Jack "King" Kirby was an American comic book artist and editor regarded as one of the medium's major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators. He grew up in New York City, learned to draw cartoon figures by tracing characters from comic strips and editorial cartoons, he entered the nascent comics industry in the 1930s, drawing various comics features under different pen names, including Jack Curtiss, before settling on Jack Kirby. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1940s Kirby teamed with Simon, creating numerous characters for that company and for National Comics Publications to become DC Comics. After serving in the European Theater in World War II, Kirby produced work for DC Comics, Harvey Comics, Hillman Periodicals, other publishers. At Crestwood Publications, he and Simon created the genre of romance comics and founded their own short-lived comic company, Mainline Publications.
Kirby was involved in Timely's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, which in the next decade became Marvel. There, in the 1960s, under writer-editor Stan Lee, created many of the company's major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk; the Lee–Kirby titles garnered high sales and critical acclaim, but in 1970, feeling he had been treated unfairly in the realm of authorship credit and creators' rights, Kirby left the company for rival DC. At DC, Kirby created his Fourth World saga. While these series proved commercially unsuccessful and were canceled, the Fourth World's New Gods have continued as a significant part of the DC Universe. Kirby returned to Marvel in the mid-to-late 1970s ventured into television animation and independent comics. In his years, called "the William Blake of comics", began receiving great recognition in the mainstream press for his career accomplishments, in 1987 he was one of the three inaugural inductees of the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. In 2017, Kirby was posthumously named a Disney Legend with Lee for their co-creations not only in the field of publishing, but because those creations formed the basis for The Walt Disney Company's financially and critically successful media franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Kirby was married to Rosalind Goldstein in 1942. They had four children, remained married until his death from heart failure in 1994, at the age of 76; the Jack Kirby Awards and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame were named in his honor, he is known as "The King" among comics fans for his many influential contributions to the medium. Jack Kirby was born Jacob Kurtzberg on August 28, 1917, at 147 Essex Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, where he was raised, his parents and Benjamin Kurtzberg, were Austrian Jewish immigrants, his father earned a living as a garment factory worker. In his youth, Kirby desired to escape his neighborhood, he liked to draw, sought out places he could learn more about art. Self-taught, Kirby cited among his influences the comic strip artists Milton Caniff, Hal Foster, Alex Raymond, as well as such editorial cartoonists as C. H. Sykes, "Ding" Darling, Rollin Kirby, he was rejected by the Educational Alliance because he drew "too fast with charcoal", according to Kirby.
He found an outlet for his skills by drawing cartoons for the newspaper of the Boys Brotherhood Republic, a "miniature city" on East 3rd Street where street kids ran their own government. At age 14, Kirby enrolled at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. "I wasn't the kind of student. They wanted people. I didn't want to work on any project forever. I intended to get things done". Kirby joined the Lincoln Newspaper Syndicate in 1936, working there on newspaper comic strips and on single-panel advice cartoons such as Your Health Comes First!!!. He remained until late 1939, when he began working for the movie animation company Fleischer Studios as an inbetweener on Popeye cartoons. "I went from Lincoln to Fleischer," he recalled. "From Fleischer I had to get out in a hurry because I couldn't take that kind of thing," describing it as "a factory in a sense, like my father's factory. They were manufacturing pictures."Around that time, the American comic book industry was booming. Kirby began writing and drawing for the comic-book packager Eisner & Iger, one of a handful of firms creating comics on demand for publishers.
