Real Name: Tyrannus Cordin
Identity/Class: Human technology user
Occupation: Assassin, Hydra agent
Group Membership: Hydra (Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Ms. Batrei, Lt. Gregory Belial, Guillotine/Nicos Pelletier, Molare, Cassandra Romulus, Lt. Erik Saltz, others)
Affiliations: Simpson, Typhoid Mary
Enemies: A.I.M., Secretary General Denham, Gail, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Maltese, S.H.I.E.L.D. (Dum-Dum Dugan, Nick Fury, Network Nina, Alexander Pierce, David Purcell, others), Tony, Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Garrote, Colonel F.T. Strang
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#23 (May, 1991)
Powers/Abilities: Lt. Garrote is a deadly trained assassin with vast access to Hydra's weaponry, including Life Model Decoys, air-ships, and artillery. Garrote has extra-long fingers that he uses to strangle his victims.
Height: 6'1" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#23) - Lt. Garrote led a squadron of Hydra soldiers into an A.I.M. expo, working with Ms. Batrei. Garrote saw all of the A.I.M. agents killed and all of their weapons and resources seized, then he reported in to Baron Strucker.
(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#25) - Garrote and Cassandra Romulus attacked S.H.I.E.L.D. agent David Purcell and his girlfriend Gail, then they used Purcell as a template for a Life Model Decoy loyal to Hydra. The LMD soon infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D., stealing tech and data before Strucker triggered the explosion of the headquarters, killing hundreds.
(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#26) - Garrote equipped Strucker with the tech to publicly reveal Hydra to their enemies.
(Daredevil I#298 (fb) - BTS) - Baron Strucker of Hydra ordered Garrote to pose as a Texas millionaire representing a group of investors, seeking to form a partnership with Kingpin's new media empire, giving Hydra influence in the media industry. Garrote came up with the character of Texas millionaire, Colonel Strang, and put on a disguise, using a Southern accent that Garrote despised.
(Daredevil I#292 (fb) - BTS) - An eccentric entrepreneur, Colonel Strang contacted the Kingpin, seeking to connect Fisk's new media enterprises with a series of investors.
(Daredevil I#292) - Strang met with Kingpin and his bodyguard, Typhoid Mary, and Strang was thrilled when Kingpin agreed to the arrangement. Strang immediately made calls to transfer funds, making plans to seize all of Fisk's assets.
(Daredevil I#293) - Strang called Kingpin to arrange the transfer of funds, and Fisk's man, Simpson, initiated the process. Strang hung up with Kingpin and reported to his employer that everything would go their way soon.
(Daredevil I#298 (fb) - BTS) - Strang heard that Kingpin had successfully launched his media empire using Strang's supplied funds.
(Daredevil I#298) - Strang heard that Kingpin was buying out his shares. He called Kingpin to confront him, but Kingpin dissolved their relationship. Strang unmasked that evening before Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, and they assumed that Kingpin was behind the spreading of rumors that Hydra was seeking to undermine him. Garrote and Strucker prepared to take new action, sending Molare in to negotiate with Kingpin.
(Daredevil I#299 (fb) - BTS) - Garrote called the movers as he packed up his apartment in Dallas, ready to give up the ruse of Col. Strang and return to serving Hydra.
(Daredevil I#299) - Garrote called in to Strucker to complain about being stuck in Dallas. Strucker argued that Molare would pull through, but Garrote believed Molare was dead. The movers showed up, but they were agents working for Kingpin, including Maltese. Maltese hit Garrote on the head with a wrench, then placed him in a box to be shipped to Kingpin. Back in New York, Kingpin held Garrote in handcuffs, saying he'd make an example of him. Garrote laughed, showing Kingpin that Hydra had hacked into his financial accounts, taking full advantage. As Kingpin's men drew guns on Garrote, a Hydra airship attacked, shooting through Kingpin's men, including Tony. Garrote escaped aboard the airship as Kingpin watched Hydra blow up his buildings and strongholds across the city. Garrote explained that each holding had been emptied of civilians to ensure there were no unnecessary casualties.
(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#27 (fb) - BTS) - Garrote captured the family of the Secretary General Denham, ensuring his compliance in future endeavors.
(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#27) - Garrote called Denham for an update on Nick Fury's actions, and he laughingly assured him that his family was fine. Strucker assembled his four lieutenants, including Garrote, Romulus, Saltz, and Guillotine, and sent them on missions, instructing them not to fall into a false sense of security over recent victories over S.H.I.E.L.D., and promising to make them pay if they failed. He held Garrote accountable for recent incorrect coordinates that resulted in the death of a Russian general. The team was sent to the North Pole to obtain an abandoned nuclear-powered ice breaker left by the Russians.
