STILT-MAN

Real Name: Wilbur Day

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Super hero under Super Human Registration Act;
    formerly super-villain, mercenary, assassin, research scientist, employee of Kaxton Laboratories

Group Membership:  None;
formerly Gang of Four (Copperhead, Gladiator (Wylie Lemmick), Owl (Leland Owlsley)); Emissaries of Evil (La Concierge, Synapse); Emissaries of Evil (Electro (Maxwell Dillon), Gladiator (Melvin Potter), Leap-Frog (Vincent Patilio), Matador (Manuel Eloganto))

AffiliationsJack Abbott, Absorbing Man, Barker, Blastaar, Blockade, Brother Raymond, Chess Set, Dr. Doom (Victor von Doom), Giao Endros, Vanessa Fisk, FAUST, Kenny Fitzgerald, Gladiator (Melvin Potter), Fortknight Company, Hacker, Justin Hammer, Hollywood Vine, Hydro-Man, Jax, Leap-Frog (Vincent Patilio), Pete London, Man-Ape, Lt. Nick Manolis, Masked Marauder, Meatball, Mr. Hyde, Sid, Slick Jimmy, Mr. Spindle, Taskmaster, Tatterdemalion, Tinkerer, Titania (Mary MacPherran), Trapster, Venom (Eddie Brock), Whirlwind (David Cannon), Wild Boys (Jet, Spit)
formerly Carl Kaxton, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)

Enemies: Adams, Avengers (Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Crystal, Deathcry, Giant-Man (Hank Pym), Hercules, Vision), Jack Bale, Francis Barnum, Turk Barrett, Bill, Black Goliath, Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Blake, Cable, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Champions (Angel (Warren Worthington), Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Darkstar (Laynia Petrovna), Ghost Rider (John Blaze), Hercules, Iceman), Chuck, Daredevil/Laurent Levasseur (Matt Murdock), Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Claudia Dubois, Falcon, Fantastic Four (Human Torch (John Storm), Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Frank, Fred, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Celia Jackson, Keith Jackson, Joe, Joe, Joe, Barbara Kaxton, Carl Kaxton, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Maxine Lavender, Louise Mason, Fulvio Morsella, Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, Owl (Leland Owlsley), Karen Page, Elliot Pasko, Julio Perez, Punisher (Frank Castle), Razorback, Redwing, Sam, Shang-Chi, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), SHIELD, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Mr. Stevens, Stuntmaster, Thor, Blake Tower

Known Relatives: Zelda DuBois (Princess Python, wife), Daniel DuBois (Executioner, stepson)

Aliases: Mr. Ross, "Tall-Man", posed as Stuntmaster

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

First Appearance: Daredevil I#8 (June, 1965)

Height:5'6''; (armored) maximum of 292'
Weight: 150 lbs.; (armored) 400 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Gray; sometimes dyed brown or shaved bald

Powers/Abilities: With his armored suit made up of segments and powered by high-density batteries, the Stilt-Man possessed several abilities, including super strength, suit-focused electric charges, telescoping legs (going up to 292 feet at maximum capacity), the ability to grease the legs with silicon to render them slipper, and the ability to move at speeds up to 30 mph. The suit, which was also bulletproof and resistant to attack, had several other features at different points during the Stilt-Man's career, including an air purifier and gas emitters (tear gas and other forms). Stilt-Man could use his stilts to extend blunt force at up to 60 mph, and could sometimes be expanded along the bottom to squash targets or even detached if the stilt got caught (giving the Stilt-Man a shorter stilt due to the detached portion). Stilt-Man sometimes used other forms of weaponry, such as extenders that allowed his arms or fingers to act as stilts, flexors on his stilts that allowed them to wrap around his foes, gyroscopic displacers, rocket-pods (that could fire weapons), and boot jets. Stilt-Man has used various weapons in his arsenal, including grenades (regular and gas), a molecular condenser, suction cups, a paste gun, a ray gun, several standard guns, an armored helicopter, his self-designed Z-Ray (which would send its targets to an alien world), paint bombs, and a vacuum (to gather up stolen goods). Stilt-Man briefly wore a suit of armor composed of Adamantium, designed by FAUST. Stilt-Man was a talented inventor and tech-specialist with some training in hand-to-hand combat.

History:

(Daredevil I#8 (fb) – BTS) – An employee of Carl Kaxton at Kaxton Laboratories, Wilbur Day saw Kaxton create amazing hydraulic lifts. Day chose to steal the lifts and create a costumed identity for himself as Stilt-Man, using the lifts and legs on his costume. He utilized body armor and armed grenades and embarked on a crime spree. He saw Kaxton design a powerful molecular condenser as well and desired to steal it.

