SATAN CLAW

Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Unrevealed

Users/Possessors: Baron Strucker (Wolfgang von Strucker), Carl Delandan, Nick Fury, Punisher (Frank Castle)

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#157 (June, 1967)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The original model of the Satan Claw was a metal gauntlet which increased the wearer's strength and emitted electrical shocks.

The second model of the Satan Claw performed the same duties as the original, but was nuclear-powered, and possessed claws on the tip of each finger.

The third model of the Satan Claw was a bionic replacement for his missing right hand, and contained a gattling gun, spring-loaded blades that could be fired from the device, explosive shells and a teleportation device.

Strucker's current model of the Satan Claw is a replica of the original; it also functions as a replacement for his right hand.

History: (Weapon X II#14 (fb)) - In 1944, Baron Strucker used the Satan Claw to fight the Sub-Mariner when he boarded his submarine, but Namor bested him.

(Uncanny X-Men#161 (fb)) - Baron Strucker wore the Satan Claw in battle with the mutants Charles Xavier and Magnus when they came to rescue Gabrielle Haller from him. Magnus used his powers of magnetism to crush Strucker's hand inside of the gauntlet.

(Strange Tales I#157-158) - Strucker wore the Satan Claw to battle Nick Fury when he invaded Hydra Island, but Fury managed to disarm him by roping the gauntlet with his belt.

(Strange Tales I#159) - Fury showed the Satan Claw to some S.H.I.E.L.D. trainees. Sidney E. Levine thought it looked like a semi-automated transistorized electroni-tool, and believed that a simple de-generating coil would put it out of commission.

(Strange Tales I#167) - Battling what he thought was the Yellow Claw, Fury donned the Satan Claw to open the Claw's armor, but was surprised to see complex machinery inside-- he had been battling a robot double of the Yellow Claw.

(Marvel Team-Up I#95) - A rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Carl Delandan made use of the Satan Claw to fight Mockingbird and Spider-Man when they attempted to expose him, but Spider-Man managed to web the Claw off of his hand and crush it in his hand.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#25) - Baron Strucker sent an LMD of S.H.I.E.L.D. cadet David Purcell into S.H.I.E.L.D. Central and had it locate the Satan Claw, then transmit its schematics to him so that he could begin work on a new Satan Claw. The original Satan Claw was presumably destroyed when Purcell blew up S.H.I.E.L.D. Central.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#44) - The new nuclear-powered Satan Claw was first donned by Strucker for a training exercise.

(Nightstalkers#4) - Strucker used his new Satan Claw to discipline members of Hydra's D.O.A. when they were defeated by the Nightstalkers.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#45) - After learning that his Lt. Scodell was responsible for planting three double-agents within S.H.I.E.L.D., Strucker executed him with the Satan Claw for taking his own initiative.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#47) - Strucker wore the Satan Claw as he faced Nick Fury in personal combat at his base in Iceland. When Fury knocked him off a cliff, Strucker held on to the side with the Satan Claw, but Fury cut off his right hand, then isolated the Satan Claw so that the Death Spore within Strucker's right hand wouldn't spread.

(Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#15) - Strucker donned a new Satan Claw which served as a bionic replacement for his missing hand.

(Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#16-17) - Strucker wore his new Satan Claw as he led Hydra into Somalia to kidnap former Hydra agent Crippler so that he could be tortured. Silver Sable, the Wild Pack, the Intruders and S.H.I.E.L.D. all opposed Strucker, and he ultimately had to teleport to safety.

(Daredevil I#326-332) - Strucker wore the Satan Claw as he led the forces of System Crash against New York.

(Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#25) - Strucker wore the Satan Claw as he led System Crash in an attack on the Genesis Coalition in order to bolster Hydra's public image.

(Iron Man: Armor Trap) - Strucker used his Satan Claw in a battle in England with Iron Man.

(Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk: Rampage) - Strucker had his Satan Claw on when he killed a disloyal subordinate with the Death's Head spore.

(Spider-Man and Iron Man: Sabotage) - Strucker killed a subordinate named Garcia, whose mind Doctor Doom possessed, with the Satan Claw.

(Citizen V and the V Battalion#3) - Strucker began wearing a replica of the original Satan Claw, and used it against Citizen V. Citizen V cut off Strucker's right hand in their battle, depriving him of the Satan Claw.

