COMMAND MODULE /
EMERGENCY ESCAPE CAPSULE /
Classification: Advanced technology
it was presumably created by scientists in the employ of the Corporation, although it could also have been created by a private contractor, or just purchased from another group/individual.
User/Possessors: Curtiss Jackson, as the head of the Corporation-West
First Appearance: Captain America I#230 (February, 1979)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The command-escape module fit into the wall of the Corporation-West base below Alcatraz prison; on initial inspection, it appeared to be a room off the main chamber.
It was protected/separated from the main chamber by a thick type of glass designed to "take a bazooka blast without a scratch"; nonetheless, it cracked slightly when struck by Captain America's shield hurled at full speed.
A punch by an enraged Hulk further spread the cracks, although the chamber remained waterproof thereafter.
From within the command module, Jackson could operate the equipment within the main chamber, including opening the sea gates, which could flood the main chamber to whatever level he desired
From with the command module, Jackson could also activate remote weaponry, such as row of machine guns that could target and gun down anyone within the main chamber.
The module rested at the top of a pneumatic tube, and, when threatened, Jackson could activate the tube, pulling the module at high speed down the tube; in this fashion the command module served as an escape craft.
The tube connected to water continuous with the San Francisco Bay. The tube changed from vertical to horizontal as it exited the sub-surface base of Alcatraz.
In the water, the escape craft (essentially a submarine) could reach great speeds, but not speeds sufficient to escape the Hulk (either propelling himself off of the island rock or just swimming after it).
The aft (rear) portion of the escape craft was separate (or at least could be separated) from the front portion(s) so that if the aft portion was damaged, the fore portion remained intact/water-tight.
The aft portion could be ejected, at which point a timer was set (for a few seconds apparently) so that the aft portion exploded after the primary portion had gotten sufficiently distant to be unharmed by this detonation.
The explosion from the aft component momentarily stunned the Hulk, but did not even force him to expel the air in his lungs.
Once the aft portion of the escape craft had been ejected, the aft portion of the primary section could fire a pair of torpedos; these detonated with sufficient force to cause large surface eruptions, but did little to deter a furious Hulk.
The primary portion could release its ballasts to rapidly surface, after which a pair of lateral engines extended and helped guide the escape craft on surface water transport.
Upon reaching its destination at a specially maintained, enclosed docking area on the mainland, automatic docking devices slid the little skimmer into its berth, and Jackson could exit through a lateral door.
The primary (fore) portion appeared as if it might be able to further separated into its own fore and aft portion, but that is unconfirmed. If it could, Jackson did not do any further such separation.
(Captain America I#228-230 (fb) - BTS / Marvel Legacy: The 1970s handbook / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: A to Z Vol. 2) - Believing that Jim Wilson was the key to controlling the Hulk, Jackson used Blue Streak and the Vamp to help capture Wilson’s uncle the Falcon, imprisoning him in a Corporation base beneath the defunct Alcatraz prison in San Francisco.
(Captain America I#230 - BTS) - Posing as police officers, Corporation agents subdued and captured Bruce Banner and brought him to Curtiss' Alcatraz base.
(Captain America I#230 (fb) - BTS) - Knowing or strongly suspecting his enemies were en route, Jackson waited within his command module with the Falcon chained
(Captain America I#230) - As Captain America, accompanied by Marvel Man and the Vamp, accessed the Corporation's Alcatraz base and found the unconscious Falcon in chains, Curtiss, from behind a glass shield, introduced himself, confirmed his role as manager of the Corporation's West Coast operations. Upon Cap's confirmation, Curtiss warned him that with a flip of the switch he could open the sea gates that would swiftly drown the Falcon; expressing a dislike for unnecessary death, as it was bad for business, Curtiss suggested they might make a bargain, and Cap agreed, to stall for time.
When Cap refused to make any agreement until the Falcon was freed, Curtiss smashed his hand against a panel. They were interrupted by the arrival of East Coast Corporation manager, Kligger, who had captured Jim Wilson and then traveled there with aid from his agent Moonstone. Kligger explained that he wished to execute Captain America to fully satisfy the board, and he offered to trade Wilson in exchange; Kligger further revealed Vamp was his agent, as well.
Infuriated at the manipulations, Marvel Man blasted the device keeping Banner unconscious, after which Jackson directed costumed Corporation agents to stop the heroes and prevent them from getting to Kligger or Jim Wilson. The stress turned Banner into the Hulk, who swatted Marvel Man unconscious.
