biggs-julian-earth-7484-front.jpgJULIAN BIGGS

Real Name: Julian Biggs

Identity/Class: Alternate Reality (Earth-7484) robot (see comments)

Occupation: Racketeer 

Group Membership: Led a group of agents/enforcers/bodyguards

Affiliations: Hellinger (Harlan Ryker), Simon Ryker

Enemies: Deathlok the Demolisher (Luther Manning)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly
a penthouse/fortress atop a partially constructed skyscraper

First Appearance: Astonishing Tales I#25 (August, 1974)

biggs-julian-earth-7484-side.jpgPowers/Abilities: Biggs himself appears to be (have been) a robot (see comments). As such, he would likely be resistant to assaults that would affect humans, such as air deprivation, poisons, and perhaps temperature extremes and microbial disease.

    He may or may not have had any degree of superhuman strength, durability, or any other superhuman abilities.

    Biggs had a number of human agents who carried conventional weapons such as handguns.

Height: Unrevealed; approximately 6'1"
Weight: Unrevealed; approximately 210 lbs. for a normal human of his size; his metallic/robot nature extent is undetailed, so his weight is pretty much impossible to estimate.
Eyes: Unrevealed (his eyes were shown on panel in no more than 3 panels, and never with eyes open and enough detail to determine eye color)
Hair: Reddish orange

biggs-julian-earth-7484-deathlok_assault.jpgHistory
(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Julian Biggs was an underworld racketeer.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Biggs was under direction of Simon Ryker.

(??) - Unknown to Simon Ryker, Biggs was secretly an agent of Harlan Ryker, aka Hellinger.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Hoping to earn enough money to pay to have his brain transplanted into a normal human form, Deathlok became a mercenary.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Julian Biggs had one of his agents hire Deathlok to kill two men (Curtis Giles and another, unidentified) in exchange for a payment of $100,000.

(??) - Deathlok was unaware that Biggs was an agent of Hellinger, and that the two men were two of the trio who had aided Hellinger in the construction of the Deathlok cyborg.

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Simon Ryker was Biggs' immediate superior, and believed the two men to merely be out to stop Project: Alpha Mech.

(??) - Simon Ryker also did not realize that Hellinger was manipulating him.

(Astonishing Tales#25 - BTS) - Upon successfully completing the contract, Deathlok contacted Biggs, reporting his success. After Biggs noted that he was impressed, Deathlok informed Biggs that he was proceeding to his offices by helicraft, advising him to demonstrate his appreciation in monetary terms upon his imminent arrival. Biggs was surprised to learn Deathlok knew where Biggs' offices were located.biggs-julian-earth-7484-remains.jpg

    Deathlok killed several of Biggs' enforcers when they tried to stop him from directly confronting Biggs. He similarly fought his way past Biggs' security devices. Upon being confronted, Biggs refused to pay him, asking what a machine needed money for.

    When Deathlok noted that he was tired of being a machine, Biggs mocked him, telling him there was no money and thanking him for doing the job "gratis."

    Deathlok then attacked Biggs and was surprised to find him to be non-humanoid (see comments); Deathlok furiously battered Biggs into pieces and revealed him to be another cyborg (or just a robot).

    Transmitting through Biggs' form, Simon Ryker then taunted Deathlok, telling him the men he killed were out to stop Project: Alpha-Mech. Ryker told Deathlok he would never allow him to have a brain transplant.

 -- Astonishing Tales#25






Comments: Rich Buckler with Doug Moench.

biggs-julian-earth-7484-men3.jpg    Deathlok called Biggs a cyborg, but he looked completely robotic when Deathlok tore him to pieces. Maybe the robot wasn't the real Biggs, but rather a replica...if so, what happened to the real Biggs; did he escape his fate at Deathlok's hands? Was he slain before being replaced by a robot? Was there ever a real Julian Biggs? The world may never know.biggs-julian-earth-7484-men3-knife.jpg

    I wrote the Deathlok the Demolisher profile back in April, 2005. Back then we didn't document things as clearly; most notably, we might include BTS/fb information revealed at a later date in the story/issue in which the main events were originally shown. As a result, when I reviewed Deathlok's profile, I'd find information, for example, about Julian Biggs and his association with Hellinger listed as happening in Astonishing Tales I#25, but the information wasn't revealed in that issue.

