Name: Samuel "Starr" Saxon
Occupation: Robot maker, professional criminal
Identity: Machinesmith does not use a dual identity
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with a criminal
record, declared legally dead
Former Aliases: Mister Fear II
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: (as Starr Saxon) DAREDEVIL #49, (as
Mister Fear II) DAREDEVIL #54, (as Machinesmith) MARVELTWO-IN-ONE
Starr Saxon was a master robot-maker whose ability rivaled that
of Doctor Doom. Deciding to use
his genius for personal gain, Saxon began offering his robots'
services to underworld clients. While carrying out a mission
of murder, one of Saxon's robots met and was thwarted by Daredevil.
Seeking to make the crimefighter pay for his intervention, Saxon
embarked upon an elaborate scheme, which culminated in his assuming
the guise of Daredevil's old enemy, Mister Fear. In battle with
Daredevil atop his hovercraft, Saxon fell hundreds of feet to
the ground. Unseen by Daredevil or the authorities, Saxon's
robots, acting on pre-programming, retrieved the dying body
of their inventor and brought him back to his workshop. There
they transferred his encephalic patterns into a robot/computer
system. When Saxon resumed a semblance of consciousness, he
learned his human body died and he now possessed a robotic body.
Though dismayed by his condition, Saxon constructed for himself
a more human-looking body and resumed custom-building robots
under the name of Machinesmith. His new specialty was the construction
of robotic simulacra that looked and acted exactly like their
human models. His Baron Strucker
robot was lifelike to the point that S.H.I.E.L.D.
had had it under surveillance for a number of years before they
discovered that it was a robot. He also created a Magneto robot
that the mutant Mesmero believed was real for Several months.
Most of his clients remain unrevealed. Despite his successes,
Machinesmith grew to hate his pseudo-life, but found that his
programming would not allow him to terminate himself. During
a lengthy encounter with Captain
America, Machinesmith manipulated the Avenger into destroying
his central computer system. Whether Machinesmith had a back-up
program to guarantee his survival in the event of the central
unit's destruction remains to be seen.
6 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 295 lbs.
Hair: Bald (red facial hair)
Level: Machinesmith's previous robotic body possesses superhuman
strength enabling it to lift (press) approximately 1 ton. Presumably
Machinesmith could build a body with a greater capacity for
Superhuman Powers: Machinesmith exists as a living, cybernetic-system
program, which is equipped to transmit its program along an
infrared laser beam from one robotic body to another within
.25 seconds. Machinesmith can even place his personal program
(personality) into multiple bodies at the same time. His physical
properties vary in accordance with the robot form he is inside.
He has yet to inhabit a robot body greatly superior to a standard
human-mimicking robot's capacity. Machinesmith is a genius at
creating complex behavioral programs and bionic systems.
Machinesmith has created a vast arsenal of weaponry, defense
systems, and surveillance devices, whose specifications are