(Daredevil I#8) – After setting a time-bomb in a car across town as a diversion, Stilt-Man used his lifts to go high in the sky and hold up a helicopter, ordering the occupants, including Joe, to obey his instructions or face the consequences. They fired on him, but the bullets bounced off of him, so Stilt-Man threw a grenade to obstruct their vision. He prepared a second grenade, but they willingly surrendered the payroll they were carrying. Stilt-Man then escaped. Daredevil tried tracking Stilt-Man down, keying in on conversations across the city, such as those had by Herman and Charlie. Wilbur Day visited the law offices of Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock and spoke with Murdock, after Nelson and Karen Page excused themselves, about suing Kaxton. Day claimed that he’d designed the hydraulic lifts on his own time and that Kaxton had stolen them from him. After Murdock checked the patent laws, he called Kaxton to try and settle out of court, but Kaxton was furious and refused. Later, Stilt-Man tossed a sleep gas grenade at a penthouse roof party, then used a suction device to retrieve their riches. Stilt-Man was pleased when the costumed hero Daredevil attacked him and he easily knocked Daredevil through a wall and escaped. He continued his crime spree over the following days, then Day returned to Murdock to convince the lawyer to storm Kaxton’s property with him to find proof. Kaxton showed up at Murdock’s office, shocked that the blind lawyer knew who he was, then started arguing with Day about who had created the hydraulic devices. Murdock tried to stop their argument, but Kaxton rushed out, threatening them. Murdock left to enlist some aid and asked Day to wait for him, but Day donned his armor and rushed off to commit another robbery. Stilt-Man shook off gun fire then lifted his leg before one man, Sam, could hit him with his car, then Stilt-Man shrunk to avoid Daredevil’s attack. The hero latched on to Stilt-Man’s leg, so Stilt-Man took him out over the harbor where he pushed a button that greased his leg, forcing Daredevil to fall in the ocean. Stilt-Man rushed back to Murdock’s office and feigned sleep until Murdock returned and woke Day up. Murdock wanted to go to Kaxton’s labs now and when they arrived, Day told Murdock that a pair of hydraulic legs was in the backyard. Kaxton approached with a gun and demanded to know what they were doing there. Day rushed up and felled Kaxton with a karate blow, then turned to Murdock and hit him as well. He rushed into Kaxton’s laboratory and retrieved his molecular condenser, testing it out before Daredevil attacked again. A stray blast from the gun sent a wall crashing in on Daredevil, so Day rushed out and put on the hydraulics. Daredevil grabbed Kaxton’s rifle, which Day shrank down with the condenser. Day ran for it on the extended stilts, though Daredevil pursued him and latched on to his leg again. Daredevil fired his billy club at the molecular condenser, flipping it around just as the gun fired. It turned on Day, who shrank away into nothingness, not knowing how to reverse the gun.

(Daredevil I#26 (fb) – BTS) – Day remained in a motionless limbo until the effects of the molecular condenser wore off. He grew back to regular size, thrilled that he still had his stilts. He planned to renew his criminal career, but first designed his armor to enhance his strength to double. Later, he heard about the criminal Leap-Frog being arrested. He sought to liberate Leap-Frog to make him a partner.

(Daredevil I#26) – Stilt-Man arrived at the courthouse to discover that Leap-Frog had already tried to escape and had broken his leg. He figured he could try to nurse Leap-Frog back to health, but Daredevil attacked, so Stilt-Man abandoned Leap-Frog. Stilt-Man grew out of Daredevil’s way and punched the hero into a building. He then drew a gun and sent Daredevil running, though Daredevil soon knocked him into a wall. Daredevil managed to wrap Stilt-Mans stilts in his billy club wire, sending the villain toppling. Stilt-Man shrank his legs and was pulled into an escape car by Frank Farnum, the Masked Marauder.

(Daredevil I#27) – The Marauder showed Stilt-Man his specially-prepared helicopter and demonstrated his powerfully destructive force field, convincing the reluctant Stilt-Man to join him in a partnership. After the Stilt-Man demonstrated his powers as well, the Marauder proposed they capture Franklin Nelson, Matt Murdock, and Karen Page, convinced that they knew Daredevil’s true identity. Stilt-Man apprehended the trio, using sleeping gas to ensure the capture (his own mask protecting him from the gas), and bound them all aboard the Marauder’s helicopter. They left a note behind for Daredevil, but Matt Murdock willingly revealed that his twin brother Mike was Daredevil. The force field lowered, Stilt-Man went down to find Mike, successfully evading cops Bill and Chuck. After failing to find Mike’s address in a phone book, Stilt-Man staged a robbery, assuming Daredevil would come and find him. He was swiftly attacked by Spider-Man and grew out of the way, but Spider-Man swung high and punched Stilt-Man repeatedly. Stilt-Man fought Spider-Man across the city while the Marauder was seemingly killed in battle against Daredevil. Daredevil, aboard the Marauder’s helicopter, joined the attack. Stilt-Man drew a ray gun and fired, but it shorted his armor out as he’d been standing in the water below the bridge. Daredevil and Spider-Man left, assuming the police would get Stilt-Man.

(Daredevil Special#1 (fb)) – Stilt-Man was pulled from the water by Electro, another old foe of Daredevil’s, who revived Stilt-Man with an electric burst. Stilt-Man agreed to join Electro’s Emissaries of Evil alongside Leap-Frog, Gladiator, and Matador, and the quintet vowed to get revenge on Daredevil.

