Real Name: Stuart Clarke
Identity/Class: Human technology user;
identity publicly known;
US citizen with a criminal record
Occupation: Professional criminal, vigilante; former industrialist, engineer, businessman
Former head of Clarke Futuristics, the Recession Raiders (August, Paco, Ronnie, 3 others unidentified)
Affiliations: Tanya Adrian,
Armed Response, Microchip (Linus Lieberman), Recession Raiders,
Henry Russo, Sandy, Splice
formerly Amos Crawley, Sunset Bain, Lotus Newmark, Yuri Ivanich Bezukov (aka Yuri Petrovich/Outcast/Crimson Dynamo), Darkstar, Griffin (Johnny Horton), Iceman, Parnell Jacobs/War Machine, Punisher (Frank Castle), Titanium Man (Boris Bullski)
Enemies: Beast (Hank McCoy), Sunset Bain, Yuri Ivanich Bezukov, Captain Pepper, Champions of Los Angeles (Angel/Warren Worthington, Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Ghost Rider/John Blaze/Zarathos, Hercules/Heracles/Alcaeus, Iceman), Amos Crawley, Crazy Eight (Auteur, Attractive Lad, Buff, Dreamer, Glamour Girl, Hand, Snap, Stat, Visionary), Darkstar, Doombots, Griffin, Hate-Monger (unidentified), Hivelings, Iron Man (Victor von Doom), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Eric Lynch, Parnell Jacobs, Lynn Michaels, Mung, National Force, Punisher (Frank Castle), SHIELD (including G.W. Bridge), Skrulls, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Titanium Man, Wonder Man
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Rampage; "Captain Action Figure" (nickname used by Punisher)
Place of Birth: East Lansing, Michigan
Base of Operations: Mobile;
Manhattan, New York;
formerly Los Angeles, California
Education: Advanced degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering
First Appearance: Champions I#5 (April, 1976)
Powers/Abilities: Stuart Clarke is a gifted and highly talented engineer and inventor, skilled with creating a variety of weapons, especially exoskeletons, for use against super-heroes and villains. He was an experienced but untalented businessman, with limited basic combat skills. He is also experienced with the use of a handgun.
Clarke works with a number of weapons, including such materials as experimental lightweight polymers, high impact heat-velocity bullets, electricity, and nerve agents.
Clarke's Rampage exoskeleton was composed of the same lightweight and flexible alloys and reinforced by the same magnetic fields (to join the assorted mechanical components) as Iron Man's armor. It was powered by miniature generators. He flew via boot jets at up to 150 mph, though he sometimes also used an Ionic Jet Pack to achieve high-speed (200 mph) and powerful flight, but it only had enough fuel to last for a few minutes. Later incarnations of the jet pack allowed much greater flight time and distance. While wearing the suit, he was strong enough to lift and throw a bulldozer (Class 10) and had enhanced durability.
Clarke's later exoskeleton was a giant lower body (about 12' tall), in which he sat and manipulated it via hand controls. It was roughly Class 10 strength. His miniature Iron Man robots (about 1' tall) each had strength greater than or equal to that of an adult male.
Clarke's Captain America armor -- based on Castle's designs -- had ceramic plating for basic psionic interference, Jerry-rigged sensor scramblers wired up the back, thermal and night vision, and guns, explosives, or knives in every pocket he could find.
Clarke's Venomech system engulfed its wearer in a full-body, high-impact synthiote liquid smart armor that would enhance his durability and strength (Class 10?); Clarke described it as being like a robotic exoskeleton made out of goo. The suit was limited in that it was non-refreshing and lost integrity with each hit. It could also form ballistic weapons.
Clarke gained a number of weapons looted from SHIELD's arsenal, such as a gun that fired knives, and he also studied and enhanced the War Machine armor.
Clarke once developed a mind-controlling gas, as well as unspecified means of longer-term control
When he was crippled, he utilized a force field projector in his wheelchair, which was highly resistant to impact, though it could be shorted out by electricity.
Clarke also designed ion-dampeners, which neutralized the ionic power of Wonder Man and the Crazy Eight, though they were only effective against a certain amount of energy, and Wonder Man, when sufficiently determined, managed to generate sufficient energy that even multiple dampeners could not stop him.
Weight: 185 lbs.; (in Rampage armor) 210 lbs.
Hair: Black (dyed light brown)
(Champions I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke founded Clarke Futuristics.
(Wonder Man II#20 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke hoped to lead America into the future in the most efficient way, via his own high-tech company.
(Wonder Man II#5 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke always saw himself as a victim.
(Wonder Man II#5 (fb) - BTS) - After Simon Williams wiped himself and Williams Innovations out with his embezzlement scandal, Clarke Futuristics was the number two company for government contracted high tech.
(Champions I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke designed an exoskeleton, intending for it to revolutionize modern police work, but when Stark's Los Angeles operation started working on a similar project, it got the government contracts in his place.
(Champions I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke showed sketches of his exoskeleton to his lawyer and financial advisor, Amos Crawley.
(Champions I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke struggled against the larger corporations, such as Stark and Roxxon. Even when he was first with a product, he couldn't supply it as economically or as rapidly as those companies.
(Wonder Man II#20 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke blamed his failing company on the inefficient policies of the government and the chaos of an economy run by pirates and short-term profiteers.
