Machine Man #15 (1980)

What if Jack Kirby had never lived?

You might get Steve Ditko drawing the Fantastic Four, in which case Thing would look…Much more like a thing.  Not a fan of Ditko’s take on the iconic characters in this otherwise mostly harmless story.

This also marks the first appearance of Gears Gavin, a blue collar savant who finds Machine Man broken on the road and is able to fix him up.

He will be a minor Marvel character, one who fixes and turbocharges stuff.

It’s also the first appearance of an even more minor character, the villain Ion, who is a cloud of ionized hydrogen that take on humanlike shape.

She’s pretty tragic.

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