Real Name: William Taurens
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: Professional criminal
Legal Status: American Citizen with criminal record
Group Membership: Former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II;
formerly Death Squad (Melter, Whiplash), Frightful Four (Dreadknight, Trapster, Wizard), Vil-Anon (Big Wheel, Armadillo, Equinox, Hypno-Hustler, Schizoid Man)
Affiliations: Aragorn, Basilisk,
(Quincy McIver), Dragon Man, Frog-Man,
(Isaac Christians), Griffin, Grizzly, Hercules, Kangaroo (Brian Hibbs), Mandrill,
Mongoose, Punisher (Frank Castle), Rhino, Swarm,
Vulture (Adrian Toomes);
Formerly Black Lama, Freak-Face, Itch, Kyknos, Matador, Mister Kline, Owl, Professor, Rogue;
former ally of Constrictor, Tombstone, Warhawk, AIM Weapon Expo;
possibly Bova, A Minotaur, and Toro Rojo
Enemies: Absorbing Man, A.I.M., Dia and George Alec, Black Widow (Romanoff), Dr. Cargill, Cat (Greer Nelson, now Tigra), Daredevil, Phillip Diamond, Grizzly (Max Markham), Hendersons, Hulk, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Itch, Rick Jones, Professor Brent Kerwin, Kraven the Hunter (Alyosha Kravinoff), Ivan Petrovitch, Professor, Alan & Clay Quartermain, Rangers (Phantom Rider (Hamilton Slade), Shooting Star, Texas Twister), Right Riders, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Thing, Turbine, Warhawks
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Minotaur (in the next issue caption in Daredevil I#78), Savage, Bull Taurus
Base of Operations: A prison in Upstate New York;
formerly the Raft, Ryker's Island;
formerly mobile across the United States of America;
formerly the Vault, Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Place of Birth: Camden, New Jersey
First Appearance: Daredevil I#78 (July, 1971)
Powers/Abilities: Man-Bull possesses superhuman strength, primarily in his upper torso and back, resulting from a twenty-fold increase in the efficiency of his muscles, skeleton, and overall endurance. His improved reflexes have offset the increase in muscle density and his reaction time remains about the same as when human. His skin has become tougher, callus-like so that most of his body's exposed skin areas can resist the penetration of small-caliber bullets. He can lift (press) about 2800 pounds repeatedly for about an hour before tiring, and his peak strength appears to vary from Class 10 to Class 50. He possesses dense horns, one growing from each side of his forehead, and eventually developed a bull-like tail. He also has a large build-up of muscle in his upper back and possibly some spinal deformity (kyphosis), resulting in an almost hunchback appearance. His charging posture is particularly devastating to modern building materials. He is able to run through cinderblock, wood paneling, and compound materials such as steel-reinforced concrete without injury.
Man-Bull's psyche was deleteriously altered, aggravating his normally hostile mentality. When engaged in combat, his body's adrenalin reaction can elevate him into hysterical, all-consuming rage, making him extraordinarily dangerous.
More recently, Man-Bull has undergone even further degeneration, resulting in increased strength and durability (sufficient to combat the gray Hulk), at the cost of further decreasing his intellect. When last seen, the Man-Bull was no longer able to speak. In the past he has used a serum to transfer between human and Man-Bull forms, but this no longer seems to be the case.
There is some evidence that at least on one occasion he might have been able to influence the activities of real bulls (actually steers), though it may be that he just used instinct to manipulate the herd mentality.
Height: Taurens: 6'; Man-Bull: 6'5" - 8' Weight: Taurens: 220 lbs; Man-Bull: 450 - 650 lbs. Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Bill Taurens took the alias Bull Taurus at age 13, and he began his criminal career in adolescence when he was arrested for petty theft. Since then he was a repeat offender, in and out of prison for, among other crimes, grand larceny, arson, manslaughter, and assault with a deadly weapon.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#6 (fb) - BTS/Daredevil I#78 (fb) - BTS) - Taurens' reputation brought him into the employ of the mysterious Mr. Kline, who was enlisting strong-arm men to round up subjects for testing of an experimental serum. The serum, developed by Kline's agent, the Professor, was based on mutated enzymes extracted from bulls and was designed to increase the strength and musculature of potential henchmen.
