It possessed web-spinners able to create webs of comparable construction. After its revival, it even mimicked Spidey's sense of humor. Most significantly, after its revival, its webs possessed a certain form of temporal energy, such that they sped up time in those wrapped within them, causing them to age very rapidly. Fortunately, this process was 100% reversible. In addition, the webs could also cause people to relive nightmarish versions of past events.
He's a robot, so technically, he is the equipment.
Like any good 1960's robot, it came with a handy main control stud, on its neck, with which it could be deactivated with a touch. This may have been removed in its second incarnation.
The robot's power and abilities were virtually identical to those of Spider-Man (class 10 strength, superhuman speed, agility, reflexes, healing, etc.).
Class 10 strength.
He's a robot, so technically, he is the weapon.
Spider-Man; el Arana del Diablo (The Spider of the Devil, or Devil's Spider)
Temple of Tirod, Mexico.
Agent of Kang
Kang the Conqueror (master, creator), Iron Boy (mistaken for Kang).
Avengers, Spider-Man and Spider-Man (Ben Reilly).
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(Avengers#11) - Kang sought a means to defeat his foes, the Avengers. Via a convoluted path of semi-logic, and a little bit of plot-device, he came upon the idea of creating a robot duplicate of Spider-Man. He used his advanced technology to make the robot a perfect replica:
"I must first, create a three-dimensional proto-image of the real Spider-Man! All I need do is feed all photos and facts about him into the Atomo-Duplicator and let the computer do the rest! Ahhh...the almost-living image is beginning to take form now! Next, my Iso-Nuclear Duplicator analyzes every last sub-image...gauging its strength, knowledge, personality, memories and evaluating its every last ability! Then, the final phase begins! Using automated devices which need no human control, the Duplicator soon creates an exact duplicate of the intended subject...possessing every ability of the original...but answerable only to me! To one from the 20th Century, this might seem incomprehensible! But to a master of the science here in the year 3000, it is merely child's play!"
Comment: Would be writers take note: A real villain never ends a sentence with a period! It's exclamation points all the way, baby!
Kang then transported his robot to Earth, at the scene of an impending battle between Captain America and a group of Kang's robots, disguised as normal human criminals. After helping Cap defeat the seeming criminals, Robo-Spidey petitioned him for membership in the Avengers. Cap brought him to the group (Giant-Man, Thor, and the Wasp), but they were reluctant to accept him on the spot. The robot then told them he knew the location of Iron Man (who was at the time MIA, coinciding with the apparent death of Tony Stark in Tales of Suspense#61): Knowing of their encounters with Heinrich Zemo and his Masters of Evil, the robot told them that that group had taken him to the Temple of Tirod. The Avengers left "Spidey" behind as they took off (each of their own methods) to Mexico, but Kang instantly teleported the robot to the Temple to set up traps for them. One by one (or two, in the case of Giant-Man and the Wasp), the Robo-Spidey defeated each of the Avengers--even Thor, by keeping him away from his hammer for 60 seconds. However, unbeknownst to the robot, the real Spider-Man had noticed the appearance of the imposter, and had followed him to Mexico. The real-deal Spidey tangled with the robot, and they were evenly matched until Spidey found the robot's control stud and deactivated it, allowing it to drop to the ground. Kang, having witnessed the defeat of his invincible creation, hung his head as he dejectedly walked down the hall. If there were a can on the ground, he would have kicked it!
(Avengers: The Crossing - BTS) - The temporal energies released during the events of the Crossing reactivated the Spider-Man robot, who began acting on its back-up programming and created a device that could drain the temporal energy from others and use it to wipe out all other timelines/potential futures/whatnot except the age of Kang.
(Spider-Man Team-Up#4) -The Spider-robot caught a young couple, Teddy and Cheryl, who sneaked into the Temple of Tirod in its web, adding their temporal energy to its machine. It then did the same to the guards who discovered them. It next traveled to America and stopped a bunch of gang-bangers--draining their energy, too. A group of Avengers--the same four who'd fought it before in Mexico--bumped into the robot in Brooklyn and wound up victims of its temporal web as well.
Ben Reilly/Spider-Man, had followed the trail of the ersatz Spidey and attacked it the Brooklyn warehouse where it found the Avengers. The robot, however, warped Reilly's perceptions, causing him to suffer from delusions. The robot then escaped, while Reilly stayed on the scene to take the blame--and a beating from the remaining Avengers--Black Widow, Crystal, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and the Vision--who showed up, wanting to...avenge their teammates.
