If you thought Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor was the be-all end-all for super-heroic super suits in the Marvel U, you’re sadly mistaken. In 2005 Marvel launched a comic miniseries / toy line featuring giant robot-style robotic transforming suits branded for Marvel’s top heroes and powered by the heroes own unique abilities — replete with kid-friendly names to go with them. Spider-Man had Arachno-fighter, Hulk had Rage-Tank, and so forth. Chris Sims did a great write-up on this Marvel oddity that breaks it all down for you.
Best known for the anime series Gigantor, that giant robot – one of the first — got its start in 1956 as a manga series titled Tetsujin 28-Go — literally Iron Man #28 in English, years before Marvel created it’s own Iron Man. In this story, Tetsujin was a Japanese superweapon developed during World War II but never put into action. The son of the robot’s inventor, Shotaro Kaneda, takes the robot out of cold storage and into action fighting criminals and other robots.
What if Godzilla crossed over with the Marvel U and Tony Stark was tasked to create a robot to stop him? Well, that actually happened in the late 70s when Marvel had the license to do Godzilla comics. In this story, Stark partnered with two Japanese engineers and set up in Detroit to make a robot capable of stopping Godzilla. Although Marvel eventually lost the Godzilla license, it kept Red Ronin and has rolled him out several times to fight the Avengers, the Thunderbolts, and others.
Although the name isn’t that catchy, this Toyman creation is certifiably bad-ass. Best known (by me at least) for it’s depiction in Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’ epic “Public Enemies” story-arc of Superman/Batman, this is one of those zany DC ideas that really sticks with you.
They’re 3 stories tall, have full flight capabilities, and are mutantkind’s worst enemies: the Sentinels. Created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee back in X-Men #14, the Sentinels have been one of the X-Men’s most domineering and persistent foes and are finally getting their big screen debut in next year’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past.