(Daredevil Special#1) – The villains spread across the city, waiting for Daredevil so they could attack him. Daredevil soon came across Stilt-Man, who narrowly missed the hero with a ray blast. Daredevil tied Stilt-Man up in his billy club cable, but Stilt-Man managed to shrink out of it even while Daredevil reeled from punching Stilt-Man’s armor. Stilt-Man shrunk down further, to Daredevil’s height, and the hero managed to knock the gun out of his hands. He then triggered Stilt-Man’s stilts and the villain was knocked out against the wall when he crashed into it. The police, including Joe, tried finding him, but Stilt-Man had run back to Electro’s headquarters. Daredevil managed to fight off the entire team of villains and leave them tied up in an electric wire for the police.

(Daredevil I#48) – Stilt-Man was hired by mobmen to assassinate Foggy Nelson, who was likely to be elected district attorney. When Stilt-Man showed up at Nelson’s office, he found Daredevil there. They fought, destroying much of the office, until Stilt-Man shoved Daredevil through the wall and left him to drop 15 stories. Daredevil used his billy club to survive, however, and then the police arrived. Stilt-Man shrank to normal size and escaped.

(Daredevil III#17 (fb) – BTS) – The Fortknight Company hired Stilt-Man to steal evidence on an invention by Elliot Pasko from Foggy Nelson.

(Daredevil III#17 (fb)) – Stilt-Man stole a video tape and threw Foggy Nelson, intending to kill him. After saving Foggy, Daredevil attacked Day, who tried drowning the hero. Daredevil punctured the stilt, which leaked hydraulic fluid, sending Day crashing to the ground.

(Daredevil I#67 (fb) – BTS) – Stilt-Man relocated to California. When he heard Daredevil was there, he planned revenge.

(Daredevil I#67) – Stilt-Man overhead that Daredevil was being hired by Mr. Stevens to star in the Stuntmaster TV show. He snuck into Stuntmaster’s trailer and knocked the star out. Day donned makeup and a wig to look like Stuntmaster and then donned Stuntmaster’s costume. He disguised his stilts as exhaust tubes and attached them to the motorcycle, then got on the powered motorcycle. With the cameras rolling, he used the motorcycle and its jets, but quickly crashed and landed in the water. He donned his stilts and costume and grew to attack Daredevil, commanding Frank and his girlfriend to move their boat out of his way. When they didn’t, Stilt-Man crushed the boat. Daredevil then quickly wrapped a cable around Stilt-Man and toppled him. The police picked up Stilt-Man.

(Daredevil I#102 (fb) - BTS) - Wilber Day moved to San Francisco, where he and his criminal partner Giao Endros kidnapped Carl Kaxton (calling him Klaxton) and his daughter Barbara to force Kaxton to build another molecular condensor. Kaxton agreed to work when his daughter was threatened, and Day, posing as Mr. Ross, began ordering the parts he'd need.

(Daredevil I#102) – When Stilt-Man posed as Mr. Ross, he hired Barker and others to bring him expensive equipment. Barker and his men tried demanding more than the agreed upon $30,000, claiming it cost more than expected to get it through customs, but Ross refused to pay extra, threatening to squash the men if they argued. Daredevil attacked and "Ross" fled while the hero easily vanquished the others, throwing gas to cover his escape. He returned to where Endros was holding the Kaxtons, removed his disguise, and forced Kaxton to keep working. He revealed his plan to turn the weapon on the city and kill Daredevil, becoming famous and rich. When Daredevil and Black Widow attacked, Stilt-Man, with the finished weapon, took Barbara hostage and fled, dropping her to distract Black Widow when she tracked them. Before he could turn the molecular condensor on Black Widow, she disarmed him, then she grabbed on his stilt, flipped up, and fired a shot to his eyes. He fired back on her, causing a furious Daredevil to topple Stilt-Man through a nearby window.

(Spider-Man/Human Torch#3) – When Stilt-Man robbed a jewelry store, Daredevil apprehended him.

(Captain America I#191) – Hollywood Vine, Brother Raymond, and Jaz, of an underworld mob, desired revenge on their former ally, the Falcon, and hired Stilt-Man to get it. Day, thrilled at the chance to prove himself an assassin, tracked Falcon to San Francisco. Day saw the Trapster floating by under the influence of anti-gravity discs, fresh from a battle with Ghost Rider. Stilt-Man ripped off Trapster’s weapon harness, planning to use it in his upcoming battle, and let Trapster fall. He later burst into the courthouse where Falcon and Captain America were among dozens of civilians. Stilt-Man threw paste-bombs at Captain America, briefly trapping him, then fired several shots at both heroes, who charged him but were repelled by his armor. As Stilt-Man lined up his killing shot, the falcon Redwing diverted his attention so the heroes could regroup. Stilt-Man tried to stomp on the heroes, but was hit with a shield to the face. His helmet loosened and pulled off by Falcon, Stilt-Man panicked and tried throwing Falcon to his death, but Redwing slashed his face and Falcon defeated Stilt-Man with a series of punches.

