Real Name: Conrad Turing
Identity/Class: Human technology user
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Big Wheel, Chairman, Demolition Derby, Elektro, Fly, Home Wrecker, Hotshot, Hypno-Hustler, June Jitsui, Larcenous Lil, Legal Eagle, Photoman, Printout Man, Simon the Swami
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Mr. Chip" (as called by Spider-Man)
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Hostess Cupcake ad "Spider-man vs. The Human Computer" from Man-Thing II#1 (July, 1981) and other issues published in that month.
Powers/Abilities: The Human Computer wore high-tech, electronic armor which gave him an undefined ability to make all computers in the city go "haywire"; the suit also had an electronic brain which could increase the human operator's intelligence. It is unknown what other capabilities the suit may have had. The Human Computer was armed with a gun, specifications unknown.
("Spider-man vs. The Human Computer") - The Human Computer was using electronic sabotage against all of the computers in the city, but when he interfered with the kids' video games, Spider-Man decided he had gone too far! Swinging to the arcade, Spider-Man encountered the Human Computer, whom he tricked by offering some milk and Hostess Cupcakes. The hi-tech hoodlum's logic circuits were distracted by the chocolatey cake and fudgy icing. Spidey pulled off the Human Computer's helmet, revealing him to be just a man, and left him webbed up for the authorities to take into custody.
(Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5 (fb) - BTS) - The Human Computer was imprisoned somewhere in NY state.
(Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5) - The robot Elektro, mistakenly identified as a villain and arrested, was ushered into the prison's S-Wing where he met various past Spider-Man villains, including the now older Human Computer. Later, inspired by Elektro's defiance, he and the other inmates of S-Wing smashed their way out only to be subdued by the prison guards using sedation foam.
Comments: Created by an unknown writer and and unknown artist.
The Human Computer's armor has a slight resemblance to the costume of "the Neutralizer"; perhaps it's the same guy with modified armor? Compare the unmasked images here with the ones on that other page; same guy, a little older? --Loki
And maybe the Human Computer decided to retire from a life of crime*, then sold the costume to the Tinkerer, who modified it himself and resold it to the Binary Bug. --John Kaminski
(* NOTE: Let's face it, when you're reduced to stealing quarters from a video arcade, that's pretty much the end of your "super-villain" career.)
Of all the Hostess villains, only Icemaster has shown up in an Earth-616 title. He could have crossed over to Earth-616 from "Earth-Hostess," but I say leave them on Earth-616 until proven otherwise. Nonetheless, until they do show up in regular continuity, they remain outside regular canon. Surely someone will write a story teaming them all together.---Snood.
And now they've been found! ... in a dark corner of an ignored prison ...
I wonder if the Human Computer has some connection to Printout Man? They'd make a perfect team -- that is, if they're not the same person.--John Kaminski
You can get the whole story, and some clever commentary from Seanbaby's The Hostess Page. It might not meet with the Comics Code Authority's approval, so kids, ask your parents before checking that out!
His real name was revealed in Elektro's profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2.
Profile by John Kaminski
The Human Computer has no known connection to:
Hostess ad, panel 3 (full body shot)
panel 6 (unarmored head)
Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5, p6, pan1 (aged head shot)
First Posted: 04/13/2005
Last updated: 12/26/2013
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