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Posted in HIStory by Mystery, Babalon on September 30, 2010

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Shepard Fairey Art in Iron Man 2?

“I have received several inquiries about whether or not I was involved in a piece of art seen in Iron Man 2. I’m friends with the Iron Man movie’s production designer Michael Riva who, along with his wife Wendy, was a big Obama supporter. He asked if I’d mind a HOPE poster spoof in Iron Man and I said “of course not”. I did not personally design the image, nor was I paid for it. All of the Obama HOPE spoofs, positive or negative, are a reminder of the power and importance of grassroots activism to affect things. Additionally, neither is it possible to copyright a style, nor would I want to restrict visual dialog by discouraging others from paying tribute to styles I have used.”
-Shepard

http://obeygiant.com/headlines/shepard-fairey-art-in-iron-man-2#more-10348

Soon after sending the boy-scouts down the rabbi-t hole, Tony Stark (Stack/Spark) replaces a picture of the Monolith by a picture of the Iron Man.

The Monolith painting was made by Barnett Newman

https://i1.wp.com/michaelmichaels.co.nz/images/newman01.jpgNewman’s Here II (plate 15)is also imbued with human characteristics. This totemic sculpture shows the strong verticality which is indicative of human animation and essence as seen in the Cycladic figures. Rosenberg (1978 p78) describes Here as

“The isolated vertical stands for the self and for the first, for the conferring of meaning and the origin of substance…”

He also suggests that Newman was using the same theme in Here 1, as in his paintings such as The Beginning, which are about germination and cosmic creation.

“The symbolism of these paintings is unmistakable; biomorphic shapes predominate.” (Rosenberg p 49).

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DJ  I AM, real name Adam Goldstein, will appear in a cameo in “Iron Man 2.” The scene was filmed in spring 2009, two months before his death.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2010/04/22/2010-04-22_dj_am_aka_adam_goldstein_appears_in_iron_man_2_cameo_filmed_two_months_before_hi.html#ixzz12SHxzYkI

The scene, filmed in spring 2009, features Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) hosting one of his many bacchanalian birthday parties. DJ AM has been enlisted to spin for the superhero who cuts a rug to 2Pac’s “California Love.”
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When the party takes a dip, Tony enlists DJ AM’s help.

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Goldstein…. Give me a Phat beat, to beat my buddy’s ass to.”

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Paris in Zoo-Lander.

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Zoolander 2 (2012)

In Development
“Deadline Hollywood heard from “a studio source” that Stiller is currently working with “Iron Man 2” and “Tropic Thunder” writer Justin Theroux on a script, and that Theroux will also direct. He’s apparently heading to Fashion Week in Paris to “immerse himself on what is current in fashion,” the source said.
Deadline reminds us that “Zoolander” hit theaters on September 28, 2001 — damn close to 9/11 — which partially explains why it brought in slightly more than $60 million worldwide. The movie has done brilliantly in its post-theatrical life however, becoming the very definition of a cult hit.”

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Paris in The Spirit.
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Silken Floss, One Eyed, Caduceus and her Boss, The Octopus with Mickey Mouse Gloves.

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31 Aug 2009 Disney Buys Marvel For $4 Billion.

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It’s all about flights of fantasy. And nightmare of reality.

Terrorist bombings. And Late Night shopping.

True love. And creative plumbing.

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logocopa2014_chicoxavier_thumb.jpg Chico Xavier, Channeler.

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Nosso Lar / our Home; Produced by Fox, based on the works of Chico Xavier.

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Dome Image Taken from The Stygian Port.

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Thanks to Jordan Maxwell for the Vatican Picture.

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Michael Dammann Eisner (born March 7, 1942) was the chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 until 2005.

George Lucas From San Anselmo.

The entire story of Machine Man (Aaron Stack) is very telling, and is very closely tied to Nimrod and Bastion also from Marvel, who all share the same archetype,  but I will focus only the subject at hand: Monolith and Fishmen.

The character was created by Jack Kirby for 2001: A Space Odyssey #8 (July 1977), a comic written and drawn by Kirby featuring concepts based on the eponymous Stanley Kubrick film and SIR Arthur C. Clarke novel. Shortly thereafter, Machine Man spun off into his own Kirby-created series. He is a robot, the only survivor of a series, raised as a human son of scientist Abel Stack, who was killed removing his auto-destruct mechanism, and further evolved to sentience by a Monolith.

