Real Name: Bruce Tollman
Occupation: former motorbike racer
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Tiger (I.P.C., 1982-85)
Powers/Abilities: Sintek is your stereotypical bionic man. He has bionic legs, allowing him to run at superhuman speed or jumping incredible heights and distances, bionic eyes which allow him to see great distances and which could be switched to x-ray mode, bionic arms giving him great strength, etc.
History: American motorcycle ace Bruce Tollman suffers horrific injuries in a pile-up during the Austrian Grand Prix in Salzburg. He reaches the hospital blinded, with severe brain damage, both legs shattered and severed arm tendons. Near death, his body is was stolen by Professor Sintek and his deformed assistant Anton. Sintek rebuilt the dying man, giving him powerful artificial eyes, arms, legs and heart. However, shortly after this life saving surgery, Anton murders the Professor. When Tollman wakes up, his memory foggy, he believes himself to be responsible, and when the police arrive he flees. Stealing clothes from a passing motorist, he hitches a lift with the next car to come along. The driver of this car is a sports promoter, Hal Ford, who realises that there is something special about his passenger and decides to make money out of him by representing him in various athletic endevours. Ford asks his passenger his name, and the amnesiac Tollman gives the name he spotted on a notebook in the laboratory: Sintek.
But Anton is still around, and keeps trying to get hold of Sintek. On one occasion he turns another injured athlete, Kurt Hengson, into a second bionic man.
Comments: It appears like most of his skeleton has been replaced which is something writers of similar characters often miss out - the legs might be bionic, but if the spine isn't reinforced, it'll shatter from the reverberations of the legs pounding the road at 60mph, for example.
The pictures on this page showing Sintek's bionic limbs was a common artistic trick in the strip, where they would show the reader his bionic parts by drawing him as if his skin was transparent. Appearances not-withstanding, Sintek actually looked fully human with no visible bionics.
The picture of Sintek on the bottom this page was drawn by John Richardson. Thanks to Jim Croasdale for this additional information.
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