KERWIN J. BRODERICK

Real Name: Kerwin J. Broderick

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Attorney, would-be world conqueror

Group Membership: Broderick, Sloan and Murdock law firm (Matt Murdock, Jason Sloan);
formerly Broderick, Sloan and Cranston law firm (Larry Cranston, Jason Sloan)

Affiliations: Angar the Screamer (David Angar), Charles, Dark Messiah (Mordecai Jones), Disciples of Doom (Josiah, Macabee, Uriah), Johns, Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff), Mr. Fear (Larry Cranston), Ramrod, Jason Sloan, Terrex;
formerly Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Moondragon (Heather Douglas)

Enemies: Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Janis, Moondragon (Heather Douglas), Jann Wenner

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Kerwin the First, Terrex

Base of Operations: San Francisco, California, USA

First Appearance: (mentioned): Daredevil I#88 (June, 1972);
(seen in shadow): Daredevil I#101 (August, 1973);
(fully seen): Daredevil I#104 (October, 1973)

Powers/Abilities: Kerwin J. Broderick was a prominent attorney who wielded extraordinary power and influence, manipulating those in government and in the underworld to do his bidding. He used Titanian machines to grant powers and abilities to Ramrod (enhanced cybernetics and strength), Dark Messiah (force shields, eye blasts, strength, teleportation), Angar the Screamer (sonic screams with hallucinations) and the Disciples of Doom (Uriah (illusion-projection), Josiah (sonic vibrations) and Macabee (manipulate the elements)). While merged with Terrex, Broderick wielded enormous destructive power, including the ability to draw the life-force from the planet itself to kill or paralyze others at a whim, to manipulate plant matter and vast strength, size, and durability. Broderick's Terrex form took intense focus to maintain control.

Height: 5'6"
Weight: 140 lbs.
Eyes: Blue; (as Terrex): green
Hair: White; (as Terrex): green

History: (Daredevil I#101 (fb) – BTS) – Using aggressive methods, Kerwin J. Broderick built up the biggest law practice in the state of California.

(Daredevil I#106 (fb) – BTS) – Broderick spent years gaining power in the city, working with criminal elements, manipulating his law partners including Jason Sloan and rigging elections including that of Johns. He felt he controlled the entire city of San Francisco.

(Daredevil I#88 (fb) – BTS) – Attorney Larry Cranston joined up with the men and they called the law firm Broderick, Sloan and Cranston.

(Daredevil I#89 – BTS) –Cranston offered the newly relocated Matt Murdock a position at the firm.

(Daredevil I#90 – BTS) – Sloan also put pressure on Murdock to join up with Broderick.

(Daredevil I#91 – BTS) – Cranston was exposed as the new Mister Fear and was seemingly killed in battle, seriously impacting Broderick, Sloan and Cranston.

(Daredevil I#95 (fb) – BTS) – Murdock agreed to join Broderick and Sloan's law firm, now called Broderick, Sloan and Murdock.

(Daredevil I#106 (fb) – BTS) – Broderick began to feel like he was losing control of his city with super heroes like Daredevil and Black Widow on the streets and men like Murdock in his firm causing problems.

(Daredevil I#106 (fb)) – Broderick was approached by Moondragon, a woman recently arrived on Earth from space, and he believed her mad when she told him of her powers and her plans to take down Thanos. After he saw her advanced technology and Titanian ship, however, he began to gain mad delusions of power, wanting to be king of San Francisco. He realized he could manipulate Moondragon to his own aims and he planned to use her technology to alter others, giving them super powers and making them loyal to him.

(Daredevil I#97 – BTS) – Broderick took injured civilian Mordecai Jones from the hospital and transformed him into the Dark Messiah. Jones then staged a prison break and three of the prisoners were turned into the Disciples of Doom: Josiah, Macabee and Uriah.

(Daredevil I#98 – BTS) – Dark Messiah and the Disciples of Doom battled Daredevil until the hero forced Jones to confront who he really was. Meanwhile, Kerwin J. Broderick, senior law partner, pushed Jason Sloan to pressure Matt Murdock to get a particular verdict in a case, telling him to have boys in a case plead guilty although they were innocent.

(Daredevil I#100 – BTS) – Broderick used Moondragon's machines to change David Angar, a hippie protester, giving him sonic scream powers that induced hallucinations. Angar the Screamer began attacking the city in random attacks, causing mass hallucinations. Broderick also tasked some local kids with stealing paperwork from Jann Wenner, editor of Rolling Stone magazine.

(Daredevil I#101) – Daredevil thwarted the kids' attempt to rob Wenner. Angar returned to his benefactor, Broderick, who demonstrated his power over Angar by pushing a button, activating a device implanted into Angar's head, causing him pain. Broderick, in shadow, emphasized that Angar would do as he was told and that he was in control, just as he had been over Dark Messiah. Meanwhile, Murdock told Sloan that he planned to go against Broderick's edict to plead guilty for the kids he was representing. Broderick then ordered Angar to kidnap Murdock, forcing Angar to battle Daredevil, Black Widow and the police, several of whom were hurt before Angar fled from the fight.

(Daredevil I#103 (fb)) – Broderick and Moondragon (using the alias Madame MacEvil) retrieved a man from the hospital who had most of his bones broken in an oil rig accident. They enhanced him, giving him cybernetic and metal enhancements, turning him into the criminal Ramrod. Broderick told Ramrod he'd been poisoned and he'd give him the antidote if he returned with papers from the home of Black Widow, where Daredevil was keeping Wenner's papers for safe-keeping.

