Lieutenant MIKE TRAVERS
Real Name: Mike Travers
Identity/Class: Human (Reality-7484)
former freedom fighter;
former prisoner/pawn of Simon Ryker
former soldier (lieutenant)
Group Membership: Formerly the United States Army;
it is unrevealed whether he was a member of the Central Intelligence Agency or just an ally (I'd assume the latter)
Affiliations: Central Intelligence Agency, Teresa Devereaux, Nina Ferry
he was best friends with Luther Manning, and he assisted Deathlok on multiple occasions, but he also supported Deathlok's forced compliance against Simon Ryker, and Deathlok hated him for entering a relationship with his former wife and son, Janice and Richard;
formerly Simon Ryker (his superior officer in the army, and Mike helped design Ryker's computer systems) and the Omni-Computer
Revolutionary Army (see comments), Simon Ryker and his agents;
Deathlok the Demolisher (in Deathlok's opinion; see above);
Hellinger (Harlan Ryker; indirectly)
Known Relatives: Janice Travers (wife; see comments), Richard Manning (step-son; see comments);
unidentified father (presumed deceased)
Mike was falsely identified as the human source of the cyborg War-Wolf;
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the CIA headquarters;
formerly Simon Ryker's base within the Pan Am building, Long Island, New York, USA, Earth-7484
First Appearance: Astonishing Tales I#26 (October, 1974)
Powers/Abilities: Travers is experienced and reasonably skilled in armed and unarmed combat, as well as survival and other skills typical to US Army training.
Travers is an experienced computer programmer (at least with the technology of the time in his reality). Ryker's Omni-Computer noted him as exhibiting "knowledge equivalent to that of a computer forensic expert."
At least on one occasion he wore an exoskeleton with which he could easily carry the 400 pound body of Deathlok (probably a little less, as Deathlok was missing his right arm).
Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 6'1"; he looked to be only a little shorter than the 6'4" Deathlok)
Weight: Unrevealed (assuming him to be 6'1", perhaps 195 lbs.)
Eyes: Possibly light green (never clearly shown or colored)
Hair: Reddish-orange (sometimes blond; also varied in terms of style between straight, wavy, and curly between issues and panels; presumably this represents artistic license)
(Astonishing Tales I#27 (fb) - BTS) - Mike Travers' father described Vietnam to him.
(Astonishing Tales I#27 (fb) - BTS) - Manning considered Travers' to be a lot like Travers' father, always impatient and fascinated by the technical side of things.
(Astonishing Tales I#26 (fb) - BTS) - Army buddies and best friends Mike Travers and Luther Manning always stuck together during the war games.
(Astonishing Tales I#27 (fb) - BTS) - Travers felt that the war games were nothing like how his father had described Vietnam.
(Astonishing Tales I#27 (fb) - BTS) - After Manning advised Travers that he should talk less and shoot more straightly, they discussed how the war games sometimes felt like the real thing. Manning countered that the games were somewhat similar to Vietnam in that the enemy was unseen. When Manning argued that only the weapons had changed, Travers noted how he would never get the hang of these "jammers," and that he looked forward to their superiors issuing the new lasers as standard equipment.
When Manning wondered if the computers running the war and all of the fancy weapons was just an excuse to keep them busy and the "fat cats" comfortable, Travers warned him that "Big Brother" (namely Captain Simon Ryker) might be listening in, after which Ryker arrived, mocking their casual attitude and ordering them to pick up the pace. Travers stayed back as Manning and Ryker briefly argued.
(Astonishing Tales I#27 (fb)) - Travers subsequently saved Manning's life from a landmine.
(Astonishing Tales I#26 (fb) - BTS) - 10 minutes later, Travers watched helplessly as Manning was blasted by a concussion bomb.
(Astonishing Tales I#26 (fb) - BTS) - Mike witnessed that Manning never revived and instead died.
(Astonishing Tales I#32 (fb) - BTS) - Travers helped build Ryker's Omni-Computer surveilance system.
(Astonishing Tales I#32 (fb) - BTS) - Travers helped design the Mindlock system and its destruct pattern.
(Astonishing Tales I#31 (fb) - BTS) <Six months before Manning's revival as Deathlok> - With Luther having been dead for five years, Mike Travers and Janice Manning got together romantically.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#35: Deathlok entry / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes 2005: Deathlok entry) - Mike and Janice were married.
(Astonishing Tales I#26 (fb)) - After breaking out of an interrogation by Simon Ryker, Deathlok (Luther Manning reanimated and rebuilt as a cyborg) encountered Travers in a room working on computer tapes. Deathlok warned Mike that Ryker and his people would brainwash him, but Mike -- not understanding how Luther had gotten his own mind back -- reminded Deathlok that he was the one who had programmed; as a result, Deathlok removed the computer card they had placed in a slot in his arm and shattered it.
