Real Name: Stan Ori
Group Membership: The Bessucho crime family, the United States Senate
Affiliations: Don Elio Bessucho, Saracen (Muzzafar Lambert)
Enemies: Punisher (Frank Castle)
Known Relatives: Elio Bessucho (cousin);
Base of Operations: Miami, Florida, USA
First Appearance: (voice, name mentioned):
Punisher War Journal I#25 (December, 1990);
(fully seen): Punisher War Journal I#26 (January, 1991)
Powers/Abilities: Sen. Stan Ori had no
superhuman powers but he had enough political power and influence that
he could get others citizenship and hire mercenaries without the
knowledge of the rest of the US Senate.
Height: 6'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 175 lbs. (by approximation)
History: (Punisher War Journal
I#26 (fb) - BTS) - Stan Ori was elected to the United States Senate and
soon got the mercenary Saracen on the OA payroll.
(Punisher War Journal I#25 - BTS) - Stan Ori phoned his cousin, crimelord Don Elio Bessucho, and asked about a problem Elio had with the Punisher, who had killed three of Elio's men. Stan then admitted that it was unfortunate that the incident with the Punisher would occur as Stan was planning to visit Elio in Sicily, remarking that they had been planning their operation for too long and that he couldn't help Elio if he wasn't re-elected. When Stan mentioned sending a man out to help Elio, Elio grew angry, exclaiming that the Bessucho crime family had ruled over Sicily for a hundred years without Stan's help but Stan assured Elio that the man he was sending was an expert. Reluctantly agreeing to see the man, Elio warned Stan that the man better follow orders before asking Stan about his own troubles that cost Stan's nephew his life. When Stan assured Elio he was working on it, Elio told Stan that he should make sure his own yard was clean before telling others how to clean theirs but Stan reminded Elio that they were family and that he was just trying to help. Moments later, the man Stan had sent, Saracen, arrived and met with Elio, proving himself by getting a gun past Elio's security.
(Punisher War Journal I#26) - Sen.
Ori visited Don Elio Bessucho in person to inform him that his trouble
in Miami and Don Elio's trouble in Sicily were caused by the same man:
Frank Castle. After showing Don Elio a photo, Sen. Ori was grabbed by
Don Elio, who accused Ori of chasing Castle to Sicily but Ori insisted
that he had no idea that Castle would run from Miami to Sicily. Ori
then posed the question of why Castle went to Sicily in the first
place, explaining how the last name Castle was the shortened form of
the Sicilian name Castiglione, a family that Don Elio had trouble with
back in the 1950s. Don Elio immediately got upset but Ori reminded Elio
that he had sent Saracen and assured Elio that Castle and his uncle
Rocco Castiglione, the man who had given Elio trouble in the 1950s,
were as good as dead. Elio quickly reminded Ori of the story of the
island that was overrun with rats so cats were brought in but then cats
overran the island so dogs were brought in and so forth, but Ori
assured Elio that Saracen owed him big and remarked on how he could get
Saracen citizenship. A grumbling Elio then admitted how proud the
Bessucho family was that Ori had been elected to the Senate but
disagreed with Ori using his power to help a treacherous criminal like
Saracen get citizenship, prompting Ori to slyly remark that he could
also get Elio citizenship.
(Punisher War Journal I#27) - Following a battle with
the Punisher, Saracen reported back to Don Elio Bessucho that Sen. Ori
had been correct that Elio's trouble was being caused by Frank Castle.
Elio commended Saracen and ordered Saracen to bring in the Punisher
alive but when Saracen remarked that he would if possible, Sen. Ori
explained that he wanted to find out what the Punisher knew before
Saracen killed him. Confirming that Saracen heard Sen. Ori's plans, Don
Elio reiterated his order for Saracen to bring back the Punisher alive.
When Saracen later returned and reported both the Punisher and Rocco
Castiglione dead, Don Elio questioned whether the Punisher was truly
dead but Sen. Ori exclaimed that, while he had wanted to poke the
Punisher's eyes out himself for killing his nephew, he was fine
settling for the Punisher's confirmed death. Ori then suggested Elio
could pick up Hakim Abdullah as a client now that Rocco Castiglione was
also out of the picture. Elio replied that he would if Hakim could
supply him with heroin, which a smiling Ori mentioned Elio could
traffic into Miami. Ori also suggested Saracen could supervise the
tracking, prompting Elio to ask Ori about gaining citizenship. Ori
explained that he could get Elio citizenship but that they would have
to part ways and not be seen together again, further remarking that he
needed to return to his constituents. Ori then paid Saracen $100,000
for his services before asking Elio for reimbursement since Saracen had
done Elio a favor. He then asked Elio for a ride to the Messina
International Airport and two hours later, Elio had his chauffeur drop
Ori off. Inside the airport, Ori became upset at the service and made a
scene, angrily reminding the clerks that he was a senator, only to be
silenced when he noticed "Saracen." Asking what Saracen was doing
there, Ori was shot dead and his death was reported by the news. As
Sicilian authorities searched for Saracen to bring him to justice for
Ori's death, "Saracen" drove off, removing a mask and revealing himself
to be a disguised Punisher.
Comments: Created by Mike Baron and Mark Texeira.
The art for Punisher War Journal I#25-27 was only
credited to Tex, which was Mark Texeira's studio of artists. I seem to
recall in one of the Punisher letters columns a listing of the studio
artists in Texeira's studio but I couldn't for the life of me find
it...so while Mark Texeira is credited in this profile, the art was
likely done by a series of artists alongside Texeira himself.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Sen. Stan Ori has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Punisher War Journal I#27, p18, pan3 (Sen. Stan Ori with drink, main image)
Punisher War Journal I#26, p18, pan1 (Sen. Stan Ori, headshot)
Punisher War Journal I#26, p18, pan2 (Sen. Stan Ori in shadow)
Punisher War Journal I#25 (December, 1990) - Mike Baron (writer), Mark Texeira (art), Don Daley (editor)
Punisher War Journal I#26 (January, 1991) - Mike Baron (writer), Mark Texeira (art), Don Daley (editor)
Punisher War Journal I#27 (February, 1991) - Mike Baron (writer), Mark Texeira (art), Don Daley (editor)
First Posted: 05/07/2018
Last updated: 05/07/2018
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