Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Unidentified Hydra scientists

Users/Possessors: Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Annihil-Agent 47

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#153/1 (February, 1967)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Epiderm-Mask could generate a lifelike mask of another person's face within minutes. Its heat output was monitored by a thermo-indicator.


(Strange Tales I#155/1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, HYDRA's Annihil-Agent 47 assumed the identity of Dr. Anton Trojak, a scientist affiliated with S.H.I.E.L.D., and used this identity to infiltrate the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, using HYDRA's Epiderm-Mask Machine to create a mask that made him look like Trojak.

(Strange Tales I#153/1) - In order to infiltrate the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D., Baron Wolfgang von Strucker employed the Epiderm-Mask and turned the thermo-indicator to full intensity to hurry the operation. The Epiderm-Mask gave him the appearance of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent John Bronson, and he set out immediately to begin his infiltration.

(Strange Tales I#156/1) - Flying in the Dyna-Soar to Hydra Island, Strucker finally rid himself of the John Bronson guise, using the Epiderm-Mask to restore his natural appearance.

(Strange Tales I#158/1 (fb)) - Nick Fury used the Epiderm-Mask to alter Strucker's appearance to look like Fury; he then created two masks of Strucker's face and put one on each of them.

(Strange Tales I#158/1) - When "Fury" removed Strucker's mask to reveal Fury's face, his own Hydra agents shot at him, while the real Fury escaped Hydra Island wearing Strucker's face.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Jack Kirby, and Jim Steranko.

by Prime Eternal

The Epiderm-Mask should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Strange Tales I#156, page 7, panel 10

Strange Tales I#153 (February, 1967) - Roy Thomas (writer), Jack Kirby (penciler), Jim Steranko (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Strange Tales I#155 (April, 1967) - Jim Steranko (writer/artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Strange Tales I#156 (May, 1967) - Jim Steranko (writer/artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Strange Tales I#158 (July, 1967) - Jim Steranko (writer/artist), Stan Lee (editor)

Last updated: 11/26/06

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