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I also recall that. I also recall Chemo listening as IQ explained to him how he was needed to neutralize a solar imbalance affecting earth. Still, he bided his time to strike at his supposed ally at the right moment. Chemo doesn't speak, so one can't tell what he's thinking.
IQ WAs turned to stone, but somehow recovered off-stage later.
Absolutely incroyable. On the nose. Sure wish they'd actually make this thing. And I'm pullin' for CHEMO as the McGuffin -- it couldn't carry the whole movie by itself, but it could sure make the StayPuft Marshmallow Man pale in comparison when turned loose in the climax. SSSSSS!!! SSSSSSSS!!!!
We oughta see B.O.L.T.S. and Z-1's Missile Men at some point, too.
THere was a Superman/MM team-up some years ago in which the evil genius Ira Quimby came up with a diabolical plan involving Chemo -- rewrite it without Supes and it would be a great film. Chemo was right where he should be in that story, which hasn't always been the case for the big guy. He's a monster, and a particularly dangerous/mindless one -- anything more than that doesn't work. And he was WAY dangerous in that comic. Wanna see the cover? Check out my blog:
I recall he was needed to correct some solar imbalance affecting earth. When the Metal Men all failed to stop him -and were destroyed- it was up to Superman to stop Chemo. He did -but failed to destroy the last few drops of Chemo's mass -and Chemo lived to fight for the bad guys in CRISIS.
I think I read in an Amazing Heroes Preview Special that Robert Kanigher and Irv Novick were supposed to do a Metal Men mini-series in the 1980s that would have centered on a Metal Men movie. It is some sort of crime that we were denied that and instead got that horrible Dan Jurgens mini-series which I will once again refuse to acknowledge exists after this comment thread.
Oh wow, I had never heard that. Interesting. I do remember the Jurgens series, that's the one where Magnus eventually went Metal? I did read the most recent series collected in the back of Doom Patrol, found scans online.
The only robot part is the "responsiometer" which is inconsistently described, just as their nature and essense is not consistently described. Since their very first mission -to destroy the flying atomic mantra ray- their responsiometers have been replaced a few times, and DC never explained why they were dismantled and scrapped and after some time, rebuilt from scratch (and a new member,Copper, added). I got the impression that you take a responsiometer from any of these robots and stick it in a mass of whatever element they are set to, and that mass becomes -the Metal Man.
They are, tho DC very loosely held to consistency and logic in these stories. I recall in THE BRAVE & THE BOLD where they teamed up with the Atom to fight a metal man that predated even Platinum -Uranium ! Apparently his responsiometer wasn't perfected ,so he proved a reckless irresponsible and criminal menace. Uranium could release his radioactive energy in the form of 3 dwarf minions; once they wore themselves out in fighting the Metal Men, Uranium melted down into a pool of radium ! Brave & the Bold, after it switched from SHOWCASE-like trial series like JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA followed by CAVE CARSON, had very little consistency with the team-ups, but whether this improved after it became a BATMAN team up series, and finally OUTSIDERS I don't know.
Byrne, ever the heretic, had the idea that they WERE originally human, but their consciousnesses were transferred to the responsiometers -app. leaving a lot of dead bodies for Dr. Magnus to deal with. Tin was originally a pizza delivery man and Gold was Dr. Magnus' brother (the resemblance ?) and so on. The next writer, understandably, disowned that nonsense.
It was undecided whether they were made of the actual metals they had the powers of, or a plastic polymer that could be programmed to copy the properties of any metal element - even KRYPTONITE as Lex Luthor managed to turn Tin into by monkeying with his responsiometer in one noncanon story !
I'd go see the movie - IF it was made. I'm not holding my breathe,tho.
Mercury uses that expression about being the only metal that is ... as a catchphrase, but gallium comes a near second. It's liquid on very hot days. It, like Mercury, also has amalgamating tendencies, infiltrating and breaking up many element metals when pressed against them.