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METAL GOD

Real Name: Unrevealed/inapplicable

Identity/Class: Terrestrial android (1950s era)

Occupation: Bider; prime function unrevealed

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Indigenous tribe (location & name unrevealed)

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: Inapplicable

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Somewhere off the coast of Africa(?);
   formerly a white-dominated civilization (see comments)

First Appearance: World of Mystery I#1/6 (June, 1956)

Powers/Abilities: The humanoid Metal God appears to be made of lightweight rust-proof metal. It is peaceful and patient in its core programming with inbuilt curiosity, and is an excellent teacher of the English language. However, its design is flawed with little grip for its soles and limited climbing abilities. It has forward-mounted visual receptors, side audio receptors mimicking human ears and an immovable "mouth" for audio communication.

Height: 7'
Weight: Unrevealed, possibly around 350 lbs.
Eyes: Unrevealed/inapplicable
Hair: None

History:

(World of Mystery I#1/6 (fb) - BTS) - An android was built and gained limited self-awareness, dimly cognizant that its technician makers looked similar to its form.

(World of Mystery I#1/6 (fb)) - The android was aware that it was crated up and placed on the deck of a ship, but a month from port, the freighter hit a storm. The crew abandoned ship and the android broke free, grabbing wreckage to stay afloat. It eventually reached an island of dark-skinned (African?) tribal people, who worshiped it as a (male) Metal God. It accepted this role in its personal mission to find the form of its creators. The Metal God taught the islanders to speak English to facilitate communication with newcomers.

(World of Mystery I#1/6) - Years passed and two British men, survivors of a freighter capsized in a storm, found the island. The two communicated easily with the islanders, who quickly made ready a frame to help travel up the slippery slope to the mountain top where the Metal God stayed. Another islander rushed up and informed the android. The Metal God proceeded down the mountain to meet the newcomers but slipped and fell into the sea just as the two British arrived.

Comments: Created by uncredited writer & Bernard Baily.

Thanks to John Holstein for providing the scans, who also suggests that this robot could have been one that Namora pulled out of the water to become a potential G-Man (although probably not M-11). Perhaps it was an offshoot of Yellow Claw's robot program?

I'm guessing the Metal God was only "splash-proof" and not water-proof. Perhaps it's still stuck underwater, unable to climb out...?

Something smells vaguely racist here... the robot dismissed darker-skinned tribal humans as its creators, or did it have fractured memories of its (white) creators?

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Metal God has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
World of Mystery I#1/6, p3, pan3 (main image)
   p2, pan2 (headshot)


Appearances:
World of Mystery I#1/6 (June, 1956) - uncredited writer, Bernard Baily (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


First posted: 12/31/2022
Last updated: 12/31/2022

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