Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Mr. Fantastic

Users/Possessors: Mass Master (Alex Power), Mr. Fantastic, Warlord Morrat, Nova (Frankie Raye)

Aliases: Power-Ray Machine

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#37 (April, 1965)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Stimulator drew energy from another galaxy, and could increase or restore the superhuman powers of mutates.

History: (Fantastic Four I#37) - After completing his Power-Ray Machine, Reed accidentally exposed the Human Torch to it, causing him to burst into flame. Later, they used the device to power a spaceship on a trip to the Skrull homeworld, where they went to confront the Skrulls for having murdered Dr. Franklin Storm. When Skrulls led by Warlord Morrat defeated the foursome, Reed bargained for their lives by offering him the Power-Ray Machine, claiming it was a weapon of destruction. After seeing how to operate it, Morrat turned the ray on the Fantastic Four, thinking it would kill them, but instead it restored their strength, enabling them to resume their battle with the Skrulls.

(Fantastic Four I#40) - After having lost their powers because of the Wizard's Q-Bomb, the Fantastic Four had to battle Dr. Doom, who used their own devices in the Baxter Building against them. Reed managed to locate the Stimulator and used it to restore their powers, and they were able to defeat Dr. Doom, although Ben was despondent at being turned back into the Thing.

(Power Pack I#57) - After losing some of her cosmic power, Nova (Frankie Raye) borrowed the Stimulator from Four Freedoms Plaza, and had Alex Power fire the Stimulator at her in order to restore her full power, enabling her to face the threat of the Star Stalker.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Chic Stone.

by Prime Eternal

The Stimulator should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#40, page 10, panel 5

Fantastic Four I#37 (April, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (writer/penciler), Chic Stone (inker)
Fantastic Four I#40 (July, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (writer/penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Power Pack I#57 (July, 1990) - Michael Higgins (writer), Tom Morgan (penciler/inker), Andy Mushynsky (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)

Last updated: 02/01/06

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