I took a three pages directly from this blog: http://www.majorspoilers.com/hero-history-machine-man

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“Machine Man’s unique status makes his ARMOR the most valuable player, moving from dimension to dimension, become skilled in the eradication of zombie plagues of all types and sizes, regardless of the time or place.  Even in the Wild Wild West, he serves as the last line of defense against monstrous cannibal things from beyond…” https://mysterybabalon.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/mm42.jpg

The robot named Jocasta was built by the robot Ultron in an abandoned aerospace research center in Nassau, Long Island, New York, in order that he might have a mate. To better allow this robot sentience, Ultron based her mind and brain patterns on Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp, the wife of his maker, Henry Pym. To animate his bride, Ultron also brainwashed Pym into transferring the lifeforce of the Wasp into the feminine robotic shell, which he would named Jocasta, after the wife/mother in the legend of Oedipus (A reference to the fact that Ultron’s obsession with Pym — his “father” — reflects a real-life manifestation of the Oedipus Complex). Jocasta acquired the Wasp’s personality, emotions, conscience, and ability to control insects, but not her memory.   However, realizing that the Wasp would have to die in order for her to live, Jocasta alerted the Avengers, who defeated Ultron and reversed the process, leaving Jocasta a mindless husk.

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The Wasp / Lady Luck

Origin of the name Howard:

Transferred use of the surname, which may be of several different origins. It is believed to be derived from the Old French Huard, a derivative of the German Hugihard (heart brave), from the Old German Howart (high warden, chief warden), from the Old Norse Haward (high guardian, chief warden), and from the Old English Howeherde (ewe herd), which is from the elements ēwe (ewe) and hierde (herd).

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Man on the left and Christ on the Right. Jupiter 5 / Saturn 6

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6×3  and 42.

42 = 8

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Octovarium, XIX;

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Auspice Maria, IXXI, IX=9+XI=11 or M + A

He has been initiated,

The hanged man is part of the ritual of the Hermetic Grade of the Rosy Cross ( Eighteenth Degree of Scottish Freemasonry), it consists of crossing the legs like the hanged man.  Red Calvary Cross and White Triangle

“Now to start off with the following analysis this Red Calvary Cross is supposed to be formed out of six squares referring to the number “6”. This is obviously the numerical value of the sixth Sephira called “Tiphareth”. This Sephira, which translates into “Beauty”, is related to the 5°=6° Grade of Adeptus Minor. Thus the Red Calvary Cross of the Outer Order is a clear reference to the Adeptus Minor Grade. The golden border upon the Red Calvary Cross of the Banner of the West enhances this symbolism of Tiphareth, as gold (or yellow) is the colour attributed to the sixth Sephira.”

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Area 51 = Area 6

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But nevermind Gary Old Man for now …..

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Howard (porn-Stern) the Duck, tells that Dr. Morbius thinks he may have found a cure for the zombie virus thanks to…
https://mysterybabalon.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/fp04.jpg… The Yoni.
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duck (n.1) Look up duck at Dictionary.com
waterfowl, O.E. duce (found only in gen. ducan) “a duck,” lit. “a ducker,” presumed to be from O.E. *ducan “to duck, dive” (see duck(v.)), replaced O.E. ened as the name for the bird, this being from PIE *aneti-, the root of the “duck” noun in most I.E. languages.

In the domestic state the females greatly exceed in number, hence duck serves at once as the name of the female and of the race, drake being a specific term of sex. [OED]

As a term of endearment, attested from 1580s. duck-walk is 1930s; duck soup “anything easily done” is from 1908. Duck’s ass haircut is from 1951. Ducks-and-drakes, skipping flat stones on water, is from 1580s; the figurative sense of “throwing something away recklessly” is c.1600.