(Daredevil I#78) - Taurens, alongside Itch, Freak-Face, and another unnamed man, assaulted George and Dia Alec, intending to claim George as a test subject. The Dias were saved by Daredevil who drove off their attackers. Having failed to acquire suitable test subjects, Taurens then was forced to serve as the guinea pig himself. After receiving an injection from the Professor, he mutated into a humanoid bull. Taurens, now Man-Bull, was disoriented by the transformation, but was pleased when Itch managed to drug Daredevil and bring him before him for revenge.
(Daredevil I#79) - In front of his allies, Man-Bull attacked Daredevil, eventually smashing him through a wall and into the harbor, after which he assumed the hero to have died. Itch, Freak-Face, and the others then kidnapped George and Dia Alec, arriving just as the Professor gave a report on Man-Bull to Mr. Kline. Daredevil arrived to rescue the Dias again and Man-Bull pursued Daredevil, who eventually tripped him into a building. Man-Bull was knocked out in the collision and reverted back to Bill Taurens, who was taken away by the police.
(Daredevil I#95 (fb) - BTS) - Taurens was imprisoned in Manhattan's "Tombs" prison.
(Daredevil I#95) - Itch used a rifle to fire a capsule containing a syringe filled with the Professor's bull extract into Bull's cell in Tombs. Taurens used the serum to transform back into Man-Bull and break out of prison. Seeking vengeance, Man-Bull and Itch traveled to San Francisco, where they used a runaway car to flush out Daredevil. However, Man-Bull then decided to instead tackle the Black Widow, Daredevil's girlfriend. Itch side-swiped the Black Widow's car, driven by her friend Ivan Petrovich. Ivan punched out Itch, but was then swatted unconscious by Man-Bull. After dodging Man-Bull's attacks, the Widow took Ivan and fled, making sure Ivan was alright. She and Daredevil then tracked Man-Bull to a jewelry store he was looting, but while the Man-Bull drew Daredevil's attention, Itch shot Daredevil in the shoulder dropping him.
(Daredevil I#96) - The Widow held her own against the Man-Bull, who fled when the police approached, while she was forced to stay behind to get Daredevil to a hospital. Later, Man-Bull and Itch linked back up with the Professor, who supplied them with a chemical they injected into the city water supply. However, Man-Bull then flew into a sudden rage and assaulted Itch, after which he was confronted by the Widow. Eventually he managed to ram her, and he left her unconscious on the ground. The chemical in the water began to take effect, transforming those who drank it into Man-Bull creatures; the real Man-Bull confronted the Professor, revealing that he did not intend to use the chemical to blackmail the city for the antidote, but rather just to use it to transform others permanently and make them suffer. He attacked the Professor when he objected, but Daredevil, still weakened by the gunshot wound, located Man-Bull and goaded him into charging him. Daredevil sidestepped and wrapped the rope to a heavy anchor around him, and the Man-Bull fell from the dock and sank into the harbor.
(Claws of the Cat#4 (fb)) - Man-Bull returned to human form, slipped from the ropes, and then paid a brutal visit to the Professor. Taking the Professor's money and entire cache of serum, he fled, relocating to Chicago.
(Claws of the Cat#4) - At a bar, Taurens accosted Greer Nelson and her friend Sally, only to get knocked down by Greer and then driven off by a group of angry bar patrons who didn't appreciate his rough approach with the women. Taurens went into the bathroom, took his serum, transformed into Man-Bull and then trashed the bar. Greer became the Cat and confronted Man-Bull and held her own against him, but he managed to free a herd of steers and drive them into a stampede. Despite this, the Cat still eventually managed to floor him, knocking him out with a large pipe, and he reverted to Taurens again. Without his leadership, the steers trampled his inert body in their rush to return to their pen, and the Cat called an ambulance for him.
(Iron Man I#72 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Bull was next recruited by Whiplash and the Melter as part of their "Death Squad" in San Diego, California, and they planned to pull off a penny-ante heist to attract Iron Man's attention so they could smash him.
(Iron Man I#72) - The "Death Squad" assaulted a comics convention, which happened to have Iron Man in attendance, but they were then confronted by the Black Lama, who promised a Golden Globe of Power to the champion in a battle between super-heroes and villains. Though this really didn't affect their plans, they attacked Iron Man, but were all eventually defeated and rounded up by the police; the Black Lama escaped.
(Daredevil I#129 (fb)) - Three months later (topical?), Man-Bull returned to New York and robbed Phillip Diamond's Jewelry Exchange, and Phillip Diamond fainted from the stress.
(Daredevil I#129 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Bull was captured by the New York Police, but when Diamond died of a heart attack six months (topical?) later, Man-Bull was charged with first degree murder. Matt Murdock served as Man-Bull's lawyer.
