Maximus' Hypno-Gun


Classification: Unconventional hypnosis weapon (Inhuman design)

Creator: Unrevealed

User/Possessors: Maximus

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#82 (January, 1969)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The giant Hypno-Gun reduced the individual wills of people upon whom it had been targeted using rays to flood the planet. It apparently could enslave all living souls, indicating its scope to cover not just humans, but also Eternals, extraterrestrials, etc. It was massive in size with a small control room mounted atop the rear of the gun.

The Hypno-Gun is fired (artist's impression)


(Fantastic Four I#82) - Using hypno-potions to bend the Inhuman Royal Family to his will, plus a hyno-stud in Lockjaw's collar, Maximus seized control of the throne of the Inhumans. He planned to use the Hypno-Gun to enslave the planet Earth's population with the strategem to fire the weapon at the point of his coronation.

Fantastic Four I#83) - Breaking free of their cell, the Inhumans Black Bolt, Gorgon, Karnak, Medusa and Triton, as well as Crystal who was then a member of the Fantastic Four, all rushed to challenge Maximus at the gun's helm before it could be fired.

   Proclaiming himself Emperor Eternal, Maximus entered into a dramatic declaration on his ambition of subjugation and his visions of expanding his influence using the Hypno-Gun to reach into the universe so that he could rule over all. However, just before he could fire the gun, Crystal utilized her elemental powers to shatter the gun, stopping Maximus' initial dreams of conquest.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils) & Joe Sinnott (inks).

It should be noted that the Hypno-Gun was never actually fired in the story with its firing and effects presented only as Maximus' delusional visions. Presumably, these images were based on designs and initial weapon tests.


Profile by Grendel Prime.

Maximus' Hypno-Gun has no known connections to:

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Fantastic Four I#82, p20, pan5 (main image)
Fantastic Four I#83, p15, pan3 (beam)

Fantastic Four I#82 (January, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Fantastic Four I#82 (February, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)

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Last Updated: 01/02/08

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