, as
47% computer circuitry, life support systems, power pack generator, bio-neuronic artificial synapse conduits (presumably including mechanical bionics)

    Over time, Deathlok underwent significant modification. Certain parts wore down and/or became nonfunctional, requiring replacement.

By 2011, his left arm was mechanical as well. Right lower limb detachable/modular

    He is probably somewhere between Class 10-25 strength, as he could stop a fleeing SUV-type vehicle and flip it on its side.

    Some, if not all, of the steel in his body has been replaced with a metal that could not be identified by Earth-616 scientists of the modern era. For a time he could generate jet thrust from his feet -- an enhancement added by S.H.I..E.L.D.-616 -- to fly.

    Later in his life, he had modular limbs, easily replaced when damaged. His left hand is usually replaced a a bladed, ballistic, or energy-discharging weapon, and some of the units can even morph into other forms.

    At some point following his Earth-9997 ("Earth X") adventures, his computer systems became inactive.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Height: 6'4"
W
eight: 600 lbs. (see comments)  
Eyes
: (organic) Brown, (artificial) red   
Hair
: Gray-brown (originally brown)
Skin: Gray-green (originally "pink"/"Caucasian")

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Distinguishing Features: Much of his body is composed of armored cybernetic implants. The remainder of his organic body is composed of slowly decaying flesh, which gives off a rotting odor. Additionally, the chemical preservative gives off another odor.

 

 

 

History:


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Astonishing Tales#28 (fb) - BTS) - Luther Manning and his wife Janice's favorite places to go were in Manhattan.


deathlokdemolisher-at27-manning-upperdeathlokdemolisher-at27-manning-full(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#3: Deathlok) <Late 1970s> - Luther Manning enlisted in the US army.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#3: Deathlok) - Manning rapidly rose through the ranks to become colonel.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS / Astonishing Tales#35 (fb) - BTS / Captain America I#288 (fb) - BTS) <1983 A.D.> - The Roxxon Oil Company, via the Brand Corporation's Nth Command succeeded in Operation: Purge, banishing Earth's super heroes extradimensionally (to likely terminal fates) and then attempted to take over the USA via more conventional warfare.            

    Eventually, many US cities, including Manhattan +/- all of New York City were bombed by unidentified parties.

(Marvel Fanfare II#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Red Skull secretly funded and directed Roxxon's Nth Command in these efforts.
    This occurred in 1983 A.D. of the Earth-7484 reality, and it represents the point of divergence from Earth-616
     (or, if the dates are topical, @ 4-6 years after Manning joined the army)

(Captain America I#288 (fb) - BTS) - Roxxon then staged a coup on the USA, which resulted in mass chaos and no clear victor.

(Captain America I#288 (fb) - BTS) - War broke out in the Middle East, followed by more wars across the globe.

(Astonishing Tales I#35 (fb) / (Captain America I#288 (fb)) - BTS) - Explosions from an unknown source destroyed Manhattan and a dozen other American cities. Ryker had most of the people of Manhattan relocated to Long Island, which became the new metropolis.
    It is unclear whether more people were killed in the initial blast or in the emergency mass evacuation.

(Captain America I#288 (fb)) - BTS) - Eventually the military wrested control of the chaos in the USA, but violence still continued on a massive level and their control remained tenuous. A number of separate factions struggled for control, including the CIA and other splinter groups.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes?: Deathlok) - Together, Harlan (Hellinger) and Simon Ryker spear-headed Project: Alpha-Mech, designed to build armies of cyborg super soldiers; however, each Ryker had his own agenda, causing them to split from the CIA.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#3: Deathlok - BTS) - The Project was under the direction of the CIA, and performed with the aid of major contractor Rockwell International, Manned Armor Division; IBM Corp; Federal Systems Division; BASF Corp.

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(Astonishing Tales I#35 (fb)) - Project: Alpha-Mech established the body-banks, where all organic waste was recycled.

deathlokthedemolisher-at27-manning-face(Astonishing Tales#27 (fb)) <Circa 1985 A.D.> - During a war-games training session, Col. Luther Manning shared his frustrations with his friend and fellow soldier Mike Travers. Manning stated that he had wondered more than a few times if all the computer running this "war" and all of the "fancy weapons and stuff" were not just an excuse to keep the soldiers busy and the "fat cats" comfortable. deathlokdemolisher-at26-concussionbomb

    They were visited by Captain Simon Ryker (see comments), who ordered them to finish their talk/stroll and go through some real maneuvers.

    Manning mocked Ryker's rank, and noted that he had been climbing on top of everybody's back in his effort to make it to major.

    Asserting that he was still commanding officer, Ryker punished them for their irreverence by sending them into war maneuvers without helmet or gear.

(Astonishing Tales#26 (fb) - BTS / Astonishing Tales#27 (fb) / Astonishing Tales#30 (fb)) - While on the obstacle course, Mike Travers saved Luther Manning's life from a bomb.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS / Astonishing Tales#26 (fb)) - Ten minutes later, however, Luther Manning had half of his face and all of his right arm blown off by a concussion bomb.

(Paradise X: The Heralds #2 (fb) - BTS) - Manning lost his "best friend" during the war.

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(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Wishing to preserve Manning's knowledge and experience, Simon Ryker chose him to be part of Project: Alpha-Mech in the event that he did not survive surgery.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb)) - Luther Manning died on the operating table, but, as per Simon Ryker's orders, the doctors kept a portion of his brain alive. As the doctors pronounced him dead, they raised their objections to Simon Ryker, who threatened them with court martial if they continued to complain.

(Astonishing Tales#33 (fb) - BTS / Astonishing Tales#34 (fb) - BTS) - At least two clones of Luther Manning were created, with one retained by Simon Ryker and one by Harlan Ryker.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS - not in this issue that I see) - Manning was left in stasis for five years, part of Project: Alpha-Mech's body-banks, while his wife and friends were told he was dead.
    #28, at least, confirms that he was "frozen" for five years.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I##3: Deathlok) <Circa 1990 A.D.> - Harlan Ryker was part of a quartet of scientists and surgeons (apparently including Curtis Giles, Dr. Wilcox, and Dr. Wilkins) who converted Manning into the cyborg warrior codenamed Deathlok.

      They transplanted his still-living brain back into his preserved corpse, which was augmented with bionic parts.

     The process took weeks complete.

(Astonishing Tales#33 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok was intended to be a weapon beyond the pain of extinction.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#3: Deathlok) - Manning awakened to find himself in a body that was partially his own and with a mini-computer occupying a portion of his cranium.

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(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#3: Deathlok - BTS) - Hellinger took Project: Alpha-Mech and broke away from the military. Hellinger continued to advance his process, converting himself into a cyborg. He also continued advancing his Alpha-Mechs.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb)) - Simon Ryker, alongside Nina Ferry, oversaw Deathlok's training.

    At Ryker's request, an unspecified doctor detailed Deathlok's abilities.deathlokdemolisher-at25-punchgirder

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS / Astonishing Tales#26 (fb) - BTS) -deathlokdemolisher-at25-leap Deathlok demonstrated tendencies toward rebellion against his built-in computer; in his last two missions, he four times disregarded programmed orders, once defied a direct order, and twice acted counter to programming.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb)) - Deathlok apparently attempted to confront Ryker, but an inches thick door delayed him sufficiently for Ryker's agents to introduce anethesia into Deathlok's chemical bloodstream, incapacitating him.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS / Astonishing Tales#26 (fb) - BTS) - Simon Ryker had Deathlok brought in for examination and questioning. After receiving injectable sedation under Peters' direction, Deathlok was placed in a power siphon.