(Champions I#5 (fb) - BTS) - An irate Stuart Clarke tossed his unpaid bills in the air.
- Amos Crawley berated Clarke for the childish display, noting that he was in
debt to the government, his sub-contractors, and to Crawley, and said that if he'd
sold out two years before he could have been a rich man, but now he had to
declare bankruptcy. Clarke became furious, noting that he had put his heart and
soul into Clarke Futuristics and that it was Crawley's fault because he had been
handling his finances and had not prepared for the recession. Clarke then fired
Crawley, announcing that he'd find a way to pay back his creditors.
Clarke donned his exoskeleton and prepared to take what he needed to revive Clarke Futuristics from banks, protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which he perceived as causing no "real people" to suffer loss, while the bank's losses would be covered by the government, whom he blamed for putting his business in such dire straights. Robbing LA's National Bank, Clarke accused the manager of lying about being unable to open its time lock during business hours and then ripped open the vault. He was caught in the act and confronted by Iceman, but quickly overpowered him. Iceman's Champions teammate the Angel saved him from being squashed by the lamp post Clarke had torn from the ground, and Hercules crushed the post and tore it from Clarke's hands. Clarke leapt forward and punched Hercules, momentarily dazing him, but then Hercules punched him through a wall. Rampage recovered quickly and attacked anew, holding his own against all the group, including the newly arrived Black Widow and her ally Ivan Petrovich, and when Hercules attempted to end the fight, Rampage threatened to kill the unconscious Angel to stop him.
(Champions I#6) - The Champions backed off from Clarke, only to attack anew after he let the Angel go. The Black Widow's sting shorted out and she was nearly pounded by Clarke, but Ivan leapt in his way and took a crushing blow himself. To escape the enraged Hercules, Clarke hurled a car at him and then fled during the subsequent explosion, placing his exoskeleton inside a wooden box and escaping while posing as an ordinary workman.
(Champions I#5 (flashforward) - BTS / Champions I#6) - The press/police dubbed Clarke's costumed form "Rampage".
(Champions I#6) - Amos Crawley contacted the police, and they soon appeared outside of Clarke Futuristics and demanded his surrender.
His boot jets having been damaged in the previous flight, Clarke donned his
Ionic Jet Pack and burst through the back doors, unwittingly flattening a pair
of policeman (Conners and one other) preparing to break in. Distraught about
having possibly killed them, and how that would affect his fate, Clarke only
made it a short distance before the Jet Pack ran low and he was forced to stop,
after which he was assaulted by vengeance-seeking cops. The Champions arrived
soon after, and as he struggled against them, he decided that if he would be
treated like a super-villain, then he would behave like one. Nonetheless, his suit's
power soon began to fade, and as he faced defeat, he hurled the Jet Pack to the
ground, and the remaining fuel exploded violently. Iceman protected his
teammates with an ice shield, but Rampage was injured.
Crawley noted that Clarke had never had a chance to alter his power of attorney status for Clarke Futuristics, and he prepared to move swiftly, sell the company, pay off Clarke's creditors, and escape with a tidy fee for himself.
(Champions I#7 (fb) - BTS) - The Angel sent his lawyer, Emerson Bale, to defend Clarke.
(Champions I#8 (fb) - BTS) - Rampage allied with Yuri Ivanich Bezukov (aka Yuri Petrovich).
(Champions I#7) - Clarke refused Bale's services from his hospital bed, knowing he would soon be rescued. Darkstar and the Griffin soon broke him out, and, via an exo-glove they gave him, and he escaped despite the efforts of the Angel and Ghost Rider.
(Gambit and the Champions: From the Marvel Vault#1) - Rampage sparred with the Champions.
(Champions I#8) - Rampage confronted the Champions within their tower, showing them pictures of the Titanium Man capturing the Black Widow, taunting the others with knowledge of her whereabouts and revealing the master planner as the Outcast. The recovered Ivan punched Rampage, knocking him down, and Rampage voiced his intentions of fighting them after he delivered the message from the Outcast. Intending to play a verbal message from the Outcast, Rampage touched the stud on his belt, which instead set off an explosion. The Champions escaped injury, but Clarke was badly injured. Before passing out, he told Ivan that he'd known the Outcast from way back. Ghost Rider then rushed Rampage to the hospital.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#18 (fb) - BTS) - Diagnosed as crippled for life and currently comatose, Clarke secretly revived and prepared a dose of gas (manufactured from the hospital dispensary) that would put another temporarily under his mental command.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#18 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke was visited regularly by Iceman, who felt sorry for him.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#18 (fb)) - During one of Iceman's visits, Clarke appeared to awaken from his coma and asked Iceman to come closer so he could tell him something, then doused him with the gas, which put him under Clarke's temporary control. Clarke had Iceman take him from the hospital.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#18 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke directed
Iceman to take him to another set of Rampage armor, and he somehow used a more
long-term means of maintaining control over Iceman and had him don the Rampage
armor to serve as his agent.
