GOLDDIGGER

Real Name: Angela Golden

Identity/Class: Human athlete

Occupation: Spokesperson of Power Broker, Inc.;
former enforcer of Damon Dran

Group Membership: Power Broker, Inc. (Dr. Seth Forrest, Dr. Karl Malus, many others);
formerly Superia's Femizons

Affiliations: Battleaxe, Damon Dran, Chance, Kono Sanada, Steel Wind, Trapster (Peter Petruski)

Enemies: Melanie, Americop, Asp, Black Mamba, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Tulio Guzman, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Impala, Zachary Moonhunter, Trace (Marcia Guzman/Alicia), Trace (Emi Ishida), Trace (Nita Young/Jake)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New Orleans, Louisiana

First Appearance: Captain America I#389 (August, 1991)

Powers/Abilities: Golddigger is an athletic and skilled fighter, trained in the martial arts. She uses her feminine whiles to catch male attackers off guard. She is more useful in sneak attacks than in direct conflicts, although her strength and training would allow her to overcome those less trained in hand-to-hand combat. Diamondback took her out while fighting off a gas attack.

History:
(Captain America I#389-391, [392] ) - Golddigger was first observed as one of the costumed female criminals summoned to Superia's island as part of her plot to form an army of allies and sterilize the rest of the world. Golddigger fought Captain America and his allies there, but left when Superia's plot was defeated by them.

(Captain America I#394/2-395/1-2) - Shortly thereafter, she was at a bar when Asp and Black Mamba began their search for Snapdragon. She was among those who attacked them for their interference with Superia's plans. Impala joined Asp and Mamba to defeat the female villains Golddigger, Steel Wind and Battleaxe.

(Captain America I#428) - Golddigger was contacted by a bartender in New Orleans, when Diamondback and Zachary Moonhunter arrived and began questioning the whereabouts of Snapdragon. She pretended to offer them a lead to her, but then gassed them and brought them before her employer, Damon Dran.

(Captain America I#429-430) - She encountered several of the other vigilante's investigating Dran's child-slavery ring, including Captain America and Americop, before attempting to flee aboard Dran's helicopter. She was climbing up its ladder when it was shot down and exploded by Americop.

(Avengers: Solo#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point Angela Golden joined Power Broker, Inc.

(Avengers: Solo#4 (fb) ) - Angela Golden and Dr. Karl Malus approached Dr. Forrest for Power Broker, Inc. to fund his research. Golden assured him that he just had to plan how to spend his fee and she would take care of how it would become profitable for PBI. Forrest considered Malus and Golden's methods sloppy and records amateurish.

(Avengers: Solo#5 (fb) - BTS) - Going behind the back of Golden and Malus Forrest took the opportunity to further his pet project Pharmy with PBI's funding.

(Avengers: Solo#4 (fb) ) - Golden found additional investors for PBI's research into a super-soldier gestational formula promising the investors early access to newfound data. She lied about Captain America's support of the project.

(Avengers: Solo#3 (fb) - BTS) - Nita Young (later Jake) was experimented on with an incendiary formula, but also took other meds (hormone replacements) she didn't report, which altered the outcome of the trial.

(Avengers: Solo#4 (fb) - BTS) - Melanie was experimented on with a metabolic formula that granted her the ability to slow down her metabolism and play dead.

(Avengers: Solo#5 (fb) - BTS) - Golden promised Forrest to aid him in driving Malus out of the project. She wasn't aware Forrest was lying to her and the board of PBI and actually planned to sell his formulae to all nations that could afford it.

(Avengers: Solo#4 (fb) - BTS) - When volunteer test subjects died Forrest was forced to end the trials.

(Avengers: Solo#4 (fb) - BTS) - Golden showed Malus Forrest's notes, which showed a more profitable, less time consuming way by granting superhuman abilities to the women and not their children.

(Avengers: Solo#4 (fb) ) - Golden ousted Malus from the project and they got into a fight at Forrest's house, which was burnt down. Forrest fled, but Golden seemingly forced him to ally with her to continue the research.

(Avengers: Solo#5 (fb) - BTS) - Golden lost control over the project to Forrest, who kept vital parts of the research to himself.

(Avengers: Solo#1 (fb) - BTS) - Golden and Forrest framed former test subject Nita Young for setting fire to Seth Forrest's home, which seemingly killed Forrest (yep, he faked his own death).

(Avengers: Solo#4 (fb) - BTS) - At some point Golden started taking a formula herself and it made her sick.

(Avengers: Solo#5 (fb) - BTS) - Unbeknownst to her Forrest had tricked her and only gave her placebos, preventing her from gaining any superhuman abilities.

(Avengers: Solo#5 (fb) - BTS) - They continued their trials on criminals, who were given to them by a private prison as part of a work-release program. Forrest used a disfiguring formula on them, promising a cure to keep them in line.

(Avengers: Solo#4 (fb) - BTS) - Forrest made Golden and the mutates believe they needed to capture the successful test subjects from the women trials because according to him they were their only hope for a cure.

(Avengers: Solo#2 (fb) - BTS) - Golden and Forrest tracked down their former test subjects over the next six months.

