Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human technology user;
presumably British citizen
Occupation: School pupil
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Iron Man (Tony Stark)
Known Relatives: Unidentified grandmother or aunt (see comments), unidentified parents
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: (proposed) S.T.O.M.P.#1 (circa 1994/1995)
Powers/Abilities: S.T.O.M.P. wore a nano-tech suit capable of transforming itself into whatever it required at a given moment.
Height: (human wearer) Unrevealed; (armor)
but presumably variable
(S.T.O.M.P.#1-4) - A scientist developed a Specialist Terrain Operated Mobile Power suit that utilized nano technology for a mission to Mars, but after the mission was aborted because of problems getting the suit to work properly, the invention was discovered by her seventeen year old grandson, who had been left in her care when his parents split up. Trying it out, he somehow managed to get it at least partially working and ended up becoming an accidental hero, but also succumbed to the temptation to break into top secret bases just for the thrill, leaving behind graffiti tags, an action that eventually led to a run-in with Iron Man.
Comments: Created by David Leach.
Giving credit where credit is due: Though I'd read a little about the lost Marvel U.K projects in solicitations in the comics and comic news magazines back in the day, I first learned more about them from the excellent blog Starlogged, and about S.T.O.M.P. specifically from Mark Robert's blog about British Marvel, It Came From Darkmoor. Thanks to that alerting me to the existence of the character, I was able to ask David Leach for a little more detail during one of several interviews I did with creators for an entry on the lost projects for Eaglemoss' Marvel Fact Files. Space constraints for the Fact Files entries meant I could only use a tiny fraction of what was so kindly provided, so this and similar Appendix entries are a way of hopefully addressing that injustice, letting fans know more about some of the fun characters and concepts that were in the works. I have zero clue how the rights issues now lie, but assuming those wouldn't be a problem, I'd love to see all these characters eventually make it into proper publication; I want to read these stories!
S.T.O.M.P. was proposed as one of a number of new series to be developed as part of Editor-in-Chief Paul Neary's intended reboot of Marvel U.K. following the 1993 contraction of the company. It wasn't one of the four titles initially planned for this relaunch (those were Death's Head, Captain Britain, Nocturne and, I believe, Golden Grenadier), but was to follow on from then, and hence was less developed when all the plans died abruptly as Marvel U.K. was sold to Panini. Intended to be a four book miniseries, it had "only got as far as being greenlit before being canned."
David kindly provided the following additional details: "S.T.O.M.P. stood for Specialist Terrain Operated Mobile Power suit. The story was the grandson of a scientist finds among her belongings the STOMP suit designed for an aborted mission to Mars, the suit uses Nano technology to power itself, transforming into whatever it needs. The boy wears it and becomes an accidental hero, but there was also the idea that the boy was a real teenager and used the suit to break into top secret bases and leave a tag, including an encounter with Iron Man."
Down The Tubes' entry for STOMP had additional information that
David recalled in discussion with them, but had one contradictory
detail, stating that the suit was developed by the wearer's aunt
rather than grandmother; it's possible that David misremembered the
specific familial relationship while talking to either me or Down
The Tubes, or that it changed at some point during the development
of the story so that she was an aunt in one draft and grandmother in
Profile by Loki.
S.T.O.M.P. has no known connections to:
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First Posted: 02/01/2019
Last updated: 08/30/2021
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