(Champions#12 (fb) – BTS) – During the months he spent in prison, Day developed the powerful Z-Ray, which could transport a man to an alien planet. He eventually escaped prison and patrolled in his armor. Sensing a powerful energy source, Stilt-Man tried grabbing a box from the woman who possessed it, but she ran to the new super-team the Champions for help.

(Black Goliath#4) – After robbing a bank in Los Angeles, Stilt-Man was attacked by the police, including Julio Perez and Adams, and super-hero Black Goliath. Determined not to be defeated again, Stilt-Man savagely attacked until his ray gun was dislodged from his hand by a thrown rock. The police opened fire on them, not caring if they hit the hero, so Black Goliath tackled Stilt-Man, knocking them both blocks away. Stilt-Man threw gas bombs on the crowd there, harming citizen Celia Jackson, but Black Goliath still attacked. Stilt-Man grew hundreds of feet into the air and then threw the hero to his death. Stilt-Man then grabbed Celia to take her hostage, but was again attacked by Black Goliath. Celia slashed Stilt-Man’s eyes and he, overcome by his memory of being slashed by Redwing, dropped her. She ran off with her nephew Keith Jackson and Black Goliath moved to protect them. Stilt-Man turned his Z-Ray on them, and the trio disappeared!

(Champions#11) – Stilt-Man burst through the wall, finding Black Goliath (Bill Foster) inside.

(Champions#12) – Black Goliath grew to giant size and attacked Stilt-Man. Soon, the Champions (Angel (Warren Worthington), Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Darkstar (Laynia Petrovna), Ghost Rider (John Blaze), Hercules, Iceman) arrived and Angel knocked the Z-Ray gun to the ground, where Darkstar destroyed it. Stilt-Man grabbed Darkstar while Iceman froze the ground under Stilt-Man’s feet. Stilt-Man easily escaped this trap by heating the bottoms of his stilts, but was soon toppled by a punch from Hercules, causing Stilt-Man to release Darkstar. Stilt-Man retracted his stilts, then extended them, knocking Black Goliath and Hercules down with powerful kicks. Angel batted his wings in Stilt-Man’s eyes until the villain hit the hero aside. Ghost Rider then melted the street under Stilt-Man into tar. To escape, Stilt-Man jettisoned the bottom portion of his stilts and then escaped, covering miles in a few steps. He was soon tracked down by Black Goliath, who ripped off Stilt-Man’s stilt and knocked him unconscious with it. Stilt-Man’s defeat was broadcast on television.

(Thor I#268) – While thinking of a way to break out of jail, Day's wall burst open and a mysterious being reached in to take him away, despite Day's fear. They rushed off in a flash.

(Thor I#269) – Day's mysterious benefactors presented him with a new suit of armor with an Adamantium alloy, and he felt powerful wearing it. In their employ, Stilt-Man launched himself a half-mile into the air, where he used force and a gas attack to knock out helicopter pilots Joe and Fred, then stole their cargo, a strange box protected by electron locks. After narrowly rescuing the helicopter, Thor tossed his hammer at Stilt-Man, who was storing the package in his backpack, and Day fired back his powerful rocket-pods. Furious, Thor attacked back, and Stilt-Man was hurled several blocks away, where he tried running for it. His armor, remotely controlled by his mysterious benefactor, turned him back toward Thor, spines growing out of a stilt to prevent him from falling in a hole, and bending almost double (due to gyroscopic stabilizers) to avoid a blow from the hero. Thor hit Stilt-Man with an electric attack, sending Day to the ground unconscious. Thor then had to fight the benefactors, Blastaar and FAUST.

(Daredevil I#186 (fb) – BTS) – Stilt-Man was hired by the board of directors of Glenn Industries, represented by their spokesman Mr. Spindle, to kidnap Maxine Lavender.

(Daredevil I#186) – When Stilt-Man learned Daredevil was involved, he demanded double the payment and Spindle reluctantly agreed, giving Day half the payment then. Day lost his glove while counting the money, so he went to the costume shop of Melvin Potter to buy a new one. While working on his armor at home, he was hit over the head by Turk Barrett, who’d followed him and who stole his armor. Day went to Lt. Nicholas Manolis to demand help, asking for Daredevil to be contacted, and the hero just happened to show up. Day told him how to disable the armor and Daredevil managed to defeat Barrett.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#237) – In a hotel room, Day despaired about his long history of failures. Running out of money, he grew furious when he heard reports about Spider-Man’s popularity. He planned to improve his armor at Cordco, using a gas canister on the guard Blake to force his way in. While looking at the advanced equipment he’d read about in the Daily Bugle, he worked all night to improve his hydraulic lifts and to strengthen his armor’s alloy. When Spider-Man attacked, Day, wearing only the bottom half of his costume, rushed off, discovering that Spider-Man’s webbing couldn’t stick to his armor. He broke into the control room and turned the Cordco plant weapons on the hero, who easily evaded them. Day armored up and turned a gas attack on Spider-Man, who held his breath. Day was nearly killed by a firing sonic disruptor, but Spider-Man narrowly saved him, taking the blast himself. Day thought about killing Spider-Man, but turned him over to the authorities instead and walked away on his stilts.

