Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Unidentified HYDRA scientists, modified by Tony Stark and S.H.I.E.L.D.

Users/Possessors: HYDRA's Tiger Division, S.H.I.E.L.D. (including Dum-Dum Dugan, Nick Fury, Gabe Jones)

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#136/1 (September, 1965)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Hydra-Ram was a hovercraft which could seat over a half-dozen people inside. While it was possessed by HYDRA, it featured a battering ram, a laser-cutting beam, and a powerful electro-magnet, all used for breaking into facilities. S.H.I.E.L.D. removed these devices when they took possession of it, allowing the vessel to travel faster than it had before. Later, Tony Stark added a force field and cannons to the Hydra-Ram. The Hydra-Ram also contained a homing device so that its pilots could find HYDRA's headquarters.

History: (Strange Tales I#136/1) - When HYDRA believed they had found S.H.I.E.L.D.'s headquarters in an abandoned warehouse, their assassins called in a Hydra-Ram to assist them, and it managed to break into the warehouse, only to activate a number of booby traps, including a sticky fluid which snared the Hydra-Ram, making it unable to lift off. S.H.I.E.L.D. took possession of the Hydra-Ram.

(Strange Tales I#137/1) - Fury examined the captured Hydra-Ram as he pondered the difficulties S.H.I.E.L.D. was having in identifying HYDRA's leaders. He noted that HYDRA didn't even miss the Hydra-Ram.

(Strange Tales I#139/1) - After having modified the Hydra-Ram, S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to determine that it contained a homing device which they could use to locate HYDRA's base. Dum-Dum Dugan and Gabe Jones led a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents aboard the Hydra-Ram, and used its homing device to find HYDRA's base.

(Strange Tales I#141/1) - After HYDRA had been defeated, Gabe flew Fury back to S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters aboard the Hydra-Ram.

(Strange Tales I#143/1) - After Fury had been captured by the Fixer and Mentallo, Dugan led a team of agents aboard the Hydra-Ram to the site where Tony Stark was constructing the Neutralizer, in an attempt to defeat the Fixer and Mentallo.

(Strange Tales I#149/1) - S.H.I.E.L.D. agents led by Dum-Dum Dugan flew the Hydra-Ram to retrieve Nick Fury after he had been captured by AIM.

(Strange Tales I#153/1) - Fury and Dugan completed modifications Tony Stark had made to the Hydra-Ram, and used it on a mission to rescue Laura Brown, Gabe Jones and Jasper Sitwell from HYDRA agents.

(Incredible Hulk II#106) - The Hydra-Ram was seen in a hangar bay aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and John Severin.

by Prime Eternal

The Hydra-Ram should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Strange Tales I#136, page 8, panel 5
Strange Tales I#141, page 7, panel 4

Strange Tales I#137 (October, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), John Severin (inks)
Strange Tales I#139 (December, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Strange Tales I#141 (February, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks)
Strange Tales I#143 (April, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby & Howard Purcell (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
Strange Tales I#149 (October, 1966) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), Ogden Whitney (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Strange Tales I#153 (February, 1967) - Roy Thomas (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), Jim Steranko (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#106 (August, 1968) - Archie Goodwin & Roy Thomas (writers), Marie Severin & Herb Trimpe (pencils), Geroge Tuska (inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First Posted: 03/27/2005
Last updated: 10/15/2005

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