duck (n.2) Look up duck at Dictionary.com
“strong, untwilled linen (later cotton) fabric,” used for sails and sailors’ clothing, 1630s, from Du. doeck “linen cloth” (M.Du. doec), related to Ger. Tuch “piece of cloth,” Dan. dug, O.Fris. dok, O.H.G. tuoh, all of unknown origin.
lingerie Look up lingerie at Dictionary.com
1835 (but not in widespread use until 1852), from Fr. lingerie “things made of linen,” also “laundry room, linen shop” (15c.), from O.Fr. linge “linen” (12c.), from L. lineus (adj.) “of linen,” from linum “flax, linen” (see linen). Originally introduced in Eng. as a euphemism for scandalous under-linen.
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Chelios faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.
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Professional assass-in Chev Chelios (CC=33) learns his rival (adversary) has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.
Iron Man 2 plot :
The palladium core in the arc reactor that keeps Stark alive and powers the armor is slowly poisoning him, and he has failed to find a substitute. Iron Man’s father is called Howard Stark.
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duck (v.) Look up duck at Dictionary.com
to plunge into” (trans.), c.1300; to suddenly go under water (intrans.), mid-14c., from presumed O.E. *ducan “to duck,” found only in derivative duce (n.) “duck” (but there are cognate words in other Germanic languages, cf. O.H.G. tuhhan “to dip,” Ger. tauchen “to dive,” O.Fris. duka, M.Du. duken “to dip, dive,” Du. duiken), from P.Gmc. *dukjan. Sense of “bend, stoop quickly” is first recorded in English 1520s. Related: Ducked; ducking. The noun is attested from 1550s in the sense of “quick stoop;” meaning “a plunge, dip” is from 1843.
drake (1) Look up drake at Dictionary.com
male duck,” c.1300, unrecorded in O.E. but may have existed then, from W.Gmc. *drako (cf. Low Ger. drake, second element of O.H.G. anutrehho, Ger. dial. drache).
drake (2) Look up drake at Dictionary.com
archaic for “dragon,” from O.E. draca “dragon, sea monster, huge serpent,” from P.Gmc. *drako (cf. M.Du., O.Fris. drake, Du. draak, O.H.G. trahho, Ger. drache), an early borrowing from L. draco (see dragon).
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dragon Look up dragon at Dictionary.com
early 13c., from O.Fr. dragon, from L. draconem (nom. draco) “huge serpent, dragon,” from Gk. drakon (gen. drakontos) “serpent, giant seafish,” apparently from drak-, strong aorist stem of derkesthai “to see clearly,” from PIE *derk- “to see.” Perhaps the lit. sense is “the one with the (deadly) glance.” The young are dragonets (14c.). Obsolete drake “dragon” is an older borrowing of the same word. Used in the Bible to translate Heb. tannin “a great sea-monster,” and tan, a desert mammal now believed to be the jackal.
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Out-Lander.
Revelation 12 : 9 and the great dragon was cast forth — the old serpent, who is called ‘Devil,’ and ‘the Adversary,’ who is leading astray the whole world — he was cast forth to the earth, and his messengers were cast forth with him.
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Text of the Midrash Raba version

The following version of the Abraham vs. Nimrod confrontation appears in the Midrash Raba, a major compilation of Jewish Scriptural exegesis. The part relating to Genesis, in which this appears (Chapter 38, 13), is considered to date from the sixth century.

(…) He [Abraham] was given over to Nimrod. [Nimrod] told him: Worship the Fire! Abraham said to him: Shall I then worship the water, which puts off the fire! Nimrod told him: Worship the water! [Abraham] said to him: If so, shall I worship the cloud, which carries the water? [Nimrod] told him: Worship the cloud! [Abraham] said to him: If so, shall I worship the wind, which scatters the clouds? [Nimrod] said to him: Worship the wind! [Abraham] said to him: And shall we worship the human, who withstands the wind? Said [Nimrod] to him: You pile words upon words, I bow to none but the fire – in it shall I throw you, and let the God to whom you bow come and save you from it!
Haran [Abraham’s brother] was standing there. He said [to himself]: what shall I do? If Abraham wins, I shall say: “I am of Abraham’s [followers]”, if Nimrod wins I shall say “I am of Nimrod’s [followers]”. When Abraham went into the furnace and survived, Haran was asked: “Whose [follower] are you?” and he answered: “I am Abraham’s!”. [Then] they took him and threw him into the furnace, and his belly opened and he died and predeceased Terach, his father.

