TOMAZOOMA

Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Robot

Occupation: Hench-robot

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Reanimator, Red Star Oil Company

Enemies: Fantastic Four, Keewazis, New Warriors (Aegis, Bolt, Namorita, Nova, Speedball, Turbo), Silent Fox, Wyatt Wingfoot, Wolverine

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Death That Walks, the Living Death

Base of Operations: The Reanimator's lair, New York City
The Bar With No Name, Springdale, Connecticut
The Keewazi Reservation, Oklahoma

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#80 (November, 1968)

Powers/Abilities: Tomazooma stood around 25 feet tall, and was powered by null-bands on its face which could release negative energy. It also possessed electro-beams in each eye which could also fire energy and could release vapors from its mouth which would knock people unconscious. Tomazooma's body was composed of amazingly durable materials, able to resist the Thing's strength and all manner of shells and small arms.

At one point, Tomazooma was redesigned to serve as a cuckoo-clock, with a clock in place of its face and a human-sized compartment in its chest for the cuckoo to emerge from.

Height: 50'
Weight: 10 tons

History: (Fantastic Four I#80) - Tomazooma was built by the Red Star Oil Company to resemble the god of the Keewazis, and was sent to the Keewazi reservation to frighten the Keewazi into giving up land which was known to contain vast amounts of oil. Tomazooma was encountered by Wyatt Wingfoot, and knocked him unconscious with its vapors.

Wyatt's friends Mr. Fantastic, the Thing and the Human Torch arrived on the scene just as Tomazooma was destroying the reservation's oil refinery. Tomazooma proved resistent to the Torch's flame, the Thing's strength, and the Fantasticar's shells.

(Silver Surfer I#4) - The Thing's fight with Tomazooma was witnessed by the astral form of Loki, who was searching for a pawn to use against Thor.

(Fantastic Four I#80) - However, by this time, Silent Fox of the Keewazi had confirmed with the Pentagon that Tomazooma was merely a robot sent by Red Star, and he rallied the Keewazi against Tomazooma. Although their weapons could not harm Tomazooma, Mr. Fantastic had come up with a plan; he squeezed himself into a ball, and had Wyatt fire him at Tomazooma's face. Mr. Fantastic smashed into Tomazooma's null-bands, causing it to explode. The Keewazi remained faithful in the true Tomazooma, who they seemed to glimpse in a nearby mist, watching over them.

(Marvel Two-In-One#19 (fb) - BTS) - The Cougar, a member of the Cat People, retrieved the Null-Bands from Tomazooma's remains in order to use them for his own purposes.

(Marvel: Year-in-Review '92 - "Losers!" text story) - Now rebuilt into a cuckoo clock, Tomazooma decorated the Bar With No Name in Springdale, Connecticut. On one occasion, the bar's management had a man dressed as Scourge emerge from the clock in order to clear the bar at closing time.

(Wolverine II#149) - Tomazooma was obtained by the Reanimator, and brought back to its original specifications. When the New Warriors and Wolverine invaded the Reanimator's lair it was pitted against them, but Nova smashed another hole through its chest, again taking it out of commission.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.

In Fantastic Four Roast#1, Tomazooma appears as Wyatt Wingfoot's new roommate. "I share a room-a with Tomazooma!"

Tomazooma also appeared as "Tommy Tomazooma" in the Hellcat story from What The--?!#7, which probably isn't in-continuity...then again, if we're going to count "Losers!"...

George Olshevsky postulated in the Marvel Comics Index to the Fantastic Four that Red Star Oil was an early name of Roxxon Oil, but this has never been confirmed. In the actual story, Red Star Oil is funded from "behind the Iron Curtain"...a topical reference.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Tomazooma should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#80, page 5
Fantastic Four I#80, page 9, panel 4


Fantastic Four I#80 (November, 1968) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Silver Surfer I#4 (February, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Sal Buscema (inks)
Marvel Year-in-Review '92 (1992) - Peter Sanderson
Wolverine II#149 (April, 2000) - Erik Larsen (writer), Graham Nolan (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Mark Powers (editor)

Last updated: 07/03/05

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