Real Name: None
Identity/Class: Terrestrial robot
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Ted Castle and his robot army (Arsenal robots, Awesome Androids, Dreadnoughts, Humanoids, Killer Robots, Mek-Men, Murder Machine, Punishers, Sentinels, others), Reanimator, Red Star Oil Company
Enemies: Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Fantastic Force of Earth-807128 (Robert Bruce Banner Jr., Hooded Man/James Howlett, Lightwave, Natalie X, Psionics/Cindy, Alex Ultron), Keewazi, New Warriors (Aegis/Trey Rollins, Namorita, Nova/Richard Rider, Speedball/Robbie Baldwin, Turbo/Mickey Musashi), Nova (Sam Alexander), Silent Fox, Wyatt Wingfoot, Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Living Totem, the Totem Who Walks, the Death That Walks, the Living Death
Base of Operations: Reanimator's lair, New York City;
formerly the Bar With No Name, Springdale, Connecticut;
formerly the Keewazi Reservation, Oklahoma
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#80 (November, 1968)
Powers/Abilities: The Tomazooma robot could lift over 100 tons, and was powered by null bands on its face which could release negative energy. Its eyes could emit concussive electro-beams, and it could release a powerful burning vapor from its mouth which rendered people unconscious. Its body was composed of amazingly durable materials, able to resist gunfire and even the Thing's strength.
At one point, Tomazooma was allegedly 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.
A recent iteration of the Tomazooma robot could also fire energy blasts from its hands.
Weight: 10 tons
(Fantastic Four I#80 (fb) - BTS) - The Russian-funded Red Star Oil Company (see comments) desired access to the vast oil reserves under the Keewazi reservation, so they built a giant robot that resembled the god of the Keewazis to frighten them from their land.
(Fantastic Four I#80) - After hearing rumors of the return of Tomazooma, Wyatt Wingfooot used the Gyro-Cruiser to investigate a region near the Keewazi reservation; when he encountered the robot, he was rendered unconscious by its vapors.
Wyatt's friends Mr. Fantastic, the Human Torch, and the Thing arrived on the scene in their Pogo Plane, just as the robot was destroying the reservation's oil refinery. But Tomazooma proved resistant to the Torch's flame, the Thing's strength, and gunfire from the Pogo Plane.
(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) - The FF were attempting to prevent Tomazooma from destroying a nearby dam. 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 the mechanical giant. Although their weapons could not harm Tomazooma, Mr. Fantastic came up with a plan -- he squeezed himself into a compact sphere, then had Wyatt use a bazooka to fire him into Tomazooma's mouth. Once inside, Mr. Fantastic short-cicuited the robot's power pack, causing it to explode. The Keewazi remained faithful to the true Tomazooma, whom they seemed to glimpse in a nearby mist, watching over them.
(Marvel Two-in-One I#19 (fb) - BTS) - The Cougar, a member of the Cat People race, retrieved the null-bands from the Tomazooma robot's remains in order to use them for his own purposes.
(Marvel: Year-in-Review '92 - "Losers!" text story) - Allegedly 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 a closing time.
(Wolverine II#149) - The Tomazooma robot was obtained by the Reanimator and brought back to its original specifications. When the New Warriors and Wolverine invaded the Reanimator's lair, Tomazooma was one of the army of robots pitted against them -- Nova (Rider) smashed a hole through its chest, again taking it out of commission.
(Fantastic Force II#1) - While trying to arrest the time-traveling Fantastic Force, Ted Castle used a rebuilt Tomazooma as part of his own army of robots.
(Original Sin#0) - Nova (Alexander) quickly destroyed the Tomazooma robot when it menaced local workmen at an oil field in New Mexico. When Captain America and the Avengers arrived, Cap assumed Roxxon or another energy corporation had sent the Tomazooma robot to terrorize locals and force them to sell the land.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Joe Sinnott.
In Fantastic Four Roast#1, Tomazooma was mentioned 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.
Profile by Prime Eternal. Updates by Markus Raymond & Ron Fredricks.
Tomazooma should not be confused with:
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Fantastic Four I#80, p6, pan1 (main image - Tomazooma robot)
Fantastic Four I#80, p13, pan2 (headshot - Tomazooma robot fires eyebeams)
Wolverine II#149, p19, pan2 (Nova [Rider] flies through Tomazooma robot's chest)
Original Sin#0, p5, pan1 (Tomazooma robot fires energy blast from its hands)
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 (writer)
Wolverine II#149 (April, 2000) - Erik Larsen (writer), Graham Nolan (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Fantastic Force II#1 (June, 2009) - Joe Ahearne (writer), Steve Kurth (pencils), Serge LaPointe (inks), Chris Sotomayor (colors), Rus Wooton (letters), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Original Sin#0 (June, 2014) - Mark Waid (writer), Jim Cheung & Paco Medina (pencils), Mark Morales, Guillermo Ortego, Dave Meikis, Juan Vlasco & Jim Cheung (inks), Tom Brevoort & Wil Moss (editors)
First posted: 05/07/2005
Last updated: 11/20/2023
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