Real Name: Sterling Mason
Former Aliases: Battle Tank II
First Appearance: Savage Dragon #95
Death Issue: Savage Dragon #111
Cause of Death: Neck broken by Jennifer Dragon
Group Affiliations: N/A
Height: Around 6′
Date of Birth: Unknown
Place of Birth: Unknown
Base of Operations: Deathworld, Dimension-X
Other Distinguishing Features: Deathseed wears full body armor
Marital Status: N/A
Known Relatives: N/A
Weapons: Deathseed wears a sophisticated suit of armor that can protect him from harm and injury, gives the wearer increased strength and is able to fire powerful beams of energy
Sterling Mason was the brave young man chosen to continue the legacy of Battle Tank back during the 1980s when the original bearer, Rex Dexter, grew too frail. Sterling became like a son to the veteran crime fighter over the years. He was dispatched on a mission into Dimension-X along with Rex’s own daughter, Lexie, but the duo never returned home to Earth.
Dragon agreed to go in search of the pair but could only locate Lexie Dexter, accidentally taking home an amnesiac man later dubbed Ben Blank. Lexie soon died when her insides were consumed by creatures living inside of her. This memory-challenged person turned out to be a sleeper agent for an interdimensional despot known as Deathseed. Ben reverted to his powered form of the Lummox and threw Dragon and his family into the Void where Deathseed is planning an invasion.
The invasion was averted in the end with the Lummox getting killed by Alex Wilde while Deathseed having his neck snapped by Jennifer Dragon. When the villain was dead, his helmet is cracked open to reveal that he was really Sterling Mason, having undergone a monstrous transformation. Upon returning home to Earth, Rex Dexter appeared to be going through a similar metamorphosis.
When Rex’s body was impaled by a girder from the destruction of Dragon’s family home, the hero’s brain was removed and placed into his Battle Tank armor. The original body was preserved in a stasis chamber for years as Rex searched for a way to regenerate it so that he could regain an organic form. The chamber was later destroyed when Emperor Kurr and Vanguard fought in Rex’s laboratory. The apparently lifeless corpse suddenly awoke and Monster Rex fled through the portal into Dimension-X and vanished without trace.
Some time later, Monster Rex emerged back through the portal with an army of Absorbanoids to lay claim to Earth. Monster Rex revealed that he was actually a resurrected Deathseed. A seed had been planted in Rex Dexter’s body back during his previous incarceration in Dimension-X. A transformation began to re-create Deathseed but Rex’s body was damaged, preventing Deathseed’s return until much later. Monster Rex’s attempted conquest of existence was halted when Rex killed his own original form, presumably ending the threat of Deathseed.
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