Real Name: Unrevealed
Occupation: Criminal, former soldier
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Bad Seed, Bullet (Buck Ashman), Bushwacker (Carl Burbank), Typhoid Mary (Mary Walker), Wild Boys (Jet, Split)
Enemies: Black Widow (Nathasha Romanova), Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
Aliases: "King of New York" called by his followers
Base of Operations: Seagate Prison off the coast of Georgia;
formerly Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York
First Appearance: Daredevil I#252 (March, 1988)
Powers/Abilities: Ammo possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise. Ammo is a highly formidable hand-to-hand combatant and is greatly skilled in the use of conventional firearms.
Weight: 225 lbs.
Hair: Black, dyed yellow
(Daredevil I#252 (fb) - BTS) - As a member of the US Military, Ammo served his country during a military conflict in Vietnam (topical, see comments). His experiences during the war turned him bitter. After returning home, he became homeless, living among the vagrants of New York and doing what needed to be done to feed his addiction. (see comments).
(Daredevil I#252) - When Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur) had his Four Horsemen attack New York, the city was rocked by several heavy explosions, a massive blackout and widespread panic caused by the Horseman Pestilence who lethally poisoned anyone she encountered. Unsure of what was really going on, most people believed nuclear armageddon had begun. Among them was Ammo, who concluded the civilized world had ended. He quickly established himself the leader of the new order, gaining support from hundreds of thugs and criminals within hours. Ammo decided the first course of action was to arm themselves. Without too many problems they successfully took over a local armory. Now armed to the teeth, Ammo decided to raid a nearby hospital to feed his drug habit.
(Daredevil I#252 - BTS) Ammo was unaware Daredevil, Black Widow and several veterans from 'Nam were on to him. They had already infiltrated the armory, placing several explosives on key locations.
(Daredevil I#252) - Right before Ammo and his personal troops could start their hospital heist the explosives went off, killing several of his men. While Daredevil and Black Widow fought the survivors trying to escape, Ammo made his way to a tank. Driving the vehicle through the armory walls, guns blazing, he didn't care who he hit, even mowing down his own men and some children as a result. This so enraged Daredevil that he snuck up from behind and threw Ammo off the tank. In the following fistfight, Ammo proved no match for the trained vigilante. As the dust cleared and the skies opened up (as a result of X-Factor beating back Apocalypse and his Horsemen elsewhere in town) Ammo was taken into police custody just as the world learned there had never been a nuclear launch.
(Daredevil I#259 (fb) - BTS) - Winding up in a New York City holding cell pending his trial, all Ammo could think of was getting revenge on Daredevil.
(Daredevil I#259) - Some time later, Ammo was broken out of prison by Typhoid Mary who had been assembling a small army of old Daredevil foes to kill the hero for her (Mary got Ammo's info from files belonging to her boss the Kingpin). Ammo agreed to help, becoming her second recruit after Bullet. Typhoid and Ammo left the jail together, walking across hallways littered with the corpses of butchered cops.
(Daredevil I#259 - BTS) - Typhoid Mary and Ammo convinced the Wild Boys to join them and headed over to a prison hospital to make Bushwacker an offer.
(Daredevil I#259) - Ammo was present when Typhoid Mary made the same offer to Bushwacker who accepted as well. Typhoid explained that everybody would get their shot at fighting Daredevil but only she herself would deal the finishing blow.
(Daredevil I#260) - The next day just as Daredevil was ready to join an anti-nuke rally Typhoid Mary and her men prepared to attack. After Bullet and Bushwacker had taken their shots at battling Daredevil, Ammo's turn had come. Coming out of nowhere Ammo sucker punched the already heavily injured hero, who was unable to fend him off. Having dealt several blows Ammo left Daredevil within an inch off his life. Next the Wild Boys got their revenge which led to Typhoid Mary seemingly killing Daredevil.
(Thunderbolts I#53) - Ammo was imprisoned in Seagate Prison.
Comments: Created by Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Al Williamson (inks).
By the time Ammo was created back in 1988, he was supposed to be an American veteran of the Vietnam war (1964 - 1973). Due to the sliding timescale, this by now is a topical reference.
The story strongly suggested Ammo was a drug addict. Pot and heroin use was rampant among American troops, who smoked weed and used dope to maintain a semblance of sanity amidst the horrors of war. Marijuana was grown all over Vietnam in those days, making it easy to come by. It wasn't established what kind of drugs Ammo was on, but it was most likely a type of opiate. He insisted on raiding a hospital for (painkiller) drugs. He was also consistently sniffling and touching his itchy nose, which is a common side effect of abusing opiates like heroin.
Profile by MarvellousLuke
Ammo has no known connections to
One of Ammo's thug followers who he named personally. Just before taking the armory he witnessed a prostitute reading the Bible. She offered him a page to bring him light. He kicked the book out of her hands and declared the new world had named him Bad Seed. He subsequently helped Ammo draw up a plan to steal the hospital's drug supply but was most likely either killed when the explosives went off or later taken out by Black Widow and Daredevil.
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Daredevil I#252, p13, pan5 (introducing himself)
Daredevil I#260, p19-20 (hitting Daredevil)
Daredevil I#252, p15, pan6 (Bad Seed)
Daredevil I#252 (March, 1988) - Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Ralph Macchio, Marc Siry (editors)
Daredevil I#259 (October, 1988) - Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Ralph Macchio, Marc Siry (editors)
Daredevil I#260 (November, 1988) - Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Ralph Macchio, Marc Siry (editors)
Thunderbolts I#53 (August, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Last updated: 02/22/16
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