Real Name: Unrevealed/inapplicable
Identity/Class: Terrestrial android (1950s era)
Occupation: Bider; prime function unrevealed
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Indigenous tribe (location
& name unrevealed)
Known Relatives: Inapplicable
Base of Operations: Somewhere off the coast of
formerly a white-dominated civilization (see comments)
First Appearance: World of Mystery I#1/6
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.
Weight: Unrevealed, possibly around 350 lbs.
(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
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
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.
Metal God has no known connections to:
World of Mystery I#1/6, p3, pan3 (main image)
p2, pan2 (headshot)
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
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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