Bushmaster

BUSHMASTER

Real Name: Quincy McIver

Identity/Class: Human technology user (cyborg); citizen of unrevealed Caribbean island nation

Occupation: Professional criminal

Group Membership: Serpent Society (Anaconda, Asp, Black Mamba, Black Racer, Boomslang, Bushmaster (McIver), Coachwhip, Copperhead (Lawfers), Cottonmouth, Death Adder (Burroughs), Death Adder (Scott), Diamondback (Leighton), Fer-de-Lance, King Cobra, Princess Python, Puff Adder, Rattler, Rock Python, Sidewinder (Voelker), Sidewinder);
   formerly Epsilon Squad of the Thunderbolts Army (Batroc the Leaper, Blacklash, King Cobra, Whiplash, Tatterdemalion, Zaran)

Affiliations: Mr. Negative;
    former employee of Roxxon Oil, Herve Argosy

Enemies: AIM, Anole, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Diamondback, Diamondback LMD, Force Works (Century, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman, USAgent), Free Spirit, Jack Flag, Alyosha Kravinoff, MODOK, Paladin, Rockslide, Hope Summers, Viper (Madame Hydra), X-Men (Dazzler (with Diamondback's mind), Longshot, Psylocke, Storm)

Known Relatives: John McIver (John Bushmaster, older brother, deceased), Cruz Bushmaster (nephew, deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Various Serpent Society headquarters and Serpent Citadels

First Appearance: Captain America I#310 (October, 1985)

Powers/Abilities: Bushmaster has prosthetic arms, with a single retractable claw located in the back of each hand. Though some of the Roxxon-created serpents have gills, Bushmaster does not, and requires a breathing apparatus to operate underwater. He has a small transceiver implanted in his skull which allowed Sidewinder to track him; it is unclear if he or any other Society members are aware of this.

History:

(Captain America Annul#10/2 (fb)) - Quincy grew up on a Caribbean island. At the age of 12 he was caught shoplifting beside his older brother John, who escaped. John believed that Quincy had ratted on him to the shopkeeper while caught, and beat first Quincy then the shopkeeper, killing the latter. Years later, John got Quincy a job unloading cocaine for Herve Argosy, a gun-runner. Several nights later the police busted the smuggling ring, and Quincy dove into the water to escape, more afraid of his brother's reaction to his arrest than actually being arrested. He was run over by a police boat, and woke in the hospital, having lost all four limbs to the boat's propellers. His brother John visited him in the hospital just once, telling Quincy that he was going to Europe for Mr. Argosy, and that he was changing his name to John Bushmaster; that was the last time Quincy ever saw him. A month or so later, Roxxon Oil executive Seth Voelker visited Quincy in the hospital, and told him that Roxxon wanted him for an experiment in prosthetics. Roxxon made the charges against Quincy vanish, and he was sent to the Brand Corporation's New York facilities, where a week's worth of operations gave him bionic arms and a bionic snake's body where his legs once were - Voelker termed it "Roxxon's idea of an improvement." Quincy heard that his brother had received super-strength and then been killed, so he took his brother's old name of Bushmaster. Roxxon told Bushmaster that if he served them for one year they'd give him prosthetic legs at that time, but the Brand Corporation was closed down and Roxxon president Hugh Jones placed in an asylum before the year ended; Quincy was stuck as Bushmaster permanently.

(Captain America I#310) - At a posh midtown Manhattan hotel, Sidewinder (Seth Voelker) had invited several serpent-themed mercenaries to attend the organizational meeting for the Serpent Society. Those present were Sidewinder, Black Mamba, Death Adder, Princess Python, Cottonmouth, Diamondback, Constrictor, Bushmaster, Cobra (later King Cobra), Asp, Rattler, and Anaconda. Sidewinder's pitch was to mimic the heroes and to band together as a united group. He'd spent the previous nine months laying the groundwork for his new group, and promised a guaranteed pay scale, insurance, medical plans, pensions, greater access to tools and data, and, thanks to Sidewinder's teleportational abilities, no fear of long-term imprisonment. All but one attendee agreed to join; Constrictor refused and left.

