Albert (comics)

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Albert
Albert and elsie.jpg
Albert (left) with Elsie-Dee
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Unofficial:
Wolverine Vol. 2 #37 (March 1991)
Official:
Wolverine Vol. 2. #38 (April 1991)
Created by Larry Hama (story)
Marc Silvestri (art)
In-story information
Alter ego Albert Wright
Team affiliations Reavers
Partnerships Elsie-Dee
Abilities Superhuman strength
Computational, analytical and creative reasoning abilities

Albert is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is usually depicted as an ally of Wolverine and is a sapient automaton or android. Albert first appeared in Wolverine vol. 2 #37 suspended in a tank of liquid and officially appeared in Wolverine vol. 2 #38 where he was created by Larry Hama and Marc Silvestri.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Albert is a robot double of Wolverine who was created along with his counterpart Elsie-Dee by Donald Pierce. These androids were designed to kill Wolverine. The Wolverine double was to act as the bait and Elsie-Dee (who outwardly appears to be a 5-year-old girl) was to trap Wolverine in a burning building, where she would detonate with sufficient force to kill him. Initially, Albert had a primitive artificial brain with limited higher logic functions and no emotions, and he was not referred to as Albert, but as "Dummy".[1]

Pierce's plan to kill Wolverine failed because one of the Reavers, Bonebreaker, accidentally gave Elsie-Dee the maximum artificial intelligence one of Pierce's automatons was capable of. As a result, Elsie-Dee eventually found a way to defuse her detonation sequence and enhanced the primitive intelligence of her counterpart, giving him intelligence beyond even hers. It was at this point that Elsie named him Albert, after Albert Einstein. Having met Wolverine, he and Elsie-Dee decided that he was a noble person and did not deserve to die and consequently abandoned their mission.[2]

As Albert still wasn't strong enough to defeat Wolverine, he and Elsie-Dee continued to carry out their mission. While Elsie-Dee saved Wolverine while they were in a burning building, Albert went to an electronic store and hacked into NASA's supercomputers to find a way to crack Donald Pierce's programming. After crunching the numbers and sending them to Elsie-Dee, Albert is shot by the police for raiding the electronic store.[3]

Albert rebuilt himself in the police evidence locker and stole a steal bomber. Then he reconnected with Elsie-Dee.[4]

The two robots risked their artificial lives several times for each other and for Wolverine. At some point they traveled in time and had several adventures, even teaming up with Wolverine's old enemy Bloodscream. Albert gains a leadership role with a local Indian tribe.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Albert was superhumanly strong, could interface directly with computers, and had an intellect greater than his designer Donald Pierce. Albert had 3 retractable claws on each hand, just as Wolverine (but not adamantium). Albert not only had technological knowledge centuries beyond conventional science (which he was capable of making significant progress in), but also perfect photographic recall and profuse knowledge of even the most obscure facets of history. Albert reinforced his construction with bulletproof armor and stole a stealth fighter, which he and Elsie-Dee may still be in possession of. Although Albert was initially designed to fight Wolverine he had limited fighting skills.

Other versions[edit]

Toybiz[edit]

The X-Men action figure line originally introduced the character "Albert" in their '90s series. The official name was Robot Wolverine (Albert) and was the 6th edition of a Wolverine action figure since the series launched. Albert featured human-tissue-covered arms which could be exchanged with a pair of metallic arms with extended claws. The character design reflected a punk warrior look from a bleak future popular in movies like Mad Max.

Exiles[edit]

In Exiles #85 the Timebroker gathered multiple teams – each full of Wolverines – to finish the repairing of the broken realities. The last team he gathered consisted a version of Albert and Elsie-Dee from Earth-50211. The first mission of the team was to kill an evil Magneto (female) who melded with that world's Wolverine, Quicksilver (female), Scarlet Warlock (male Scarlet Witch), and Mesmero (female), and already captured (and manipulated) dozens of Wolverines from the previous teams. When they've arrived they were ambushed immediately and both of them were captured, as well as two of their teammates.[6]

In other media[edit]

Albert appears in Wolverine: Adamantium Rage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolverine Vol. 2 #37 (March 1991). Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ Wolverine Vol. 2 #38 (April 1991). Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ Wolverine Vol. 2 #39 (May 1991). Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ Wolverine Vol. 2 #40 (June 1991). Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ Wolverine Vol. 2 #86 (October 1994). Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Exiles #85 (October 2006). Marvel Comics.

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