Through that company, Kirby did what he remembers as his first comic book work, for Wild Boy Magazine. This included such strips as the science fiction adventure "The Diary of Dr. Hayward", the Western crimefighter feature "Wilton of the West", the swashbuckler adventure "The Count of Monte Cristo", the humor features "Abdul Jones" and "Socko the Seadog", all variously for Jumbo Comics and other Eisner-Iger clients, he first used the surname Kirby as the pseudonymous Lance Kirby in two "Lone Rider" Western stories in Eastern Color Printing's Famous Funnies #63–64. He settled on the pen name Jack Kirby because it reminded him of actor James Cagney. However, he took offense to those who suggested he changed his name in order to hide his Jewish heritage. Kirby moved on to comic-book publisher and newspaper syndicator Fox Feature Syndicate, earning a then-reasonable $15-a-week salary, he began to
Doctor Druid known as Doctor Droom and Druid, is a fictional character, a supernatural monster-hunter appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Co-created by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciller Jack Kirby, he starred in his own continuing feature that debuted in Amazing Adventures #1. In his earliest five appearances, in Amazing Adventures #1–4 & #6, the character was called Doctor Droom; the first strip was written by Stan Lee, penciled by Jack Kirby, inked by Steve Ditko. Doctor Droom vanished into obscurity for years after the series was re-titled and reformatted as Amazing Adult Fantasy with #7. According to Lee, Doctor Droom was succeeded by Doctor Strange: "... I always liked, it was a one-shot thing. And one day while we were trying to think of some new heroes, I thought I'd like to bring back a magician, and I gave him the name Doctor Strange..."Doctor Droom resurfaced in the 1970s in the final four issues of Marvel's reprint title Weird Wonder Tales. Issue #19 "introduced" Doctor Druid in a reprint of his Amazing Adventures debut as Droom, but with his name changed to avoid confusion with Marvel supervillain Doctor Doom.
Another modified Droom reprint appeared in issue #20. In #21, he served as "host" to introduce an evidently new story featuring Gene Colan art; the next and final issue of Weird Wonder Tales contained a new splash page with John Byrne art leading into a reprint of the second Droom story from Amazing Adventures, wherein Druid's original, drab grey clothing was painted over with his new red uniform. He starred in the miniseries Druid # 1 -- 4 by artist Leonardo Manco. In Marvel Universe #4–7, he was retconned as a member of the Monster Hunters, whose adventures took place between the "Age of Monsters" and the "Age of Heroes"; this theme would be picked up with his appearance in issue #2 of a subsequent flashback title, Marvel: The Lost Generation. Doctor Druid was one of the feature characters in the 2011 three-issue limited series Chaos War: Dead Avengers. Doctor Druid's real name is Dr. Anthony Ludgate Druid, although he refers to himself as Dr. Anthony Druid, he is a psychiatrist and explorer as well as a minor telepath and magician, specializing in hypnosis and other feats of mesmerism.
He has minor magical abilities. He is an expert on the occult, having been trained by a Tibetan lama who had come to the U. S. for medical attention. Many years Druid discovered that the lama was, in fact, the Ancient One who selected Anthony Druid as a back-up in case his grooming of Doctor Strange failed. Doctor Druid remained on the sidelines for years, he appeared again and teamed with the Hulk against the Maha Yogi. With the Avengers, he encountered his ancestor Amergin. Doctor Druid sometime aided the Avengers in thwarting Baron Zemo and the fourth Masters of Evil's takeover of Avengers Mansion, making contact with the mentally damaged Blackout and helping him resist Zemo's control while prompting him to bring Avengers Mansion back to Earth after banishing it into his Darkforce Dimension, he joined the ranks of the Avengers shortly after helping to defend from this attack. He battled a Dracula doppelganger in the realm of Death, his membership was tainted when he was mind controlled by supervillainess the Terminatrix into manipulating the team on her behalf.
While in this state, he assumed chairmanship of the team for a short period. When "Nebula" was cast into Limbo, Druid followed, he regained control of his own mind and returned to Earth, after learning his true origin, banished "Nebula" and became younger by magic. Due to his actions while in the villain's thrall, Druid was disgraced, he was reunited with his former teammates while working with Doctor Strange during the Infinity War, became the leader of the Secret Defenders. In that role, he was once again victimized by a villain's mind control, this time by the demon Slorioth. Doctor Druid and the demon were defeated, Druid faked his own death, the team disbanded, he abandoned his spandex costume and became more of a real, traditional druid, a fact reflected by his taking on the simple name of "Druid" and the new nature of his nature powers, but he let his feelings of rage and power lust take him over, went insane, was betrayed by his allies, was killed by Hellstorm, the putative Son of Satan.
