Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Hiram Girk

Users/Possessors: Hiram Girk

First Appearance: Machine Man I#7 (October, 1978)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Paratron was a robot possessing superhuman strength. It had no capacity for independent thought, and was entirely dependent upon its creator's remote control.

History: (Machine Man I#7) - The Paratron was built by Hiram Girk in an attempt to become famous by defeating Machine Man. When Machine Man and his friend Peter Spaulding drove by, Girk sent the Paratron to stop their car by catching it in its powerful arms. Machine Man wrestled with the robot, but didn't take the fight seriously. Still, concerned that the robot had the capacity to harm humans, Machine Man unleashed his flame thrower, and melted the robot into molten slag. When Girk appeared demanding vengeance and threatening a lawsuit, Machine Man responded by "returning" Paratron to him as a clump of slag he tossed into his hands.

Comments: Created by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer.

by Prime Eternal

The Paratron should not be confused with:


Hiram Girk was a crackpot scientist who saw the acclaim that Machine Man had recently won in Central City, and decided that it was his big opportunity to defeat him with the Paratron and become famous. However, Machine Man destroyed the Paratron, and Girk said he would sue him. Machine Man "returned" Paratron to Girk by dropping a ball of slag into Girk's hands.

--Machine Man I#7

Images taken from:
Machine Man I#7, page 7, panel 6
Girk- Machine Man I#7, page 11, panel 4

Last updated: 03/26/05

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