(Daredevil I#129) - Despite Murdock's plea that the Man-Bull committed only manslaughter, as he had no intent of killing Diamond, Man-Bull was found guilty. Enraged, Man-Bull broke out of his chains and the courtroom and went on a rampage. He was recruited by the Matador, who convinced him to steal the Golden Bull of China, the profits from which he could use to flee the US and set up residence on some secluded island. The theft attracted the attention of Daredevil, and in the ensuing fight, Man-Bull shattered the Golden Bull into pieces. After being stunned by Man-Bull, Daredevil elected to allow him to try to leave America, hoping that Taurens would turn over a new leaf. Man-Bull then met back up with Matador and attacked him for trying to use him as a pawn. Man-Bull's assault knocked the two of them into the Brooklyn Bay.
(Daredevil I#144) - Imprisoned within Ryker's Island, Man-Bull assaulted several guards, starting a riot that drew Daredevil's attention; Man-Bull managed to flatten the hero and escape with the aid of the Owl's henchmen. The Owl enlisted Man-Bull as his bodyguard and agent, sending him to retrieve Professor Brent Kerwin, hoping his work on animal serums intended to improve human physiology could cure the paraplegia his own serum had caused. However, Man-Bull resisted the plot, intending to force Kerwin to remove his own powers. Daredevil tracked down Man-Bull and smashed him into a building, knocking him out. Ironically, Kerwin admitted he would have happily helped both the Owl and Man-Bull; all they had to do was ask him.
(She-Hulk III#10 (fb) - BTS) - The Man-Bull was sent to the Vault.
(She-Hulk III#10 (fb) - BTS) - A breakout occurred at the Vault, during which time the Man-Bull escaped.
(She-Hulk III#10 (fb)) - The Man-Bull ventured into Denver, where he was defeated by neophyte hero Spider-Woman, who contained him until the Guardsmen arrived to take him back to the Vault.
(Incredible Hulk II#341 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Bull's powers caused him to degenerate into a virtually mindless form. In the American Midwest, he lived as a nomad, preying upon cattle.
(Incredible Hulk II#341) - The gray Hulk stumbled across him in mid-meal and remarked, "You're a savage one, ain't cha?" Man-Bull took the name Savage and asked the Hulk for help, but the Hulk, bothered by seeing himself in Savage, chased him off. He later mauled the Henderson family after the father shot him--to no effect--after finding him raiding their refrigerator. Later, the Hulk again confronted Savage, who wanted the Hulk to show him how to turn back into human. The two fought, and when Savage learned that the Hulk couldn't help him, he asked him to kill him instead. A crowd of farmers came rushing up and Savage refused to show any sign of humanity so they wouldn't kill him, but when he started crying they realized he was human. When they wondered how they could punish him, the Hulk said that letting him live would be punishment enough.
(Marvel Year-in-Review 1992) - Man-Bull attended the Springdale branch of the Bar with no Name, enjoying the company of Bova, Matador, Minotaur, and Toro Rojo.
(Captain America I#411, [412-413]) - Man-Bull was one of the many dozens of villains who visited the AIM Island Weapons Expo. While there, he witnessed Captain America's battle against Mad Dog, Ramrod, General Wo, and Razor-Fist while disguised as Crossbones. He was seemingly among the villains who attacked Captain America after he had to drop his disguise.
(Spider-Man: Chaos in Calgary#4 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Bull continued to deteriorate, losing the power of speech, growing a tail, and becoming even more savage. He was recruited by the Wizard to serve in his Frightful Four, alongside himself, Trapster, and Dreadknight.
(Spider-Man: Chaos in Calgary#4) - The Frightful Four appeared at a rodeo in Calgary, attempting to abduct Dr. Cargill to force him to add his expertise in physics to the Wizard's endeavors. They were opposed by Spider-Man (covering the celebration of Calgary's anniversary for the Daily Bugle), the Rangers, the Right Riders (a group of bicycle safety promoters), and Turbine (Cargill's daughter). Man-Bull fought Spider-Man to a standstill, but after being distracted by the Right Riders, he became entrapped in Spider-Man's web after Texas Twister blew it on top of him.
(New Warriors I#36 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Bull was sent to the Vault.
(New Warriors I#36) - The Man-Bull was seen in the Vault as a prisoner.