(New Thunderbolts#1-2) - Strucker wore the Satan Claw as he met with Abe Jenkins of the Thunderbolts.

(New Thunderbolts#3-4) - Strucker wore the Satan Claw into battle as he was attacked by the Swordsman and then Wolverine, and managed to knock Wolverine out with the Satan Claw's power.

(New Thunderbolts#6) - Strucker wore the Satan Claw as he led Hydra's forces in an assault upon New York.

(New Thunderbolts#17) - After being revived from stasis by the Swordsman, Strucker donned his Satan Claw to replace his missing hand.

(Punisher War Journal II#3) - The Punisher used a Satan Claw to beat up Rhino.

(Secret Warriors#2) - During the Skrulls secret invasion on Earth Strucker used the Satan Claw against Skrull infiltrators at Hydra's underwater city Ichor.

(Secret Warriors#2) - Strucker used a Satan Claw against Hand ninjas at the Resurrection Temple of the Hand on the island Shikoku.

(Secret Warriors#5) - During an attack on HAMMER's dock Strucker threatened to kill Nick Fury with a Satan Claw.

(Secret Warriors#6) - Quake (Daisy Johnson) used her powers to stop Strucker from using the Satan Claw against Fury.

(Secret Warriors#13) - Baron Strucker used a Satan Claw in training against Hand ninjas at the Great Temple.

Comments: Created by Jim Steranko.

John McDonagh provided the info for the various novels (Iron Man: Armor Trap, Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk: Rampage & Spider-Man and Iron Man: Sabotage).

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Satan Claw should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Strange Tales I#157, page 8, panel 5
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#44, page 6, panel 2
Silver Sable#16, page 26, panel 5


Strange Tales I#158-159 (July-August, 1967) - Jim Steranko (writer/artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Strange Tales I#167 (April, 1968) - Jim Steranko (writer/pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#95 (July, 1980) - Steven Grant (writer), Jimmy Janes (pencils), Bruce Patterson (inks), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#161 (September, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Louise Jones (editor)
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#25 (July, 1991) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Jackson Guice (pencils), Doug Hazelwood (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#44-45 (February-March, 1993) - Gregory Wright (writer), John Heebink (pencils), Don Hudson (inks)
Nightstalkers#4 (February, 1993) - Dan G. Chichester (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks)
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#47 (May, 1993) - Gregory Wright (writer), John Heebink (pencils), Brian Garvey (inks)
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#15-17 (August-October, 1993) - Gregory Wright (writer), Steven Butler (pencils), Pam Eklund (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Daredevil I#326-327 (March-April, 1994) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Hector Collazo (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#328 (May, 1994) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Sergio Cariello (pencils), Ariane (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#329-332 (June-September, 1994) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Hector Collazo & Rich Rankin (#330) (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#25 (June, 1994) - Gregory Wright (writer), Steven Butler (pencils), Pam Eklund (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Iron Man: Armor Trap novel (April, 1996) - Greg Cox (writer), Gabriel Gecko (illustrator)
Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk: Rampage novel (Doom's Day, Book One) (September, 1996) - Danny Fingeroth & Eric Fein (writers)
Spider-Man and Iron Man: Sabotage novel (Doom's Day, Book Two) (March, 1997) - Pierce Askegren & Danny Fingeroth (writers)
Citizen V and the V Battalion#3 (August, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Michael Ryan (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Weapon X II#14 (December, 2003) - Frank Tieri (writer), John Paul Leon (pencils), Tommy Lee Edwards (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Thunderbolts#1-4 (January-March, 2005) - Fabian Nicieza & Kurt Busiek (#4) (writer), Tom Grummett (pencils), Gary Erskine (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Thunderbolts#6 (April, 2005) - Kurt Busiek & Fabian Nicieza (writers), Tom Grummett (pencils), Gary Erskine (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Thunderbolts#17 (March, 2006) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Gary Erskine (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher War Journal#3 (March, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Ariel Olivetti (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Secret Warriors#2 (May, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis & Jonathan Hickman (writers), Stefano Caselli (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Warriors#5-6 (August-September, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis & Jonathan Hickman (writers), Stefano Caselli (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Warriors#13 (April, 2010) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Stefano Caselli (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Last updated: 03/22/13

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