Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human, conventional weapons user;
Group Membership: Led group of revolutionaries
Affiliations: Carlos, Domingo, Hidalgo, Juan
Enemies: Keith Bayard, Daredevil, Chino Guardio, the Republic of Delvadia government, Jerome Villiers
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Ghost of el Condor
Base of Operations: Delvadia, South America
First Appearance: Daredevil I#75 (April, 1971)
Powers/Abilities: El Condor had no superhuman powers, but he rode a horse and wielded a gun and a whip. He also used a trained bird of prey, presumably a condor. He capitalized on the legend of his predecessor and he demanded respect, if not actual worship, from his followers. He had access to thirty military helicopters.
(Daredevil I#75 (fb) - BTS) - Capitalizing on the legend of el Condor of the 1930s, an unidentified man led a group to rise up against the democratic government of Devadia. Many believed him to actually be the previous Condor or his ghost, and they followed him because of promises of freedom. In reality, he wished only the fruits of conquest and was more than happy to manipulate the superstitious peasants.
(Daredevil I#75 (fb) - BTS) - El Condor's men captured the Delvadian ambassador.
(Daredevil I#75) - Two weeks later, Carlos and another of El
Condor's men assaulted Jerome Villiers, first consul at the US mission to
Delvadia (who had replaced the kidnapped ambassador), speaking in overdone
Spanish-accented English. They were driven off by Daredevil, visiting Delvadia
as a favor to a friend, but other agents of el Condor subsequently impersonated
ambulance drivers and took Villiers to el Condor's base. With this mission
successful, el Condor prepared his troops to ride on the capital and take it
Daredevil investigated, hoping to rescue Villiers, while American diplomat Keith Bayard, apparently a former captain in the Delvadian military, met one of his previous soldiers, Chino Guardio, and instructed him to gather as many as he could from the old brigade so they could attack el Condor's stronghold.
El Condor led the troops to ride on the capital, and they overpowered Bayard's forces, wounding both Bayard and Chino, and capturing the former. Daredevil watched from hiding, trying to figure out how to handle the situation.
(Daredevil I#76) - With Bayard held prisoner, el Condor
continued to lead his troops towards the capital. El Condor paused long enough
to show Bayard that his plan could not fail because he had obtained 30 military
helicopters from powerful foreign friends. Daredevil tried to rescue Chino, but
was forced to surrender when one of el Condor's soldiers threatened to kill
Chino, after which he was brought before el Condor and bound. As el Condor and
his men prepared to launch their helicopter assault, Daredevil broke free from
his bonds and leapt on the landing gear of el Condor's helicopter. El Condor's
bird attacked Daredevil who nonetheless managed to knock el Condor out of the
helicopter; only a short distance off the ground, both men landed safely. As the
two fought beneath the statue of the original el Condor, a lightning bolt
dislodged the statue and it fell atop the revolutionary el Condor, killing him.
With el Condor dead, the revolution fell apart.
Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, Gene Colan, and Syd Shores.
The story in Daredevil I#75 references the previous Condor as having been active 40 years ago. It WOULD be up for debate whether this was 40 years before the time of the publication of the story and fixed in time -- which would make it 1931 -- or whether it was 40 years before the events of that story, which would make it part of the sliding timescale. In Marvel Westerns: Outlaw Files, it was clarified to be the former...in the 1930s.
Profile by Snood.
No KNOWN connections to:
el Condor of the 1930s
In the 1930s, el Condor died leading a revolution that freed Delvadia. He was a considered a martyr, and bronze statues were erected in his honor.
--Daredevil I#75 (statue only)
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Daredevil I#75, p1, panel 1 (el Condor statue)
p10, panel 2 & 3 (el Condor face & body)
p18, panel 2 (on horseback)
Daredevil I#75 (April, 1971) - by Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Syd Shores (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Daredevil I#76 (May, 1971) - by Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 12/17/06
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