(Iron Man I#225 (fb) – BTS) – Stilt-Man added upgrades to his armor, likely by utilizing the services of Justin Hammer. He made his stilts able to jettison and added boot jets to his armor.

(Iron Man I#225) – Stilt-Man was hired to steal files from the office of Tony Stark. Sneaking in to the seventh story of the building, Stilt-Man was shocked when Iron Man (Stark himself) nearly toppled him by punching one of his legs. Stilt-Man withdrew the leg and tried to crush Iron Man, but the hero grabbed the other leg and sent Stilt-Man falling to the ground. Stilt-Man jettisoned his stilts and tried fleeing with his new jets, but Iron Man knocked him out of the air with one of the stilts, then placed equipment on Stilt-Man that shorted out his armor.

(Iron Man I#226 – BTS) – Stilt-Man opened a lawsuit against Iron Man for use of extensive force in battle.

(Iron Man I#228 - BTS) – Stark received word that Stilt-Man settled out of court for a high cost.

(Alpha Flight I#121) - Stilt-Man was in attendance when the Brass Bishop attempted to sell the bodies of the deceased Silver and Auric. When Alpha Flight and Spider-Man arrived on the scene, Stilt-Man most likely escaped with the rest of the customers.

(Sensational She-Hulk#4) – Determined to get revenge against prosecutor Blake Tower, Stilt-Man went stomping through the city, getting the attention of She-Hulk and former hero Louise Man. She-Hulk launched herself into the air, grabbing on to Stilt-Man's helmet, but he hit her with an electric shock, and she toppled him over in revenge. Day quickly righted himself, then stomped on She-Hulk multiple times, sending her crashing through the pavement and into a subway tunnel. Mason managed to trip him up when she dropped grease under his stilts, but he dislodged the lower half of the stilts to keep himself upright. Recovered, She-Hulk then swiftly defeated Day by tearing his stilts apart like a wishbone, and catching the dislodged Wilbur when he fell to the ground.

(Fantastic Four I#335) – Manipulated by Dr. Doom’s Aggression Enhancer, Stilt-Man attacked the Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic, Ms. Marvel (Sharon Ventura), Thing) at a courthouse in Washington D.C. alongside other villains. He was knocked unconscious, his stilt bent at a dangerous angle. As he was arrested, he screamed out about police brutality and threatened to sue. 

(Avengers Annual I#19/5) – When Stilt-Man tried attacking the site of Avengers Mansion, construction workers Francis Barnum and Jack Bale wrapped his legs together with a rope and toppled him over.

(Sensational She-Hulk#59 (fb) – BTS) – Day hired the Tinkerer to upgrade his armor, seeking to make it invincible.

(Daredevil I#317) – Before Slick Jimmy died in Central Park, he confessed having a half million in restaurant grease stashed away within the earshot of several criminals, including Pete London and his aides Meatball and Hacker, the Wildboys, Taskmaster, Stilt-Man, and Tatterdemalion. The villains all decided to go after it themselves. Stilt-Man retrieved his costume from a storage facility, hitting the guard with a chain (and accidentally hitting himself) to break in. He then attacked a restaurant to find out more about Slick Jimmy at the same time the other villains attacked. Daredevil awakened a nest of cockroaches in Stilt-Man’s stilts and he panicked as the bugs crawled over him. Out of control, his hydraulics extended into the street, causing the Wild Boys’ car to crash into them. 

(Daredevil I#318) – As the battle raged, Taskmaster nearly killed Stilt-Man, but Daredevil retracted his stilts to save him, sending him plummeting into the street. Stilt-Man grew and tried escaping through a window, but a woman doused him with bug spray when she saw another roach. The villains were all arrested. A lawyer helped Tatterdemalion go free and he burned the lawyer’s suit off in payment. The villains found the storage of grease at the old World Fair site and were deciding how to split it when Daredevil arrived and they attacked him together. When Tatterdemalion fell into the greasy barrels, he burned the containers. Stilt-Man then fell in them, covering them all in grease. All the villains were soon arrested again.

(Sensational She-Hulk#59) - In a court battle against the Tinkerer, Day testified that the Tinkerer had failed to make his suit invincible, referencing the roaches in his testimony. He, and the other witnesses, grew offended when the Taskmaster claimed it was them, not the technology, that was the problem. The fight continued until She-Hulk broke it up, easily toppling Day with a punch.

(Captain America I#411-414) – Stilt-Man checked in to a hotel at Boca Caliente for the AIM Weapons Expo, where he watched Crossbones (secretly Captain America) battle several villains before being exposed as Captain America. The villains there fought Captain America and his allies Falcon, Diamondback, and Shang-Chi.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#97/4) – While at the Bar with No Name, Stilt-Man hid behind a table when a large fight broke out. He complained to, and bantered with, Trapster about having to check in his weapons at the door.

