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Quote1 HEH-HEH-HEH -- And Society refused to aid the great Von Thorp to carry out his experiments - - Well- I don't need their help -- I'll show them -- HEH HEH HEH -- Ah! It's coming! Quote2
-- Dr. Von Thorp src

Dr. Von Thorp was insane, but a supremely capable robotics engineer. He built a very advanced robot, extremely strong, and durable, and sent it out marauding in New York City. A murderous crime spree followed, as the bulletproof, crashproof, fireproof monster spread havoc and terror throughout the city, and plundered at will, looting banks and stealing babies. Newspapers called this thing the "Iron Monster".

Still, Von Thorp was insane. At one point in his crazy plan he called the cops on himself, faked his own death, un-faked it, and sneaked out of his own house. Before long, Von Thorp was captured and turned over to the NYPD by a private detective, Hugh Hazzard, who had stolen and repurposed the Iron Monster.


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  • This version of Dr. Von Thorp, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
  • Von Thorp didn't apply the name "Iron Monster" to his robot, that came from the newspapers.

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