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The Machine Man Mini Bust
The Machine Man was originally created in 1977 for the 2001: A Space Odyssey #8 comic, written and drawn by Kirby featuring concepts based on the eponymous Stanley Kubrick film and Arthur C. Clarke novel.
However the character was cancelled when he left Marvel in 1978 but was late revived, less than a year later, this time with newly returned to Marvel Steve Ditko drawing and Marv Wolfman writing.
In 1978 he was to to appear in his own self-titled series. Jack Kirby wrote and drew the first nine issues, which dealt with the title character's status as a fugitive from the military after the death of his creator, and his first interactions with mankind. The book was cancelled at the end of 1978
Jack Kirby created Machine Man, one of the most internally-conflicted individuals in comics history. The angst with which Kirby filled the character was its stamp. This story took place after the classic confrontation between Machine Man and the Hulk in Incredible Hulk #235-237.
The title was re-launched in issue #10 after a nine-month hiatus. Status quo in the book changed with him now living amongst humanity, and dealing with his own new-found emotions.
this is the book that marked Ditko's return to Marvel after a many years absent as he partnered with Marv Wolfman.
The title lasted until issue #19, ending in February 1980.
After fifty experimental robot projects of the U.S. Military, Dr. Abel Stack stole the fifty-first and succeeded in creating the first machine that could think like a man. He was able to get him to think like a man by actually treating him like one; even giving him a face made of simulated flesh and hair.
He was also created with elongating arms and legs. His hovering abilities allow him to stealthily move undetected, and an internal furnace that allows him to radiate extreme temperatures from his hands. His fingertips are equipped with Magnum pistols. One of his main weaknesses though is his reliance on solar energy for its survival.
Dr. Stack ultimately died in an unfortunate explosion, and Machine Man vowed to fulfill his creator’s dream of a machine becoming a productive member of society. Acquiring the name of Aaron Stack, he took a job in the ‘real world’ as an insurance investigator, his mechanical identity completely hidden from his coworkers.
Hunted by Madame Menace and Senator Miles Brickman, he only found solace when he managed to stop one of the Incredible Hulk’s rampages. Afterward, X-51 met and fell in love with Jocasta, a fellow robot created by master engineer Ultron.
Following his lover’s death at the hands of her creator, Machine Man joined a group of robots known as Heavy Metal. This group intended on defeating the group of superheroes known as the Avengers, but Machine Man turned and helped the Avengers. In the future, he would continue to help the Avengers many more times.
Several months later, he was captured by the espionage agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. The group hoped to use his technology to help create a new Deathlok cyborg. Escaping, Machine Man helped the X-Men to rescue the techno-organic being Douglock, sacrificing his life in the process.
The Brotherhood of Mutants found and rebuilt him though, but only to be attacked by him. This new version held bits of memory from Sentinel programming, and thus felt obligated to destroy any mutant it came in contact with. This new version also realized the ability to utilize “nanites” in order to repair any damage done to his body instantly.
Seeking the help of the Avengers, he attacked Justice and Firestar, but regained enough control to retreat before seriously harming anyone.
Machine Man began to seek the help of non-mutants such as his former friend Peter Spaulding; but his plans were foiled when the Sentinels located and tried to take X-51. The X-Men came to his rescue; but unfortunately he still felt obligated to sacrifice himself for his friends once again.
In true Terminator fashion, this was not the end of the robot, as his nanotechnology allowed for him to be rebuilt and transported him to an unknown location, until he recently reappeared and took offense against a group of terrorists known as H.A.T.E.
The Machine Man Mini-bust stands over 6 inches tall and features a removable arm extension.
Product Type: Polystone Bust
Product Size: 6" H (152.4mm)*
Product Weight: 3.00 lbs (1.36 kg)*
Est. Shipping Weight: 4.00 lbs (1.81 kg)*
* Product size and weight are approximate values. Est. Ship Weight is an estimated value for U.S. shipping calculated by item, box and shipping materials. US shipping costs may be estimated in DIM weight if oversized warning appears above. click here for additional information. International (non-EU) shipping costs are only based on dimensional weight, click here for more information.
Manufactured by: Bowen Designs
Due: Nov/Dec, 2008
Limited Edition: TBD
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