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Boris Petrovsky, an artist near Moscow, sculpted the original Colossus. A crustacean-like alien Kigor who had crashed to Earth took over the hundred-foot statue and nearly destroyed Moscow. The alien's comrades rescued it, and the statue was quiet again. The alien, however, had left its cybernetic circuitry behind in the statue.[2]

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It being controlled by the Kigor

The statue was shipped to Los Angeles, on loan from the Soviets, for an exhibition. Another Kigor took over the statue, and another rampage ensued. (One can only imagine the consternation in Moscow.) Robert O'Bryan, a special effects technician for Delzney Studios, set a trap for the Kigor: another, better statue mined with explosives. The Kigor transferred its consciousness into the new statue and blew up with it.[3] Presumably, the Soviets declined to have the statue shipped home again, because it stayed in LA for several years. (One can only imagine the relief in Moscow.)

Then another threat arose: the Stonians planned to invade Earth. Magnor, a rebel sympathetic to humans, alerted O'Bryan to the danger. A Stonian force arrived, led by Granitor, ruler of Stonus V. They captured Magnor, as well as O'Bryan's girlfriend, actress Diane Cummings. An unsuspecting O'Bryan found that, like the Kigor, he could transfer his consciousness into the statue and make it move. IT, the Living Colossus, lived again! While IT fought Granitor, though, the army got away with Cummings and Magnor, and O'Bryan learned that his control of IT had a time limit.[4]

The other Stonian rebels, IT, and Fin Fang Foom joined forces to stop Granitor. The battle swayed back and forth until the rebels gained the upper hand. The Stonians escaped in a transporter. In frustration, IT smashed the device. By doing so, though, he had scattered their atoms across the galaxy. The rebels returned to Stonus.[5].

The scientist who had controlled Fin Fang Foom during the battle -- Dr. Aloysius Vault -- secretly wanted the power of IT for himself. He never managed to gain control of IT, though, so he used subterfuge. He offered to help O'Bryan recover the use of his legs (lost when an actor arranged an accident) and to store IT in his secret laboratory. After months of therapy, O'Bryan could walk again. He married Cummings and put his time as the Living Colossus behind him.

Years later, Vault put another evil plan in motion. His new creation inadvertently demolished part of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. When O'Bryan learned of the attack, he realized that only IT could counter the threat in time. Vault, seeing IT in action, seized this long-sought opportunity. He used a psionic booster to transfer his own consciousness into IT and drive O'Bryan's back to his own body.

Drunk with his newfound power, Vault sought out the mightiest being he could find as a test. He came across the Hulk, whose limitless rage and strength quickly reduced the Living Colossus to bits. Vault's consciousness returned to his body. Already suffering from a rare neurological disease, he could not stand the shock and died almost immediately.[6]

From this incident, O'Bryan learned that his abilities gave him the responsibility to use them when needed. He set about designing and building a smaller robot version of the Living Colossus.

The next time IT appeared, however, O'Bryan used it in a professional matter. Otto Ranetti, a rival, copied the plans and built his own robot: Karrg, "the mightiest robot of all." O'Bryan took IT to the desert, where Ranetti was using the robot in a movie. IT barely won the ensuing fight[7].

Most recently, Nick Fury recruited IT for his Howling Commandos squad.

After the Civil War, he (and more specifically O'Bryan) was listed as a potential recruit for the Initiative.[8]

It the Living Colossus later appeared on Monster Isle when Shadowcat and Magik appeared to look for a mutant girl named Bo. It the Living Colossus was among the monsters that attacked the three until Magik teleported herself, Shadowcat, and Bo to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.[9]

Power Grid [11]
Intelligence*
 1
Strength
Speed
 3
Durability
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills
 2
* Heightened intelligence when animated by Bob O'Brian

Powers

  • Flight: IT can fly. Doing so takes considerable mental effort on O'Bryan's part, however, and shortens the period in which he can control IT.
  • Limited Invulnerability: IT can withstand impacts up to (but not including) 100 tons. The original Colossus was sculpted from ordinary granite; presumably the Kigor circuitry (or something else the Kigor did) gives it this property. IT is not affected by electricity, heavy weapons fire, immersion in water, vacuum, heat, or cold. For some reason (perhaps another side effect of the Kigor episodes) IT is vulnerable to certain types of gas, which immediately forces out O'Bryan's consciousness.
  • Presumably because of the Kigors' modifications to the Colossus, it can move as if it had a skeleton and musculature without cracking the stone skin.
  • O'Bryan recently acquired a new stone Colossus. Without the Kigor element, it may or may not have the properties of the first stone Colossus.

Strength level

In It's 30-foot form, it could lift (press) approximately 90 tons. In its original 100-foot form and in its new form, it was/is stronger by an unknown amount.



  • After only four appearances in Astonishing Tales, IT was replaced by Deathlok in issue #25 (August 1974).
  • In Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Comic Magazine, #12, Reed Richards created a colossus with his Ionic Inanimate Matter Converter.
  • In Nextwave: Agents of HATE, #11, terrorists send two different colossi against the Nextwave team.

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