Real Name: Intergalactic Sentry #9168
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Kree) robot
Occupation: Servant of the Kree Empire
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom), Kree Council Supreme
Enemies: Atlanteans (Lord Vashti, others), Fantastic Four (Crystal/Crystalia Amaquelin, Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Girl/Susan Storm Richards, Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards, the Thing/Ben Grimm), Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: An unidentified Pacific isle, Earth
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#98 (May, 1970)
Powers/Abilities: Like all Kree Sentries, #9168 is built from highly resilient extraterrestrial metals resistant to most damage and has excellent self-repair functions, allowing it to quickly repair damages inflicted upon it. It has jets built into its feet that permit it to fly and can also wield the jets as weapons in a fight. It also possesses superhuman strength and could lift 50 tons. A device in the Sentry's right palm can emit a hurricane-strength wind. The Sentry was also equipped with the Beta-Gun and Stimulator and its island base contained a communications device for contacting the Kree on Hala.
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 900 lbs.)
(Fantastic Four I#98 (fb) - BTS) - At some point in the past, the Kree stationed Sentry #9168 on a Pacific isle and outfitted it with a variety of devices for use in its mission: to halt mankind's progress in space exploration.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition I#11 - Sentry entry - BTS) - Specifically, Sentry #9168 was assigned to prevent humans from discovering the Blue Area of the Moon, a former Kree outpost.
(Fantastic Four I#98) - The Sentry received a transmission from the Kree Council Supreme telling it to perform its mission in order to prevent humanity from performing a moon landing. Taking out its Beta-Gun, the Sentry raised the undersea island where the Stimulator was located. Venturing into the risen island, the Sentry located the Stimulator and activated it.
The Sentry confirmed the Stimulator was functioning correctly when he detected that someone else had landed upon the isle. Flying to the surface, he found Mister Fantastic, the Human Torch and the Thing of the Fantastic Four. The Human Torch attacked the Sentry but it temporarily snuffed the Torch's flames with the jets in his feet then grabbed Mister Fantastic to use him as a human shield against the Torch's flame. However, Mister Fantastic's elastic arms reached around and grabbed the Sentry, lining him up for the Thing to punch him. The Thing's punch damaged the Sentry, rendering it temporarily inert. This gave the Fantastic Four time to activate the Stimulator's self-destruct function. Its mission a failure, the Sentry flew away from the island.
(Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine I#2) - The Sentry was found and retrieved by Doctor Doom, who brought it to Latveria for repairs. Doom placed his scientists in charge of repairing the Sentry, although they were surprised to discover the Sentry's own self-repairing systems quickly took control, soon restoring the Sentry to full operational status. Reprogramming the Sentry to serve him, Doom sent it to assault Atlantis to provide a distraction to occupy the Sub-Mariner while Doom secured the theft of the Horn of Proteus. The Sub-Mariner's battle with the Sentry began underwater and continued to the surface as they fought upon an island. The Fantastic Four joined Namor in the fight. Although the Sentry proved resistant to most of the heroes' might, they finally defeated it by Mister Fantastic using his elastic body to fling the Sentry at the Sub-Mariner and the Thing, who struck the Sentry simultaneously, knocking it out of order.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.
Its name was revealed in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition I#11.
In Fantastic Four I#98, Sentry #9168 is interfering with the Apollo 11 mission. That's obviously a topical reference but since 616 has a lot more space exploration than our reality, he was certainly interfering with a moon landing.
"Kree Council Supreme" might be the same thing as the Kree Science Council.
Sentry #9168 didn't appear that damaged when it left at the end of Fantastic Four I#98 yet turned up in need of repairs in Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine I#2. It's possible that the Sentry in the latter story was supposed to be Sentry #459 but the coloring matches #9168. I guess #9168 was operational enough to fly away after fighting the FF but then fell out of the sky wherever Doom found it.
It's established that Sentries' numbers are successive, hence the higher the number, the newer the model. #9168 remains the highest number we've yet seen. I guess somewhere in the high thousands the Kree experimented with different paint schemes.
Profile by Prime Eternal.
Sentry #9168 should not be confused with:
The Beta-Gun was a handheld device which Sentry #9168 used to access the island where the Stimulator was hidden. A beam from the Beta-Gun would cause the island to rise from beneath the ocean. Another beam from the device would open an aperture into the interior of the island.
--Fantastic Four I#98
The Stimulator was a device the Kree left under the supervision of Sentry #9168 and concealed in an undersea island in the Pacific Ocean. The Beta-Gun was necessary for raising the island above the water level. The Stimulator would then contact a "nameless mass" beneath the surface of Earth's moon and awaken it so that it could attack the Kree's enemies on the moon. It also caused lethargy in humans who drew close while it was activated. Before the humans could land on the moon, Sentry #9168 activated the Stimulator but the Fantastic Four intervened. Although the Stimulator caused Mister Fantastic and the Human Torch to nearly pass out when they tried to shut it down, the Thing's superhuman endurance permitted him to draw near enough to smash the device. The destruction of the Stimulator set off a chain reaction which destroyed the isle and killed the "nameless mass."
--Fantastic Four I#98
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Fantastic Four I#98, page 12, panel 5 (Sentry, main)
Fantastic Four I#98, page 12, panel 1 (Sentry, face)
Fantastic Four I#98, page 5, panel 1 (Beta Gun)
Fantastic Four I#98, page 11, panel 4 (Stimulator)
Fantastic Four I#98, page 17, panel 3 ("nameless mass")
Fantastic Four I#98 (May, 1970) - Stan Lee (writer, editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition I#11 (October, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald (writer, producer), Peter Sanderson, Steve Saffel (writers, research), John Byrne (Sentry entry pencils), Eliot Brown (technical illustrator), James Fry (art enhancer), Josef Rubinstein (inks)
Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine I#2 (March, 2001) - Erik Larsen (plot, layouts), Eric Stephenson (plot, script), Keith Giffen (pencils), Jorge Lucas (pencils, inks), Bruce Timm (inks), Joe Sinnott (inks), Al Gordon (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
First posted: 03/01/2023
Last updated: 02/27/2023
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