LIVING LASER robot
Real Name: Inapplicable
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Kree) robot
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Lunatic Legion, Nimrod, Nitro (Robert Hunter)
Enemies: Ant-Man (Hank Pym), Mordecai P. Boggs, Rachel Dandrige, Carol Danvers, Rick Jones, Wasp (Janet Van Dyne)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Captain Marvel I#35 (November, 1974)
Powers/Abilities: The Living Laser android consisted of plastic and metal internal components and a life-like exterior. He used wrist-mounted lasers that allowed him to focus highly concentrated beams of photons (particles of light), or laser beams, at various targets through rubies. His costume was connected to his body and was implanted with blue moon rock graviton generators whose fields formed gravitic lenses, and laser diodes that injected laser light into the lenses.
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
(Captain Marvel I#35 (fb) - BTS/Avengers I#153 (fb) - BTS) - The Lunatic Legion created an extremely life-life android duplicate of the Living Laser with plastic and metal insides and programmed it with the real Living Laser's memories (up to Avengers I#79).
(Captain Marvel I#37 (fb) - BTS) - They used processed moon rocks to power his laser weapons.
(Captain Marvel I#35 (fb) - BTS) - Believing himself to be the original Living Laser he was sent to Earth by the Lunatic Legion to to kill Rick Jones.
(Captain Marvel I#35) - Closing in on his target in a Chicago hospital Living Laser contacted the Lunatic Legion, who warned him not to fail like Nitro before him and kill Rick Jones. Even though he didn't know why the Lunatic Legion wanted Rick Jones dead he was ready to murder him. Entering Jones' hospital room Living Laser scared Jones' manager Mordecai P. Boggs and co-star Rachel Dandrige away before going after Jones. While preparing to murder Jones the former Avenger Wasp and her husband Ant-Man attacked Living Laser, who fled the scene when Ant-Man's ants swarmed all over his body.
Living Laser returned a short time later and threatened Ant-Man and Defense Department security advisor Carol Danvers, who were both still wondering why Living Laser was after Rick Jones. Living Laser didn't notice Wasp shrinking down. Living Laser revealed he was working for the Lunatic Legion, who were going to decimate Earth for their masters (the Supreme Intelligence and the Kree) and Rick Jones had to die because he was in their way (because at the time Jones was linked to Mar-Vell, who traded places with him between Earth and the Negative Zone whenever one of them clamped together the Nega-Bands). Boggs tried to bribe Living Laser, who knocked him out cold. Because Ant-Man lacked the element of surprise Living Laser was sure of succeeding in his mission and completely forgot about the missing Wasp.
(Captain Marvel I#35 (fb) ) - Wasp removed a ruby from Living Laser's belt, which powered his lasers, and tampered with his belt.
(Captain Marvel I#35) - Living Laser activated his lasers and due to the missing ruby his costume short-circuited, apparently killing the Living Laser. After his apparent death the heroes and a doctor found out that Living Laser's insides were made of plastic and metal.
(Captain Marvel I#37 (fb) - BTS) - Wasp removed a blue rock, which was backing up a ruby on Living Laser's belt.
(Captain Marvel I#37 - BTS) - Ant-Man and Wasp brought the processed blue moon rock the Lunatic Legion had used to give Living Laser his powers and gave it to Captain Marvel before revealing that the Lunatic Legion was probably based on Earth's Moon because their name seemed to be an inside joke referring to the Moon.
(Avengers I#153 - BTS) - Living Laser (Arthur Parks) revealed the Living Laser that had been working for the Lunatic Legion was merely an android duplicate of himself.
Comments: Created by Steve Englehart (plot), Mike Friedrich (script) & Alfredo Alcala (artist).
Originally supposed to be the real Living Laser (Arthur Parks) turned into a cyborg this version was retconned to be an android in Avengers I#153 (November, 1976) by Gerry Conway. Why? Probably because it would've been too hard to bring back the dead without a proper explanation. A good explanation later and the real Living Laser was back among the living.
Profile by Markus Raymond.
The Living Laser robot should not be confused with:
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Captain Marvel I#35, p13, pan3 (main image)
Captain Marvel I#35, p10, pan6 (head shot)
Captain Marvel I#35, p15, pan1 (Living Laser short-circuited)
Captain Marvel I#35 (November, 1974) - Steve Englehart (plot), Mike Friedrich (script), Alfredo Alcala (artist), Roy Thomas (editor)
Captain Marvel I#37 (March, 1975) - Steve Englehart (author, co-plotter), Al Milgrom (artist, co-plotter), Klaus Kanson (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Avengers I#153 (November, 1976) - Gerry Conway (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Last updated: 03/14/16
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