(Marvel Fanfare I#4/2) - In an effort to restore their control over Deathlok, a group of scientists, including Hugo and Dr. Commonhate, subjected him to illusions of his past existence, including his wife Janice and his former pet Collie. He resisted the illusions, becoming more angry with Ryker and his men for using his cherished memories against him.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb)) - Alongside Peters, Ryker prepared to question Deathlok regarding the nature and reasons for his rebellion.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb)) - Although Peters assured Ryker that Deathlok was heavily sedated and would be helpless, they were both very surprised to hear Manning's voice, revealing that his personality had reasserted itself and taken control of Deathlok's form. Deathlok then reversed the flow of the power siphon, enabling him to break free from the restraints and escape.

(Astonishing Tales#26 (fb)) - In the process of escaping, Deathlok smashed Simon Ryker's head into a computer panel, knocking loose a panel in the back of Simon Ryker's own cyborg head. Additionally, Deathlok found Mike Travers, who showed him that he was still being programmed by the card Ryker had implanted in his forearm. Deathlok destroyed the card and escaped in a helicopter with Travers, and Ryker swore vengeance on the both of them.

    Deathlok was initially somewhat enamored of his new form, considering himself to be immortal. However, after they landed the helicopter on a roof top and lit a fire to cook some food, Mike revealed to him how he had actually died and been reanimated by technology.

    Immediately thereafter, cannibals swarmed over them and while Deathlok fought them off, agents of Ryker (including Peters) arrived in another helicopter and then subdued and escaped with Mike aboard their helicopter. One of the cannibals bit Deathlok in the knee, preventing him from trying to leap after the escaping helicopter.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok became a mercenary, hoping to earn enough money to pay to have his brain transplanted into a normal human form.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok took a contract from Julian Biggs to kill Curtis Giles and his associate. Unbeknownst to Deathlok, Simon Ryker was Biggs' immediate superior, and Ryker believed the two men to merely be out to stop Project: Alpha Mech.

    ?? - Deathlok and Simon Ryker were both unaware that Biggs was an agent of Hellinger (when was this revealed?). ??

deathlokdemolisher-at25-face(Astonishing Tales#25) - Deathlok killed Curtis Giles and his associate then sought out Biggs, surprising him by knowing his base's location, and then killing several of his enforcers when they tried to stop him from directly confronting Biggs. Deathlo similarly fought his way past Biggs' security devices. Upon being confronted, Biggs refused to pay him, and Deathlok attacked him, battering him into pieces and revealing him to be another cyborg (or just a robot). Simon Ryker then taunted him, transmitting through Biggs' form, telling him the men he killed were out to stop Project: Alpha-Mech. Ryker told him he would never allow him to have a brain transplant (to return to human form).

(Astonishing Tales#26 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok traced the helicopter that had abducted Mike Travers to a storehouse for black market meat; however, he was initially unaware that Ryker's agents had merely planted a decoy there.deathlokdemolisher-at27-ladderblasting

(Astonishing Tales#26 / Astonishing Tales#27 (fb)) - There he defeated (and possibly killed) a sniper (apparently Peters, and certainly one of Ryker's agents who had abducted Mike) who attacked him, after which he fought his way into the storehouse and overpowered Ryker's agents, forcing them to reveal that Travers was being held in the Statue of Liberty.

    Traveling there via his helicopter, which he then left on auto-pilot and descended to the ground via a rope ladder, Deathlok defeated more of Ryker's agents and -- despite warnings of danger from his computer -- broke into a cell, which contained Simon Ryker and his cyborg warrior War-Wolf, whom Ryker then claimed was Travers.

(Astonishing Tales#27) - Ryker set the War-Wolf on Deathlok, who found himself unable to fight back against what he believed was his best friend. As a result, Deathlok was pummeled, and War-Wolf yanked Deathlok's vital life-line from his body. When Deathlok's defeat seemed imminent, Ryker revealed that War-Wolf was not actually Travers, and also lied again, telling Deathlok that Travers had died in the process of trying to turn him into a cyborg. Angered by this insult, Deathlok rallied and destroyed the War-Wolf, though they both fell from the statue in the process.

    Though weakened by the energy leeched from his lifeline, Deathlok was pleased to learn that the third voice in his head, the stream-of-consciousness one, had been removed in the process; his computer system revealed that voice to have been an implant used by Ryker to trace him, and the computer had then neutralized it.

    Deathlok then returned to his former house to tell his wife, Janice, that he was still alive, but he fled after realizing that she didn't believe him and thought he was only a monster. Devastated, Deathlok left Janice (along with the son he had never seen) and tried to kill himself with his laser gun, but crushed the gun after finding that his computer prevented him from killing himself.

(Astonishing Tales#28 (fb) - BTS) - This directive preventing Deathlok was placed under Simon Ryker's direction.

(Astonishing Tales#28 - BTS) - Linc Shane and his people, who supported the rebellion against Ryker, heard through the grapevine that Ryker had built a new Saviour Machine. They incorrectly figured this to be Deathlok (Simon Ryker himself was to be the Saviour Machine)

deathlokthedemolisher-at28-obprof(Astonishing Tales#28) - Disgusted with his entire existence, Deathlok tore the flag insignia from his costume. Salvaging a number of firearms from an armory in the park, Deathlok flew back to Manhattan, wandering around the rubble that used to be he and Janice's favorite spots.

    Eventually he was attacked by a group of cannibals, and he took out of his frustrations on them, beating them savagely. After they all had fallen, he was confronted by a tank (unbeknownst to Deathlok, this was Ryker's "Super-Tank," cybernetically directed via Nina Ferry, controlled by the Omni-Computer.

    During his battle against it, Deathlok encountered Linc Shane, a revolutionary opposing Ryker, who believed Deathlok to be the "Saviour Machine" that Ryker had built. However, as they were both in jeopardy from the tank's assaults, Deathlok and Linc teamed up to escape it.

    Directed by his computer, Deathlok tried to return to his helicopter, only to see it pushed off the top of a building by Ryker's agents. Soon after, they were cornered against the Northern wall of the city.

(Astonishing Tales#30) - Deathlok protected Linc from the tank, but as Deathlok helped the injured man over the wall, Linc was shot down by other agents of Ryker, the Trouble-Shooters. Deathlok went after the killers, but was again forced to flee before the tank, which blew a hole in the wall to follow him. The Trouble-Shooters pursued him as well, but he eventually dropped them all. In addition, Deathlok fashioned a crossbow out of scrap material and launched a girder into the tank, destroying it.

(Astonishing Tales#30 - BTS) - Meanwhile, Mike Travers escaped from Ryker's cell and began tracking down Deathlok.

(Astonishing Tales#31) - Deathlok encountered Travers, but their reunion was brief once Travers revealed that he had married Janice after Luther Manning had been declared dead. Deathlok punched down Travers but stopped short of killing him, warning him that he would kill Travers if he ever saw him again. Deathlok then followed a helicopter, intending to steal it, and he walked in on criminals killing Summers, an agent of Quartuccio, who allegedly held the final living surgeon who had created Deathlok. Deathlok killed (or severely injured) the criminals, but the leader of the group -- to whom Deathlok referred as "Mr. Briefcase" -- took off in the helicopter.

