NUKE

Real Name: Bane Simpson

Identity/Class: Extra-dimensional (Earth-Amalgam) enhanced human

Occupation: terrorist / member of Hydra (currently)

Affiliations: (currently) Hydra, Green Skull (Lex Luthor), Madame Cat (Selina Luthor), Baron Zero (Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker), Deathlok (Jason Todd); Deadeye (Bill Lawton) (possibly -- see Comments)

Enemies: S.H.I.E.L.D., Colonel Bruce Wayne, Black Bat (Barbara Gordon), Moonwing (Dick Grayson), Colonel Nick Fury, Sergeant Joe Rock; Dare (Slade Murdock)

Known Relatives: none

Aliases: none

Base of Operations: Hydra Base Omega; (formerly) Santa Prisca

First Appearance: Bruce Wayne: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (April, 1996); Dare the Terminator #232 (in Amalgam continuity)

Powers/Abilities: Originally, Bane Simpson was merely a skilled fighter and proficient killer with no regard for human life.  But after being selected as a test subject for the super-steroid known as "Venom," Simpson gained the ability to artificially enhance his speed and strength.  With a tap on his wrist-mounted, hypodermic needle, Simpson can now send an injection of Venom into his system -- charging him with superhuman levels of speed and strength until the effects of the super-steroid wear off.

History:

Schooled since childhood in the arts of death, young Bane Simpson was raised in the cruel confines of the Hydra fortress known as Santa Prisca to become the perfect killer.  When Green Skull (Lex Luthor), the Supreme Hydra, needed a test subject for the new super-steroid "Venom," he knew that the soulless Simpson was the perfect choice.  Outfitted with wrist-mounted Venom injectors, Nuke gained the ability to artificially increase his speed and strength to become an unstoppable murdering machine.
 

(Action & Suspense Comics #47) - On the mean, moonlit streets of Istanbul, Turkey, young Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his two secret-agent parents were ruthlessly assassinated by a faceless terrorist.  The tragedy left young Bruce Wayne orphaned and obsessed with fighting terrorism, setting the stage for his future career as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., the world's foremost counter-espionage agency.  A young Nuke may have been the Hydra agent responsible for murdering Bruce Wayne's parents. (see Comments)
 

(The Nightmarish Dare #13) - Years later, Nuke may have played a behind-the-scenes role in the battle between rival assassins Dare (Slade Murdock) and Deadeye (Bill Lawton), a battle in which Dare's right eye was severely damaged, forcing the femme fatale to wear a patch.  (see Comments)
 

(Dare the Terminator #232) - Nuke first appeared on panel, presumably as an enemy of New Gotham assassin Dare (Slade Murdock).
 

(Bruce Wayne: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (bts)) - Nuke became insanely jealous of the one man who had everything that Nuke felt he should have -- S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Bruce Wayne.  Nuke vowed to destroy Bruce Wayne with his own bare hands.
 

(Bruce Wayne: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1) - "Mission: Destroy Hydra!" - Inside the Green Skull's Hydra Base Omega, Nuke participated in a coup led by Madame Cat (Selina Luthor) to overthrow Lex Luthor as Supreme Hydra.  Nuke looked on as Madame Cat seemingly killed her father by strangling him with her whip and then pledged allegiance to her as the new Supreme Hydra.

Later, as invading S.H.I.E.L.D. forces bombarded Hydra Base Omega, Nuke was present in the control room when Madame Cat learned that her father had activated the top-secret Planetsmasher program before his apparent demise.  As Madame Cat attempted to shut down the Planetsmasher program, which was capable of dropping the entire East Coast of the United States into the Atlantic Ocean if allowed to run its course, Nuke left the confines of Hydra Base Omega to engage the invading S.H.I.E.L.D. forces outside.

