The Caviar Killer claims his first victim


Real Name: Joe (last name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Murderous vigilante and cult leader;
    former chemical plant worker

Group Membership$ Cult

AffiliationsSimon LaGrange (Daily Bugle reporter)

Enemies: "Fat Man," Howard, Carter Hunt, Joe's unidentified boss, Kafka the dog, Martine, wealthy people, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), NYPD

Known RelativesMaggie (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...).

Joe the Caviar Killer

(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 as the police, including Ken, were too busy. He decided then to contact the Daily Bugle newspaper and was connected to reporter Simon LaGrange to tell his story. Simon LaGrange 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 LaGrange 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 while her husband Howard was in the next room (and her daughter Chrissy away). 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 LaGrange 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 (including $ Cult sub-profile). Other sub-Profiles by Chadman

The Caviar Killer has no known connections to:

$ Cult

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 LaGrange 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.

--Daredevil I#242

Joe and the $ Cult

Howard, Martine, and Chrissy

(Daredevil I#242) - Howard was discussing stocks and profits with his wife, Martine, as they dressed for an event. He said he hoped to buy Chrissy (presumably their daughter) a new house in the Hamptons. After helping her try on her pearl necklace, Howard stepped into the next room and didn't see the Caviar Killer sneak in and choke Martine to death with her own pearls. The papers reported on Martine's death, remembering how she'd given so much to charity.

--Daredevil I#242

Carter Hunt

(Daredevil I#242 (fb) - BTS) - Oil baron Carter Hunt was killed by the Caviar Killer, who shot him with diamonds through the heart. The papers reported on the murder.

--Daredevil I#242 (fb) - BTS

Joe's Boss

(Daredevil I#242 (fb) - BTS) - A young boy grew up poor and made himself rich, becoming the owner of a profitable chemical plant who enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, living in a fancy home with a maid and a staff. He grew to enjoy opulent meals with expensive foods, and he planned to eat as much as possible as often as he could until he died. He kept his dog Kafka nearby.

(Daredevil I#242) - The man ate a huge meal as his maid waited on him. He fed Kafka a steak as his employee Joe dropped by. The boss lectured Joe about capitalism, then felt triggered and attacked his boss, force-feeding him caviar and wine until the man choked to death. Later, Joe painted the walls with his boss' blood.

--Daredevil I#242 (242 (fb) - BTS, 242

Kafka the dog

(Daredevil I#242) - A man who owned a chemical plant owned a small dog named Kafka who enjoyed a lavish lifestyle. Kafka was called by his master and the dog knocked over an expensive urn before being fed a steak. The man was soon murdered by the Caviar Killer.

--Daredevil I#242


(Daredevil I#242) - Police officer Ken was caught up in the chaos of a busy day at the precinct.

--Daredevil I#242


(Daredevil I#242 (fb) - BTS) - Joe worked at a chemical plant, supporting his wife Maggie and their children.

(Daredevil I#242 - BTS) - Joe committed a murder, becoming the Caviar Killer, he called out to Maggie with regret, knowing he'd just altered his life. He later ended up arrested.

--Daredevil I#242 (242 (fb) - BTS, 242-BTS

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Daredevil I#242, p16, pan5 (main)
Daredevil I#242, p3, pan6 (my name is Joe)
Daredevil I#242, p16, pan4-6 ($ Cult)
Daredevil I#242, p12, pan3 (Howard and Martine)
Daredevil I#242, p15, pan1 (Carter Hunt)
Daredevil I#242, p1, pan1 (Joe's boss)
Daredevil I#242, p2, pan6 (Kafka the dog)
Daredevil I#242, p4, pan7 (Ken)

Daredevil I#242 (May, 1987) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Keith Pollard (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks)

First Posted: 02/04/2007
Last updated: 03/16/2019

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