Real Name: Aaron Nicholson
Identity/Class: Human mutate
former hitman and field agent
formerly Hammerhead's "villain army" (Hammerhead, Ape-Man, Aura, Bloodshed, Clown (Eliot "Crafty" Franklin), Discus (Tim Stuart), Electro (Max Dillon), Great Gambonnos, Man-Mountain Marko, Mauler (Brendan Doyle), Override (Greg Herd), Ringmaster (Maynard Tiboldt), Spot, Squid (Donny Callahan), Trapster, Will O' The Wisp, others);
former agent of HYDRA
Boomerang, Sisters of Sin, Ruby
Sidekick, the Wizard; attempted to gain work with the Owl, Wolverine (loose);
former agent of the Kingpin (and Richard Fisk);
empowered by the equipment of Harlan Stillwell;
Dagger (saved her life once)
Enemies: Asgardians, Avengers (Luke Cage, Captain America, Iron Man (Stark), Spider-Man, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)), Black Cat, Bullseye, Cloak and Dagger, Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius), Hammerhead, Inner Demons, Mr. Negative, S.H.I.E.L.D., Skrulls, Spider-Man, Toxin (Pat Mulligan)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations:
The Bronx, New York, USA;
formerly (presumably) S.H.I.E.L.D. custody (prison 42?);
formerly the Raft, Ryker's Island prison, New York;
formerly Fisk Towers, Manhattan, New York;
formerly the atmosphere around Earth; Las Vegas, Nevada
First Appearance: Spectacular Spider-Man II#91, (fully seen and named) Spectacular Spider-Man II#92 (July, 1984)
Powers/Abilities: His powers are the answer to whatever he needs at the time. At rest, he may not demonstrate any superhuman powers. However, in the middle of a fight, struggle, etc., he will develop whatever abilities he needs at the time (USUALLY only one or two powers at a time): superhuman strength, speed, durability, flight, formation of force fields, heightened senses, etc. Flight may be an ability he retains at all times. In some cases this is a conscious effort, as when he deliberately enhanced his own hearing, and in other cases, it is his body's response to a situation. Also, in most cases his powers respond almost instantly, although there have been situations when he has been surprised and overwhelmed before his powers could adapt.
His costume is specially designed so as to be virtually frictionless (presumably with the exception of the soles of his boots and the palms of his gloves), so that Spider-Man's webs will not stick to them.
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 170 lbs. Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
(Captain America I#145-148 - BTS / Lethal Foes of Spider-Man#1 (fb)) - The Answer first came to work for the father and son team of Wilson and Richard Fisk when they controlled the Las Vegas division of HYDRA. He was their top hit man, but he also had an angle, or an answer, to any problem.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#91) - From the shadows, the Answer observed the struggle between Spider-Man and the Blob, gaining information on Spider-Man's powers and skills, as well as his new (alien) costume.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#92) - The Kingpin sent the Answer to engage Spider-Man and test his abilities. At first, the Answer seemed to be a pushover, but each time Spidey attacked him, he gained the ability to counter such attacks, such as with great speed or fantastic stamina/durability. Soon, the Answer had Spidey at his mercy, pummeling him with thousands of punches within a few seconds. The Black Cat jumped between them and stopped the fight, but the Answer knew of her bad luck powers, recently gained at the hands of the Kingpin, and so he avoided them by simply avoiding her attacks, but not attacking her back. As the Answer dodged the Black Cat, Spidey webbed him to the floor, but his frictionless costume prevented it the webs from sticking to him, and he simply broke the spots on the floor holding the web to escape. In addition, he tossed the still-sticky web onto Spidey and the Cat, and her bad luck powers acted on Spidey when he tried to push her away. Spidey and the Cat ended up trapped in the web, and the Answer, having taken their measures and founded them wanting, flew away.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#93) - The Answer observed a fight between Spider-Man and the Black Cat. Because of the Kingpin's plans to use long term exposure to the Cat's bad luck power to cause problems for Spidey, he had the Answer arrange things to keep them together. Coercing the Black Cat to agree to the harmless plot because of her debt to the Kingpin, the Answer held her prisoner with a bomb, and then allowed Spider-Man to "save" her. The Answer escaped, and the bomb was merely impressive fireworks, but the plan worked, and Spidey and the Cat were friendly once again.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#94) - The Answer detailed to the Kingpin his theory on why Silvermane was not truly dead, and then the Kingpin's agents succeeded in partially reviving him. The Answer applied a submission collar on Silvermane's neck to force his compliance. Silvermane's test mission was a success in that he overpowered Spider-Man, but he lacked subtlety and attracted a large crowd in the process.