ARMLESS TIGER MAN

Real Name: Gustav Hertz

Identity/Class: Human (World War 2 Era)

Occupation: Machine-hater

Group Membership: None;
formerly Pluto's Jury (Abomination, Artume, Baron Zemo, Commander Kraken, Iron Monger, Jack O'Lantern, Kyknos, Nessus, Orka, Scourge of the Underworld, Veranke)

Affiliations: Gestapo;
former pawn of Pluto

Enemies: Angel (Thomas Halloway), Hercules, Pluto

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Hades;
formerly 1940's America and Germany

First Appearance: Marvel Mystery Comics#26 (December, 1941)

Powers/Abilities: The Armless Tiger Man can use his teeth and feet in several remarkable ways. He can bend steel bars with his teeth, and swing on a rope by biting the line. His teeth have also been sharpened for use as a weapon. With his feet, he can hurl knives from between his toes, catch heavy weights, and perform nimble tasks of agility.

History: (Marvel Mystery Comics#26 (fb))- In his youth, Hertz worked in a mechanical laboratory in Munich, Germany. One day, his arms were caught in the machine, and both were lost. After being discharged from the hospital, he learnt how to use his feet and and teeth in place of his hands. After years of training, he set off to use his newfound prowess to destroy all machines, cursing them for costing him his arms. He was finally caught by the Gestapo, and when they learnt of his hatred of machines, they sent him to America to do as he would.

(Marvel Mystery Comics#26)- After murdering Dill, who provided him with information on the Johnston Defense Plant, the Angel was put on the Armless Tiger Man's trail, and traced him to his hotel room because of his favorite wine, Chateau Quim. Although the Angel was disguised as a waiter, the Armless Tiger Man recognized him and kicked him in the face. The Angel fought back, but the Armless Tiger Man ran away, and slid down the chain of chandelier by his teeth. The Angel leapt after him, but the Armless Tiger Man kicked him off the chain.

The Angel later caught up to him at the Johnston Defense Plant, where he had begun wrecking machines. The two of them grappled, and the Angel managed to incapacitate him by jamming a piece of pipe in his mouth. He tied the Armless Tiger Man up, and interrogated him on his motives. The Angel then turned him over to the authorities.

(Incredible Hercules#129) - Residing in Hades Armless Tiger Man served in Pluto's Jury for Zeus' trial.

(Incredible Hercules#130) - Hercules attacked the Jury, but they overpowered him. Armless Tiger Man was later present at Zeus' trial.

(Incredible Hercules#131) - The Armless Tiger Man attacked Pluto when he refused to honor his promise to release everyone from Hades.

Comments: Created by Paul Gustavson and Al Bellman.

Hmm, I wonder if the ATM ever teamed up with any other pseudo-Luddite villains.  And, uh... "Chateau Quim"?  If red wine goes with steak, and white wine with fish, do I want to know what the Armless Tiger Man was eating up there in that hotel room?
--esoteric mongoose/Sean Curtin

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The Armless Tiger Man's first name was revealed in Marvel Atlas#1.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Armless Tiger Man should not be confused with:


Appearances:
Marvel Mystery Comics#26 (December, 1941) - Paul Gustavson (pencils), Al Bellman (inks), Joe Simon (editor)
Incredible Hercules#129 (July, 2009) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Ryan Stegman (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Incredible Hercules#130 (August, 2009) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Ryan Stegman & Rodney Buchemi (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Incredible Hercules#131 (September, 2009) - Fred Van Lente & Greg Pak (writers), Ryan Stegman (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)


Last updated: 12/02/03

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