Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-8107) human
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Betty Brant, J. Jonah
Jameson, "Robbie" Robertson, Richard Robinson,
Spider-Man (Peter Parker), United States Armed Forces
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "The Greatest Criminal Mind of All Time"
Base of Operations: New York City, New York,
USA and Chesapeake Bay, Washington, DC, USA
First Appearance: Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The
Unfathomable Professor Gizmo" (December 26, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Professor Gizmo was a scientific genius with a remote control unit that allowed him to control anything with a motor.
Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
History: (Spider-Man cartoon episode - "The Unfathomable Professor Gizmo" (fb)) - A some point in the past, Gizmo was the assistant to the famed scientist Richard Robinson. Believing Robinson was stealing his ideas, Gizmo stole a remote control device created by Robinson that allowed him to control anything possessing a motor. During the theft, Gizmo used an old robot to attack Robinson, leaving Robinson behind as he escaped with the remote.
(Spider-Man cartoon episode - "The Unfathomable Professor Gizmo") - Inside his lab, Professor Gizmo practiced his latest scheme: having Spider-Man plant a special transmitter on a sunken ship that contained lost treasure. Gizmo then had an octopus destroy the Spider-Man model, presumably a preview of what he intended with the real article.
While J. Jonah Jameson was a having a charity drive on his yacht, the guests were shocked when the Civil War-era ironclad ship, the Monitor, appeared and started firing. Under the waves, Professor Gizmo raced towards the scene in his underwater sub, controlling the ancient ship via remote control. Ordering Jameson to turn over the charity's proceeds, Gizmo collected the riches and sent the Monitor back to its briny resting place before making his escape. Watching from a parked van near the Smithsonian Museum, Gizmo was annoyed that his caper failed to produce the real Spider-Man. He counted on his next plan to succeed, namely the theft of the famed airplane the Spirit of St. Louis. Using a remote control, Gizmo took command of two parked tanks and sent them on a rampage.
While the Army, Navy and Marines (the Air Force having been notified) attempted to stop the tanks, Gizmo activated the Spirit of St. Louis' engine and had the plane fly away. Back in New York, Professor Gizmo used his remote to take control of various subway trains and trucks, using them to cause a mass panic and traffic snarl to act as a distraction while he robbed several banks vaults. Annoyed at Spider-Man, who had been on a subway train to J. Jonah Jameson's charity event as Peter Parker, freeing the trains, Gizmo decided to hide his ill-gotten gains. He also took the initiative and attempted to recruit the real Spider-Man for his plan to place a transistor on the sunken ship by having a blimp with instructions to meet with Professor Gizmo in exchange for Gizmo returning his stolen loot float over the city with the Spirit of St. Louis trailing behind it.
The next day, Spider-Man followed the instructions and was at the parade Gizmo ordered him to be at when a giant-sized Spider-Man balloon appeared and gassed the crowd with a paralyzing gas. When Spider-Man webbed the balloon to stop the gas, the balloon flew away, taking the hero with it. Returning to his lab, Gizmo explained to Spider-Man that he wanted him to put a transistor on the wreck of the Conquistador ship. Gizmo explained that since a regular spider could form a diving bell out of web and travel many feet, Spider-Man should have no problem. Before Spider-Man agreed to help Gizmo, he wanted assurance that Gizmo had returned his stolen loot like he promised in his instructions. Gizmo turned on a TV set, showing Jameson talking about his stolen charity money being returned. With news cameras looking on and broadcasting his every move, Gizmo instructed Spider-Man on how to use the transistor. When the ship was freed, Gizmo promptly cut Spider-Man's oxygen line and left him at the bottom of the ocean as he brought the wrecked ship back to the surface. Gizmo gloated over the gold bars that had been hidden on the ship, unaware that Spider-Man had lured a giant shark to the surface. Spider-Man attached a webline from the ship's bow to the shark. When the animal sped off, it tore the front end of the ship free, taking Gizmo with it and re-sinking the ship and its treasure. When last seen, Gizmo was clinging to the ship's bow as the shark dragged him away.
Comments: Created by Creighton Barnes, Doug Booth, Francis X. Feighan, Donald F. Glut, Jack Hanrahan, Christy Marx, Larry Parr, Jeffrey Scott and Marvel Productions, Ltd. (see Appearances list for list of artists involved).
According to a few online sources, Professor Gizmo was voiced by Jack DeLeon
He appears the same height as Spider-Man but slimmer, so the stats are taken from the Spider-Man (Earth-616) version.
Profile by David Lawrence.
Earth-8107's Professor Gizmo has no known connections to:
Professor Gizmo's former partner, Gizmo believed that Richard Robinson stole his ideas. Robinson was the one who created the remote control unit but Gizmo stole it and used a obsolete robot to attack the scientist. Gizmo later remarked that Robinson was "fine…probably."
-- Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Unfathomable Professor Gizmo" (fb)
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Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Unfathomable Professor Gizmo" (all images in this profile)
Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Unfathomable Professor Gizmo" (December 26, 1981) - Creighton Barnes, Doug Booth, Francis X. Feighan, Donald F. Glut, Jack Hanrahan, Christy Marx, Larry Parr, Jeffrey Scott (writers), Rick Hoberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Larry Houston, Sherman Labby, Henry Tucker (storyboards), Mario Piluso (storyboards, layouts), Lyle Beddes, Bruce Bennett, Norm Cabral, Dan Faucett, Neil Galloway, Greg Garcia, Gary Graham, Rick Graham, Karl Hepworth, Stuart Heimdall, Larry Huber, Elaine Hultgren, Boyd Kirkland, Debra Pugh, Keith Sargent, Dave Sharp, Roy Smith, Grant Wilson, Roy Wilson, Bill Wray (layouts), Gerry Chiniquy, Steve Clark, John Gibbs, Sid Marcus, Bob Richardson, Nelson Shin, Kay Wright (animation directors)
First Posted: 06/25/2018
Last updated: 06/25/2018
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