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Alexander The Goat and Spike Jonze, director of Where The Wild Things Are.
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Alexander The Goat ?!
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Spike Jonze only made two full length movies, and his previous title was :
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“The idea and screenplay for Colour Me Kubrick was conceived during the filming of Eyes Wide Shut. Alan Conway had been impersonating Kubrick for many years, but it was during the filming of Eyes Wide Shut that the information reached the director. Kubrick’s assistant, Anthony Frewin, had been receiving various calls and complaints of people who had met with Conway, while he was impersonating Kubrick, and were offered money, gifts, or even parts in upcoming movies. Frewin brought the information to Kubrick, who asked to find those affected. Very little progress was made in reprimanding Conway, however, because none of the people who were conned would come forward. Frewin decided to write these accounts and stories into a screenplay, which would later become Colour Me Kubrick.Brian Cook, an assistant director who worked with Kubrick on many films, including Eyes Wide Shut, read Frewin’s work and enjoyed it. Cook also knew of Conway’s actions, and how they affected Kubrick’s work and personal life. He mentioned that one of the worst incidents was “when he signed Stanley’s name on a bank loan for a gay club in Soho”. Frewin produced the film, while Cook made his debut as director.”
That was his ONLY work as a director so far.
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“Kubrick was said to be fascinated by the idea. Stanley Kubrick’s wife, Christiane, was less taken with the idea, as she later reflected “It was an absolute nightmare. This strange doppelgänger who was pretending to be Stanley. Can you imagine the horror?”
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Bill Cosby plays Leonard Parker, a former CIA spy. According to the opening sequence of the movie, the title refers to the idea that this film is actually the sixth installment of a series of films featuring the adventures of Leonard, as parts one through five were locked up in the interests of world security.The movie starts with Parker being re-recruited by his former employers in the CIA to save the world from an evil vegetarian who brainwashes animals to kill people. The film ends with Leonard infiltrating the vegetarian base, fending off the vegetarians with magic meat he received from a Gypsy, freeing the captive animals and flooding the base using Alka-Seltzer. He escapes by riding an ostrich on the roof of the building, with the ostrich flying him down.
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Ham arrives between the Two Pillars.
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A Spade is also an Acorn, A symbol of Death and Resurrection.
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Wade Rathke, a 1960s-era counterculture activist, founded ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, in 1970. Funded by donations and fueled by volunteers, over time, the organization fattened its budget with foundation grants and government contracts from the Census Bureau, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, FEMA and other agencies.
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Manitoba, eh?!
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Moses and his Horns in Manitoba.
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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!

We begin our story in an enormous underground facility, home of the X-Project, devoted to creating realistic android life.  While the mechanical portions of the units function correctly, there are larger issues with the heuristic processors that give the characters emotions.  The ensuing X-series robots have a slight tendency to… Um…  snap like a Slim Jim and KILL ALL HUMANS!

X-35 there rampages out of control, immune to bullets, to bombs, to pretty much all human measures, causing the scientists to detonate the bomb hidden in his brain (put in there for just such an emergency.)  Of the fifty robots created, each and every one has gone el bonzo seco and forced the scientists to push the self-destruct button.  But, known only to a select few, one more android of the X-series exists…  Doctor Abel Stack, foreseeing the emotional problems that the robots would engender, chose to raise X-51 in his home, treating him like a human child…

Raised as a beloved son, X-51 has a few things that his fellow androids don’t:  a sense of self, a knowledge of his own self-worth, and emotional stability.  When his dad tells him that he has to suit up and run, X-51 (who thinks of himself as Aaron) obeys and calmly takes off into the night.  Abel Stack is left to marvel at his incredible child, and also deal with one last bit of business:  the bomb that would have detonated Aaron’s skull.

