Real Name: (First name unrevealed) Chambers
Identity/Class: Normal human (possible citizen of the United Kingdom - see comments)
Occupation: Assistant to Arcade, technician
Group Membership: None
Hulk robot, Miss
Locke, Miss Locke robot;
indirectly the Crazy Gang (Executioner, Jester, Knave, Red Queen, Tweedledope), Milan Ramada (they were allies but never met Chambers personally);
Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), Constrictor (Frank
Schlichting), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Capt. Jean DeWolff, Elaine Grey, John Grey, Havok (Alex
Stevie Hunter, Carlotta
LaRosa, Lockheed, Moira MacTaggert, Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Nighthawk
(Kyle Richmond), Illyana Rasputin, Judith Rassendyll, Irma Roberts, Amanda Sefton,
(Kitty Pryde), Candy
Southern, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Tony Stark, Thing (Ben Grimm), Betsy Wilford, Colleen Wing, Wolverine (James
indirectly; X-Men (Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Storm (Ororo Munroe)) (Mr. Chambers was present when they were captured but they did not meet face-to-face)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile in various Murderworld locations
First Appearance: (unidentified, in disguise): Marvel Team-Up I#65 (January, 1978); (fully seen, identified): Marvel Team-Up I#66 (February, 1978)
Powers/Abilities: Mr. Chambers did not possess any superhuman powers but he was a skilled disguise artist and computer systems administrator. He could manage the entire computer network of Arcade’s Murderworld and was also skilled at operating Arcade’s modified sanitation capture trucks. He occasionally carried firearms when needed. He once armed himself in a flame-proof costume, and wielded a mace and shield in battle.
(Marvel Team-Up I#65) – After Arcade captured Spider-Man and Captain Britain using his specially-designed garbage truck, Mr. Chambers (disguised as a garbage man) pretended to be picking up garbage when police Capt. Jean DeWolff arrived shortly thereafter, looking for Spider-Man. When DeWolff revealed her police status to Mr. Chambers, he pretended to comply, claiming he had not seen anything and asked his “boss” if he had seen anything. Arcade, driving the garbage truck, replied that he had not seen a blessed thing.
(Marvel Team-Up I#66) – Arcade, Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers watched on video as the captive Captain Britain and Spider-Man were launched into Murderworld’s giant pinball machine. Overhearing Spider-Man asked what their captivity was all about, Arcade replied to Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers that it was about murder, gloating about how Roak and Moran had paid Arcade $1 million to kill Brian Braddock, hoping that Braddock was one of 50 people the Commission thought to be Captain Britain. Arcade then monologued to Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers about how much more Roak and Moran would pay him for actually killing Captain Britain, and Spider-Man as well. Arcade then told his assistants that he thought this would be a night to remember. After Spider-Man and Captain Britain had been inside Murderworld for a while, Miss Locke reported that Spider-Man had gone off the grid and Mr. Chambers chimed in to state that Murderworld had been registering several malfunctions since Spider-Man had disappeared. When Spider-Man reappeared on their grid and went to rescue Captain Britain, Arcade gassed the chamber despite Mr. Chambers’ warnings that the systems couldn’t handle it. The gas projectors soon overloaded Murderworld’s computer systems due to earlier damage done by Spider-Man, causing explosions that destroyed Murderworld. Escaping to safety, Mr. Chambers and Miss Locke admitted that Spider-Man and Captain Britain had beat Arcade fair and square, then asked him what they would do next. Arcade replied that they would rebuild Murderworld better than ever.
(X-Men I#123) – Driving another specially designed garbage truck for Arcade, Mr. Chambers drove up to capture Cyclops and his date, Colleen Wing. Noticing Spider-Man swinging away, Chambers commented how Arcade would love to get his hands on Spider-Man again but then went back to the business at hand, capturing Cyclops and Colleen. Later, after Wolverine was leaving from a date with Mariko Yashida, Mr. Chambers stopped Wolverine and asked for a light for his cigarette. After getting a light, Mr. Chambers returned to his garbage truck and began following Wolverine, preparing for the capture. Once all of the X-Men had been captured and sent to Arcade’s newly-built Murderworld, Mr. Chambers reported that the new computer systems were all up and running as well as could be expected.
(X-Men I#124) –As the X-Men made their way through Murderworld, Mr. Chambers warned Arcade that Storm was producing more lightning than the Murderworld systems could handle. When Nightcrawler teleported into the control room, Arcade ordered Mr. Chambers to release the gas, which soon incapacitated Nightcrawler.
