LT. PAUL CARSON

Real Name: Paul Carson

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Police officer

Group Membership: San Francisco Police Department

Affiliations: Officer Andrews, Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Bob, Officer Fred Bunker, Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Danny French, Officer Greg Harris, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Lucretia Jones, Kowalski, McHeny, Moondragon, Commander Robert “Ironguts” O’Hara, Ivan Petrovich, Ray, “Sandy” Sanderson, Shanna the She-Devil, Travers, Webb, Officer Wilson

Enemies: Angar the Screamer, Kerwin J. Broderick, Damon Dran, Dark Messiah, Disciples of Doom (Josiah, Macabee, Uriah), Electro (Maxwell Dillon), Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff), Man-Bull, Owl (Leland Owlsley), the Professor, Terrex

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: San Francisco, California, USA

First Appearance: Daredevil I#87 (April, 1972)

Powers/Abilities: Lt. Paul Carson was a trained police officer with years of experience.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Blue

History: (Daredevil I#87) – Lt. Paul Carson vouched for Daredevil and Black Widow when they worked to stop a super-villain invading Coit Tower when Commander "Ironguts" O'Hara grew angry with the heroes for tying up a security guard (in order to save him from electrocution). O'Hara ordered Officers Wilson and Andrews of the Tactical Unit to don special suits and climb the Tower. After Carson explained "Ironguts"’ history to the heroes, Daredevil and Black Widow turned against the police, recognizing that Electro was inside. The heroes battled Electro as the police realized that their lives had been saved. Electro escaped, his electric shield repelling the bullets that the police fired on him. O'Hara excused the heroes' rash actions this time but warned them for the future.

(Daredevil I#88 (fb) – BTS) – As coverage of the Electro battle hit the media over the following ten days, Carson became a local celebrity as a member of the police force involved in the battle. O'Hara raged against Daredevil and Black Widow, calling them glory hounds, and when Carson defended the heroes, O'Hara was angry.

(Daredevil I#88) – Carson welcomed Daredevil to the station and showed him in to O'Hara with a warning to tread lightly. O'Hara yelled at Daredevil then ordered Carson to show him out.

(Daredevil I#90) – When Daredevil fell, overcome with fear, while swinging through the city, Paul Carson rushed to help him. Pretending to arrest Daredevil over a broken window, Carson let himself get punched then let DD get away, though he warned him that he felt an ominous threat was present. Carson admired the hero as he swung away. 

(Daredevil I#94) – When Officers Fred Bunker and Greg Harris went quiet, O'Hara was worried and conferred with Carson, who soon realized Damon Dran was attacking the Golden Gate Bridge. O'Hara had the mayor call in the National Guard but Dran easily shrugged them off. Daredevil and Black Widow were overwhelmed by Dran then they joined with the police, telling them what they knew. Danny French soon sacrificed himself to stop Dran, dying in the process.

(Daredevil I#96) – When Daredevil was rushed in for surgery, Lt. Carson comforted Black Widow as his fellow officers, Bob and Ray, watched. Two hours later, as Carson and Widow ate, O'Hara came in to offer condolences and soon, word came that DD would be okay. Paul soon gave the wounded Daredevil a ride to search for Man-Bull, who was soon defeated and the Professor was apprehended.

(Daredevil I#97) – When Daredevil was defeated by the Dark Messiah, Carson helped pick him up off the street and introduced him to his partner, McHeny. Back at the station, O'Hara criticized Daredevil again and Carson stood up for the hero. Carson saw O'Hara ask Daredevil for help as the Dark Messiah had freed hundreds of criminals and had built a force shield around them.

(Daredevil I#98) – When the Dark Messiah's force field disappeared, Carson and O'Hara rushed in to congratulate Daredevil until they realized the hero hadn't won the fight, the villains had only left. DD went rushing off despite O'Hara's warnings. Later, Carson rushed to where Black Widow and Daredevil had been battling the Disciples of Doom and the villains disappeared.

(Daredevil I#99) – Carson returned to the home of Ivan Petrovich with Daredevil and Black Widow, finding Hawkeye there.

(Daredevil I#100) – Daredevil called Carson to ask about mass hallucinations that had been happening around the city but he hung up when Carson wondered if DD and Black Widow had broken up.

(Daredevil I#101) – After Daredevil crashed into a wall in battle, Carson and McHeny helped the hero get up. Carson was subsequently present when DD mentioned that he had been battling Angar the Screamer but he couldn't describe the villain and rushed off. Carson soon got a civilian report that Matt Murdock had been kidnapped by Angar and Carson called to warn Black Widow then picked her up to go to the rescue. They found Daredevil there, claiming that Murdock had already been rescued, then Angar attacked, causing hallucinations with his scream. Carson saw McHeny accidentally shoot Travers in the chaos and after Angar fled, policeman Webb helped clean up the mess.