Meanwhile, Robo-Spidey sought out its master, and locked on to the closest thing it could find on Earth: young Tony Stark/"Iron Boy," who had seemingly been manipulated by Kang and was imbued with remnants of the temporal energy from its trip to an alternate past (you'll have to go read this stuff--it can't be explained so well). The temporal tin-Spidey took Tony to the Temple of Tirod (that one's for you, Stan!), suited him up in his armor, and twisted his perceptions so that he believed himself to be Kang. It then kicked up the power of its machine, causing a temporal wave to sweep outward from the Temple. The remaining Avengers and Reilly, having worked things out as heroes usually do, headed to the Temple, but most of them were aged into incapacitation by the temporal energies. Only the Vision, Crystal (with a longer than human lifespan), and Reilly (who was apparently spared b/c the robot believed itself to be the real Spidey, and so refused to accept the existence of any other Spider-Man) were spared. When they arrived at the Temple, their presence allowed "Iron boy" to shake off the robot's influence. The four fought the robot, and the Vision managed to materialize his hand within its head, causing it to explode. The temporal energy released by the destruction of the Spider-robot and its machine somehow reverted things and time to the way they were before it took its first victims. As the headless robot sat, inactive, in the grass somewhere, Teddy and Cheryl entered the Temple just as before, but this time, they only saw a real spider, spinning its web inside.
Comments: Excellent use of obscure characters. As of Spider-Man Team-Up#4 (September, 1996), it had been 32 years since the Spider-Man robot had shown its face.
A new power of Spidey's in Avengers I#11...the ability to follow the trail of a robot who teleports from Manhattan to Mexico. We don't see it often, but boy did it come in useful in this instance.
If you paid attention in SpdmTU#4, you would have been able to identify which Spidey was the "real" one and which was the robot. Spidey/Reilly wore a different costume, similar to the one worn by May Parker as Spider-Girl in Earth-MC2, whereas the robot wore the classic costume...That, and the fact that Reilly's webs didn't age everyone 100 years!
And, it has since been revealed that it was NOT Kang who was behind the Crossing, but rather Immortus. Nonetheless, I'm voting an alternate temporal counterpart as "close enough for government work."
Iron Man showed up on the cover of Avengers#11, as seen above, but was strictly BTS in the issue itself.
Kang's advanced computer (31st or 41st Century technology, by way of 1964) was about the size of a house.
Thanks to my IrishEgyptianPolishDutchAfricanAustralianBabylonianPortuguese friend Henrique Ferreira (and Luis Olavo Dantas, of Brazil) for the definitive translation on el Arana del Diablo.
CLARIFICATIONS: No known connection to any of the dozens of other Spider-Man robots, androids, duplicates, clones, or imposters over the years. These issues are this robot's sole appearances.
Spider-Man (Ben Reilly) was the clone of Spider-Man created by the Jackal, who was briefly believed to be the real deal, he should be distinguished from:
Spider-Man/Peter Parker clone, Kaine, @ Web of Spider-Man#119
Spider-Man clone, Spidercide, @ Amazing Spider-Man I#399, Spectacular Spdier-Man II#222
any of the other clones, during that wacky Maximum Clonage series or elsewhere
Spider-Man, Peter Parker, @ Amazing Fantasy#15
Spider-Man, Mattie Franklin, later Spider-Woman, @ Amazing Spider-Man II#1
Spider-Man 2099, Miguel O'Hara, @ Amazing Spider-Man I#365, Spider-Man 2099#1
Spider-Man 2211, @ Spider-Man 2099 meets Spider-Man#1
any other alternate dimensional/temporal counterparts, or anyone with "Spider" or "Man" in the name.
"Iron Boy", the college age Tony Stark/Iron Man brought from an alternate past during the Crossing, and then wiped out of existence for the most part by Heroes Reborn/Return/yaddayaddayadda, should be distinguished from:
Iron Man, Weasel Wills, @ Tales of Suspense I#58
Iron Man, Happy Hogan, @ Tales of Suspense I#84
Iron Man, Eddie March, @ Iron Man I#21
Iron Man, Jim Rhodes, later War Machine, @ Iron Man I#169
Iron Man, Clay Wilson, aka Force, @ Iron Man I#244
Iron Man, Michael O'Brien, aka Guardsman, @ Iron Man I#300
Iron Man, Bethany Cabe, @ Iron Man I#300
Iron Man 2020, Arno Stark, @ Machine Man II#2
Iron Man 2093, Andros Stark, @ Iron Man I#250
anyone else who's worn the armor, any alternate dimensional counterparts, or anyone with "Iron," "Man," or "Boy" in the title.
|Cover Date||Appearance Information|
|Dec 1964||App: Avengers (Vol. 1) #11|
|Sep 1996||App: Spider-Man Team-Up #4|
This profile was completed with information used with permission from the Appendix of Marvel Universe website, mantained by Jeff Christiansen (Snood). If you want to find out about that odd-ball character you've only seen once, or even about that character you haven't ever seen, that's the site you're looking for. An impressive amount of obscure characters await you there!
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