Or – “A Dramatic Debut Of Another Stripe…”
These days, I have been known to joke that IDW and Dynamite are fighting to see who can option the last licensed property first, but once upon a time, Marvel Comics was the king of adaptations. Back then, though, the House of Ideas usually did their adaptations in-universe, which led to moments like Shang-Chi rising and advancing from their adaptation of Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels. And then, there was 2001. How weird could it get?
You’re about to find out. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
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Or – “Is The Man Half-Machine, Or Is The Machine Half-Man?”
There have been literally thousands of heroes created since Jerry and Joe had their brainstorm in the late 30′s, from the ridiculous to the sublime, any and all of which have at least something awesome that makes them unique. Heck, even Shaft from Youngblood is SOMEBODY’S favorite character. (That somebody’s name is Robert Liefeld.) But when you think about the genesis of today’s entrant, there’s a real sense of amazement at his pedigree. Originally written by SF titan Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey was turned into a film by visionary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. When Jack Kirby returned to Marvel in the mid-70′s, he was given writer-editor priveleges on a comic book adaptation of the film, and an ongoing series involving concepts from the movie. Pretty fertile ground for a soopahero in any case, but Kirby added additional wrinkles by creating a character who was (in the Mighty Marvel fashion) left adrift in a world he never made. In the years since, he’s been all around the Marvel Universe, he’s been an Avenger, he’s fought the most powerful creatures alive, and travelled the length and breadth of the universe. This, then, is your Major Spoilers Hero History of the android entity designate X-51, whom his adoptive father named Aaron Stack… Machine Man!
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