Real Name: A.G. Bell

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Super-hero;
formerly telephone repairman

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Beast, Blue Shield, Captain America, Crime-Buster, Iceman, Lectronn, Lightbright, Namorita, Siryn, Thing, Wildstreak

Enemies: Iron Man (Tony Stark), Lethal Legion, Scourge of the Underworld, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: Marvel Age Annual#1 (1985)

Powers/Abilities: The Phone Ranger was skilled in repairing analog and digital telephone technology. His costume was outfitted with audio bugs, copper wire and fiber-optic cables that could hook into any standard telephone circuit, telephone exchange system that automatically handle multiple calls, voice activated recorders that encode multiple electric signals simultaneously, and high-powered radio receivers and transmitters that intercept mobile/cellular phone communications. His costume's plastic cable insulation provided him with enhanced durability.

Height: 5'6 1/2"
Weight: 188 lbs.
Eyes: Black
Hair: Reddish-black

History: (Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1) - Years ago, telephone repairman Bell was sent to replace the broken phone that was for some time the trap for unidentified members of the Seltas race. He found the advanced circuitry they planned to use for their escape and took the phone back to his private workshop. There he was able to replicate the technology and create a homemade costume. Now he was able to tap into any phone line and monitor emergency hotlines. As the hero "Phone Ranger" he could be where his help was needed before first emergency responders could arrive.

(Marvel Age Annual#1) - After a day in which Marvel Comics writer Kurt Busiek had dialed a horde of phone numbers, the Phone Ranger appeared at Marvel Comics to oppose the Lethal Legion, declaring, "Too many telephones have died today! The Phone Ranger is here to avenge them!" He aided several other heroes against the Lethal Legion, and fought the Unicorn, who tangled him in his own phone cord. Tragically, Phone Ranger was seemingly taken off the hook for good when he was shot in the head by a Scourge of the Underworld, who possibly mistook him for another target.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1) - But his headpiece had diverted the bullet and saved his life.

(Civil War: Front Line#5/4) - The Phone Ranger refused to sign the Superhuman Registration Act. Along with Lectronn, Wildstreak, and Lightbright, he was arrested by Spider-Man and Iron Man.

Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek, James Fry and Keith Williams.

The Phone Ranger also appeared on Marvel Age Annual#1's cover.

The Phone Ranger's real name was revealed in Civil War Files.

For a possible origin of this character (at least until somebody says differently), see above.

Phone Ranger received an entry in Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1 and Kaminski's suggestion for his origin was included.

by Prime Eternal

The Phone Ranger should not be confused with:

  • The Lone Ranger, an obvious inspiration

Images taken from:
Marvel Age Annual#1, page 24, panel 2
Marvel Age Annual#1, page 24, panel 3

Marvel Age Annual#1 (1985) - Kurt Busiek (writer), James Fry (pencils), Keith Williams (inks)
Civil War: Front Line#5/4 (October, 2006) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Roy Allen Martinez (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1 (2007)

Last updated: 09/04/10

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