When Deathlok threatened to and began tearing apart the computer complex, Mike warned him of approaching troops. Although Mike originally argued that the troops were on their side, the troops fired shots at them, making it clear they were happy to consider Travers collateral damage in the process of re-capturing Deathlok.
Grabbing Travers, Deathlok dove out a window onto a roof by a helicopter he intended to steal and use to escape, and when Travers advised that the soldiers would shoot them down, Deathlok had Travers enter and rev up the helicopter while he confronted the troops.
(Astonishing Tales I#26 (fb) - BTS) - After Deathlok took out the troops, Travers and Deathlok took off in the helicopter.
(Astonishing Tales I#26 (fb)) - Travers advised Deathlok that he was effectively like a newborn and that he needed to learn what it was to be a cyborg. They landed on another roof so they could cook up some food while Travers educated Deathlok, revealing he had died back during the war games.
They were then ambushed by a number of cannibals, and while Deathlok fought them off, a group of Ryker's agents grabbed Travers and took him away in another helicopter.
(Astonishing Tales I#28 (fb) - BTS) - Travers was taken back to Ryker's base in the Pan Am building, placed in a small room with a computer bank, and forced to continue his previous work.(Astonishing Tales I#26 (fb) - BTS) - Deathlok used the helicopter's sensors to track Travers and his captors, and the sensors showed that Travers was being held in a black market meat storehouse; however, Ryker's agents had planted a decoy there to delay Deathlok's pursuit.
Comments: Created by Rich Buckler, Doug Moench, and Pablo Marcos.
At the end of Astonishing Tales I#33, Travers has been confronted at gunpoint by the Provisional Revolutionary Army. At the same time (apparently), Hellinger showed Deathlok a video of this scene. Deathlok then left Hellinger's place (time noted as 8:03 pm) and went to the park (time noted as 8:07 pm), where he got his arm blown off (time noted as 8:30 pm, and then Travers showed up, having already gotten past the Provisional Revolutionary Army, allied with the CIA, received the exoskeleton, and been given Deathlok's location. That's a lot to happen in 30 minutes!
As best as I can tell, Travers wasn't seen again after Deathlok left to confront Ryker. What happened to him? Maybe he went back to Janice.
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#35:
Deathlok the Demolisher entry lists Janice Manning Travers under
relatives, presumably indicating that she married Mike Travers at some
This presumably should say "Janice Travers (formerly Janice Manning)" as it is not standard to keep the original married name and add a second married name after it. The 21st century OHotMUs clarified her name as Janice Travers and confirmed the marriage had occurred while Manning was dead (before he was revived as Deathlok).
Richard Manning keeping his last name presumably means that Mike Travers did not adopt him, which would make Travers his step-father.
I believe the Omni-Computer was Simon Ryker's monitor system and that Harlan Ryker's was the Terminal Eye, although Simon's was called the Terminal Eye on a few occasions. Perhaps the monitoring system for both was the Terminal Eye? And perhaps Hellinger hacked into Ryker's system?
Everyone mentioned in this profile should be considerd to be from Reality-7484 unless otherwise specified.
Profile by Snood.
Mike Travers should be distinguished from:
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Astonishing Tales I#26, pg. 8, panel 2 (face, held by Deathlok);
pg. 9, panel 1 (Deathlok leaping out the window holding Travers);
panel 3 (face, searching);
#27, pg. 5, panel 5 (wargames with Manning; face);
pg. 6, panel 1 (wargames with Manning; full);
#30, pg. 13, panel 2 (Ryker's prison);
#32, pg. 10, panel 1 (freeing Nina and shooting at guards);
pg. 16, panel 1 (face);
#33, (standing, oblique, with rifle)
#34, pg. 5, panel 3-4 (exoskeleton; carry Deathlok, from behind, and distant/shadowed front oblique);
panel 5 (exoskeleton; upper body, carry Deathlok);
pg. 7, panel 4 (full, profile)
Astonishing Tales I#26-27 (October-December, 1974) - Rich Buckler & Doug Moench (writers), Rich Buckler (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Astonishing Tales I#28 (February, 1975) - Rich Buckler (writer/artist), Roy Thomas (editor)
Astonishing Tales I#30 (June, 1975) - Rich Buckler & Doug Moench (writers), Rich Buckler, Keith Pollard & Arvell Jones (pencils), Al McWilliams (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Astonishing Tales I#31 (August, 1975) - Doug Moench (writer), Rich Buckler & Keith Pollard (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Astonishing Tales I#32 (November, 1975) - Rich Buckler & Bill Mantlo (writers), Rich Buckler, Keith Pollard & Bob McLeod (artists), Len Wein (editor)
Astonishing Tales I#33-35 (January-May, 1976) - Rich Buckler & Bill Mantlo (writers), Rich Buckler (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Astonishing Tales I#36 (July, 1976) - Rich Buckler (writer/pencils), Keith Pollard (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition
First posted: 05/08/2018
Last updated: 03/26/2018
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