(Spider-Man Unlimited II#12 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Bull regained the ability of human speech. (see comments)
(Spider-Man Unlimited II#12 (fb)) - Armadillo, Equinox, Man-Bull, Chip Martin and Jackson Weele attended a Vil-Anon (Villains Anonymous) meeting.
(Wolverine III#30) - Alongside the Constrictor, Tombstone, Warhawk, and a number of SHIELD agents, Man-Bull assaulted an AIM facility working on developing the Null android from technology stolen from Reed Richards.
(Wolverine III#30 - BTS) - After his job was done Man-Bull returned to NYC. (see comments)
(Gravity#1) - Man-Bull (now sporting green hair) took a beating from the Thing for spilling his drink.
(Underworld#3) - Man-Bull played billiards with Dr. Octopus at the Satan's Circus bar when a badly beaten Jackie Dio entered.
(Punisher War Journal II#13 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Bull was captured by Kraven the Hunter (Alyosha Kravinoff), who sought to build a zoo full of super-powered animal-themed villains.
(Punisher War Journal II#14 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Bull was kept with Rhino, Bushmaster, Mandrill, Tiger Shark, Kangaroo (Brian Hibbs), Aragorn, Vulture (Adrian Toomes), Mongoose, Man-Bull, Dragon Man, Frog-Man, Swarm, and Grizzly. The animal-themed villains were kept in cages aboard a ship with bombs around their necks to keep them from escaping. Kraven was a cruel keeper, feeding them only occasionally.
(Punisher War Journal II#13) - Man-Bull was kept in a cage with a shock collar loaded with explosives.
(Punisher War Journal II#14) - Kraven killed Aragorn and fed the horse to the prisoners, who refused to eat. Later, Kraven used his skills and potions to drive all the captives into bestial rages. He set them loose on his sinking ship to attack the Punisher (Frank Castle).
(Punisher War Journal II#15) - The Man-Bull battled Grizzly, who knocked him out and snapped off one of his left horn.
(Dark Reign Files) - Quasimodo researched Man-Bull for Norman Osborn.
(Dark Reign: Lethal Legion#2) - Imprisoned at the Raft once again, Man-Bull fought Absorbing Man in the Annual Raft Boxing Tournament and lost to him in the final.
(Thunderbolts I#158) – Living Laser was ridiculing Man-Bull when an explosion wrecked the Raft, leading to a mass breakout of prisoners.
(Herc#3) - Man-Bull escaped the Raft with Basilisk, Griffin and Hecate on a boat.
They attempted to rob a bank in Brooklyn at Cadman Plaza, but Hercules stopped the robbery. When Griffin was shot down by the Warhawks Man-Bull aided Hercules in saving Griffin from Kyknos. Man-Bull fled with Hercules and Griffin back into the bank to escape the Warhawhs and the crowd, driven mad by fear.
(Herc#4) - Basilisk and Man-Bull watched Hercules fighting the crowd and the Warhawks. They ran away and were surprised by Griffin's more feline form. They watched as Griffin flew away with Hercules.
(Herc#5) - Basilisk and Man-Bull rejoined Hercules and Griffin to battle their way through the beasts and monsters created by Hecate's magic. They formed a plan to trick Kyknos and end his schemes. Basilisk, Man-Bull and Griffin delivered Hercules, temporarily petrified by the Shield of Perseus), to a surprised Kyknos.
(Herc#6) - Basilisk, Griffin and Man-Bull were beaten up by Kyknos, who was mad at them for seemingly taking his chance to slay Hercules by himself. He used Hercules' petrified form as weapon against them. When the stone spell ended and Hercules returned to human form the villanous trio aided Hercules against Kyknos, who was still able to overpower them all. But their battle with Kyknos brought hope to the people of Brooklyn and combined with the prayers of Hercules' worshippers the powers of Hecate's spell diverted to Basilisk, Griffin and Man-Bull and now empowered them instead of Kyknos and his followers. The three criminals were able to defeat Kyknos, who ran away, crying for help, only to be shot in the head by his former ally Helene. With the threat of Kyknos ended the trio reverted to their usual forms.
(X-Men Legacy#275 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Bull was transferred to a prison in Upstate New York.
(X-Men Legacy#275) - Still imprisoned Man-Bull volunteered to have a portion of his powers absorbed by X-Men member Rogue. His powers enabled her to thwart a prison break.
Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, Gene Colan, and Tom Palmer.
