Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Android (LMD)

Occupation: Crimelord

Group Membership: "Defenders" (Batroc, Beetle, Blob, Electro, Looter, Plantman (simuloid), Porcupine, Whirlwind), Zodiac (LMDs)

Affiliations: Quicksilver

Enemies: Avengers (Black Panther, Black Widow, Falcon, Hawkeye, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Iron Man (James Rhodes), Mockingbird, Moon Knight, Henry Pym, Thor, Tigra, Wonder Man), Defenders (Hellcat, Hulk, Nighthawk, Valkyrie), "Defenders for a Day" (Black Goliath, Captain Ultra, Havok, Hercules, Iron Fist, White Tiger), Kris Keating, Jack Norriss, Zodiac Cartel

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Washington, D.C.
the Theater of Genetics, Belleville, New Jersey

First Appearance: (in shadows) Defenders I#49 (July, 1977); (full) Defenders I#50 (August, 1977)

Powers/Abilities: In its original form, Sagittarius was equipped with special wrist-launchers which could fire arrows at its opponents, including flame-arrows. Sagittarius was also fond of talking during a fight, believing himself to be witty.

In its second form, Sagittarius was constructed to resemble Hawkeye of the Avengers; it carried a bow and arrows similiar to Hawkeye's, and contained a communicator within its body.

History: (Defenders I#48 - BTS) - Sagittarius was created in the "Theater of Genetics" by Scorpio, who wanted him to serve as a member of his Zodiac, and to be his friend.

(Defenders I#49 - BTS) - When the Defenders invaded the Theater of Genetics, Scorpio was forced to activate the LMDs prematurely.

(Defenders I#50) - Sagittarius fought the Defenders until he had used up his entire supply of arrows. He then fled from the scene while his allies were defeated.

(Defenders I#63) - After a broadcast by Dollar Bill in which he claimed anyone could be a Defender, Sagittarius and Libra decided to use it to their advantage, and Sagittarius led an army of criminals on a crime spree in New York, claiming to be the Defenders. This brought out the real Defenders (or rather, a team of heroes who called themselves Defenders), and Sagittarius and his allies were defeated, but Sagittarius was able to convince the police to arrest both the heroes and the villains, taking advantage of the name confusion.

(Defenders I#64) - While the Defenders argued with the police, Sagittarius and his Defenders fled the scene. The real Defenders soon realized they were gone and chased after them into Grand Central Station, escaping into a subway car. When the Defenders finally caught up to the villains, Hellcat wound up defeating all of them with her psychic powers.

(West Coast Avengers Annual#1) - Sagittarius joined the other Zodiac LMDs under the leadership of Quicksilver in his attempt to gain revenge upon the Avengers. Sagittarius joined Aquarius, Capricorn and Pisces at the "Anthill," an abandoned Sentinel base. Sagittarius fought the Falcon and managed to ruin his wings with a flame arrow, but the Falcon crash-landed into him, knocking him out. Sagittarius was later arrested.

(West Coast Avengers II#26) - After being released from prison, Sagittarius joined the Zodiac LMDs in assaulting the human Zodiac Cartel and killing all of them, except for Cornelius Van Lunt. Later, they attempted to steal from the businessmen gathered at a cattle auction in Wichita, but the West Coast Avengers arrived to stop them. While battling Hawkeye, Sagittarius was accidentally struck in the chest by one of Hawkeye's arrows and "died." Scorpio later used the Zodiac Key to create a new Sagittarius in the form of Hawkeye to infiltrate the Avengers.

(West Coast Avengers II#27) - The new Sagittarius was pitted against Hawkeye, and was able to defeat him thanks to the element of surprise-- and a cowardly blow from behind courtesy of Scorpio. The real Hawkeye was sent to the Ankh Dimension by the Zodiac Key, and the LMD was sent to infiltrate the Avengers Compound. The LMD was able to trick the Avengers into believing it was Hawkeye, until Mockingbird confessed to it that she had killed the Phantom Rider. Mockingbird struck it in anger, and heard a hollow thump. Realizing it was an LMD, she fought it, and destroyed it with the aid of Tigra (actually Scorpio's new Leo LMD).

Comments: Created by David Kraft, Keith Giffen, Mike Royer, John Tartaglione and Dave Cockrum.

by Prime Eternal

Sagittarius should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Defenders I#50, page 2, panel 3
Defenders I#50, page 3, panel 4
West Coast Avengers II#27, page 7, panel 5

Defenders I#49 (July, 1977) - David Kraft (writer), Keith Giffen (pencils), Mike Royer (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Defenders I#50 (August, 1977) - David Kraft (writer), Keith Giffen (pencils), Mike Royer, Keith Giffen, John Tartaglione & Dave Cockrum (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Defenders I#63 (September, 1978) - David Kraft (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker), Bob Hall (editor)
Defenders I#64 (October, 1978) - David Kraft (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Don Perlin (inker), Bob Hall (editor)
West Coast Avengers Annual#1 (1986) - Steve Englehart & Mark Bright (writers), Mark Bright (pencils), Geoff Isherwood (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#26-28 (November, 1987-January, 1988) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Mike Machlan (#26-27) & David Hunt (#28) (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)

Last updated: 02/14/13

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