ADAM-II

Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Android (Post-World War II)

Occupation: Would-be conqueror of humanity

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: His android followers, Phineas T. Horton android

Enemies: All-Winners Squad (Bucky (Fred Davis), Captain America (William Naslund), Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Miss America, Sub-Mariner, Whizzer (Bob Frank)), Phineas T. Horton, Jack Kennedy, Patriot (Jeff Mace)

Known Relatives: Phineas T. Horton (creator), Gremlin, Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Vision, Volton (all "brothers")

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Phineas T. Horton's home, Boston, Massachusetts

First Appearance: What If I#4 (August, 1977)

Powers/Abilities: Adam-II had enhanced strength and durability due to his synthetic construction.

Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 300 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: None

History: (What If I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to duplicate the success of his first android, the Human Torch, Phineas T. Horton created a new synthetic android, Adam-II. However, Adam-II proved to have goals for world conquest, and took Horton prisoner, replacing him with an android duplicate while he began to construct an army of androids. During his time as Adam-II's prisoner, Horton learned that Adam-II planned to replace an American politician with an android.

(What If I#4) - In 1946, when the Human Torch and Toro came to visit Horton, they were confronted by the imposter, and when the Torch recognized it as a fake they melted it down. Adam-II then revealed himself to them, declaring his goal of conquering the Earth and repopulating the globe with an android population. Adam-II offered the Torch a place with him, but the Torch refused, and fought Adam-II's androids with Toro. When they tried to melt through a wall they thought Adam-II was hiding behind, it turned out to be a vat of water, and their flames were snuffed out.

 

 

 

 

    Adam-II placed the Torch, Toro and Horton inside of a water tank and began to fill it with water to eliminate them all, but they were saved by the Patriot and alerted their allies in the All-Winners Squad. Adam-II brought an android duplicate of Jack Kennedy to the site of a rally in Boston for the real Kennedy, but Captain America and Bucky found Adam-II and the imposter first, and fought back against his androids. Captain America fled to the Old North Church to signal his teammates, but one of the androids caught up to him as he was sending his flare. The android crushed his ribs from behind, but the Captian managed to destroy it with his flare gun, then light a flare for his allies before dying.

    The rest of the All-Winners Squad caught up to Adam-II, and he used his androids to hold them back while he attempted to abduct Kennedy, but Captain America suddenly appeared to defend Kennedy. As he had received an electronic signal from his android at the church, Adam-II was shocked to see the Captain alive, not realizing it was the Patriot now wearing the uniform. Adam-II attempted to run the Captain down with Kennedy's car, but the car skidded on a pool of oil from Adam-II's smashed lackeys, and he veered out-of-control, smashed into a building, and perished in the resulting explosion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Frank Robbins and Frank Springer.

    What If I#4 is the only What If story (so far) which occurs entirely on Earth-616. The story was published in What If for a variety of reasons-- there was no room for it in that year's Invaders Annual, the Invaders series itself was unlikely to reach 1946 in its publishing history (and it didn't), and the story originally meant for What If I#4 was running late.

    The All-Winners Squad's only 1940's appearances were in All-Winners Comics#19 and #21. There was no All-Winners Comics#20 (it is believed that All-Teen Comics#20 replaced it), so Roy Thomas introduced the Adam-II adventure as being set between the two adventures to serve as the "lost" issue #20 tale.

    Adam-II's red skin reminds one of the Human Torch's diverged self, the Vision.

    In the world of Earth-Adam-II, Adam-II triumphed over an All-Winners Squad who had been deprived of Captain America, only to be eventually overthrown by four Captain Americas from Earth-616. The Adam-II of that world had the ability to shoot energy blasts from his hand, which the Earth-616 Adam-II never demonstrated.

Adam-II received an entry in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update#2.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Adam-II should not be confused with:


ADAM-II's ANDROIDS

 

    Adam-II constructed his own androids based on his understanding of Phineas T. Horton's work, but gave them no names, nor the ability to speak (but they could communicate with Adam-II cybernetically). Virtually bereft of individual thought, they were employed by Adam-II against the All-Winners Squad, and one of them was responsible for killing the William Naslund Captain America by crushing his chest. All of the androids Adam-II was known to employ were destroyed by the All-Winners Squad.

The androids were composed of a rubbery material, and possessed enhanced strength.

--What If I#4



 

 







PHINEAS T. HORTON ANDROID

 

    Adam-II constructed an android duplicate of Phineas T. Horton to masquerade as his creator while he attempted to kill the real Horton, but when the android confronted the Human Torch and Toro, the Torch realized he was a fake, and they melted the artificial skin off his body.

 

--What If I#4
 















Images taken from:
What If I#4, page 31, panel 1
What If I#4, page 44, panel 5
androids- What If I#4, page 31, panel 4
Horton- What If I#4, page 27, panel 2


Appearances:
What If I#4 (August, 1977) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Frank Robbins (pencils), Frank Springer (inks)


Last updated: 09/04/10

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