Real Name: Amos Jardine

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Circus owner

Group Membership: Jardine Circus (his circus & freakshow)

Affiliations: Cutthroat (Daniel Leighton), Magik (Amanda Sefton/Jimaine Szardos), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Nightmare, Margali Szardos, Wolverine (Logan/James Howlett);
formerly Jahrmarkt (including Feuer & others)

Enemies: Arcade, Carrion (William Allen), "Gator" Grant, Hive (Halphas), Man-Thing, Miss Locke, Ringling Brothers, Tiboldt's Circus (owned by Maynard Tiboldt), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), zombies;
formerly Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Jardine Circus in Citrusville, Florida

First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up I#68 (April, 1978)

Powers/Abilities: None. He once was a businessman, whose actions were often of questionable legality and sometimes even criminal. Now he is just the poor owner of a circus nobody cares about anymore.


(Uncanny Origins#8 (fb) ) - The Texan millionaire Jardine founded Jardine Circus in Florida and competed with the Ringling Brothers' show.

(Official Handbook of Marvel Universe I#9 (fb) – BTS) – Maynard Tiboldt moved to America, taking Tiboldt's Circus, but he learned how difficult it was to be successful there with larger circuses as competition, such as the one owned by Amos Jardine.

(Marvel Team-Up I#89 (fb)/Uncanny Origins#8 (fb)/Nightcrawler III#9 (fb) - BTS) - Jardine bought the Jahrmarkt to get control over Nightcrawler and make him a part of his circus' freakshow.

(Nightcrawler III#9 (fb) ) - After arriving in Florida, Jardine drugged Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) for weeks with a "Mutant Suppressant" that kept him from teleporting. He put the drugged Nightcrawler in a cage as part of his freakshow. Kurt was eventually freed by a boy. Four day later Nightcrawler returned to threaten Jardine's life and tell him that he would return if he didn't became a better person and let those go he kept at the circus against their will.

(Marvel Team-Up I#68 (fb) ) - The burning Man-Thing passed Jardine Circus on their way to their winter quarters in Citrusville. Jardine took the near-dead Man-Thing and dumped it in the octopus tank until a habitat was finished for Man-Thing to show it as part of Jardine's freakshow to an audience.

(Marvel Team-Up I#68 (fb) ) - Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson visited Jardine's freakshow and Parker, who knew Man-Thing, asked Jardine questions about the Man-Thing. They were soon surrounded by Jardine's henchmen and asked to leave.

(Marvel Team-Up I#68) - That night Spider-Man stole Man-Thing and his habitat to bring him back to his swamp. Jardine and his henchmen were webbed up by Spider-Man when they entered the exhibition room. Jardine asked the night watchman to shoot Spider-Man, but the watchman quit his job and left because he realized Spider-Man was doing the right thing.

(Marvel Team-Up I#89 (fb) - BTS) - In a newspaper Jardine challenged Spider-Man to prove that his webswinging was more exciting than his circus' high wire acts.

(Marvel Team-Up I#89) - Jardine had hired Cutthroat to kill Spider-Man and tried to pull out of a deal he previously made with Arcade to kill Spider-Man. Arcade didn't give him his money back because Jardine broke their agreement. Angered Jardine attacked Miss Locke, but she easily tossed him on his car and advised him not to make Arcade any angrier because else he would wound up in Murderworld himself.

  Jardine returned in his limousine to his circus, not knowing that Nightcrawler and Amanda Sefton were hiding in his trunk. Jardine watched Nightcrawler, mistaking him for Spider-Man, nearly getting shot by his assassin Cutthroat. Spider-Man saved Nightcrawler and they defeated him. Meanwhile Jardine kidnapped Amanda, who had helped the heroes find the assassin. When they arrived at Jardine's car, Cutthroat was webbed up inside and the heroes were there as well. Jardine recognized Nightcrawler and threatened to shoot Amanda if the heroes didn't let him go. Slowed down by one of Arcade's narcodarts Jardine couldn't react fast enough when Nightcrawler teleported behind him. Spider-Man knocked Jardine out and found the narcodart beneath Jardine.

(Nightcrawler III#9 (fb) - BTS) - The swamp grew around the circus and people stopped coming to Jardine's circus. On their search for the Soulsword the demons Hive possessed Jardine and waited for Nightcrawler's arrival.

(Nightcrawler III#9) - Nightcrawler visited Jardine in his circus to warn him of the monsters that had killed most of his friends in Winzeldorf, but Jardine didn't seem to care anymore if he was alive or dead.

(Nightcrawler III#10) - Nightcrawler protected Jardine from an attacking Man-Thing. After teleporting him out of his trailer, Jardine watched Nightcrawler and Wolverine fight many other monsters until they suddenly fell asleep at the arrival of Margali Szardos, her daughter Magik and Nightmare (he helped because he had to after attacking Magik under Hive's control). When Margali pulled the Soulsword from Nightcrawler's body Jardine wanted to touch it, but she didn't let him. Hive left Jardine's body and possessed Wolverine to get the sword while Jardine was helped to his feet by Nightmare. Jardine was shocked when Wolverine suddenly killed Nightcrawler's ally Christine Palmer.

(Nightcrawler III#11) - Jardine sat silent on a tyre while Nightcrawler fought the possessed Wolverine and Margali saved Palmer.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, John Byrne & Bob Wiacek.

Profile by Markus Raymond.

Amos Jardine has no known connection to:

images: (without ads)
Nightcrawler III#9, p21, pan1 (main)
Marvel Team-Up I#68, p3, pan1 (good times)

Marvel Team-Up I#68 (April, 1978) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#89 (January, 1980) - Chris Claremont (writer), Mike Nasser (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Uncanny Origins#8 (April, 1997) - Bill Robemann (writer), Mark Campos (artist), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Nightcrawler III#9 (October, 2005) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Darick Robertson (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti, Rodney Ramos & Scott Koblish (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Nightcrawler III#10-11 (November-December, 2005) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Darick Robertson (pencils), Rodney Ramos (inks), Mike Marts (editor)

First Posted: 10/23/2008
Last updated: 12/11/2018

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