The Religious Affiliation of

Religion: N.A. CBR Scale: D

Name: Combatron

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Captain America Annual #3 (Jan. 1976): "The Thing from the Black Hole Star!"

Creators: Jack Kirby, Frank Giacoia, John Verpoorten

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 1

Enemy of: Captain America, The Captive, Jim Hendricks

Occupation: hunter

Note: pursued The Captive; destroyed by Captain America

A "Combatron" was one of a series of hunters sent planetside to try to re-capture or kill the fleeing alien villain known as "The Captive."

The pursuing alien vessel (part of an entire fleet sent to re-capture the Captive) had more than one Combatron, but only used one in the course of the story that it is was featured in.

The pursuing aliens first sent a trio of Stalkers, who were defeated by local farmer JIm Hendricks (misguidedly protecting the Captive). Captain America arrived on the scene just prior to the arrival of the Combatron. After Captain America destroyed the Combatron in one-on-one battle, the aliens send down Magnoids to continue their effort to re-capture the Captive.

The Combatron was clearly an artificial being. It had a self-destruct circuit that was eventually triggered after it had been defeated, causing it to explode. But the Combatron was not purely a robot in the traditional sense. It appeared to have living tissue and looked like an alien that was wearing armor.

When the Combatron was clearly losing in battle to Captain America, the warship that sent it fired a laser. The narrative captions state: "And the death meant for Cap strikes the Combatron!! ...The Combatron roars in dismay! It has not fulfilled its mission... but it is dying in battle, a fat it was designed to suffer... When the heat reaches the destruct circuit within the creature, there is a terrifying explosion! Then, it is gone!!"

So there is ample evidence that the Combatron was not purely a mechanical being. It "lived" and "died" in some sense. On the other hand, it was probably "inorganic" or "non-living" in some sense, because traditional regular living being were fodder for the Captive's parasitic life-force absorbing powers.

The Combatron might best be described as a a sophisticated artificial being by the alien hunters of the Captive, perhaps a hybrid of robotics and genetic engineering.

The other agent sent down from the warship (the Stalkers and the Magnoids) appear to be similar to the Combatron - not purely robots, but also not purely natural aliens beings. In referring to the type of agents they soul send after The Captive, the warship commander specifically stated (panel 6 on page 13 in Captain America Annual #3): "But understand-- this force must employ a species of inorganic origin! We must not tempt The Captive with living creatures born of natural means!"

Troga, the commander's subservient officer, replied: "I am well aware of The Captive's history! The cursed cretin will not get the chance to fatten himself on any of us!"

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Captain America Annual #3 (Jan. 1976): "The Thing from the Black Hole Star!"

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