Updated on 16 October, 2021
War Machine is an iconic fictional super hero appearing mainly in American comic books produced by Marvel Comics. He is an incredible war-veteran soldier and a member of the Weapon Six group known as the Titanium Men. In contrast to his superiors, he prefers discretion and solitude to a gun and is often represented by a red and black suit. He is most frequently seen as an armored and armed robot stands next to a glowing blue and red US soldier.
War Machine was first introduced in Iron Man # 118 by David Michelinie and John Byrne. The War Machine Armor that first appeared in Iron Man #279 became his signature armor, designed by Kevin Hopgood and Len Kaminski. The War Machine Armor was made from the bio-organic blue titanium metal originally used by the Titanium Men. Originally, the armor was a joint project of the United States Armed Forces and the Titanium Men. It was later used by the enemy because it had a higher acceptance rate among soldiers.
War Machine's armor has developed several changes since its first appearance. It was later given a red and black color scheme, and the addition of a kill switch was added to its arm attached robotic arm. The armor's defensive capabilities were increased when the armor became part of the Machine Empire of Japan. In Japanese, the character was renamed Rokkaku and was given a more aggressive and lethal fighting method.
War Machine's helmet now features a face mask instead of a mouth, similar to some original designs of robots in the original comics. The helmet also features two sets of robotic amber armor behind a clear visor, giving him a cool and mysterious look. Underneath this new armor, however, War Machine still wears the same red and yellow jumpsuit he uses in the original material. The jumpsuit material also appears to be tougher and can withstand multiple hits without cracking or breaking.
The most recent form of War Machine is the Light Armor War Machine. This form features the original color scheme but has metallic silver armor instead. The helmet also has a more futuristic design and is now made out of a more durable metal. The machine also comes with two additional sets of armor on either side. These set of armor are much larger than that of War Machine's original armor set.
A new type of War Machine called Shocker arrives on Earth and begins terrorizing the humans. The evil character fires metal spinning bullets at humans and animal alike. The only person who can stop the Metal Stomping Robot is the heroic robot, Mazer. The only problem is, the robot is too big to be easily maneuverable. Plus, its owner, Dr. Abraham Von Doom, wants to use the robot for evil instead of good.
War Machine eventually finds its way to the United States and finds employment alongside the evil Doctor Doom. The two begin to clash when War Machine tries to steal Dr. Doom's top secret serum. When the serum is stolen, both robots try to gain control of the serum. The battle leads to the destruction of the X-Men and the death of Scott Summers.
Wolverine is another example of a character being designed to be a weapon in the Marvel Universe. He is created to be a strong fighter and could hold his own against any opponent. In the Ultimate Wolverine book, Professor Xavier is seen studying a combat robot created by the X-Men, which is later discovered to be called Wolverine. It is unknown whether the design was truly drawn by the X-Men or not. Some people have even said that the design is simply drawn from an old Japanese robot.