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#95) - When Silvermane went out of control, the Answer correctly figured that he was seeking Dagger, whose energies had incapacitated him before, and which held a connection to his life force. He also reasoned that the energy manipulated by Dagger might be able to revive the nearly comatose Vanessa Fisk. The Answer then made arrangements through the Rose to set a trap to attract Cloak and Dagger. The plan worked, and the Answer swooped down in the middle of a struggle between Cloak & Dagger, Silvermane, Spider-Man, and the Black Cat, and flew away with Dagger.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#96) - The Answer returned to the Kingpin with Dagger, but found that she was too depleted to save Dagger, as Silvermane was draining them off via their connection. As the rampaging Silvermane followed Dagger to Fisk Tower, the Kingpin decided to use Dagger's energies anyway, even though it might kill her. Cloak arrived to free Dagger, but he, too, had been weakened by Dagger's energy deficit, and the Answer dropped him with a single punch. As the Kingpin tried in vain to stop Silvermane, the Answer deduced that Dagger had to return the energy she had taken from Silvermane, in order to break the link, and to stop his attacks. Though Dagger was too weak, the Answer deduced a solution and infused his own light energy into Dagger. The infusion went out of control and Dagger absorbed all of the Answer's life force, apparently killing him. The energy released in the process did break the link with Silvermane, and restore him fully to life. However, Dagger refused to give any energy to the wife of the Kingpin, and instead restored her partner, Cloak, and the two teleported away.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#97 - BTS) - The Kingpin lamented the loss of his loyal agent, and the failure to revive Vanessa. He blamed the interference of Spider-Man and the Black Cat, and vowed vengeance.
(Excalibur I#50 - BTS / Lethal Foes of Spider-Man#1 (fb)) - The Answer did not die, but rather was left as a discorporated, unconscious being of energy. However, the "implosion of the Multiverse Matrix" caused an energy disturbance that restored the Answer to awareness.
(Lethal Foes of Spider-Man#1) - Seeking the answer to his current existence, he discovered the means to communicate with the corporeal world via a computer chip, formerly used by Dr. Octopus to control his adamantium arms. He made a deal with Octopus, promising to free him from prison and restore his destroyed mechanical arms, in exchange for helping him regain his physical form. Their plan hinged on a nuclear blaster designed at the US Atomic Research Company, where Octopus had first been mutated and bonded to his arms. However, the blaster was stolen by the Sinister Syndicate, who sought it for their own reasons.
(Lethal Foes of Spider-Man#2) - Octopus formulated a new plan, in which he duped a wannabee-scientist Guardsman into creating the machine which restored the Answer to life. The Answer sought to betray Octopus and leave him trapped in the Vault, but Octopus maintained their former mental link, and used his superior will to force the Answer to free him.
(Lethal Foes of Spider-Man#3) - Octopus built himself a temporary set of arms, and then proceeded to recreate his previous arms. The Answer's abilities allowed them to break into the labs at Empire State University, and recover the computer chip for the adamantium arms. In the process the Answer fought off both Spider-Man and a squadron of Guardsman trying to protect the chip. After regaining his previous arms, Octopus tried to kill the Answer, using the mental link to prevent him from fighting back. However, their battled was interrupted by both Spider-Man and Swarm.
(Lethal Foes of Spider-Man#4) - Octopus escaped the struggle and returned to one of his old labs to recreate his adamantium arms, but the Answer tracked him there. The Answer finally managed to create an interference field that neutralized their mental link, and the two fought on an equal playing field. However, while the Answer's powers were divided between the interference field and directly engaging Octopus' temporary arms, Dr. Octopus managed to nail him with his recreated previous arms. The Answer was granted a reprieve when Octopus' pawn, Mr. Hargrove, arrived and tried to take vengeance for his manipulations. Octopus stopped Hargrove, but then fled as the police drew near, leaving the Answer defeated, but alive.
(New Avengers I#4 (fb) - BTS) - The Answer was imprisoned in the Raft sub-section of Ryker's Island.
(New Avengers I#1-3- BTS) - The Answer escaped during the breakout initiated by Electro, despite the efforts of the group that would become the New Avengers.
