GEM THEATER SODA MACHINE
Classification: Terrestrial vending machine
Creator: Unrevealed manufacturer
User/Possessors: Gem Theater
First Appearance: Power Man #28 (December, 1975)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The vending machine is
capable of dispensing a variety of liquid consumables, including soda,
coffee and apparently chicken soup, into disposable cups; however, it
frequently does not dispense the correct one or does so in a way that
makes it impossible to consume.
History: (Power Man I#28 (fb)) - At some point, the Gem Theater in Times Square acquired a
malfunctioning soda machine. Theater manager D.W. Griffith became
familiar with its unusual quirks.
(Power Man I#28) - Gem Theater tenant Luke Cage attempted to buy a soda from the machine despite Griffith's warnings. The machine proceeded to pour the soda, drop the ice, then drop the cup - in that order, leaving Cage with nothing.
(Power Man I#33) - Cage tried the machine again but it ate
his 35 cents. He began hitting it, only to be sprayed with soda.
(Power Man I#34) - Cage successfully ordered a soda, believing it had "learned its manners" when he smacked it the other day - only for the bottom of the cup to fall out, spilling soda all over Cage's boots.
(Power Man I#35) - Cage gave the machine another try and it poured a cup of soda for him - and then a second! However, it kept going, and going, until there were more cups than Cage could hold. He dropped them all and he was once more left empty-handed.
(Power Man I#38) - After a long day of battling Chemistro and the IRS, Cage tried to collect a cup of soda from the machine but discovered immediately after drinking it that he'd received a hot cup of chicken soup.
(Power Man & Iron Fist I#56) - After failing to stop a
robbery with his new partner, Iron Fist, Luke punched the machine in
frustration and walked away...never seeing that the machine had
perfectly poured a cup of soda for him.
Comments: Created by Don McGregor, George Tuska,and Vinnie Colletta.
While Luke has returned to the Gem Theater a number of
times, most recently with the Mighty Avengers, he has yet to
re-encounter his soda-dispensing nemesis.
Profile by Minor Irritant.
The Gem Theater soda machine has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Power Man I#38, p14, pan5 (main image)
Power Man I#28, p9, pan7-9 (in action)
Power Man I#28 (December, 1975) - Don McGregor (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Vinnie Colletta (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Power Man I#33 (July, 1976) - Don McGregor (writer), Frank Robbins (pencils), Vinnie Colletta (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Power Man I#34 (August, 1976) - Don McGregor (writer), Frank Robbins (pencils), Frank Springer (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Power Man I#35 (September, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (plot), Don McGregor (script), Marie Severin (layouts), Joe Giella & Frank Giacoia (finishes), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Power Man I#38 (December, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (plot/editor), Bill Mantlo (script), Bob Brown (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks)
Power Man & Iron Fist I#56 (April, 1979) - Mary Jo Duffy (writer), Trevor Von Eeden (pencils), Frank Springer (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
First Posted: 07/27/2020
Last updated: 07/27/2020
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