Meanwhile, police directed the Angel to track down his ally Iceman, who was believed to have criminally abducted the comatose Clarke.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#18 (fb)) - Angel looked for Iceman in Champions Tower, and was ambushed by Rampage/Drake under Clarke's control. Fearful of harming Iceman, the Angel was reluctant to fight Rampage.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#18 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke plotted to use Rampage/Drake to gain revenge on the Angel and then the rest of the Champions.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#17) - The Angel saved photographer Peter Parker from a pair of windows that had fallen from an upper floor of the Champions Tower (apparently due to the builders using shoddy materials), then confronted Clarke about involving others in his scheme. Clarke summoned Rampage/Drake, who punched out the Angel and sent him flying out a window, but Spider-Man, who had overheard the argument, arrived and saved the Angel and then confronted Clarke and Rampage/Drake. The Angel recovered and tried to stop Spider-Man from harming Rampage/Drake, and Spider-Man was forced to punch out the Angel to stop him from holding him back. Clarke's force field prevented Spider-Man from attacking him directly, and when Rampage/Drake caught and threatened to crush Spider-Man, the Angel acted to save him, throwing a power rod from the rubble and striking Clarke's force field. The energy overload knocked out Clarke, then fed back to Rampage/Drake, destroying the armor, but Iceman, still under Clarke's mental control, then prepared to renew his assault.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#18) - While Clarke lay unconscious, Iceman attacked Angel and Spider-Man, but eventually Spidey decided to try to shock Iceman out of Clarke's control and tossed him into a car wash (yes, a car wash!). The hot steam stunned Iceman, causing him to revert back to Drake, free from Clarke's control and lacking any memory of having been under Clarke's control. The Angel then flew Clarke back to the hospital.
(Punisher War Journal II#17 (fb)) - Clarke rehabilitated himself, perhaps using his own advanced technology.
(Wonder Man II#5 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke Futuristics became Pactech.
(Wonder Man II#5 (fb) - BTS) - Homeless and living on the streets, Clarke designed a device that could control one of his Rampage exoskeletons (still stored in the old facility), but it would only work if the costume was already on. Every time he walked past Pactech, he tried out his device in hopes that they might be using the exoskeleton.
(Wonder Man II#5 (fb) - BTS) - Pactech designed a number of replicas of Clarke's exoskeleton.
(Wonder Man II#5) - Clarke complained to his friend August about the state of the economy. Walking past Pactech, he tried his control device, but received no response. One of the technicians at Pactech heard Clarke's costume clicking, and they soon after turned it on to run a few tests. When he walked past again, Clarke tried his device, and this time he gained control of the suit. Clarke had the suit break out of the building and come to him, after which he donned it, returned to the research lab, and took the other suits Pactech had designed.
(Wonder Man II#5 - BTS) - Clarke delivered the other exoskeletons to six of his homeless friends (August, Paco, Ronnie, 3 others unidentified), who became the Recession Raiders.
(Wonder Man II#5) - Clarke began to tear down the Pactech sign, at which point he was confronted by Wonder Man and the Beast, who had heard of his rampage. Wonder Man punched Clarke to the ground, but then one of Rampage's Recession Raiders hurled a chimney into the back of the Beast's head, knocking him out. Clarke flew off and joined his Recession Raiders and confronted Wonder Man anew.
(Wonder Man II#6) - Clarke struck Wonder Man, who--irate over
the Beast's injuries--fought back savagely against him and the Recession
Raiders. Clarke soon directed the others to assault the helpless Beast so Wonder
Man would leave himself defenseless while protecting his friend. Wonder Man
eventually recovered the Beast and took off with him, challenging Rampage and
the Raiders to try to stop him, but Clarke wisely realized they didn't need to
risk defeat or capture. He instead encouraged them to follow him in a plan for
He led them into Pactech and discussed his plan to battle the approaching police to gain publicity so that he could then sell his inventions and the technology they were stealing from Pactech to the international black market; he delighted in the irony that the same countries who had ruined America's balance of trade would pay him for American inventions they had gobbled up through corporate piracy. Then, after he had turned his Raiders into a super-army, they could return, drive off the foreign investors, and lead Americans to retake their economic destiny.
August and the other Raiders were a little uncertain of the soundness of Clarke's plan, and he tried to rally them with further discussions of becoming national heroes, the dream of technocracy, power to the fittest, and wealth to the inventors. Feeling they were in this deep, they accompanied Rampage out to attack the police helicopters, but they were soon assaulted by Wonder Man, who took down a number of the Raiders. Clarke exhorted the last two Raiders, August & Ronnie, to tackle Wonder Man, but they decided they'd rather escape with the suits than risk a beating from Wonder Man. The hero then crushed Rampage's jets with a flagpole, denounced Clarke's monetary goals in favor of the value of life and friendship, then dismantled his suit and beat him into submission. Police swarmed the downed combatants, and Pactech technicians informed them how to deactivate the suits.
Learning of Clarke, Lotus Newmark decided he could be of use in her plans. She arranged his bail, defense, and his employment, but kept his name out of the arrangements.
(Wonder Man II#10 (fb) - BTS) - Stuart Clarke adapted his technology to design the Armed Response exoskeletons used by agents of Lotus in her racketeering scheme.
(Wonder Man II#17) - Frustrated by Wonder Man's interference with her plans, Lotus instructed Rampage and Splice to eliminate him. As they watched the Avengers West Coast in hopes of being led to Wonder Man, Rampage looked forward to making Wonder Man pay for his past defeat.
(Wonder Man II#18) - As Lotus discussed her plans for Splice and Rampage to take down Wonder Man, her agent Andrew warned her that sending Rampage might draw negative publicity, especially if others recognized the connections between Rampage's and Armed Response's armors. When Lotus instead planned to get Wonder Man a job out of town to get him out of her hair, both Splice and Rampage hoped he would refuse the job so they could fight him again.