(Astonishing Tales#32) - Deathlok shot out the helicopter's stabilizer blades, causing it to crash, though softly enough for the pilot to survive. However, by the time Deathlok caught up to the fleeing criminal, he had already been killed. Deathlok fought his killers, lobotomized human drones, eventually knocking out a support beam and collapsing the subway on them when they threatened to overpower him by weight of numbers. Deathlok opened the briefcase the criminal had carried and found it filled with counterfeit money.

(Astonishing Tales#33) - Deathlok repaired the downed helicopter and used its pre-programmed destination to head towards Long Island, to one of Simon Ryker's estates. There he first met Harlan Ryker (Hellinger), who claimed to be Simon's prisoner and to be dying of radiation poisoning, as well as Hellinger's Luther Manning clone. Harlan revealed himself to be the surgeon who had created Deathlok (though he didn't tell him that he was the mastermind, and that the third surgeon Deathlok had been seeking was another man altogether). Hellinger also told Deathlok that he had been secretly assisting him, and that Simon's prisoner, Nina Ferry, was the key to Ryker's destruction (though Michael Travers had already freed Nina). Hellinger showed Deathlok his arsenal of advanced weaponry, from which Deathlok picked a new laser pistol. Hellinger convinced Deathlok to strap a briefcase containing a bomb to his wrist, promising it would be released from him upon reaching the base of the Provisional Revolutionary Army, where Travers was allegedly being held. Upon overpowering some of the Army and reaching the castle, however, the cable failed to release, leaving Deathlok stuck with the bomb with only a few seconds until detonation.

(Astonishing Tales#34) - As time ran out, Deathlok shoved his cybernetic arm (and the bomb and briefcase it held) through an armored door; it exploded and destroyed his arm, incapacitating, but not killing him. Wearing an exoskeleton, Mike Travers carried Deathlok to CIA headquarters, where his arm was rebuilt (and he was further restored from the injuries he had suffered battling War-Wolf). Teresa Devereaux, head of the CIA, introduced herself, and, after some argument (and some control programming), Deathlok agreed to work with them against Simon Ryker. Deathlok then flew another helicopter to Ryker's base, where he overpowered Ryker's men and confronted Ryker himself. Ryker's body was inert due to his mind being transferred into the city-wide Omni-Computer, and Deathlok was introduced to another Luther Manning clone, this one containing the mind of Dr. Wilcox, the last of the three surgeons to have worked on Deathlok.
    After assaulting Ryker's form and being nearly destroyed by defense mechanisms, Deathlok coerced Wilcox / Luther Manning clone to hook Deathlok up to the Omni-Computer, too. There he was confronted by the virtually all-powering Simon Ryker, now the Saviour Machine.
    Meanwhile, Hellinger prepared to transform his Luther Manning clone into the first of the Doomsday-Mechs.

(Astonishing Tales#35) - Ryker explained the reasons for his actions, but Deathlok saw him for the paranoid control-freak that he was. The two battled, but Wilcox then transferred them both back out of cyberspace and into the real world. Initially Ryker and Deathlok's minds were swapped, but this was rapidly reversed, though Ryker was driven insane by the rapid series of changes his mind had been forced to endure. The CIA arrived and stopped Deathlok from killing Ryker. With his CIA mission accomplished, Deathlok was able to remove the programming circuitry the CIA had implanted. Deathlok intended to leave the group behind until they revealed Hellinger's continued threat, as his Doomsday-Mech made its way to CIA headquarters to kill them. In addition, they showed him that Wilcox's mind was being rejected from the Luther Manning clone, and they prepared to transfer Deathlok's mind into the clone, restoring him to human form. However, while the clone gained the original Manning's mind, the process had merely copied it, and Deathlok continued to exist, unchanged.

(Astonishing Tales#36) - The Doomsday-Mech attacked CIA headquarters, assaulting the Manning clone, and Deathlok attacked it.

(Astonishing Tales II#36 - BTS / Marvel Spotlight#33 (fb) - BTS) - Godwulf clandestinely caused the Doomsday-Mech to vanish before it could destroy Deathlok.

(Astonishing Tales#36 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok apparently agreed to continue to work for the CIA, who designed an Exact Medical Replica (EMR) of him, which was linked to the original's cyborg functions. With this they intended to monitor his systems for failure while he was out on assignment.

(Marvel Team-Up I#46) - While seeking to take out the mutants and cannibals who had been running rampant since Ryker's downfall, Deathlok encountered the time-traveling Spider-Man of Earth-616. Seeing Deathlok preparing to fire on a group of seemingly normal people, Spider-Man (of course) assumed Deathlok to be the villain and stopped him from shooting them. The mutants ("The Cubists") then attacked them both, and Spider-Man and Deathlok had to team-up to survive their assault. After the mutants left, Spider-Man and Deathlok were attacked by Strake and Grissom, a pair of snipers who still served Ryker. Spider-Man was less than pleased when Deathlok slew the snipers, but they were then confronted by the regrouped "Cubists." The two made short work of the unorganized mutants, after which Spider-Man used the time machine to head back to Earth-616.

(Marvel Two-In-One#27 (fb) - BTS) - Spider-Man's return via the time platform was observed by Mentallo, who read of his mind and learned of his encounter with Deathlok (although Spider-Man himself could not remember it at the time).

(Astonishing Tales#36) - Deathlok went out on assignment to locate remaining agents of Simon Ryker within the former New York subway system. These men had no idea Ryker was no longer active. While Deathlok fought them, he was joined by Godwulf, who used the subways as his base to oppose and sabotage the efforts of Ryker, etc.

(Astonishing Tales#36 / Marvel Spotlight I#33 / Marvel Two-In-One#27 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok attempted to follow Godwulf to learn more about him, but Godwulf transported him across time and dimensions back to Earth-616, before Operation: Purge had occurred, to briefly hide and protect him from Hellinger.
    When Deathlok was transported out of the Earth-7484 dimension, his contact with the EMR was severed, and the CIA, as well as the Luther Manning clone, believed him to have died.

(Marvel Spotlight I#33) - Deathlok arrived at New Grace Hospital, where he was mistaken for a demon by Devil-Slayer, who attacked him. Deathlok fought back, meeting resistance also from agents of Vera Gemini's Cult (disguised as hospital workers). He also encountered Cory Payne, whom he briefly mistook for his own lost wife, Janice. Eventually Devil-Slayer transported them both into a pocket dimension and assaulted Deathlok with an anti-matter mace. Deathlok convinced Devil-Slayer that he was not a demon, and the two returned to Earth, where they were assaulted by the Cultists. Teaming up, they drove off the Cultists, after which Deathlok was pulled through time again.

(Marvel Spotlight I#33 / Marvel Two-In-One#27 (fb) - BTS) - Godwulf attempted to return Deathlok to his proper time almost immediately thereafter. However, this plan backfired, since Hellinger had monitored Godwulf's displacement of Deathlok. Not knowing exactly who Godwulf was or what his motivations were, Hellinger decided to return Deathlok to his proper time to find out. Independently, Godwulf also attempted to return Deathlok to his proper time.

