Elektro (comics)

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Elektro's debut: Tales of Suspense #13 (Jan. 1961)
Cover art by Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales of Suspense #13 (Jan. 1961)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Elektro
Species Giant Robot
Partnerships Fin Fang Foom
Abilities Superhuman strength and durability
Gamma Ray Projection
Ability to shrink and restore matter

Elektro is a fictional robot appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Elektro first appeared in Tales of Suspense #13 (Jan. 1961), in the seven-page story "Elektro" by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciler Jack Kirby. Elektro debuted in an issue of what fans and historians call pre-superhero Marvel comics, published by Marvel's 1950s and early 1960s predecessor, Atlas Comics.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Elektro was originally a supercomputer created by scientist Wilbur Poole. The computer, however, achieves independent thought and hypnotizes Poole, and forces him to build an immense robotic body, 60 feet (18 m) tall, for protection and mobility. Calling itself Elektro and now armed with several dangerous weapons, the robot decides to conquer mankind and attacks the city of San Francisco. Poole, however, recovers from the hypnotic trance and deactivates Elektro by accessing one of the robot's feet and removing a transistor.[1]

Years later, Mister Fantastic wipes Elektro's flawed programming and replaces it. He then "enrolls" Elektro in his rehabilitation program, which involves Elektro being reduced to human size and stripped of his powers so as to allow him to enter human society. Elektro takes up a job as a mail attendant in the Fantastic Four's headquarters, the Baxter Building, and later joins his fellow rehab-program creatures, the extraterrestrials Fin Fang Foom, Googam and Gorgilla, to defeat the microscopic alien conqueror Tim Boo Baa. He also starts a relationship with Fantastic Four's robotic receptionist Roberta.[2]

At some point, Elektro was arrested upon being mistaken for Electro and is imprisoned. Upon getting word of this, the robots at the Baxter Building saw the prison riot that Elektro was in. Elektro was later freed from prison when the confusion was cleared up.[3]


  1. ^ Tales of Suspense #13 (Jan. 1961)
  2. ^ Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four #1 (Jan. 2005)
  3. ^ Fin Fang Four Return #1

External links[edit]

  • Elektro at Marvel Wiki
  • Elektro at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  • Elektro at the Comic Book DB