Classification: Terrestrial technology
Creator: Tony Stark
Users/Possessors: Black Widow, KGB agents (including Igor and Stansky), Tony Stark
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#53/1 (May, 1964)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The anti-gravity device could cancel out the effects of gravity on objects and move them according to the wielder's desires. It could tear apart walls, buildings, mountains and "lift" tanks. It could act in reverse, increasing the force upon a target so that it would be unable to move.
History: (Tales of Suspense I#53/1) - Tony Stark spent months working on his anti-gravity device without success. He finally decided to leave it all to chance, and assembled the circuits at random, forgetting the formula he used. Surprisingly, it worked. As he was testing it, it accidentally affected a cabinet, and nearly dropped it on his head, but Tony's chauffer "Happy" Hogan saved him in the nick of time. Tony phoned the Pentagon to tell them the good news, and brought it to Washington for a demonstration the next day. However, a reporter snuck in and took pictures of Stark using the device to lift a tank, and word soon reached Russia.
The KGB sent the Black Widow to steal the device, and she used her friendship with Stark to get inside the plant and obtain a demonstration. She then pretended to feel faint, then used a knock-out gas on Stark and stole the device, using it to tear walls apart to create an exit, and to brush aside the guards at Stark Industries.
The Black Widow began a one-woman assault upon America, using the device to tear apart factories, while Iron Man was barely able to keep up with damage control. She was joined by a trio of KGB agents who were eager to test out the device. When Stansky used it to lift a car, it led Iron Man to their hideout, but the Black Widow drove him off by lifting him with the device, then reversed its setting so that he crashed through the building, bringing it down on top of him.
The Black Widow and the KGB went to assault Fort Knox, and tore open the mountain which concealed its gold reserves, but Iron Man returned to the fight, and used a proton electric charge from his armor to destroy the device's output.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck.
So...Tony built this device at random, and couldn't remember how he did it. This was during his alcoholic phase, right? Just checking.
by Prime Eternal
Tony Stark's anti-gravity device should not be confused with:
Images taken from:
Tales of Suspense I#53, page 11, panel 6
Last updated: 12/16/06
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