(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and their many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
Another one of those long-hidden wonders is headed your way. Remember Ogor and Indestructible? Well, here is another hidden Marvel Cosmic gem with all the info a dusty old long box and the modern tech of the ”˜Net can bestow: the Quintronic Man!
Built by Stark Enterprises to explore the vastness of space, the Quintronic Man was initially tested in battle with the Incredible Hulk (Incredible Hulk, circa 1977).
Called in to assist law enforcement personnel, the android appeared to be the man-brute's match in every way -- save for the fact there were five brains in control of the machine instead of one very resolute mind determined not to lose. Just when the Quintronic Man had Hulk pinned down, the left arm's pilot, McCord, acted against orders and pummeled the Hulk into a blind rage, leaving Head Man no choice but to activate the Somna-Gas and put the Hulk to sleep.
Eventually the gas wore off, and the Hulk was ready for round two. Learning from his previous bout, the Hulk jammed the gas dispenser in the Quintronic Man's chest, forcing the Somna-Gas to be released inside the massive robot, causing all five pilots to doze off and lose control of their vessel. The Quintronic Man stumbled into a damaged building which toppled down upon it. Lucky for the pilots, Jack of Hearts was on the scene to help dig them out. (Reminds me how much I miss Jack.)
Sometime later, the Quintronic Man was reactivated and piloted by five Life Model Decoys of Nick Fury, only this time it was used for petty bank robbery. The Quintronic Man was stopped by Nova.
Designed for space exploration, the Quintronic Man is extremely durable and possesses physical strength on a super-human level with boot rockets capable of short-distance flights. The Qunitronic Man has potent concussion-charges built into both wrist blasters, and a firing mechanism in its chest which dispenses Somna-Gas capable of putting a foe to sleep.
In addition, the android's boot jets can be used for offensive maneuvers in extreme situations. In order to protect those piloting the massive robot, Protect-Pods, with special armor covering, were installed as well as Tele-Scanners, enabling them to see outside their shielding, and Gyro-Stabilizers which keep the Quintronic Man balanced.
It didn’t work with the O*N*E Sentinels and it appears it didn’t work with the Quintronic Man either. And, er uh, why would you start out by battling the Hulk?