(Marvel Two-In-One#26 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to use Deathlok as their pawn, the Fixer and Mentallo traveled to the Baxter Building, the base of the Fantastic Four, and used Dr. Doom's time machine to snatch Deathlok from the timestream and transport him to the modern time period of Earth-616.

(Marvel Spotlight I#33 / Marvel Two-In-One#26 (fb) - BTS) - This transportation thwarted both Deathlok and Godwulf's efforts. Godwulf lost track of Deathlok due to this.

(Marvel Two-In-One#26) - Deathlok appeared before the Fixer and Mentallo as they opposed the Thing and Nick Fury.

(Marvel Two-In-One#27) - The Fixer and Mentallo duped Deathlok into assaulting the Thing and Fury. They then brought Deathlok back to their base, where they managed to implant a control device that to override Deathlok's own computer brain?? (from the story, it seemed like Mentallo controlled Deathlok). They then sent him to assassinate the incoming President of the United States (POTUS) at his inauguration. Though unable to resist his programming, Deathlok decided to come out of hiding and attack the POTUS in plain site so that the heroes might be able to stop him. He shot the POTUS with a control device, after which the Thing and the Invisible Girl defeated him (though he only fought back hard enough that the heroes might be forced to kill him).

    However, Reed Richards had summoned the Impossible Man to impersonate the POTUS (aided by some make-up), and the device had had no effect on him.

    The Fixer refused to remove his control device from Deathlok.

(Marvel Two-In-One#28 (fb) - BTS) - S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division)'s scientists failed to disengage the Fixer's mind-control device from Deathlok's cerebral cortex.

(Marvel Two-In-One#28 (fb) - BTS) - Stark International's scientists failed to disengage the Fixer's mind-control device from Deathlok's cerebral cortex.

(Marvel Two-In-One#28) - Reed Richards failed to disengage the mind-control device as well. He then sent the Thing to bring Deathlok to Professor Louis Kort, London's foremost specialist in both cybernetics and bio-genetics. Their flight to London was briefly disrupted by an encounter with the Piranaha and Namor the Sub-Mariner.

(Marvel Two-In-One I#30 - BTS) - Kort worked his hardest to save Deathlok.

(Marvel Two-In-One I#32 (fb) - BTS) - Kort saved Deathlok from dying, though Deathlok had to remain in a capsule for another 60 days.

(Marvel Two-In-One#34) - Professor Kort successfully freed Deathlok from the control device, though he was still left in a stupor. S.H.I.E.L.D. then arrived and took Deathlok into their possession.

(Marvel Two-In-One#54 (fb) - BTS / Deathlok II#32 (fb)) - Deathlok was stolen from a S.H.I.E.L.D. depot by agents of Roxxon.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#3: Deathlok / Deathlok II#32 (fb)) - Deathlok was placed under the supervision of Earth-616's Harlan Ryker at Brand Corporation, an agent of Roxxon's Department M (for "Mutagenics"). Based on Deathlok's systems, Ryker built an entirely robotic simulacrum of Deathlok.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#3: Deathlok) - Ryker's robot was turned over to Roxxon's Nth Command for testing.

(Marvel Two-In-One#53 - BTS) - Less than a month later, Thomas Lightner proceeded with Operation: Berserker, sending the Deathlok robot to assault the Thing to prevent him from interfering with their Nth Command efforts within Project: PEGASUS.

(Marvel Two-In-One#54 - BTS) - The Deathlok robot attacked the Thing, but was forced to flee when Quasar and other security agents approached. Within Project: PEGASUS' "Pit" (where federal energy project's radioactive materials were stored and contained for eventual disposal), the Deathlok robot began construction of a Nth Projector, but as Quasar approached he was forced to attack him to prevent the device's discovery. The Thing soon arrived alongside other security agents; faced with defeat and capture, the Deathlok robot activated its self-destruct mode, containing an explosive device. Quasar shattered the robot, and the robot further terminated its own remains to prevent them from searching its programming.

(Captain America I#286 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#3: Deathlok) - Ryker continued to work on the original Deathlok, restoring to fully functional status and reprogramming him to serve them.

(Deathlok II#32 (fb)) - Ryker and his team began working on a Deathlok cyborg of their own. Rather than merely duplicate the existing version, they studied its systems and began working on improvements.

(Deathlok II#32 (fb)) - Once reassigned to Cybertek, Ryker utilized existing technical advancement data to design his own Deathlok cyborg. This cyborg was later activated by the mind of John Kelly, and later Michael Collins.

(Captain America I#288 (fb)) - Nth Command stepped up their plans for Operation: Purge, intending to use Deathlok the Demolisher in their assault on Washington.

(Captain America#288 (fb) - BTS) - Godwulf was approached by the CIA created Luther Manning clone (the one with Deathlok's memories and computer link-up). The clone stated that he theorized that Deathlok might still be alive in another era. Godwulf believed him.

(Captain America I#286) - Godwulf sent the surviving Luther Manning clone back and across time to Earth-616, just days before Operation: Purge. Manning tracked Deathlok to the seemingly abandoned Brand Corporation facility, where he was observed and joined by Captain America. The two invaded the facility, but Deathlok then appeared and shot the Manning clone through the chest.

(Captain America I#287) - Deathlok overpowered Captain America, but he was then drawn to the dying Manning clone; upon contact, the clone restored Deathlok's memories. Deathlok then turned on the Brand Corporation agents, freeing Captain America and then blowing up the facility. After burying the clone, Deathlok returned to the New York subways to be picked up by Godwulf's transport device, and Captain America dove through the portal as well, both arriving in Earth-7484 at Deathlok's base.

(Captain America I#288) - After Captain America was caught up on the history of Earth-7484, they met up with Godwulf's Redeemers and prepared for an assault on Hellinger to stop his plans to destroy all humanity and replace them with his Homo Ascendant Doomsday Mechs. Captain America convinced Deathlok that he could be the symbol to rally the people of his world to a better existence. Captain America, Deathlok, Godwulf, and the Redeemers assaulted Hellinger's base. Only Captain America and Deathlok made it to confront Hellinger, who used his power to control robots to make Deathlok attack Cap. Still, Deathlok's humanity resisted Hellinger; he had only delivered a stun blast to Captain America, and he turned on Hellinger, blasting him repeated through the chest, destroying him.
    Godwulf and his Redeemers then rejoined them, and they made an alliance with Deathlok to help rebuild their world.
    This occurred in 1993 A.D. of the Earth-7484 reality (or, if the dates are topical, @ 10 years after Operation: Purge).

(Captain America I#289 - BTS) - Captain America returned to Earth-616, where he foiled Nth Command, preventing Operation: Purge from occurring in his reality.

(Deathlok II#32 (fb)) - Godwulf led Deathlok and the Redeemers on a mission to oppose Timestream, a foreign monarch, who was at the time unidentified to all others involved. They successfully destroyed his command center (from which he had launched his cyber-tank army), but all of the Redeemers were killed in the struggle. Deathlok and Godwulf were the only ones to make it out alive on their side. Timestream survived as well
    The retaliation for this mission led to massive nuclear attacks from three sides. After learning that Godwulf had been withholding information from the others, Deathlok separated from Godwulf.

