Real Name: X
Identity/Class: Robot (pre-modern to modern era)
Occupation: Servant of mankind
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Jonathan Wilkes, its own robot creations (including Mister Smith, "X2" and its robot army)
Enemies: Doc Samson (Leonard Samson), Jack Holyoak, Living Totem (Whistle Pig), Tina Punnett, Charles J. Wentworth
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Doc Samson's trophy room;
formerly a factory near an unidentified American city (see comments)
First Appearance: Amazing Adventures I#4/1 (September, 1961)
Powers/Abilities: Robot X was sentient and capable of creative thought; it possessed a powerful intellect, which included skills such as mathematics and robotics; it also had artistic abilities, such as playing a piano.
Built from strong metals, and endowed with enormous strength, Robot X could easily bend an iron pipe and smash through a brick wall.
Having three fingers (including opposing thumb) on each hand, Robot X seemed to be propelled by some sort of single multi-tread wheel or roller-ball at its base.
Height: 7' (by approximation)
Weight: 1200 lbs. (by approximation)
(Amazing Adventures I#4/1) - For years, mankind had been using non-sentient robot laborers that could act only in response to human commands (see comments); but Jonathan Wilkes built Robot X as the first robot which could think for itself--Wilkes hoped the robot would be a boon to mankind.
Although the scientific community was thrilled by Robot X's capabilities, Charles J. Wentworth, publisher of the Daily Clarion newspaper, began running editorials against the cybernetic marvel, riling the public against it; Robot X suspected that Wentworth was not what he appeared, but when the public turned on Robot X, the automaton was forced to flee and plan to expose Wentworth on its own.
Robot X built Mr. Smith, a robot in the form of a man, and sent it to obtain equipment and an abandoned factory, where they began constructing an army of robots. Robot X then led the robot army to the Daily Clarion building, using them to fight off the robot laborers sent to defend humanity.
Robot X reached the offices of the Daily Clarion and chased down Wentworth; after unmasking the newspaper publisher before the public and exposing him as a Martian invader, Robot X revealed that Wentworth's staff were all Martians as well (see comments).
With its task complete, Robot X realized that humans would always mistrust anything more powerful and intelligent than themselves, and it could not allow its own robot army to remain and sow fear amongst humanity, so Robot X first destroyed all of its robot "brothers," then deactivated itself.
(Doc Samson II#2) - Robot X wound up in the trophy room of Doc Samson. Samson's associate Tina Punnett attempted to swap its ego core's "Wilkes Freewill Nucleus" with a new model (Asimov Restraint Unit) so that it could help them out. But when the novice mystic Jack Holyoak tried to help, he accidentally revived Robot X, and it started to attack them. The Living Totem attempted to aid the pair, but Robot X brushed him aside. Robot X was finally taken out by Doc Samson with a single punch, but Tina still hoped to complete repairs.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils) and Dick Ayers (inker).
Doc Samson II#2 claimed that Robot X "once destroyed half of Cleveland!"--this could be a reference to the battle with the robots in Amazing Adventures I#4.
Of course, the one problem with bringing the original story into regular Marvel continuity is that Earth-616 (mainstream Marvel Universe) doesn't have a handy supply of worker robots for general use by the public.
My guess is that the
events depicted in Amazing Adventures I#4 actually took place on an
alternate Earth where robots were commonplace, and that the Earth-616
Robot X (seen in Doc Samson's trophy room) had a slightly different
I haven't read the original story, but it might seem possible that Wentworth, the Martian invader, could have supplied his own non-sentient robots, presumably passing them off as defenders, but eventually intending to use them in his strike against humanity.
Those "Martians" looked very similar to Skrulls (who would first appear a few months later in Fantastic Four I#2 (January, 1962)--since these "Martians" never actually identified themselves as such (that was only the term by which Robot X referred to them), then maybe they were really Skrulls.
anti-Robot X editorials remind me of J. Jonah Jameson's later
anti-Spider-Man tirades--you don't suppose...?
