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Albert (left) with Elsie-Dee
|First appearance||Wolverine Vol.1 #37 (1991)|
Larry Hama (story),|
Marc Silvestri (art)
|Alter ego||Albert Wright|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength, computational, analytical and creative reasoning abilities|
Albert is a fictional character appearing in Marvel Comics, and an ally of Wolverine. The character first appeared in Wolverine vol. 1 #37 suspended in a tank of liquid. Albert is a sapient automaton or android.
Fictional character biography
Albert (a robot double of Wolverine) was created along with his counterpart, Elsie-Dee, by Donald Pierce. These androids were designed to kill Wolverine. The Wolverine double was to act as the bait and Elsie-Dee (who outwardly appears to be a 5-year-old girl) was to trap Wolverine in a burning building, where she would detonate with sufficient force to kill him. Initially, Albert had a primitive artificial brain with limited higher logic functions and no emotions, and he was not referred to as Albert, but as "Dummy".
Pierce's plan to kill Wolverine failed because one of the Reavers, Bonebreaker, accidentally gave Elsie-Dee the maximum artificial intelligence one of Pierce's automatons was capable of. As a result Elsie-Dee eventually found a way to defuse her detonation sequence and enhanced the primitive intelligence of her counterpart, giving him intelligence beyond even hers. It was at this point that Elsie named him Albert, after Albert Einstein. Having met Wolverine, he and Elsie-Dee decided that he was a noble person and did not deserve to die and consequently abandoned their mission.[volume & issue needed]
The two robots risked their artificial lives several times for each other and for Wolverine. At some point they traveled in time and had several adventures, even teaming up with an old enemy of Wolverine's, Bloodscream.
Albert and Elsie-Dee at one point travel hundreds of years back in time. Albert gains a leadership role with a local Indian tribe.
Powers and abilities
Albert was superhumanly strong, could interface directly with computers, and had an intellect greater than his designer, Donald Pierce. Albert had 3 retractable claws on each hand, just as Wolverine (but not adamantium). Albert not only had technological knowledge centuries beyond conventional science (which he was capable of making significant progress in), but also perfect photographic recall and profuse knowledge of even the most obscure facets of history. Albert reinforced his construction with bulletproof armor and stole a stealth fighter, which he and Elsie-Dee may still be in possession of. Although Albert was initially designed to fight Wolverine he had limited fighting skills.
The X-Men action figure line originally introduced the character "Albert" in their '90s series. The official name was Robot Wolverine (Albert) and was the 6th edition of a Wolverine action figure since the series launched. Albert featured human-tissue-covered arms which could be exchanged with a pair of metallic arms with extended claws. The character design reflected a punk warrior look from a bleak future popular in movies like Mad Max.
In Exiles #85 the Timebroker gathered multiple teams – each full of Wolverines – to finish the repairing of the broken realities. The last team he gathered consisted a version of Albert and Elsie-Dee from Earth-50211. The first mission of the team was to kill an evil Magneto (female) who melded with that world's Wolverine, Quicksilver (female), Scarlet Warlock (male Scarlet Witch), and Mesmero (female), and already captured (and manipulated) dozens of Wolverines from the previous teams. When they've arrived they were ambushed immediately and both of them were captured, as well as two of their teammates.
In other media
- Albert appears in Wolverine: Adamantium Rage.
- Wolverine #37 (March 1991)
- Wolverine #86 (October 1994)