main imageBADLANDS

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Racketeer

Group Membership: Led his own gang of thugs

AffiliationsBullseye (Lester), his thugs

EnemiesMr. Burnich (first name unrevealed), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), District Attorney Kathy Malper, Commissioner Tanner (first name unrevealed), Archer (loose)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: American southwest;
   
formerly New York City, USA

First Appearance: Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part One (1998)

Powers/Abilities: Badlands did not appear to possess any superhuman powers but was a skilled and ruthless racketeer. He had no qualms about killing a person where they stood if they could not pay his protection racket and he often carried a gun for just such an occasion. He was not afraid to encroach on the territory of powerful crimelords such as the Kingpin but mostly relied on hired thugs to do the dirty work.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Black (inferred)

History

(Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part One (fb) - BTS) - Badlands made a name for himself as a professional racketeer based in the American southwest. He eventually decided to extend his racketeering into New York, where he started a protection racket.

(Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part One) - Badlands and his goons confronted Mr. Burnich over the protection money he owed them. Terrified, Burnich pleaded that Badlands take everything he owned but Badlands replied that he already had all of the property formerly owned by Burnich. Badlands then thanked Mr. Burich and others like him for giving Badlands the best years of his life, then had his goons shoot Mr. Burnich dead. Later, Badlands and his goons met with Bullseye, where Badlands handed Bullseye a pencil and asked what he could do with it. Bullseye broke the pencil in half and hurled it into the faces of Badlands' goons. Badlands reminded his thugs that scars build character then showed Bullseye a photo of the Kingpin, asking what he could do with that, to which Bullseye replied "something low-down murderous."

(Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part Two (fb) - BTS) - Badlands continued his efforts to extend his racketeering network into New York City, with reports of his crimes reaching police Commissioner Tanner. Hired by Badlands, Bullseye attempted to assassinate the Kingpin inside Fisk's limo by using a rocket launcher, but was foiled by Daredevil.

(Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part Three) - After Bullseye failed to kill the Kingpin due to Daredevil's interference, Badlands chewed out Bullseye, reminding the assassin what he was hired to do. Bullseye replied that not only would Badlands see the Kingpin dead on a spit, but Bullseye would throw in Daredevil's bones as a freebie.

(Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part Four - BTS) - When Bullseye was defeated by Daredevil while trying to kill the Kingpin in the hospital, Badlands skipped town.

Comments: Created by D. G. Chichester and Daerick Gross.

The Marvel Cyber Comics were interactive comic books released on Marvel's website in the late 1990s-early 2000s. They are no longer available so thanks to D. G. Chichester himself for the images!

At the beginning of "Protection Racket" Part Two, Commissioner Tanner referred to the "Badlands crime organization" but in Part One, D. A. Malper told Daredevil of "a southwestern racketeer by the name of Badlands." I'm choosing to treat Badlands as one person and that Tanner's comments were just a weird way of referring to Badlands' gang.

After wheeling Archer out of his office, it seems likely the Kingpin probably would have later ordered Archer dead.

Badlands' eye color was never shown as he always seemed to be squinting and his hair color in this profile is based on the color of his mustache, as he always wore that hat.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Badlands has no known connections to


ArcherArcher

Archer was a lackey of the Kingpin. After watching Commissioner Tanner badmouth him on television, the Kingpin yelled for Archer, exclaiming that it was time for New York's finest to meet New York's worst. Turning around, Kingpin found Archer tied up by Daredevil. When Daredevil replied that Kingpin needed better help, Kingpin agreed and pushed Archer outside of his office, exclaiming that Archer was fired.

 

 

--Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part Two


BurnichMr. Burnich

Mr. Burnich was a businessman who owned a bank, a movie theatre, Miss Switzer's Hardware Store, Old Man Gleason's Volkswagon Dealership, and Widow Fletcher's McDonalds franchise. When Badlands began his protection racket in New York, he demanded money from Mr. Burnich, who pleaded for Badlands to take everything but Badlands replied that he had already taken all of the property owned by Mr. Burnich. Despite Burnich's begging, Badlands had his goons shoot Burnich dead.

 

 

 

 

--Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part One


TannerCommissioner Tanner

Commissioner Tanner was the head of a police precinct in New York. When interviewed by the news, Tanner commented about Badlands and his gang moving into New York and reminded viewers that if Wilson Fisk was a simple "spice merchant" as he had always claimed to be, he had nothing to fear from Badlands' encroachment. Tanner then exclaimed that everyone knew Fisk was the Kingpin of crime and announced that Kingpin deserved everything he got from Badlands. He then continued to say that the city was not going to waste taxpayer dollars protecting criminals from other criminals. He later reiterated that statement for reporters after the Kingpin was hospitalized by Bullseye. Tanner was only ever shown on a television screen.

--Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part Two (Part Four


images: (without ads)
Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part One, p8, splash page (Badlands, main image)
Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part One, p12, pan1 (Badlands, headshot)
Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part Two, p5, pan3 (Archer)
Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part One, p6, splash page (Mr. Burnich)
Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part One, p4, pan1 (District Attorney Malper)
Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part Two, p5, pan1 (Commissioner Tanner)


Appearances:
Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part One (1998) - D. G. Chichester (writer), Daerick Gross (art), Gregg Sanderson (editor)
Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part Two (1998) - D. G. Chichester (writer), Daerick Gross (art), Gregg Sanderson (editor)
Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part Three (1998) - D. G. Chichester (writer), Daerick Gross (art), Gregg Sanderson (editor)
Daredevil Cyber Comic: Protection Racket - Part Four (1998) - D. G. Chichester (writer), Daerick Gross (art), Gregg Sanderson (editor)


Last updated: 11/22/13

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