BETATRON BOMB

Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Unnamed HYDRA scientists

Users/Possessors: Imperial Hydra

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#137/1 (October, 1965)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Betatron Bomb was a powerful explosive which could be launched into Earth's orbit. If it was detonated, it could threaten virtually the entire globe. If it was destroyed prior to detonation, it would spread its fallout across the planet.

History: (Strange Tales I#137/1) - The launch site of the Betatron Bomb was known to HYDRA's Agent L, who passed microfilm of it on to S.H.I.E.L.D. before he died, but S.H.I.E.L.D. was unable to retrieve the microfilm thanks to HYDRA's interference. Nick Fury attempted to find the launch site in the Balkans using S.H.I.E.L.D.'s I.B.P., but the Imperial Hydra launched the bomb only seconds before Fury could have located it.

(Strange Tales I#138/1) - Fury had S.H.I.E.L.D. destroy the launch site, and they began to search for a solution to the threat. Tony Stark proposed his new invention -- the Brainosaur -- to disarm it, but HYDRA learned of the invention, and attempted to kidnap Stark and Fury. Although Stark evaded capture, Fury was brought into HYDRA's custody, and the Imperial Hydra enacted Project: Doomsday, having his Fox Division confront the United States government and force their surrender.

(Strange Tales I#139/1 - BTS) - HYDRA attempted to learn what Fury knew about the Brainosaur, but he knew nothing. Meanwhile, Stark was given approval to build the Brainosaur for S.H.I.E.L.D.

(Strange Tales I#140/1) - Stark piloted the Brainosaur into space where the Betatron Bomb waited, and used the Brainosaur to remove the bomb's radioactive firing mechanism, rendering it inert. HYDRA was temporarily defeated by S.H.I.E.L.D. as the Imperial Hydra was beaten back on Earth.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and John Severin.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Betatron Bomb should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Strange Tales I#137, page 12, panel 5


Strange Tales I#138-140 (November, 1965 - January, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), John Severin (#138), Joe Sinnott (#139) & Don Heck (#140) (inks)

Last updated: 04/17/05

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