Real Name: Daniel Radford

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Criminal mastermind

Group Membership: Zodiac Cartel

Affiliations: Thunderbolts gang

Enemies: Avengers (Black Panther, Captain America, Goliath (Clint Barton), Iron Man, Mantis, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision, Wasp, Yellowjacket), Nick Fury, Rick Jones, Zodiac (LMDs)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California

First Appearance: Avengers I#72 (January, 1970)

Powers/Abilities: Leo wore a lionskin costume equipped with claws on its gloves he could use for slashing opponents.

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Unrevealed

History: (Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#20: Zodiac (fb) - BTS) - The Zodiac Cartel was founded by Cornelius van Lunt (Taurus), handpicking the eleven other members; van Lunt concealed his own identity, while he was the only one who knew the identities of the others. Each member was based in a different American city as part of his nationwide criminal network, with the ultimate goal of world economic and political domination

(Avengers I#72) - Leo attended a gathering of the Zodiac made by Scorpio, who had captured the Avengers, only to discover that Nick Fury was masquerading as Scorpio, and the Avengers set themselves loose to battle them. Leo was able to flee when Aries distracted the Avengers with the Zodiac Key.

(Avengers I#80 (fb) - BTS) - Under the direction of Aries (Marcus Lassiter), Zodiac regrouped and began plotting their takeover of Manhattan. Meanwhile, Cornelius van Lunt led Zodiac's efforts to build to steal the land from Red Wolf's father, leading Red Wolf to pursue van Lunt's agent, Jason Birch, back to Manhattan.

(Avengers I#80 - BTS) - Having learned something of Zodiac's activities, the Avengers prepared to oppose them, though they split into three groups, each pursuing a different agenda (unaware that all three were Zodiac related).

(Avengers I#81 - BTS) - Van Lunt's men shot down the Avengers' quinjet containing Goliath (Clint Barton), the Scarlet Witch, the Vision, and Red Wolf, and van Lunt appeared to drown when the artificial dam was destroyed in the ensuing conflict.

(Daredevil I#69 - BTS) - Zodiac backed the Thunderbolts gang, directing them to dupe other African-Americans into joining a seeming revolution against oppression, when they were really just common criminals; the Thunderbolts were defeated by the Black Panther, Daredevil, and William Carver.

(Avengers I#82 - BTS) - Aries led the forces of Zodiac to ambush the Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Quicksilver, and Thor), using gas to incapacitate then within Avengers Mansion, after which they were placed within stasis.

Aries then led the forces of Zodiac to take over Manhattan, entrapping it within a force field, and threatening to slay the entire population if they did not receive one billion dollars within 24 hours time. The Black Panther and Daredevil freed the imprisoned Avengers, and Aries was apparently slain in the ensuing conflict. The army captured Zodiac's mercenary soldiers, and the force field was deactivated. The rest of the Zodiac Cartel escaped capture.

(Avengers I#120) - Leo joined the Zodiac Cartel in an attack on the Avengers Mansion, and defeated the Avengers gathered there simply to demonstrate their might. He then participated in their plot to use the Star-Blaster to slay everyone born under the sign of the Gemini (except for their own Gemini), but the Avengers intervened. Taurus was able to halt the Avengers by threatening to kill Mantis with the Star-Blaster.

(Avengers I#121) - The Zodiac lost their stalemate when the Scarlet Witch ruined the Star-Blaster, but they managed to flee after Aries knocked Mantis off the World Trade Center. Later, Leo participated in a meeting with Aries, Pisces, Cancer, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Libra and Aquarius in which they planned to usurp leadership from Taurus, and planned to meet with their financier Cornelius Van Lunt in order to gain his support. However, a meeting with Van Lunt, the Avengers appeared. As they fought, Van Lunt fled, and revealed himself to be Taurus. He then trapped the Zodiac traitors and Avengers within his warehouse, and launched it into space.

(Avengers I#122) - Leo and the other traitors continued to battle the Avengers aboard Taurus' space trap, until the Vision pointed out the futility of their battle. Iron Man was able to bring them all back to Earth safely, but as they prepared to engage Taurus, Taurus observed that the Avengers were certain to send them to prison. They then turned on the Avengers and aided the rest of the Zodiac, but were defeated by the Avengers.

(Avengers I#123 (BTS)) - The Avengers turned Leo over the authorities with the rest of the Zodiac, except for Libra.

(Ghost Rider II#7 (fb)) - Leo was sent to prison with the rest of the Zodiac Cartel, with the exception of Taurus.

(Iron Man I#184) - Leo 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.

(West Coast Avengers II#26) - Leo 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. Leo was slain by the LMDS.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema and Sam Grainger.

As a Leo, Daniel Radford was born between July 23rd and August 22nd (my Zodiac sign!).

by Prime Eternal

Leo should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Avengers I#120, page 17
Avengers I#120, page 31, panel 2

Avengers I#72 (January, 1970) - Roy Thomas (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Avengers I#120-123 (February-May, 1974) - Steve Englehart (writer), Bob Brown (#120, 122-123) & John Buscema (#121) (pencils), Don Heck (#120-121, 123) & Mike Esposito (#122) (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Ghost Rider II#7 (August, 1974) - Tony Isabella (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
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: 01/23/2005
Last updated: 03/25/2013

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