(Daredevil I#336 (fb) - BTS) - Lord Tantalus of Earth-7484 was soundly defeated and rehabilitated for the good of his people. Pelops was still alive in that reality, as well.

(Daredevil I#337 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok fought beside Tantalus "in a world that didn't deserve the service we gave it."

(Marvel Fanfare II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok failed to lead his people to a better future.

(Marvel Fanfare II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok learned that the Red Skull had directed the re-creation of the Nth Command's technology, leading them to a second attempt at Operation: Purge in Earth-616.

(Marvel Fanfare II#1) - Deathlok traveled back to Earth-616, outside the Brand Corporation facility, but his arrival was detected by S.H.I.E.L.D., whose agents investigated and confronted him. He prepared to attack them to prevent them from interfering with his mission, but his systems suddenly shot down, and he was taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.

(Daredevil I#336 (fb) - BTS) - While in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, the Demolish periodically ranted aloud about his past life. These were recorded and saved in the S.H.I.E.L.D. database. Amongst this information was his past involvement with Lord Tantalus and Pelops of his reality.

(Marvel Fanfare II#1 (fb) - BTS) - S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, led by Mr. Parker, seized control of Manning's brain, keeping Deathlok inert aboard their Helicarrier, while they performed numerous repairs and upgraded his technology, though they did find certain metals and components that they could not identify.

(Marvel Fanfare II#1) - Deathlok regained control of his systems and broke free, armed with new jet boots and other weapons added by S.H.I.E.L.D.. He broke free from the Helicarrier, defeating the Falcon and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the process. Meanwhile, Justice Peace (an agent of the Time Variance Authority) met with Captain America, convincing him to stop Deathlok from changing certain conditions. Captain America teamed up with the Falcon and confronted Deathlok back at the Brand facility. Deathlok fought to destroy the Purge technology present there, but Cap and the Falcon obstructed his progress until he convinced them of what he was trying to do.
    Justice Peace arrived just before Deathlok revealed the Red Skull's involvement in Operation: Purge, and Captain America revealed that the Red Skull had been killed in Earth-616 and was no longer a threat (he got better, of course). With the Purge technology destroyed, Captain America and the Falcon convinced Justice Peace not to kill Deathlok, but to instead return him to his own reality. Justice Peace warned him that his reality's Red Skull was still alive and active.

(Paradise X: The Heralds #1 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok was recruited by X-51,the Machine Man of Earth-9997 (a.k.a. Earth X), and taken to X-51's reality.

(Paradise X: The Heralds #1) - On the moon in X-51's reality, Deathlok was introduced to the robot's other "Heralds", likewise recruited from other timelines: Hyperion (Earth-1121), Spider-Girl (Earth-1122), Killraven (Earth-691?), Bloodstorm (Earth-1298?/Earth Mutant X), and Iron Man (Earth-8410/ Earth 2020). The final recruit was Logan, the Wolverine from Earth-811 (Days of Future Past); as Deathlok was introduced to him, 'Puter annoyed it's cyborg host when it made a negative comment regarding the mutant.
    X-51 explained to his recruits about how the Celestials of this reality had created superhumans as anti-bodies to protect Celestial Eggs within planets, with the Watchers overseeing their development, and that the egg within this Earth (Earth X) had been destroyed. Then the robot espoused his belief that alternate realities had been created by the manipulations of Mephisto, seeking to avoid final judgment at the end of time, and that all the other Earths were thus still endangered by their own Celestial Eggs; he had brought the
diverse heroes there to send them to warn those other Earths of this threat. Deathlok's 'Puter continued to make comments distracting him from the briefing, but he went along with X-51's plan to send them to other timelines to warn the Reed Richards native to those worlds.

(Paradise X: The Heralds #2 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok agreed to aid X-51 in exchange for X-51's promise to silence the computer that continually tormented his thoughts.

(Paradise X: The Heralds #1) - Deathlok was paired with Killraven and sent to a world ruled by the tyrannical Satyrnin, a hostile world where only those trained for war might survive long enough to carry out the mission. Within seconds of arrival, the pair were attacked by the tyrant's guards. The two heroes opened fire, though Deathlok commented that 'Puter recommended they surrender in order to be taken to Satyrnin. Killraven replied to this suggestion by asking the cyborg when he had last surrendered. "Never"; and the two heroes continued shooting.

(Paradise X: The Heralds #2) - Deathlok and Killraven surrendered to Satyrnin's forces, and they revealed to her the reason for their visit. However, as the Celestial Egg wouldn't threaten her world for another 1000 years, she was unconcerned with it; in fact, she was mostly just interested in romancing Killraven.
    Deathlok and the other "Heralds" (except Killraven) were brought back to the moon of Earth-9997, where the other Watchers had arrived, intending to execute Uatu for having revealed the existence of the Celestial Egg, which had resulted in the Heralds' mission.

(Paradise X: The Heralds #3) - Guided by X-51, Uatu unwittingly showed the Heralds (joined by Killraven) how they could save their own worlds from the Celestial Eggs. When the Watchers prepared to take action against Uatu, the Monoliths transported the Watchers to all of the alternate Earths containing Celestial Eggs, which made the natives of those realms aware of the Celestial Eggs, which essentially ensured that humanity would eventually destroy these Eggs. X-51 then brought the Heralds to Attilan, promising to grant each of their wishes in turn.

(Paradise X#1) - Deathlok was present alongside the other Heralds on Earth X as Spider-Girl's wish was fulfilled by bringing her to meet that world's Peter Parker. However, Spider-Girl unwittingly attacked Earth X's Venom, assuming her to be a villain.

(Paradise X#2) -  Deathlok watched as Spider-Man broke up the fight between Venom and Spider-Girl. Learning the truth, the two girls embraced, after which Spider-Girl revealed that in her reality she was the daughter of the Spider-Man clone.

(Paradise X#3) - Deathlok and the other Heralds attended the wedding of King Britain to the Inhumans' Medusa, where Bloodstorm met up with Earth X's Storm, who agreed to a blood transfusion to cure her vampirism.

(Paradise X#6) - Deathlok accompanied the Heralds as they arrived outside of the Baxter Building while Redwing battled Annihilus, Blastaar, and the Monster Android. Things escalated into a battle against the Guardians of the Galaxy as well. Meanwhile, Wolverine confronted the Wolverine of Earth X, detailing their "origins" (or the freaky, weirdo Earth X version, which is the goofiest thing in a whole goofy series. Maybe true for Earth X (an alternate Earth), not true for the Days of Future Past (a divergent Earth)). The Heralds' Wolverine joined with Earth X's Peter Parker, Venom, and Luke Cage in bringing the fight to a halt, capturing both the Negative Zoners and the Guardians.

(Paradise X#7) - Reed Richards prepared to try to resolve two major problems; he sought to restore death to Earth X in a controlled fashion, to end the existence of those suffering in constant agony. At the same time, souls who passed from Earth X were sent into "Paradise" in the Negative Zone of that reality, which expanded the anti-matter core of the Negative Zone and threatened its inhabitants' existence. Reed plotted to slow the expansion of Paradise via Pym Particles, and he organized an army, including the Heralds, Guardians, and Negative Zoners, plus Peter Parker, Venom, Luke Cage, Mac, Redwing, and Sasquatch.
    However, Earth X's Mephisto released Jude the Entropic Man, sending him out to the world to kill all he encountered.

