The PLANNER

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human, technology user

Occupation: Would-be criminal mastermind

Group Membership: Leader of a small gang

Affiliations: His gang

Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Peerless Planner, Master Planner (see comments);
impersonated Captain America

Base of Operations: An abandoned subway station in New York City

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#87/2 (March, 1967)

Powers: The Planner is, as his name indicates, a criminal strategist of some skill. He uses a "proton gun" taped to his right forearm. The gun fired a beam that could penetrate most materials. He apparently invented or has access to other advanced technology.

History: The Planner's history is largely unknown.

(Tales of Suspense I#87) - Already an established crime boss, the Planner explained to his gang that he would impersonate Captain America to draw the hero out. The Planner sought Cap's shield, which he considered the greatest defensive weapon of all time. He also erroneously believed that Cap was still using electronics in his shield provided by Tony Stark. Costumed as Cap, the Planner robbed a number of banks in New York City with his gang, claiming that he was Captain America and that he wanted payment for all his public service.

Soon, police and reporters surrounded Avengers Mansion, seeking answers from Cap. Hoping to further the hysteria, the Planner struck at a jewelry store. Captain America, back at the mansion, decided that he knew where the Planner was hiding and walked into his secret headquarters. After defeating the Planner's gang, Cap encountered the Planner himself. After Cap punched him once, the Planner fled along a secret route into an electric plant, and began firing on Cap with the proton gun. Cap, unfazed, charged ahead and quickly beat the Planner. As the Planner ranted about the devices in the shield, Cap indignantly corrected him, saying that the shield was not gimmicked and that a weapon is only as good as its wielder.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, and Jack Sparling.

Something of a fill-in issue, this story was odd in several respects. The villain is pretty weak, but for some reason he gets lots of screen time. Cap's only in the last 4 pages of the story, and when he does appear he magically knows where the Planner is hiding!

Cap explains that his shield isn't gimmicked for "the final time" in this story. In early issues of Avengers and in his first few Tales of Suspense solo stories, Cap used a shield full of gimmicks provided by Tony Stark. The electronic shield contained magnets enabling it to return to Cap's arm, as well as a number of other devices. He eventually used his old shield again, by at least Tales of Suspense I#62. In that issue, a gang of convicts wanted Stark's magnetic gadgets, but like the Planner, learned that Cap had ditched them altogether. It's been retconned somewhere that in any Silver Age story where the shield appears damaged or destroyed (as in Avengers I#35), it's one of the Stark shields.

Throughout ToS#87, he's referred to as the Planner, or the Peerless Planner. In the Essential Captain America, which reprints the story (and which I used for the initial reference), the word "Peerless" is replaced by "Master." I'm guessing that this replacement took place in an early reprint of the story, which was in turn used as the source for the reprint in Essential. I'm not sure why this would have been done, given the fact that there was already another Master Planner (see Clarifications). I'm guessing confusion by the reprinter, or perhaps and attempt to make a more impressive name, but who knows? At any rate, I fell for the switcheroo job like a blind roofer. Caught the switch when I dug out the original for images.--Snood.

Profile by Omar Karindu.

Clarifications: The Planner, aka Master Planner, is not to be confused with:

His gang is not to be confused with:


The Planner's gang wore sci-fi costumes. They also had a car with a huge jet engine on the back. Captain America defeated all of them with a single ricocheting throw of his shield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Appearances:
Tales of Suspense I#87/2 (March, 1967) - Roy Thomas (writer), Jack Sparling (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Stan Lee (editor)


Last updated: 10/02/11

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