MAGNETIC SPACE-COMMUNICATOR

main image Classification: Terrestrial technological device

Creator: Dane Whitman

User/Possessors: Dane Whitman, Norris

First Appearance: Avengers I#47 (December, 1967)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Magnetic Space-Communicator could project magnetic rays as far as outer space and could absorb magnetic rays upon their return to Earth, essentially acting a sort of sonar system via magnetic energy. It could also transmit encoded messages via the magnetic rays. To keep the machine from overloading during an instance where large amounts of magnetic rays were being intercepted, it was also equipped with an Electro-Stabilizer to help stabilize the machine.

History

(Avengers I#47) – Inside Garrett Castle, Dane Whitman used the Magnetic Space-Communicator in an attempt to communicate with extraterrestrial beings. Unbeknownst to Whitman, the magnetic rays given off by the Magnetic Space-Communicator were received by Magneto, who was exiled to a remote planet by the enigmatic Stranger. Despite warnings from his assistant Norris, Dane Whitman remained in contact with what he thought was an alien being claiming for peace with Earth, hoping to prove himself to science and make up for his uncle's criminal activities as the Black Knight. When the Magnetic Space-Communicator began intercepting large amounts of magnetic rays, Dane asked for Norris' help in working the device but Norris, desiring fame and fortune for himself, knocked out Whitman just as Magneto and Toad arrived on Earth, having following the rays to their source. Magneto immediately ordered Norris to show him how the Magnetic Space-Communicator worked but when Norris tried to trick Magneto and send him back via the magnetic rays, Magneto attacked Norris for his deception, placing him in the Garrett Castle dungeons.

(Avengers I#48) – Upon regaining consciousness, Dane Whitman quietly made his way to the chamber that housed the Magnetic Space-Communicator, contemplating how his own designs had brought Magneto to Earth.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and George Tuska.

One could argue that, since the Magnetic Space-Communicator was not destroyed in its original story, that it could be behind-the-scenes somewhere in every appearance of Garrett Castle...

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Magnetic Space-Communicator has no known connections to


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Avengers I#47, p3, pan3 (Magnetic Space-Communicator, main image)
Avengers I#47, p10, pan3 (Norris operating the Magnetic Space-Communicator)


Appearances:
Avengers I#47 (December, 1967) – Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), George Tuska (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Avengers I#48 (January, 1968) – Roy Thomas (writer), George Tuska (pencils, inks), Stan Lee (editor)


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Last Updated: 01/07/13

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