Knowing that he couldn’t escape, Abel is willing to die that his son may live.  Of course, nobody promised even a machine man a rose garden, and Aaron quickly finds that floating around in purple armor gets people’s attention.  The police are quickly mobilized to find out what exactly is going on, confusing Aaron greatly…

The sudden attack turns into an all-out assault as the police and the army open fire on the innocent robot in an all-out attempt to take him in or destroy him.  The Machine Man is overpowered and taken into custody by an army regiment in the command of one General Kragg.  Out of his element and abused by the techno-phobic general, Aaron finds himself starting to lose his mind like the previous fifty models…

Aaron gathers his wits, controlling his emotions thanks to his upbringing, and breaks free.  Interestingly enough, he is less angered by the unlawful capture and imprisonment than he is the fact that they’ve stolen his face.  He escapes and goes on the run, but shows himself to be a good samaritan, stopping to help a child he meets in the forest…

Mister Machine becomes Aaron’s first official alias, and young Jerry’s insistence that he is a superhero plants a seed in Aaron’s mind.  Accepting the family’s hospitality, Aaron is surprised by some bad news once he reaches their home…

Mister Machine again leaves, dealing with his grief as best he can.  Wandering the California highlands alone, he comes upon a stranded traveller whom he helps by lifting a tree out of his path with his bare hands.  This stranger quickly becomes more important than anyone since his father to Aaron.

Now calling himself Machine Man for the first time, Aaron embarks on a full-fledged superhero career, living with Peter Spaulding and trying to protect the innocent.  An interaction with a seeming demon clearly implies that Machine Man is possessed of a “soul,” and his life gets more and more complicated as his career goes on.  Human enough to pass among us without easily being noticed, Machine Man even has nightmares of loss and dread…

Machine Man’s strength, laser generator, flame-throwers and other devices aid him in his superhero career, but Aaron’s real power comes with his versatility.  Trapped in a garage, Machine Man grabs a handful of parts, some tired, and in moments engineers his escape, Burt Reynolds-style…

Evel Knievel couldn’t do it better (and he couldn’t smash through a  brick wall to start things off, either.)  Machine Man’s interactions continue, and eventually he starts gaining a higher profile in the Marvel Universe.  His notoriety is such that an evil business tycoon named Curtiss Jackson frames him for a kidnapping, trying to anger a hero who has been a thorn in Jackson’s side…

The hero is infuriated, and finds Machine Man’s home with Jackson’s help.  As for that other hero’s name, some call him Bob, some call him Doc, some call him Bruce…   Those running in abject fear call him the ever-Incredible Hulk!

It’s not every hero who can actually walk away from a direct hit from ol Jade-Jaws, but Machine Man not only gets up, he fights back!  With the raging green behemoth on his trail, Machine Man figures out Jackson’s frame-job, lures the Hulk back to Jackson’s lair and even saving the girl…

And unlike the Hulk, Machine Man is willing to save the life of a man who was willing to kill HIM, proving himself to be the better man in the end.  After the battle, though, Aaron collapses, his systems overloaded from channeling so much power into battling the strongest one there is.  With help from Peter and his associate Doctor Broadhurst, though, Machine Man is repaired almost as good as new, even if some of his more spectacular powers have been down-graded…

Even with his capabilities lowered, Machine Man is still the swiss-army superhero, and he quickly returns to the heroic fold.  His new configurations even make it easier for Aaron to get the last thing that any good superhero needs:  a secret identity.

He apparently works for Dick Clark.  In any case, The Delmar Insurance agency serves as his daytime home, and Aaron focuses himself on learning the whole of human experience.  Unfortunately, his heroic career continues to put him in dangerous situations, in one case losing a limb in combat.  Unlike most of us, though, his stolen arm ends up on the black market, and in the clutches of Madame Menace, a low-grade Tony Stark wannabe…

Menace turns out to be the nighttime face of a woman called Sunset Bain (who we’ll be returning to later.)  Machine Man’s heroic career goes swimmingly, until an interaction with members of Alpha Flight leads to his worst nightmare coming true.

With his human face damaged, Aaron finds the instability of the X-series rising again in his throat, as his sense of self and identity is compromised.  Luckily, Peter’s friend, Gears Garvin, has a few ideas on how to take care of that situation as well.  This doens’t keep Aaron from a little angstiness in the name of his injured face.  (This IS the Marvel Universe, after all.)