(Daredevil I#105) – Carson responded to a call at the home of Kerwin J. Broderick, helping Black Widow defeat the savage Kraven the Hunter, who had just seemingly thrown Daredevil to his seeming death. As Kraven was being arrested, Carson saw Terrex attack the city.

(Daredevil I#106) – Carson saw Terrex wielding earth and plants against civilians, then witnessed Terrex killing a police officer by aging him artificially. Carson saw reporters Lucretia Jones and Ashley "Sandy" Sanderson arrive as Terrex was departing, leaving the ground dead behind him. Carson soon saw Daredevil return with new ally Moondragon, and Paul noticed Daredevil's eye shields were temporarily missing as they went running into the city.

(Daredevil I#107) – Carson watched helplessly as Broderick merged his form with Terrex and proclaimed that he should be declared king of San Francisco or he would destroy the city. Daredevil tried attacking and was temporarily paralyzed, and Carson helped get him to safety. They rushed to O'Hara's office to deliver news of the threat but O'Hara stormed out and Carson saw a letter that stated O'Hara's brother had been murdered. Kowalski rushed in to report that Captain Marvel was fighting Terrex in Golden State Park and Carson authorized the use of O'Hara's helicopter to get them to the battle. The heroes, including Matt Murdock, assaulted Terrex with a series of illusions and Carson assumed that Murdock's acrobatic skills were part of it. In the end, Terrex and Broderick fell dead and the city was saved.

(Daredevil I#108 – BTS) – O'Hara left for Africa, leaving Paul Carson in charge.

(Daredevil I#117) – Ivan Petrovitch went to Paul Carson for help with finding the missing Black Widow. They soon found her teaming up with Shanna the She-Devil and Daredevil to fight the Owl, who Carson helped to arrest. Carson was in awe of Black Widow's skills.

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

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Lt. Paul Carson has no known connections to:


Bob & Ray

(Daredevil I#96) – When Daredevil was rushed in for surgery, police officers Bob and Ray saw Lt. Paul Carson comfort Black Widow and they wondered how super heroes fought crime in those outfits, and what the doctors would do about Daredevil's mask.




--Daredevil I#96


McHeny

(Daredevil I#97) – Lt. Paul Carson picked up the wounded Daredevil and gave him a ride in his police car, introducing him to his partner, McHeny.

(Daredevil I#101) – After Daredevil crashed into a wall in battle, Carson and McHeny helped the hero get up. DD claimed he had been battling Angar the Screamer but he couldn't describe the villain and rushed off. Later, during a battle with Angar, McHeny hallucinated a monster and discharged his weapon, shooting fellow officer Travers on accident.



--Daredevil I#97 (97, 101,


Travers

(Daredevil I#101) – When policemen battled Angar the Screamer, who caused mass hallucinations, Travers was shot by a confused McHeny, who'd seen a monster.




--Daredevil I#101


Webb

(Daredevil I#101) – When the police helped Daredevil and Black Widow fight Angar the Screamer, mass hallucinations broke out and several policemen were hurt. Webb was there to help clean up the mess.




--Daredevil I#101


images: (without ads)
Daredevil I#105, p4, pan4 (Paul Carson attacking Kraven, main image)
Daredevil I#101, p14, pan2 (Carson close-up)
Daredevil I#96, p6, pan2 (Bob and Ray)
Daredevil I#97, p16, pan1 (McHeny)
Daredevil I#101, p16, pan4 (Travers)
Daredevil I#101, p20, pan4 (Webb)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#87-88,90,94 (April, May, July, September, 1972) – Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Daredevil I#96 (February, 1973) – Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Ernie Chua (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Daredevil I#97-98 (March-April, 1973) – Gerry Conway, Steve Gerber (writers), Gene Colan (penciler), Ernie Chua (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#99 (May, 1973) – Steve Gerber (writer), Sam Kweskin (penciler), Syd Shores (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#100 (June, 1973) – Steve Gerber (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), John Tartaglione (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#101 (July, 1973) – Steve Gerber (writer), Rich Buckler (penciler), Frank Giacoia (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)
Daredevil I#108 (March, 1974) – Steve Gerber (writer), Bob Brown (penciler), Paul Gullacy (inker), Len Wein (editor)
Daredevil I#117 (January, 1975) – Chris Claremont, Steve Gerber (writers), Bob Brown (penciler), Roy Thomas (editor)


First Posted: 07/20/2018
Last updated: 07/20/2018

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