Real Name: Edwin Cord
Occupation: Business owner, President and CEO
of Cordco Industries;
former President and CEO of Cord Conglomerate
Group Membership: Cordco (Aaron Soames,
formerly Mauler (Brendan Doyle), Aaron Soames
Enemies: Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Campbell, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Mauler (Brendan Doyle), Mauler (Aaron Soames), Bill Segrist, Thunderbolts (Atlas/Erik Josten,/Charlie Burlingame, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, /Hallie Takahama, Moonstone/Karla Sofen, Songbird/Melissa Gold)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Colorado, USA;
formerly New York City, New York, USA
First Appearance: Daredevil I#167 (November,
Powers/Abilities: Edwin Cord was an experienced businessman and contract negotiator with special skills in media relations. Though not adept at designing armor himself, he had run successful companies stocked with employees that had designed powerful armored suits, including more than one Mauler unit, the Raiders units and the Firepower armor, utilizing many types of offensive weapons, including nuclear bombs. He had contracts with the government, the military and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hair: Gray; formerly brown
History: (Thunderbolts I#23 (fb) – BTS) – Edwin Cord grew up in Colorado.
(Iron Manual Mark 3#1 (fb) – BTS) – Cord graduated college with a BA in business administration. He later founded Cord Conglomerate (nicknamed Cordco), contracting with the military to develop armored battle suits.
(Daredevil I#167 (fb) – BTS) – Wealthy businessman Edwin Cord, now the CEO of Cord Conglomerate, acquired many ties to the government and a high security clearance.
(Iron Man I#145 (fb) – BTS) – Cord met Tony Stark at a Lion Club dinner.
(Daredevil I#167 (fb) – BTS) – When long-time employee Aaron Soames, who'd worked as a file clerk for 35 years for Cord, lost his job due to a computer being brought in to replace him, Soames tried to claim his pension but there was no record of him in the system. Soames went to Cord personally but Cord just shrugged it off, letting Soames go without a penny. Soames later snuck into the facility and stole Cord Conglomerate's prototype tech-armor, the Mobile Armored Utility Laser Emitter, Revised, or Mauler, which had been a project in development for the United States government.
(Iron Manual Mark 3#1 (fb) – BTS) – Cord's Mauler unit was also known as the Mobile Armored Utility Laser-guided Electron-beam emitter, Revised.
(Daredevil I#167) – Months later, Cord hosted a pool party and invited many, including heiress Heather Glenn and her boyfriend Matt Murdock. At the party, Cord tried offering Matt a position in Cord Conglomerate, one that he hinted included perks the IRS didn't need to know about. Sylvia told Edwin that Angela had "eaten her inner tube" but then Soames attacked, wearing the Mauler armor and firing directly at Cord. Cord's bodyguards, including Sammy and Arlo, intervened but were easily defeated before the hero Daredevil showed up to fight Mauler. The police, led by Lt. Nick Manolis, and Soames fled. Manolis tried questioning Cord but he refused to answer anything due to his security clearance. Later, Cord showed up at his office, where his security detail, including Garfield, checked him in. Inside, Cord found Daredevil, who demanded answers about Mauler's identity and why he was after Cord, and Cord told him a half-truth, revealing Soames identity and stating he was a disgruntled former employee and a criminal. Daredevil promised to be back if Cord was lying. That evening, Daredevil stopped Soames from killing Cord yet again, though Soames did destroy all of Cord's cards and identification, wanting him to know what it felt like to not exist. Earl and other employees barged in with an experimental weapon, the Vibro-Mace, and killed Soames with it. Cord told Daredevil that he couldn't report the armor to the police as it had been a government contract and Daredevil responded by punching Cord.
(Iron Man I#145 (fb) – BTS) – After the loss of the Mauler unit, S.H.I.E.L.D. assigned Agent Burke to follow Cord and keep an eye on him. Needing to reclaim his reputation with the government, Cord sponsored the creation of the Raiders, armored units with different capabilities, and he planned to show that they could defeat Iron Man in combat.
(Iron Manual Mark 3#1 (fb) – BTS) – Cord's Raider suits were partially developed through modified M.A.U.L.E.R technology.
