Membership: Gammadroid, Master of Matrix Eight, many unnamed operatives

Purpose: Accumulation of profit by developing and selling weapons

Affiliations: A.I.M., Hydra, the Maggia;
    former members of the Nazi party, especially
Heinrich Zemo

Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Hulk (Bruce Banner)

Base of Operations: Formerly bunkers beneath England

First Appearance: Captain America I#257 (May, 1981)

Powers/Weaponry: The members of Matrix Eight are normal men armed with handguns and anesthetic gas weapons. They had some combat experience, but were no match for Captain America at his fighting strength. Matrix Eight's base contained a number of weapons, including machine guns, heat-rays, acid pools, flame-throwers, anesthetic gas dispensers, and Adhesive X dispensers.

(Captain America I#257 (fb) - BTS) - The future Master of Matrix Eight was the former assistant of Heinrich Zemo.

(Captain America I#257 (fb) - BTS) - Matrix Eight was established after World War II by fleeing war criminals. Having been privy to many top-echelon Nazi secrets, these men claimed a large amount of the unrecovered Nazi gold. With that gold they established a base, secreting bunkers beneath England. The leader of the group twisted the symbol of Nazism, the Swastika, to form the number eight, from which they took their name: Matrix Eight.
    Continuing their research, they developed and tested weapons, selling them to the highest bidder--A.I.M., the Maggia, even Hydra.

(Captain America I#257 (fb) - BTS) - Agents of Matrix Eight observed Captain America's yearly journey to the cliffs of Northern England to pay his respects to Bucky.

(Captain America I#257) - Agents of Matrix Eight tracked Bruce Banner to a hotel in which he was staying. They ambushed him in his sleep, using gas to incapacitate him before he could become the Hulk.

(Captain America I#257 (fb) - BTS) - The agents brought Banner to Matrix Eight's base, where he was kept drugged. From their studies of the Hulk's power, they designed the Gammadroid.

(Captain America I#257) - Agents of Matrix Eight ambushed Captain America while he stood over a Northern England cliff overlooking the Atlantic, paying his respects on the anniversary of Bucky's apparent death. The gas weakened him enough for the agents to finish him off, and he was taken to Matrix Eight's base as well. Upon Cap's revival, the Master showed him around, revealing his plan to test the Gammadroid against him; the Master hoped it would slay Captain America, avenging Matrix Eight's beloved Baron Zemo. Having recovered sufficiently from the gas, Captain America took off, avoiding a series of attacks and death-traps until he located the drugged Banner. Cap slapped Banner repeatedly until he became the Hulk, whom Cap goaded into attacking the approaching Matrix Eight agents. Another trap doused the Hulk in Adhesive X, trapping him, but Captain America smashed at the adhesive with his shield, all the while taunting the Hulk until he became angry enough to shatter his bonds. Cap then led the Hulk to fight the Gammadroid, which he rapidly disabled. When another gas attack (apparently designed specifically for the Hulk, as Cap was less affected) was used against them, Cap insulted the Hulk again, keeping him awake long enough for him to smash open an escape hatch. Cap then carried the unconscious Banner to safety.
    As the base began to collapse from Captain America's sabotage, the Master of Matrix Eight tried to take a container of the solvent to Adhesive X with him, but shattered pipes showered him with Adhesive X just feet away from the solvent. He remained trapped in place as the base exploded. It was said that the Master of Matrix Eight was the only one to perish in the explosion, but there was no evidence of any other members being captured.

Comments: Created by Mike W. Barr, Lee Elias, and M. Hands.
    Many Hands?

Sliding timescale causing aging problems: Assuming that the future Master of Matrix Eight was very young, say 18 years old in 1945 while he served Zemo, he would have been 53 years old when the story came out in 1981. In 2005, he would be 78, and he looked much too fit to be that age. Perhaps he had a little bit of the Compound X which retarded the Zemos' aging.

Magneto stole a large stash of the Nazi gold from Baron Strucker in Uncanny X-Men#161.

Good idea--after being successful for decades, working with impunity, go ahead and capture both the Hulk and Captain America out of the blue.

The Gammadroid is among the Gamma Mutates in World War Hulk: The Gamma Files.

Profile by Snood.

Matrix Eight has no known connection to:

The Master of Matrix Eight has no known connections to:

The Gammadroid has no known connections to:

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Captain America I#257, p3, panel 3 (agents)
        p4, panel 4 (Master)
        p6, panel 5 (Gammadroid)



    Created by Matrix Eight based on the Hulk's metabolism, it was designed to be as powerful as the Hulk, but guided solely by the Master of Matrix Eight's will. Though it was undoubtedly powerful, the real Hulk made short work of it.


--Captain America I#257







Master of Matrix Eight


    Former assistant to Heinrich Zemo, he joined other Nazi war criminals in forming Matrix Eight. After years of designing and selling weapons with impunity he decided to get involved with the Hulk and Captain America, bringing a rapid end to his organization. For him, the ending was presumably fatal.


--Captain America I#257





Captain America I#257 (May, 1981) - Mike W. Barr (writer), Lee Elias (pencils), Mandy Hands (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)

Last updated: 05/03/05.

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