Druid's ghost appeared alongside the spirits of other dead ex-Avengers, confirming that Druid had, in fact, died this time. The Avengers placed a memorial statue of him in the garden of Avengers Mansion. A mere 36 hours before his death, Druid is visited by a time-traveling Black Widow, he assisted her with magical research pertaining to her mission, no wiser of his imminent demise. Doctor Druid's son is introduced as one of Nick Fury's new recruits to fight against the Secret Invasion. Secret Invasion # 4 reveals. During the Chaos War storyline, Doctor Druid is among the dead heroes brought back to life when Amatsu-Mikaboshi dominated the death realms; as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel, Doctor Druid resurfaced on Weirdworld. Nighthawk of Earth-31916, Blur of Earth-148611, Tyndall were captured by Doctor Druid's minions and taken to his castle, he revealed to his captives that his soul took on a corporeal form when it found Weirdworld, where he remained so that he can still be alive.
Doctor Druid revealed that Ogeode built him a massive crystal on top of his castle to amplify his mind-control abilit
Giant-Man is the alias used by a number of characters in Marvel Comics. Hank Pym, the first Giant-Man, with the Wasp, appeared in many superheroes stories published in the serial Tales to Astonish and The Avengers. Bill Foster became the new Giant-Man and the Black Goliath. In The Astonishing Ant-Man #4, Raz Malhotra debuted as the third Giant-Man and became one of the supporting characters of the regular series, joining the Ant-Man Security Solutions of Scott Lang. Hank Pym was the original character named Giant-Man, he used that super hero identity after joining the Avengers with Wasp, Iron Man and the Hulk. He has used other aliases like Ant-Man, Goliath and Wasp; as Goliath, Hank Pym led the Avengers. He married his girlfriend Wasp and created the artificial intelligence better known as Ultron; as Giant-Man, Pym fought villains like the Human Top and Egghead, many years after, joined the Secret Avengers, the Avengers A. I. and the Avengers Academy. He helped Wasp to escape from the Microverse after the "Avengers vs X-Men" conflict.
Giant-Man helped Matt Murdock and his friend Foggy Nelson on many occasions, fought his enemy Ultron during the Rage of Ultron event. After dying during the final battle, Pym surprised everyone when he returned as an amalgamation of flesh and Ultron circuitry and encountered the Uncanny Avengers joining the team in his new cybernetic form as Ultron. However, the group didn't trust him and called the Wasp for help. After the Avengers' fears proved true and Pym transformed into Ultron and fought the Unity Division, destroying Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor in the process, the Vision was forced to help the team destroy his'father'. However, Ultron was revealed to still be alive. Bill Foster was Hank Pym's successor who went by the name Black Goliath. Foster died during the Civil War storyline, where he joined Captain America's team as Black Goliath and was killed by Ragnarok. Raz Malhotra is a computer technician whose former field study was in artificial intelligence at the time when Hank Pym started to rid the world of them.
Many companies shut down their A. I.s before Raz could graduate. He started working on a tech-support company called Techbusters in San Francisco. Upon resurfacing following his apparent death, Egghead read Raz's dissertion called "Breakthroughs in Moral Paradigms for Artificial Intelligence." Egghead decided to lure him into his lair under the guise of wanting support for his mac book. When Raz Malhotra arrived to Egghead's base, Egghead revealed his true intentions of wanting Malhotra to use his knowledge to power up artificial duplicates of the Avengers called the A. I. Vengers he had stolen from Hank Pym. Malhotra repudiated Egghead's evil intentions, forcing the villain to use a neural override device to control him. Egghead's plans attracted the attention of Scott Lang; when Raz breaks free from the neural override, he shuts down the A. I. Vengers as Hank Pym knocks out Egghead; some months after Hank Pym perishes in the fight against Ultron, Hank Pym left one of his labs to Scott Lang who sent Raz a present in the form one of the Giant-Man uniforms.