(Wonder Man II#20 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke designed ion-dampeners to neutralize Wonder Man's ionic powers, and Lotus sent him and Splice to attack the Crazy Eight, a group of people who had gained super-powers from exposure to Wonder Man's ionic energies, and who had interfered with Lotus' plans to use Armed Response in her racketeering scheme.
(Wonder Man II#20) - Resenting Hollywood for its expenditure
of millions developing projects that were never released, Clarke vowed to give
the city a good cleaning under Lotus' guidance. He and Splice assaulted the
various members of the Crazy Eight. Attractive Lad magnetically immobilized
Rampage and Buff punched him through a wall, but then Splice and Rampage nailed
them with ion-dampeners. Before they could finish off the youths, Auteur
generated an illusion of Wonder Man arriving, but then Splice threw a knife
into her chest. The multiple forms of Stat then attacked the pair, but they
easily fought him off. Splice instructed Rampage to kill the helpless Visionary,
Buff, and Attractive Lad while he went after the others, Clarke was less than
comfortable with the idea of murder, and he also saw the potential for studying
their powers to design new technology.
Meanwhile, Dreamer managed to get a limited message to Wonder Man, warning him of her mother (Auteur/Alex Flores) being hurt.
(Wonder Man II#21) - Rampage flew off with the three unconscious Crazy Eight members, cursing Splice for his inefficient idea of killing them before they could be studied, but then he saw Wonder Man battling Splice. Rampage zapped Wonder Man to separate the two and attacked him, denouncing how Hollywood actors and producers used and neglected technical people, but despite being hit with an ion-dampener, Wonder Man determinedly raised his levels of ionic energy and fought back. Even four more dampeners were insufficient when Wonder Man became furious over how they had hurt his then would-be girlfriend Alex, and he caught a bulldozer Rampage had hurled and threw it back on top of him. Recovering, Rampage hurled multiple dampeners, but the enraged Wonder Man unleashed a powerful burst of ionic energy that stunned Rampage, then tore off his ionic jet pack and crushed it, the explosion of which knocked Clarke out.
(Iron Man III#19 (fb) / Punisher War Journal II#17 (fb)) - Parnell Jacobs found the War Machine armor after Jim Rhodes had abandoned it. He brought the armor to his associate Stuart Clarke, who convinced him they'd have better luck finding a buyer back in the US, with one particular party in mind.
(Iron Man III#11 (fb) - BTS) - Stuart Clarke took a job with Baintronics, working in Washington, California.
(Iron Man III#19 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke rebuilt and modified the War Machine armor, adding a plasma cannon and ion pulse gun.
(Iron Man III#20 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke designed a new weapon system for Baintronics.
(Iron Man III#11) - Sunset Bain contacted Clarke, instructing
him to "arrange a hole in Tony Stark's schedule" (so he would be willing and
able to meet with her).
The next day, Jacobs donned the War Machine armor and assaulted the Astrodyne Systems plant, which as planned, drew the attention of Tony Stark (and Iron Man).
(Iron Man III#19) - Sunset Bain used Tony Stark in an effort to gain full control of the Jocasta program. When Stark figured out what he was working on, he donned his Iron Man armor and tried to liberate her. Bain had War Machine (Jacobs) attack Iron Man, and Clarke cheered his re-creation on, acknowledging that while Iron Man was far more maneuverable, the additional armament on War Machine would soon overcome him. Unwilling to take that risk, Bain placed the Jocasta program in control of Baintronics new weapons system and directed it to destroy both combatants.
(Iron Man III#20) - Jacobs asked Clarke what was going on, and Clarke told him how Sunset was testing her new smart weapons on them. Iron Man eventually fell before the combined attacks of War Machine and the Baintronics weapons system. As Jim Rhodes arrived in a SHIELD flying car with Jacob's wife, Glenda, and confronted War Machine, Iron Man managed to take out one of the weapons and steal its network card so he could access Jocasta's systems. Bain commanded Clarke to get War Machine back in the fight, but as Jacobs attacked anew, Iron Man lured him into a spot where they were both struck by hunter missiles. War Machine weathered the explosions better, but Rhodes called in an old debt with Jacobs, causing him to quit working with Clarke and depart. Iron Man used War Machine's plasma cannon and ion pulse gun to take out the other weapons systems attacking him. Bain cursed Clarke's inferior systems and threw him out.
(Punisher War Journal II#17 (fb)) - Clarke attempted to gain vengeance on Tony Stark, but was taken down by SHIELD agents and sent to the Raft.
(Punisher War Journal II#17 (fb) - BTS) - At Clarke's trial, Stark testified that Clarke was crazy.
(New Avengers#1-3 - BTS / New Avengers: Most Wanted Files) - Clarke was amongst the Raft criminals freed from his cell who took part in a breakout attempt arranged by Electro, battling the as-yet unformed New Avengers when they arrived to quell the breakout. Clarke escaped from the Raft.
(Punisher War Journal II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke dyed his hair and changed his appearance to avoid recapture.
(Punisher War Journal II#7 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke began dating photojournalist Tatiana Ariocha.
(Punisher War Journal II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke upgraded the weapons systems of a number of super-villains.
