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Both Marvel and DC Comics have a long and rich history of science-fiction and horror anthologies in their collective pasts, although Marvel has arguably made better use of the creations within those books. Not being afraid to reach back into their non-superhero genre titles, for instance, granted Marvel license to force Iron Man into confrontation with Fin Fang Foom, assembled the Headmen to fight The Defenders, and turned the monosyllabic would-be world conqueror Groot into a movie star.
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Which is a shame, because there's limitless fodder for extrapolation in many of these old stories. Take, as an example, the Otto Binder and Harry Sharpe creation Tim Steele, a golden, murder-minded robot whose story ran through two back-to-back issues of Strange Adventures in issues No.53 and 54.
Debuting in "The Millionaire Robot," Steele is the surprise guest at the reading of the will of recently deceased inventor Jonathan Murdock. Much to everyone's surprise, Jonathan fails to leave his considerable fortune to his beloved nephew Harvey, and instead leaves it to Tim Steele, a "thinking robot" of his own invention who smugly accepts the cash, despite being a six foot tall humidifier.
|I'm so tired of the mainstream media's pro-killer robot bias.|
Steele begins to spend the money on ridiculous, pointless and destructive avenues. He smashes an expensive sports car ($15,000! Which is exactly how much my Scion XB cost the day I drove it off the lot. I feel so fancy!), sinks a yacht, bets on losing horses and just straight up throws money into a fire. I like this 'bot's anti-capitalist style.
Harvey pieces together the truth of his uncle's death, in the interim. It seems that Tim used a hidden super-magnet in his chest to knock his inventor off of a tall roof, while the old man tinkered with a "sun mirror invention" (my guess is that it's a giant mirror which the sun can use to make sure it looks nice before a big date).
|"I meant 'shoot him,' Ted. Go pick up your gun."|
Harvey tricks Steele into thinking that his electronic brain is in dire need of recharging, luring the rampaging robot back to his creator's lab and into the clutches of "deadly fission-rays" which are poured into the robot's noggin, fatally. Hooray for humanity, that's one for us and a million dollars' worth of burned money for the robot!
Tim Steele's look (and name) predates DC's hallmark automaton, Cliff Steele, a.k.a Robotman of the Doom Patrol. In fact, Cliff had also gone on a multi-issue rampage in the back pages of the Doom Patrol's eponymous title (he didn't throw wads of cash into an incinerator, though). It's nothing compared to Tim Steele, Millionaire Robot, though ... a perfectly good character they just chucked on the scrap heap, he's probably been hollowed out and used as a junk drawer by now.