(Captain America I#310) - To test their ability to be team players, Sidewinder split the group into three sections, and set each group out in a van to retrieve objects that he thought would be of use to the Society. While Anaconda, Cobra, and Rattler went to retrieve mutagenics equipment from Brand, it is not known what the other groups were not what they retrieved.

(Captain America I#311) - Following the successful completion of all three tasks, the group reconvened in their new headquarters, the Serpent Citadel. Seeking to advertise the group, Sidewinder broke them into teams of two and sent them to contact all the major criminal and subversive organizations in America. Among the potential contactees were the Maggia, Zodiac, Secret Empire, Kingpin, AIM, and Hydra. Diamondback and Bushmaster made contact with AIM's inner council, and after Bushmaster pointed out that the Society would forfeit their fee if they failed to deliver, AIM agreed to hire the Society to find and kill their renegade leader, MODOK.

(Captain America I#312) - Still teamed, Diamondback and Bushmaster investigated an abandoned AIM headquarters (it had been demolished during a MODOK/Hulk fight) on the Maine coast. After disabling some automated stun-beams with his claws, Bushmaster and Diamondback concluded that the base was truly abandoned and Diamondback set a time-bomb to destroy the whole mountain in case MODOK tried to return.

bionic arms

(Captain America I#313) - Investigating a sunken AIM submarine on the Atlantic coast, Bushmaster and Diamondback found MODOK, who was trying to recuperate. Diamondback cut off his food supply but MODOK barely got to his chair and blasted through the hull. Bushmaster grabbed on to the chair, but MODOK blasted him as they surfaced, slicing off both of Bushmaster's prosthetic arms. Diamondback dragged Bushmaster to shore, returned to their Serpent Saucer, and notified Sidewinder. He ordered Diamondback to care for Bushmaster while Sidewinder arranged to have him transported to the infirmary.

(Captain America I#315) - Still lacking his arms, Bushmaster was present when the 100,000 $ reward for killing MODOK was distributed, receiving his share.

(Captain America I#319 - BTS) - Bushmaster's arms were restored. It is not known if the Society retrieved and repaired the originals or if new arms were constructed.

(Captain America I#319) - All the Serpents were looking for the missing Death Adder and were present when Sidewinder teleported in with Death Adder's body, having found it in the local morgue. Sidewinder ordered everyone to drop all missions and concentrate on finding the killer. Cobra and Bushmaster invaded some AIM loyalists in search of information.

(Captain America I#341/2) - Sidewinder introduced four new Serpents to the charter members, and appointed them as probationary members of the team. The foursome quickly betrayed the team to Viper.

(Captain America I#342) - Bushmaster, Black Mamba, and Asp refused to join Viper, so she injected them with a poison which would leave them dead in an hour. The Captain and Diamondback came to their rescue and Diamondback gave the Cobra's universal anti-toxin to the trio and left them there to recover.

(Uncanny X-Men Annual#13) - Cobra accepted a commission from Ghaur (Deviant leader) and Llyra (Atlantean) to retrieve items of arcane mystic power; he split the Society into squads. Cottonmouth, Rattler, Bushmaster, and Black Racer went to the Icelandic coast, seeking a mystic rock. They encountered several X-Men there and battled them as a team. Diamondback, trapped in Dazzler's body, convinced Bushmaster that she was truly Diamondback; she reminded him how she'd saved her life and Bushmaster voluntarily returned to his Serpent Saucer after saying that he'd owed Diamondback a debt which was now repaid, and that she was a traitor. The X-Men retrieved the item and the serpents returned home.

(Captain America I#365/2) - Bushmaster was present at a Serpent Society meeting when Cobra announced that a mystery man (Loki) had teleported into the Society's Bronx headquarters. Cobra asked the group to keep an ear out for information about the stranger. Afterwards, Cobra told Bushmaster he'd be gone for a few days and placed him in charge in his absence.

(Captain America I#367/2) - Cobra returned and Bushmaster told him they'd had to free Coachwhip and Asp after some difficulties, but all was otherwise well; Cobra brusquely dismissed him. He was present at a noon meeting of the Society the next day wherein Cobra announced that he felt that he'd been underperforming as their leader and now intended to correct that and lead them to new heights as King Cobra.

