Fictional character biography
|First appearance||Iron Man #143 (Feb. 1981)|
|Created by||David Michelinie|
John Romita Jr.
|Alter ego||Arthur Dearborn|
|Team affiliations||Roxxon Oil|
Microwave energy projection
Force field generation
The Roxxon Energy Corporation in conjunction with the Brand Corporation, their genetic research subsidiary, convert Roxxon employee Arthur Dearborn into a being of living microwave energy called Sunturion, who serves as crew and guardian for "Star Well I", a Roxxon solar satellite that orbits Earth and transmits microwave energy to the planet; the transformation was required as otherwise the cost of developing Star Well to provide for a full crew would have made the project too expensive, but as Sunturion Dearborn's personal requirements were fairly limited and he could do far more work than any normal man.
An accident on Star Well I results in the death of the entire town of Allentown, Iowa, and Iron Man arrives to investigate and meets with Dearborn. Learning that Dearborn is Sunturion, the pair prevent a meteor shower from damaging Star Well I. After discovering that Star Well I is in fact a Roxxon satellite, Iron Man locates and deactivates a self-destruct device when company director Jonas Hale learns of Iron Man's presence and attempts to destroy the satellite. Iron Man advises Sunturion that, despite his admiration for Dearborn's goals, the satellite is now evidence of Roxxon's criminal activities and must be confiscated. Sunturion attacks Iron Man as he disables the satellite, and during their battle Star Well I's core drifts into Earth's atmosphere. Sunturion apparently sacrifices himself to boost Iron Man's deflector beam, allowing the satellite to be harmlessly deflected into the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Roxxon eventually re-integrates Dearborn's energy form, intending to use him against "Stratosfire", a former female Roxxon employee with abilities almost identical to those of Sunturion. Originally the corporate symbol for Roxxon (as Iron Man is for Stark International), Stratosfire turns against the company when a close friend is murdered for speaking with Tony Stark (Iron Man's alter ego). Sunturion locates Stratosfire and activates her "Zed Control": a Roxxon-implanted self-destruct device that dissipates Stratosfire's microwave energies and reverts Dearborn to his human form.
After Kathy Dare shot Tony Stark, paralyzing him, Arthur speaks as a character witness in support of Stark during her trial. At the time, Stark was preparing to withdraw from public life and become Iron Man full-time, but the testimony of Arthur and others convinces him that there was still value to being Tony Stark.
Dearborn learns that his energy form is starting to dissipate, and that he will soon die. After Roxxon refused to help (as it wasn't "cost-effective"), Dearborn attacks their facilities all over the world. In one attack, he encounters the Avengers, and finds his phasing abilities countered by Vision's own. After fleeing the scene, Dearborn is tracked down by Vision, and convinced to go to the Avengers for help. When the Avengers tell him they need more time to analyze his condition, he decides to return to his original plan. Attacking another Roxxon facility, he reveals to the Avengers that Roxxon is replicating the process that created him on others (without telling them of the dangers). After Vision destroys the equipment, Dearborn is convinced to return to Roxxon who no longer having the resources to make more Sunturions has no choice but to try and cure him.
After Sunturion apparently sacrifices himself to boost Iron Man's deflector beam, allowing the satellite to be harmlessly deflected into the Gulf of Carpentaria, Roxxon develops a suit of armor in an unsuccessful attempt to reform Dearborn. The armor is lost at sea and is eventually found by truck driver Mike Stone while on a fishing trip in Florida. Stone uses the armor to take revenge on a former employer and encounters Daredevil. Lacking Dearborn's mutagenic modifications, Stone is absorbed by the armor and dissipates into the atmosphere when Daredevil damages it.
Powers and abilities
Arthur Dearborn is a normal human who undergoes a mutagenic modification process that converts him into microwave energy. In this converted state Dearborn is capable of projecting microwave energy; creating force fields; teleportation; flight; and absorption of solar radiation to replenish his own energy.
The armor found by Mike Stone provides the wearer with abilities similar to those of Dearborn's energy form. To power itself, however, the armor converts the wearer into microwave energy.
- In the What If story "The Leaving", which takes place fifty years into an alternate future, Sunturion is a member of the Avengers.
In other media
- The Arthur Dearborn version of Sunturion appears in the Iron Man episode "Cell of Iron" with Arthur Dearborn voiced by David Warner and Sunturion voiced by Tom Kane. His appearance in human form was based on another character named Abner Doolittle who is a scientist working for the Roxxon Energy Corporation. Arthur Dearborn's origin is altered having suffering from a deadly disease that he wiped out with a unique form of microwave energy. The treatment's side effects included the ability to transform into Sunturion, and an uncontrollable emitting of radiation, deadly to all others around him. The Star Well station was created to be his sanctuary and was targeted by A.I.M. causing Iron Man to help Sunturion defend it. Ultimately, Dearborn/Sunturion sacrifices himself stopping the Star Well station from crashing into New York city.
- A large, sun-motif, Makluan construct termed as "The Sunturion" appears in the Iron Man: Armored Adventures episode "The Might of Doom". The huge construct is shown unmoving at the end of the episode as the sword-wielding guardian of the seventh Makluan Ring when Gene Khan and Howard Stark arrive in its temple. In the episode "Enter: Iron Monger," Sunturion is stated to have been defeated by Gene (off-camera) when Gene shows he now has the seventh ring that it was protecting.
- Depicted in Iron Man #143 and clarified in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (Premiere HC set: 2008 - 2009)
- Iron Man #143 - 144 (Feb. - March 1981)
- Iron Man Annual #9 (1987)
- Iron Man #248 (Nov. 1989)
- Amazing Spider-Man Annual #25; Spectacular Spider-Man #11 & Web of Spider-Man Annual #7 (all Dec. 1991)
- Avengers Annual #1 (2012)
- Daredevil #224 (Nov. 1985)
- What If? vol. 1 #38 (1983)
- "Cell Of Iron". ToonZone. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
- Sunturion at Comic Vine