Real Name: Josiah Carker
Identity/Class: Extratemporal (Earth-5555) Human or Alien Technology User
Occupation: Crimelord, Taxidermist
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Big Shot, Roberto "Slick" Capelldani, Plaguedog, Jules "Kneecap" Venici
Enemies: Dead Cert, Death's Head, Spratt
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Los Angeles Resettlement, Earth-5555
First Appearance: Death's Head I#3 (February, 1989)
Powers/Abilities: The Undertaker apparently has no superhuman powers. He seems to be skilled in taxidermy and related disciplines.
History: The Undertaker was a crimeboss in an alternate future Earth. Based on his bizarre complexion, he may have been an alien or part-alien. At some point, he bioengineered Plaguedog, a creature used for killing his foes.
(Death's Head I#3) - The Undertaker had Plaguedog kept in an office building. Learning that Death's Head had accepted a contract on his underlings, the Undertaker took action to deal with Death's Head. Learning of Death's Head's partner Spratt's desire to purchase an office, the Undertaker sold him a small building. The Undertaker set up Plaguedog there, telling him to wait for his intended victims.
(Death's Head I#4) - Spratt arrived to accept the keys to the office. Spratt came alone, mentioning that Death's Head was busy elsewhere. The Undertaker, undeterred, expected Plaguedog to easily destroy Spratt.
Death's Head, meanwhile, began a mission paid for and devised by Dead Cert, a rival crimelord. Death's Head wanted to incite the Undertaker into releasing Plaguedog, so that with Plaguedog out in the open, Death's Head would get a chance to slay it. To that end, Death's Head started murdering the Undertaker's lieutenants, such as "Kneecap" Venici. Anticipating that the Undertaker would use Plaguedog to protect the remaining lieutenants, Death's Head set to work.
Unknown to Death's Head, Plaguedog was at that moment hunting Spratt around the office. Spratt managed to slay Plaguedog. The Undertaker called the office expecting news of Spratt's death, but the phone only rang. Death's Head elsewhere slew "Slick" Capelldani, another Undertaker lieutenant. Disappointed at not encountering Plaguedog, he returned to his office to find Plaguedog's corpse, much to his to his joy .
The Undertaker, so as to save face, hired Big Shot to kill Spratt and Death's Head.
(Death's Head I#7) - Big Shot's initial assasination attempt failed, so he met with the Undertaker at the Mortuary. Just before an operation, the Undertaker emphasized to Big Shot the importance of killing Death's Head. Though he tried again, Big Shot did not succeed.
Comments: Created by Simon Furman and Lee Sullivan.
Very little information has been revealed about the Undertaker and other characters from the first Death's Head series. Due to the fact that by 8162 space travel was common, I have extrapolated that the Undertaker may have been of alien ancestry.
The Undertaker reminds me of The Big Book of Death, put out by Paradox Press, which features much info on the mortician trade. The HBO show Six Feet Under stands as the most prominent mortician drama.
The Undertaker's real name was revealed in Death's Head (FPA)'s profile in OHotMU A-Z SC#3.
By Per Degaton. Sub-Profiles & images by MarvellousLuke
No known connection:
Big Shot has no known connection to:
Dead Cert has no known connection to:
Plaguedog has no known connection to:
Jules "Kneecap" Venici
One of the Undertaker's lieutenants, working under the alias of Kneecap. Venici kept an eye on all the Undertaker's uptown interests, living in one of the biggest and most beautiful buildings in the Los Angeles Resettlement. Highly suspicious, he figured the cake delivered to him on his birthday was actually a deadly booby trap sent by his boss' rival Dead Cert. Kneecap had his men shoot the cake as a precaution. However, they were unaware Death's Head was present, disguised as a waiter. The bounty hunter was looking for the Undertaker's pet Plaguedog, disguised himself as a waiter and blew Vinici to pieces.
--Death's Head I#4
Roberto "Slick" Capelldani
Roberto Capelldani was the Undertakers second lieutenant, going by his nickname Slick. He probably controlled the Undertaker's downtown interests. Cappeldani was attacked and killed by Death's Head who was still looking for the Undertaker's pet Plaguedog.
--Death's Head I#4
Death's Head I#3 (February, 1989) - Simon Furman (writer), Bryan Hitch (pencils), David Hine (inks)
Death's Head I#4 (March, 1989) - Simon Furman (writer), Lee Sullivan (artist)
Death's Head I#7 (June, 1989) - Simon Furman (writer), Bryan Hitch (pencils), Jeff Anderson (inks)
Last updated: 08/25/13
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