Real Name: Paul R. Ignatius
Occupation: Undersecretary to the United States Army
Group Membership: The United States Army
Affiliations: The Avengers (Captain America, Giant-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp), the United States Army
Enemies: Kang the Conqueror
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Washington, D. C.
First Appearance: Avengers I#8 (September, 1964)
Powers/Abilities: Paul Ignatius had no superhuman powers, but was a skilled military officer who presumably went through rigid military training. Paul was skilled at dealing with terrorist threats, as he attempted to speak with Kang peacefully.
History: (Avengers I#8) - During an attempted takeover of the world by Kang the Conqueror, the Avengers battled furiously. Their battle was interrupted by an army motorcade which announced the arrival of Paul R. Ignatius, the Undersecretary of the United States Army. Mr. Ignatius proceeded to ask the Avengers to stand aside as he attempted to speak with Kang. Paul then asked Kang to state his business and explain his hostile actions. Kang refused to explain his actions, but did agree to explain his history, so that the world would know how futile it was to defy him. As Paul and the Avengers listened, Kang explained his history as Rama-Tut and his origins in the year 3000. After telling his story, the Avengers once again attacked Kang, but were halted when Kang trapped them inside a futuristic machine that paralyzed them. Seeing the Avengers defeated, Paul announced to Kang that he had gone far enough and that even a man from the future would not be permitted to menace the United States. Kang warned Mr. Ignatius that he would be next and then ordered Paul to take an ultimatum to the rulers of the various nations of the world that if they did not surrender to him, they would be destroyed. Paul told Kang he was mad and that he was only one man, but Kang reminded the Undersecretary that his ship alone could obliterate the moon. A nearby soldier told Paul that if he gave the word, every missile in the United States' arsenal would be fired at Kang's ship, but Paul explained that it was too big a decision for just him to make. He then announced that he would confer with the White House and that Kang must be kept under guard until his return.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers.
My copy of Avengers I#8 was on a CD-Rom called Marvel Collector's Edition Vol.1 which reprinted the first ten issues of many Silver Age books, so I apologize if the page numbers I gave in the images section were different than the ones of the original issue, as mine were coming from a CD-Rom.
Also, I thought it would be a good thing to point out that during the course of Avengers I#8, Paul Ignatius were never called by his name, only by "undersecretary" and other such titles. I found his name was given in the Official Marvel Index to the Avengers II#1 (October, 1994).
One more thing. Just to clarify: Paul R. Ignatius is the man in the bluish suit in the images, not the soldier-looking guy. I couldn't find any better images of Paul without a soldier to his side, so I thought I might need to make it clear who was who.
Paul R. Ignatius has no known connections to:
Avengers I#8, p7, pan2 (Paul Ignatius, full body shot)
p7, pan4 (Paul Ignatius, headshot)
Last updated: 07/30/05
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