Real Name: Count Barzon
Occupation: Count of Bodavia
Affiliations: Hal Doerner, Baroness Leah
Enemies: Sigjid Roskoff, the Falcon
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Bodavia
First Appearance: Marvel Premiere#49 (August, 1979)
Powers: The Silencer possessed no superhuman powers. He wielded a gun which could remove the ability of speech from whoever it struck.
History: (Marvel Premiere#49)- Count Barzon accepted an assignment from the Bodavian Freedom Party to kill the troublesome Sigjid Roskoff, an outspoken editorializer. Taking on the identity of the Silencer, Barzon captured him at the Bodavian embassy in New York, then made him write a confession retracting his editorials before killing him.
Barzon took on the costume again, possibly to throw off suspicion, by attacking a Communist rally. He was opposed by the Falcon, but escaped after throwing a grenade, which the Falcon was forced to dispose of.
At a rally in Roskoff's honor, Barzon arranged for a two-bit thug named Hal Doerner to appear as the Silencer, to throw off suspicion. However, Barzon had planned to murder Doerner, and by killing him, believed that no one would suspect his double identity.
However, Roskoff had left a clue in his confession letter, which the Falcon was able to discern, and capture Barzon, turning him over to the police.
Comments: Created by Mark Evanier, Sal Buscema and Dave Simons.
Baroness Leah was a prominent Bodavian who greeted Falcon at the embassy's party, and introduced him to Roskoff. She was a friend of Barzon's, but was apparently unaware he was the Silencer.
Sigjid Roskoff was a promiment member of Bodavian society whose speeches regarding patriotism and civil rights inflamed many readers. Barzon made Roskoff sign a letter saying he renounced all he had said, then killed him to make money from the Bodavian Freedom Party, but before dying, he left a clue which the Falcon was able to solve-- dots over certain letters in his letter: "O, T, T, F, F, S, S, E, N". One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine-- the count.
Hal Doerner was a thug hired by Barzon to dress up as the Silencer to throw suspicion off himself. Barzon killed Doerner in costume so he would be unable to talk.
by Prime Eternal
The Silencer should not be confused with:
Marvel Premiere#49 (August, 1979) - Mark Evanier (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Last updated: 06/12/11
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