(Punisher War Journal II#1) - Entertaining himself by smashing miniature Iron Man robots in a giant exoskeleton, Clarke sensed the presence of the Punisher (Frank Castle), who had been sent to him by the Tinkerer. Clarke's Iron Man robots subdued and restrained the Punisher, who blamed him for the deaths of innocent people. Clarke blamed Tony Stark (now publicly revealed as Iron Man) for the deaths of innocents during the super-hero "Civil War," and took umbrage to being compared to him; he further claimed that Stark was probably behind Electro breaking Clarke and the rest out of the Raft. Clarke then gave the Punisher a device to track down any Stark technology. To prove the strength of his beliefs, Clarke released the Punisher, telling him to use the device to track down a super-villain with the device and bring him back to him so he could reveal the Stark tech within him; Castle allied with Clarke in this search. Using the device, the Punisher first found a number of Captain America's safe houses, then located the Jester (Jody Putt) and Jack O'Lantern (Steven Levins) attacking Spider-Man in his "Iron Spider" costume. Castle shot both criminals, then took Spider-Man for treatment to one of Captain America's safehouses, the base of the Secret Avengers.
(Punisher War Journal II#2) - GW Bridge arranged a SHIELD assault on Clarke's base in hopes of capturing the Punisher. Clarke sensed their approach, but the Punisher returned and acquired his aid in breaking into the Baxter Building (to assist in the breaking into the Negative Zone prison 43), then instructed Clarke that Bridge was not to die. Soon after Castle's departure, Bridge arrived at Clarke's door, intending to deliver a warning about Castle.
(Punisher War Journal II#3) - Clarke took out his aggressions on one of his Iron Man robots with a golf club while Bridge tried to warn him that the Punisher might try to shut him down. Bridge then sent SHIELD agents to take down Clarke, who donned an Iron Man-like armored torso and used its chest beam against the approaching SHIELD agents, and the backlash knocked Clarke out of his room, across the street, and into another building from which he escaped.
(Punisher War Journal II#3 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke located the Punisher -- recovering from a beating from Captain America after he had slain Goldbug and the Plunderer after they had tried to join the "Secret Avengers" -- and brought him to a SHIELD armory where he cared for him for 4 days until Castle awakened. Meanwhile, Clarke stripmined every bit of data, equipment, and technology he could.
(Punisher War Journal II#3) - Clarke had to stop Castle from crushing his windpipe upon his revival, but Castle was much happier upon learning he was in an armory.
(Punisher War Journal II#6 (fb)) - As Clarke and the Punisher further raided the SHIELD armory, they heard men landing on the roof and realized they had been discovered. They took off in an armored van and were pursued by SHIELD agents until the Punisher crashed the van off a bridge, after which they escaped via rebreathers (and via the Punisher kicking the pursuing agents' butts). Clarke was exhausted after they emerged from the East River, but the Punisher reminded him he needed to keep moving or die. Later, Clarke showed Castle a newspaper of the new Hate-Monger, who was wearing a costume with similarities to the now-apparently deceased Captain America's as he was slaughtering Mexicans trying to enter Texas illegally.
(Punisher War Journal II#8 (fb) - BTS) - Unbeknownst to Castle, Clarke knew the picture had been taken by his girlfriend Tatiana, and he showed the picture to Castle intending for him to go to her aid.
(Punisher War Journal II#7 (fb)) - Clarke rode shotgun with Punisher cross country to Texas, discussing illegal immigrants and how they could be abused. Castle gave Clarke the instruction of finding the woman who had taken the picture of the Hate-Monger, and Clarke assured him he would do it. Clarke soon found Tatiana, who was paranoid after finding out that one of the women she had interviewed in the Hate-Monger investigation had been found dead; she clocked him over the head with her phone and began punching him before recognizing him, at which point she started kissing him.
(Punisher War Journal II#8 (fb)) - Castle tracked down Clarke in the hotel and then nearly assaulted Tatiana until Clarke revealed she was his girlfriend. In preparation for his confrontation with the Hate-Monger and his National Force, Castle showed him a picture of the Captain America armor he wanted. Based on the location where Castle had arranged to meet the Hate-Monger, Tatiana and Clarke planned to warn several lay-up colonies (of Mexicans planning to enter Texas illegally). Clarke designed the armor but was worried about how obsessed Castle was over taking vengeance on Hate-Monger for his use of the Captain America costume, and he was even more worried upon learning that Castle planned to take on the entire National Force army himself. Clarke and Tatiana dropped Castle off shortly thereafter. Tatiana told Clarke she would never ask for his help again, then they were pulled over by a police car, which turned out to be Tank and another member of the National Force. The other guy punched Clarke, and Tank grabbed Tatiana out of the truck. Half-dazed, Clarke started the truck and took off, narrowly avoiding his attackers' gunshots and only then realized that he had left Tatiana behind.
(Punisher War Journal II#9 (fb)) - Clarke contacted GW Bridge
for aid, leading him to Texas via his interest in capturing the Punisher.
Meanwhile, Castle had infiltrated the National Force, but had fallen under the
influence of the Hate-Monger's H-Ray, which filled him with hatred and anger. To
prove himself to the Hate-Monger, Castle was unable to stop himself from killing
his prisoner, Tatiana. Bridge met up with Clarke soon after, and after Clarke
told him that the National Force had captured his girlfriend and revealed the
details on the organization, they planned an assault. Around the same time,
Castle was discovered to be the Punisher and then attacked the National Force,
but was captured by them.
