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Classification:  Terrestrial technology

Creator: Tony Stark

User/Possessors: Tony Stark

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#143/1 (April, 1966) 

Powers/Abilities/Functions: A large, self-propelled apparatus equipped with a radar targeting system, the Neutralizer fired an energy beam that could apparently render fissionable material inert, thus preventing a nuclear chain-reaction from occurring.



(Strange Tales I#143/1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Tony Stark built the Neutralizer.

(Strange Tales I#143/1) - The Fixer and Mentallo invaded the Manhattan headquarters of elite intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and captured director Nick Fury in the process; they made Fury their "brain slave" with the Electronic Mask and shackled him to a miniature H-bomb, holding him hostage at his own command post. The operatives of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ESP division received vague mental impressions of the utter destruction that the two subversives were planning. In preparation for the deadly threat, Tony Stark (who had taken command of combat planning in Fury's absence) began devising counter-measures and conducted a test on the Neutralizer in the main arsenal depot. When the combined forces of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally launched a counter-assault against Mentallo and the Fixer, Stark maneuvered the Neutralizer into position outside Fury's office and used the targeting system to get a fix on the H-bomb. As the Neutralizer was activated, the device's rays passed through the wall and hit the bomb, causing the warhead to disintegrate into dust, and subsequently freeing Fury. The Metronome Unit and a squad of commandos moved in for a retaliatory strike and took the two invaders into custody.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils) and Howard Purcell (inks).

Stark's Neutralizer would seem to be a handy device to incorporate into his Iron Man armor...but considering the size of this gizmo, maybe there was just no practical way to condense the circuitry down so it would fit. 

And a BIG Thank You to James Sharpe for the scans!

Profile by John Kaminski.

The Neutralizer has no known connections to:

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Strange Tales I#143/1, page 3, panel 1 (main image)

p8, pan3 (side view)

Other Appearances: None

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First Posted: 03/08/2010
Last Updated: 03/08/2010

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