TRIUMVIRATE of TERROR
Membership: Hammerhead, Pile-Driver, Thunderboot
Purpose: Defeat of the Avengers
Affiliations: Mad Thinker (leader)
Enemies: Avengers (Goliath (Henry Pym), Hawkeye, Hercules, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Wasp)
Base of Operations: one of the Mad Thinker's bases in Manhattan, New York
First Appearance: Avengers I#39 (April, 1967)
History: The Triumvirate of Terror are three costumed criminals outfitted and employed by the Mad Thinker.
(Avengers I#39) - Seeking to add the technology of Tony Stark to his arsenal, the Mad Thinker decided to steal it from Avengers Mansion. He decided that the Avengers would be unable to stand against them without their leader, Captain America. He planned an assault when Captain America was out of town and would be unable to help them. He sent the individual members of his Triumvirate of Terror to attack them in groups of one or two. All five active members were captured and held prisoner at their own mansion by the Thinker. However, the human "x-factor" continued to plague the Thinker, and Hercules, who had recently been banished to Earth, was staying at Avengers Mansion as well. After a night on the town, Hercules returned to the mansion. He surprised the Thinker, who sent the Triumvirate to attack him. Hercules held them off while he freed the Avengers, and the Triumvirate was quickly routed. The Thinker escaped to plan his revenge.
COMMENTS: Created by Roy Thomas and Don Heck.
All members of the Triumvirate wore costumes which protected them from injury to some degree, as well as possibly enhancing their strength. None of them were known by their real names. And they all had the first letter of their costumed names on the front of their shirts, in case you couldn't tell by their big, clunky outfits.
The Triumvirate of Terror has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook. Their real names were revealed in their profile in OHOTMU A-Z HC#12.
Hammerhead should not be confused with:
Pile-Driver should not be confused with:
Thunderboot should not be confused with:
Hammerhead (Louis Browning) acted first, ambushing Hawkeye as he sulked after having apparently lost the Black Widow. The Thinker had warned him of which arrows Hawkeye would use, so he was prepared and managed to avoid or disable them. Hawkeye temporarily got the drop on him, but he used an image of the Thinker to distract Hawkeye, enabling Hammerhead to take him out.
He wore a large metal cap on his head, which he could use as a shield or a battering ram
Hawkeye thought his costume was "from Pop-Artsville."
Pile-Driver (Jerome Whale) acted second, using a false distress signal from Hawkeye to draw Goliath and the Wasp into a trap at the future site of Mammoth Motors. He used construction equipment to drop a pile of dirt on them and then sent the steam shovel itself after them. When they evaded that, he confronted them himself. Ultimately he struck a large steel beam, causing it to flip up and take out Goliath. The Wasp was knocked out at the same time by a stray cable.
He wore large gloves which both enhanced the force of his blows and could release a powerful shock wave on impact.
Thunderboot (Moses Lewton) acted third, teleporting (along with the Thinker) into Avengers Mansion and confronting Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. He stomped the ground to knock Quicksilver into the air where he had nothing to push off of, and then dropped him with a single kick. Then following the instructions of the Thinker, he stomped his boot to create such a frequency that it caused a negative reaction in the Scarlet Witch's hex, "short-circuiting" her.
He wore large boots which both enhanced the force of his blows and could release a powerful shock wave on impact.
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Avengers I#39, p6, pan3 (Hammerhead)
p12, pan4 (Pile-Driver)
p16, pan1 (Thunderboot)
p16, pan3 (Thunderboot stomps)
Avengers I#39 (April, 1967) - Roy Thomas (writer), Don Heck (pencils), George Roussos (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 08/01/02
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