(Iron Man I#145) – At the 24th Annual Conclave of Electronics Engineers and Innovators in Dallas, Texas, Cord was thrilled to see Tony Stark, asking if they could have a drink later. The Raiders soon attacked, disrupting Stark's showing of the Iron Man armor, though Iron Man did hold his own against the villains. The Raiders reported in to Cord that night, showing him the footage, and Cord planned another demonstration for the following day. After taunting Stark at a party for his failure, Cord launched the Raiders at another Iron Man demonstration but this time, the hero managed to defeat them. Cord tried impressing Burke with the Raider technology but instead of offering Cord a new contract, Burke had S.H.I.E.L.D. agents McClurkin and Gottfriend arrest Cord. The next day, a news headline read "Edwin Cord Indicted for Reckless Endangerment: Fate of the Cord Conglomerate Unsure."
(Iron Man I#156 (fb) – BTS) – Cord had to sell off his company to cover his legal fees. The grand jury sentenced Cord to 3 to 5 years in jail at the Nassau County Minimum Security Prison. Tony Stark purchased several of Cord Conglomerate's assets and formed a Stark subsidiary called Cordco, Inc. Later, Cord hired mercenary Brendan Doyle to steal the copy of the Mauler suit from Stark's holdings and to destroy the tape of the suit's development. He hoped to overturn his conviction and then rent out the suit to various mercenaries to build his fortune up again.
(Iron Man I#145) – Doyle reported to Cord in jail that he'd stolen the suit but hadn't been able to destroy the tape yet. Doyle later failed at his second attempt to destroy the tape and just decided to keep the Mauler unit for himself.
(Iron Man I#226 (fb) – BTS) – After being released from jail, Cord wanted revenge on Stark for his defeats.
(Iron Man I#230 (fb) – BTS) – Cord was offered funding for a new government project, Project: Firepower, which would develop new suits of armor to act as a line of defense against super heroes as well as for use in direct combat. He contracted with several scientists to perfect the armor and hired pilot Jack Taggert to wear the Firepower armor.
(Iron Man I#226 (fb) – BTS) – Cord officially launched Project: Firepower and ordered the Raiders to attack a military jet to steal technology.
(Iron Man I#226) – Hearing that Iron Man had defeated the Raiders, Cord was furious, even asreported on events.
(Iron Man I#229) – At his estate, Cord met with Senator Boynton to assure him that Project: Firepower was well underway and that Iron Man would soon be destroyed.
(Iron Man I#230 (fb) – BTS) – Cord had Dr. Abrams and others run tests on the Firepower armor prototype dozens of times over a period of weeks in simulations against Iron Man.
(Iron Man I#230) – Senator Boynton, General Meade and others came to look at the Firepower armor and Cord demanded the Senator trust Cord's expertise. When Firepower, in the simulation, deployed the Terminax missile, it would have wiped out an entire city in reality and Cord was reprimanded for his short-sightedness. Cord assured the others that Taggert could handle the upcoming battle against Iron Man, who had seemingly gone rogue in recent times. Taggert, as Firepower, soon had his first direct field test against fighter jets and it was a huge success. Boynton and Meade warned Tony Stark about their plans against Iron Man to lure a Stark contingent to the desert the next day. Iron Man battled Firepower but was swiftly overwhelmed. Firepower used far too much force with a nuclear device, putting civilians and the military in danger and seemingly obliterating Iron Man.
(Iron Man I#231) – Cord saw Firepower tested against military weaponry wielded by Private Baskin and Corporal Winters and he determined the armor was still working well. Boynton and Meade came to claim the armor for the military but Cord, drunk on power, refused to hand it over. When the military threatened to arrest them, Cord said he would go to the media and expose them then he had Taggert destroy their transport vehicle as a show of power. A week later, Cord and Firepower forced executives, including Campbell, to turn down a Stark business offer then they destroyed Accutech shipments, damaging Stark's business. Firepower attacked another Stark business, hurting employee Bill Segrist, and played a pre-recorded message from Cord stating that he planned to destroy Stark's company in revenge. When a new Stark branch was opened weeks later, Firepower attacked but Iron Man fought back in a brand new armor and he soundly defeated Firepower.
(Iron Man I#233 (fb) – BTS) – Cord went back to jail but was still determined to destroy Stark's company. He hired an operative to sabotage Stark.
(Iron Man I#233) – Cord met with the operative and put the plan in motion but it was later shut down by Ant-Man (Scott Lang). Hearing the news, Cord was furious and vowed he wasn't done.
(Thunderbolts I#23 (fb) – BTS) – Out of jail, Cord set up a new company, Cordco Industries, and became a billionaire again. He based himself in Colorado.
