Real Name: Inoshiro N. Kondo
Identity/Class: Human, Cyborg/Mutate
Occupation: Business man
Group Membership: Head of his own business corporation
Affiliations: Beetle (Abner Jenkins), Blacklash, Blizzard (Donald Gill), Crimson Dynamo (Bukharin), Half-Face, the Space Phantom, Miyu;
has agents in many other companies, including A.I.M.
Enemies: Iron Man, Ed Deal
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Japan
First Appearance: Iron Man Annual#10 (1989); Marvel Super-Heroes III#15 (October, 1993)
Powers: Inoshiro Kondo derives his powers from Element Z. He possesses cybernetic telescoping limbs, superhuman strength, and the ability to transform himself into other substances, including smoke, oil, and diamond. By turning himself into diamond, he can create diamond claws.
History: (Marvel Super-Heroes III#15)- Inoshiro Kondo was a powerful, ruthless business man, obsessed with controlling other companies. He took even his tennis games seriously, killing one of his opponents. He was also obsessed with one day fighting, and beating Iron Man, and had built robots of Iron Man to destroy to test himself.
When Stark Enterprises employee Ed Deal contacted Kondo, wishing to purchase a sample of Element Z, Kondo believed he was working on orders from Stark himself, and had him captured and tortured. The torture session was interrupted by the arrival of Iron Man. Pleased that he would finally be able to prove himself in combat against Iron Man, Kondo went all out, and came close to defeating Iron Man-- until he grasped the box containing Kondo's Element Z. Needing the Element Z to preserve his own life, Kondo collapsed in agony. At that moment, the spectral Miyu appeared, claiming that Kondo belonged to her. She guaranteed that Kondo would never threaten a Stark employee again. Iron Man took her at her word, and departed.
(Iron Man Annual#10/2)- Sometime later, Kondo visited a "Bar With No Name", and related to his fellow patrons (Crimson Dynamo, Half-Face, the Space Phantom, Blizzard, Beetle and Blacklash) how Iron Man had foiled his plot. When Iron Man himself came in for a drink, he and the others ran away.
Comments: Created by David Kraft, Keith Pollard, and Len Kaminski.
Profile by Prime Eternal
There were four years between the publication of the Keith Pollard pin-up of Kondo, and the actual story behind it in Marvel Super-Heroes. Kaminski was likely brought in at the last minute to complete the unfinished story. As it is, the finished project is somewhat lacking in coherancy.
The official Iron Man index treats the Iron Man Annual#10 story story as canonical.
--David A. Zuckerman
"Shinma" means "God-Demon".
Miyu seems like a character of mythical origin.
I asked Will U, who said:
Closest possible: Miyazu-hime, a Japanese princess who married the divine hero Yamato-takeru. He left a mystical sword in her protection before he died in battle.
More than one person has told me this information. This is specifically from Pat Sandhop:
Miyu, the Dark Lady, has no known connection to:
He was a Stark Enterprises scientist working on the VLS-2980 Satellite Project. When Tony Stark put this project on suspension, Deal resolved to purchase Element Z from Kondo, to complete the project himself. Kondo, believing him to be working on Stark's orders, captured and tortured him. He was saved by Iron Man.--Marvel Super-Heroes III#15
aka. "Empress of the Dark", "Dark Lady", of the Shinma.Miyu gave Kondo his powers through Element Z, and watched over him to ensure he would not interfere with Iron Man again. She was apparently the true power behind, not only Kondo, but his business as well. --Marvel Super-Heroes III#15
Last updated: 02/13/03
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