Aaron Stack

Machine Man / Aaron Stack – in my top 5 robo-dudes in comics, possibly my fave in the Marvel universe. (He competes with “Awesome Android” and villains Arnim Zola and M.O.D.O.K.)

Generally, a superheroic, competent, and non-comedic version of Inspector Gadget, Machine Man originally appeared in the pages of 2001: A Space Odyssey #8 (July 1977), written and drawn by Jack Kirby, where he was called Mister Machine. He went on to appear in his self-titled series in 1978. Machine Man is powered by solar energy and also draws power from several different external energy sources, if needed. He has the ability to telescope his arms and legs to a length of 100 feet (30 m). His hands are equipped with variable-payload hand-parts, some routinely carried in his fingers, others stored in hidden recesses in his belt. His fingers contain a variety of devices, including: a gas chromatograph, laser interferometer, micro-pulse radar, audiometer, seismometer, gravity-wave detector, pulse-code modulator, standard computer input/outputs, radio beacon, all-wave transceiver, laser-cutting torch/weapon, and projection of heat, cold, or electricity; one of his fingers has been shown to contain a bullet-firing mechanism that uses .357 Magnum ammunition. He has the ability of flight under his own power through the means of anti-gravity disks. His feet can also change into wheels, like rollerblades.

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