It was revealed that Raz has a boyfriend. Raz decides to use the Giant-Man suit to fight Unicorn, but gets trapped in the Golden Gate Bridge during the conflict. Scott Lang reunited with Raz and took him to confront Power Broker at his public promotion of the Hench App 2.0. They ended up coming into conflict with a female Blacklash who Power Broker hired to guard the event. Due to Raz's inexperience in crimefighting, Blacklash got away. Following the incident, Scott Lang gave Raz an offer come with him to Florida to be trained while looking over Hank Pym's lab there. Raz accepted the offer. During the "Civil War II" storyline, Ulysses Cain received a vision that tipped off Blue Marvel about Infinaut's ninth manifestation attempt enabling him, Giant-Man, the Ultimates to work on a Pym Particle accelerator that ended up anchoring Infinaut and shrinking him down to human size. During the "Secret Empire" storyline, Raz Malhotra in his Giant-Man attire appears as part of the underground resistance against Hydra after they have taken control of the United States.
When Hydra agents threatened his parents and sisters Preeti and Swapna, Raz Malhotra becomes Giant-Man where he defeats the Hydra agents and gets his family into the Underground. His fellow family members are unaware. In the Ultimate Marvel universe, there is a group of characters called Giant-Men who gained size-shifting powers from a modified version of the technology that gave Hank Pym his powers and special jumpsuits that can grow with them; the Giant-Men are part of S. H. I. E. L. D.'s Reserves and consist of Scott Lang, David Scotty, Cassandra Lang, some unnamed Giant-Men and Giant-Women. The Giant-Men and the Rocket Men join Nick Fury and Scarlet Witch into fighting the Liberators. During the Ultimatum storyline, the Giant-Men were seen saving as many people as they can after Magneto caused a tidal wave that hit Manhattan; the Giant-Men carry the Ultimates away from the forces of Loki. The Giant-Men attack the West Coast Ultimates and defeat them. Scott Lang / Ant-Man serves as the Marvel Cinematic Universe equivalent of Giant-Man.
In Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man grows in size during a battle between the Avengers. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott Lang goes giant when going after Sonny Burch's gang, becoming fatigued if he is giant for too long. Goliath, another alias also
Fourth World (comics)
"Fourth World" is a storyline told through a metaseries of interconnecting comic book titles written and drawn by Jack Kirby, published by DC Comics from 1970 to 1973. Although they were not marketed under this title until the August–September 1971 issues of New Gods and Forever People, the terms Fourth World and Jack Kirby's Fourth World have gained usage in the years since; as the newsstand distribution system for comics began to break down, Jack Kirby foresaw a day when comics would need to find alternate, more legitimate venues for sale. Toward this end, Kirby envisioned a finite series that would be serialized and collected in one tome after the series had concluded, he began the "Fourth World" in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133. DC Comics had planned to introduce the "Fourth World" titles in the November 1970, issue of their preview omnibus title, Showcase. Kirby objected to this, Showcase was cancelled; this delayed the introduction of the "Fourth World" titles until the following year.
The three original titles constituting the "Fourth World" were The Forever People, Mister Miracle, The New Gods. Unhappy with Marvel Comics at the time, as he had created or co-created a plethora of characters without having copyright or creative custody of them, he turned to rival publisher DC Comics, with his sketches and designs for a new group of heroes and villains; as author Marc Flores, who writes under the pen name Ronin Ro, described: The idea of the New Gods had come to Jack years earlier, when he was plotting 90 percent of the "Tales of Asgard" stories in Thor. He wanted to have two planets at war and end with Ragnarok, the battle that would kill Thor's lucrative pantheon. Instead, he tried the idea in his Inhumans stories. Now he was presenting it in its original context. Though he wouldn't say it publicly, the New Gods books started right after the gods in Thor killed one another; the first page of Orion of the New Gods showed the same scenes from Thor—a planet torn in half and armored gods holding swords and dying on a fiery battleground.