(Toxin#3) - The Answer began to rob banks with an unnamed sidekick in order to impress the Owl, the current ruler of New York's underworld. He managed to get the Owl's attention, and was waiting in a bar with his sidekick before phoning him back, but was confronted by Toxin, the heroic symbiote, and Toxin told the Answer that if he gave him the answer to his problem, he would let him walk away. Toxin revealed to the Answer that he was a former police officer bonded to a symbiote, and that he couldn't seem to keep the symbiote from misbehaving, and that it was bringing out the worst in him. The Answer told Toxin that the solution was to kill himself. Toxin didn't keep his word, and sent the Answer back to the Raft. Toxin did attempt suicide, as per the Answer's solution, but the symbiote saved him.
(I ♥ Marvel: Outlaw Love#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point in his life, the Answer fell in love with Ruby Thursday, but after a brief relationship, she broke up with him, and he couldn't get over her.
(I ♥ Marvel: Outlaw Love#1) - In Cleveland at the Back Room the Answer played "strip Q and A" games with the Sisters of Sin, winning all the time because of his intellect, when Ruby returned, asking him to help her access the procurement budget for A.I.M. He got her the information. Two weeks later, he discovered that he was being targeted by Bullseye, and asked around the super-villain community, trying to understand who was after him. He finally realized that Bullseye was hired by A.I.M., and was trying to get to Ruby through him. He led Bullseye to Ruby and let him decapitate her, but made a deal to keep her head. He then went quietly went off the radar in the hopes of reactivating her head.
(Civil War: War Crimes) - Answer joined Hammerhead's "villain army" in order to take advantage of the raging superhero Civil War. Before they could begin doing so, however, their headquarters was raided by Iron Man and a small army of SHIELD agents. Answer's fate in the ensuing melee is unknown.
(Punisher: War Journal II#4) - Answer attended the wake of Stilt-Man, who had been killed by the Punisher. The wake was held in a bar, and was attended by many current and former criminals. Several attendees started feeling sick, and the villains and ex-villains realized too late the Punisher had been there disguised as the bartender, and had poisoned their drinks. As the Punisher walked away from the bar, it blew up.
(She-Hulk II#17 (fb) - BTS ) - The super-villains in the bar was taken to the hospital, had their stomachs pumped, treated for burns, etc.
(New Avengers I#35) - The Answer was one of a large number of super-villains who met with the Hood, hearing and apparently accepting his position as the new Kingpin of super-villain crime. For his attendance, he was given $25,000.
(New Avengers Annual#2) - The Answer was part of the Hood's super-villain army that ambushed the "New" Avengers' base at Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. He was incapacitated by the Zom-powered Dr. Strange and then taken into custody by SHIELD.
(New Avengers I#46 (fb) - BTS) - Answer was apparently freed by the Hood.
(New Avengers#46) - Answer was present along with the rest of the Hood's army when they tortured a SHIELD agent who proved to be a Skrull. Guided by Demonicus, the Hood used his demonic powers to determine that a skrull was impersonating the Slug, and he shot and killed the imposter.
(Spider-Man; Swing Shift) - The Answer and Sidekick were present at the Bar with No Name alongside a number of other super-villains, including Boomerang, the Clown, Hydro-Man, King Cobra, Kraven, Mentallo, Ox (Raymond Bloch), Slyde, Speed Demon, and the Spot. He took part in a bet involving a fight between Spider-Man and the new super-villain, Overdrive.
(Amazing Spider-Man#552 - BTS, 553) - The Answer and Sidekick were again present at the Bar with No Name alongside Black Mamba, the Bookie, a Clown, Doctor Bong, Hydro-Man, Lightmaster, Ox (Raymond Bloch), Shockwave, Shriek, Slyde, Speed Demon, Spot, Tomorrow Man, Trapster, and the Wrecking Crew (Bulldozer, Thunderball, Wrecker).
(Secret Invasion#6; 7-8 - BTS) - Answer was part of the Hood's Army who joined the Central Park fight with the Skrull invaders. The Hood's army departed after Veranke's death.
