RAMROD

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Criminal;
Formerly oil rig foreman

Group Membership: "Madame McEvil's Terrible Trio" (Angar the Screamer, Dark Messiah)

Affiliations: Basher, Batroc the Leaper, Bookie, Kerwin J. Broderick, Coachwhip, Condor, Croupier, Deke, Discus, Dr. Nemesis, Enforcers (Fancy Dan, Montana, Ox (Raymond Bloch)), Fer-de-Lance, Hydro-Man, Mad Dog (Buzz Baxter), Poundcakes, Puff Adder, Rattler, Razor-Fist (Douglas Scott), Rock Python, Scorpia, Squid, Stiletto, Sumo, Terrex

Enemies: Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Domino (Neena Thurman), Falcon (Sam Wilson), Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic, Ms. Marvel (Sharon Ventura), Thing), Rick Jones, Lonesome Pinky, Mickey, Moondragon, Biff Rifkin, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Debbie Whitman

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York;
Formerly San Francisco, California

First Appearance: Daredevil I#103 (September, 1973)

Powers/Abilities: After receiving enhancements from alien technology, Ramrod became a cyborg with several steel bones, though his biological organs remained intact. Ramrod possesses an incredibly hard skull, enhanced speed and durability, and super strength (Class 10). The organic parts of Ramrod, such as his face, are still highly vulnerable.

Height: 6'8"
Weight: 220 lbs.; (as cyborg) 300 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black; (as cyborg) None

History:

(Daredevil I#103 (fb)) - The foreman of an off-shore oil rig, the pushy ramrod worked his men hard until an oil drum crushed him, breaking most of his bones. He woke up in a spaceship, strangely powered and with steel bones, a cyborg with biological organs. His benefactors (Madame McEvil aka. Moondragon & Kerwin J. Broderick) held him off with an invisible wall and told him he had been injected with a deadly chemical, only to get the antidote if he retrieved papers and killed Daredevil.

(Daredevil I#103) - Ramrod burst through the wall of Black Widow's home to retrieve valuable papers. He knocked aside Daredevil and shrugged off a widow's bite before bursting through the wall, finding the papers right where his boss had said. He then rushed out and stopped, letting Daredevil crash into him. Black Widow kicked him, but he simply tossed her into the trees and ran off, ignoring Peter Parker taking photographs. Daredevil and Black Widow chased Ramrod, who'd jumped up onto a roof to hide from them. Spider-Man grabbed the papers from Ramrod, who jumped after him, though Daredevil stopped him by knocking him to the ground. Daredevil hurt Ramrod by hitting his face while the Black Widow hit him with several stings. Ramrod then held Black Widow off the roof and dropped her before rushing after the papers. He chased Spider-Man high up a building, but he panicked when all three heroes rushed him and fell to the ground, unconscious.

(Daredevil I#105) - Ramrod woke up from his coma in the hospital and rushed out to attack, bursting through the wall.

(Daredevil I#106) - Ramrod destroyed things throughout the city at Broderick's orders. Ramrod and Dark Messiah soon attacked heroes Daredevil, Black Widow, and Moondragon, who telepathically reverted Dark Messiah into his human form. Ramrod easily shook off Black Widow's stings, but got tripped up in Daredevil's billy club. Soon, Broderick and Terrex arrived, proclaiming their power over the city.

