SUPERCHARGER

Real Name: Ronald "Ronnie" Hilliard

Identity/Class: Mutated human; technology user

Occupation: Anti-superhuman activist and terrorist

Group Membership: Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil

Affiliations: Griffin, Icemaster, Lightmaster, Quicksand, Ruby Thursday, Schizoid Man, Silk Fever, Former client of Maxie Schiffman

Enemies: Guardsmen, Spider-Man, Thunderbolts (Atlas, Charcoal, Citizen V (Helmut Zemo), Hawkeye, Jolt, MACH-1, Songbird, Techno), X-Men (Mimic, Rogue)

Known Relatives: Lyman Hilliard (father, deceased)

Aliases: None

Place of Birth: New York City, New York

Base of Operations: A prison in Upstate New York;
formerly the Raft, Ryker's Island;
formerly Mount Charteris, near Burton Canyon, Colorado

Appearances: (cameo) Amazing Fantasy II#17 (January, 1996); (full) Amazing Fantasy II#18 (March, 1996)

Powers/Abilities: Supercharger is a "living battery" capable of absorbing, storing, and releasing great amounts of electricity. The upper limit of Supercharger's ability to store electricity is unknown, but he has been observed to absorb and store several hundred thousand volts. He can discharge this energy through physical contact or as destructive lightning-like bolts. However, Supercharger seems unable to generate electrical energy himself, and is dependent on a power source. In addition, sufficiently efficient conducting mechanisms can conduct away his stored power against his will. As such he has at times worn a battery pack on his back containing several thousand volts of current. The pack is connected to his wrists by cables, and provides him with a supply of electrical current in the absence of any other power source.

History: (Amazing Fantasy II#18 (fb))- The man called Supercharger was the son of a scientist interested in the sudden, large number of superhuman crimefighters who had appeared in recent times. As a young man, Supercharger collected data for his father, who wished to study the implications the existence of such superhumans had on the science of biology, particularly in the field of induced mutations. However, the generators that the future Supercharger's father used to power his equipment were incapable of supplying enough power for his experiments, and as a result they exploded. Though Supercharger's father was killed, Supercharger himself gained his superhuman powers as a result of the accident. Mentally unbalanced by the tragedy, Supercharger became convinced that the existence of superhumanly powerful beings was a threat. Moreover, Supercharger was frustrated by the fact that the public was fascinated by and even supportive of the exploits of such "superheroes" as the Avengers and the Fantastic Four.

(Amazing Fantasy II#17)- Supercharger walked into the office of Max Shiffman, who initially mistook him for a Spider-Man imitator.

(Amazing Fantasy II#18)- Seeking a public forum, Supercharger learned that publicity agent Maxwell Shiffman, who represented Spider-Man at the time, was looking for more superhumans to represent. Supercharger accepted an offer to appear on a popular live entertainment program, "It's Amazing," along with Spider-Man. Both Spider-Man and Shiffman believed that Supercharger was merely another entertainer, as did the staff of the television show. However, Supercharger took the entire audience hostage in order to espouse his anti-superhuman views, and planned to murder them in order to provide an example of the dangers posed by superhuman beings. After a brief battle, Spider-Man managed to use the studio's equipment to drain away Supercharger's power before he could harm the audience. Presumably he was left for the police.

BTS- Supercharger's activities in the years following his initial defeat are unknown.

(Thunderbolts I#24-25)- Supercharger joined the new Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil and participated in the Masters' plot to extort a massive sum of money from the world's nations in the hopes that the scheme would create a public perception that superhuman beings were inherently dangerous. However, Supercharger and the rest of the Masters were opposed and defeated by the superhuman adventurers called the Thunderbolts, and Supercharger was once again placed in police custody.

(X-Men Legacy#275 (fb) - BTS) - Supercharger was transferred to a prison in Upstate New York.

(X-Men Legacy#275) - Ruby Thursday, Griffin, Schizoid Man, Icemaster, Quicksand, Silk Fever, Supercharger, and Lightmaster staged a prison break, but were stopped by Rogue and Mimic, as well as Guardsmen.

Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek and Paul Lee.

Amazing Fantasy II#16-18 was a prestige format series about the days just following Spider-Man gaining his powers. They're quite literally the "prequel" to Amazing Spider-Man v.1, as well as the Untold Tales of Spider-Man series also by Busiek. It really captures the feel of Lee/Ditko, but has a modern sensibility as well.

Editor Caliban's Side Note: Which issue is the 'first' appearance of Supercharger has always been a sore spot with me. His first appearance is properly Amazing Fantasy 17, not 18. He appears for two panels. But the Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual still lists his first appearance as Amazing Fantasy 18. Back in Thunderbolts 25, Kurt Busiek ran a contest to idenitfy the first appearances of all 25 members of Crimson Cowl II's Masters of Evil. Being a Marvel trivia geek extraordinaire, this contest was exactly what I had waited for my entire life. I actually did win that contest (my name is in Thunderbolts 29), but only with 24 correctly identified (except for Shockwave, but that's another story). Busiek didn't accept Amazing Fantasy 18 (my answer) for Supercharger's first appearance, he wanted issue 17. Which is technically true, although even his editor had got it wrong when Busiek was doing a profile for the annual, and I used that as a source. But no one else got all 25 correct, so I still was the winner, so I can't really complain. Busiek himself noted after seeing this entry: "If they go there, though, they'll get the impression that I ran the "Identify the Masters of Evil" contest in THUNDERBOLTS, and cruelly banned the winner from having an even better score! It was Brevoort!" (BTW - The most obscure one that almost everyone else missed was Icemaster, whose first appearance was in Hostess ads in the month of December, 1979)

Supercharger has an entry in the Spider-Man - Back in Black Handbook. His real name and the name of his father were revealed in this entry.

Profile by: Omar Karindu

Clarifications:
Supercharger has no known connection to:

The new Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil should not be confused with:

Crimson Cowl (Justine Hammer) is not to be confused with:

The Thunderbolts, members of past Masters of Evil in heroic guises, should not be confused with:


images: (without ads)
(Supercharger main image)
Amazing Fantasy#18, Cover (Superacharger VS Spider-Man)


Appearances:
Amazing Fantasy II#17 (January, 1996) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Paul Lee, Terese Nielsen, Alexi Taylor, Greg London & Ken Meyer Jr. (artists), Sarra Mossoff (editor)
Amazing Fantasy II#18 (March, 1996) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Paul Lee (artist), Sarra Mossoff (editor)
Thunderbolts I#24 (March, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#25 (April, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Al Vey & Bob Wiacek (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Men Legacy#275 (2012) - Christos Gage (writer), David Baldeon (penciler), Jordi Tarragona (inker), Dan Ketchum (editor)


Last updated: 11/13/13

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