(New Avengers I#50) - When Cage's Avengers tried to lure Osborn's Avengers into a trap at an old Hellfire Club base, Osborn instead contacted the Hood who led his super-villain army to assault Cage's Avengers (Cage, Captain America/James Barnes, Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ronin/Clint Barton, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, Wolverine/Logan/James Howlett). Answer joined the Hood, Blackout, Blood Brother, Brother(s) Grimm, Centurius, Chemistro, Corruptor, Crossfire, Cutthroat, Dr. Demonicus, [Dormammu], Griffin, Jigsaw, Living Laser, Madame Masque, Mandrill, Razor-Fist, Scarecrow, Shockwave, Slug, Vermin, Wizard, the Wrecking Crew in this assault. Ms. Marvel channeled Spider-Woman's power to stun the criminals and allow the Avengers to escape.
(Wolverine Origins#45 (fb) - BTS) - The Answer worked with Wolverine to come up with a plan to against Romulus and asked Wolverine to break out Ruby and involve her in their plan.
(Wolverine Origins#45) - Wolverine confronted the Answer about Ruby's betrayal. The Answer was sorry because he knew Ruby would betray Wolverine, but he loved her so much, even though she was incapable of loving him back, that he wanted her out of prison and he knew Wolverine was the man capable of breaking her out....(oh, and Wolverine had already returned her to prison for her betrayal).
(Dark Reign: The Cabal#1/3) - The Answer was at the funeral where the Hood delivered a short eulogy that acted more like a warning to members of his army.
(Punisher VII) - The Answer hung out at Hood's surveillance room and got drunk with Grizzly, Squid and Tombstone.
(Dark Reign: The Hood#1 - BTS) - The Hood put Chemistro, Centurius, Demonicus, the Answer, and Living Laser on a special project. He promised to be in touch soon.
(Dark Reign: Mr. Negative#1) - White Dragon, corrupted by Mr. Negative, returned to the Hood's Hell Kitchen hideout and attacked several of Hood agents. Answer watched the attack, which was stopped by the Hood, who shot White Dragon.
In retaliation the Hood sent Answer, Bloodshed, Lightmaster, Scorcher, Speed Demon, Spot, Squid and White Rabbit to deal with Mr. Negative. After taking care of the Inner Demons they were confronted by Hammerhead and Spider-Man, who had been corrupted by Mr. Negative.
(Dark Reign: Mr. Negative#2) - Spider-Man took Answer out by webbing up his mouth.
(Dark Reign: Mr. Negative#3) - The Hood surrounded Mr. Negative with his team including Answer, but before he could finish him off, the Hood got a call from Norman Osborn, who had made a deal with Hammerhead to save Mr. Negative. Nobody paid attention when Spot teleported Negative to safety.
(New Avengers I#60) - A furious Hood returned to his army and killed Jonas Harrow for his betrayal. Hood chided the criminals for their panicked actions, and told them they now had to follow Osborn's orders. Osborn told them to hunt the unregistered heroes and bring them back, dead or alive.
(New Avengers I#61) - The Hood used the Asgardian Norn Stones to give those in his army the ability to track down the targeted heroes, increasing their own strength and power as well.
(Invincible Iron Man#20) - The Answer attended a meeting at Avengers Tower with several other criminals, where Norman Osborn told them that the bounty was now off of Tony Stark's head.
(New Avengers I#64 (fb)) - The Hood approached his army and let them know of Osborn's offer to make them certified heroes if they participated in the siege on Asgard.
(New Avengers I#63) - The Answer participated in the ensuing battle with Asgard and fought Balder.
(New Avengers I#64 - BTS) - Later, during the siege of Asgard, Loki took away all their additional powers as the city crashed around them.
(New Avengers Finale#1) - The Answer was arrested by the Avengers.
(Wolverine: Origins#45 (fb) - BTS) - Wolverine approached the now-free Answer to devise a plan to help him stop the villainous Romulus, but the Answer, still in love with Ruby Thursday, instead used the opportunity to have Wolverine help her escape from prison.
(Wolverine: Origins#45) - Wolverine confronted the Answer about the failed plan and the Answer revealed his motives.
Created by Al Milgrom.
Origin detailed (ret-conned?) by Danny Fingeroth.
Always liked this character. Maybe his costume's too cheesy, but I don't know why someone doesn't bring him back. His mind and powers give him virtually unlimited applications.
Also, Spider-Man: Chapter One made a few ret-cons that didn't sit well with anybody, and have since been written off as both ca-ca, and non-continuity. One of these was the fact that Octopus and Parker had been mutated at the same plant, in the same energy release. I think Spidey's origin took place at General Techtonics Labs, which went on to become Tri-Corp.
