Mendel Stromm


Mendel Stromm
Dr. Mendel Stromm
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In his first appearance, Dr. Mendel Stromm watches as Spider-Man battles 2 of his robots. From The Amazing Spider-Man #37.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Amazing Spider-Man vol.1, #37 (June 1966)
Created by Stan Lee (script)
Steve Ditko (art)
In-story information
Notable aliases Robot-Master, Gaunt
Abilities Cybernetic implants that provide superhuman strength and regenerative powers.

Dr. Mendel Stromm is a fictional character in the Marvel universe that has also been known as Robot Master and Gaunt. He first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #37 (June 1966).

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Fictional character biography

Mendel Stromm was Norman Osborn's college professor and later became Osborn's partner in OsCorp Industries. His early research was on a chemical that would provide enhanced strength in its test subjects (and would eventually turn Osborn into the Green Goblin). Osborn, wanting the formula for himself, discovered that Stromm had been embezzling funds from OsCorp. Stromm explained that he was merely borrowing but Osborn turned him over to the police. After several years in prison, Stromm was released and tried to kill Norman Osborn for revenge using evil robots. He was stopped by Spider-Man and seemingly died of a heart attack when he was nearly shot.[1]

Stromm had made plans for his death, however, by arranging to have his brain waves transferred to a robot double. Now calling himself Robot Master, Stromm returned in Spectacular Spider-Man vol. 1, #68 (July 1982). Spider-Man defeated and destroyed the robot double.

In Spectacular Spider-Man vol. 1, #233 (April 1996), Stromm returned again, this time as a cyborg called Gaunt. It was revealed that he survived through a cybernetic suit fused to his body - attached by none other than Osborn. Osborn had discovered that Stromm had survived his heart attack thanks to the Goblin Serum, but on a level of consciousness supported only by his suit. Eventually, via Seward Trainer, he was cured of his need for the suit and came back in a large suit of robotic armor, only for it to be destroyed by Ben Reilly and Peter Parker despite Stromm's attempt to defeat them both with two flying robots and three child-like androids attacking simultaneously. Shortly afterward, Norman Osborn knocked him out with a laser blast and left him for dead, though he survived and only had amnesia. He came back in yet another robot suit, only to be stopped by Spider-Man once again.

In Peter Parker: Spider-Man vol. 2, #27 (March 2001), Stromm tried to create a sentient robot to kill Osborn, but it turned on him and destroyed his body, keeping his severed head alive. This artificial intelligence then attempted to take over New York City's electrical grid, but was stopped when Spider-Man fought his way into its core processor and uploaded a computer virus into it, putting both the A. I. and Mendel into a comatose state (Peter Parker: Spider-Man #28).

The artificial intelligence took over Electro's body and tried to use his powers to create a horde of self spawning robots,but after the interference of Spider-Man the AI altered Spidey's spider sense, after which Spider-Man defeated the AI.

In Penance: Relentless, it is revealed that Spider-Man tipped S.H.I.E.L.D. off to Stromm's whereabouts and that they were able to rescue him from the suspended loop he was stuck in. He eagerly registered as part of the Initiative.

Later, Penance goes AWOL on the Thunderbolts and stages an assault on Stromm's home, threatening to kill him unless Stromm tells him how to activate nuclear launch codes Penance has stolen in a bid to get Nitro deported from Latveria.[2]

In other media

Television

  • Stromm (under the name of Wardell Stromm) appeared in the Spider-Man episode "Enter the Green Goblin" voiced by Philip Abbott. He is one of the scientists working for Oscorp on the experiment that caused Norman Osborn to become the Green Goblin. Stromm is also aware of Osborn's connections to Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin.
  • The Role of Stromm was taken (most of the character) to the Vulture appears in The Spectacular Spider-Man voiced by Robert Englund.[54] He appears in the first episode "Survival of the Fittest." Here, Adrian Toomes is an elderly scientist who claims that Oscorp has stolen his flying technology and, seeks revenge against Norman Osborn.[55]

Film

  • Mendel Stromm appears in the 2002 Spider-Man film played by Ron Perkins. This version is a scientist employed by Oscorp to develop Human Performance Enhancers, although he expresses doubts in the Enhancers' effectiveness because the initial mouse test subjects having demonstrated violent insanity. Despite his doubts, he assists Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) in his attempt to use the still-unstable serum on himself. After acquiring his powers, Osborn's resulting 'Goblin' personality kills Stromm (off-screen) in an uncontrollable rage.

Video games

References

  1. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #37 (1966)
  2. ^ Penance: Relentless #2

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