In the early 80's, I read the UK Transformers comic. There was a support comic as part of it, which in hindsight may have been Machine Man: the scene I remember was a character, who I think was a professor or engineering type, who committed suicide. I remember being quite upset by it (I would have been about 7 or 8); the character committed suicide by shooting themselves in the head. I think it was a revolver, and it was done 'off camera'. Sorry to be so vague!

  • Think it was this guy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Man – Peter Dec 20 '15 at 20:23
  • This one; tfwiki.net/wiki/Back-up_strips#Machine_Man – Valorum Dec 20 '15 at 20:25
  • I've been through Vol 1 and Vol 2 of Machine Man and I can't find any instances like you've described. The Transformers Comics featured a wide variety of "Backup Strips". Perhaps you could narrow it down by identifying which one... – Valorum Dec 20 '15 at 20:34
  • Thanks @Richard, but sorry - gave them away many years ago. No worries, was just something niggling at me! – Peter Dec 20 '15 at 20:36

It may have been 2001 A Space Odyssey #8, the first appearance of Machine Man (originally known as Mr. Machine, aka X-51). X-51's "father" Abel Stack (a scientist/robotics engineer) removes the explosive implanted in X-51, granting the robot his freedom from premature destruction by the government. After X-51 leaves, the explosive detonates, killing Abel.

Abel Stack's death

  • It doesn't ring a bell I'm afraid - I recall that the strip had a close up of the gun in his hand before the shot - but thank you – Peter May 8 '18 at 13:52

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