The Man-Bull had a profile
in the OHotMU I#6, @ June, 1983. For some reason, that profile listed his strength as
some weight he could lift repeatedly for an hour, which seemed to
indicate that he wasn't that strong, but had extraordinary
endurance. Seeing as how he's gone toe-to-toe with Iron Man (and
later the Hulk), he's got to be stronger than enhanced human
He also has a profile in the Marvel Knights Encyclopedia and the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update#1.
Don't go looking for Spider-Man: Chaos in Calgary#1-3. Chaos in Calgary was the 4th installment of a "Kids in Trouble" series, which was preceded by Skating on Thin Ice, Double Trouble, and Hit and Run.
The Death Squad name was only used on the cover of Iron Man I#72. They might also have chosen the "M"-Shaped-letters Squad.
Thanks to Doc Savage for pointing out Man-Bull's small appearance in New Warriors I#36.
Also thanks to Sean McKeever who confirmed Man-Bull's appearance in Gravity#1. (I just had to ask because of the new hair color)
His appearances after Spider-Man: Chaos in Calgary needed an explanation for Man-Bull's regained power of speech and the fact that his appearance became more human again over the years. After Chaos in Calgary he was first seen again in New Warriors I#36 as a prisoner of the Vault. There he was perhaps contacted by S.H.I.E.L.D. who helped him become more human again in exchange for his services. To assure them of his change he attended Vil-Anon meetings (Spider-Man Unlimited II#12 flashback). Soon afterwards he worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attack on AIM. Next he was seen in NYC which could mean that he was free to go or that he had left S.H.I.E.L.D. without permission. Back in NYC he dyed his hair and soon got into a fight with the Thing.
Profile by Snood.
No known connection to:
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#6, p31 (digitally remastered for the Marvel Knights Encyclopedia)
Daredevil I#78, p7 , panel 2 (Taurens)
last page, last panel (Man-Bull face)
Incredible Hulk II#341, p3, panel 1
Spider-Man: Chaos in Calgary#4, p23, panel 1
Herc#6, p17, pan1 (faith empowered)
Daredevil I#78-79 (July-August, 1971) - Gerry Conway & Gary Friedrich (#79) (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Daredevil I#95-96 (January - February, 1973) - Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (#95) & Ernie Chua (#96) (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Claws of the Cat#4 (June, 1973) - Linda Fite (writer), Jim Starlin & Alan Weiss (pencils), Frank McLaughlin (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Iron Man I#72 (January, 1975) - Barry Alfonso & Mike Friedrich (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#129 (January, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer), Bob Brown (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Daredevil I#144 (April, 1977) - Gerry Conway & Jim Shooter (writer), Lee Elias (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#341 (March, 1988) - Peter David (writer), Todd McFarlane (artist), Bob Harras (editor)
Marvel Year-in-Review '92 (1992) - Peter Sanderson (writer)
Captain America I#411 (January, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Spider-Man: Chaos in Calgary#4 (February, 1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Jim Craig (pencils), Dan & David Day (inks)
New Warriors I#36 (June, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), E. Craig Brasfield (pencils), Jeff Albrecht (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
She-Hulk III#10 (February, 2005) - Dan Slott (writer), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Rick Magyar (inks), Tom Brevoort, Andy Schmidt, Nicole Wiley & Molly Lazer (editor)
Gravity#1 (August, 2005) - Sean McKeever (writer), Mike Norton (pencils), Jonathan Glapion (inks), Mackenzie Cadenhead, Mark Paniccia & Joe Quesada (editor)
Wolverine III#30 (September, 2005) - Mark Millar (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Jennifer Lee, Axel Alonso & Joe Quesada (editor)
Spider-Man Unlimited II#12 (January, 2006) - by Christos Gage (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Larry Stucker (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Underworld#3 (June, 2006) - Frank Tieri (writer), Staz Johnson (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#13 (January, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Cory Walker (penciler/inker), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#14-15 (February-March, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Scott Wegener (penciler/inker), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Dark Reign Files (February, 2009) - Michael Hoskin & various others (writer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Dark Reign: Lethal Legion#2 (September, 2009) - Frank Tieri (writer), Mateus Santolouco (artist), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Herc#3 (July, 2011) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Neil Edwards (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Herc#4 (August, 2011) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Neil Edwards (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Herc#5-6 (September-October, 2011) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Neil Edwards (pencils), Cory Hamscher (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
X-Men Legacy#275 (2012) - Christos Gage (writer), David Baldeon (penciler), Jordi Tarragona (inker), Dan Ketchum (editor)
Last updated: 11/18/12
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