SHOTGUN

Real Name: J.R. Walker

Identity/Class: Human technology user;
    citizen of the
U.S.A.

Occupation: Mercenary, assassin;
    former soldier

Group Membership: None;
    formerly unidentified U.S. government agency, U.S. Army

Affiliations: "Skip" Ash, Bullet (Buck Cashman), Lance Cashman, Dee, Mickey Fondozzi, Nick Fury, Glory Grant, Jimmy-6 (Giacomo Fortunato), Dr. Ashley Kafka, Old Man Logan of Earth-807128, Norman Osborn, Punisher (Frank Castle), S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Vendetta (Joy Jones), Wild Boys (Jet, Spit);
    formerly
CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)

Enemies: Black Knife Cartel, Brandy Ash, Bronson the tiger, Bullseye, Calypso, Julius Carbone, Carbone Crime Family, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Green Goblin (construct), Number Nine, Stiles, Stone Cold (Derek Smalls), Teodor Zarco, Zombie (Simon Garth);
   formerly Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Daredevil I#272 (November, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Shotgun has extensive military training, facilitating his expertise in hand-to-hand combat and marksmanship with most known firearms. He is also a trained pilot.

    Shotgun has normal intelligence, and athlete level strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes.

    Shotgun utilizes high-powered rifles, flamethrowers, handguns, armored cars, tanks, and other weapons, and he wears Kevlar body armor.

    Amongst his personal weaponry are a high-powered recoilless rifle firing a variety of explosive, concussive, combustible, and disintegrative ammunition. He sometimes uses a specially-designed one-man tank. Both of these were designed and manufactured by unidentified CIA weaponry research and development personnel.

    The spikes on his uniform are detachable explosives armed by being fired by a nine millimeter pistol hidden up his sleeve, and his goggles can be set to infrared vision.

    Shotgun uses tenacity, dedication, skill, and persistence to go after his targets.

    With money as a primary motivator, he has contacts in high levels of government and military around the world.

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown (sometimes black, presumably dyed)

History:
(Punisher War Zone I#5 (fb) - BTS) - J.R. Walker was a skinny little grunt in Saigon. During his time, he became friends with marine, Frank Castle.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#255 (fb) - BTS) - Walker, at one point, befriended and worked with Jimmy-6.

(Daredevil I#272 (fb) - BTS) - Shotgun was hired by Skip Ash to recover Number Nine, a woman he'd genetically engineered to be the perfect wife.

(Daredevil I#272) - Ash saw Shotgun equipped with expensive new equipment, capable of firing "explosive, concussive, combustible, [and] disintegrative" bullets in steady rounds. Shotgun tracked Nine to the cabin of Brandy Ash, Skip's daughter. He opened fire when he saw Daredevil outside, and the two of them sparred with fists and weapons until Daredevil hit Shotgun with a tree branch. Shotgun went running, overwhelmed, but promised to return.

(Daredevil I#273 (fb) - BTS) - Shotgun returned to Skip Ash and his government allies, reporting that Nine was with Brandy Ash and Daredevil.

(Daredevil I#273) - Shotgun was given more high-tech weaponry, including a high-powered rifle and a one-man tank. He went after Daredevil, Brandy, and Nine, and discovered that they had equipped a truck with shielding and weaponry. Though he avoided their glue and glass mixtures, an oil slick knocked Shotgun off the road, then Daredevil attacked him directly, causing Shotgun to crash his tank. Daredevil pulled him, unconscious, from the wreck.

(Punisher: War Zone I#1 (fb) - BTS) - On assignment in the Republic of Yaritagua, off the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Shotgun killed the elected president and 100 of his armed men, using high-powered assault rifles.

(Punisher: War Zone I#1) - Shotgun killed the new president and a few of his men.

(Punisher: War Zone I#2) - Shotgun returned to the United States and was given new weapons and the assignment to kill several mafia-men, who were rivals of Shotgun's employers. Shotgun said he charged extra for rush jobs as they wanted it done quickly.

(Punisher: War Zone I#3) - Shotgun practiced with his new high-powered guns at a shooting range.

(Punisher: War Zone I#4) - Pulling some strings, Shotgun got into Ryker's Island to question a life sentence prisoner, Stiles, asking him to identify some of the men in the pictures. Stiles indicated one was Frank Castle. Shotgun ordered Stiles to stay quiet or he would return to kill him.

(Punisher: War Zone I#5) - Shotgun tracked down the Punisher and found him tied up in a car with a bomb ready to go off. He saved Punisher, who immediately recognized him, and Shotgun confessed that he'd been sent to kill Frank. Shotgun chose to team up with Punisher and they went after mobsters, killing a few to find a lead on Julius Carbone of the Carbone Crime Family. The two killed more mobsters and smashed through the gate at Carbone's residence with Shotgun's shielded car, then Shotgun fired an explosive round to get inside. Punisher and Shotgun killed Carbone's guards, then they learned Julius was on the Isla De Tiburon off the coast of Yucatan.