(Avengers Unplugged#4) – Alongside several criminals, Stilt-Man attended the wedding of Absorbing Man and Titania. When She-Hulk attacked, he used his new finger extenders to try and frighten her off and she was swiftly thrown outside. She returned with more Avengers (Black Widow, Crystal, Deathcry, Giant-Man (Hank Pym), Hercules, Vision), and Stilt-Man punched back Giant-Man as Black Widow tried tying his legs together. Stilt-Man broke free, using his gyroscopic displacers to keep his balance, and swatted the heroine. Giant-Man nearly toppled Stilt-Man, but Mr. Hyde stopped the hero. Stilt-Man then wrapped his legs around Giant-Man who was punched back by Mr. Hyde. They returned to the wedding and helped fight off the Vision. The Avengers finally left when they realized it was a wedding they’d crashed.

(Spider-Man: The Gathering of the Sinister Six) - Stilt-Man also fought Razorback in Maryland and was defeated.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#237 – BTS) – A man with ‘telescoping legs’ was responsible for a robbery, leaving behind footprints in the sidewalk.

(Cable II#56) - Stilt-Man, sporting a red haircut and smoking, showed up at Sid's bar to play Spades with Hydro-Man and Blockade. After listening to Sid drone on about the Unicorn's helmet being in his possession, Day put out his cigarette when Blockade demanded it. Blockade, having just finished a hitman assignment, assured the others that they had nothing to worry about by him being there, but Day was still worried as he was laying low. When Cable showed up, Day went running for it.

(Daredevil I#378 (fb) – BTS) – Stilt-Man joined the Kingpin’s new Paris based group, the Emissaries of Evil, alongside Synapse and La Concierge. Kingpin had a SHIELD volume agent killed after they retrieved the information of all the SHIELD secret agents in the world.

(Daredevil I#377) – Learning that Kingpin planned to kill Claudia Dubois, an innocent hostage, Day panicked and contacted local hero Laurent Levasseur (secretly Daredevil). Laurent assumed Stilt-Man was attacking and fled, leaving Stilt-Man to chase him across the city, asking to talk. Stilt-Man hit his head on the Eiffel Tower and fell backward, causing his suit to freeze up. Before he could tell the familiar-looking Laurent anything, he was hit with an electric pulse by Synapse from afar.

(Daredevil I#378) – When the police approached, Laurent triggered Stilt-Man’s stilts, which struck the car at high impact, allowing Laurent to escape.

(Daredevil/Spider-Man#3 (fb)) – In restraints in jail, Stilt-Man was diagnosed with a Napoleon complex and involved in heavy therapy. He soon met fellow inmate Owl, who recruited Stilt-Man to be his right hand man and to serve at his side when they got out. The two of them soon met up with the new Gladiator (Wylie Lemmick). The trio, under the guise of group therapy, began spending a lot of time together and planning future conquests, deciding they’d call themselves the Gang of Three. They eventually broke out of prison and united with Copperhead, calling themselves the Gang of Four and deciding to go after the Kingpin’s territory.

(Daredevil/Spider-Man#1 (fb) - BTS) – The Gang of Four started their war on the Kingpin’s holdings. Stilt-Man hit a ship, stealing merchandise from it, and they attacked a restaurant and a warehouse that had Kingpin holdings. They also worked to recruit lower level criminals, such as Kenny Fitzgerald and Jack Abbott, into working for them as their reputation for ruthlessness grew.

(Daredevil/Spider-Man#1) – As Stilt-Man worked on his stilts in a fowl mood, he expressed his frustration at not going after the kingpin directly, threatening Gladiator when he tried to console him. Owl approached, admiring each of them for their potential for success and riches. That night, they attacked the kingpin’s building. Copperhead killed a security agent, leaving a coin on his head, while Stilt-Man and Gladiator made their way into the penthouse, taking out any guards they passed. The Owl then, from his helicopter, fired missiles at the penthouse, hoping to kill the Kingpin and his men.

(Daredevil/Spider-Man#2) – The Owl was furious to learn from the media that the Kingpin had somehow survived. Spider-Man and Daredevil came looking for the Gang of Four in their underground hideout, but the heroes were taken down by a set explosion as the villains surrounded them.

(Daredevil/Spider-Man#3) – As Daredevil lay unconscious, Stilt-Man held Spider-Man, who sorrowfully claimed that Daredevil was his brother and dead, at gunpoint and explained how they’d formed as a gang. Daredevil threw sludge in Stilt-Man’s face, causing the villain to fire his gun accidentally, collapsing the ceiling around them and opening the ceiling to the street above. Gladiator leapt at Spider-Man, who evaded him, then Gladiator was hit by Daredevil. Stilt-Man fired on the heroes, who dodged and escaped to the street. The Gang of Four pursued them and Spider-Man knocked down Gladiator while Daredevil kicked down Copperhead. They were then surrounded by the Kingpin and a group of armed men. Owl leapt in a fury at Kingpin, but the men opened fire on him as he attacked. A massive battle followed, during which Stilt-Man punched Spider-Man and Daredevil tossed a gunman into Gladiator. When the cops arrived, Owl attacked Spider-Man and Stilt-Man exploded the cop cars with his guns. Daredevil approached Copperhead, asking who had brought him back and how he was alive, so Copperhead pulled off his mask to show that he wasn’t alive at all.

