Real Name: Walter Declun
Identity/Class: Human with cybernetic implants
Occupation: Head of Declun International
Formerly Candidate for the Mayor of New York City
Formerly CEO of Damage Control
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Henry Ackerdson, Betty Brant, Sally Floyd, J. Jonah Jameson, Martin Li, Peter Parker, the New York Stock Exchange, the President of the United States;
formerly Blindside (Chernin), Nitro
Enemies: Jackpot (Alana Jobson), Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett), Atlanteans
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Mogul, "Walker Declun"
Base of Operations: An unidentified building in Manhattan, New York;
Formerly the Flatiron Building, Manhattan, New York;
Roxxon's Long Island, New York office
First Appearance: Wolverine III#43 (August, 2006);
(named) Wolverine III#45 (October, 2006);
(identified) Wolverine III#46 (November, 2006)
Powers/Abilities: Cold and calculating, Declun possesses great wealth and business savvy. Declun has robotic eye implants, and briefly developed super-strength and durability after taking the Mutant Growth Hormone.
History: (Wolverine III#45 (fb)) - Namor, the Sub-Mariner, encountered Walter Declun while running Oracle Inc.
(Wolverine III#46 (fb)) - Following a period of recession, Damage Control president Ann-Marie Hoag took the company public. Declun and his investors bought a controlling share of the stock and joined the board, before his becoming CEO. (see comments)
(WWH Aftersmash: Damage Control#1 (fb) - BTS) - Declun pushed Robin Chapel out of her position as CEO.
(WWH Aftersmash: Damage Control#3 (fb) - BTS) - Damage Control Account Executive John Porter believed Declun "cheated" Chapel out of her job.
(Wolverine III#46/Civil War#1 (fb) - BTS) - Declun planned to foment super-human violence and profit from subsequent reconstruction, leading him to provide Nitro with the Mutant Growth Hormone pills that gave him the power to ravage Stamford, Connecticut.
(Wolverine III#43 - BTS) - Declun provided the fugitive Nitro with a secluded cabin to go into hiding.
(Wolverine III#43) - Nitro contacted Declun after slaughtering Wolverine and a platoon of S.H.I.E.L.D agents that ambushed him at his cabin. Learning that Nitro tried to take out an Avenger and an X-Man, Declun decided to sever ties with Nitro.
(Wolverine III#44) - Declun discussed the ongoing Nitro situation with with Henry Ackerdson, assuring his nervous associate that Nitro was cut loose and his actions wouldn't be traced back to them.
(Wolverine III#46) - Wolverine arrived at Damage Control, Inc. to question Declun, who promptly called S.H.I.E.L.D to arrest Wolverine for trespassing. Wolverine proceeded to coerce Damage Control investors into selling their stock. Learning of Wolverine's actions while discussing possible changes to the Damage Control logo with Henry and seeking to combat the negative press surrounding Damage Control's falling stock, Declun announced the purchase of Roxxon's Long Island, New York office building.
(Wolverine III#47) - The Damage Control board of directors held a meeting to discuss ousting Declun, who argued in his defense, citing the recovery from possible bankruptcy and rising profits during his tenure. As Wolverine arrived and the board fled, Declun, to even the odds, took several Mutant Growth Hormone pills. Lunging at Wolverine, the two plunged through a top-story window, crashing onto the streets. Out-matched, Declun suffered as Wolverine beat him senseless, before he thrust his claws through Declun's eyes.
(Amazing Spider-Man II#1 (35) (fb) - BTS) - Declun miraculously survived his encounter with Wolverine, but required extensive reconstructive surgery and cybernetic eye implants. Using his influence with media outlets, Declun saw to it that his encounter with Wolverine was not covered by the mainstream press, although rumors of it began to spread from on eyewitness accounts.
(WWH Aftersmash: Damage Control#1 (fb) - BTS) - Robin Chapel overhead the rumor that Wolverine killed Declun.
(Amazing Spider-Man Annual II#1 - BTS) - Jackpot went after corrupt businessman Walter Declun, who she began accumulating information on.
