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Gizmo

Alias: Mikron O’Jeneus

Related Links:  Fearsome Five
Gizmo II


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History


A Little Bit Of Genius

Gizmo answered an ad placed by the super-criminal Dr. Light and joined his new criminal organization, the Fearsome Five. His first case with the Five brought him into conflict with the New Teen Titans, who eventually imprisoned them all, again and again.

Unlike some of the other members, Gizmo was more concerned with acquiring wealth than power. The diminutive inventor also owned his own corporation, “Gizmos, Inc.,” which supplied machinery to many well-known, if not exactly legal, business operations.

ABOVE: Dr. Light gathers the Fearsome Five in NEW TEEN TITANS #3 [1981].
BELOW: Gizmo displays his genius in NEW TEEN TITANS #7 [1981].

On one occasion, Gizmo teamed up with Trident and Disruptor to help Wildebeest kidnap Mother Mayhem, who was pregnant with the former Brother Blood’s child. During this clash with the Titans, Gizmo had a change of heart and sided with the heroes, citing a desire to go straight. He eventually secured a job at S.T.A.R. Labs.

But O’Jeneus’ new life would soon be shattered by the return of the vengeful Psimon, who sought revenge on his former teammate for abandoning him. Psimon used his psionic powers to continually shrink Gizmo until he reached the subatomic level. It appeared Gizmo’s fate was sealed. But the diminutive genius apparently found a way out of Psimon’s trap. He resurfaced later and returned to his life of crime, often joining forces with fellow Fearsome Five member, Mammoth.

Dr. Sivana gathers the revamped Fearsome Five in OUTSIDERS #14 [2004].

Five Alive

Sometime later, Dr. Sivana organized a revamped Fearsome Five team comprised of Psimon, Jinx, Gizmo, Mammoth, and a newly-restored Shimmer. The newly formed group was hired to initiate a corporate espionage plot against Lexcorp, but their efforts were undone by Nightwing’s Outsiders team. After the mission was botched, Dr. Sivana doubted the group’s loyalties, so he shot and killed Gizmo as a warning to the other members.

With Mikron O’Jeneus believed dead, his diminutive son attempted to follow in the family footsteps as the second Gizmo. Although brilliant, Gizmo II  found himself ill-prepared for combat during his first field test as part of Mr. Orr’s “Cyborg Revenge Squad.”

Gizmo survived certain death, as revealed in BIRDS OF PREY #120 [2008].

But the real Gizmo was later reanimated by the geniuses at Manitech Research & Development, a technology company located in Platinum Flats. Badly decomposed and missing one eye, Gizmo was still grateful for a second chance at life. He quickly disposed of Manitech’s reigning C.E.O and earned his seat on the Silicon Syndicate, a sinister group of high-tech criminals.

 Powers & Abilities


Gizmo is capable of creating unbelievable weaponry by transforming one machine into another. In his tiny hands, using state-of-the-art technology, an ordinary vacuum cleaner, for example, can easily be converted into a deadly, unstoppable tank.

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Mammoth, Shimmer and Gizmo

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Essential Reading


New Teen Titans #3 [1981]: Dr. Light forms the Fearsome Five in order to attack the Titans again; Fearsome Five member Psimon, under Trigon’s subtle influence, takes over leadership from Dr. Light, and the villains defeat the Titans; Psimon plants a compulsion in the heroes’ minds to destroy the JLA. First appearance of Fearsome Five; First appearance of Gizmo, Mammoth, Shimmer and Psimon.
New Teen Titans #7 [1981]: Titans’ Tower is unveiled. The Fearsome Five renew their assault on the Titans, using Silas Stone, Cyborg’s father, and the dimensional transmitter in Titans’ Tower to bring Psimon back; Once the Fearsome Five is defeated, Silas reveals that he is dying of cancer; After two months of reconciliation between himself and his son, Silas dies.
New Teen Titans #37 and Batman and the Outsiders #5 [1983]: Fearsome Five member Gizmo breaks his villain group out of prison; Under Psimon’s leadership, the Fearsome Five kidnap Dr. Helga Jace and force her to make them a group of Mud Men to help in their battles; Dick Grayson tells Bruce Wayne that he wants to terminate their heroic partnership; The Titans and the Outsiders team up to defeat the Fearsome Five after the villains expel Dr. Light from the group and attempt to kill him; Robin chafes under Batman’s leading the two groups in battle and takes over, proving that Robin does not always have to be in Batman’s shadow.
Tales of the Teen Titans #56-58 [1985]: The Fearsome Five, without Dr. Light, invade S.T.A.R. Labs and take Neutron and Jinx to be their new teammates; Cyborg’s refit is completed, but his body rejects the parts; The Fearsome Five are defeated; Cyborg is brought back to health and meets Dr. Sarah Charles; Jericho is made a full-fledged Titan.
Adventures of Superman #430 [1987]: The Fearsome Five encounter Superman, with a new lineup: Mammoth, Gizmo, Shimmer, Charger, and Deuce. First appearance of Charger and Deuce.
New Teen Titans (second series) #41-42 [1988]: Wildebeest attacks S.T.A.R. Labs, defeats its super-powered security team, Thunder and Lightning, and captures Mother Mayhem, who is soon to give birth to Brother Blood’s heir; Dr. Sarah Charles is offered a job as the head of S.T.A.R. Labs’ West Coast medical facilities; Jericho is teaching sign language at Sarah Simms’ school, when she tells him that Gary left her; In the T-Jet, the Titans chase but lose Wildebeest, who has broken the Puppeteer, the Disruptor, Gizmo and Trident out of Ryker’s Island Prison; Wildebeest reveals one of his identities to Mother Mayhem: he had been posing as her doctor; Once the Titans battle and defeat the Disruptor and Trident, Gizmo has a change of heart and tells the Titans the location of Wildebeest’s hideout; The Titans arrive in time to bring Mother Mayhem to the hospital, where she gives birth to a girl, but the heroes are not in time to stop Wildebeest from escaping yet again.
New Titans #116-117, Green Lantern #57 [1994]: Psimon cuts a swath of destruction through a star system, devastating the planets of Kallas and Talyn (home of Jarras Minion). Eventually, Psimon returns to earth, where he seeks revenge against all those who wronged him, including his former teammates. To that end, Psimon viciously attacks Mammoth and Shimmer – driving a spear through Baran’s head. He then transforms Selinda into glass and shatters her, killing her instantly. Next is Gizmo: Psimon uses his powers to continually shrink Gizmo – until he reaches the subatomic level.
Teen Titans [third series] #8 [2004]: Mammoth and Gizmo battle the Titans. Gizmo resurfaces alive after his apparent death in New Titans #116.
Outsiders #13-15 [2004]: -The Fearsome Five are back – and worse than ever – in the 3-part “Five by Five!” Organized by Dr. Sivana, Mammoth, Gizmo, Psimon, Jinx, and a newly-restored Shimmer wreak havoc. Shimmer restored to life in issue #13. Gizmo killed in issue #15.
Birds of Prey #120-121 [2008]: Oracle employs the enigmatic operative, Infinity, to investigate the sinister Silicon Syndicate operating out of Platinum Flats. But things get worse when The Joker infiltrates the high-tech gang network. Gizmo appears alive in issue #120, reanimated by Manitech Research & Development.



Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who Series, The Official Teen Titans Index [published by ICG in 1985], The New Titans Sourcebook [Mayfair Games, 1990], supplemented by titanstower.com


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