With Clarke as his back-up, Bridge confronted the Hate-Monger before he could kill the Punisher.
(Punisher War Journal II#10) - Hate-Monger and his men
considered killing both Bridge and the Punisher, but then Clarke began
detonating explosives in their compound, causing them all to go running
back to stop them. Within the compound, Clarke found Tatiana's dead body, vowed
to kill whoever had done this to her, and began shooting the members of the
National Force as they entered. Hate-Monger ordered his men to pack up so they
could relocate, but then the Punisher joined the assault. Between Clarke and
Castle, the National Force and the H-Ray were destroyed, Hate-Monger was killed,
and anyone who tried to flee the building was taken out by Bridge.
Clarke told Castle of his intent to track down and kill everybody who had been there until he found out who had killed Tatiana, ignoring Castle's explanation of the H-Ray's involvement, stating that it only brought out that which was already present within the people. Castle didn't tell Clarke that he had killed Tatiana himself, and they then confronted Bridge, who let them get a five hour headstart before pursuing them, as thanks for having helped take down the National Force. Soon after, Castle accompanied Clarke as he tracked down and killed the sheriff who had told Tank and his partner the name of the 911 operator who had taken a call about the National Force (the operator had been interviewed by Tatiana and apparently revealed her name to them before they killed her).
(Punisher War Journal II#12) - When Mung and his Hivelings began assaulting civilians in New York as part of their unique spin on the Hulk's invasion of Earth, Clarke helped the Punisher oppose them, driving him around the city in their van. They helped rescue a young girl and her pet cat, then vowed to help the girl's family safely evacuate the city. When they went to get more weapons from one of Clarke's personal workshops, Clarke shared his infatuation with the She-Hulk and hoped she wasn't associated with the attacks. They were attacked by and slew a number of the Hivelings with some of the weapons they retrieved, then began to lead the family though the city, fighting off Hivelings all the way before being confronted by the monstrous Mung. Castle challenged Mung to single combat and arranged a meeting in one hour, during which time Clarke swiftly designed a synthetic Venom-like costume to aid him in battle. Though the suit was damaged and Castle took a slash to the abdomen, it allowed him to stand up to Mung long enough to get in close enough to tear off one of his arms. As Mung stood there in shock, Castle then sliced the top of his skull and brain off, killing him. The Hivelings took off, and Castle and Clarke returned to their mission of getting the family out safely.
(Punisher War Journal II#17) - Sunset Bain and Parnell Jacobs
each tried to use Clarke to get the rest of the War Machine armor (Jacobs had
the armor while Bain had the helmet). Bain romanced Clarke, and Clarke shots
Jacobs three times in the chest. Once Bain found out where Jacobs hid his armor,
she clubbed Clarke with the helmet and took off.
Clarke then informed the Punisher of her location and he takes her out.
(Punisher War Journal Annual#1) - Searching for a missing girl Clarke went undercover into Captain Pepper's club to help Frank take down Captain Pepper. Clarke moved to the toilet and stayed in radio contact with the Punisher while he attacked the club. Clarke's recon drone soon found Pepper's office while the Punisher fell victim to hallucination inducing gas. Unable to see the world as it is Clarke helped Frank through by telling him through a camera what Frank was actually up against. Clarke had to flee into the ventilation system when Pepper's guards heard him. Clarke's drone hypnotized the guards and he easily knocked them out. Meanwhile the Punisher got caught by Pepper. Clarke found and freed him, but unfortunately breathed in hallucination gas filled with Frank's violent thoughts. Clarke collapsed and couldn't stop talking about killing everyone. Frank took him and the missing girl to the outside where the police was already waiting. Frank then activated explosives he had planted inside the club and escaped with Clarke.
(Punisher War Journal II#19) - Punisher brought Diamonelle to Clarke, who wanted to know why Frank's face was all over the news. Clarke watched with Frank and Diamonelle the news with the NYPD's press conference that declared the Punisher a terrorist. A statement that accordingly came from Frank led Frank to the true culprit -- Jigsaw.
(Punisher War Journal II#20) - The Punisher, Clarke and Diamonelle were attacked by Hand ninjas at Clarke's place. Clarke shot several of them before the Punisher told him to go with Diamonelle to their backup rally. The Punisher led the ninjas away from Clarke and Diamonelle.
(Punisher War Journal II#22) - Clarke stayed with Diamonelle at the hideout for two weeks. Clarke built guns to free the Punisher, but Diamonelle told him that he had no chance to free Frank from a SHIELD convoy. Clarke then called Rhino, who was still indebted to the Punisher, to help him free the Punisher. Before Clarke left Diamonelle revealed to him that Frank had killed Tatiana Arocha. Clarke didn't believe her and wanted to leave, but Diamonelle shot him in the back. She knew that Clarke was a cop killer, revealed herself as Lynn Michaels and then shot Clarke again.
(Punisher War Journal II#23 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke lost two fingers to Lynn.
(Punisher War Journal II#23) - Clarke waited at an underworld clinic, drank alcohol to blank out the pain and decided to become Rampage again.
