Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Unidentified SHIELD technicians

User/Possessors: Hogan and three other SHIELD emergency medical technicians

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#148/1 (September, 1966)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Restora-Tank was a man-sized glass tube filled with a cell-repairing substance called "Vita-Fluid," which could nurse an injured person if at least a spark of life remained in him.




(Strange Tales I#148/1) - While Nick Fury was in a SHIELD detention area interrogating some AIM agents who had been captured after they unsuccessfully raided the SHIELD Barbershop, AIM remotely detonated an explosion to blow up the prisoners. As Fury staggered out of the flames, an emergency crew headed by Dum-Dum Dugan went to aid him. Fearing that Fury was badly injured, Dugan called for the EMTs to bring in the Restora-Tank.

  Four emergency technicians rolled in the tank, and Fury was placed inside so he could be taken to surgery, but one of the EMTs (Hogan) had a grim prognosis -- Fury was beyond their help.

   As the fire blazed and Dugan tearfully thought of the loss of their commander, the real Nick Fury stepped into view and sternly reprimanded him ("Drop the crying towel and pick up a hose, you mush-hearted ape!") -- suspecting a trick, Fury had actually sent an LMD earlier in his place into the detention area.

Comments: Created by Jack Kirby (scripter) and Don Heck (artist).

Profile by John Kaminski


The Restora-Tank has no known connections to

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Strange Tales I#148, p2, pan4 (tank being rollet out)

pan5 ("Nick Fury" being placed in tank)

Strange Tales I#148 (September, 1966) - Jack Kirby (writer/layouts), Don Heck (finishes/inks), Stan Lee (editor)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First Posted: 06/23/2007
Last Updated: 06/23/2007

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