(Captain America I#380) - When Diamondback was tried by the Society for treason, Bushmaster was one of the minority who voted for her innocence.

(Captain America I#381) - After Sidewinder rescued Diamondback, King Cobra ordered Diamondback and Sidewinder's execution, with a doubled annual bonus to anyone who brought in their corpses. He and Bushmaster confronted Black Mamba and Asp, bringing phone records that showed Mamba had called Sidewinder. The pair attempted to flee, but Cobra gassed them unconscious. Soon thereafter, Paladin and Diamondback invaded the Society's headquarters to rescue the pair; Paladin got the drop on Bushmaster and ordered him to take them to Asp and Black Mamba. When King Cobra ambushed Paladin, Bushmaster attacked Diamondback despite their friendship, believing that "a freak like himself" couldn't make a living elsewhere, and he needed to be loyal to King Cobra. Diamondback tried to hit him with a tear gas diamond, but instead accidentally threw and acid bomb in his mouth, disabling him.

(Captain America I#382) - Bushmaster recovered and engaged Captain America when the hero invaded the Society's headquarters; Cap defeated him but, being in a hurry, left him unconscious but untied. The Society's headquarters was closed down, and King Cobra, Coachwhip, Black Racer, Fer-de-Lance, Cottonmouth, and Rattler were hauled away by Guardsmen; Diamondback, Black Mamba, and Asp were allowed to remain free. Bushmaster's fate was not seen.

(Captain America I#385/2) - Bushmaster was indeed captured with the others: TV reports noted that King Cobra and six Society members were captured, while Puff Adder, Anaconda, Rock Python, Diamondback, Asp, and Black Mamba remained at large.

(Captain America Annual#10/2) - Bushmaster bitterly went over his life history in the Vault until his lawyer, Mr. Senescu, informed him that he was being released for insufficient evidence of wrongdoing.

(Captain America I#435) - King Cobra auditioned Jack Flag as his eventual replacement as King Cobra, forcing him to run a gauntlet of the Society serpents, including Bushmaster. The fracas was interrupted when Captain America (secretly summoned by Flag) showed up and faked his own defeat at the hands of Jack Flag/King Cobra and Bushmaster, Fer-de-Lance, Cottonmouth, Rock Python, and Rattler; they took him to the real King Cobra. When Coachwhip was revealed to be a disguised Free Spirit and Jack Flag revealed himself to be an enemy of the Society, Bushmaster was one of those left to attack the pair after King Cobra and Mr. Hyde went after Captain America.

(Captain America I#436) - Bushmaster pursued Jack Flag and Free Spirit when they tried to escape.

(Captain America I#437) - Bushmaster and the Society had Jack Flag and Free Spirit cornered when Force Works (an Avengers' offshoot) came to the pair's aid; within four minutes the Serpent Society was defeated. They were taken into custody by the team.

(Captain America IV#30) - Bushmaster, Puff Adder, and Asp burst in on Captain America's apartment. Asp blasted both him and Diamondback (really an LMD) knocking out Captain America but not Diamondback, and noted to the others that her blast should have knocked out Rachel as well. Bushmaster was present in the Society's underground New York-area headquarters when Captain America and Diamondback awoke, chained to a pillar.

(Captain America IV#31) - Bushmaster was there while King Cobra taunted Diamondback, promising to punish her for her betrayal. Sixteen hours later, King Cobra summoned the rest of the Society when the Captain escaped; Bushmaster was one of many to respond and was knocked out by the Captain. S.H.I.E.L.D. subsequently took him and the rest of the Society into custody.

(Thunderbolts II#104) - At the Thunderbolts' training ground in Desert Flats, New Mexico, Bushmaster sat beside Rattler and Snake Marston and observed King Cobra training. He then watched with other villains while Baron Helmut Zemo gathered a large squad of villains and announced that they would be his new Thunderbolts, with a chance at earning either/both redemption or their freedom.

(Thunderbolts II#107) - As part of Epsilon Squad of the "Thunderbolts Army," Bushmaster fought in Tokyo to control civilians who were unexpectedly gaining uncontrollable powers.