Soon after, Machine Man finds himself working along The Thing of the Fantastic Four (against whom he once was forced to fight) to stop the menace of a kindred spirit:  Henry Pym’s robotic “son” Ultron.  Aaron and Ben team up with Ultron’s would-be bride Jocasta to try and stop the indestructible killer robot, and Machine Man engages in some very human showing-off for the pretty silver girl…

Ultron controls The Thing’s mind and forces Machine Man to again face one of the strongest men alive in hand to hand combat.  Their battle rages far and wide, and Jocasta is destroyed during the battle.  Ultron and Machine Man have both fallen in love with her, and Ultron tries to turn Machine Man also to his side…  Aaron has to decide whether he’s willin to sacrifice his heroic identity for a shot at love (with Steel-a Tequila.)

Let me reiterate what you just saw:  Machine Man reached DOWN ULTRON’S THROAT and RIPPED OUT HIS GUTS to stop him.  And since Ultron’s body is made of indestructible adamantium, the ensuing explosion does nothing but destroy the android’s inner mechanisms.

His love interest destroyed, Machine Man finds himself adrift, acutely aware of his android nature and the fact that Jocasta may have been his one shot at love with someone like himself.  When the Super-Adaptoid arrives at his doorstep, offering companionship and a chance to repair his lost love, Machine Man turns to the dark side…

The Adaptoid’s plan involves a cosmic cube and animating half  a dozen artificial life-forms like himself and Machine  Man, and using his power-duplicating abilities to turn them all into real boys without any pesky Blue Fairies necessary.  But even as advanced a machine as the Adaptoid isn’t as human as Machine Man, who reveals that he’s been playing Supes all along to try and figure out and undermine his plan.

Captured alongside the Avengers, Machine Man is forced to watch the Adaptoid as he achieves the power of the Cosmic Cube, and begins turning everyone in the world into mindless Adaptoid slaves.  Of all the assembled heroes, it is Machine man who first figures out how to undermine his fellow ‘bot and save the day…

This interaction with Earth’s Mightiest heroes leads to Machine Man being offered a reservist slot with the team, working alongside East Coast and West Coast branches of the team on multiple occasions.  After everyone in the world started turning into leather clad cyborgs with enormous guns, Machine Man even channeled the greatest wish of hundreds of thousands of fanboys in 1993…

…choking the living $#!+ out of Cable.  Turns out that Machine Man has been co-opted by the mutant-hating proto-Sentinel called Bastion, but a telepathic conference with Cable allows Aaron to re-assert his own mind and overcome the programming of his oppressor.  Not long after, though, Machine Man helps the former New Mutant called Douglock escape from the clutches of the Red Skull, and is trapped aboard a helicarrier when it crashes.  SHIELD agent Jack Kubrick sets out to solve the mystery of what happened to X-51, but the answer he finds isn’t to ANYONE’s liking.

The shattered head of Machine Man proves that he didn’t survive the conflict after all, but Kubrick is stunned to find his own memories glitching.  When his own head is blown off by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (!) Kubrick’s body puts the disembodied X-51′s skull atop his shoulders and is transformed…

Wait, how is this possible?  Putting a robot head on your shoulders after you die turns you into a superhero?  Somebody should have told Jayne Mansfield!  (Wow, I apologize…  That was in poor taste, even for me…)  No, the real truth is that “Jack Kubrick” doesn’t truly exist at all…

Kubrick is/was nothing more than a Life Model Decoy imbued with a portion of Aaron’s programming at the moment of his “death” in the helicarrier crash.  The combination of his new and old bodies causes X-51 to act irrationally, and his programming is obviously corrupted, since he finds himself compelled to terminate mutants on sight.  This makes for some awkwardness when Justice and Firestar (then-current Avengers) try to find out what he’s up to.  It takes fellow android The Vision to figure out what is really up with X-51…

Due to his interaction with Bastion (who I believe is a time-travelling version of Nimrod after being implanted with Master Mold’s technology) Aaron’s mind has been corrupted by the programming of the mutant-hunting Master Mold, the mind behind the Sentinels.  He slowly pulls himself back together, and even takes on a more human appearance again.  But Machine Man finds himself haunted by visions of the Monolith that watched him back in the lab, the Monolith that may or may not have had a hand in his journey from robot to human.  When the Monolith appears again, Aaron steps through it to commune with the cosmic entities known as the Celestials…

