BRUCE BANNER'S ROBOT

Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Bruce Banner

Users/Possessors: Unnamed spy

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#60 (October, 1964)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The robot was a battlesuit which was designed to withstand atomic explosions. It was virtually immune to harm, and enhanced the wearer's strength to superhuman levels, enabling it to face the Hulk in hand-to-hand combat.

History: (Tales to Astonish I#60/2) - Bruce Banner had built his robot for General Thaddeus Ross' Air Force, but because of his many disapperances while transforming into the Hulk, Ross began to suspect that Banner's robot was a failure. Banner was forced to hurry ahead with the robot's completion in order to meet Ross' timetable for their test, but the night before the test, a spy working for the Leader snuck into the lab and boarded the robot.

At the test, the robot was fired on by a drone tank, and was not harmed, so the spy decided to attack the tank to test his strength. However, the explosion of the tank sealed the hatch to the robot, making the spy unable to exit. As he wandered about, he ran into the Hulk, and took several powerful blows from the Hulk without causing any damage. When the Hulk began to revert to Banner, the spy attacked him, and knocked the Hulk off a cliff. Completing the change to Banner, he was found by Ross, and offered to build a second robot to defeat the first, but Ross refused, determined that he would beat the robot himself.

(Tales to Astonish I#61/2) - The spy wandered into a laboratory which had been used by Banner, and began to design a missile to destroy Gamma Base. After completing the missile, he saw a helicopter carrying Major Glenn Talbot and Betty Ross, and threw a boulder at it, but the Hulk saved them. The Hulk attacked the robot again, but still could not harm it. Their clash led them into a cave, where the Hulk managed to knock the robot down a pit to his apparent death. The Hulk then destroyed the missile before it could strike Gamma Base.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and George Bell.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Bruce Banner's Robot should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Tales to Astonish I#61/2, page 1


Tales to Astonish I#61 (November, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (pencils), George Roussos (inks)

Last updated: 09/23/05

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