Real Name: Rodney Stack
Identity/Class: Human technology user
Occupation: Assistant to the president of Pacific Energy & Utility Corporation, terrorist and murderer;
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Jules McClure
Enemies: Pacific Energy & Utility Corporation (especially Stephen Edward Shields), She-Hulk, the Thing
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California, and New York City, U.S.A.
First Appearance: Marvel Two-in-One#88 (October, 1983)
Powers/Abilities: Rodney Stack was suffering from the effects of radiation that weakened his health and physical abilities. He wore a special suit that amplified his strength to superhuman levels, probably in the Class 10 range. He was able to fly using a jetpack and also employed a powerful handgun that fired an unknown but lethal form of energy. His suit may have also provided some resistance to injury and radiation.
(Marvel Two-in-One#88 (fb) - BTS) - Rodney Stack toiled for years inside a uranium mine owned by Pacific Energy & Utility Corporation until he advanced to the position of assistant to the president of the company. Years of working with highly radioactive materials took its toll and weakened his health. After learning that he was slowly dying of radiation poisoning, he vowed to get his revenge and acquired an exoskeleton that amplified his abilities. Now calling himself the Negator, he allied himself with Jules McClure, the leader of an environmental action group called People to Protect Our Environment, and was secretly paid to topple nuclear power companies for the betterment of humankind.
(Marvel Two-in-One#88 - BTS ) As the Negator, he was responsible for murdering many top employees of Pacific Energy & Utility Corporation. He later made a videotape to show the company president his strength and power. Mocking that no one would be able to stop him from stealing a shipment of uranium, he intended to use it to send the new Diablo reactor into meltdown, which would destroy Los Angeles if he was not given an unspecified amount of ransom money.
(Marvel Two-in-One#88 - BTS) - As Rodney Stack, he traveled with the company's president, Stephen Edward Shields, to New York City to hire Ben Grimm, the Thing, as a bodyguard for the upcoming shipment of uranium. Shields sent them off in a company jet to fly the two of them back to California. Having sabotaged the plane earlier, Stack parachuted to safety as the Thing tossed him outside the plane. The Thing tried to safely land the jet but it ended up going down and exploding into a fireball.
Thinking the Thing dead, Stack phoned for a company helicopter to pick him up.
(Marvel Two-in-One#88) - A few hours later at 2:30 pm and now fully dressed as the Negator, Stack phoned Jules McClure of People to Protect Our Planet from across the street. He then revealed his plans to cause the power plant to become a "China Syndrome" that would destroy most - if not all - of Los Angeles. Over the phone, he was told that he had been sent his fee plus an extra $10,000 as payment and to end their affiliation. McClure wanted to have him call off his plan, but was instead shot dead as the Negator targeted him from across the street with his powerful energy gun.
A while later, back in his normal identity, Stack went by helicopter to a stretch of road where the truck carrying a shipment of uranium was scheduled to pass by. He murdered the pilot and flagged down the truck, which stopped and picked him up. He explained to the drivers that there was now a new plan to transport the radioactive material to the Diablo reactor without the assistance of the Thing. A few miles further down the road, and now on an interstate highway, the drivers spotted the Thing at the side of the road hitchhiking and slowed down to give him a ride. Rodney pulled out his gun and killed the co-pilot before forcing the driver to keep going, which almost resulted in the Thing getting run over.
Stack later appeared on news camera to report that the Negator had killed both drivers of the truck and had stolen the uranium destined for the Diablo reactor.
Arriving now at the Diablo reactor, Stack entered the compound and was escorted by two security guards who were there to drop off the ransom money. Planning to take the money himself and renege on the ransom demands, he decided to still cause the reactor to meltdown. He then killed both guards as the Thing and She Hulk, who had given the rocky hero a ride in her new car, arrived. He then donned his costume and waited atop one of the reactor silos as they approached the courtyard. She-Hulk leapt from below and grabbed the Negator by the wrists, but was quickly knocked off and had to grab at the sides of the silo. The Negator revealed his origin to the She-Hulk. He tried to weaken her grip and cause her to fall, but She-Hulk grabbed his leg and threw him toward the ground. However, he activated his jet pack to slow his descent and began to charge at the Thing who, with help from the She-Hulk, managed to net him with a chain link fence before removing his jetpack, thereby rendering him immobile.
Now knowing time was running out, he revealed that both of them were too late to stop the resulting explosion and meltdown. The Thing and She-Hulk found the uranium rods and attached his jet pack to the container for extra lift. It was then thrown far into the outer atmosphere to detonate harmlessly in space. Along with the Thing and the She-Hulk, they had to be placed inside a decontamination chamber for three days because of their exposure to the uranium and Stack was probably taken away to jail shortly after.
Comments: Created by David Anthony Kraft (writer), Alan Edward Kupperberg (pencils) & Charles Eber Stone (inks).
Although this was not actually revealed and he has never made any reappearance in any other comic, he may have died in prison due to his radiation sickness that he was suffering from. In the flashback of his origin, he was shown to be a strong looking man with a large frame but in the story, his appearance looked smaller and more sickly. He was coughing and wheezing a lot from the Thing’s cigar smoke and probably had an advanced form of lung cancer.
Profile by AvatarWarlord72.
The Negator has no known connections to:
Stephen Edward Shields
Stephen Edward Shields was the president of Pacific Energy & Utility Corporation whose company was the target of terrorist murders committed by the Negator. He flew to New York City to enlist the aid of Ben Grimm, the Thing, to act as his bodyguard during a shipment of uranium to the Diablo reactor. When the Negator was stopped and the uranium was sent harmlessly into orbit, he ordered the Thing and She-Hulk to be placed inside a decontamination chamber together for three days due to exposure to the radioactive substance
Jules McClure was head of an environmental organization called People to Protect Our Environment. He contacted and hired the Negator to sabotage Pacific Energy & Utility Corporation from building the new Diablo reactor. Learning that the Negator had committed acts of murder, he paid an additional $10,000 plus the agreed upon fee to sever all ties to him and to stop the plan of putting the plant into meltdown, which would have killed millions of Los Angeles residents. He was shot and killed by the Negator from another building across the street as they were discussing business over the phone.
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Marvel Two-in-One#88, p3, panel 1 (Negator)
Marvel Two-in-One#88 (October, 1983) - David Kraft (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Chic Stone (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
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