Victor "Vic" StoneOccupation:
Elinore Stone (parents, deceased), Maude & Tucker Stone (grandparents)Group Affiliation: TitansBase of Operations:
Presents #26 (October 1980)Created by:
George Perez and Marv Wolfman
The rift between Victor Stone and his scientist father was widened one afternoon when he stopped by his parents' lab at
S.T.A.R., only to see a blob-like creature enveloping his mother. Vic's father was able to hit the recall button, sending
the creature back through the dimensional gateway, but his mother was dead, and Victor himself had been fatally injured as
the creature dissolved half of his body. Silias Stone, determined he would not lose his son as well as his wife, adapted an
experimental cybernetic military suit to replace what the creature had destroyed. When Vic finally awoke, he was horrified
at the man/machine he had become, furious at his father for making him into it. When he could finally leave the lab, he encountered
only fear and hate, and so withdrew as much as he could.
Vic finally found a home when Raven appeared, inviting him to join the new Teen Titans. They accepted what he was and what he could do as a cyborg, and they saw the man behind the prosthetics. They - Raven especially
- even helped him reconcile with his father before he died of radiation poisoning. The Titans (and Changeling in particular)
were Vic's first real friends, and his most lasting ones.
When the Wildebeest society captured nearly all the Titans (New Titans #71, 1990), Vic's body was deemed unsuitable
for possession. He was launched as a decoy in a rocket, which crash-landed in Siberia near an old Soviet science city. Red
Star found him nearly destroyed in the crash, then brought him back to Dr. Pyotor Raskov, who rebuilt him as best as he could...
but Victor's brain was virtually inactive. Cyborg was left little more than a robot. (New Titans #76, 1991)
The Titans never fully regrouped after their battle with the Wildebeest. Fractured by death and betrayal, the remaining
members were able to do little more than allow S.T.A.R. Labs to work on him, and the newer members had no reason to regard
him as anything more than a remote-controlled robot. Red Star took him back to Russia in hopes that the scientists who rebuilt
him might have more success, only to discover they had both been manipulated by political factions intent on regaining power.
The entity calling itself Zavior was the offspring of a Technis cluster - electro/mechanical sentients collecting knowledge
throughout the galaxy - and Earth's plant elemental (Swamp Thing). Zavior came to Earth, observed it, and planned to use the
hybrid forms of Cyborg and Team Titan Prester Jon* to digitize the Earth, transforming it into their new CPU to renew Technis'
vitality. The Titans, a revived Cyborg, and other Technis clusters stopped it, but Zavior had sapped Cyborg's power. There
was no way for him to make it home alive. The other Technis clusters offered to assimilate his soul, allowing him to live
on and giving them the vitality they needed to continue. He accepted the choice, and departed Earth with Technis (New Titans
The presence of a human soul provided a focal point, and a being calling itself Cyberion emerged. Possessing Vic Stone's
memories, but not his emotions, Cyberion encountered the Titans amid the New Citadel War, during which time the rest of Technis
was destroyed. He stayed briefly on New Tamaran to help rebuild, then left to explore the galaxy with Changeling and then-Titan
Jarras Minion (New Titans #127-130, 1996). Despite his friend's presence, he remained cold and aloof, until Changeling
finally chose to return home. Minion left also, but first gave Cyberion the Omegadrome, the morphing battlesuit he had so
Cyberion set out to rebuild Technis, using collected debris and the morphing powers of the Omegadrome, becoming less and
less human as time went on. Somehow Technis was cross-referenced with Titans, and a growing planet came to Earth to collect
the Titans. Massive technological disruptions were followed by "Technis" enveloping the moon, and the Titans all being captured.
Once they realized what had happened, the Titans searched for a way to find Vic's soul, and finally contained it within the
Omegadrome (JLA/Titans, 1999).
Vic's human soul, memories, and personality were back, but his body was wholly alien technology. Worse, the JLA didn't trust him not to lose control again, and only released him on the condition that the other Titans watch over him.
Nightwing picked up on the problems Vic was having - the temptation of his lost humanity, the lack of trust on the part of even his
friends - and took a gamble. He realized Science City #3 still had samples of Vic's DNA, and that cloning technology had advanced
just enough to make it possible to grow Vic a new body. With a little economic push from QuickStart Enterprises, they did just that, implanting the Omegadrome inside the new body.
At first Vic felt he had the best of both worlds: the human body he hadn't had in years, plus all the morphing and battle
abilities of the Omegadrome. Yet there were subtle differences. Things wouldn't taste quite right, or his enchanced senses
wouldn't shut off. He still felt the duality.
In a recent battle, the Thinker A.I. deactivated the Omegadrome. Vic had morphed into "Cyborg Classic" for the battle, allowing the liquid metal to imitate
his original implants and armor. The McGees and S.T.A.R. Labs are looking for a way to reactivate the morphing ability. After all his changes, physically he's back to
the form he wore in his early days with the Titans.