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Elektro was a powerful computer with a cold, calculating mind, though it only had 32k in its RAM memory. It possessed unusual mental powers, which allowed it to communicate with humans telepathically and control their thoughts. In his robotic form, Elektro possessed superhuman strength (class 70?), could generate a protective force field, generate gamma rays which could destroy entire mountains, control the effects of gravity within a certain radius, and re-shape matter into other forms. Elektro claimed that he could devise any power by using his mind. After being reduced to human size, his abilities were neutralized.
Tales Of Suspense I#13/1) - The machine who would become known as Elektro was first created as a supercomputer by Wilbur Poole. An accident in the lab caused Elektro to develop a will of its own, and it used its telepathic powers to enslave Poole, and forced him to construct it a body so that it could become mobile.
The enslaved Poole complied, and soon Elektro had a large, powerful body which he inhabited, and then set out to confront mankind. He was beset by military planes, but repelled their shells using his force field. As a demonstration of his power, he used gamma rays to atomize an entire mountain. He then appeared before a city and demonstrated his powers to them by cancelling the effects of gravity, and causing their buildings to disappear by rearranging the atoms.
Elektro seemed to be the master of the world, but Poole, having regained his will, ran inside of Elektro's back leg and removed the transistor which he required for power. Without power, Elektro collapsed, inert.
(Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1) - Elektro was rebooted by Reed Richards and his evil programming was wiped. Along with several other monsters that had terrorized mankind, Elektro was reduced to the size of a human and given a job in the Baxter Building. There, he became a mailman in the center, trained by Willie Lumpkin. He fell in love with the Fantastic Four's robotic secretary Roberta. The Thing, realizing Elektro's situation, gave him a crash course in how to approach Roberta -- it worked and the two went on a date in Central Park. Meanwhile, another of the monsters in the Baxter Building, Googam, had accidentally released Tim Boo Ba from his subatomic world. When Elektro and Roberta rushed back, they met up with Fin Fang Foom and Gorgilla. The three monsters (and Roberta) quickly subdued Tim Boo Ba's minions, but their leader escaped, growing larger in the process. Finding a cowering Googam, the four monsters took a Fantasti-Car to track Tim Boo Ba (with Elektro piloting). Once above him, Fin Fang Foom had Elektro dive the Fantasti-Car into Tim Boo Ba's mouth. Inside the giant invader's system, Foom used his fiery breath to ignite the noxious gases in his stomach, knocking Tim Boo Ba out. They escaped, and became instant heroes in the newspapers.
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense (1959) #13
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Fin Fang Four (2008)
#1 Fin Fang Four Return! (2009)
- 'Shrink Rap'#4
- 'Jailhouse Crock'
#1 Giant-Size Avengers (2008)
- 'Return of the Fin Fang Four!'
Marvel Annual & Quarterly Reports (1992)
Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four (2005)
Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone (and the Monster Hunters) (2005)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
Tales of Suspense (1959)
The A-Z of Marvel Monsters (2017)
HC Where Monsters Dwell (1970)
- 'The A-Z of Marvel Monsters'
- 'Elektro! He Held a World in His Iron Grip!'
Fin Fang Four
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