Occupation: Insurance investigator for the Delmar Insurance
Identity: Known only to a few United States government
Legal Status: Undetermined
Other Aliases: Aaron Stack, Mister Machine
Place of Inception: The Broadhurst Center for the Advancement
of Mechanized Research, Central City, California
Marital Status: Inapplicable
Constructor/Programmer: Dr. Able Stack
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Garvin's Garage, an automotive repair
shop in Queens, New York
First Appearance: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY #8
History: Machine Man is the product of a top-secret
U.S. military project which was funded to perfect a highly sophisticated
mobile weapons system, capable of independent action and decision-making:
a robot soldier that could think like a man.
A team composed of the most prestigious computer-engineering
specialists in the nation designed, built, and began programming
the 51 experimental robots under the direction of Dr. Oliver
Broadhurst. Dr. Able Stack, a brilliant computer heuristics
programming specialist, reasoned that a robot could only think
like a man if he was treated like one. Ignoring the personal
risk, Dr. Stack took one of the robots, X-51, into his own home,
and instructed him as if he were Stack's own son. Stack believed
that robot and man could live in harmony, and work together
to realize a better world. Stack even went so far as to have
an artificial face, made out of low-density foam to simulate
flesh, and a realistic wig fabricated for X-51, alias Machine
During Machine Man's "adolescence" with Dr. Stack,
the other 50 robots were developing major personality defects,
which were due to insufficient programming. The regions of their
artificial brains devoted to memory and personality programming
were intermingled, as in human brains, and they were developing
self-awareness, original thought, emotions, and a conscience.
Since they were forced to mature in a matter of weeks they developed
unusual psychoses, mostly unlike anything found in humans. Ordinarily,
the psychologists would welcome such new avenues of research,
but these severe depressions, schizophrenia, delusions of grandeur,
and emotional imbalances were being experienced by potentially
dangerous robots. Eventually three-quarters of the robots experienced
a nervous breakdown and the program was determined to be a failure,
causing Dr. Broadhurst to order the robots' destruction. Each
of the robots had been equipped with an auto-destruct device
that could be triggered remotely. As Dr. Stack was removing
the firing mechanism from Machine Man, the destruct signal was
sent out, setting off the primer charge, killing Stack instantly.
Vowing to fulfill Dr. Stack's dream, Machine Man adopted a
human identity, Aaron Stack, and tried to find his place in
the world of human beings. He eventually met psychiatrist Peter
Spaulding and mechanic "Gears" Garvin, who would become
his friends. He worked for a time as an insurance investigator
for the Delmar Insurance Company. His employer and fellow employees
were unaware he was a robot.
Machine Man fought to preserve himself in a world that feared
the machine, especially against Senator Miles Brickman and the
costumed villain Madame Menace. The U.S. government attempted
to hunt down X-51, but eventually pardoned him after he stopped
a rampage of the monstrous Hulk.
On a later adventure, he met and fell in love with the robot
Jocasta but she was destroyed in battle with her creator Ultron.
Later still, Machine Man was contacted by the robot Super-Adaptoid
in joining his team of robots to fight the heroes known as the
Avengers, he then aided the Avengers in their fight against
Machine Man later aided the Avengers again, this time against
the threat of the alien known as Terminus. At the time, the
robot had acquired the head of Jocasta, which had been recovered
and lost by agents of the villainous High Evolutionary. In the
course of this battle, Machine Man narrowly avoided a confrontation
with Madame Menace, who ultimately ended up with the Jocasta
head. Machine Man again aided the Avengers West Coast branch,
being accepted as one of their member so he could join them
in the fight against the villains Doctor Demonicus and the Pacific
Overlords. As a provisional member of the Avengers, he joined
them on a couple more adventures, and was peripherally involved
in the battle between the villain Graviton and the heroes of
After several months, Machine Man was then captured by the
international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. who wanted to use his
technology to further the creation of the new Deathlok cyborg.