Answer and his sidekick made an appearance in the Free Comic Book Day
giveaway Amazing Spider-Man: Swing Shift by Dan Slott. As stated by
Slott himself the story did not occur in current continuity (maybe
it will become canon in the future?).
It was re-released in Spider-Man: Swingshift and occurs in "Brand New Day" continuity
No known connection to:
Harlan Stillwell, who empowered the Fly, and whose machines empowered the Black Cat and the Answer, is the brother of:
Real Name: Joe Self
After escaping from the Raft, the Answer employed a sidekick who he dressed in a costume similar to his own to aid him in his crimes. He was presumably sent to prison by Toxin.
He was later seen hanging around at a Bar With No Name in New York City with Answer and other villains.
--Toxin#3 (Spider-Man: Swing Shift, Amazing Spider-Man#552-553
Maybe he should be "the Question"?
His code and real name
were given by Peter Milligan and revealed in the Official Handbook of
the Marvel Universe A-Z Hardcover#1
Spider-Man II#91-96 (June-November, 1984) - Al Milgrom
(writer/pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Lethal Foes of Spider-Man#1-2 (September-October, 1993) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Brad Vancata & Frank Turner (#2) (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
Lethal Foes of Spider-Man#3 (November, 1993) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Keith Pollard & David Boller (pencils), Ian Akin, Keith Aiken & Jim Amash (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
Lethal Foes of Spider-Man#4 (December, 1993) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), David Boller (pencils), Ian Akin, Keith Aiken, Jim Amash, Brad Vancata & Mike DeCarlo (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
New Avengers I#1-4 (January-April, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki, Mark Morales (#2), Allen Martinez (#3) & Victor Olazaba (#3) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Toxin#3 (August, 2005) - Peter Milligan (writer), Darick Robertson (pencils), Rodney Ramos (inks), Jennifer Lee (editor)
I ♥ Marvel: Outlaw Love#1 (April, 2006) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Jon Proctor (artist), Tom Brevoort, Aubrey Sitterson (editors)
Civil War: War Crimes (February, 2007) - Frank Tieri (writer), Staz Johnson (penciller), Tom Palmer & Robin Riggs (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher: War Journal II#4 (April, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Mike Deodato (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Spider-Man: Swing Shift (June, 2007) - Dan Slott (writer), Phil Jimenez (penciler), Andy Lanning with John Dell (inkers), Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editor), Stephen Wacker (editor), Tom Brevoort (executive editor)
Sensational She-Hulk#17 (May, 2007) - Dan Slott (writer), Rick Burchett (penciler), Cliff Rathburn (inker), Molly Lazer & Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#1-4 (January-April, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki, Mark Morales (#2), Allen Martinez (#3) & Victor Olazaba (#3) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#35 (December, 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Yu (artist), Molly Lazer (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers Annual#2 (March, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Carlo Pagulayan (penciler), Jeff Huet (inker), Molly Lazer (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man#552 (May, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Phil Jiminez (penciler), Andy Lanning (inker), Thomas Brennan (assistant editor), Stephen Wacker (editor), Tom Brevoort (executive editor)
Secret Invasion#6-7 (November-December, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#46 (December, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Invasion#8 (January, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#50 (April, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Jeanine Schaefer, Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: The Cabal#1/3 (June, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Max Fiumara (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Punisher VII#4 (June, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Jerome Opena (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Dark Reign: The Hood#1 (July, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Dark Reign: Mr. Negative#1 (August, 2009) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Gianluca Gugliotta (pencils), Andy Lanning & Justice (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Dark Reign: Mr. Negative#2-3 (September-October, 2009) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Gianluca Gugliotta (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Invincible Iron Man#20 (January, 2010) - Matt Fraction (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler/inker), Warren Simons (editor)
New Avengers I#60 (February, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade Von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#61 (March, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen & Daniel Acuna (pencils), Wade Von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#63-64 (May-June, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike McKone (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers Finale#1 (June, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Bryan Hitch & Stuart Immonen (pencils), Butch Guice, Andrew Currie & Karl Story (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Wolverine: Origins#45 (May, 2010) - Daniel Way (writer), Doug Braithwaite (pencils), Bill Reinhold & Mike Manley (inks), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Last updated: 04/01/14
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