(Daredevil/Spider-Man#4) – Copperhead invoked the name of his demonic master and trapped a three block section of New York under a mystic force field, calling it New Perdition. Copperhead unleashed zombies on Daredevil and Spider-Man, then took Stilt-Man and Gladiator to the Clinton Mission Shelter, where he suspended them upside down and made them face visions of being eternally judged. Spider-Man rushed to free the villains, and was caught up in a similar vision himself. Daredevil held a gun to his head, willing to end his own life rather than let Copperhead make others suffer, butt he Owl stopped him. Facing up to his own evil, Owl seemingly sacrificed his own soul to save Daredevil’s. He knocked Copperhead through a portal back to hell and was taken with him. Stilt-Man and Gladiator fell to the floor and were presumably later arrested.

(Spider-Man: Get Kraven#1/2) – At a bar with other villains, Stilt-Man tried apprehending Spider-Man, but the brief fight was inconclusive.

(Peter Parker, Spider-Man I#51 - BTS) - Reports on the radio stated that Stilt-Man had been seen in the city.

(Daredevil II#41 (fb) - BTS) - In a new relationship, Day was contacted by Vanessa Fisk, who offered to sell him a portion of the Kingpin's territory. He bought in, but was later attacked by the furious Owl, who had been denied by Vanessa. Day's arm was broken and his girlfriend sustained a broken back. After reading in the tabloids that Daredevil was really attorney Matt Murdock, Day began having nightmares about the hero.

(Daredevil II#41) – His arm in a sling, Day approached Matt Murdock at his law office and was frustrated when Murdock pretended not to know who he was. Admitting his fear of Daredevil, he handed over his case full of armor and explained what had happened with Fisk and the Owl. Murdock had his new bodyguard Melvin Potter (the Gladiator) show Day out, and Day was shocked. He spouted a theory that Murdock had been the Kingpin all along. Day was determined to stay out of the business once and for all.

(Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6) – Stilt-Man attended the auction of the Venom symbiote alongside many other super-criminals.

(Punisher War Journal II#4 (fb) – BTS) – Day wooed and married Princess Python.

(Punisher War Journal II#1 (fb) – BTS) – When the Super Human Registration Act was passed, Day saw the opportunity to make Stilt-Man a hero, following the advice of his therapist. He convinced the Tinkerer to update his armor.

(Punisher War Journal II#1) – Stilt-Man tried apprehending criminal Fulvio Morsella to prove himself, not knowing the Punisher was staking Morsella out. Stilt-Man, who’d destroyed several cars in his walk down the street, went down to regular size as the Punisher walked up behind him. Stilt-Man panicked and grew out of the way, through a roof, then opened fire on the Punisher with his wrist-mounted guns. Punisher ignored Stilt-Man’s offers of a team-up, then shot a rocket into Stilt-Man’s abdomen, severing his legs. A shocked Day begged for help, offering to surrender, but Punisher shot him dead.

(Punisher War Journal II#4) – Many criminals attended Day’s wake, including his wife. Punisher later blew up the bar, wounding the criminals and destroying Day’s body.















Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Wally Wood.

Stilt-Man is listed as Daredevil’s tenth deadliest foe in Daredevil Annual I#8/2.

Since his death, Stilt-Man has inspired a number of characters to follow in his footsteps. As seen in other profiles on this sight, a new Stilt-Man debuted in Marvel Team-Up III#9 (this while Day was still alive), another Stilt-Man (Mikey Watts) and the Stilt-Man Gang appeared in Punisher War Journal II#26, Lady Stilt-Man debuted in Amazing Spider-Man I#611, and a terrorist group calling itself the Bastard Sons of Wilbur Day showed up in Invincible Iron Man I#500.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Stilt-Man is loosely connected to, but should not be confused with

And should not be confused with


Barker

(Daredevil I#102) - When Stilt-Man posed as Mr. Ross, he hired Barker and others to bring him expensive equipment. Barker and his men tried demanding more than the agreed upon $30,000, claiming it cost more than expected to get it through customs, but Ross refused to pay extra, threatening to squash the men if they argued. Daredevil attacked and "Ross" fled while the hero easily vanquished the others.

--Daredevil I#102











Bill and Chuck

 (Daredevil I#27) – Two policemen, Bill and Chuck saw something flash in the sky, not realizing it was Stilt-Man moving toward Earth.

 --Daredevil I#27


















Charlie and Herman 

(Daredevil I#8 - BTS) - While trying to track down Stilt-Man across the city, Daredevil used his super-senses and overheard several conversations in the city. In one, Herman was chided to turn down the TV. In another, Charlie was asked to loan a friend a sawbuck.

 Daredevil I#8 - BTS













Frank

(Daredevil I#67) – While boating in California, Frank and his girlfriend were shocked when Stilt-Man appeared in the water in front of them. Frank, disbelieving at first and wondering if he’d had too many martinis, was sent reeling when Stilt-Man smashed the boat.

