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Real Name: Timothy Karlskin

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Assassin

Affiliations: Blood Spider, Jagged Bow, Lord Ogre, student of Taskmaster

Enemies: Constrictor, Lord Deathstrike, Solo, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Venom (Flash Thompson)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base Of Operations: Mobile in the USA, notably Alexandria (VA), Philadelphia

First Appearence: Amazing Spider-Man I#367 (October, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Death-Shield was a big dude and fairly strong. He also had a big shield made of an unnamed material (it deflected Solo's bullets, so possibly a Vibranium alloy) and very proficient in using it as a weapon.


(Amazing Spider-Man I#367 (fb) - BTS) - Death-Shield was one of Taskmaster's students who had been trained to mimic Captain America.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#367) - Solo and Spider-Man stumbled upon an estate which was supposed to be the site of "some mysterious project". When they entered, Taskmaster greeted them and introduced his students. Solo said he had his own name for the group... "Dead men" and opened fire. Spider-Man basically saved their lives by pushing Solo's guns away. Death-Shield charged Spider-Man and sandwiched him against a wall, but Spider-Man just wrapped him up with his webbing and turned his attention to Blood Spider. He was later seen tied up with Jagged Bow, courtesy of Solo.

(Venom II#37) - The crimelord Lord Ogre placed a bounty to kill Venom (Flash Thompson). Many mercenaries and assassins responded. Alongside Blood-Spider and Jagged Bow, Death-Shield cornered Venom in an old warehouse. Death-Shield threw his shield at Venom, stunning him. Soon after, Venom hurled Death-Shield at Jagged Bow, knocking him over. Lord Deathstrike and Constrictor entered the fight, also seeking the bounty, and they fiercely battled each other during which Venom was able to escape.

Comments: Created by David Michelinie and Jerry Bingham.

He received a real name in Taskmaster's entry in OHOTMU A-Z HC#11.

These guys were pretty weak, considering they survived Taskmaster's training (Read all about it in Agent X).

He certainly upgraded his skills level by Venom II#37 as Venom commented that all three "almost outclassed me."
---Grendel Prime

Profile by: Zerostar. Updated by Grendel Prime.

Death-Shield is not to be confused with:

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Amazing Spider-Man I#367, p, pan (main image)
Venom II#37, p10, pan1 (smashing shield)

Amazing Spider-Man I#367 (October, 1992) - David Michelinie (writer), Jerry Bingham (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Venom II#37 (September, 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Kim Jacinto (art), Sana Amanat (editor)

Last updated: 09/20/13

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