When Jackson opened the seagates, Cap was distracted by concerns for Falcon who was trapped at a lower level near the sea gates, allowing the Hulk to catch him in a bear hug, which caused him to pass out. Kligger then transformed Vamp into her powerful Animus-form, which teamed up with Moonstone to blast the Hulk into submission.
(Incredible Hulk II#232) - Recovering, the Hulk smashed Moonstone aside and attacked Animus; meanwhile Cap freed the Falcon. As Kligger negotiated with Jackson, the smile swiftly vanished from Jackson's face when Cap's shield struck the glass in front of him and Cap threatened him with prison. Moonstone fled as the Hulk broke free, and the Hulk incapacitated Animus/Vamp, after which Kligger, refusing to surrender and be jailed like a common criminal, announced there was one final victory only he could choose: He called upon Jackson, who directed a quartet of machine guns to gun down Kligger.
As Cap and the Falcon protected Jim, Marvel Man blasted the guns, and the Hulk leapt at the glass in front of Jackson, insisting he come out so Hulk could "break him a little." As the Hulk smashed the spot previously cracked by Cap's shield, which further cracked, Jackson noted it was designed to take a bazooka blast without a scratch. Jackson then sent his Emergency Escape Capsule hurtling away down a pneumatic escape tube. Unwilling to allow Jim's captor to escape, the Hulk leapt down the tube after him
(Incredible Hulk II#233) - Reaching the bottom of the pneumatic tube, Jackson's Emergency Escape Capsule entered the water and exited the island at the bottom of the San Francisco Bay, followed mere seconds later by the Hulk. Jackson was distraught to find the Hulk still pursuing him and soon enough ripping through the capsule's aft (rear) section. Realizing the Hulk was only seconds away from rupturing the entire craft and hoping the Hulk hadn't jammed the module release mechanism, Jackson desperately pushed the button to jettison the aft compartment; as Jackson zoomed away in the fore compartment, the aft compartment detonated as its timer ran down.
Though stunned, the Hulk swiftly recovered and renewed his pursuit, and Jackson was mortified to see the Hulk catching up to him yet again. Jackson simultaneously fired a pair of torpedos at the Hulk and released his craft's ballasts, causing his ship to knife to the surface.
(Incredible Hulk II#233 (fb) - BTS) - Jackson activated the emergency buzzer at a secret Corporation docking area on the far side of the bay.
(Incredible Hulk II#233) - Marvel Man observed the hydrofoil-like craft surface, but was then distracted by the Hulk violently surfacing.
On the far side of the Bay, Jackson's craft arrived at a secret docking area, whose door opened to allow him in, and as he docked, two Corporation agents rushed to his aid. Warning them to prepare their rapid-firers and get ready for the fight of their lives, Jackson fled into the waiting escape car, which swiftly took off. The Hulk made swift work of the Corporation agents, but was distracted in rescuing Fred Sloan and then the subsequent arrival of Marvel Man, affording Jackson the chance to escape.
Comments: Created by Roger McKenzie, Roger Stern, David Michelinie, Sal Buscema, Don Perlin, Mike Esposito, and Chic Stone.
I THINK the part of the module containing the glass cracked by Captain America and the Hulk was on the rear (aft) portion of the module, but the cracked glass was not shown on the module in #233. I would ASSume that it just wasn't shown, but it is quite possible that it was an outer coating that was cracked, and the module shed that portion after hitting the water.
Profile by Snood.
The Alcatraz command-escape should be distinguished from:
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Captain America I#230, pg. 8, panel 3 (alcatraz base);
pg. 9, panel 7 (inside escape module);
Incredible Hulk II#232, pg. 2, panel 8 (headshot with cigar) - I used the digitally remastered version from OHotMU A to Z hardcover#2: Corporation entry;
pg. 9, panel 1 (glass cracked by Captain America's shield);
pg. 15, panel 1 (glass punched by Hulk);
panel 4 (escape module dropping down tunnel);
#233, pg. 2, panel 4 (escape module hits water);
pg. 3, panel 2 & 4 (escape module recompartment, compromised and jetisoned);
pg. 5, panel 4-5 (first two compartments, firing missiles and traveling through water);
pg. 7, panel 3 (first two compartments arriving at docking area);
Captain America I#230 (February, 1979) - Roger McKenzie (plot), Roger Stern (script), Sal Buscema (penciler), Don Perlin (inker), Jim Salicrup (assistant editor), Roger Stern (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#232 (February, 1979) - Roger Stern (plot), David Michelinie (script), Sal Buscema (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Jo Duffy (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#233 (March, 1979) - Roger Stern (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Allen Milgrom (editor)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
Last Updated: 12/13/16
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