    Hellinger didn't appear until Astonishing Tales I#33, and I'm not sure that information was revealed in Astonishing Tales at all, as I've re-reviewed the Deathlok issues of that series and don't recall that either...so, perhaps in Captain America I#288, or perhaps in Deathlok's 20th century handbook entries...anyway, I'm scrutinizing and profiling everyone else as yet unprofiled from that reality in hopes of sorting it out...If you have information to help clarify the matter, please feel free to supply it to me...

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Julian Biggs
should be distinguished from:



biggs-julian-earth-7484-men2.jpgbiggs-julian-earth-7484-men1.jpg

Julian Biggs' agents

(Astonishing Tales#25 (fb) - BTS) - Julian Biggs had his handler hire Deathlok to kill two men (Curtis Giles and another, unidentified), both members of the trio of doctors who had helped Harlan Ryker (aka Hellinger) construct the Deathlok cyborg.

(Astonishing Tales#25 - BTS) - Upon successfully completing the contract, Deathlok contacted Biggs, reporting his success.

    After Biggs noted that he was impressed, Deathlok informed Biggs that he was proceeding to his offices by helicraft, advising him to demonstrate his appreciation in monetary terms upon his imminent arrival.biggs-julian-earth-7484-men2-handler.jpgbiggs-julian-earth-7484-men2-handler-smashed.jpg 

    Biggs was surprised to learn Deathlok knew where Biggs' offices were located.

    Standing atop Biggs headquarter's roof with two of Biggs' other agents, Biggs' handler recognized Deathlok on his arrival. biggs-julian-earth-7484-men3-coward.jpg

    When Deathlok began to walk past them to see Biggs, his handler tried to stop him, telling Deathlok he had to report to him, as Biggs didn't have time to waste on freak machines.

    The handler pulled a gun and aimed it at Deathlok's back, but, rather than fire it, he rushed forward, grabbed Deathlok by the shoulder, and insulted him, leading Deathlok to smash him in the face, shattering bone, pulping flesh, and likely killing the man.

    Another man, threatening to kill Deathlok (and insulting him as a "gargoyle"), pulled his gun, but Deathlok slew the man by hurling his bayonet, although not before Deathlok took a bullet to the shoulder.

    Yet another man fled to the edge of the building, begged Deathlok for mercy, telling him it wasn't his idea to attack, but Deathlok walked past him, kicked a hole in the wall, and left him behind.

 -- Astonishing Tales#25

Note: The second agent, the one Deathlok took out with the knife, is shown in the comments section above.



biggs-julian-earth-7484-building.jpgJulian Biggs' headquarters

    Biggs operated out of a penthouse/fortress that was the top floor of a partially constructed skyscraper.

(Astonishing Tales#25 - BTS) - Upon successfully completing the contract, Deathlok contacted Biggs, reported his success, and informed Biggs that he was proceeding to his offices by helicraft. Biggs was surprised to learn Deathlok knew where Biggs' offices were located.

    Deathlok then landed his helicopter atop Biggs headquarters, after which Biggs' handler and two other agents confronted him. Deathlok slew the two agents who attacked him, and spared/ignored the third as he begged for mercy.

    Wishing to demonstrate his power and frustration, Deathlok kicked a whole through the brick wall rather than walking through the door.

    After walking through a corridor, Deathlok came to a 9" thick door composed of tempered steel, anealed with additional deposits of unalloyed lead.

    Kicking in the door in, Deathlok confronted Biggs at his desk and then smashed his robotic form to pieces when Biggs mockingly refused to pay.


 -- Astonishing Tales#25



images: (without ads)
Astonishing Tales#25, pg. 7, panel 4 (headquarters);
          panel 5 (agents; one smoking pipe);
          panel 8 (hiring agent; mostly full);
       pg. 8, panel 5 (hiring agent, face);
       pg. 10, panel 5 (agent stabbed);
       pg. 11, panel 1 & 3 (blond agent; mostly full and partial face with best detail);
       pg. 14, panel 6 (Biggs; frontal; at desk);
       pg. 15, panel 1 (Biggs, face; profile);
          panel 2 (Biggs, punched);
          panel 4-6 (Biggs, shattered);
          panel 7 (Ryker speaking through Biggs' remains)


Appearances:
Astonishing Tales#25 (August, 1974) - Rich Buckler & Doug Moench (writers), Rich Buckler (pencils), Rich Buckler, Klaus Janson, Al Milgrom & Mike Esposito (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)


First posted: 08/26/2018
Last updated: 08/26/2018

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