Real Name: Joe (last name unrevealed)
Occupation: Murderous vigilante and cult leader;
former chemical plant worker
Group Membership: $ Cult
Affiliations: Simon La Grange (Daily Bugle reporter)
Enemies: "Fat Man," Carter Hunt, Martine, wealthy people, Daredevil, NYPD
Known Relatives: Maggie (wife), unidentified children
Aliases: "Modern Day Robin Hood"
Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.
First Appearance: Daredevil I#242 (May, 1987)
Powers/Abilities: Joe had known combat training, but he used whatever was at hand to kill those he say in need of killing (wealthy people who were not charitable to the poor). He made an obese man eat to death (or choke on his food?), strangled a woman with a pearl necklace, and shot someone through the heart with a diamond (only in comic books...).
(Daredevil I#242) - Joe worked in a chemical plant that was scheduled to lay off many workers which would put them out of a job and a source of income, so he went to the rich owner to appeal to him about changing his mind. While having his dinner, the rich owner (later referred to as the "Fat Man" by Joe) listened to his pleas but did not reconsider them and said that there were jobs out there for anyone who wasn’t lazy. The owner also stated that for the others, they could sit back and let trickle down economics take care of them; in other words, go on welfare and let the State take of them. Growing more despondent, Joe said welfare wasn’t the answer because it could not provide him with enough money to put food on the table. The owner's dog, Kafka, then broke a priceless pre-Colombian urn and, instead of disciplining the pet, gave it a filet mignon steak. Witnessing the “Fat Man’s” disregard for money and lack of compassion to his fellow employees’ plights, he savagely attacked him and forced his food down his throat till he died.
Feeling remorse for his actions Joe called the police but was put on hold. He decided then to contact the Daily Bugle newspaper and was connected to reporter Simon La Grange to tell his story. Simon La Grange convinced Joe that he was as much a victim as he was a criminal and that he was like a "modern day Robin Hood". This gave Joe the idea to become the Caviar Killer and punish the rich if they did not become more charitable toward the poor; he also wanted Simon La Grange to be his voice. The newspaper edition with the Caviar Killer story on the front page came out and was read by Daredevil who began to investigate so as to stop the murderer.
The Caviar Killer later snuck into the New York Upper Westside apartment belonging to a wealthy elderly couple and strangled Martine, an elderly woman, with her pearl necklace that she was wearing. Some time later, according to a newspaper article, Joe murdered the billionaire oil baron, Carter Hunt, by somehow shooting him through the heart with a diamond. Joe then formed a group of followers, calling them the $ Cult, who believed in his ideals about sharing wealth with the poor.
Joe set up a secret TV interview with Simon La Grange but Daredevil tracked the location down by following the reporter. Daredevil burst in and tried to reason with the $ Cult that Joe was making them all accomplices to murder. However, mob mentality made his appeal fruitless and forced a direct melee with Daredevil. Watching the ensuing conflict and seeing many of his allies hurt by Daredevil, Joe yelled to the crowd to stop fighting. As he began to cry, he said this was not supposed to happen, that enough people had been hurt and that he would give himself up. He turned to Daredevil and said that wealth has no conscience and perhaps he gave it one, however so briefly.
(Daredevil I#242 - BTS) - Joe was then arrested and presumably taken into custody by the police.
Comments: Created by Ann Nocenti (writer), Keith Pollard (pencils) & Danny Bulanadi (inks).
I wonder if the term Caviar Killer is a play on words for the phrase Caveat Emptor: let the buyer beware. Would this make it Caviar Emptor? Let the caviar eater beware?
I'll make this comment only because someone else would write me to correct it otherwise. Caveat is the word that means beware, so Caviar Emptor would be closer to "Let the buyer have caviar."
My brother once sent me a card that said "Carpe Diem! That means 'You smell like a dead fish.' "
The bizarre thing is that he stated that he "never wanted anyone to die" (see 2nd pic above), but he deliberately murdered at least 3 wealthy individuals. This suggests some level of mental instability on his part.
-- Grendel Prime
Profile by AvatarWarlord72.
The Caviar Killer has no known connections to:
The $ Cult comprised followers of the Caviar Killer who believed in all his propaganda and blindly followed his ideas that the rich needed to start being more charitable to the poor. They fought Daredevil as he was trying to apprehend Joe and stop Simon La Grange from sensationalizing his exploits in the Daily Bugle newspaper. All members were unidentified and the group appeared to only consist of males as no females were seen.
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Daredevil I#242, p16, panel 5 (main)
Daredevil I#242 (May, 1987) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Keith Pollard (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks)
Last updated: 02/04/07
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