Real Name: Todd Hunter
Identity/Class: Human, supernaturally powered (?) (see comments)
Occupation: Seeker of vengeance, former head of Hunter Technologies
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Jack Cameron, The Hulk (Banner), Rosalind Hunter
Known Relatives: Hank (son), Rosalind (wife)
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II Annual#19 (1993)
Powers/Abilities: The full limits of Lazarus’s powers are unknown. He can fly and is superhumanly strong. Lazarus also possesses the power to control metal. He could create a form of energy from his hands that could could concussive force and handle objects, as well as control the psionic-like tendrils that emanate from his back.
History: (Incredible Hulk II Annual#19/1 (fb)/[BTS]) – While carrying on an affair with businessman Jack Cameron, Rosalind Hunter planned and executed a scheme to kill her invalid husband Todd, by blowing up the mansion he was in, making it look like an accident.
(Incredible Hulk II Annual#19/1 (fb)/[BTS]) – Somehow, Todd returned from the grave as the superpowered being Lazarus and began a reign of terror on Hunter Technologies, which Cameron now ran since his death. He started with little things, like destroying crates and the like, but slowly upscaled his attacks to assaulting workers.
(Incredible Hulk II Annual#19/1 (fb) – While picking up an order of hard-to-find machine parts from one of Hunter Technologies warehouses, the Pantheon member Hector was attacked by an amalgamation of machine parts that warned him to stop dealing with Hunter. Calling itself Lazarus, the being reverted back into parts.
(Incredible Hulk II Annual#19/1) – Setting up a trap for Lazarus, the Hulk and Ulysses were indeed attacked by him. Lazarus easily defeated Ulysses, whose sword was then used by Lazarus to stab the Hulk in the leg before escaping. Later that night, Lazarus appeared in Cameron’s office and threatened to kill him. When Rosalind walked in, he grabbed her. Just as she recognized him as Todd, the Hulk burst in, and fought Lazarus into the parking lot. Just as Lazarus began to reveal the past to the Hulk, Cameron shot both of them, and the Hulk realized something was not right. Lazarus used his powers to try to bring the building down with Rosalind inside. When the Hulk jumped to rescue her, Lazarus took the opportunity to use one of his tendrils to grab Cameron’s gun, shooting the man in the head and killing him. Using a tracking device he had slipped onto Lazarus, the Hulk trailed him to a cemetery, where he found the tracking device laying on top of Todd Hunter’s tombstone.
(Incredible Hulk II Annual#19/2) – While spying on the destroyed mansion he was killed in, Lazarus saw his son Hank arrive and leave. Following him, he was attacked by the Hulk, who had come to the mansion looking for clues. In the meantime, some thugs who Hank owed money to caused him to wreck his car. Just as they were about to kill him, Lazarus arrived and blew the hand off one of the thugs before dropping a car onto the others. He then took Hank to a hospital, knocking him to the ground after Hank asked if he could borrow some money.
(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark considered Lazarus as a potential Initiative recruit.
Comments: Created by Peter David, Kirk Jarvinen and Brad Vancata.
An interesting character, but limited in scope. What do you do after you succeed in gaining your vengeance?
It's never explained how Todd returned from the grave as Lazurus, but given his need for revenge, combined with Peter David's use of Satannish and other supernatural beings around this time, I'm guessing he's probably one of those guys that made a deal with the devil.
Profile by Madison Carter.
CLARIFICATIONS: Jack Cameron carried on an affair with the married Rosalind Hunter. The two conspired to kill Todd Hunter and take over his company. Trying to silence Lazarus before he could implicate Cameron and Rosalind in Todd’s murder, Cameron was instead shot with his own gun by Lazarus.
LAZARUS has no known connections to
Jack Cameron carried on an affair with the married Rosalind Hunter. The two conspired to kill Todd Hunter and take over his company. Trying to silence Lazarus before he could implicate Cameron and Rosalind in Todd’s murder, Cameron was instead shot with his own gun by Lazarus.
--Incredible Hulk II Annual#19/1
Hank Hunter was a debt-heavy youth who came back to his family to get money to pay off some thugs he owed. He tried to borrow money from Lazarus, not realizing he was his father, who promptly knocked him down and told him to “grow up and get a job.”
- Incredible Hulk II Annual#19/2
Rosalind Hunter was Todd Hunter’s wife, who conspired with Jack Cameron to kill Todd, taking over Hunter Technologies in the process. After Lazarus killed Cameron, Rosalind was indicted in Todd’s murder.
- Incredible Hulk II Annual#19/1
Incredible Hulk II Annual#19, page 1, panel 1 (Lazarus)
page 32, panel 7 (Cameron)
page 41, panel 1 (Hank)
page 29, panel 5 (Rosalind)
Incredible Hulk II Annual#19 (1993) - Peter David (Writer), Dan Lawlis and Kirk Jarvinen (artists), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Last updated: 12/06/04
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