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By Byron Brewer
Psycho-Man has been one of the Fantastic Four’s more interesting cosmic villains. But even he needed a hand now and then. When he wasn’t hiring Terran henchmen, he was depending on his robot buddy, Indestructible!
An obvious Kirby creation, the Indestructible robot was one of the many inventions of the scientific genius of Psycho-Man, ruler of the Microverse. When the Silver Surfer shrunk and entered his Microverse to avoid being forced back into the service of Galactus, Psycho-Man detected him using a probe and sent his Indestructible robot after the Surfer in order to capture him.
But when the robot searched for the Surfer, he ran into the Fantastic Four who traveled through the Microverse in Reed Richards’ “Reducta-Craft,” looking to bring the Surfer back out to ward off Galactus. The robot confused them for his quarry, and attacked their ship.
The Thing jumped out of the ship to face him head-on, but soon found the gravity higher than that of Earth. The robot took advantage of this and dragged Ben by his foot, threw him around, and jammed him into a volcanic crevice which exploded moments later, injuring the Thing. The Human Torch then used his flame powers to fire heated blasts at the robot, but the flames passed right through Indestructible’s body, leaving him unharmed.
He continued to advance upon them and prepared to destroy them all. But in order to save the Earth -- along with his newly pregnant wife – Reed Richards declared that he would stay behind and fight the Indestructible robot. But as he leapt to attack, the robot faded away as the Silver Surfer returned and took apart the robot using his Power Cosmic, destroying it seemingly forever.
Indestructible has not been seen since that time, to my knowledge, but the next time there is a gathering of gear-sharing automatons, it would be nice to see Indestructible among the Vision, Jocasta, Machine Man and others, eh?