PETE LONDON

Real Name: Pete London

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Babe, Nino Cortese, Die Hards (Julie, others), Hacker, Meatball, Slick Jimmy, Stilt-Man (Wilbur Day), Taskmaster, Tatterdemalion, Tony, Wild Boys (Jet, Spit)

Enemies: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Charley Garzon, Owl (Leland Owlsley)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Daredevil I#303 (April, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Pete London is a mob boss of small influence, with men and guns at his command.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 165 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Grey

History:
(Daredevil I#303 (fb) - BTS) - After the fall of the Kingpin, criminal Pete London heard about the Owl making a play for territory, dealing with drug dealers like Nino Cortese. London grew concerned and contacted Daredevil about taking down the Owl. London then apprehended Cortese and strung him up alive to a gas station ceiling, questioning him there.

(Daredevil I#303) - London, flanked by his men, got his employees Babe and Tony to back off a fight with Daredevil when the hero arrived. London then showed Daredevil the strung-up Cortese, and they put a plan in place to take down the Owl. Cortese was released to arrange a drug deal with the Die Hards gang (including Julie) so that Owl would attack. Daredevil later defeated the Owl.

(Daredevil I#313) - London aided Daredevil in questioning criminal Charley Garzon about a recent arson case. Garzon was held on his hood while an engine block was suspended over his head until he talked.

(Daredevil I#315 - BTS) - Looking for a culprit, Daredevil listened into Pete London on the street.

(Daredevil I#317 (fb) - BTS) - London heard about an old contact, Slick Jimmy, getting out of jail. Knowing that Jimmy had a stash of grease worth $500,000 dollars. London sent Meatball and Hacker to trail him.

(Daredevil I#317) - London watched Meatball and Hacker trail Jimmy in the park. When a runaway horse hit Jimmy, London rushed forward to hold his old ally. As Jimmy died, he revealed the grease was still hidden, letting all who were nearby overhear, including Meatball and Hacker, the Wild Boys, Stilt-Man, Taskmaster, and Tatterdemalion. Daredevil arrived to call the authorities for Jimmy. Meatball and Hacker later joined London for dinner at a private restaurant to discuss the potential location of the grease. Their chef revealed himself as Taskmaster and attacked, but Daredevil busted in to fight off Taskmaster. Soon, Stilt-Man, Tatterdemalion, and the Wild Boys joined the fight.

(Daredevil I#318) - London, Meatball, and Hacker cowered as the fight between the super-powered vigilantes continued. London and his men were arrested, but they were soon out and decided to work with the other criminals in finding the grease. London realized that Jimmy had hidden the grease containers within the New York State Pavilion. The criminals rushed over and found barrels of grease behind a wall. Daredevil and Tatterdemalion showed up and the villains rushed to attack the hero, wanting the grease for themselves. During the fight, the grease barrels toppled, coating everyone there.

Comments: Created by D.G. Chichester (writer), M.C. Wyman (penciler) & Chris Ivy (inker).

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Pete London has no known connection to:


Babe and Tony

(Daredevil I#303) - Babe and Tony were assigned by Pete London to watch over a Roxxon gas station. As they complained about being cold, Daredevil attacked. Tony launched at the hero with a chain, but Daredevil easily knocked him down, then Babe drew a gun, but Pete London arrived, saying Daredevil was his guest, so Babe backed down.

--Daredevil I#303


Julie and the Die Hards gang

(Daredevil I#303) - Julie and others formed a gang called the Die Hards in the Bronx, emulating their clothing style after Bruce Willis in the Die Hard films. They attempted to buy drugs from Nino Cortese, but found the price too high.

--Daredevil I#303


Meatball and Hacker

(Daredevil I#317) - Meatball and Hacker (who was paranoid about disease) pursued Slick Jimmy through Central Park, seeing a horse rush him, badly wounding Jimmy. As he lay dying, London rushed up to hold Jimmy, hoping for a confession, and Jimmy admitted he'd hidden the grease. In ear shot were the Wild Boys, Stilt-Man, Taskmaster, and Tatterdemalion, as well as Meatball and Hacker. Daredevil arrived to call the authorities for Jimmy. Meatball and Hacker later joined London for dinner at a private restaurant to discuss the potential location of the grease. Their chef revealed himself as Taskmaster and attacked, but Daredevil busted in to fight off Taskmaster. Soon, Stilt-Man, Tatterdemalion, and the Wild Boys joined the fight.

(Daredevil I#318) - London, Meatball, and Hacker cowered as the fight between the super-powered vigilantes continued. London and his men were arrested, but they were soon out and decided to work with the other criminals in finding the grease.

--Daredevil I#317 (Daredevil I#317-318


Slick Jimmy

(Daredevil I#318 (fb)) - Jimmy Norton was a small-time crook who worked in a restaurant. He got the idea to stockpile grease and save it up, knowing it could make him major money if he sold it on the black market. He forced men to give him grease at gunpoint.

(Daredevil I#317 (fb) - BTS) - Jimmy, known as Slick Jimmy, ended up in jail on a long sentence.

(Daredevil I#318 (fb) - BTS) - Before he went away, Jimmy hid the stacks of grease in barrels behind a wall in New York City.

(Daredevil I#317) - Fresh out of jail, Slick Jimmy noticed that Pete London had two men, Meatball and Hacker, trailing him in Central Park. A rat bit a carriage horse, sending that horse running wild, and Jimmy was struck and badly wounded. As he lay dying, Pete London held Jimmy, who admitted he'd buried the grease. His speech was overheard by Meatball and Hacker, London, Stilt-Man, the Wild Boys, Taskmaster, and Tatterdemalion.

--Daredevil I#318 (Daredevil I#318 (fb), [317 (fb)], [318 (fb)], 317


images: (without ads)
Daredevil I#303, p6, pan5 (main, London speaking)
Daredevil I#303, p7, pan2 (2nd)
Daredevil I#303, p6, pan2 (Babe)
Daredevil I#303, p5, pan3 (Tony)
Daredevil I#303, p8, pan3 (Die Hards)
Daredevil I#317, p1, pan2 (Meatball and Hacker)
Daredevil I#317, p5, pan5 (Slick Jimmy)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#303 (April, 1992) - D.G. Chichester (writer), M.C. Wyman (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#313, 315, 317 (February, April, Jue, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#318 (July, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler), Greg Adams, Bud LaRosa (inkers), Ralph Macchio (editor)


First Posted: 06/16/2019
Last updated: 06/16/2019

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