Real Name: Rufus Carter

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Mercenary, former CIA agent

Group Membership: None
formerly: CIA

Affiliations: Shang-Chi, Leiko Wu, Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Jock McBride

Enemies: Nicholas Blair, Oryx,
Mr. McKinnon

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Super-Midnight Carter; One-Eyed Carter

Base of Operations: London, England; formerly, United States

First Appearance: Master of Kung Fu I#96 (January, 1981)

Powers: None. Rufus is an extremely gifted kickboxer and martial artist, despite his lack of a left eye.

History: (Master of Kung Fu I#99 (fb))- Carter's earliest known CIA mission was to investigate a munitions shipment from Israel to England that Libyan agents were rumored to be planning to sabotage. Carter went to Jerusalem to met with an informer, but the informer was slain by an assassin, only managing to reveal that the sabotage would be carried out by a double agent.

(Master of Kung Fu I#96)- Five months later, on a mission in London, Carter met Shang-Chi and Leiko Wu of Freelance Restorations, who were purposefully directed to one of Carter's karate matches so he could enlist them in a plan to prevent Yugoslavian agents from obtaining intelligence files on Samisdat (who, unknown to the CIA, had already been defeated by Shang-Chi and his friends in Master of Kung Fu#95).

Shang successfully recovered the worthless Samisdat files from the Yugoslavian agent Oryx, and Carter informed him afterwards that he was leaving the CIA.

(Master of Kung Fu I#99)- Some time later, Carter was contacted by his former superior in the CIA, Nicolas Blair, who informed him that the CIA planned to allow the sabotage from his earlier case to occur so they could smoke out the double agent. Carter disaproved of the plan, and when he vowed to stop the saboteur, Blair shot him in the arm.

Journeying to Stormhaven Castle, headquarters of Freelance Restorations, Carter told his story to Sir Denis Nayland Smith, and requested Shang's aid in stopping the sabotage. He and Shang successfuly stowed aboard the ship, and discovered that the double agent was really Blair! Together, they defeated Blair, but failed to prevent the ship from being destroyed.

(Master of Kung Fu I#120)- On his first mission as a private agent, Carter again came to Shang-Chi for aid. This time, his employer was Jock McBride, a Scottish landowner in danger of having his land stolen by Mr. McKinnon, a man attempting to recover a fortune in gold buried in a coffin on McBride's property. They were successful in the case, and refused to be paid, encouraging McBride to use the gold to rebuild his castle.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark listed Carter as a sympathizer of the Initiative.

Comments: Created by Doug Moench and Mike Zeck.
Moench revealed on the letters page that he was inspired by a package of carbon paper called "Carter's Super Midnight" to use it as a story title.

Moench had intended for Carter to become a member of the Freelance Restorations cast, but those plans were derailed by Zeck's sudden departure from the series.

by Prime Eternal

Rufus Carter is of no known relation to:

Master of Kung Fu I#96 (January, 1981) - Doug Moench (writer), Mike Zeck (pencils), Gene Day (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Master of Kung Fu I#99 (April, 1981) - Doug Moench (writer), Mike Zeck (pencils), Gene Day (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Master of Kung Fu I#120 (January, 1983) - Doug Moench (writer), Gene Day (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)

Last updated: 11/19/02

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