(Punisher: War Zone I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Mickey Fondozzi led Punisher and Shotgun to Isla De Tiburon, also known as the Isle of Sharks, aboard Shotgun's expensive rented plane.

(Punisher: War Zone I#6) - After parachuting down to the island, Shotgun saw Punisher kill a few guards alerted by Fondozzi, who'd gotten stuck in a tree and screamed. They hiked to the Carbone estate, where Shotgun began firing warheads, resulting in many deaths and massive property damage. Punisher saw Julius Carbone killed.

(Punisher War Journal I#80) - Nick Fury hired Shotgun to bring Punisher in. Shotgun shot and killed Punisher's enemy, Stone Cold, then he saw Punisher take down an armored Bullseye, before he convinced Punisher to come in.

(Spider-Man Annual '97 (fb) - BTS) - Shotgun took a job for the C.I.A. He was assigned to track a new designer drug, one capable of making its users into obedient slaves for a time coming in from Haiti to the United States. He boarded the Caribbean Queen ship to find one shipment, and he saw Gloria Grant on the boat. Later, the boat was purposefully sank, and Shotgun was determined to arrest Grant after hearing she'd survived.

(Spider-Man Annual '97) - Shotgun killed some Haitian men who had drawn guns on Peter Parker and Glory Grant. He introduced himself as Special Agent J.R. Walker, and he told Parker to go home. Shotgun explored Gloria's apartment and noticed she wore an artifact around her neck, the Amulet of Damballah; he told her that he was there to arrest her. Spider-Man and the Zombie were battling outside and burst through the wall of the apartment. Shotgun shot Zombie and sparred with Spidey until she drew a gun and ordered him out of the apartment. Shotgun agreed not to arrest Gloria, and she agreed to go with him to explore the wreck of the Caribbean Queen. Shotgun flirted with Gloria, wanting to stay the night, and she let him sleep on the couch. In the middle of the night, Gloria came out wearing Calypso's costume and, to the sound of voodoo drums, kissed him. They put on diving suits and investigated the wreckage of the ship, but were attacked by Zombie again, and Shotgun was trapped under an anchor, pinned under the water, with a few hours of oxygen to keep him alive. Gloria, possessed by Calypso, left him there, but not before she administered the drug in the hopes of keeping him alive. Gloria later returned with Spider-Man to save him, in control of her own body again. Dr. Ashley Kafka helped bring Shotgun back to health, and he immediately kissed Gloria, happy she was returning interest in him.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#255 (fb) - BTS) - Norman Osborn hired Shotgun to hunt down Spider-Man, offering 5 million dollars.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#432) - Shotgun went after a wounded Spider-Man, firing energy blasts at the hero on the rooftops.

(Peter Parker: Spider-Man I#89) - Shotgun opened fire on Spider-Man, telling him to surrender or die. He soon found Spider-Man surrounded by armed men, including the Punisher, and he was shocked to see Punisher alive. Shotgun helped Punisher realize they'd been played, then the Green Goblin dropped bombs on the group.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#255) - Shotgun was watching Spidey's battle with Green Goblin through a viewing scope when Punisher levelled a gun at his head, and he convinced him to back off. Shotgun and Punisher teamed up to save Jimmy-6 from some armed men.

(Daredevil II#28 (fb) - BTS) - Hearing there was an open bounty on Matt Murdock, Shotgun took the assignment.

(Daredevil II#28) - Shotgun prepared a sniper rifle to kill Murdock from a neighboring rooftop, but Daredevil attacked, disassembling the rifle and sparring with Shotgun, leaving him unconscious.

(Dark Reign Files#1 - BTS) - Quasimodo investigated Shotgun for Norman Osborn, considering him as a potential recruit.

(Bullseye I#2) - In Columbia, Shotgun and Bullseye had been working for the cartels when an F.B.I. agent, Agent Joy Jones, offered to wipe their records and a million dollars in exchange for them finding Teodor Zarco and the Black Knife Cartel before Bullseye did. They found a stack of bodies, killed by Bullseye, and explained to the agent how dangerous Zarco and the Cartel were.

(Bullseye I#3) - Agent Joy, Shotgun, and Bullet went on a stakeout. When they saw Bullseye drive by, a prisoner of the Cartel, Joy told the men to help her find him, but Shotgun refused, saying he'd only agreed to help her find him. Bullet offered Shotgun his million, desperately wanting to get his record cleared so he could finally see his son Lance again. They waited outside the compound near dead bodies, trying to find a way in, when Bullseye busted loose with Zarco and his men after him. Joy fired her gun off, revealing their location, and the Cartel easily apprehended the trio.

(Bullseye I#4) - Joy, Bullet, and Shotgun were held in cages near a tiger named Bronson, who Zarco threatened to feed them to. As Shotgun complained about the situation, Bullet intimidated the tiger into attacking, and then killed it, allowing Shotgun and Joy to steal a gun and attack the guards, forcing an escape. The trio attacked Zarco and his guards while Joy Jones confronted Bullseye about the murder of her husband at his hands weeks before. Zarco managed to stab both Bullet and Shotgun. Then S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrived.

