Real Name: Inapplicable
Identity/Class: Plastoid (Robot)
Occupation: Mad Thinker operative, slayer of men
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Mad Thinker (creator)
Enemies: Captain Mar-Vell, Carol Danvers, soldiers of Cape Canaveral
Known Relatives: Plastic-Men (less powerful Plastoids)
Base of Operations: USA (perhaps mobile)
First Appearance: Captain Marvel I#12 (April, 1969)
Powers/Abilities: Man-Slayer was a biochemical and electronical being whose skin was made of a special plastic. He was three times as tall as a normal human and he possessed enhanced strength. The skin tissue was almost impenetrable to normal projectiles. Its plastic cells were self-healing. It communicated by a sort of telepathy. His bio-plastic brain could receive mental commands by the Mad Thinker at very long distances (more than 2,000 kilometres). Man-Slayer had no eyes, he saw through a biological radar. He needed a continuous flow of energy transmitted to his body from an external energy transmitter, but also had an internal, rather limited, power supply. He possessed a Repulsor Ray that he could shoot from hands.
History: (Captain Marvel I#12) - The Man-Slayer was created by the Mad Thinker. His first mission was to destroy the Moon Rocket which had to take off from Cape Canaveral, where Mar-Vell worked under the identity of Dr. Lawson.
Remotely driven by the Mad Thinker,
Man-Slayer reached the base, and announced his sole purpose: slay men! He broke
into the base perimeter, ripping the heavy barbed wire with extreme ease. The
projectiles of the soldiers could do nothing to stop or distract him from reaching
the launch platform. Only Captain Mar-Vell managed to stop him with a flying
blow. Man-Slayer's unemotional but brute strength and great speed were even
greater than Captain Mar-Vell's fighting ability, but the hero's presence made it
realize that it should have been a greater goal to kill a living legend, a symbol
of life and hope and than destroy the Rocket.
Meanwhile, the Black Widow, who had sneaked into the Mad Thinker's base, destroyed the device that transmitted energy to Man-Slayer, just when the Plastoid was succeeding in slaying Captain Mar-Vell. Man-Slayer lost his life force almost immediately and remained frozen, unable to finish his final blow. Mar-Vell left Cape Canaveral.
Marvel I#13) - Man-Slayer, still near the launch platform, revived himself,
using his internal power supply, but, unable to hear the Mad Thinker's mental commands
became confused and uncertain on what action to perform. He remained near the Moon
Rocket, surrounded by the scared soldiers of Cape Canaveral, interrogating himself
about his purposes, until Captain Mar-Vell arrived again on the scene attacking
him. Initially disoriented, the robot didn't react, but then its
self-preservation program drove him to retaliate. Mar-Vell, shot by the soldiers,
because he was wanted by the FBI, fled to Yon-Rogg's Kree Starship.
Man-Slayer, meanwhile, retrieved his original purpose: destroy the Moon Rocket, and took Carol Danvers hostage. Mar-Vell teleported again to Cape Canaveral and used a Lasonic Disintegrator against the Plastoid, snapping his energy supply cable. For the second time, the Plastoid stood motionless, defeated.
(Captain Marvel I#14) - Still lifeless, the Man-Slayer stood near the Moon Rocket while Captain Mar-Vell and Iron Man fought each other.
Comments: Created by Arnold Drake (writer), Dick Ayers (pencils), Syd Shores (inks).
Man-Slayer had 5 fingers per hand in Captain Marvel I#12 and 4 fingers per hand in Captain Marvel I#12. Another difference was the energy cables connected to his head. In Captain Marvel I#13 they inputted to and outputted from the head, in Captain Marvel I#12 the cables outputted from the energy reserve supplier on its back, device not present in the previous issue. Man-Slayer was made of a special plastic, so it is possible that some parts of his body could-reassemble, such as the energy cables and some fingers of his hands. His cells, in fact, were self-regenerating.
Profile by Spidermay.
Man-Slayer has no known connections to
The Plastic Men were a version of Plastoids less-powerful than
The Plastic Men were the guardians that the Mad Thinker used in his laboratory in the Caribbeans.
They were taller than an average man. They had an artificial intelligence that led them to act independently, the ability to speak and they obeyed the vocal commands of the Mad Thinker. They had enhanced speed and some of them used a Nerve Gun, a gun shooting a gas affecting the central nervous system of a human being.
(Captain Marvel I#12) - At guard outside of the Mad Thinker's hideout, they were easily tricked by the Black Widow, who succeeded in reaching the criminal. Once called by the Mad Thinker, two Plastic Men overwhelmed the spy, but Natasha managed to throw a micro-bomb to the transmitter which sent energy to Man-Slayer. They wanted to kill her but the Mad Thinker had them stun her with a Nerve Gun.
--Captain Marvel I#12
The Lasonic Disintegrator
The Lasonic Disintegrator was a Kree weapon, a pistol which emitted energy blasts. It was probably part of the standard weaponry present on Kree Starships. A blast at minimum intensity seriously stunned Iron Man, but a fell of the weapon and a couple of change of its settings jammed its detonator. It was a powerful but unreliable weapon.
(Captain Marvel I#13) - Mar-Vell picked up the pistol while fighting with Yon-Rogg on the Kree Starship but he didn't use it against his enemy. Instead he took the Disintegrator to use it moments later against the Man-Slayer. The first shot only damaged the arm of the Plastoid but the second ray broke the robot's energy cable, rendering him lifeless.
(Captain Marvel I#14) - A short time later, when Mar-Vell had to fight Iron-Man he used again the Disintegrator against the Avenger. The blast felled Iron Man but when Mar-Vell tried to alter the weapon's power setting, it jammed and the weapon became useless.
--Captain Marvel I#13 (13, 14
Captain Marvel I#12, p9, pan5 (main image)
Captain Marvel I#12, p17, pan5 (head shot)
Captain Marvel I#13, p18, pan4 (Man-Slayer back view, Carol Danvers and Mar-Vell)
Captain Marvel I#12, p13, pan6 (Plastic Men)
Captain Marvel I#12, p19, pan5 (Nerve Gun)
Captain Marvel I#13, p18, pan2 (Lasonic Disintegrater)
Captain Marvel I#12 (April, 1969) - Arnold Drake (writer), Dick Ayers (pencils), Syd Shores (inks), Jean Izzo (letterer), Stan Lee (Editor)
Captain Marvel I#13-14 (May-June, 1969) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Frank Springer (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Artie Simek (letterer), Stan Lee (Editor)
Last updated: 04/01/07
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