Classification: Terrestrial technology
Creator: Unrevealed (see comments)
Enemies: Hulk (Bruce Banner)
Aliases: "My mightiest fire-breathing warrior" (as called by Tyrannus); "ya walkin' scarp-pile," "tin-man" (as called by Hulk)
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk I#5/1 (January, 1963)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: Built in humanoid form, the Mechanical Gladiator was a walking arsenal that demonstrated such offensive capabilities as:
(Incredible Hulk I#5/1) - Tyrannus kidnapped Betty Ross and held her hostage in his subterranean realm; the Hulk and Rick Jones came to her rescue, but Tyrannus used gas to knock them out. When they revived, Tyrannus threatened Betty's safety to force the Hulk into slavery. For his own amusement, Tyrannus had the Hulk dressed in armor and equipped with a stun ray and asbestos shield, then ordered the Hulk to enter an arena and face his Mechanical Gladiator.
As the two combatants fought each other, the robot seemed to be getting the better of the Hulk, but the jade giant's rage drove him on to demolish the Mechanical Gladiator.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
This robot was never named in the story, but one caption described it as a mechanical gladiator, so...
The Mechanical Gladiator was likely leftover Deviant technology.
Profile by John Kaminski
The "Mechanical Gladiator" has no known connections to
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Incredible Hulk I#5, p7, pan4 (shooting flames at Hulk)
Incredible Hulk I#5 (January, 1963) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
Last Updated: 06/07/04
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