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Box (II)

Real Name: Jerome "Jerry" Jaxon
Occupation: Excutive vice-president of Am-Can Petroleum, later Roxxon Oil
Identity: Secret, known to certain members of the Canadian government
Legal Status: Citizen of Canada with no criminal record
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Moosejaw, Saskatchewan
Place of Death: New York City
Marital Status: Divorced
Known Relative: Unnamed wife, children, father-in-law
Group Affiliation: Omega Flight
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: (as Jaxon) ALPHA FLIGHT #3, (as Box) ALPHA FLIGHT #12

History: Roger Bochs is a brilliant engineer and mechanic who, for unrevealed reasons, is missing both his legs. He invented a large humanoid robot, which he called "Box" in a pun on his name. James McDonald Hudson, the leader of Alpha Flight, helped Bochs perfect Box, and recruited him as a canidate to join Alpha Flight. Bochs entered the initial training program for recruits, Gamma Flight, and had graduated into the next level, Beta Flight, when the Canadian government disbanded Department H, which supported Alpha Flight and the two training groups. Bochs returned to his ordinary life in Saskatchewan. Alpha Flight continued to operate independently of the of the Canadian government.

Sometime later, Bochs was recruited by Delphine Courtney, the robotic assistant to Jerome Jaxon, to join his new group of superhuman operatives, Omega Flight. Ten years before, Jaxon had been Hudson's superior at the Am-Can Petroleum Company in Canada, and had insisted that the special suit Hudson had designed for geological exploration be turned over to the American military. Hudson thereupon stole the psycho-cybernetic helmet that made the suit work, and destroyed AM-Can's plans for the helmet and suit. As a result Jaxon's career was ruined. Years later, Jaxon discovered the Guardian was Hudson, took a position with Roxxon oil, and organized Omega Flight to destroy Guardian and Alpha Flight in revenge. Bochs who was loyal to Hudson, joined Omega Flight only to sabotage it from within. Jaxon realized Bochs' intentions, and seized control of Box himself. Controling Box through Bochs' helmt, Jaxon sent it into battle against Guardian. Guardian destroyed Box with electronic blast from his power pack, causing feedback that killed Jaxon. However, Guardian's power pack then blew up, killing Hudson.

Height: (Box) 7 ft., (Jaxon) 6 ft. 1 in.
Weight: (Box) (originally) 326 lbs., (rebuilt) 465 lbs., (Jaxon) 175 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Sandy Blonde

Strength Level: The Box robot possesses great superhuman strength, and can lift (press) roughly 85 tons. The original Box could lift (press) 40 tons.

Known Superhuman Powers: The original Box robot was made primarily of steel, had vast strength and was highly resistant to damage. It was mentally controlled from outside by a person wearing a psycho-cybernetic helmet. The helmet transformed psions from the wearer's mind into electrical impulses which it then broadcast to Box. The wearer needed only to will Box to perform an action in order to cause Box to do it. Moreover, the helmet allowed its wearer to perceive mentally the sensory data registered by Box: the wearer "saw" and "heard" what Box perceived.

The new Box is constructed principally of an unidentified "living metal." Through an act of will, Roger Bochs can "phase into" Box's body in order to control it from within. This is to that Bochs can cause his own body to pass into Box's from without damaging either, and to somehow fuse with Box's Form. It is not known how Bochs became able to perform this feat. Bochs has indicated that only he can physically enter into and control Box in this way.

The new Box has greater strength than the previous one, and has a greater resistance to damage. Powerful jets in the soles of its feet enable the robot to fly. Box also contains many different devices, among which are ones enabling it to tap into computers and receive or jam radio signals. Box contains special tracking equipment, and it can see in all areas of the electromagnetic spectrum. Other devices can also be installed within Box if the need arises.

Roger Bochs mentally controls Box from within its box and he can perceive what ever it perceives. However, although Bochs can not actually feel physically pain while within Box, his psychic link with Box is so strong that he can feel psychic pain if enough force is inflicted upon Box. Moreover, the longer Bochs stays within Box, the greater becomes the danger that he will become unable to leave it, and, indeed, psychologically incapable of leaving it. So far, Bochs has spent no more than a few hours at a time within Box.

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