TRI-MAN

Classification: Terrestrial android

Creator: Masked Marauder

User/Possessors: Masked Marauder;
created via the abilities of
Brain, Dancer, and Mangler;
loosely allied with the Gladiator (Melvin Potter)

Aliases: Tri-Android

First Appearance: Daredevil I#22 (November, 1966)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Tri-Man possessed the great (but not superhuman) strength of Mangler, the speed of Dancer, and the intellect of the Brain.

History:
(Daredevil I#22) - Seeking to prove himself worthy of heading the Maggia after the imprisonment of their former leader, Count Nefaria (@ X-Men I##23), the Masked Marauder designed the Tri-Man android. He combined the abilities of three criminals into his android and then informed the Maggia to watch his Tri-Man defeat Daredevil at Madison Square Garden. Daredevil got wind of the challenge and met the Tri-Man in the middle of the ring. However, despite the abilities of the Tri-Man, Daredevil's skills proved superior, and the android was soon on the ropes.

Knowing there was some connection between Daredevil and Foggy Nelson and Karen Page, the Masked Marauder threatened to kill his two friends if Daredevil didn't surrender.

(Daredevil I#23) - Daredevil paused to decide how to react, and the Marauder used a "levitation" device to sweep away the Tri-Man. Daredevil grabbed the Tri-Man's legs at the last minute, which is just what the Marauder had wanted, and DD arrived at his HQ in one of those nifty transparent containment tubes. The Marauder planned to add Daredevil's abilities into his Tri-Man (making him a Tetra-Man, I guess), but DD broke free. The Brain, Dancer, and Mangler each went after Daredevil, but none of them had any more luck than did the Tri-Man. DD defeated them all, as well as Gladiator, and the Maggia told the Masked Marauder to go take a long walk off a short pier.
 

Comments: Written with rapture by Stan Lee and drawn with drama by Gene Colan.

The three criminals' names were revealed in Masked Marauder's profile in OHOTMU A-Z HC#7.

Profile by Snood & Chadman

Clarifications:
This android is the predecessors of:

and is otherwise unconnected to other "Tri" or "Three" characters

Brain has no known connection to:

Mangler has no known connection to:


Brain

(Wilder Berne)

(Daredevil I#22) - A brilliant criminal mastermind, the Brain was planning another crime when he was suddenly pulled into the headquarters of the Masked Marauder and the Gladiator (Melvin Potter) by the Marauder's mighty levitation ray. There he met two other criminals, the Mangler and the Dancer, and all three willingly downloaded their skills into the mighty Tri-Man robot, which was sent to battle Daredevil. Daredevil soon defeated the android, however.

(Daredevil I#23) - Daredevil invaded the headquarters and defeated the Dancer and the Mangler in a fight, the Brain was freed to fight him. Brain grabbed two live wires to electrocute the hero, but Daredevil evaded the wires and knocked Brain over with a piece of heavy machinery.  

--Daredevil#22 (23

 

 

 


Dancer

(Ramsey Ruud) 

(Daredevil I#22) - An agile safe-cracker, the Dancer finished another heist when he was suddenly pulled into the headquarters of the Masked Marauder and the Gladiator (Melvin Potter) by the Marauder's mighty levitation ray. There he met two other criminals, the Mangler and the Brain, and all three willingly downloaded their skills into the mighty Tri-Man robot, which was sent to battle Daredevil.

(Daredevil I#23) - When Daredevil invaded the headquarters, Dancer was freed to fight him, offered a thousand dollars for the defeat. He kicked Daredevil a few times, but was spun around and tossed into the other's cages, defeated. 

--Daredevil#22 (23

 

 

 

 

 


Mangler

(Tobe Levine) 

(Daredevil I#22) - A down-and-out wrestler, the Mangler kept waiting for another wrestling match, but no one would fight him because of his brutality. He was shocked to be pulled into the headquarters of the Masked Marauder and the Gladiator (Melvin Potter) by the Marauder's mighty levitation ray. There he met two other criminals, the Dancer and the Brain, and all three willingly downloaded their skills into the mighty Tri-Man robot, which was sent to battle Daredevil.

(Daredevil I#23) - When Daredevil invaded the headquarters and defeated the Dancer in a fight, Mangler was freed to fight him. Daredevil easily evaded the dim-witted boxer and swiftly defeated him. 

--Daredevil#22 (23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Appearances:
Daredevil I#22-23 (November-December, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks)


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Last Updated: 01/23/03

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