(Daredevil I#107) - Captain Marvel attacked Terrex, Broderick, and Ramrod in Golden Gate Park, as Terrex and Broderick merged. Ramrod rushed Captain Marvel, who knocked Ramrod into a tree, but Ramrod grabbed the tree and hit the hero with it. Captain Marvel blinded Ramrod with a blast from the Nega-Bands and Ramrod hit the wall, where Rick Jones made sure he was knocked out. Soon Terrex was defeated and Broderick killed.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#221 (fb) - BTS) - After moving to New York, Ramrod tried auditioning as a country music singer at Mickey's Bar, but Mickey refused to give him an audition. Furious, Ramrod vowed revenge. He heard about chemistry professor Kissick making deadly serums for criminals.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#221) - Ramrod approached Kissick and demanded a new serum. As he left, Spider-Man attacked him and Ramrod missed him, hitting the wall. Ramrod grabbed a statue and threatened the civilians. As Spider-Man stopped it, Ramrod hid in Kissick's office, then purchased the serum that would drive a man mad before killing him within the hour. Rushing off to Brooklyn, Ramrod poisoned the beer, then offered it to the whole crowd for free. As they drank, patrons, including Bif Rifkin and Debbie Whitman, started going crazy and attacking each other. Country singer Lonesome Pinky managed to keep them calm with his songs while Spider-Man retrieved the antidote. Ramrod attacked the hero, who knocked him into the wall. Spider-Man led Ramrod to the local junkyard and Ramrod tried hitting the hero repeatedly, with a fence, a car, and tired. Finally, Spider-Man, still taunting Ramrod, managed to snare the villain with a giant magnet. He then saved the patrons of the bar.

(Fantastic Four I#335) - Manipulated by Dr. Doom's Aggression Enhancer, Ramrod attacked the Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic, Ms. Marvel (Sharon Ventura), Thing) at a courthouse in Washington D.C. He rushed up the aisle in a charge, tripped, and knocked himself out before getting arrested by two policemen, including Rodney.

(Captain America I#411) - At the AIM Weapons Expo on Boca Caliente, Ramrod was selected by Batroc the Leaper to be one of the five foes who would battle Crossbones (secretly Captain America) for an audience of villains. After Crossbones defeated Mad Dog, Ramrod rushed in, determined to prove himself. Crossbones kick bounced off Ramrod's steel skull, but he managed to hit Ramrod's vulnerable places. Ramrod charged furiously, but Crossbones managed to pin him to the ground, where Ramrod flipped him over and started choking him. Crossbones hit Ramrod in the eyes and knocked him out with one punch.

(Captain America I#412-414 - BTS) - Crossbones battled Sumo, Razor-Fist, and Batroc the Leaper before he was exposed as Captain America. The assembled villains fought the hero and his allies, Diamondback, Falcon, and Shang-Chi.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#562) - Ramrod went to a Bar With No Name in New York City, where he and other villains watched the Basher challenge Spider-Man to a fight on YouTube. Ramrod and others bet on the fight with the Bookie, and grew furious when they thought the Bookie had rigged things. Soon, Spider-Man arrived to challenge the Bookie.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#563) - The villains attacked the hero until the bartender called on them to stop it. Spider-Man got information on the Bookie from Deke, then left.

(X-Men III#38) - While at the Croupier's criminal casino, Ramrod was swiftly knocked out by an attacking Daredevil and Domino.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, Don Heck, and Sal Trapani.

Ramrod received an entry in OHotMU Master Edition#28.

Main image and handbook info provided by OmegaTherion.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Ramrod has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#28, Ramrod entry (main)
Daredevil I#103, p10, pan4 (face)
Daredevil I#103, cover (in action)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#103 (September, 1973) - Steve Gerber (writer), Don Heck (penciler), Sal Trapani (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#105 (November, 1973) - Steve Gerber (writer), Don Heck, Jim Starlin (pencilers), Don Perlin (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#106 (December, 1973) - Steve Gerber (writer), Don Heck (penciler), Sal Trapani (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#107 (January, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Bob Brown (penciler), Sal Buscema (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#221 (October, 1981) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Alan Kupperberg (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Fantastic Four I#335 (August, 1980) - John Byrne (writer/penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Captain America I#411-414 (January-April, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins, MC Wyman (pencilers), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#562 (August, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Andy Lanning (inker), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#563 (August, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Marlo Alquiza (inker), Stephen Wacker (editor)
X-Men III#38 (2012) - Seth Peck (writer), Paul Azaceta (penciler/inker), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)


Last updated: 12/26/12

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