JACKPOT, The One-Armed Bandit
Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: Gambler, Assassin
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Farrell; formerly Archie Sloan;
presumably the Band of the Bland (Black Hole/Morton Kribbee, Sitting Bullseye/Oliver Bedwette, Spanker/Fred Hovel, Tillie the Hun/Matilda von Tromp), le Beaver (Pierre Dentfris), Black Talon (Thibodaux Boudreaux), Bzzk'joh, Dr. Angst (Floyd Mangles), Jokester, Greedy Killerwatt, Kong Lomerate, Maller, Pro-Rata, Puffin, Quizling, and Wally Sidney (see comments);
unrevealed relationship with Brotherhood of Evil Prepositions (Amonger, Arounder, Betweener, Of, Underneather, Withiner), Galactongue
Enemies: Cleft Chin,
Howard the Duck, Archie Sloan, Beverly Switzler, unidentified mafia
presumably Andy the Angel, Chirreep, Jennifer Kale, Korrek, Master C'haaj, Hemlock Shoals, Claude Starkowski (see comments);
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The One-Armed Bandit
Base of Operations: Cleveland, Ohio (of course)
First Appearance: Howard the Duck II#1/2 (October, 1979)
Powers: Jackpot is a walking slot
machine. While he is missing his left arm, his right arm triggers
the rolls in his eyes. If they come up in a match (which they
always did), he would spew volumes of coins from his mouth. He
apparently created the coins from his own matter or energy
stores, as he could be exhausted (and nauseated) by too frequent
and/or rapid use of his power. He could spew a surfeit, nay, a
plethora of coins--enough to bury and suffocate a person, or to
stop a moving car. Each of the coins serves as Jackpot's calling
cards, as they are all distinctly marked with his name.
In addition, he is a compulsive gambler. He is more than willing to use his powers to take out competitors, or players in a game, in order to improve his odds of victory.
History: The source of Jackpot's powers
"I once bet an arm and a leg against a mafia chieftain that I could pull off a heist before the he could. I lost the arm--but I made off with the leg and the loot! Since then he learned that there's no such thing as too big a gamble for--Jackpot, the One-Armed Bandit!"
(Howard the Duck II#1/2) - Jackpot bet on
Farrell, a marathon runner, to win the Cleveland Marathon.
Jackpot made a deal with the promoter of the Marathon, Archie
Sloan, to fix the race. However, the race "got too big
for a fix," and Sloan tried to weasel out of it.
Jackput punished his reneging by burying him under a pile of
coins, killing him.
Jackpot then decided to take matters into his own hands and ensure his own victory. Cleft Chin, another runner, was running in the lead. Jackpot drugged a drink that Cleft grabbed as he raced by. Chin soon passed out, but correctly suspecting foul (or is that fowl?) play, Howard the Duck pulled the runner into his cab and decided to help him. Beverly reasoned, "Someone cheated to keep Cleft out of the Marathon...We've got the cheat to keep him in!"). Anyway, they drove Cleft along the race course.
rushed in front of Howard's cab and stopped it with a deluge of
coins. Howard attempted to fend off Jackpot, using his Quak Fu
skills. Jackpot recognized the fighting style of a devotee of
Master Chaaj, but knocked Howard back with (you guessed it!)
a burst of coins. Beverly rushed to Howard's aid, but Jackpot
turned to unleash his crushing coinage on her. Howard jumped on
Jackpot's back and triggered Jackpot's right arm
repeatedly--exhausting his token stores, and giving him a bad
case of the mollygrubs in the process. Howard and Beverly left
Jackpot sprawled out on the ground, moaning "Gaak--Barf!
Oy, my stomach!"
Howard and Beverly rushed Cleft Chin to the finish line and helped him cross it--the winner!
(Steve Gerber's unpublished script for Howard the Duck#1 "Secret Crisis II" (fb) - BTS) - Jackpot was transported -- along with Dr. Angst and the Band of the Bland (Black Hole, Sitting Bullseye, Spanker, Tillie the Hun), le Beaver, Black Talon, Bzzk'joh, Dr. Bong, Jokester, Greedy Killerwatt, Kong-Lomerate, Maller, Pro-Rata, Puffin, and Quizling -- to within a giant fire hydrant-like construct in an interdimensional space between Reality-616 and Reality-791021 (mirroring the storyline generated by the dark matter-powered Poporb of Krylorian techno-artist Chirreep).
In addition to this construct, a motorhome (specifically a Winnebago)-like structure -- containing Andy the Angel, Dakimh the Enchanter, Jennifer Kale, Korrek the Barbarian, Man-Thing, Master C'haaj, Hemlock Shoals, Claude Starkowski -- was also present.
Gerber's unpublished script for Howard the Duck#1 "Secret Crisis II")
- After Howard the Duck encountered the Winnebago group, Hemlock Shoals
identified the hydrant group. Dakimh noted that, apart from their evil,
to have little in common...except that they all wanted Howard dead.
The monstrous mouth known as Galactongue subsequently appeared and disgorged an entire galaxy. As the contents formed a planet with an immense office building, the Brotherhood of Evil Prepositions (Amonger, Arounder, Betweener, Of, Underneather, Withiner) then arrived and challenged both groups to "Play both ends against the middle, and all you desire shall be yours."
Both groups were transported to the office building on the planet formed from contents disgorged by Galactongue; Jackpot's group arrived in the boardroom, while Howard's group arrived in the mailroom.
(Steve Gerber's unpublished script for Howard the Duck#1 "Secret Crisis II") - Jackpot was on Dr. Angst's side of the table (with Angst on Kong Lomerate's left), second from the end of the table, between Spanker and Black Talon.
(Steve Gerber's unpublished script for Howard the Duck#1 "Secret Crisis II" - BTS) - Kong Lomerate led the villains in a plot to destroy the other group.
Comments: "Suggested" by Mark Gruenwald. Plotted by Bill Mantlo and Gene "The Dean" Colan.
"Jackpot! That's the name and the game! I'll wager you've never heard of me--but I've got a style that'll roll your bones!"
Somewhere, up above, I suspect Mark
Gruenwald is looking down at this and saying, "...mmm...you
don't really have to credit me for this one..."
That's ok, Jackpot only appeared in eight pages, and so the obvious gag didn't have time to get too old. I liked it, anyway.
Gerber's unpublished Howard the Duck story
STRATEGIES! RUG-PULLING! DEATH! NEW
CLOTHES! MORE DEATH! PLUS-- IN CASE
YOU MISSED IT IN 1974-- THE ORIGIN OF
HOWARD THE DUCK! ALL IN THE ASTOUNDING
CONCLUSION OF "SECRET CRISIS II"--
REALITY: ITS PREVENTION AND CURE!
The Marathon Runner sabotaged by Jackpot, and
assisted by Howard and Beverly.
--Howard the Duck II#1/2
The head of Bets-R-Off Race Promotions,
he agreed to fix the bet for Jackpot, but was killed by him when
he tried to back out of the deal.
--Howard the Duck II#1/2
Howard the Duck II#1 (October, 1979) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Mike Golden (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Rick Marschall (editor)
unpublished Howard the Duck story by Gerber - 1985
First posted: 07/12/2002
Last updated: 12/15/2021
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