Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human cyborg?, possibly of russian descent

Occupation: Terrorist (not really an assassin)

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Committee for Free Emigration (Mrs. Rosenzweig);

Enemies: Red Guardian (Tania Bellinsky)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York City

First Appearance: Defenders I#40 (December, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: The Assassin had cybernetically enhanced forearms and hands. He possessed superhuman (Class 10) strength and durability, limited to his lower arms. He could punch through solid concrete. His hands were made mostly of metal, covered with a false, synthetic skin.

History: (Defenders I#40)- The Assassin was part of a group known seeking to allow the people of Russia to emigrate freely. In an effort to make their point they attempted to capture Tania Bellinsky, a prominent soviet neurosurgeon. Bellinsky was also the superhero known as the Red Guardian, which was known to the Committee. Several members of the Committee attracted the Red Guardian's attention by throwing a rock with an anti-communist message through a window. She chased down the masked men, and one of them was shot by one of the others while struggling with her. While attempting to help the injured man, the Red Guardian accepted an offer for assistance by an elderly woman. Upon entering the woman's apartment, Bellinsky learned she had walked into a trap, and the Assassin emerged to capture her. She led the Assassin outside, wearing him down as he smashed everything around her. She then struck him several times to enrage him and ducked out of the way when he leapt at her. As his super-dense hands smashed through the heavy garage door behind her, his head smashed into the rest of the door, knocking him out.








Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and Sal Buscema.

He's referred to as the Assassin on the cover and in the title, but is never actually named in the issue.

You have to dig deep into the suspension of disbelief for the strong arms attached to normal shoulders.








The third Assassin has no known connection to:

Defenders I#40 (October, 1976) - Steve Gerber (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)

Last updated: 07/22/04

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