(Punisher War Journal II#13) - Bushmaster was among those captured by Alyosha Kravinoff and held in his super-human "zoo" in the cargo ship "Bella Anna."

(Punisher War Journal II#14) - Confined with Tiger Shark, the Rhino, Mandrill, Vulture, Mongoose, Man-Bull, Gargoyle, Frog-Man, Kangaroo, Grizzly, and others, Bushmaster had an explosive collar placed around his neck. He witnessed Kraven demonstrate the collar by exploding the winged horse Aragorn. After telepathic impulses from Kraven reduced Bushmaster and the others to acting on animalistic impulse, they were released within the ship to fight.

(Punisher War Journal II#15) - With the mental abilities of only an enraged animal, Bushmaster attacked Kraven but a chop to the neck left Bushmaster unconscious and defeated. Kraven was later defeated by the Punisher and others.

(Wolverine III#73/1) - On a Monday, several Serpent Society members (Anaconda, Black Mamba, Bushmaster, Cottonmouth), fought members of the New Avengers (Captain America/Barnes, Luke Cage, Ronin/Barton, Spider-Woman/Drew, Wolverine) in a semi-tropical locale (palm trees were nearby). Bushmaster took on both Cage and Ronin.

(X-Men: To Serve and Protect#2/1) - Mr. Negative hired the Serpent Society to eliminate two new vigilantes (Anole and Rockslide, both disguised), who were soon confronted King Cobra, Bushmaster, Rattler, Anaconda and Death Adder.

(X-Men: To Serve and Protect#3/1) - Anole and Rockslide's unusual fighting styles kept the Serpent Society members at bay until Mr. Negative intervened and "turned" Rockslide to his will.

(X-Men: To Serve and Protect#4/1) - Anole dodged the possessed Rockslide's hits, jumping amongst the Serpent Society members so that they would be hit instead of him. Mr. Negative ended his possession of Rockslide and a smoke grenade covered the escape of Mr. Negative and the Serpent Society group.

(Avengers vs. X-Men#0) - Bushmaster teamed up with Serpent Society teammates Anaconda, Asp, Cottonmouth and Puff Adder, robbing a bank and holding hostages. Hope Summers attacked them, cutting Bushmaster's cybernetic arms off, and knocked the villains out.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)

   Bushmaster's fellow Serpent Society member Cottonmouth has occasionally gone by Bushmaster's real name of Quincy McIver. While this was undoubtedly initially a mistake on Mark Gruenwald's part, it has since been perpetuated elsewhere. The current Marvel take is that Cottonmouth has been passing himself off as Quincy for unknown reasons of his own.

Profile by SQUEAK

CLARIFICATIONS:
Bushmaster should not be confused with


images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #2, pg 40(main image)
Captain America I#313, pg5, p2 (arms sliced off)


Appearances:
Captain America I#310-312 (October-December, 1985) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#313 (January, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#315 (March, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#319 (July, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#341-342 (May-June, 1988) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Uncanny X-Men Annual#13 (1989) - Terry Austin (writer), Mike Vosburg (penciler/inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Captain America I#365 (December, 1989) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mark Bright (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#367 (February, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#380-381 (December, 1990-January, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Dan Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#385/2 (May, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Dan Panosian (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America Annual#10/2 (1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Don Heck (penciler/inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#435-437 (January-March, 1995) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Dave Hoover (penciler), Dan Bulanadi (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Captain America IV#30-31 (October-November, 2004) - Robert Kirkman (writer), Scot Eaton (penciler), Drew Geraci (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts II#104, 107 (September, December, 2006) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Gary Erskine (inker), Molly Lazer (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#13 (January, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Cory Walker (penciler & inker), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#14-15 (February-March, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Scott Wegener (penciler & inker), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Wolverine III#73/1 (July, 2009) - Jason Aaron (writer), Adam Kubert (penciler), Mark Farmer (inker), Alan Fine (editor)
X-Men: To Serve and Protect#2/1-4/1 (February-April, 2011) - Chris Yost (writer), Derec Donovan (art), Nick Lowe (editor)
Avengers vs. X-Men#0 (May, 2012) - Jason Aaron (writer), Frank Cho (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 08/02/12

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