COL. SELLERS

Real Name: (first name unrevealed) Sellers

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: US military colonel

Group Membership: The US military

Affiliations: Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Girl/Sue Richards, Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm)

Enemies: Hulk (Bruce Banner)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Colonel Sanders," "Kid," "Sir"

Base of Operations: An unidentified military bunker in the American Midwest

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#166 (January, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Col. Sellers has no superhuman powers but he is an extremely skilled military colonel, having proven himself worthy of the responsibility of the rank despite his younger age.

While leading the military's Hulk project, Sellers had access to advanced military weaponry including every non-nuclear piece of weaponry in their arsenal.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'9")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 152 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown

History:
(Fantastic Four I#166 (fb) - BTS) - Col. Sellers was made the youngest colonel in charge of a major military project and his men spent weeks charting the monstrous Hulk's movements in the American Midwest.

(Fantastic Four I#166) - After the Fantastic Four were summoned to aid against the Hulk, Col. Sellers arranged them to be brought directly to him. When the heroes arrived, Sellers immediately explained how his men had been charting the Hulk's recent movements. While Mr. Fantastic commended Sellers on the charting of the Hulk's movements, he was quick to remind Sellers of the deal he had made with Washington to allow Bruce Banner to be released into Mr. Fantastic's custody if he could be cured of being the Hulk. When he assured Mr. Fantastic that he remembered the deal, the Thing chimed in, calling Col. Sellers "Kid" and reminding Sellers that there was a man somewhere inside the Hulk. Sellers argued against being called "Kid" just because he was the youngest colonel in charge of a major project due to General "Thunderbolt" Ross being busy elsewhere. His rant was interrupted when Sellers noticed the Hulk outside the window, moving fast towards them. Sellers immediately explained to the Fantastic Four what sector to find the Hulk in and helped them pinpoint the monster's location before the Fantastic Four rushed to meet the Hulk. Once the Hulk had been captured by the Fantastic Four, the impatient Col. Sellers attempted to rush Mr. Fantastic to use his Psi-Am device to contact the Hulk's mind, remarking that he couldn't understand why the FF had so much sentiment for a monster who had tried to kill them. Sellers then briefly grumbled with the Thing before the Hulk began to regain consciousness, at which Sellers yelled for Mr. Fantastic to use his device.

When Mr. Fantastic succeeded in transforming the Hulk back into Bruce Banner, Sellers ignored Mr. Fantastic's deal with Washington and ordered his men to re-shackle the human Dr. Banner. The Thing angrily reminded Sellers of the deal and Sellers replied that he would keep the deal when he was good and ready, warning the Thing that there was nothing he could do about it. Angry at Sellers, the Thing decided to show Sellers what he could do about it and rushed to destroy the Psi-Am, much to the protests of Col. Sellers. Without the Psi-Am activated, Banner transformed back into the Hulk and the alarmed Sellers watched as the Thing, tired of being treated like a monster himself, sided with the Hulk against Sellers and his own teammates in the Fantastic Four.

(Fantastic Four I#167) - Col. Sellers watched as Mr. Fantastic attempted to talk sense into the Thing but the Thing instead gently attacked Mr. Fantastic to keep him from recapturing the Hulk. When the Hulk attacked the incoming Human Torch and the Invisible Girl stepped to hold back the Thing and Hulk with an invisible force field, Sellers ordered the Invisible Girl out of the way but she refused, insisting that the Thing would not harm anyone. The Thing admitted he might not but warned that he couldn't say the same for Sellers and his men. When the Invisible Girl's force field failed against the sheer force of the Thing and Hulk's punches, Sellers ordered his men to open fire on the Hulk. Mr. Fantastic quickly removed the military officers' guns, not wishing to harm his friend the Thing, and the Thing and Hulk subsequently busted their way into another room in an attempt to escape, much to the shock of Col. Sellers, who exclaimed that the walls were meant to withstand any natural disaster. Sellers and the rest of the Fantastic Four followed, only to witness the two monstrous heroes destroy two military hovercraft and escape on a third. Angry that Hulk and Thing got away, Sellers asked the Fantastic Four if he had hired superheroes or a high school pep squad, prompting Mr. Fantastic to warn Sellers that if he kept up the insults, he wouldn't have either to kick around. A short time later, Sellers managed to locate the missing hovercraft in St. Louis, Missouri and when Mr. Fantastic appeared surprised that the Thing did not keep the Hulk out of a populated area, Sellers made a snide remark that perhaps the Fantastic Four didn't know the Thing as well as they thought. Human Torch threatened Sellers with a fat lip for his remark and nearly quit Sellers' service until Sellers agreed to give the Fantastic Four one more chance to reign in their teammate. As the FF prepared for another encounter against the Thing and Hulk, Sellers warned that if they did not recapture the Hulk by nightfall, he would be forced to utilize everything in the military's non-nuclear arsenal against the Thing and Hulk.

Feeling as if Col. Sellers had double-crossed the Hulk, the Thing briefly questioned his actions before he witnessed the military attacking the Hulk. The Fantastic Four arrived soon after and warned the Thing that he was in danger, which the Thing assumed was due to Sellers' desire to destroy the Hulk. The Thing commented that Sellers might destroy the entirety of St. Louis to kill the Hulk and while Mr. Fantastic didn't disagree, he warned that Sellers was not the danger he was referring to and asked the Thing to again help them recapture the Hulk. Not long after, the gamma radiation exposure from being close to the Hulk transformed the Thing back into his human form and the Hulk leaped away.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, George Perez and Vince Colletta.

Profile by Proto-Man.

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Fantastic Four I#167, p3, pan1 (Col. Sellers, main image)
Fantastic Four I#166, p10, pan5 (Col. Sellers, headshot)
Fantastic Four I#166, p10, pan2 (Col. Sellers, going over charts)


Appearances:
Fantastic Four I#166 (January, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer, editor), George Perez (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Fantastic Four I#167 (February, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer, editor), George Perez (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)


First posted09/23/2022
Last updated: 09/23/2022

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