"The Fourth World" dealt with the battle between good and evil as represented by the worlds of New Genesis and Apokolips. Darkseid, the evil lord of Apokolips, seeks the Anti-Life Equation which will allow him to control the thoughts of all living beings. Opposing him is Orion, his son raised by his enemies on New Genesis. Other characters caught in the deadly battle included the Forever People, an extension of the kid gang concept from the 1940s with a group of adolescents adventuring without an adult supervisor, their adventures would take them to Earth. Comics historian Les Daniels observed in 1995 that "Kirby's mix of slang and myth, science fiction and the Bible, made for a heady brew, but the scope of his vision has endured." In 2007, comics writer Grant Morrison commented, "Kirby's dramas were staged across Jungian vistas of raw symbol and storm... The Fourth World saga crackles with the voltage of Jack Kirby's boundless imagination let loose onto paper."The Fourth World characters reappeared in various titles.
In 1976, the New Gods were featured in the last issue of 1st Issue Special. The New Gods series relaunched in July 1977, with 1st Issue Special still a recent publication, it picked up where the storyline of that issue left off. Although the title remained "The New Gods" in the indicia and retained its original numbering, launching with #12, the covers used the title "The Return of the New Gods". Gerry Conway wrote Don Newton drew it. Mister Miracle teamed-up with Batman three times in The Brave and the Bold and the Mister Miracle series was revived in September 1977 by Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers. Steve Gerber and Michael Golden produced three issues ending with #25 with several storylines unresolved. Mister Miracle teamed with Superman in DC Comics Presents #12 and the New Gods met the Justice League of America and the Justice Society of America in Justice League of America #183–185. "The Great Darkness Saga" storyline in Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2 featured that team battling Darkseid a thousand years in the future.
In 1984, DC Comics reprinted Jack Kirby's original 11 issues of The New Gods in a six-issue limited series. The first five issues each reprinted two consecutive issues of the original series; the mini-series' final issue was intended to include a reprint of New Gods vol. 1 #11 and a new 24-page story which would conclude the series and end with both Darkseid and Orion dead. DC editors prevented Kirby from using his original intended ending. Kirby instead turned in a one-off story called "On the Road to Armagetto", rejected as well, due to the fact that it did not contain a definitive ending to the series. A 48-page new story called "Even Gods Must Die" was published instead, in the sixth issue of the reprint series, which in turn served as a prologue for the upcoming The Hunger Dogs graphic novel, which DC editors greenlighted in order to conclude the series; the Hunger Dogs was designed to give an ending to the story of the New Gods, while fulfilling editorial mandates that the New Gods be kept alive in order to ensure future use of the characters by writers.
It incorporated several pages from the unpublished "On the Road to Armagetto" story and brought Kirby's New Gods series to a close as the final battle between Orion and Darkseid is averted when the "hunger dogs", the tortured citizens of Apokolips overthrow Darkseid and his regime, forcing Darkseid and his allies into exile. Concurrent with DC's New Gods reprint series in 1984, Kirby w
Avengers Mansion is a fictional building appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. It has traditionally been the base of the Avengers; the enormous, city block-sized building is located at 890 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Avengers Mansion's address is 890 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. According to Stan Lee, who co-created the Avengers: There was a mansion called the Frick Museum that I used to walk past. I sort of modeled it after that. Beautiful, big, so impressive building, right on Fifth Avenue. Lee recounted, "I can't tell you how many fan letters I would receive from kids saying,'We came to New York and we were looking for the Stark mansion and couldn't find it. What address is it?' So that made. I felt. We had made it seem realistic." In real life, 890 Fifth Avenue is 1 East 70th Street, the location of the Henry Clay Frick House, which houses the Frick Collection. The building is, like Avengers Mansion, a city block-sized mansion; when occupied, the mansion was the Stark family manor, until their only son, Tony Stark, inherited their fortune and soon took on the guise of Iron Man.
