Real Name: Monteiro (first name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Human, conventional weaponry user

Occupation: Mercenary, employee of General Selbert (Brass)

Group Membership: Project: Glamor

Affiliations: Partner of Zahner (Corn Dog), former love slave of Demon

Enemies: Michey Ditillio, Man-Thing

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Taco Bell

Base of Operations: Casagata, Florida

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents#1/2 (September, 1988)

Powers: None. Monteiro had some, probably informal, training in armed and unarmed combat. He was also addicted to cocaine.

History: Monteiro, under the codename Taco Bell, was employed by Project: Glamor, an operation dedicated to recreating the supers soldier serum originally created by Dr. Theodore Sallis. Monteiro was partnered alongside Zahner (aka Corndog) and acted both to transport illicit drugs (the sale of which helped to fund the Project) and abduct victims to be used as test subjects for the Project. Monteiro kept some of the drugs to feed his own addiction.

Monteiro and Zahner were called in to bring down a dying super soldier in the swamps outside Casagata, and they were nearly killed by it and the Man-Thing. Monteiro and Zahner were then sent to silence reporter Mickey Ditillio (aka Rodent), who was investigating the Project. They captured him when he arrived in Casagata, but he managed to escape them and flee into the swamps. At that time, Demon, the leader of the satanic cult that also served the Project, believing she had found her demonic master in the Man-thing attempted to sever ties with the Project. Monteiro and Zahner attempted to convince her otherwise, but Zahner was forced to flee by the Man-Thing, and Monteiro was captured by the cult. Monteiro soon after fell under the sway of the psychic abilities of Demon and became her servant. When Zahner later arrived with another group of mercenaries to take down Demon and her allies, Monteiro was deemed expendable, and killed in the initial assault.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and Tom Sutton.

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Marvel Comics Presents#4, p10, pan4 (main image)

Other appearances:
Marvel Comics Presents#2 (September, 1988) - Steve Gerber (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Terry Kavanagh & Michael Higgins (editors)
Marvel Comics Presents#4-5 (October, 1988) - Steve Gerber (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#6-7 (November, 1988) - Steve Gerber (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Terry Kavanagh (editor)

Last updated: 05/01/05

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