Much to Nuke's delight, he soon came across S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Bruce Wayne, who was all alone and just regaining consciousness after an explosion caused him to crash land.  Towering above Director Wayne, Nuke gloated that it was a pity that Wayne's friends were not here to witness him breaking the fallen S.H.I.E.L.D. Director in half.  Director Wayne told Nuke that he was not afraid of junkies and that drugs were for the weak.  But Nuke, after injecting a fresh dosage of Venom into his bloodstream to enhance his speed and strength, shrugged off Director Wayne's criticisms and informed him that he was enhanced by rather than addicted to the steroid.

Nuke then proceeded to pummel the weakened Director Wayne, taunting him in the process by claiming that Wayne was nothing without his weapons or his army.  With Director Wayne doubled-over, Nuke began to gloat about how not even the Green Skull had the strength or the courage to face Wayne himself.  Nuke informed Director Wayne that he suspected he would be easy to kill, just like his incompetent parents.  The mere mention of his murdered parents caused Director Wayne to snap and go on the offensive.  Director Wayne connected with several quick strikes before tampering with Nuke's wrist-mounted Venom injector.  As result, too much Venom was injected into Nuke's body at once, causing his system to overload and his heart to explode.  With Nuke incapacitated, Bruce Wayne rejoined his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents for the final assault on Hydra Base Omega.
 


Comments: created by Charles "Chuck" Dixon, Cary Nord, and Mark Pennington

Key:
Marvel characters are listed in regular, or bold black type.
DC characters are listed in bold blue type.
Amalgam characters are listed in bold purple type.
 

In case you're confused, Amalgam Comics didn't really exist beyond those seen in the few DC/Marvel cross-over. The titles you don't recognize are amalgams of similar Marvel and DC comics--Snood.
Amalgam Universe

Earth-Amalgam

ACTION & SUSPENSE COMICS is an amalgam of Marvel's TALES OF SUSPENSE and DC's ACTION COMICS.
 

THE NIGHTMARISH DARE is an amalgam of Marvel's DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR and DC's DEATHSTROKE THE TERMINATOR.
 

Although the identity of the terrorist who murdered S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Bruce Wayne's parents was never specifically revealed, Hydra agent Nuke (Bane Simpson) was very much aware of their murders (and the fact that it was their murders that inspired Bruce Wayne to become Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.).  This could suggest that Nuke was indeed the "faceless terrorist" responsible for shooting them dead on the streets of Istanbul.  Or it could simply indicate that Nuke, being as obsessed as he was with single-handedly destroying Director Wayne, extensively researched Bruce Wayne's life history before engaging him in battle.
 

ASSASSINS #1 attributes Dare's (Slade Murdock) missing right eye to an altercation with Deadeye (Bill Lawton).  But the Amalgam Comics Trading Card Set claims that "Slade lost an eye after a long and grueling battle with the strange shape changing addict, Nuke, although she'd lost her sight to radioactive chemicals in a government experiment years before."  Presumably, this is the same Nuke (Bane Simpson) who appears in BRUCE WAYNE: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 as an agent of the criminal organization known as Hydra.  This is supported by the fact that Nuke debuted as an enemy of Dare in DARE THE TERMINATOR #232 (although Bane Simpson has never demonstrated any "shape changing" abilities -- other than his size increase after injecting himself with the Venom steroid).  It is possible that the event that led to the loss of Dare's right eye was a collaborative effort between Deadeye and Nuke.  Since Dare had already damaged her eye by the time of DARE THE TERMINATOR #168, and since Nuke did not make his first on-panel appearance until DARE THE TERMINATOR #232, it is most likely that he operated behind the scenes.
 

Special thanks to Ivan Schablotski for providing me with the Amalgam Comics Trading Cards that I didn't already have!


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CLARIFICATIONS:

Also assume that the Amalgam characters have no other connection to any others than whom they are Amalgamated, unless specifically mentioned.

Nuke is an amalgam of:

            • Nuke of Earth-616, Simpson (first name unknown), @ Daredevil #232

            • Bane of the mainstream DC Universe, former steroid-enhanced thug, @ Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1
 

No known connections to, and not to be confused with

            • The Banisher, the "drugged-up, gun-toting anti-hero" responsible for breaking S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Bruce Wayne's back,  @ Challengers of the Fantastic #1
 



 

Last updated11/09/03

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