He donated the mansion to the Avengers and had it financed through the charitable Maria Stark Foundation. It was looked after by the Stark family butler, Edwin Jarvis, who not only took care of the mansion but catered to the needs of the Avengers team, it served as a home for Avengers members when they needed it. It had three basement floors; the first three floors were open to the public and had twelve rooms to house Avengers who wished to reside in the mansion, as well as Jarvis's quarters. A portion of the mansion's third floor served as a hangar for the Avengers' quinjets, their primary mode of transportation; the three floors below ground were restricted from the public and had modified rooms for the Avengers' needs. Such rooms below ground were: Howard Stark's "Arsenal" chamber, the Avengers gym, Hawkeye's test-shooting room, the training room, the cryogenic storage area, a vault to contain Jack of Hearts's power, the ultra-secure assembly room; the Fantastic Four took up temporary residence at Avengers Mansion after their headquarters was destroyed.
The mansion has been destroyed twice. The first time was in Avengers: Under Siege when a huge grouping of Masters of Evil, led by Baron Helmut Zemo, attacked the Avengers and destroyed the Mansion and beat Hercules into a coma among other things before being repulsed. In the immediate aftermath, the Avengers would relocate to a floating platform called Hydro-Base, while the former Mansion site became known as "Avengers Park", was unused. Hydro-Base was destroyed as well; the Mansion would be featured in a Damage Control story. The reconstruction firm was hired to rebuild the mansion, a task they accomplished easily, they did not manage to move it as and it fell into one of New York's rivers. The Avengers built a new headquarters on the site of the Mansion and resided there until it was destroyed by the Gatherers, a team of alternate universe Avengers. Ute, a Watcher enslaved by the villain Proctor, brought an alternate reality version of the original Avengers Mansion to the site as a dying gift.
This replacement Mansion would survive various assaults until, in the "Avengers Disassembled" storyline, the Scarlet Witch was responsible for its destruction by bringing an undead version of Jack of Hearts that exploded killing Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, in Avengers Finale, Stark decided that with his dwindling assets, he could no longer afford to maintain the building and it was abandoned in its derelict state, left as a memorial to the Avengers who had died. Stark, using his considerable political and social influence, had the grounds declared a landmark by the city of New York. Since the Young Avengers have restored much of the statuary on the grounds of the mansion; the Avengers have relocated to Stark Tower, although it is unknown how permanent this move will be in light of the events of Marvel's Civil War storyline, which causes the virtual splitting of the New Avengers down the line between those who were pro-registration and those who were against it. After its destruction, the mansion remains a hub of superhuman activity.
The Young Avengers were attacked by, defeated, Kang the Conqueror there. They restored the many statues in the mansion's grounds, adopting the mansion as their meeting place. During the highest tensions of the Civil War incident, Iron Man and Captain America meet at the ruins in order to talk things out, they tour the grounds and find abandoned framed photographs of old allies. Former Avenger Clint Barton has made his way on to the grounds several times since most following Captain America's death, he meets with Tony Stark to discuss the implications of Steve Rogers' assassination. After the Skrull invasion, S. H. I. E. L. D.'s replacement agency H. A. M. M. E. R. Kept an eye on the mansion in case the Young Avengers, still wanted for refusing to be registered, showed up; the young group did anyway. Following the Siege of Asgard and at the start of the Heroic Age, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark sold the mansion to Luke Cage for a dollar allowing him freedom to recruit his own Avengers team and operate from the mansion while the other Avengers team operate from the Infinite Avengers Mansion and Avengers Tower.
After an extended period, severe damage thanks to Daniel Drumm the New Avengers dissolve, Cage sells the mansion back to Stark for five dollars. After yet another
The Blob is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted as an adversary of the X-Men. A mutant depicted as an obese circus freak, the Blob claims to be immovable when he so desires, he possesses an extreme amount of pliable body mass. Possessing the mindset of a bully, he uses his powers for petty crime and as a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants and Freedom Force, he is one of the most prominent, long-running mutants to be depowered as a result of the Decimation storyline. The Blob appears in the 2009 superhero film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he is played by actor Kevin Durand. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, he first appeared in X-Men #3. Born in Lubbock, Fred J. Dukes starts out as a member of a circus sideshow under the name "The Blob", his act was. He is detected and contacted by Charles Xavier via Cyclops, who sees his performance and tells him that he is a mutant, asks him to join the X-Men.