(Uncanny X-Men I#146) – When Miss Locke kidnapped the X-Men’s loved ones to force them to rescue Arcade from “Doctor Doom”, Mr. Chambers aided her in activating Murderworld when a substitute X-Men team showed up to save the captives. After Miss Locke sent the substitute X-Men to various parts of Murderworld, Mr. Chambers gave her a status report, explaining that the Murderworld computer systems could not withstand a second magnetic attack from Polaris. Miss Locke continued to watch the substitute X-Men and later told Mr. Chambers to be careful when he left to investigate a systems dysfunction in Sector 12. While investigating, Mr. Chambers was blasted by Havok, who defeated Miss Locke as well.
(Uncanny X-Men I#204) – While brooding on Amanda Sefton’s balcony, Nightcrawler heard the familiar sound of Arcade’s specially-designed garbage truck capturing a victim. Investigating, Nightcrawler saw Mr. Chambers driving the truck. Mr. Chambers then drove back to Murderworld with the captive Judith Rassendyll and watched as Arcade placed the woman inside Murderworld. Mr. Chambers was later surprised when the “X-Men” (actually Arcade's robots) raided Murderworld and attempted to take Arcade into custody for kidnapped Judith Rassendyll and Nightcrawler, but Arcade quickly realized that Nightcrawler had found Murderworld’s X-Men robots and sent them after Arcade to mask his own escape.
(Excalibur I#5) – Mr. Chambers was present with Miss Locke and Arcade at Arcade’s British Murderworld, where Excalibur (in the Crazy Gang’s bodies) battled the Crazy Gang (in Excalibur’s bodies) within a “Wizard of Oz” themed room. Shadowcat soon phased through Arcade’s control computers, pulling Arcade into Murderworld and leaving behind Lockheed as a watchdog against Locke and Chambers. Locating a flame-proof costume, Mr. Chambers suited up and donned a shield and mace in an attempt to stop Lockheed, but his suit was burned and he quickly returned to Miss Locke’s side in a panic. Miss Locke then seduced Lockheed, allowing her and Chambers to escape while Excalibur brought Arcade into custody.
(Thing II#1) – After Arcade was hired to kill Carlotta LaRosa by Milan Ramada, Mr. Chambers and Miss Locke (the latter a robot replacement) unloaded a large statue of the Thing at a party thrown by Irma Roberts in which Carlotta and her friend, the Thing, were attending. Unbeknownst to the guests, the statue contained the shapeshifting Brynocki inside.
(Thing II#2) – Mr. Chambers, Arcade, and the Miss Locke robot watched from their control room as the now-captive Thing, Carlotta and Irma Roberts’ party guests (including Nighthawk, Constrictor and Tony Stark) battled for their lives on Arcade’s island “Murderland.” When Miss Locke commented on the singing of some of Arcade’s deathtraps, Arcade commented that the song was like drowning in honey. Inspired, Arcade told Mr. Chambers to take note to buy a vat of honey and giant ants. Later, Mr. Chambers informed Arcade that they had lost track of Tony Stark.
(Thing II#3) – After Tony Stark began taking control of Arcade’s computer network, Arcade ordered Mr. Chambers and the Miss Locke robot to fan out and locate Stark. Stark eventually made his way to Arcade’s control room and used a reprogrammed Brynocki to apprehend Arcade, the Miss Locke robot and Mr. Chambers, placing them in a wooden cage guarded by Brynocki while the heroes and Irma Roberts’ party guests awaited rescue from the “Murderland” island.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Dave Hunt.
While Chambers is of Scottish ethnicity, his citizenship has not been revealed.
Thanks to Loki for additional info (ecthicity, roles.)
Profile by Proto-Man.
Mr. Chambers has no known connections to
images: (without ads)
Marvel Team-Up I#66, p2-3, pan2 (Mr. Chambers, main image)
Excalibur I#5, p11, pan7 (Mr. Chambers, headshot)
Thing II#1, p17, pan3 (Mr. Chambers in disguise)
Marvel Team-Up I#65 (January, 1978) – Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (art), Dave Hunt (inks, colors), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#66 (February, 1978) – Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (art), Dave Hunt (inks, colors), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men I#123 (July, 1979) – Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
X-Men I#124 (August, 1979) – Chris Claremont (writer, plot), John Byrne (plot, pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#146 (June, 1981) – Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum, Josef Rubinstein (art), Louise Jones (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#204 (April, 1986) – Chris Claremont (writer), June Brigman (pencils), Whilce Portacio (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Excalibur I#5 (February, 1989) – Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Paul Neary (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Thing II#1 (January, 2006) – Dan Slott (writer), Andrea DiVito (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thing II#2 (February, 2006) – Dan Slott (writer), Andrea DiVito (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thing II#3 (March, 2006) – Dan Slott (writer), Andrea DiVito (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 09/27/2013
Last updated: 09/29/2013
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