CLOWN

Real Name: Unrevealed (last name possibly Franklin - see comments)

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: Gang-With-No-Name (Death Reaper, Manslaughter Marsdale, Trapster/Peter Petruski, Zodiac);
occasionally pretended to be his alleged half-brother as part of the Circus of Crime (Great Gambonnos, Ringmaster)

Affiliations: Hammerhead, Hood (Parker Robbins)

Enemies: H.A.M.M.E.R., S.H.I.E.L.D.

Known Relatives: Corky Franklin (alleged father, see comments), Eliot "Crafty" Franklin (Clown, alleged half-brother, see comments)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: (Unidentified) Civil War: War Crimes#1 (February, 2007); (identified) Dark Reign: Zodiac#1 (August, 2009)

Powers/Abilities: Though he had no known super powers, Clown had access to the resources of Zodiac, including vast technology and doomsday weapons. He tended to use guns in battle and enjoyed killing.

Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Unrevealed

History:
(Civil War: War Crimes#1) – Members of the Circus of Crime (Ringmaster, Great Gambonnos, Clown) attended a criminal gathering organized by Hammerhead but S.H.I.E.L.D. and Iron Man attacked.

(Dark Reign: The Hood#2) – Clown was among the members of Hood's army in his headquarters.

(Free Comic Book Day 2007: Spider-Man#1) - The Clown hung out at a Bar With No Name in New York City where the Bookie took bets on fights between superheroes and villains.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#552) - The Clown hung out at a Bar With No Name in New York City where the Bookie took bets on fights between superheroes and villains.

(Dark Reign: Zodiac#3 (fb) – BTS) – Clown, who may have had familial connections to Eliot "Crafty" Franklin, the Clown from the Circus of Crime (see comments), decided to pose as him, stealing his identity and letting others believe he was Franklin.

(Dark Reign: Zodiac#1 (fb) ) – Clown was watching Norman Osborn talk to the media about H.A.M.M.E.R. when Zodiac and Death Reaper came over. Death Reaper was impressed with Clown's reputation, not realizing he wasn't Eliot "Crafty" Franklin right away. Zodiac presented the heads of the former Zodiac team then invited Clown to join his criminal pursuits. He was taken to the Zodiac base in an abandoned Hydra airship in a junkyard and met the other operative, Manslaughter Marsdale.

(Dark Reign: Zodiac#1) – A few weeks later, Clown told Manslaughter his days as a member of the Circus of Crime were over. Zodiac slaughtered 100 H.A.M.M.E.R. agents, beat up the Human Torch and had Whirlwind as a spy within Osborn's organization.

(Dark Reign: Zodiac#2) – Clown and Marsdale worked with Trapster to plant explosives, soon blowing up the hospital where the Human Torch was being treated, killing civilians. Zodiac convened a meeting of his team as he ran a doomsday scenario of a Galactus attack on H.A.M.M.E.R.'s computers, sending the organization into a panic, then Zodiac released Red Ronin into the streets of New York.

(Dark Reign: Zodiac#3) – Clown and Trapster committed a violent bank robbery and Clown chose to kill several innocent civilians. Zodiac soon confronted him, revealing he knew that he was not the original Clown, Eliot "Crafty" Franklin, and presuming that this Clown was Eliot's half-brother, son of Corky Franklin.

Comments: Created by Joe Casey and Nathan Fox.

In Dark Reign: Zodiac #3, Zodiac surmises that the new Clown was Eliot "Crafty" Franklin's half-brother, presuming that Corky Franklin had had a second child by a different mother and that this Clown was following in Eliot's footsteps by stealing his identity. Clown never says a word to confirm this, so I have no way to tell if that is truth. It's only listed here in the comments until the comics says otherwise.

When this Clown appeared, the classic Clown from the Circus of Crime was mutated into a creature called the Griffin and was part of the Gamma Corps. He stayed that way for a few years and was eventually cured.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Clown has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Dark Reign: Zodiac#2, p21, pan3 (with gun, main image)
Dark Reign: Zodiac#1, p3, pan3 (smoking, sitting)


Appearances:
Civil War: War Crimes#1 (February, 2007) – Frank Tieri (writer), Staz Johnson (penciler), Tom Palmer, Robin Riggs (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Free Comic Book Day 2007: Spider-Man#1 (June, 2007) - Dan Slott (writer), Phil Jimenez (pencils), Andy Lanning & John Dell (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#552 (May, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Phil Jimenez (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Dark Reign: The Hood#2 (August, 2009) – Jeff Parker (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Dark Reign: Zodiac#1-3 (August-November, 2009) – Joe Casey (writer), Nathan Fox (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First Posted: 10/28/2018
Last updated: 02/17/2018

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