Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Dr. Doom (Victor von Doom)

Users/Possessors: Dr. Doom (Victor von Doom), Dr. Doom (Kristoff Vernard), Sub-Mariner

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#6 (September, 1962)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Grabber was a magnetic device which could render even a skyscraper immune to the effects of gravity, allowing the person at the controls to redirect it to another location.




History: (Fantastic Four I#6) - As part of his scheme to destroy the Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom demonstrated his Grabber device to the Sub-Mariner, demonstrating how it could lift any object it was attached to, and redirect it. He disassembled it and planted it within Namor's belt so that Namor could take the components to the Baxter Building.

Namor assembled the device in a dark corner of the Baxter Building's basement, but Dr. Doom double-crossed him, and activated the device so that it lifted the entire Baxter Building into the air. From his ship, Doom intended to release the Baxter Building into the sun, to kill Namor and the Fantastic Four. When Namor saw how he had been tricked, he stole aboard Doom's ship and knocked him out into space, then took control of the device so that he could return the Baxter Building to Earth. Once the building was safe, he had the Grabber return to Doom's ship and affix itself to its hull, dragging the ship and Grabber into the ocean.

(Fantastic Four I#278) - After having been educated by the Doombots via the Remembrancer, Doom's ward Kristoff Vernard believed himself to be Dr. Doom, and stopped the tapes when he reached Doom's defeat with the Grabber. Believing he could correct "his" earlier mistake, Kristoff planted another Grabber in the Baxter Building, and pulled it into space. Once he had done this, he destroyed the Baxter Building immediately, but the Fantastic Four still managed to survive.




Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

by Prime Eternal

The Grabber should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#6, page 9, panel 4
Fantastic Four I#6, page 24, panel 3

Fantastic Four I#278 (May, 1985) - John Byrne (writer/penciler), Jerry Ordway (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)

Last updated: 12/16/06

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