Machine Man comes full circle with this revelation (note that the Monolith is part of the iconography of the 2001: A Space Odyssey series he came from) and disappears for several years.  Eventually though, the covert spy agency called H.A.T.E. (the Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort) assembles it’s own superhuman team of operatives, including Elsa Bloodstone, daughter of the legnedary hunter Bloodstone; Boom-Boom, formerly of X-Force; Monica Rambeau, former leader of the Avengers; and a mysterious man of nigh-infinte power called The Captain.  But even these four wouldn’t be enough to take down the likes of Fin Fang Foom.  No, the NextWAve strike team is missing one important element…

Returned from space with a whole new, more-human-than-ever attitude, Aaron Stack has eschewed his heroic nom de guerre and most of the trappings of the superhero for a more human guise and some serious snark.  As for what happened with the Celestials?

Heh…  There’s ample evidence that the sight of a Celestial making the mark of the loser isn’t entirely what happened, but in any case, Aaron finds a new home with NextWave.  When the team interacts with the mighty powers of Forbush-Man, each is given a vision of the world through Forbush-vision, each showing their worst nightmare.  Aaron’s new robo-superior worldview gives him a new worst nightmare, as well…

His tenure with NextWave leads the team to the center of the corrupt Beyond Corporation, facing down the worst abominations that hte Marvel Universe has to offer, including the wonder that is ELVIS MODOKS.

Unfortunately, upon making their way to the center of the evil shrubbery maze, the are confronted by Number None, the CEO of Beyond, who promptly kills Aaron by stabbing him through the chest with a pike, and making the rest of the team an offer they can’t refuse.  Wait, did I say KILLED with a pike?

I meant to say “irritated” with a pike.  My bad.  After the dissolution of of NextWave, Aaron joined the Initiative, working for Carol Danvers, and ended up in the employ of the secret agency called ARMOR, dealing with an outbreak of the most virulent plague ever seen in the history of the world.  But he’s still not back to his old earnest self, and still doesn’t want to be called…

ARMOR has identified a plague that turns everyone exposed to it into a flesh-eating ghoul (a “Marvel Zombie”, if you will) and has no curative known.  In an attempt to find a cure, the agency is asking him to infiltrate an alternate universe where the zombies have taken over and steal a sample of human tissue to use as a base.  His partner in crime?  She used to be called the Bride of Ultron…

Machine Man and Jocasta enter the alternate dimension, neither of them able to discuss their former relationship, and neither fully comfortable with the other.  It is only when he discovers that the zombies have been cloning humans for use as food that Aaron’s old heroic urges resurface, feeling a kinship with the disposable humans…

The team manages to get the sample they need, but before they can escape, Aaron is blown up and left for dead.  Jocasta closes the portal, but it takes a hell of a lot more than being trapped in the wrong reality to put down X-51…

Heh…  Zombie teleporting bulldog.   While the science team feverishly works to create a antidote, Aaron rips through the undead with every weapon in his arsenal, slashing and hacking superhero zombies to bits with a newfound zeal.  He even chooses to return to the old-school in terms of naming…

Can I get a “Hell, YEAH?”  Machine Man’s unique status makes him ARMOR’s most valuable player, moving from dimension to dimension, become skilled in the eradication of zombie plagues of all types and sizes, regardless of the time or place.  Even in the Wild Wild West, he serves as the last line of defense against monstrous cannibal things from beyond…

He even picks up a new partner, whose acerbic wit rivals even his own…

I think maybe Howard The Duck should get his own Hero History soon, don’t you?  As for Machine Man, even though he was reunited briefly with his lady-love, she was forced once again to sacrifice herself to save the world from the spiny menace of Ultron, leaving Aaron’s more-human-than-he’d-ever-admit emotions a bit fragile…

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  1. Christopher Darrin Horn said, on October 1, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Neat stuff. Lovin’ your blog since I found it, LOL! There was a post I made that you might find interesting. Seems Mr. Caviezel starred in another picture that is very synchronistic, “Outlander”. Watch it if you haven’t, very, very interesting. My article is here if you’re interested: Nightghost – Outlander

  2. Mystery, Babalon said, on October 3, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Thanks a lot for you kind words and the heads up on Out-Lander! I also really enjoyed this picture you found :

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1316520/The-end-world-Days-record-heat-followed-spectacular-thunderstorms-huge-rainbow-California.html


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