Real Name: Edward Stanford

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Criminal mastermind, district attorney

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Various criminal cohorts and thugs in his employment

Enemies: Captain Universe (Ann Dodgson Stanford), Captain Universe (Clare Dodgson)

Known Relatives: Ann Dodgson Stanford (wife), Jenny Stanford (daughter), Johnny Stanford (son), Clare Dodgson (sister-in-law)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight II#10 (January, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: Nemesis had no actual superpowers but was a very skilled criminal leader, employing lots of thugs.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'11")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 160 lbs.)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

(Marvel Spotlight II#10 (fb) - BTS) - Edward Stanford married Ann Dodgson and they had two children, Jenny and Johnny. At some point, Edward began masquerading as the crime boss Nemesis to provide extra money for his family, figuring crime was the only way to gain big money, and he soon took a job as Phoenix, Arizona's district attorney in an effort to throw suspicions off of his criminal dual identity.

(Marvel Spotlight II#10) - As district attorney, Edward Stanford helped convict two criminal thugs who worked for him in his Nemesis identity. After the trial, two more Nemesis thugs grabbed Edward and pushed him into a car, claiming that he had an appointment with "Nemesis."

    Later that night, private detective Clare Dodgson arrived at her twin sister Ann's house, where she felt a sense of dread and that her sister was in trouble. Clare jumped through the window and surprised the thugs who were holding her sister at gunpoint. During the fight, both Clare and Ann were tapped by the Uni-Power and were transformed both into separate Captain Universes. Using their newfound powers, Ann probed one of the thugs' minds and found that Nemesis had "kidnapped" her husband, Edward Stanford, unaware that Stanford himself was Nemesis. Following the trail of Nemesis' thugs, the duo of Captain Universes tracked Nemesis to the Phoenix Drive-In Movie Theatre, where the found him meeting with his criminal cohorts. After a brief battle, Nemesis attempted to make his escape via car. Nemesis then tried to run over to the two Captain Universes but instead, ran the car off a cliff and crashed. The duo then arrived to save Edward Stanford, only to realize that he did not seem to be in the car. Unmasking the beaten Nemesis, they discovered that Nemesis was in fact Edward himself and that Edward was using the guise of Nemesis to bring more money into his family. He admitted his beliefs that crime was the way to gain the "big money" and that he only played the role of district attorney to keep anyone from suspecting he was Nemesis.

Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo and Steve Ditko.

Profile by Proto-Man.


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Marvel Spotlight II#10, cover (Nemesis, main image)
Marvel Spotlight II#10, p3, pan7 (Nemesis, unmasked headshot)

Marvel Spotlight II#10 (January, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Steve Ditko (art), Al Milgrom (editor)

First posted: 11/12/2004
Last updated: 11/27/2023

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