--Daredevil I#67











Joe 

(Daredevil I#8) – Stilt-Man used his lifts to go high in the sky and hold up a helicopter, ordering the occupants, including Joe, to obey his instructions or face the consequences. They fired on him, but the bullets bounced off of him, so Stilt-Man threw a grenade to obstruct their vision. He prepared a second grenade, but they willingly surrendered the payroll they were carrying.

 Daredevil I#8













Joe

 (Daredevil Special I#1) – Police officer Joe and his partner heard a crash and found a caved in wall, but they missed arresting Stilt-Man, who’d escaped.

--Daredevil Special I#1 











Sam 

(Daredevil I#8) – Policeman Sam and his partner tried stopping the villain Stilt-Man, who’d just committed a robbery, but he crashed his car into Stilt-Man’s hydraulic leg.

 --Daredevil I#8










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Appearances:
Daredevil I#8 (June, 1965) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Wally Wood (penciler/inker)
Daredevil I#26-27 (March-April, 1967) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Gene Colan (penciler/inker)
Daredevil Special#1 (September, 1967) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Gene Colan (penciler), Dan Tartaglione (editor)
Daredevil I#48 (January, 1969) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Gene Colan (penciler/inker)
Daredevil I#67 (August, 1970) – Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich (writers), Gene Colan (penciler), Syd Shores (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Daredevil I#102 (August, 1973) – Chris Claremont (writer), Syd Shores (penciler), Frank Giacoia (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Captain America I#191 (November, 1975) – Tony Isabella, Bill Mantlo (writers), Frank Robbins (penciler), D. Bruce Berry (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Black Goliath#4 (August, 1976) – Chris Claremont (writer), Rich Buckler (penciler), Don Heck (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Champions#11-12 (February-March, 1977) – Bill Mantlo (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Bob Layton (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Thor I#268-269 (February, 1978) – Len Wein (writer/editor), Walter Simonson (penciler), Tony DeZuniga (inker)
Daredevil I#186 (September, 1982) – Frank Miller (writer/penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Denny O’Neal (editor) 
Amazing Spider-Man I#237 (February, 1983) – Roger Stern, Bill Mantlo (writers), Bob Hall (penciler), Frank Giacoia (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Iron Man I#225-226 (December, 1987-January, 1988) – David Michelinie (writer), Mark Bright (penciler), Bob Layton (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Iron Man I#228 (March, 1988) – David Michelinie (writer), Mark Bright (penciler), Bob Layton (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Sensational She-Hulk#4 (August, 1989) – John Byrne (writer/penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Fantastic Four I#335 (December, 1989) – Walter Simonson (writer), Rich Buckler (penciler), Romeo Tanghal (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Avengers Annual I#19/5 (1990) – Gary Barnum (writer), Steve Buccelato (penciler), Mickey Ritter (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Daredevil I#317-318 (June, 1993) – DG Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Alpha Flight I#121 (June, 1993) - Simon Furman (writer), Craig Brasfield (pencils), Frank Turner (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
Sensational She-Hulk#59 (January, 1994) - Len Kaminski, Scott Benson (writers), Pat Oliffe (penciler), Steve Montano (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Captain America I#411-413 (January-March, 1993) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Captain America I#414 (April, 1993) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins, MC Wyman (pencilers), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#97/4 (1992) – Sholly Fisch (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Avengers Unplugged#4 (April, 1996) – Glenn Herdling (writer), John Statema (penciler), Scott Koblish (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#237 (August, 1996) – Todd Dezago (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), John Stanisci (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Cable II#56 (July, 1998) - Joe Casey (writer), Ryan Benjamin (penciler), Matt Banning, Scott Hanna, Keith Aiken, Jon Holdredge (inkers), Mark Powers (editor)
Daredevil I#377-378 (July, August, 1998) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Tom Morgan (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Tim Tuohy (editor)
Spider-Man: The Gathering of the Sinister Six (March, 1999) - Adam-Troy Castro (writer), Mike Zeck (illustrations)
Daredevil/Spider-Man#1-4 (January-April, 2001) – Paul Jenkins (writer), Phil Winslade (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Nanci Dakesian (editor)
Spider-Man: Get Kraven#1/2 (August, 2002) – Ron Zimmerman (writer), Al Rio (penciler), Sandu Florea (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man I#51 (February, 2003) - Zeb Wells (writer), Francisco Herrera (penciler), Wayne Faucher (inker), John Miesegaes (editor)
Daredevil II#41 (March, 2003) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Alex Maleev (penciler/inker), Joe Quesada (editor)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6 (November, 2004) – Mark Millar (writer), Terry Dodson (penciler), Rachel Dodson (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Spider-Man/Human Torch#3 (May, 2005) – Dan Slott (writer), Ty Templeton (penciler), nelson, Tom Palmer (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#1 (January, 2007) – Matt Fraction (writer), Ariel Olivetti (penciler/inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#4 (April, 2007) – Matt Fraction (writer), Mike Deodato (penciler/inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Daredevil III#17 (October, 2012) – Mark Waid (writer), Michael Allred (penciler/inker), Stephen Wacker (editor)


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