Real Name: Richard Salmons
Occupation: Hellfire Club guard
Group Membership: Hellfire Club
Affiliations: Tommy (Morlock)
Enemies: Marauders (Arclight/Philippa Sontag, Harpoon/Kodiak Noatak, Scalphunter/John Grey Crow, Scrambler/Kim Il Sung, Vertigo)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Clown" (insulting nickname for himself)
Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California, USA
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#210 (October, 1986)
Powers/Abilities: Richard Salmons had no superhuman powers but he was skilled as a guard and carried a gun while in uniform.
Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed (see comments)
(Uncanny X-Men I#210 (fb) - BTS) - Richard Salmons was good at his job
as a Hellfire Club guard. He was known to be ambitious and had great
prospects for the future. When the murderous Marauders began hunting
the former Morlock Tommy, Richard Salmons rescued the Morlock girl
Tommy in Los Angeles, California and the two began dating. In an effort
to further escape the Marauders, Richard and Tommy stayed on the move.
(Uncanny X-Men I#210) - When the Morlocks caught up
to Tommy, Richard was hit by an energized harpoon hurled by the
Marauder called Harpoon. As he lay dying, his Morlock girlfriend Tommy
watched in horror. Thinking him already dead, Tommy yelled out in
mourning but the weak Richard grunted that he wasn't dead yet. He then
asked Tommy to hand him his gun, hoping that by staying together, they
both had a chance to survive. Unfortunately, Tommy was too terrified to
do as Richard asked and ran off in horror, leaving Richard begging for
her help. Realizing that the harpoon affected his nervous system, the
nearly paralyzed Richard continued to try to reach his gun but the
Marauder Scalphunter stepped on Richard's arm, preventing him from
reaching the gun. Richard informed Scalphunter that if he was killed,
his employers in the Hellfire Club would pay the Marauders back in kind
but Scalphunter merely replied that they were welcome to try before
shooting Richard dead, a shot overheard by Tommy, who still running not
far away. Tommy managed to hitch a ride on a passing train, where she
thought about how kind Richard had been to her and expressed guilt for
leaving him behind. Later, when Tommy got off the train in New York and
fled into the former Morlock tunnels, the Marauders cornered her and
Scalphunter remarked that Tommy should have listened to her Hellfire
Club boyfriend and stayed together.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, John Romita, Jr. and Dan Green.
According to the story's text, Richard Salmons was 27 when he was killed.
Richard Salmons' eye color was impossible to
determine as he was only ever seen either with his eyes closed or with
energy erupting from them due to Harpoon's energy harpoon.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Richard Salmons has no KNOWN connections to:
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Uncanny X-Men I#210, p1, pan2 (Richard Salmons hit by harpoon, main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#210, p2, pan2 (Richard Salmons, headshot)
Uncanny X-Men I#210 (October, 1986) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita, Jr., Dan Green (art), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Last updated: 01/17/17
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