TRISTRAM MICAWBER

Real Name: Tristram Micawber

Identity/Class: Human, psychic

Occupation: Psychic detective

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Batroc's Brigade, Baron Helmut Zemo, Skeleton Crew

Enemies: Captain America, Diamondback

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New Orleans, Louisiana

First Appearance: Captain America I#357 (September, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Tristram Micawber possessed "second sight", the psychic ability to see into the past and present (but not the future). His powers were most strong when he could examine an object possessed by the person or event he was investigating.

History: (Captain America I#357/2) - Tristram Micawber was hired by Baron Helmut Zemo to assist him in locating the fragments of the Bloodgem once possessed by Ulysses Bloodstone, in the hopes of using it to reanimate his deceased father, Heinrich Zemo. Micawber used his psychic powers on the skeleton of Bloodstone, and recounted the hero's life to Zemo and his other hired associates, Batroc's Brigade. After Batroc's Brigade found Diamondback spying upon them and defeated her, Micawber used his powers to determine who she was, and informed Zemo, who had her sealed up inside the crate Bloodstone's skeleton had come from. Zemo kept a section of Bloodstone's ribcage so that Micawber could use it to track down the Bloodgem fragments.

(Captain America I#358 -BTS) - Micawber led Zemo and Batroc's Brigade to the Amazon, where they found the fragment in the possession of an Incan tribe, only to be taken captive themselves.

(Captain America I#359/1) - After his allies escaped the Incans, Micawber helped lead them to safety, and he set them on their course to the next fragment, at Bermuda.

(Captain America I#360/1) - While Batroc's Brigade dived for the fragment, Diamondback invaded Zemo's boat to steal his fragments, and overpowered Zemo, but Micawber picked up an uzi to defend the Baron. However, Diamondback managed to strike Micawber down with one of her trick diamonds, and he was struck unconscious.

(Captain America I#361/1) - Although they lost their fragments to Diamondback, Micawber led his allies to Egypt, but was still weak from the concussion Diamondback gave him, and could not leave his bed. Baron Zemo took care of him, and Micawber informed Zemo that another party was seeking the fragments aside from Captain America and Diamondback.

(Captain America I#362/1) - Micawber was brought to Tokyo as they searched for the final fragment, but he remained too weak to leave his bed.

(Captain America I#370 (fb) - BTS) - In the aftermath of the Bloodstone affair, with Zemo seemingly dead, Captain America brought Micawber back to America with him.

(Captain America I#370) - Micawber was helping a client locate her missing son when Crossbones and Mother Night burst into his office, demanding that he assist them in locating the Red Skull, who had been captured by Magneto. Micawber insisted that they pay him $1,000,000, but Crossbones gave him only $100,000, and forced him to accept it. With a necktie that the Red Skull had once left in Mother Night's quarters, Micawber was able to sense his location, buried in a graveyard. Micawber led them to the exact site where the Red Skull had been buried alive, but was so overcome with stress that he suffered a heart attack. The Skeleton Crew ignored him, and dug up the Red Skull. Afterwards, they brought Micawber's lifeless body back with them.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Kieron Dwyer and Al Milgrom.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Tristram Micawber should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Captain America I#357/2, page 5, panel 1
Captain America I#370, page 8, panel 3


Captain America I#359-362 (October-November, 1989) - Kieron Dwyer & Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#370 (May, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Last updated: 07/12/04

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