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Dr. David Stack

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Dr. David Stack
Identity
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Machine Men Program

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Base Of Operations
Formerly a secret government base housing the Machine Men project

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Occupation
Robotics engineer, government-sanctioned scientist

Origin
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First appearance
Last appearance

Machine Man Vol 1 #1
Machine Man Vol 1 #1


History

Quote1 All I wanted...was peace...for... Quote2
-- (The last words of) Dr. David Stack

Dr. Stack was a single divorced father, who was an expert in the field of robotics. He was recommended by S.H.I.E.L.D. for the Machine Men project, and though he hesitated due to his son's mental illness, he decided he could manage both, and joined the project. He soon found himself at the helm of the project, taking more and more time away from his son.

After his son suffered the worst bipolar episode of his life and made threats on his life, David realized that the best way to balance his son and his work would be to literally fuse them. He brought his son to his work after hours, and hooked him up to the Adamantium prototype Z2P45-9. He attempted to transfer his son into the robot by electrocuting him and placing the currents from his son into the robot, powering it up with Aaron's thoughts inside. However, Stack's colleague Joe Kragg also was at the lab late, and noticed what the doctor was doing. He decided to blow the lab's electrical power in order to ensure the robot depowered. Instead, the lab was overloaded with electricity, killing both of the Stacks and awakening the robot, seemingly successfully containing the soul of Aaron Stack.


Powers and Abilities

Powers

None. Dr. Stack is an ordinary human.

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Intelligence
Strength
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Durability
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Energy Projection
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Fighting Skills
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Abilities

Genius Intellect: Dr. Stack was a genius in the field of electronics. Had he lived, he would have been able to master anything he attempted, as revealed by his status as the Watcher in Earth-Renaissance X.

Strength level

Unknown.

Weaknesses

All those of a conventional human. The one that killed him was overexposure to electricity.


Paraphernalia

Equipment: None known.
Weapons: None known.

Personality

Though only appearing in one comic, and appearing in about a dozen more through flashbacks, both show Dr. David Stack as the same man: a devoted father. He did his best to care for his son, regardless of the circumstances, and was willing to break laws to give him the best care he knew how. Despite his intelligence, he was humble, and refused to speak about his ex-wife, claiming "It's in the past." He tended to dwell on his mistakes, but Dr. Stack was always remembered by all but the cold-hearted and damaged Joe Kragg as a good man and devoted father. These were the exact words carved on his tombstone.

Notes

  • Dr. David Stack is the Earth-166 counterpart of Abel Stack (Earth-616) (known for being the creator of Machine Man), and David Stack (Earth-616) (a mental patient who imagined himself to be a superhero called "Captain Zero." This started out purely to give Abel a new name that didn't resign him to a useless death, since he would live on through many flashbacks (Abel was the first death in the Bible). David Stack was chosen, and later found to be an actual character. Since the Captain Zero alias had already been relocated, this freed the name David Stack.
    • This character's history was fulfilled in a later comic, where Spider-Man was thrown in an asylum and aided in escaping by a smart prisoner who claimed to be the original David Stack. This comment was never paid any heed, and Machine Man would repeatedly insist that David Stack was dead. The only hint that indicated he could be David Stack were immense scars caused by electrical burns, which the guards claimed was him trying to escape through the electric fence. The faux Dr. Stack once briefly claimed he was Electro as well.
  1. OHOTMU Renaissance #1


Trivia

  • Had Dr. Stack finished his last words, he would have said, "All I wanted was peace for you," not "for the world." This was revealed to indicate that David never wanted anything more than his son's peace, and could have cared less (but just barely) what happened to the rest of the world.



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