(Punisher War Journal II#24) - Clarke gave the finishing touches to his prosthesis hand when he received an envelope with a DVD inside. He watched the DVD and it showed Frank Castle kill Tatiana like Lynn Michaels told Clarke. Clarke threw up and watched it again to be sure before throwing up two more times. Clarke decided to kill Frank Castle, but first he had to field test his new weapons. Luckily Skrulls were invading Earth and Clarke's guns proofed good enough to kill some of them. Clarke then put on his Rampage suit and fought Skrulls until he found the Punisher.
(Punisher War Journal II#25) - Clarke was ready to kill the Punisher for Tati's murder, but their fight was broken up by a super-skrull with Hammerhead's powers. After that Skrull was taken down Punisher, Clarke and G.W. Bridge had to hide from a sniper. Clarke took out the sniper and tried to shoot the Punisher himself, but the Punisher expected that and had followed Clarke to the sniper. Their fight continued until Skrulls used an energy cannon to blow up the building where Clarke and Frank were fighting. Heavily injured Clarke was brought into a hospital by Bridge while Frank escaped. Handcuffed to his bead in hospital Clarke explained to Bridge that he had big plans for his future. (see comments)
(Punisher: In the Blood#2 (fb) - BTS) - Clarke sought out Jigsaw, and the two of them chose to team up and commit crimes together. In time, Clarke realized that Henry Russo was now working with the Punisher. Jigsaw and Clarke began to plan their revenge. They captured Microchip, Punisher's former aid who had been helping the Hood fight Punisher recently, and kept him restrained.
(Punisher: In the Blood#4 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw learned more about Punisher's recent history, including how Microchip had had G.W. Bridge killed in order to mystically revive Punisher's dead wife (Maria) and kids (Frank Jr. and Lisa), but Punisher had chosen to kill his family, believing them monstrosities. Jigsaw and Clarke recruited Tanya Adrian, an assassin burnt by the Punisher years ago, to pretend to be Maria Castle, still alive.
(Punisher: In the Blood#1 (fb) - BTS) - Jigsaw and Clarke showed up at the home of Sandy, mother of Henry, asking her to lure Henry in to them. Jigsaw told Sandy all about Henry's alliance with the Punisher. Pretending she needed help sobering up, Sandy called Henry and asked him to come and help.
(Punisher: In the Blood#1) - Henry showed up at Sandy's home and was shocked to see Jigsaw and Clarke there.
(Punisher: In the Blood#2) - Henry drew a gun on Jigsaw and Clarke, but Jigsaw, after ordering Sandy out of the room, began monologuing, explaining how the Punisher was likely to think that Henry had turned against him and was allied with Jigsaw now. Clarke yelled at Henry, wondering if he thought that the boy helping the Punisher would turn out any way but tragic. Jigsaw and Clarke took Henry back to their penthouse, where they were keeping Microchip. Clarke took food into Microchip's cell, telling him how the Punisher had killed the love of his life. They got word that Punisher was killing dozens in his attempt to find Microchip.
(Punisher: In the Blood#3) - With Clarke and "Maria," Jigsaw reviewed the Punisher's progress. After ensuring Clarke that he would kill Henry when the time was right, Jigsaw made out with "Maria." After speaking with his guard Lenny, Jigsaw brought Henry a veggie sandwich and they reviewed Punisher's recent murder spree. When Punisher came to find Henry, he was electrocuted and captured.
(Punisher: In the Blood#4) - Jigsaw and Clarke had sex wtih "Maria" while broadcasting it to the Punisher's cell. Jigsaw and Clarke locked Punisher in a cell with Microchip, keeping them both chained up, and then he watched on a screen with Henry while Punisher broke free of his chains and killed Microchip. Clarke and Jigsaw began fighting over Henry's involvement in things. Henry betrayed the others by releasing Punisher from his cell and revealing the truth about "Maria" to him, then Punisher killed Tanya Adrian. When Clarke sliced Henry and threatened to kill him, Jigsaw stabbed Clarke through the center and shot him multiple times.
SECRET WARS III HAPPENED
(Infamous Iron Man#7) - Clarke, back in his Rampage armor, met up with the former members of Hood's army to discuss the threat of the new Iron Man, who was reportedly Doctor Doom in a heroic guise. Iron Man then attacked, defeating the members of the army. (see comments)
(Defenders V#10) - Hood assembled Rampage and the others, seeking to convince them to make the army official again, but a group of heroes interrupted the meeting and presumably defeated the criminals.
(Invincible Iron Man I#598) - Rampage joined Hood's army in attacking Iron Man (Victor von Doom), but they found the armor was empty.
(Invincible Iron Man I#600) - Hood's army confronted Eric Lynch, the CEO of Stark Industries, on his boat and demanded Hood be given control of Stark's company. The ship was soon overrun with Dombots and Iron Man drones and hte villains were defeated.
Comments: Created by Tony Isabella, Don Heck, and John Tartag.
Punisher War Journal II#17 featured Clarke's perspective on his past, which is significantly different than it was shown in more objective accounts, so I'll assume he just remembers things differently than how they occurred...such as him going to parties as Rampage before he fought the Champions, having beautiful women hanging on him while he was designing the armor, etc.
Rampage as part of Hood's army (or how to ignore everything else but your own writing twice)
In New Avengers I#35 (December, 2007) Brian Michael Bendis used a list of villains to join the Hood's cause. Among those villains was Rampage, who was working with the Punisher at the time in Punisher War Journal Volume 2 (January, 2007 - February, 2009). Because this was kind of a problem it was later revealed in Avengers, Thor & Captain America: Official Index of the Marvel Universe#15 (2011) that it was one of the Recession Raiders instead of Rampage at the meeting. Bendis swerved us when he revealed this guy to be a Skrull in Secret Invasion#7 (December, 2008) and everything was fine...for now.