(Paradise X#8) - Narrowly escaping Jude, Reed gathered his army (even further expanded), and they prepared to invade the Negative Zone.

(Paradise X#9) - X-51 summoned Deathlok back to his moonbase, where the robot told him the origins of the Earth X Ghost Rider (Blaze), after which he showed him a new body which could be his.

(Paradise X#10) - X-51 continued to reveal the history of Earth X to Deathlok until the Guardians of the Galaxy, alongside Killraven and Iron Man 2020, returned. Killraven was sent back to his reality, satisfied by the history of the Guardians, which told him that at least in one reality Earth would be liberated from the Martian Masters. Iron Man 2020 intended to travel to the Guardians future (which was before the Badoon had been defeated), where he would use radiation to push humanity towards mass mutation so that they could more easily overthrow the Badoon.

(see comments)

(Deathlok II#32 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok's computer crashed, leaving him without any of its scanning capacities, etc.

(Deathlok II#29/2) - At some point, he gave up the alias of Deathlok, calling himself only the Demolisher from then on.

(Deathlok II#29/2) - The Demolisher pursued a pair of scavengers who attempted to steal his pack. He crippled them and left them behind for the cannibals to feed on. He was then confronted by Timestream, who promised to restore his humanity and his world to him. Before the Demolisher could respond, Timestream pulled him through a temporal portal. Neither man realized that they had battled on opposite sides in the conflict that led to the massive nuclear war years before.
    These events occurred in 2011 A.D. in the Earth-7484 reality (or, if the dates are topical, @ 28 years after Operation: Purge).

(Deathlok II#29/2) - Timestream's return to Earth-7484 triggered a timeflux that was discovered by Godwulf.

(Deathlok II#31) - The Demolisher was introduced to a number of Timestream's cyborg warriors (the Bangers), including Luther Manning of Earth-616, within whom Timestream had generated a temporal warp that had morphed him into a duplicate of the original Deathlok the Demolisher's form. Timestream tricked the Demolisher (though he remained skeptical) into believing that this altered Luther was the Demolisher's own past self. After Timestream demonstrated his power by turning one of his cyborgs back into her fully human form and altering her memories, the Demolisher agreed to join Timestream.

    Pursuing Timestream's goal of preventing Captain America from stopping Operation: Purge, the Demolisher joined Timestream, Manning-616, and the Bangers in traveling into the past of Earth-616, as Captain America and the Luther Manning clone approached the Brand facility (circa Captain America I#286). They intended to replace the original Deathlok the Demolisher with Manning-616, who would then be pulled forward to Earth-7484 to confront Godwulf.

(Deathlok II#32) - Godwulf led Deathlok (Michael Collins) and Siege to stop Timestream, the Demolisher, etc., from interfering with the past of Earth-616. Collins tore off the Demolisher's right arm, and Timestream was forced to lead his agents away to plot anew. The Demolisher rebuilt himself from the other damaged or dead cyborgs, but since he didn't fully trust Timestream, he was reluctant to tell him the rendezvous location from which Godwulf would pull Deathlok forward to Earth-7484 (@ Captain America I#287). The Demolisher eventually convinced himself that aiding Timestream might restore all of his allies who fell in the past wars, and so he directed him to the Fordham Road Subway Station.
    Again, however, Godwulf, Deathlok (Collins), and Siege thwarted Timestream's plot. Manning ambushed and defeated Siege, but Timestream cast Godwulf and his allies into the literal timestream itself, but Godwulf used his time-warp technology to transport Timestream and his allies there as well.

 

 

(Deathlok II#33) - The recent interaction between Godwulf and Timestream had exacerbated the Demolisher's suspicions, and when Manning-616 blindly defended Timestream, the Demolisher realized that Manning-616 was not his past self at all. Still, as he was dependent on Timestream to escape the literal timestream, the Demolisher continued to assist him. They had another conflict with Godwulf, Manning, and Siege, during which the Demolisher could have slain Deathlok (Collins), but he hesitated, allowing Siege to knock him away. When Deathlok (Collins) ripped out Manning-616's power cable to no effect, the Demolisher was certain that he had been duped.

(Deathlok II#34) - Following Timestream into the past of Earth-7484 shortly before Operation: Purge, the Demolisher then forced Timestream to reveal his origins. The Demolisher and Timestream quickly realized that they had fought each other in the past, and the Demolisher blamed Timestream for destroying their world. Timestream's Bangers defeated the Demolisher and left him for dead, but he was recovered by a pair of tunnel dwellers. They guided the Demolisher to the tunnel to Nth Command in exchange for his slaying several sewer rats on which they could feed. The Demolisher met up with Deathlok (Collins), joining forces to oppose Timestream.

    While Timestream sought to kill his own younger self (knowing the Time Variance Authority would then terminate that reality due to its many disruptions), the Demolisher, Deathlok (Collins), and Godwulf opposed him and his cyborgs. The Demolisher skewered Timestream, but his time-powers restored him. Deathlok (Collins) finally neutralized Timestream by turning the Nth Projector on him. Godwulf convinced the Demolisher not to kill the younger Timestream, and he asked the Demolisher to return to their time with him and work together again. The Demolisher instead stole one of Godwulf's Time Gauntlets, using him to get as far away from Godwulf as possible.

(Daredevil I#335 (fb) - BTS) - The Demolisher returned to the modern era of Earth-616.

(Daredevil I#336 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking refuge from the normal civilians, the Demolisher lived within the sewers, working alongside and protecting a group of Tunnel Dwellers, including Joshua, the former Peacekeeper.

    Eventually, however, the Demolisher abandoned his new allies.

(Daredevil I#335) - While the behemoth known as King revived the Mayan monster the Devourer, the Demolisher watched from a distance. He tried to tell himself that he was not a hero and that it wasn't his problem anymore. However, when Daredevil battled both the Devourer and the mercenary Bushwacker, the Demolisher felt the need to get involved. Frustrated at having his peace disrupted, he aimed his weapon at Bushwacker, threatening to slay him.

(Daredevil I#336) - The Demolisher assisted Daredevil against both Bushwacker and the Devourer. King led his servants to attack Daredevil as well, but then Peacekeeper arrived and added his Tunnel Dwellers to the struggle, aiding Daredevil and the Demolisher. Morphing his gun into some unknown weapon, the Demolisher blasted the Devourer, transforming it into a puddle of bubbling ooze. When King tried to assault Daredevil, the Demolisher held him off at gunpoint.

(Daredevil I#337) - The Demolisher was still with the Tunnel Dwellers when Blackwulf (Lucian) confronted them, wishing to learn how his father, Lord Tantalus, could be rehabilitated. Just then the tunnels began to explode, caused by explosives left there by agents of Walter Jenkins. Daredevil, who had forced Jenkins to reveal the locations of the explosives, shared this information with Peacekeeper, the Demolisher, Blackwulf, and the Tunnel Dwellers, and they worked together to disable them. The Demolisher prepared to sacrifice himself to save the others from a large batch of explosives, but Blackwulf stopped him, redirecting the blast. The Demolisher joined the others in digging through the rubble to find Daredevil, though the hero had already managed to defeat King and deactivate the last of the bombs.

