MAX E. MUMM
Real Name: Maxwell Edward Mummford
Identity/Class: Human, technology (computers) user
Occupation: Computer programmer
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Daredevil, Deathlok (Michael Collins),
Microchip, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Punisher (Frank Castle)
formerly Ampersand Communications, Mr. Mazzilli, Ultra-Max
Enemies: Ampersand Communications, Bushwacker, Mr. Mazzilli, Ultra-Max
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New York City, New York
First Appearance: Punisher II Annual#5 (1992)
Powers/Abilities: An absolute genius, Max specialized in screwing up computer systems, such as via designing sophisticated computer viruses. He was a highly skilled computer hacker. His only problem was his ego; he had a weakness for naming programs after himself, which led to him getting caught.
(Punisher II Annual#5 (fb) - BTS) - Maxwell Edward Mummford was old friends with the Linus Lieberman (the future Microchip). In college, on a dare, he legally changed his name to Max E. Mumm.
(Punisher II Annual#5 (fb) - BTS) - Mr. Mazzilli of Ampersand Communications hired Max. E. Mumm to create a computer virus--allegedly on behalf of the US government to be used as a potential weapon against hostile governments.
(Punisher II Annual#5 (fb) - BTS) - Max created Ultra-Max for Mazzilli, egotistically signing his name to his work.
(Punisher II Annual#5 (fb) - BTS) - Mazzilli introduced Ultra-Max into the computers of his rivals at Raycom via a "backdoor."
(Punisher II Annual#5 (fb) - BTS) - The Punisher asked Microchip to access the databanks of Raycom Industries, a front for drug smugglers.
(Punisher II Annual#5) - Max, having realized all of his
Ultra-Max software was missing, confronted Mazzilli who assured him that they
would find it as soon as possible. However, once Max left his office, Mazzilli
summoned security and had Max thrown out of the building and informed that he
didn't work there anymore. Max returned home to find the Punisher and
Microchip--who had recognized Max's name on Ultra-Max--waiting in his apartment.
Microchip convinced Max to cooperate with them, and he shared that the virus had
been downloaded into Raycom's computers. Max accessed the backdoor to Raycom and
used a tracer code to locate Ultra-Max. Microchip convinced Max that Ultra-Max
had to be destroyed due to its threat to other systems. Max entered the destruct
code, but Ultra-Max simply continued to replicate. Around the same time, the
Punisher blew up the computer room at Raycom.
However, prior to its destruction, Ultra-Max transferred itself into Max's home computer.
(Daredevil Annual#8 (fb) - BTS) - Mazzilli hired "Dr. Donut" (actually Deathlok, Michael Collins) to debug their systems. Mazzilli also hired the mercenary Bushwacker to kill Max E. Mumm to eliminate evidence of their involvement with Ultra-Max and because Mazzilli wanted Ultra-Max as a weapon only they could control.
(Daredevil Annual#8) - Max found that Ultra-Max had infected
and crashed his operating system. He intended to track down and stop Ultra-Max,
but Max instead had to flee as Bushwacker knocked on and then kicked down his
door. Bushwacker destroyed Max's computer and then pursued Max, shooting him in
the arm. Daredevil then arrived and defeated Bushwacker, and then accompanied
Max via taxicab to the hospital.
After Max's wound was treated, Daredevil arranged a meeting with lawyer Franklin "Foggy" Nelson to discuss legally regaining possession of Ultra-Max from Ampersand. When Foggy discussed needing proof that Max had created Ultra-Max, Max accessed Ampersand's systems via his laptop and a modem and then worked to trick Ultra-Max into invading his computer by using dummy files. Max would then make a hardcopy of the program, which had his name all over it. Max detected another system (Deathlok) trying to disable Ultra-Max and analyzed it, partially disrupting Deathlok's computer. Deathlok succeeded in opening a communication channel to Max, informing who he was, and convincing Max not to harm him. Max explained the truth about Ultra-Max to Deathlok, then had Deathlok leave cyberspace before Ultra-Max might destroy him. Deathlok then physically met with Max; as Max explained to Deathlok how to destroy Ultra-Max's "trunk" in order to disable all of his "branches," Deathlok convinced Max that Ultra-Max would have been used for the same thing in the government's hands.
Max worked to distract Ultra-Max by opening dummy files for Max to invade, while Deathlok entered cyberspace and utilized all 317 of his computer's anti-virus programs, as well as 11 newly written program, against Ultra-Max. However, Bushwacker, having broken free from the police, then ambushed Max again, and he was forced to leave his computer to avoid getting killed. With Max no longer distracting it, Ultra-Max began to overwhelm Deathlok, overcoming all 317 old programs. Daredevil arrived in time to defeat Bushwacker yet again, and then Max returned to his computer and--inspired by Foggy--tricked Max into consuming its own files, becoming like Ouroborus, the serpent that eats itself. Deathlok narrowly escaped the electromagnetic field generated by Ultra-Max's virtual implosion.
Max lamented the loss of Ultra-Max, but Foggy managed to link Mazzilli to Bushwacker, who agreed to talk to the police.
Unbeknownst to them, at least one fragment of Ultra-Max survived and began consuming programs and data, and replicating anew.
Comments: Created by Peter David, Greg Wright, Gerard Jones, Jim Valentino (writers), Steven Butler, M.C. Wyman, Darick Robertson, Herb Trimpe (pencilers), Dan Panosian, Bud LaRosa, Ian Akin, & Steve Montano (inkers).
Max looked decades younger than Microchip who described him as an old friend. Microchip's discussion of Max's college days made it seem that they were college classmates, but he might have just known Max for a couple years, and been told Max's history.
The Earth-691 Max E. Mumm was Caucasian in the
Guardians Annual flashback.
Profile by Snood.
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Punisher II Annual#5, p12, panel 6 & 8 (Max E. Mumm body & face)
Punisher II Annual#5 (1992) - by Peter David (writer), Steven Butler (penciler/breakdowns), Dan Panosian (inker/finisher), Don Daley (editor)
Daredevil Annual#8 (1992) - by Greg Wright (writer), M.C. Wyman (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
First Posted: 06/15/2006
Last updated: 06/15/2006
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