The year was 2017, the Secret Wars were history and the Marvel Universe had undergone a very soft reboot (so soft most people at Marvel claim there was no reboot). A few things were different, but nothing too noticeable. If you squinted everything was still the same and for Bendis this meant to once again use his "No Research Needed" list of villains to bring back Hood's army. Characters like Rampage and Constrictor, who were not available the last time around, were now fair play and by the power bestowed to him by the editors at Marvel he was going to use them even if it made no sense at all. Nobody stopped him and Rampage (Stuart Clarke) turned up alive again as part of Hood's army alongside Jigsaw, the man who brutally murdered him in Punisher: In the Blood#4 (April, 2011) a few years ago. Was this the triumphant return of a Recession Raider, a totally new guy in the armor or actually Stuart Clarke? We will never know!
Profile by Snood. Updates by Chadman (Punisher: In the Blood to Invincible Iron Man).
No KNOWN connections to:
CLARKE, KEN - Daily Planet reporter covering the arrival of "Starngore" in Central Park; he stopped Peter Parker from being electrocuted by the "force field" protecting the "spaceship."--UK Spider-Man Annual
RAMPAGER - monster from Machus--Fantastic Four I#153
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New Avengers: Avengers Most Wanted: Rampage (Rampage - originally from the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition; and the inset of Clarke)
Champions I#5, p8, panel 1 (full body)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#18, p6, panel 5 (bandaged form)
Wonder Man II#5, p22, pan4 (with Recession Raiders)
Punisher War Journal II#1, p17, panel 3 (exoskeleton & Iron Man robots)
#10, p (face, Clarke)
p (full body Clarke)
Punisher War Journal II#25, p32, pan1 (heavily scarred)
Champions I#5 (April, 1976) - Tony Isabella (writer), Don Heck (penciler), John Tartag (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Champions I#6 (June, 1976) - Tony Isabella (writer), George Tuska (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Champions I#7 (August, 1976) - Tony Isabella (writer), George Tuska (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Champions I#8 (October, 1976) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Bob Hall (penciler), B. Patterson (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#17-18 (April-May, 1978) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), David Hunt (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Wonder Man II#5-6 (January-February, 1992) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Jan Anton Harps (inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Wonder Man II#17 (January, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Dan Panosian & Mark McKenna (inkers), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Wonder Man II#18 (February, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (penciler), Brad Vancata (inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Wonder Man II#20 (April, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (penciler), Brad Vancata (inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Wonder Man II#21 (May, 1993) - Gerard Jones (writer), Tim Hamilton (penciler), Ian Akin (inker), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Iron Man III#11 (December, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Sean Chen (penciler), Larry Strucker & Eric Cannon (inkers), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Iron Man III#19 (August, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Roger Stern (co-plotter, scripter), Sean Chen (penciler), Larry Strucker & Eric Cannon (inkers), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Iron Man III#20 (September, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Roger Stern (co-plotter, scripter), Patrick Zircher & Sean Chen (pencilers), Larry Strucker & Eric Cannon (inkers), Bobbie Chase (editor)
New Avengers#4 (April, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Andy Schmidt (associate editor). Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#1 (January, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Ariel Olivetti (artist), Warren Simons (assistant editor), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#2 (February, 2007 - listed as December, 2006) - Matt Fraction (writer), Ariel Olivetti (artist), Warren Simons (assistant editor), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#3 (March, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Ariel Olivetti (artist), Warren Simons (assistant editor), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#6-7 (June-July, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Ariel Olivetti (artist), Michael O'Connor (assistant editor), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#8-10 (August-October, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Ariel Olivetti (artist), Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editor), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#12 (December, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Ariel Olivetti (artist), Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editor), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#17 (May, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Howard Chaykin (artist), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#19-20 (July-August, 2008) - Matt Fraction & Rick Remender (writers), Howard Chaykin (artist), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#22-25 (October, 2008 - January, 2009) - Matt Fraction & Rick Remender (writers), Howard Chaykin (artist), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Punisher War Journal Annual#1 (January, 2009) - Simon Spurrier (writer), Werther Dell'edera (pencils), Antonio Fuso (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher: In the Blood#1 (January, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Roland Boschi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Punisher: In the Blood#2 (February, 2011) - Rick Remender, Roland Boschi (writers), Dan Brown, Axel Alonso (artists), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Punisher: In the Blood#3 (March, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Michele Bertilorenzi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Punisher: In the Blood#4 (April, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Roland Boschi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Gambit and the Champions: From the Marvel Vault#1 (October, 2011) - Scott Lobdell (writer), George Tuska (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Infamous Iron Man#7 (June, 2017) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Alex Maleev (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Defenders V#10 (April, 2018) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Marquez (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Invincible Iron Man I#598 (May, 2018) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Invincible Iron Man I#600 (July, 2018) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev, David Marquez, Daniel Acuna, Leinil Francis Yu, Jim Cheung, Mike Deodato Jr, Mark Bagley, Andrea Sorrentino (pencilers), Andrew Hennessy, Scott Hanna (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 11/07/2007
Last updated: 02/28/2021
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