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After a failed battle with Namor the Sub-Mariner, M.O.D.O.K. deemed that he needed a strong body to house his amazing intellect and thus M.O.D.O.K.'s body was created. The body's chest was made of both steel and adamantium[1] and its construction took sixteen months and 108 A.I.M. scientists working on it twenty-three of which worked on the right hand.[2] The machine was designed to allow M.O.D.O.K.'s mutated body while still within his chair to sit upon it's shoulders to pilot it, allowing him to leave and enter as freely as he wished.

The first time M.O.D.O.K.'s Humanoid Body was used was to face the Hulk when the Hulk had witnessed it parked outside of Betty's rest care room in Long Island. M.O.D.O.K. entered the body and fought the Hulk but soon learned it was no match for him when the Hulk ripped off its left arm, smashed the right hand to pieces, and popped off the head causing M.O.D.O.K. to flee leaving the body behind.[1]

The body was seemingly retrieved and repaired as it was was used again after M.O.D.O.K. accepted the Black Lama's offer to join a contest of super-villains: Iron Man, controlled by another contestant, the Mad Thinker, attacked M.O.D.O.K.'s headquarter. Iron Man made the giant body fall and then threw a part of the lair on it, but the body withstood the damage. M.O.D.O.K. fought him from the armor, trying to topple him, dog-fighting him in the sky using foot-rockets and shooting him with beams of energy from the body's left hand — as the right hand had been destroyed by Iron Man at the beginning of the fight. During the fight, Iron Man tactically tried to move away, but the Thinker, monitoring the event, mistakenly believed that Iron Man was betraying him, and paralyzed his armor. This led to M.O.D.O.K. grabbing Iron Man and using him to track the Thinker to his lair.[2] Once there, M.O.D.O.K. defeated the Thinker's Monster Android while the Thinker grabbed Iron Man and hid, placing two copycat androids in his and Iron Man's places. M.O.D.O.K. destroyed the Thinker android, believing to have killed the real Thinker.[3]

The Lama sent M.O.D.O.K., still in his humanoid body, to the Chinese lair of another supervillain contestant the Yellow Claw. Using the Iron Man android as a pawn, M.O.D.O.K. flanked the Claw, but the Claw escaped and M.O.D.O.K. collided with the Claw. The Claw then sent M.O.D.O.K.'s bulky armor to a great fall in the mountain, apparently destroying it; the Claw believed to have killed M.O.D.O.K. in the process.[3]

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