Profile by Prime Eternal (original profile) & Ron Fredricks (expansion).
CLARIFICATIONS: Robot X has no known connections to
Jonathan Wilkes has no known connections to:
Charles J. Wentworth has no known connections to:
--Amazing Adventures I#4/1
Robot X scavenged parts from a junkyard to
build a robot resembling a human being, then covered it with clay to
simulate human flesh. The robot (known
as Mister Smith) would do X's bidding among humans according to
An abandoned factory building on the outskirts
of an unidentified American city (see
comments), it was purchased by Mister Smith at a real estate
Built by Robot X and Mister Smith, "X2" was an
identical duplicate of Robot X; although autonomous, it was under the
command of Robot X.
In an abandoned factory
purchased by Mister Smith, Robot X--along with Mister Smith, and
"X2"--built an unspecified number of independently thinking robot
soldiers to help Robot X expose the Martian plot within the Daily
Martians (see comments) were secretly planted on Earth as fifth-columnists for a mission of conquest-- they planned to ultimately take control of influential newspapers and use their propaganda to play upon the fears and prejudices of the readers, to weaken and undermine the defenses of the planet, leaving it ripe for conquest. Wearing face-masks to disguise themselves as publisher Charles J. Wentworth and his staff of writers and editors, the invaders first took control of the Daily Clarion.
fearing that thinking robots would not be deceived by their plot,
Wentworth wrote editorials which attacked Robot X, claiming that thinking
robots would put men out of work; he even appeared on television to voice
his opposition against Robot X, and he claimed robots would endanger
mankind's entire civilization. Wentworth's constant cries of alarm began
to convince the public of the menace presented by robots.
When Robot X led an army of its own robots during an assault on the Daily Clarion newspaper building, the human-controlled, non-thinking robot laborers were used as the first line of defense. But because they were dependent upon the transmitted orders of their human masters, the robot laborers proved to be inferior to Robot X's army, who were capable of independent thought. Many of the robot laborers were destroyed by Robot X's army.
--Amazing Adventures I#4/1
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Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p1, pan1 (Main Image - Robot X)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p12, pan6 (Headshot - Robot X explains Martians plot)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p2, pan5 (Robot X (rear view), Jonathan Wilkes (left))
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p3, pan1 (Robot X (side view) plays piano; Jonathan Wilkes (right))
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p2, pan4 (Jonathan Wilkes)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p3, pan4 (Jonathan Wilkes reads copy of Daily Clarion newspaper; Robot X (background) )
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p5, pan2 (Mister Smith; Robot X (background) )
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p6, pan3 (Mister Smith and Robot X build "X2")
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p5, pan5 (Robot X and Mister Smith inside factory)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p6, pan4 (Robot X (left) and "X2" (right) )
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p8, pan1 (Robot X, Mister Smith, and "X2" working on robot army)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p10, pan1 (Robot X's robot army fights non-sentient robots)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p10, pan4 (Robot X's robot army disarms human soldiers)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p3, pan5 (Charles J. Wentworth, speaking to Jonathan Wilkes)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p3, pan6 (Jonathan Wilkes and Charles J. Wentworth talking in Daily Clarion building)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p12, pan4 (Charles J. Wentworth, unmasked as a Martian by Robot X)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p12, pan5 (staff of Daily Clarion, unmasked as Martians; one of Robot X's robot soldiers (background) )
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p2, pan6 (non-sentient robot laborers constructing a building)
Amazing Adventures I#4/1, p9, pan6 (man orders non-sentient robot laborers to defend city from Robot X's robot army)
Amazing Adventures I#4 (September, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Doc Samson II#2 (April, 2006) - Paul Di Filippo (writer), Fabrizio Fiorentino (penciler), Jimmy Palmiotti (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
First Posted: 02/26/2006
Last updated: 06/05/2019
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