(Thunderbolts I#28 (fb) – BTS) – When Cord heard the Thunderbolts were in Colorado, he responded with fury, not wanting super heroes around, especially those who had been former villains. He recruited USAgent to lead the mercenary Jury, investing millions into turning them into an anti-Thunderbolts squad. The Jury members were promised a million dollars each.
(Thunderbolts I#23) – Cord spoke with the media about the Thunderbolts team and he expressed outrage at their former villainous status. The Jury and USAgent attacked the Thunderbolts but they were soundly defeated. Cord spun it in the media to make it seem as if the Thunderbolts had fled the battle.
(Thunderbolts I#24) – When the Thunderbolts announced their plan to take down the Masters of Evil, Cord expressed disbelief in their intentions to the media.
(Thunderbolts I#28) – When Graviton threatened
USAgent prepared to take the Jury to help but Cord demanded they remain
behind, stating that he was paying them to follow orders and not to be
(Iron Manual Mark 3#1 (fb) – BTS) – USAgent quit the Jury and Cord eventually gave up his vendetta, releasing the Jury from his employ.
Comments: Created by David Michelinie, Frank
Miller and Klaus Janson.
In Edwin's first appearance, the woman Sylvia approaches him at a party to talk about Angela. Upon first reading, I assumed Sylvia was his wife and Angela their daughter, based on the interaction, but this was never clearly revealed and in Iron Manual Mark 3#1, in the Cord entry, he has no known relatives listed.
Senator Boynton (Hiram) and General Meade (Matthew) had their first names revealed in the Cord entry in Iron Manual Mark 3#1.
Drexel Cord and his daughter Janice showed up in Iron Man comics as early as issue 2. I’ve seen some theories that Edwin was the nephew of Drexel Cord, inheriting the company from Drexel after his death. There is also a theory that the Chameleon ally, Joe Cord, was Edwin's father. These theories have never been shown in the comics. (See comments under Drexel Cord profile for more information).
Reporter Sam Donalson may be based on real-life newsman Sam Donaldson. - Proto-Man
Profile by Chadman.
Edwin Cord should not be confused with
(Daredevil I#167 – BTS) – At a party hosted by Edwin Cord, Angela had reportedly eaten her inner tube, witnessed by Sylvia, before a fight between Mauler and Daredevil broke up the party.
--Daredevil I#167 (167 - BTS
(Iron Man I#226 – BTS) – Sam Donalson reported on the fight between Iron Man and the Raiders.
--Iron Man I#226 (226 – BTS
(Daredevil I#167) – When Mauler attacked Cord
Conglomerate, threatening Edwin Cord, Earl and another man brought out
massive artillery gun, fired and killed Mauler, though Daredevil had
been fighting the villain already.
(Daredevil I#167) – Guard Garfield assured Edwin Cord that security was tight as Cord arrived at his business.
Sammy & Arlo
(Daredevil I#167) – Sammy and Arlo, in bathing suits, prepared to help protect Edwin Cord when Mauler attacked but the hero Daredevil chased the villain away.
(Daredevil I#167) – Sylvia attended a party held by Edwin Cord. In her bathing suit, she was telling Edwin, who she called Eddie, that "Angela ate her inner tube" when Mauler attacked, though Daredevil soon scared the villain away.
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Iron Man Manual Mark 3#1, Edwin Cord entry, main image (Edwin Cord, main)
Iron Man I#231, p7, pan5 (with Firepower)
Daredevil I#167, p16, pan1 (Earl)
Daredevil I#167, p8, pan4 (Garfield)
Daredevil I#167, p4, pan3 (Sammy & Arlo)
Daredevil I#167, p3, pan1 (Sylvia)
Daredevil I#167 (November, 1980) – David Michelinie (writer), Frank Miller (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Denny O’Neil (editor)
Iron Man I#145 (April, 1981) - David Michelinie (writer), John Romita Jr (penciler), Bob Layton (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Iron Man I#156 (March, 1982) - David Michelinie (writer), John Romita Jr (penciler), Pablo Marcos (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Iron Man I#226 (January, 1988) – David Michelinie (writer), Mark Bright (penciler), Bob Layton (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Iron Man I#229-231 (April-June, 1988) – David Michelinie (writer), Mark Bright (penciler), Bob Layton (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Iron Man I#233 (August, 1988) – David Michelinie (writer), Jackson Guice (penciler), Bob Layton (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Thunderbolts I#23-24, 28 (February, March, July, 1999) – Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Iron Manual Mark 3 I#1 (June, 2010) – various writers, Jeff Youngquist (editor)
First Posted: 12/20/2018
Last updated: 12/20/2018
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