Bozo the Robot

Real Name


First Appearance

Smash Comics #1 (1939)

Original Publisher


Created by

George Brenner


Dr. Von Thorp, a mad scientist, builds a mighty robot to help him take over the Earth. The doctor sends the iron monster on a crime spree and the police are unable to stop it. After several failed attempts to capture the robot, Hugh Hazzard, a playboy detective, is sent by the police commissioner to stop the mad scientist's creation. Hazzard sees the robot break into a jewelry store, crawls inside of it, and temporarily deactivates it. Von Thorp summons his creation back to him and is surprised when Hazzard emerges from its body. Dr. Von Thorp is arrested and the police decide to dump the robot into the sea with other confiscated weapons. Upon hearing this, Hazzard rushes to the waterfront and rescues the robot from a "watery grave" sneaking it from a police boat and back to his apartment. Dubbing the iron man "Bozo" he uses the doctor's radio control device to make Bozo a crime-fighting tool.

Powers and Abilities

Bozo the Iron Man's powers include the strength of a 1000 men, the ability to withstand the pressure of ocean depths, a maximum running speed of over 70 mph, and the ability to fly at speeds of up to 400 mph. He can be controlled by remote or piloted from the inside.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Smash Comics #1-41


  • Bozo is the first robot character to appear on the cover of a comic book.
  • Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard was originally meant to be an updated version of Bozo the Iron Man, set to appear with other modern versions of Quality characters in Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, but during the creative process he ended up very different.

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