At the mansion, the other X-Men dislike Dukes for his obnoxious attitude. Iceman uses his power against Dukes to create an ice block round his foot, but the Blob escapes; the Blob refuses Xavier's invitation. When Xavier tries erasing his mind of what has transpired, the Blob escapes the Mansion despite the efforts of the Beast and uses the sewer to get away without being followed, he tells the manager of the carnival he is taking over gathers up the other circus members and they attack the mansion, as he plans to get the X-Men's technology and take over the world. Meanwhile, Xavier works on a device; the carnival succeeds in defeating the X-Men despite a warning from Angel. They leave them on the lawn, they enter the mansion to find the Professor and his technology. Xavier telepathically contacts Marvel Girl and tells her to remove her blindfold using her telekinesis levitate a knife from a performer's tent to cut through her bonds, after which she frees the other members. Xavier is able to wipe everyone's minds after the carnival is stopped by a wall of ice, the Blob goes back to the circus.
The mutant Magneto soon seeks out the Blob to recruit him into his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, restoring his memory through a jarring blow to the head. The Blob temporarily accepts the invitation, but leaves when it is revealed that Magneto has no real concern for the Blob's safety after he is hit by explosives which were launched at the X-Men, he goes back to the Circus. He teams up with Unus due to the alien Lucifer, they commit crimes. The Blob serves as a member of Factor Three, he works as an operative for the Secret Empire, where he fights the Beast. With the reorganized Brotherhood, the Blob fights the Defenders, he is reverted to infancy by Alpha the Ultimate Mutant. The Blob is returned to adulthood, fights the Champions of Los Angeles, he winds up in prison, but is freed by Mystique in order to recruit him into her incarnation of the Brotherhood. He becomes part of the plot to assassinate Senator Kelly, the event which leads to the apocalyptic alternate future of Days of Future Past, he battles the Avengers as a member of the Brotherhood.
With Unus, he battles the Hulk. With the Brotherhood, he battles the X-Men once more, he witnesses the apparent death of Unus goes berserk and attacks Spider-Man and the Black Cat. He remains with the Brotherhood, becoming a special operative of the federal government when the Brotherhood is reformed as the government-sponsored Freedom Force. On the team's first mission, they help capture Magneto, they battle the X-Men in San Francisco. Blob participates in Freedom Force's capture of the Avengers for the federal government. With Freedom Force, he attempts to capture Rusty Collins battles X-Factor. With Freedom Force, he battles the X-Men in San Francisco, assists in the attempt to arrest the X-Men in Dallas, battling the New Mutants in Dallas as well, he battles X-Factor again, under Spiral's orders, he and Pyro battle Daredevil in an attempt to capture a young mutant. He again attempts fighting the New Mutants again, he joins Pyro in attacking Avengers headquarters. With Freedom Force, he captures Rusty Collins and fellow New Mutant Skids.
He helps to capture Cable, but is defeated by Cable and by Sunspot during an attempt to recapture Cable. With Freedom Force, he assists in thwarting a jailbreak from the Vault. After Freedom Force's dissolution, the Blob participates in other versions of the Brotherhood, including one led by Toad and another led by Professor X; the psychic entity Onslaught recruits Blob, vastly upgrading his powers and abilities. During this time, the Blob fights the various members of X-Force and is soundly defeated in each encounter. Months a powered-down Dukes joins the new Brotherhood led once again by Mystique, alongside Toad and the daughter of the original Mastermind; when Exodus recreates the Brotherhood of Mutants, Blob offers to join but is dismissed by Exodus, who considers him useless. This is a major blow to Dukes' weak self-esteem, for which he seeks the counsel of therapist Sean Garrison. After a session, Blob attacks the Xavier Institute, though he is defeated by the combined efforts of the New Mutants and the Hellions.
