Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Tony Stark

User/Possessors: Jasper Sitwell

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#144/1 (May, 1966)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Small enough to be concealed in a jacket pocket, this hand-held device transmitted signals that could control an individual's voluntary responses, allowing the operator to stay in control of almost any situation.

It was employed for such effects as:

  1. Affecting the motor portion of an individual's brain, paralyzing his legs.
  2. Stimulating the individual's nerve endings, making him laugh uncontrollably.
  3. Applying a shock to the individual's reflexes, causing him to bolt upwards.

The limits and range of this device are unknown.

(Strange Tales I#144/1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the Coaxer was built by Tony Stark and given to rookie S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jasper Sitwell.

(Strange Tales I#144/1) - Assigned to report to Nick Fury and assist in the investigation of mysterious flying eggs, Sitwell went to the the S.H.I.E.L.D. barbershop. However, when the agent on duty--having his doubts that Sitwell was really with the organization--refused to let him enter headquarters, Sitwell gave him a demonstration of the Coaxer to convince him otherwise.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Howard Purcell.

Profile by John Kaminski


The Coaxer has no known connection to:

  • any other similar devices

images: (without ads)
Strange Tales I#144/1, p11, pan4 (main image)

p11, pan3 (Sitwell using concealed Coaxer on barbershop attendant)
p11, pan5 (close-up)

Strange Tales I#144 (May, 1966) - Stan Lee (dialogue/editor), Jack Kirby (plot/layouts), Howard Purcell (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

Last Updated: 06/07/04

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