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The Prime Mover is an advanced robot designed to match wits with any intellect. It is capable of flight through space, and has designed robots to aid it in its games. The games is plays are represented on a chessboard, usually with figures modeled after the game's participants.
The Prime Mover manipulated Nick Fury and his agents of SHIELD, along with a robotic double of Suwan, in a strange "game" against Dr. Doom's robotic double of the Yellow Claw. Fury ultimately defeated the robotic Yellow Claw, leading the Prime Mover to declare victory against the inwardly seething Dr. Doom.
After months without a game from Dr. Doom, the Prime Mover created rockets for itself and traveled into space, where it encountered the Grandmaster.
The Prime Mover recruited the 30th century man Korvac and a number of aliens (later revealed to hail from the 30th century as well) to battle the Defenders and Daredevil, the Grandmaster's pawns. The Prime Mover wagered the Earth, intending to prove its superiority to humanity by winning. However, in all but one battle, the Defenders defeated the Prime Mover's pawns. Unable to cope with its defeat, the robot apparently broke down. One of the discs on its "body" was broken off and used by Daredevil in a coin toss game that drove off the Grandmaster.
BTS - Presumably Dr. Doom recovered and rebuilt the Prime Mover.
In the course of another "game", the Prime Mover and Doom dosed Shang-Chi with hallucinogenic chemicals and set him against a number of robotic doubles for his friends and past foes. Though Shang-Chi saw through most of the deceptions Doom arrayed before him, he ultimately failed to suspect that a kindly hospital nurse was one of Doom's robots. As such, Doom won the "game," and over the Prime Mover's protests placed an unauthorized piece representing his victory on the gameboard.
The Prime Mover played a game against Dr. Doom (Kristoff Vernard), involving Dr. Doom (Victor von Doom) and the Fantastic Four.
Dr. Doom, now claiming that the Prime Mover was a piece of alien technology that could rewrite reality, used the robot to manipulate the Fantastic Four's and Namor's worst personality traits in a bid to destroy them. However, with the aid of Alicia Masters, as well as his own opposing machine, Reed Richards managed to turn the tables on Doom. The Invisible Woman apparently destroyed much of the reality-altering equipment in Latveria as well.
First Appearance: Strange Tales (1951) #167
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Giant-Size Defenders (1974)
#3 Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
- 'Games Godlings Play!'
Marvel Legacy: The 1970's Handbook (2006)
Master of Kung Fu (1974)
#59 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'The Temples of Time'#60
Strange Tales (1951)
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