Real Name: Oscar Gordon

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Zodiac cartel member

Group Membership: Zodiac Cartel

Affiliations: Taurus

Enemies: Iron Man (James Rhodes), Zodiac (LMDs)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: possibly Chicago, Illinois (home base of the previous Aries)

First Appearance: Iron Man I#184 (July, 1984)

Powers/Abilities: Aries wore the horns of a ram on his head which he could use to ram opponents. He also had a knack for explosives.

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: (Iron Man I#184 (fb) - BTS) - The background of this Aries prior to joining the Zodiac Cartel is not known, but he had a friendly history with Cornelius Van Lunt. Possibly, Van Lunt appointed him to the role, as he had done with his predecessor.

(Iron Man I#184) - Aries participated in a viewscreen-only meeting with the other 11 Zodiac members, during which Taurus explained his intent to destroy Iron Man with a bomb to prevent him from investigating the cartels. When Taurus failed, he contacted Aries and asked for his assistance. Aries felt that he owed Van Lunt, and agreed to help by destroying a moving van being driven by James Rhodes and his friends, known to be friends of Iron Man.

Aries set up magnesium strips on the highway in front of the truck that would destroy it when it ran over them, but Iron Man sighted him from the air. Aries turned on the strips in an attempt to destroy Iron Man, but he was immune to the flames. Aries flung his ram horns at Iron Man, knocking himself out. He then turned Aries over to a highway patrolman.

(West Coast Avengers II#26) - Aries attended a meeting of the Zodiac cartel in Houston, Texas, in which they discussed the threat the LMD Zodiac posed to them. Before they could come to any conclusions, they learned that an LMD of Jake Fury had replaced their Scorpio, and he let in his LMD Zodiac to destroy them. Aries was slain by the LMDS.

Comments: Created by Denny O'Neil, Luke McDonnell and Steve Mitchell.

As an Aries, this Zodiac member was born between the dates March 21st and April 19th.

Aries was mistakenly colored with white skin in West Coast Avengers II#26 (unless the one from Iron Man I#184 was kicked out and replaced behind-the-scenes).

His real name was revealed in Zodiac's profile in OHotMU A-Z HC#14.

by Prime Eternal

Aries should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #20 - Zodiac entry
Iron Man I#184, page 13, panel 1

Iron Man I#184 (July, 1984) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Luke McDonnell (pencils), Steve Mitchell (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor) West Coast Avengers II#26 (November, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Mike Machlan (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)

First Posted: 01/10/2005
Last updated: 02/10/2005

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