    With the conflict over, Blackwulf questioned the Demolisher about how Lord Tantalus could be rehabilitated, but the Demolisher told him that he didn't know what the differences between the two realities' Tantalus was, that their fates were already set, and that anything else he told him would just make it worse.

    With that, the Demolisher wandered back into the depths of the tunnels, declining Blackwulf's offer to start anew alongside his allies. The Demolisher said he had to sort out himself before he could work with anyone else.

Comments: Conceived, plotted, and drawn by Rich Buckler, with significant input/modification by Doug Moench.
    Details of Deathlok's conception and development are given in the back of Astonishing Tales#25.

    I have placed the events in this order, b/c certain changes have taken place in the "older" Deathlok (such as the destruction of the computer portion of his brain) and his overall appearance that are markedly different than the earlier versions seen. There is a nearly 18 year gap in his history that can otherwise be filled by subsequent adventures.
    Info from the Earth X series should not apply to any other reality unless specifically confirmed outside of the Earth X stories. However, I see no reason that characters from alternate worlds can't travel to Earth X, since the Earth X characters interacted with Earth-616 and other realities' characters in Avengers Forever.
    X-51 makes some comment about not using time travel technology to get the Heralds, but they're not all from the same time period, and some of them have a sliding timescale like Earth-616, while others don't. I'm not taking that rule as hard and fast.
    The problem seems to be that everyone who writes a story about Deathlok since 1983 seems to think that the story in Captain America I#286-288 was the last time the character was seen.

    Luther Manning was confirmed as having been a colonel in Astonishing Tales#25 at the time of his death and Ryker to have been a major at least by the time of Deathlok's rebellion and escape. Per Astonshing Tales#27, Ryker was a captain at the time he was commanding officer of the military base when Manning was mortally wounded.
    If the Captain was Navy then his rank is the same level as an Army's Colonel; then who was giving the orders would come down to seniority. http://www.ecsu.ctstateu.edu/personal/faculty/pocock/ranks.htm
--Loki
    Maybe that's it, but Ryker has traditionally been described as affiliated with the US Army. Perhaps Ryker was just commanding officer of the base. My understanding is that a superior officer is a superior officer, regardless of who is commanding officer, but maybe that was not the case in this time of war, or perhaps Manning did not force control over Ryker.

    Some 1970s stories listed Deathlok's timeline as taking place in the past of Killraven's timeline, both of which were in the past of the Guardians of the Galaxy's timeline. Killraven and the Guardians' still seems to be the same, as far as I can tell, but I don't think Deathlok's fits. Deathlok's history has been shown 18 years past the battle with Hellinger, which was supposed to have occurred in the early 1990s. That would place his most recent events AFTER 2001 in his timeline, and there was no evidence that his reality had been conquered by the Martian Masters.
    The idea that Deathlok and Killraven inhabited the same timeline was supported by George Olshevsky in The Official Index to Marvel Team-Up for the issues featuring Deathlok and Killraven, pace Defenders I#26. Aside from this, during the System Bytes crossover, in Guardians of the Galaxy Annual#2, a flashback showed that a counterpart of Deathlok existed on Earth-Guardians of the Galaxy, though probably of Michael Collins (since Collins appeared in the Daredevil Annual that tied into the System Bytes Crossover.)
--Per Degaton
    And the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe confirms repeatedly that they are not the same timeline. Now be silent.
--Snood

    In New Avengers#33, the Owl revealed a captive Deathlok/Luther Manning that he had stolen from SHIELD. The Hood took it from him, then sacrificed it (blew it up) to rob Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. This thing had the appearance of Deathlok circa the 1990s of his reality rather than the Deathlok of 2011 A.D. forward seen in the Michael Collins Deathlok series. When briefly released from stasis, it growled. Then they blew it up. There is absolutely no reason for this to be Deathlok the Demolisher. I'd suggest another replica...perhaps even the Deathlok Exact Medical Replica. OR a duplicate of the Roxxon-created Deathlok robot.

    Some 1970s stories listed Deathlok's timeline as taking place in the past of Killraven's timeline, both of which were in the past of the Guardians of the Galaxy's timeline. Killraven and the Guardians' still seems to be the same, but Deathlok's is not, as it was shown in 2011 with no indication of Martian Masters involvement.
    The idea that Deathlok and Killraven inhabited the same timeline was supported by George Olshevsky in The Official Index to Marvel Team-Up for the issues featuring Deathlok and Killraven, pace Defenders I#26. Aside from this, during the System Bytes crossover, in Guardians of the Galaxy Annual#2, a flashback showed that a counterpart of Deathlok existed on Earth-Guardians of the Galaxy, though probably of Michael Collins (since Collins appeared in the Daredevil Annual that tied into the System Bytes Crossover.)
--Per Degaton
    And the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe confirms repeatedly that they are not the same timeline. Now be silent.

    The cerebrum is not only the source of higher intelligence, but it is also the site of most memory storage. OHotMU I#3: Deathlok lists this as the cerebellum, which actually functions to coordinate motor function. The R-complex (Reptile complex) actually refers the medulla oblongata, which is the most primitive part of the brain, and controls the respiratory, cardiovascular, and other autonomic functions. The hypothalamus controls the 4 F's: feed, fluid, fatigue, and...sex.

    Note: In the whole body schematic, they have carpal and tarsal reversed. Carpal should refer to the wrist, tarsal to the ankle. We got this corrected for the OHotMU A to Z hardcover profile

    The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe lists Deathlok the Demolisher as 395 lbs., and I followed that example in the FF Encyclopedia. However, the original series in Astonishing Tales repeatedly lists him as over a quarter ton, and more specifically, 600 lbs.
    Mike Travers references Deathlok's quarter ton (500 pound) frame in Astonishing Tales#31, noting that his footprints were too deep for a normal man.
    Deathlok's computer specifically notes Deathlok's weight to be 600 lbs. in Astonishing Tales#32

    Some of Astonishing Tales#28, including the title and several pieces of graffiti, is derived from the Doors' song, "Five to One."

    The POTUS in Marvel Two-In-One#27 is Jimmy Carter, but that is obviously a topical reference.

    I know the events of Deathlok II#29-34 are confusing, and I've detailed them as clearly as I can. You probably need to get the issues yourself to fully understand them.

The Heralds:

It was eventually revealed that not all of the Heralds were whom they were initially thought to represent. Spider-Girl was not her exact counterpart from Earth-982, and Hyperion was from a much darker future than Earth-712.
    At any rate, the Heralds are:

    At the end of Ka-Zar the Savage#34 (October, 1984) there is a back-up story that has Ka-Zar going to the Land of Cancelled Heroes. There is a ton of cameos from chacters whose books were cancelled including Deathlok.
--Paradox Factor

Deathlok was initially announced as the new lead feature for Marvel's Worlds Unknown comic, under the title "Cyborg."
Far-Out Fanfare and Infoomation!", FOOM, November 1973, p. 18

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Deathlok the Demolisher should be distinguished from:


helicopter

deathlokdemolisher-at25-helicopterdeathlokdemolisher-at26-helicopterAutopilot mode

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) /
Astonishing Tales#26 (fb)) - Escaping from Ryker's containment, Deathlok took Mike Travers with him and reached the building's roof heliport, after which he stole an army helicopter, and they departed.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok used the helicopter as his means of transportation while he worked as a mercenary.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - After slaying Curtis Giles and his associate, Deathlok flew the helicopter to the base of Julian Biggs.

