ARNOLD ANSEN

Real Name: Arnold Ansen (or Hansen, see comments)

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Chairman of Hanset

Group Membership: Billionaire Boys' Club

Affiliations: Roky Vance, Takegura, Ldt.

Enemies: the Punisher, Takegura

Known Relatives: Mr. Ansen (father, deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Hanset headquaters, Praxdorf headquaters, Manhattan, Microcorp, Connecticut

First Appearance: Punisher II#8 (May, 1988)

Powers/Abilities: Arnold Ansen was a good businessman who inherited his father's company at the age of 24. His morals were corrupted as he used insider trading as a business tool. He was also capable of using handguns, and demonstrated some leadership abilities

History: (Punisher II#8 (fb, BTS))- At the age of 24, Arnold Ansen inherited his father's company Hanset when his father fell from a cliff in Wyoming. After a series of bad investments Arnold approached Takegura, Ldt. in order to do business with them.

(Punisher II#8 (BTS))- Arnold Ansen appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal because his company Hanset had taken over Komoco.

The Punisher (as McRook) had Quentin O'Toole look for Roky Vance, who was preying upon the homeless. The Punisher believed that Roky and Arnold Ansen were performing insider trading. Quentin told the Punisher that he saw Roky arrive the day before at 2 pm and leave at 6 in the morning.

(Punisher II#8)- Arnold Ansen arrived at a house in Warrick county, Connecticut owned by Microcorp, a subsidiary of Praxdorf, to meet with Takegura and Roky Vance. The next day Takegura and Arnold Ansen were discussing their business plans at the Praxdorf headquaters in Manhattan. The plan was to have the public believe that Takegura, Ldt. was interested in buying Praxdorf, a copmany owned by Arnold Ansen, thereby raising the stock price so that the Billionaire Boys Club could use the money they would receive to buy Itel Intl stock, which they now owned 30% of, so that Takegura. Ldt. could get its hands on Itel Intl. Roky and Sijo arrived at the headquaters, and had a short conversation with Takegura and Arnold. When they left, Arnold told Takegura that maybe Roky and Sijo had a thing for each other, and then he used some drugs himself.

(Punisher II#9)- When Takegura called for Roky, Arnold was surprised that he didn't want him to come along. After Roky left, Arnold decided to follow them. Arnold tracked Takegura and shot him down after realizing the true plan, that Takegura now wanted to kill the Billionaire Boys' Club.

Arnold captured the Punisher and told him that he found out that Takegura was double-crossing him, so he had to shoot him. The Punisher claimed that he was sent after Takegura by the Ikegigure clan to make sure that Takegura didn't return from America. Arnold told him that Takegura wouldn't make it back, and neither would the Punisher. Suddenly Takegura appeared behind them, cutting down Arnold's bodyguard, telling Arnold that he survived the assassination attempt by wearing kevlar. He was about to kill Arnold, but told him that he would leave it to a man of honor, and handed his katana to the Punisher, but the Punisher cut Takegura's throat instead. Arnold begged for his life, telling the Punisher that he had $500,000 in cash back at the estate. But the Punisher told him that he had left documents with the FBI, and they would come the next morning. He handed him a gun with one bullet, telling him that he could do one of two things: he could shot the Punisher in the back, but if he wasted it in on him, he would kill him slowly. He told him to do the right thing and departed.

As the Punisher left for his van he heard a shot, and assumed that Arnold Ansen had done the right thing-- killed himself.

Comments: Created by Mike Baron, Whilce Portacio and Scott Williams.

In Punisher II#8, Arnold Hansen's name was seen in the Wall Street Journal, where it says that Hanset has bought Komoco, and there is a picture of Arnold Ansen, and the Punisher initially refers to him as Arnold Ansen. But for the rest of the storyline he is referred to as "Hansen". So is he "Ansen"? or "Hansen"?

by The Beetle

CLARIFICATIONS:
Arnold Ansen/Hansen bears no relation to:


Mr. Ansen, father of Arnold Ansen, was the C.E.O of Hanset until his untimely demise when he fell off a cliff in Wyoming when his son was 24 years old, leaving the company to his son. Whether the death of Mr. Ansen was an accident or if he was killed by his son was not revealed.

--Punisher II#8 (fb, BTS)


Appearances:
Punisher II#8-9 (May-June, 1988) - Mike Baron (writer), Whilce Portacio (pencils), Scott Williams (inks), Carl Potts (editor)


Last updated: 05/10/05

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