In 1983, MODOK took a couple interesting turns. First, in The Incredible Hulk #287 – 290, MODOK found himself ousted from AIM. Without the help of henchmen with usable arms, MODOK needs friends. So he goes to work for, get this, General Ross and the U.S. Army!! This is a foreshadow to the current Secret Avengers storyline, in which MODOK has become an agent of SHIELD. For those of you, like me, who thought it was ridiculous that MODOK would ally himself with the forces of Big Government, we all stand corrected. There was precedent.
Captain America annual #7 was the other MODOK appearance this year, and it’s really uneventful except for the fact that we learn that MODOK (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) used to be MODOK, in which the “Killing” was replaced by “Computation.”
Much less menacing.