(Astonishing Tales#26 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok presumably flew the helicopter to the black market meat storage plant to which he had seemingly tracked the helicopter on which Mike Travers had been abducted.

(Astonishing Tales#26) - Deathlok subsequently flew the helicopter to Liberty Island, where Travers was reportedly held.

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deathlokdemolisher-at28-helicopter1-pusheddeathlokdemolisher-at28-helicopter1-destroyed.
(Astonishing Tales#27) - Having left the helicopter hovering in auto-pilot mode Deathlok eventually tackled Ryker's War-Wolf off of the edge of the statue's pedestal, landing atop War-Wolf and finally terminating it with his laser pistol. Too weak to climb back up, Deathlok had his computer summon the helicopter down to him. Rather than confront Ryker in his weakened state, however, Deathlok programmed the helicopter to fly to his former home outside of Fort Dix in hopes of reuniting with his wife. She was horrified by his form, and he fled.

(Astonishing Tales#28) - Deathlok flew the helicopter back to Manhattan.

(Astonishing Tales#28 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok left the helicopter atop a building while he explored the city.

(Astonishing Tales#28) - After being pursued by some of Ryker's men and his Super-Tank, Deathlok followed his computer's advice to return to the helicopter, only to see Ryker's men push it off of the top of the building, causing it to crash on the ground below

--Astonishing Tales#25



 

blaster

--Astonishing Tales#25



 

helicopter

Pushed off of building

--Astonishing Tales#25



 

helicopter

deathlokdemolisher-at31-helicopter--Astonishing Tales#31



 

Deathlok disc/card port

 

  --Astonishing Tales#25



images:

Astonishing Tales#25, pg. 2, panel 3 (upper, with gun);
        pg. 6, panel 7 (doctors working on Deathlok);
            panel 8 (installing brain);
            panel 9 (working on bionic arm);
       pg. 8, panel 7 (punching through girder);
       pg. 9, panel 2-5 (Deathlok's skull diagram);
          panels 6-8 (training/leaping over pole);
          panels 9-10 (card slot);
       pg. 10, panel 1-3 (Deathlok holding gun and dagger (clamped to right calf in middle image);
          panel 6 (throwing dagger through a man's chest);
    #26, pg. 11, panel 4 (helicopter on roof);
        pg. 14, panel 2-5 (mortally wounded by concussion bomb);
        pg. 15, panel 6 (firing on Ryker's men while descending rope ladder; rear view);
    #27, pg. 1
(firing on Ryker's men while descending rope ladder; front view);
        pg. 5, panel 4 (Manning full);
        pg. 6, panel 1 (Manning upper);
            panel 3 (Manning face);
    #28, pg. 8, panel 2 (full, rear oblique);
       pg.8-9, bottom panel (eyes);
       pg. 17, panel 4-5 (helicopter pushed off building);
    #31, pg. 10 (Hellinger's men's helicopter)
Captain America I#286 cover (face)
    p3, panel 2 (Manning face (actually the clone)
Deathlok II#29; second story, p7, panel 1 (2011 Deathlok profile)
Deathlok II#31, last page (2011 Deathlok straight-on)
Deathlok II#32 cover (2011 Deathlok face)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition, p42 (1990s Deathlok image)
        p43 (cybernetic systems: body and skull)
- larger version of image from OHotMU I#15: Deathlok's bionic systems
        p44 (gun) - larger version of image from OHotMU I#15: Deathlok's gun
       


deathlokdemolisher-at25-cover Astonishing Tales#25 (August, 1974) - Rich Buckler & Doug Moench (writers), Rich Buckler (pencils), Rich Buckler, Klaus Janson, Al Milgrom & Mike Esposito (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Astonishing Tales#26-27 (October-December, 1974) - Rich Buckler & Doug Moench (writers), Rich Buckler (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Astonishing Tales#28 (February, 1975) - Rich Buckler (writer/artist), Roy Thomas (editor)
Astonishing Tales#30 (June, 1975) - Rich Buckler & Doug Moench (writers), Rich Buckler, Keith Pollard & Arvell Jones (pencils), Al McWilliams (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Astonishing Tales#31 (August, 1975) - Doug Moench (writer), Rich Buckler & Keith Pollard (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Astonishing Tales#32 (November, 1975) - Rich Buckler & Bill Mantlo (writers), Rich Buckler, Keith Pollard & Bob McLeod (artists), Len Wein (editor)
Astonishing Tales#33-35 (January-May, 1976) - Rich Buckler & Bill Mantlo (writers), Rich Buckler (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Astonishing Tales#36 (July, 1976) - Rich Buckler (writer/pencils), Keith Pollard (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#46 (June, 1976) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#33 (April, 1977) - David Anthony Kraft (writer), Rich Buckler, Mike Nassar & Arvell Jones (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Marvel Two-In-One#26-28 (April-June 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Ron Wilson (pencils), Pablo Marcos (#26-27) & John Tartaglione (#28) (inks)
Marvel Two-In-One#30 (August, 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Pablo Marcos (inker)
Marvel Two-In-One#32 (October, 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Ron Wilson (penciler), Sam Grainger (inker)
Marvel Two-In-One#34 (December 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Ron Wilson (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks)
Marvel Two-In-One#53-54 (July-August 1979) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), John Byrne (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#4 (September, 1982) - David Anthony Kraft (writer), Michael Golden (pencils), Bob Downs (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Captain America I#286-288 (October-December 1983) - Jean-Marc DeMatteis (writer), Mike Zeck (pencils), John Beatty (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Deathlok II#29 (November, 1993) - Gregory Wright (writer), Kevin Kobasic (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Deathlok II#31-34 (January-April 1994) - Gregory Wright (writer), Kevin Kobasic & Anthony Williams (#34) (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Daredevil I#335-337 (December, 1994 - February, 1995) - Gregory Wright (writer), Tom Grindberg (pencils), Don Hudson (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel Fanfare II#1 (September 1996) - Jamie Campos (writer), Robert Brown, Bruce Jones & Scott Kolins (pencils), Mike Witherby, Justin Bloomer & Scott Kolins (inks), James Felder (editor)
Paradise X: Heralds#1-3 (December, 2001 - February, 2002) - Jim Krueger & Alex Ross (writer), Steve Pugh (pencils/inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Paradise X#1-2 (May-June 2002) - Jim Krueger & Alex Ross (writer), Doug Braithwaite (pencils), Bill Reinhold (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Paradise X#3 (August 2002) - Jim Krueger & Alex Ross (writers), Doug Braithwaite (pencils), Bill Reinhold (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Paradise X#6-8 (December, 2002 - February, 2003) - Jim Krueger & Alex Ross (writer), Doug Braithwaite (pencils), Bill Reinhold (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Paradise X: Ragnarok#1-2 (March-April 2003) - Jim Krueger & Alex Ross (writers), Tom Yeates (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
Paradise X#9-10 (May-June 2003) - Jim Krueger & Alex Ross (writer), Doug Braithwaite (pencils), Bill Reinhold (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New Avengers#33 (October 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Yu (artist), Molly Lazer  (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers#35 (December 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Yu (artist), Molly Lazer  (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First posted: 04/11/2005
Last updated
: 05/27/2024

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