Classification: Headquarters, science lab

Creator: Scorpio, using the Zodiac Key

Users/Possessors: Zodiac (Life Model Decoys (LMDs))

First Appearance: Defenders I#48 (June, 1977)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Theater of Genetics was a facility in Belleville, New Jersey, powered by the Zodiac Key, and designed to create LMDs based upon S.H.I.E.L.D. technology, and according to Scorpio's direction.

History: (Defenders I#48) - Scorpio had an LMD of Nick Fury, which was programmed to serve him, bring Jack Norriss to the Theater of Genetics, and showed Jack the tubes containing the 11 Zodiac androids which would soon come to life and serve as his friends. When Moon Knight invaded the facility, Scorpio trapped him in a water vent to drown him, but Moon Knight escaped to warn the Defenders.

(Defenders I#49) - When the Defenders broke into the facility, Scorpio was forced to awaken the Zodiac before they were ready in order to stop the Defenders.

(Defenders I#50) - Only eight of the 11 androids appeared for the battle, and Scorpio abandoned the others to find the 3 missing androids. When he found that they had "died" soon after activation, he was dejected. As the Defenders defeated the Zodiac, destroying a great deal of the facility, Scorpio committed suicide.

(Defenders I#51) - The remains of the Theater of Genetics were gone over by S.H.I.E.L.D., who took the remaining LMDs into their custody.

Comments: Created by David Kraft, Don McGregor, Keith Giffen, and Dan Green.

by Prime Eternal

The Theater of Genetics should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Defenders I#48, page 16-17

Defenders I#49-51 (July-September, 1977) - David Kraft (writer), Keith Giffen (pencils), Mike Royer, Keith Giffen (#50), John Tartaglione (#50), Dave Cockrum (#50) & Klaus Janson (#51) (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)

Last updated: 03/07/05

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