(Amazing Spider-Man II#1 (35) (fb) - BTS) - Following his recovery, Declun sued the few media outlets to report on his encounter with Wolverine for defamation. While dealing with the ongoing suits, Declun formed Declun International, putting his 100 million dollar severance package from Damage Control to use. Declun began to form a media empire, buying up three media companies, a newspaper, and applying to purchase a radio station, while expanding into other areas, including real estate and biotech.
Declun's biotech company developed Oedipus, a neurotoxin capable of inducing temporary blindness. The scientist who created Oedipus, Nick Chernin, later became the prime suspect when Oedipus was stolen, but the charges were mysterious dropped.
(Amazing Spider-Man II#1 (35)) - Declun agreed to an interview with DB reporter Betty Brant and photographer Peter Parker. Answering questions regarding his seeming death, Declun claimed he was attacked unprovoked by Wolverine and following a period of recovery and his departure from Damage Control, he opted to expand his empire. Asked about his interest in biochemisty, Declun admitted to have purchased a company in that field, but chose not to explain further, believing Brant and Parker would be unable to fully understand high finance.
(Amazing Spider-Man II#590 - BTS) - Declun made a bid for Mayor of New York during an emergency run-off election after general election nominees Randall Crowne and Bill Hollister stepped down.
(Amazing Spider-Man II#591 - BTS) - Declun and follow candidate Martin Li, the front-runners in the election, tried to stop third-party candidates from entering their debate after a number of "joke candidates" began to pop up.
(Amazing Spider-Man II#591) - During a debate with Li, Front Line reporter Sally Floyd asked Declun why the debates weren't being opened to third party candidates. Declun joked that he thought Li was the third party candidate due to his lack of experience. When that failed to evoke a reaction he checked to make sure his microphone was on.
The election was ultimately won by third party candidate J. Jonah Jameson.
Comments: Created by Mark Guggenheim and Humberto Ramos
Declun's friendship with the "sitting President" was noted by Maria Hill in Wolverine III#47.
Declun became involved with Damage Control "three years ago", according to Wolverine III#46. If that's the case, it's possible he was behind the scenes for many of their recent appearances.
It may not be Marvel time...a lot of writers just don't get that, so he may have meant 2004 and stories published in that year.
Here's Declun's description in the Amazing Spider-Man Annual#1(35) role call: "And introducing the most dangerous Marvel villain since the Kingpin... THE MOGUL! (Actually it's a guy named Walter Declun, but legal needed something to trademark! He's a nasty piece of work, though!)" It probably should've been "RE-introducing..." but who am I to quibble?
Profile by G Morrow.
Walter Declun has no known connections to
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Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1(35), p7, pan1 (main image)
Wolverine III#46, p7, pan1 (main image)
Wolverine III#47, p19, pan1 (on MGH)
Wolverine III#43 (August, 2006) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Carlos Cuevas (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Wolverine III#44 (September, 2006) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Carlos Cuevas (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Wolverine III#46 (November, 2006) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Carlos Cuevas (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Wolverine III#47 (December, 2006) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Carlos Cuevas (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
WWH Aftersmash: Damage Control#1 (March, 2008) - Dwayne McDuffie (writer), Salva Espin (artist), Nathan Cosby (editor)
WWH Aftersmash: Damage Control#3 (March, 2008) - Dwayne McDuffie (writer), Salva Espin (artist), Nathan Cosby (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man Annual II#1 (December, 2008) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#1 (35) (December, 2008) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#590 (June, 2009) - Dan Slott (writer), Barry Kitson (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Stephen Wacker (bothered)
Amazing Spider-Man II#591 (June, 2009) - Dan Slott (writer), Barry Kitson & Jesse Delpergang (layouts and finishes pgs. 1-12, 15-19), Kitson (pencils and inks (page 23), Dale Eaglesham (pencils pgs. 5-8 (lower tiers), 13, 14, 20-22), Stephen Wacker (stuck)
Last updated: 11/03/08
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