The Awesome Android is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Fantastic Four #15 and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist and co-plotter Jack Kirby. Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character has made appearances in Marvel titles for over four decades, appeared in Marvel-related products including animated television series and trading cards; the Awesome Android debuted in Fantastic Four #15 as the creation of the Mad Thinker, "since and his 15-foot-tall artificial being... have had run-ins with most of Marvel's major superheroes. The pair reappeared in Fantastic Four #28 to battle both the titular superhero team and the mutant superheroes the X-Men; the Android continued in the role of antagonist, appearing in Tales of Suspense #72 as an opponent for Iron Man. The Android reappeared as part of a supervillain team in The Avengers #286-289. 3, #23 and #43-44. The Android was reclaimed and upgraded by the Thinker in a humorous storyline in the 2004-2005 series She-Hulk.
The villain Mad Thinker creates an artificial lifeform based on the research notes of Fantastic Four leader Mister Fantastic. A synthesis of ape DNA and unstable molecules incorporated into an indestructible body with a microcomputer and a solar-power source, the newly christened Awesome Android is directed against the Fantastic Four, although the superhero team defeats both the Android and the Thinker; the Awesome Android, still as a pawn of the Thinker, returns to battle the combined efforts of the Fantastic Four and the mutant team the X-Men before being deactivated by X-Men leader Professor X. The Thinker directs the Android to kidnap industrialist Tony Stark, which leads to a battle with Stark's alter ego Iron Man. After an appearance during the "War of the Super Villains" storyline the Android is absent from Marvel continuity until directed by the Thinker to capture the Galadorian spaceknight Rom for further study. After a brief battle, Rom deactivates the Android; the Android battles Captain America, having been repaired by abandoned by the Thinker.
Fellow artificial creation the Super Adaptoid, posing as villain the Fixer, reprograms the Android and uses it as part of an assault team of advanced robots called Heavy Metal, consisting of the Awesome Android. The group is defeated by the superhero team the Avengers with Namor the Sub-Mariner deactivating the Android by ripping off its head while in the water, causing his torso to flood and sink; the Android reappears during the "Acts of Vengeance" storyline, being repaired by the robot Machinesmith and used to distract the Avengers while several villains escape confinement in the prison facility the Vault. The Android is neutralized by Captain Marvel. After battles with the superhero teams the Thunderbolts, the Heroes for Hire, two more encounters with the Fantastic Four, the Android is reclaimed by the Thinker; the Thinker upgrades the Android to absorb additional abilities, such as musical talent and animal traits. Acquiring sentience, the Android rebels against the Thinker and seeks legal aid from law firm Goodman, Kurtzberg & Holliway.
The Android is emancipated from the Thinker, with a court recognizing the being as a male with a new name, "Awesome Andy." Andy becomes a general office worker for the firm. The board depicted as a chalk board, was retconned into a digital display screen with a Wi-Fi connection to his CPU. After a brief fight with a member of the Eternals, Andy inadvertently absorbs Starfox's pheromone-like abilities, causing Andy to gain the affections of his coworker Mallory Book. Upon realizing she does not reciprocate these feelings, the character deactivates his powers, after being rejected by her, leaves the law firm. Andy reappears as the Awesome Android in the employ of the Thinker, having reset its system with no trace of the previous personality; the Android encounters the parallel universe team the Exiles. Awesome Android was with Mad Thinker when it was revealed that Mad Thinker was a member of Intelligencia. Awesome Android was with Mad Thinker when he is invited to join the Future Foundation's seminar on how to defeat Reed Richards with the Reed Richards in mind being the Council of Reeds.
Awesome Android was present with Intelligencia. He was shot into space by the Zero Cannon. MODOK Superior was able to revive the other Intelligencia members. Awesome Android appears attacking the Museum of American History and battles Steve Rogers, the original Captain America; the Awesome Android is created when the Mad Thinker steals and uses a technique invented by Mister Fantastic, involving splicing unstable molecules into the DNA patterns of an ape. The character has limited artificial intelligence and no capacity for self-motivated activity, is dependent on its programming or on the spoken commands of its programmer, deactivates itself when n