TORPEDO

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Assassin

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Crime-Wave

Enemies: Daredevil, Willie Lincoln

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York;
    Los Angeles, California

First Appearance: Daredevil I#59 (December, 1969)

Powers/Abilities: Torpedo is a skilled athlete and hand-to-hand combatant. He uses an energy blaster which can be set to stun or kill. He also wears a hat with a razor-edged brow, which can slice through flesh, wood, and metal.

 

History:
(Daredevil I#59) - Crime-Wave had Torpedo brought in from Los Angeles in order to take out Willie Lincoln, a blind ex-cop who had encountered Crime-Wave and reported his location and operations to the police and the press. Torpedo attacked and easily overcame Lincoln and his bodyguards in the top-floor hotel room in which they were staying. Daredevil, who had been working with Lincoln as Matt Murdock, happened by in time to save Willie from being thrown from the roof. Daredevil fought Torpedo, leading him away from Willie and onto the roof. As Daredevil swung from a large pole, intending to use it to increase his kicking force, Torpedo threw his hat and sliced the pole in half. Daredevil just barely caught the edge of the roof to stop himself from falling towards certain death, but Torpedo then began stomping on his fingers. Willie Lincoln followed the sound of the fight to the roof and then targeted Torpedo's voice as he kept taunting Daredevil. Willie tackled Torpedo, knocking him off the roof, but going with him, too. Daredevil grabbed Willie, saving him, but was unable to save Torpedo, who fell to the pavement below, screaming like a little girl the whole way down.

 

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan.

When Torpedo used his razor-edged hat on Daredevil, DD commented that he didn't expect him to pull an oddjob on him. This is an obvious reference to Oddjob, the razor-edged hat throwing villain who fought James Bond in Goldfinger. Random Task, the shoe throwing villain from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, is an obvious parody of Oddjob...much like Alotta Fagina and Pussy Galore.

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connection to:

  • Torpedo (Michael Stivak) --Daredevil I#126
  • Torpedo, Brock Jones, Stivak's successor, @ Daredevil I#126
  • Torpedo Sue, the first name taken by Mickey Musashi after hearing a Rocketeer trying to say, "the Torpedo suit," and being cut off after "Torpedo su--", @ New Warriors I#73
  • Torpedo Taylor, @ Navy Combat#1
  • Turbo, Mickey Musashi, @ New Warriors I#28
  • Turbo, Michael Jeffries, @ New Warriors I#28, 33

  • Appearances:
    Daredevil I#59 (December, 1969) - Roy Thomas (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Syd Shores (inker), Stan Lee (editor)


    Last updated: 05/10/11

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