(Avengers: Solo#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point Golden hired Trapster.

(Avengers: Solo#4 (fb) - BTS) - Trapster was in it for the strength enhancing drugs while Golden kept working on the drugs to make them suggestible, enabling her to control the disfigured criminal subjects.

(Avengers: Solo#1 (fb) - BTS) - Golden ordered Tulio Guzman, Marcia's brother, to be killed when he found out too much about their experiments and also set Hawkeye on their trail.

(Avengers: Solo#1 (fb) - BTS) - Golden hired Chance to kill Hawkeye, but he failed partially due to Trace (Marcia Guzman)'s interference.

(Avengers: Solo#1 - BTS) - Golden sent Trapster to take out Hawkeye and then go after Trace (Marcia).

(Avengers: Solo#2 (fb) - BTS) - Golden sent her drug-enhanced mercenaries to capture Trace (Marcia) and her allies. She stayed in contact with them and watched as Trace slowly lost control. Hawkeye then came to Trace's aid.

(Avengers: Solo#2) - From her limousine Golden ordered her mercs to hold their fire. She asked Hawkeye for help against the industrial saboteur Trace, who had broken into a facility, destroyed a research lab and stole data worth billions from PBI. Hawkeye wanted a look at her laptop and, realizing she could not control her mercenaries and Trace without it, destroyed the laptop. Trace pushed over Golden's limousine and joined by Hawkeye defeated the mercenaries and Trapster.

(Avengers: Solo#3 (fb) - BTS) - Golden sent a bunch of lawyers to shield Trapster and the enhanced mercs from interrogation, but not Chance.

(Avengers: Solo#4 (fb) - BTS) - Golden and Forrest planned to set up the former test subjects by either leading them to Golden or leading Golden to them after dealing with Hawkeye, who Golden was afraid would get Trapster or Chance to talk.

(Avengers: Solo#3 (fb) - BTS) - As she feared Hawkeye learned from Chance about PBI, his contact being Golden and that most of the mercs were paid with a drug. When Hawkeye left Ryker's Island he was assaulted by more drug-enhanced monstrosities sent by Golden.

(Avengers: Solo#3) - Trace (Emi), interfered and was overpowered by the mutates, who were ordered by Golden to capture her because she was their only chance for a cure. Trace hit Hawkeye with an energy blast to get him out of the way and give him a chance at following Golden's transporter on his Skycycle. Golden and the mutates took off in the transporter with Emi as their captive.

(Avengers: Solo#4) - Hawkeye passed Golden's transporter, who couldn't outpace the Avenger's Skycycle. Hawkeye and Emi successfully "freed" Dr. Forrest from Golden's transporter. Golden drove off while the heroes escaped with Forrest.

(Avengers: Solo#5) - Though they were aware Forrest was somehow setting them up Hawkeye and the others agreed to play along. Golden welcomed Forrest on board her ship on the Hudson River with Emi and Marcia as his captives.

   When Hawkeye, Trace (Nita), Emi and Marcia aided in the escape of the other former test subjects Golden sent the mutates after them. The ship was slowly sinking and Marcia was going to fight Golden, but Golden revealed that she had only received placebos from Forrest Marcia let her be and swam with Golden back to the mainland.

(Avengers: Solo#5) - Back on land Golden and two mutated survivors were hand cuffed by Hawkeye. Golden was going to tell everything she knew to the authorities because she knew how to survive in the world.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins & Danny Bulanadi.

Golddigger was only a short distance off the ground when the helicopter exploded, so I see no reason to count her among the dead, especially since she's neither Bucky (not anymore) nor Ben Parker (the only characters who ever died for good).
   And she did survive as seen in 2011's Avengers: Solo title
--Markus Raymond

I thought Golddigger was the sister of Snapdragon, but didn't see mention of it in re-reading Cap 428-430. She doesn't look Japanese, so I left it out. Anyone? Bueller?
   No! Only Kono is related to Snapdragon, who is back from the dead as well.
--Markus Raymond

 

Update by Markus Raymond: Avengers: Solo.

 

Clarifications:
Golddigger has no known relation to :


images: (without ads)
Avengers: Solo#5, p11, pan4 (main image)
Captain America I#391, p4, left side (original appearance)
Captain America I#430, p14, pan4 (working for Damon Dran)
Anvegers: Solo#3, p17, pan5 (seemingly disfigured)


Appearances:
Captain America I#390-391 (late August - early September, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#394 (November, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Larry Alexander (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#395 (December, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#428-430 (June-August, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Dave Hoover (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Avengers: Solo#1-2 (December, 2011 - January, 2012) - Jen Van Meter (writer), Roger Robinson (artist), Tom Brennan (editor)
Avengers: Solo#3 (February, 2012) - Jen Van Meter (writer), Al Barrionuevo (pencils), Raul Lopez (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Avengers: Solo#4 (March, 2012) - Jen Van Meter (writer), Roger Robinson (artist), Tom Brennan (editor)
Avengers: Solo#5 (April, 2012) - Jen Van Meter (writer), Roger Robinson & Declan Shalvey (artists), Tom Brennan (editor)


Last updated: 01/12/15

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