(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#28) - Aboard the ship Arctic-1 Hydra lieutenant Garrote argued with Guillotine about his threats against fellow agents, threatening to cut off Guillotine's other arm if he didn't back down. When a S.H.I.E.L.D. plane closed in, Romulus got everyone safely into a cargo container and jettisoned it free as their ship was destroyed. Soon, the lieutenants took off on snowmobiles to find the ice breaker.
(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#29) - In winter coats on their snowmobiles, the lieutenants of Hydra were attacked by a group from S.H.I.E.L.D., including Nick Fury, Dum-Dum Dugan, Alexander Pierce, Network Nina, and Wolverine. Dugan launched at Garrote, crashing his vehicle into Garrote's and shooting the gun out of Garrote's hands. Garrote wrapped his fingers around Dugan's throat, but Dugan slashed Garrote's hands with a knife, causing Garrote to scream out in pain. Garrote grabbed Guillotine (whose arm had been severed) and Saltz grabbed Romulus (who'd been shot), and they rushed away from the heroes, leaving them to tend to Pierce, who'd been shot as well. Realizing the heroes were after them and that they had to face Baron Strucker later, the lieutenants used ropes to climb down a ravine. With his fingers bandaged, Garrote helped strap the nuclear core down to be air-lifted out. As S.H.I.E.L.D. closed in, the helicopter descended. With Saltz, Romulus, and Garrote on the helicopter, Guillotine was gunned down and the nuclear core was cut loose.
(Nightstalkers I#2) - Baron Strucker met with his lieutenants, including Garrote, Romulus, Saltz, and Lt. Belial, all of whom were nervous to report that S.H.I.E.L.D. remained an ever-present threat.
(Daredevil I#319 (fb) - BTS) - Strang (Garrote, see comments) began acquiring parts of Wilson Fisk's businesses after the Kingpin went down. Strang tried gaining a controlling interest in the Daily Bugle, but it was owned by J. Jonah Jameson, so instead Strang began influencing the union and the drivers.
(Daredevil I#319) - Strang showed up at the Daily Bugle, demanding that the paper be shut down. Jameson called his bluff, shutting down the paper for a day, while reporter Ben Urich stormed out in anger.
(Daredevil I#320 - BTS) - Strang's standoff with Jameson continued, while the Daily Bugle remained shut down.
(Daredevil I#321) - Jameson got control of the unions, effectively ending the standoff with Strang. Strang had no comment for the media.
(Daredevil I#331 (fb) - BTS) - Garrote told Strucker that Daredevil was behind the fall of the Kingpin in New York City.
Comments: Created by D.G. Chichester (writer), Jackson Guice (penciler) & Doug Hazlewood (inker).
A garrote is defined as 1. (verb) to "kill by strangulation, typically with an iron collar or a length of wire or cord"; or 2. (noun) "a wire, cord, or apparatus used to strangle someone." This character seemed to take the name because of his really long fingers. The lieutenants wondered if they should face Strucker empty-handed or try to run.
Garrote had really long fingers, but it was never made clear if these were surgically enhanced or just a feature of his birth. I've listed him as human for this profile as there is no clear indication that he was physically mutated.
In Daredevil I#319-321, it was not explicitly stated that Strang was Garrote. Upon first reading, I assumed this was the real Col. Strang, but the Kingpin connections make it seem as if Garrote is back to the disguise, even though he hated it in earlier appearances.
Garrote's real name was revealed in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#5, Hydra entry in 2006. It's easy to misspell Garrote as Garotte, as seen in the images here.
Profile by Chadman.
Garrote has no known connections to:
(Daredevil I#293) - After Kingpin lectured about financial crimes, he had his employee Simpson transfer funds for him.
(Daredevil I#299 - BTS) - A man working for the Kingpin, Tony was among the men who drew guns on Lt. Garrote only to be shot down by a Hydra airship.
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Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#28, p18 pan1 (main, in Arctic)
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#27, p11, pan3 (face)
Daredevil I#292, p8, pan6 (Col. Strang)
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#29, p17, pan1 (with bandaged fingers)
Daredevil I#293, p11, pan6 (Simpson)
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#23 (May, 1991) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Jackson Guice (penciler), Doug Hazlewood (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#25-26 (July-August, 1991) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Jackson Guice (penciler), Doug Hazlewood (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Daredevil I#292 (May, 1991) - Dan G. Chichester (writer), Lee Weeks (penciler), Fred Fredericks (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#293 (June, 1991) - Dan G. Chichester (writer), Lee Weeks (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#298-299 (November-December, 1991) - Dan G. Chichester (writer), Lee Weeks (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#27-29 (September-November, 1991) - D.G. Chichester (Writer), Ernie Stiner (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Nightstalkers I#2 (December, 1992) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Ron Garney (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Daredevil I#319 (August, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler), Hector Collazo, Harry Candelario (inkers), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#320 (September, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler), Michael Avon Oeming (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#321 (October, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler), Hector Collazo (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#331 (August, 1994) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler), Hector Collazo (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
First Posted: 06/02/2019
Last updated: 07/21/2019
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