At the same time, the villainous Red Skull captured the techno-organic
being Douglock and took over the S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier transport.
Machine Man assisted the heroes of the X-Men in rescuing Douglock
and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents trapped onboard, seemingly at the cost
of his own life.
However, the evil mutant team called the Brotherhood recover
what was left of Machine Man and captured S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jack
Kubrick who was also searching for the robot. After discovering
the remains, Brotherhood member Post shot and seemingly killed
Kubrick, but the agent merged with Machine Man`s head and claimed
that he was, in fact, X-51 in a new body. As X-51, he discovered
his new body contained microscopic nanotech machines called
"nanites" that could repair any damage instantly.
X-51 also found that his new programming included remnants of
mutant-hunting Sentinel programming, and thus felt compelled
to attack and destroy any mutants that he came into contact
with. He immediately tried to destroy the Brotherhood, then
Sebastian Shaw of Shaw Industries and the world-dominating Hellfire
Club. When he sought the Avengers for help, he attacked their
newest members Justice and Firestar before retreating.
Note: There is an account of an alternate future of 1990 wherein
Machine Man is deactivated and buried by his old enemy, industrialist
Sunset Bain, alias Madam Menace. In this future time-line, Machine
Man remains buried until 2020 when he is exhumed and reactivated
by a youthful gang of technology scavengers called the Midnight
Wreckers. Whether this alternate future becomes the "mainstream"
future remains to be seen.
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 850 lbs
Optical Imaging Sensors: Red
Hair: Black (artificial)
Designer: Dr. Able Stack
Final assembly team: Broadhurst Center for the Advancement
of Mechanized Research, Central City, California.
Major programming: Self-motivated mobile weapons system.
Political Index: High level of sophisticated social
interaction achieved after much self-programming and independent
Skin composition: Finely tessellated titanium alloy,
which flexes on a fine scale (comparable to human skin). The
surface is coated with a half-wave incident filtration media
capable of reducing the effectiveness of some energy weapons.
Skin resistance: Able to withstand concussive blast
equivalent to 200 lbs. TNT, temperature extremes of 18,000°
F to - 185° E
Memory capacity: 3.22 terabytes
Location of major memory: Upper abdomen
Location of auxiliary memory: Four limbs and head
Motility support: Motorized endoskeleton which houses
and supports various subsystems within body segments: major
memory, battery compartment weapons systems platforms, etc.
Power supply: Solar power augmented batteries. High
efficiency solar energy converters line all top surfaces and
are used to continually recharge the high-density exotic batteries,
which are the main source of power. X-51 can make use of many
additional power sources by means of various power connectors
within his skin.
Sensor apparatus: Multi-spectral optical imaging devices,
with high resolution, zoom and macro scanning sensors. Computer
assisted dexterity and limb-position sensor network, with areas
of high sensitivity such as hands, feet, ears, etc.
Strength level: X-51 utilizes anti-gravity devices to
enhance and improve overall motor efficiency. For example, X-51
's arm limbs are extendable to as much as 100 feet. The antigravity
units located in his arms prevent a large reduction of his strength.
When his arms are contracted he is able to lift (press) 2 tons,
at full extension he can lift 400 pounds, under optimal conditions.
Anti-Gravity: X-51 can affect flight by using
the anti-gravity units in conjunction with a series of miniature
turbines in his feet, which can move him at speeds of up to
50 miles per hour.
Finger weaponry: X-51 's hands are equipped with
variable payload fingers that he can tailor to a specific mission.
Some devices are routinely carried within his fingers; others
are stored in hidden recesses on his belt. Among the payloads
are a gas chromatograph, a laser interferometer, micro-pulse
radar, an audiometer, a seismometer, a gravity wave detector,
a pulse-code modulator, standard computer input/outputs, a radio
beacon, an all-wave radio transceiver, a laser cutting torch/
weapon and a .357 Magnum pistol.