Real Name: Grigori Sovchenko

Identity/Class: Human; Russian

Occupation: Espionage agent, assassin

Group Membership: Member of the KGB

Affiliations: Bloodshed, Equinox, Goldbug, Grindhouse, Kogar, Shadow Slasher, Shockwave, The Hand and Snakeroot

Enemies: Heroes for Hire (Black Cat, Humbug, Misty Knight, Orka, Paladin, Tarantula, Colleen Wing), Shang-Chi, Daredevil, Elektra, Vienna, Leiko Wu

Known Relatives: unnamed father (presumed deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Master of Kung Fu I#110 (March, 1982)

Powers/Abilities: Ghost Maker is the best martial arts master in the former U.S.S.R, besides being an excellent assassin, ruthless and without remorse, he is armed with a katana, and uses a jetpack for flight.
After his resurrection by the Hand/Snakeroot, he is apparently able to reform from a variety of injuries, even apparent death.

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 191 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: (Master of Kung Fu#110 - BTS)- Dark Angel told Sir Denis, Black Jack Tarr and Clive Reston about the background of the man believed to be the most dangerous man in the entire Soviet Union, Ghost-Maker. He was part Mongolian from the Russian steppes, and his father was a high-ranking bureaucrat in the KGB. He was trained by two of China’s best martial artists, and had been trained for 15 years. After he had killed his first 10 top western spies he took the name The Ghost-Maker.

(Master of Kung Fu#110)- The Ghost-Maker and his men attacked the Sussex military base with sleeping-gas, while Shang-Chi, Leiko Wu and Black Jack Tarr tried to defend it. The Ghost-Maker and his men began to take over more and more of the base, killing every soldier they met. Suddenly The Ghost-Maker stood in front of Shang-Chi. He revealed that he had read the KGB’s file on Shang-Chi and that by killing him, he would have his greatest victory. The two of them began to fight each other. The Ghost-Maker suddenly decided that he needed to leave to fight Shang-Chi another day, and used his jetpack to fly anway. Leiko grabbed his foot, and was therefore taken with him.

(Master of Kung Fu#111)- While flying, the Ghost-Maker tried to loose Leiko. He succceded, and Leiko fell to the ground. While having lost Leiko, his jetpack had used all it’s powers, so soon after he crashed into a building. There he found a motorcycle and used it to try and escape. He was followed by Shang-Chi in a jeep. The two of them began to fight once more and the Ghost-Maker managed to win over the jeep, and tried to escape by driving the jeep on board a boat. Shang-Chi quickly got aboard a boat of his own, and began to follow the Ghost-Maker. When they came to land, they continued the battle near a train station. The Ghost Maker jumped on the train but was followed by Shang-Chi. The hunt continued. After both of them jumped off the train, they each stole a bike, and finally the Ghost-Maker began to run. Suddenly he stopped near a small box, and opened it, revealing a weapon, and shot the weapon up in the air, trying to spread a cloud of death-dust. His intention was to kill the Queen of England. Realizing that the wind was in the wrong direction, the Ghost-Maker decided that he needed one last chance to kill Shang-Chi, and began to fight him. Shang-Chi escaped via a ladder to a helicopter, and while Shang-Chi managed to come aboard the helicopter, the Ghost-Maker tried as well, but failed, and suddenly it began to rain, with the raindrops containing the death-dust, which burnt off his skin, killing him, leaving nothing more than his skeleton.

(Daredevil Annual#10/1)- By magical force, members of the Snakeroot resurrected Ghost-Maker, telling him that that he had been given a second chance and he would have to take the lives of Daredevil and Elektra. He found Daredevil soon after and began to fight him. Elektra joined the fight, but Ghost-Maker used his jetpack to fly away. He watched them from a distance, but was suddenly surprised by the arrival of his old enemy Shang-Chi. But before Shang-Chi could defeat his old enemy, Ghost-Maker blew up a grenade, seemingly killing himself; but he reformed. He was met by a member of Snakeroot who ordered him to take care of the business with Elektra and Daredevil, and he again began to fight the two. Suddenly, Shang-Chi joined the fight, and the three of them managed to defeat the enemy. Elektra used a Sai to "kill" Ghost-Maker again. Later, in The Hand's headquarters, Ghost-Maker was seen resurrected once more. The Snakeroot talked about Ghost-Maker being not yet ready to serve them, while Ghost-Maker thought to himself, "I'll be ready to serve, and your head on a platter is what will result."

(Heroes for Hire II#1) - Ghost-Maker attended a meeting with Vienna, who offered him and a few other costumed criminals new identities outside of the United States. Heroes for Hire attacked them, but Vienna expected them and the villains gained the upper hand on them with the aid of a few robots. Things changed when Paladin, Orka and Shang-Chi arrived and the villains were soon defeated. Afterwards it was revealed that Vienna worked together with the Heroes for Hire and that the operation was a test for HfH members Humbug and Tarantula.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1) - Ghost-Maker was brought to the Negative Zone Prison Alpha and remained there despirte the prison break orchestrated by Captain America.

Comments: Created by Doug Moench & Gene Day.

According to Daredevil Annual#10, Ghostmaker was an agent of the Hand before his death.

Ghost-Maker received an entry in the Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1.

by The Beetle

The Ghost-Maker should not be confused with:

Master of Kung Fu I#110 (March, 1982) - Doug Moench (writer), Gene Day (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Master of Kung Fu I#111 (April, 1982) - Doug Moench (writer), Gene Day (pencils), Gene Day, Jack Abel, Rick Magyar & Joe Rubinstein (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil Annual#10 (1994) - Greg Wright (writer), Kris Renkewitz (pencils), Barnett (inks)
Heroes for Hire II#1 (October, 2006) - Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti (writers), Billy Tucci (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1 (2007)

First Posted: 11/09/2002
Last updated: 10/02/2004

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