(Daredevil I#103 – BTS) – Ramrod attacked Daredevil and Black Widow and also battled Spider-Man. Ramrod retrieved the papers Broderick had ordered him to retrieve but he was ultimately defeated and lost them.

(Daredevil I#104 (fb) – BTS) – Broderick continued to put pressure on Matt to push for a guilty verdict but Matt was more determined than ever to help the kids be found innocent. He also pressured Sloan to get Murdock to delay.

(Daredevil I#106 (fb) – BTS) – Preparing for his end-game, Broderick activated Terrex, a doomsday weapon that would draw power from the Earth itself. He recognized that Terrex had no soul and would thus need a human host to bond with, planning for that to be himself. With a machine, Broderick established a mind-meld with Terrex to allow the creature to walk, move, talk and use its powers.

(Daredevil I#104) – Broderick sent out an engraved invitation to Murdock, inviting him to a house party. Later, he met with Kraven the Hunter, offering the villain $100,000 to hunt down Daredevil but Kraven agreed to do it without money. Kraven's initial ploy failed then Matt went ahead with the trial over the following days. Matt and Natasha attended the party at Broderick's home, where Broderick promised not to bring up work. Kraven attacked the party and when Daredevil and Black Widow fought back, Kraven seemed to win.

(Daredevil I#105) – Kraven threw Daredevil to his seeming death and then was arrested. Daredevil ended up on Moondragon's ship and helped her realize that she had been committing evil all along. Before she could come to her senses, Broderick, also aboard the ship, shot her with a blast ray, saying her usefulness was at an end. Terrex then attacked Earth, panicking Broderick's party guests including Charles.

(Daredevil I#106) – Broderick, holding Daredevil (with the prone Moondragon) at gunpoint, showed off his end-game with Terrex fighting Black Widow and the police, Dark Messiah containing San Francisco under a force field, Ramrod frightening the public and keeping Angar the Screamer ready. Broderick used his ray gun's last charge to knock out Daredevil. Among the civilians whose life force was given to Terrex was the girlfriend of Angar the Screamer, Janis.

(Daredevil I#106 – BTS) – Broderick departed, wrecking most of Moondragon's base so that Daredevil couldn't use the machines to stop him.

(Daredevil I#106) – Daredevil and Moondragon used the one undamaged part of the base, the teleport chamber, to return to Earth. Moondragon managed to take away Dark Messiah's powers. Broderick joined with Terrex, promising to destroy San Francisco unless he was made king within an hour. The heroes closed in around him.

(Daredevil I#107) – As the heroes and cops helplessly watched, Broderick allowed himself to be absorbed into Terrex, melding them together and giving him the creature's full powers. He stated that unless he was proclaimed king of San Francisco, he would destroy the city. When Daredevil kicked Terrex, Broderick temporarily paralyzed his legs, showing mercy, then stormed off to wait for his time limit to pass. Broderick advanced to Golden Gate Park, where Captain Marvel arrived from space to attack him. Terrex fired at the hero then saw him defeat Ramrod. Jason Sloan tried shooting Terrex then begged for his own death but Angar the Screamer arrived and turned his hallucination powers on Broderick's mind directly. The assembled heroes (including Daredevil, Black Widow and Moondragon) fought Terrex, leaving Broderick overwhelmed and unable to focus. Moondragon's telepathy, together with Angar's hallucinatory powers, caused Broderick to believe he was being overwhelmed by the force of un-life itself, forcing a separation from Terrex, which killed Broderick. In the aftermath, the heroes stood around the corpse of Broderick.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, Gene Colan and Tom Palmer.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Kerwin J. Broderick has no known connections to:


Charles

(Daredevil I#105) – Charles attended a party at the home of Kerwin J. Broderick. He witnessed a fight between Kraven the Hunter, Daredevil and Black Widow, refusing to jump in and help when Daredevil was in danger.






--Daredevil I#105

Johns

(Daredevil I#106 (fb) – BTS) – Johns was among the elected officials manipulated by Kerwin J. Broderick as he worked with criminals across San Francisco.






--Daredevil I#106 (fb)


images: (without ads)
Daredevil I#105, p20, pan1 (Kerwin Broderick with gun, main image)
Marvel Encyclopedia HC Vol. 5: Marvel Knights, p58, Kerwin J. Broderick entry image (Kerwin, headshot)
Daredevil I#106, p5, pan1 (Kerwin the First)
Daredevil I#107, p3, pan1 (Kerwin merged with Terrex)
Daredevil I#105, p3, pan5 (Charles)
Daredevil I#106, p3, pan3 (Johns)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#88-91 (June-September, 1972) – Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Stan Lee (editor)        
Daredevil I#95 (January, 1973) – Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Daredevil I#97 (March, 1973) – Gerry Conway, Steve Gerber (writers), Gene Colan (penciler), Ernie Chua (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#100 (June, 1973) – Steve Gerber (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), John Tartaglione (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#101 (August, 1973) – Steve Gerber (writer), Rich Buckler (penciler), Frank Giacoia (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#103-104 (September-October, 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)


First Posted: 06/25/2018
Last updated: 06/25/2018

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