(Bullseye I#5) - Shotgun, wounded, helped a weak Bullet get out of the compound and to a car. Bullet said to leave him behind, but Shotgun promised to help him see his kid again. After killing a guard, Shotgun drove away, getting Bullet to safety, and leaving Jones behind to face Bullseye and Zarco. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents pulled the men over and arrested them both, getting them medical care. Shotgun drew a gun on Bullseye in the ship, but ended up letting him escape. Back in New York, bandaged up, Shotgun took Bullet to look in on his son, Lance Cashman, at school.

(Old Man Logan II#44 (fb) - BTS) - Shotgun set up a gig for himself and Bullet with the Wild Boys in New Jersey.

(Old Man Logan II#44) - The Wild Boys produced a car for the heist, but Bullet didn't show up. They went to rob a bank, wearing Daredevil masks, but they found Bullseye waiting inside, and Bullseye promptly killed both Jet and Spit with bullets to the head. Shotgun immediately opened fire on Bullseye, but was disabled by thrown broken glass. Bullseye asked him about Joy Jones then was ready to kill Shotgun when Old Man Logan and Joy herself, as the armored Vendetta, attacked. The fight went outside, and Shotgun jumped in the car with Vendetta and Logan, telling getaway driver Dee to follow.

(Old Man Logan II#45) - Shotgun and the others pursued Bullseye in the car until Bullseye threw a knife and made them crash. Dee was killed, and Shotgun retrieved his guns from the trunk, determined to follow, as he'd heard Bullseye had kidnapped Bullet's son, Lance. Shotgun procured another car and drove, listening to Vendetta and Logan talk about revenge and future plans. They tracked Bullseye to a garbage dump, and found the place wired with traps and explosives. Shotgun laid down cover fire while Vendetta and Logan attacked Bullseye, and soon the fight erupted outside, where Bullseye was badly wounded and Shotgun held a gun on him until the cops arrived.

Comments: Created by Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr (penciler), Al Williamson (inker).

    His real name was revealed in Punisher War Zone I#5 (July, 1992).

Almost certainly an homage to Jr. (Junior) Walker and the All-Stars who sang the song “Shotgun”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMs9NudasVI (or look it up Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, Shotgun)
You can look up more info on a better source, but this info on Wikipedia is likely accurate:
Autry DeWalt Mixon Jr. (June 14, 1931 – November 23, 1995), known professionally as Junior Walker, was an American saxophonist and vocalist who recorded for Motown during the 1960s. 
"Shotgun" is a 1965 single by Junior Walker & the All Stars, which was written and composed by Walker and produced by Berry Gordy Jr. and Lawrence Horn. It reached number one on the U.S. R&B Singles chart for four non-consecutive weeks and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
--Snood

    It might be argued that he wasn't a member of the unidentified agency and CIA, merely a freelancer employed by them, and so arguably they don't belong in his group memberships; however, in that instance they'd instead go into his affiliations instead.
--Loki

    Shotgun had a profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#34...which listed CIA under "known allies"

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Shotgun should not be confused with:


images: (without ads)
Daredevil I#272, p13, pan1 (main)
Daredevil I#273, p1, pan1 (face, in sunglasses)
Punisher War Zone I#6, p12, pan3 (in black)
Punisher War Journal I#80, p16, pan1 (with spiked arms)
Amazing Spider-Man I#432, p22, pan1 (in brown costume)
Bullseye I#5, p13, pan2 (with handgun, vs. Bullseye)
Old Man Logan II#44, p14, pan1 (in Daredevil mask)
OHotMU Master Edition#34: Shotgun entry


Appearances:
Daredevil I#272-273 (November, 1989) - Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Punisher: War Zone I#1-6 (March-August, 1992) - Chuck Dixon (writer), John Romita Jr (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Don Daley (editor)
OHotMU Master Edition#34: Shotgun entry (1993) - Gelnn Herdling, Peter Sanderson, Murray Ward (writers), Keith Pollard (pencilers), Josef Rubinstein (inkers), Mindy Newell (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort (editor), Mark Gruenwald (executive editor)
Punisher War Journal I#80 (July, 1995) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Doug Wheatley (penciler), Steve Moncuse (inker), Vickie Williams (editor)
Spider-Man Annual '97 (March, 1997) - Glenn Herdling (writer), Shawn McManus (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#432 (March, 1998) - Tom DeFalco (writer), John Romita Jr (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#255 (March, 1998) - Tom DeFalco, JM DeMatteis (writers), Luke Ross (penciler), Dan Green, Al Milgrom (inkers), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man I#89 (March, 1998) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Romita Jr (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker)
Daredevil II#28 (February, 2002) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Alex Maleev (artist)
Dark Reign Files I#1 (April, 2009) - various writers, Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Bullseye I#2-5 (May-August, 2017) - Ed Brisson (writer), Guillermo Sanna (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Old Man Logan II#44-45 (September-October, 2018) - Ed Brisson (writer), Juan Ferreyra (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)


First Posted: 05/05/2019
Last updated: 05/05/2019

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