Real Name: Mike Clemson

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Intelligence operative

Group Membership: Commission on Superhuman Activities, The Conclave

Affiliations: Diabolique, Foolkiller (Greg Salinger), Revengers, Reverend Nice (former) Deathweb, The Manipulator

Enemies: Avengers, Sam Buchanan, Deathweb, Doc Samson, The Manipulator, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Vengeance

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Clem"

Base of Operations: Washington, D.C.

First Appearance: Iron Man I#214 (January, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: Clemson occasionally carries handguns when involved in combat.

History: (Spider-Woman II#4 (fb, BTS))- Years ago, Mike Clemson was in love with Elizabeth Wesselman, but she wound up marrying Walter Cornwall. Clemson bore a grudge against Cornwall from that day forth, eventually becoming an employee of the Commission on Superhuman Activities-- as well as the Conclave, a shadow cabinet running the U.S. government.

(Iron Man I#214)- Years later, Elizabeth's daughter Julia became Spider-Woman, and was placed under Mike Clemson's employ by the Commission with the cover identity as an outlaw. Angered at having been spurned by Elizabeth decades earlier, Clemson became determined to ruin Spider-Woman.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#125-126)- Clemson directed Spider-Woman to steal discs from Dextron Labs, but her attempt was foiled by the Wrecking Crew, who made off with the discs first.

(Avengers West Coast#71 (BTS))- After Spider-Woman quit the Commission, Clemson, apparently acting without the Commission's authority, ordered the U.S. Agent to assassinate her. However, the Agent was unable to do so.

(Avengers West Coast#84-86)- Clemson attempted to bring Spider-Woman into the Conclave on the behalf of their agent the Manipulator, while simultaneously aiding the Deathweb in their attempt to position Wilson Lambert as the new head of the Liberal Party. However, Spider-Woman refused his offer, and his ties to the Conclave were revealed to the Avengers and Spider-Man, ruining his standing amongst the Commission. Clemson was abandoned by the Manipulator.

(Spider-Woman II#3)- Having lost his job with the Commission, Clemson continued to serve the Conclave's interests by monitoring the Commission secretly. Learning that Spider-Woman's parents had been captured by the Manipulator and Deathweb, Clemson determined that he would come to the rescue.

(Spider-Woman II#4)- Clemson and his agents from the Conclave joined Spider-Woman in raiding the Manipulator's headquarters.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#167/3-168/3 (BTS), 169/3)- Mike Clemson allied himself with Reverend Nice in a plan to discredit superhumans by branding Vengeance as a killer. To this end, they outfitted the Revengers street gang with costumes evocative of Vengeance's appearance. However, Vengeance and War Machine defeated the Revengers. Clemson and Reverend Nice determined that they would have to find a way to make Vengeance kill people again.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#172/4)- Clemson had Foolkiller released from his asylum, hoping that the murders he would commit would be pinned upon Vengeance, but the deception was quickly discovered. Clemson then brought in Vengeance's enemy Diabolique to assist them.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#173/3)- Diabolique fought Vengeance, and in the course of their battle, Vengeance's lover Rebecca Taylor was slain. Managing to capture this on television, Clemson and Nice manipulated the footage to make it seem as though Vengeance had killed her.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#174-175/2)- Clemson and Diabolique captured Michael Badilino, Vengeance's human identity, and strung him up to a machine which caused his Vengeance form to set out as a separate entity and cause the murders Clemson and Nice had been seeking. However, Clemson's plot was discovered by Doc Samson and Sam Buchanan, who set Badilino free from the machine. Vengeance allowed Clemson to flee the scene, confident he would have another chance to settle matters with him.

Comments: Created by Danny Fingeroth and Tom Morgan.

It is unclear at what point Clemson began working for the Conclave, as well as whether or not his operations with Reverend Nice were under the Conclave's supervision.

by Prime Eternal

Mike Clemson should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Iron Man I#214, page 23, panel 4
Avengers West Coast#84, page 22, panel 3

Iron Man I#214 (January, 1987) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Tom Morgan (artist), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#125 (April, 1987) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), Vince Colletta & Art Nichols (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#126 (May, 1987) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Art Nichols (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Avengers West Coast#71 (June, 1991) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Tom Morgan & Dave Ross (pencils), Dan Bulanadi (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast#84-86 (July-September, 1992) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Dave Ross (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Spider-Woman II#3 (January-February, 1994) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Steven Ellis (pencils), Fred Fredericks (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Spider-Woman II#4 (January-February, 1994) - Roy Thomas (writers), Steven Ellis (pencils), Fred Fredericks (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#169 (December, 1994) - Chris Cooper (writer), Reggie Jones (pencils), Fred Harper (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#172 (January, 1995) - Chris Cooper (writer), Reggie Jones (pencils), Fred Harper (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#173 (February, 1995) - Chris Cooper (writer), Reggie Jones (artist), Richard Ashford (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#174 (Febraury, 1995) - Chris Cooper (writer), Fred Harper (artist), Richard Ashford (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#175 (March, 1995) - Chris Cooper (writer), Reggie Jones (pencils), Fred Harper (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)

First Posted: 10/02/2004
Last updated: 06/15/2012

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