Real Name: Bud Cable

Identity/Class: Human, conventional weapons user

Occupation: Mercenary; formerly CIA agent

Legal Status: Citizen of the US with a criminal record

Group Membership: Doom's Brigade (Batroc, Boomerang, Electro, Grey Gargoyle, Hobgoblin (??? - see comments), Eduardo Lobo, Machete (Ferdinand Lopez), Oddball, Rhino);
   formerly CIA

Affiliations: Dr. Doom

Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Place of Birth: Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

Base of Operations: Presumably mobile, including Dr. Doom's castle in Latveria

First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America in Dr. Doom's Revenge (1989)

Powers/Abilities: Rattan possesses the strength of a normal man of his age, height and build who engages in intensive regular exercise. He is a least a third-degree black belt in goju ryu karate and escrima (stick fighting), and is probably even more skilled than that in the latter. He is consequently typically armed with escrima sticks.

Height: 6'
Weight: 195 lbs
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black (dyed red? See comments)

(Dr. Doom's Revenge Super-Hero Handbook) - Bud Cable was born in a small Pennsylvania town, where by the age of seventeen he was recognized as an expert martial artist in karate and escrima. He was recruited by the CIA as a special agent, and spent an unspecified amount of time on assignments in exotic locations all over the world. His final CIA mission ended when a fellow operative was murdered by a Communist spy, and Cable was falsely accused both of the murder and of being a spy. He was convicted and sent to prison for a ninety-year sentence. While on latrine duty one day, he broke a mop over his knee and fought his way to freedom through dozens of guards. He subsequently adopted the guise of Rattan and began a career as a freelance mercenary and assassin.

(Dr. Doom's Revenge (comic) (fb) - BTS) - Rattan was recruited by Dr. Doom as part of his Doom's Brigade, a group of super-villains who would oppose any superheroes who tried to prevent his plot to threaten New York with a stolen Thermo C4VG missile.

(Dr. Doom's Revenge (comic)) - While Doom's Brigade waited to be given someone to fight, they began brawling amongst themselves. Rattan faced off against Machete, but Doom broke up the melee, informing them that they were there to serve him and would do only as he commanded.

(Dr. Doom's Revenge (game)) - When Captain America and Spider-Man infiltrated Doom's castle, Rattan opposed and was defeated by Captain America.

Comments: Created by Paragon Software (specific staff unknown - if you know, please let us in on it), depicted in comic by Danny Fingeroth, Rich Buckler and Tony DeZuniga.

   Rattan is one of a surprisingly rare species - the video-game-original Marvel character. There are countless generic robots, thugs and monsters in Marvel-based games, but it's quite rare to have any kind of fully-realized villain (or hero). Rattan, however, not only appears in the game alongside numerous Marvel villains, he appears in a genuine pack-in Marvel comic, and the game's manual even has an OHotMU-style entry for him (as well as Cap, Spidey, Doom and the rest of Doom's Brigade). "Dr. Doom's Revenge" was available for (at least) the IBM PC, the Commodore 64, the Amstrad CPC, and the Amiga. Rattan is not included in the list of Marvel properties in the manual's indicia.

"Rattan" refers to the stems of Asian climbing palms, used in the crafting of a variety of items. Rattan is named for the use of these stems in making canes (of the "caning" variety), but I have to admit that all I can think of when I read it is a wicker-based villain.

Your guess about canes is correct in the Rattan entry - escrima sticks are normally made out of that wood, and the terms "rattan stick" and "escrima stick" are widely considered to be nigh-synonymous. Hence the character being named Rattan.
--Sebastian Andrivet

   Rattan's entry in the manual states that he has black hair, but the coloration of the in-game sprite is fairly inconclusive, and the manual art itself seems to show his hair as a lighter color. In the comic, it is red.

   The "not canon" Nazis may object to this story, but I see nothing to definitely rule it out, so I vote to keep it in. Still, it's fringe material until confirmed elsewhere.
   However, I must concede that continuity does conspire against this a little.
   While the Lobo Bros were active for some time, they weren't actually seen until Spectacular Spider-Man II#143 (October, 1988). The identity of the Hobgoblin in this series is described in the handbook as a "total mystery," indicating that it would likely be from before Ned Leeds death, and before Jason Macendale adopted the role, both of which were shown in Amazing Spider-Man I#289 (June, 1987).
I see a few outs, here:

An alternate-universe incarnation was murdered by the cult Circle of Eight in the Avengers Alliance game.

Profile by LV!

Clarifications: Rattan, AKA Bud Cable, has no known connection to

Full shot - Dr. Doom's Revenge Super-Hero Handbook, p17
Action shot - Dr. Doom's Revenge, p10, panel 1

Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America in Dr. Doom's Revenge (1989)

Last updated: 04/10/16

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