taylor_taxi-ducky12-intro"TAXI" TAYLORtaylor_taxi-ducky12-face-headband

Real Name: Taylor (first name unrevealed...unless her first name actually was Taxi)

Identity/Class: Human mutate (or mutant, or Inhuman, or something; her origins are unrevealed)

Occupation: Adventurer/warrior

Group Membership: Ducky Dozen (Battlestar/Lemar Hoskin, Blazing Skull/Mark Todd (see comments), Kurt "Breeze" Barton (see comments), Dragoon, Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan, Dynaman/Lagaro (see comments), Eternal Brain (see comments), Flexo (see comments), Gur, Howard the Duck, Red Raven);
    presumably
A.R.M.O.R. (Alternate Reality Monitoring and Operational Response)

Affiliations: Suffragists of Earth-12591 (Columbia, Libertas, Miss America/Madeline Joyce, Riveter/Roz/Rosalind), Zephyr Zog of Earth-12591

Enemies: Zombies of Earth-12591, including the zombie Asgardians (especially Skurge the Executioner and presumably the Valkyrior), Invaders (Bucky/James Barnes, Destroyer/Roger Aubrey, Golden Girl/Betty Ross, Human Torch/Jim Hammond, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Spitfire/Jacqueline Falsworth, Vision/Aarkus, Whizzer/Bob Frank)., and the Waffen-ZZ (Dum-Dum Dugan, possibly other members of the Howling Commandos)

Known Relatives: Jim "Taxi" Taylor (father, presumed deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    last seen at ARMOR base on Earth-616;
    formerly active on Earth-12591;
    formerly traveled via a small craft

First Appearance: Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1 (July, 2012)

Powers/Abilities: Taxi Taylor is a personal trans-dimensional engine. She apparently can transport anyone within a given vehicle across dimensions; even a box is sufficient to serve as a vehicle, but apparently some sort of containment is required, perhaps either for her to visualize the transport or to protect those within from extradimensional travel.

    It was not clear that she could provide propulsion or otherwise can a non-functional craft to travel across/through land, air, water, space, etc.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'7")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 120 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (dark; perhaps brown)
Hair: Black

History:
 (
Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1 (fb) - BTS) - Learning that the Nazi zombies of Earth-12591 had neared completion of a cross-dimensional battleship (Valhalla's hammer) with which they planned to invade and infest/infect/conquer Earth-616, ARMOR gathered a number of agents to destroy the battleship and thwart the Nazi zombies' plot: Battlestar and/or Howard the Duck apparently gathered Blazing Skull, Breeze Barton, Dynaman, Eternal Brain, Flexo, Red Raven, Taxi Taylor, Dragoon of the Dragon-Men of Ligra, and Gur of the Lion-People of Ligra (see comments).

(Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1 - BTS) - Aided by Battlestar, Howard recruited "Dum Dum" Dugan.

(Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1) - Howard introduced Dugan to the rest of the Ducky Dozen.

    Shortly thereafter, when Red Raven told Breeze that women and war zones didn't mix, Taxi asked if he wanted to test that theory right there. When Raven argued that she was a glorified bus driver and "girl chauffeurs aren't warriors," Breeze and Gur both confronted Raven, informing him of his ignorance. Thanking them both, Breeze noted that this required a more feminine touch, after which she clocked Raven with her rifle before advising everyone, "Ship leaves in ten, even if you're under it."

    As the group prepared to depart, Dugan questioned their flying in "this hunk of junk," and when Howard assured him "She doesn't look like much, but she's got it where it counts," Taxi told Dugan, "You know he's talking about me, right?"Howard then clarified that Taxi was a personal trans-dimensional engine and that the ship was just for "sitting down in."

    Taxi transported the group to Earth-12591, after which they were almost instantly attacked by zombies, and Gur was swiftly zombified, leading Howard to kick him out of the craft.

    Dugan's use of heavy artillery inside the ship caused it to crash, after which the Dozen were confronted by Zombie Invaders (Bucky, Destroyer, Golden Girl, Human Torch, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Spitfire, Vision/Aarkus, Whizzer), and Namor tore Barton in half.taylor_taxi-ducky12-shoot

(Marvel Zombies Destroy! #2) - As Taxi used a rifle to fire on the Invaders, she noted but was unable to stop the onrushing Whizzer, until Dynaman tore the Whizzer in half. When Spitfire confronted her, Taxi noted that her attacker was half-vampire, half-zombie, and -- as Taxi shoved a grenade in her mouth -- all dead. Subsequently blinded by a burst of light, Taxi was unable to see Golden Girl rushing to attack her. Red Raven flew to her rescue and was zombified by Golden Girl, and Taxi realized that Raven wasn't all bad. After Dynaman was consumed by a zombie(?)-squid controlled by Zombie Namor, the arriving Suffragists-12591 (Columbia, Libertas, Miss America, Riveter) destroyed the Invaders were destroyed. Taxi and the remaining members of the Ducky Dozen joined the Suffragists in their headquarters, where they were introduced to Zephyr Zog, a Nazi scientist aiding their efforts against the zombies.

    After Zog revealed the cause of the zombie plague, Battlestar noted that they needed to get Dugan into place so that they could not only had to destroy Valhalla's Hammer, but also to find and destroy the death spore flower that started the zombie plague. When Howard noted that they only had a one-in-four chance of making it this far, Taxi noted that one-in-four of them hadn't made it this far.

    The Waffen-ZZ then arrived, Taxi and the others repelled out of the building.

(Marvel Zombies Destroy! #3) - En route to the Nazi base in Zog's train, Taxi found a trunk and -- thinking she was alone -- voiced aloud that she was going to Hell. As Columbia and the Riveter overheard this, they asked what she had done to deserve that. After Taxi lamented about having been mean to Raven before he died saving her, Riveter gave Taxi a hug, noting that perhaps Taxi's being "mean" had been the kick in the behind Raven had needed, and Columbia suggested that dying heroically was as important, if not moreso, than the way one lived; when Taxi asked if that really mattered, Columbia hoped it would be a long time before she learned that answer.

    After Columbia asked about the trunk, Taxi opened it and found it empty. Feeling something was wrong, Columbia went to check on the engineers and told Taxi and the Riveter to go back to the others and await her return. Taxi initially argued that Columbia wasn't the boss of her, but a fierce, "Now!" from Columbia convinced her to comply.

    The train was subsequently assaulted by the zombie Valkyrior, led by Brunnhilde, who reached through a window, grabbed Taxi, and flew into the air with her, offering to make her one of them. After Howard stressed that Taxi was their ride home (to which Battlestar reminded, "and also a human being in trouble"), Columbia leapt into the air and sliced off part of Brunnhilde's steed (Aragorn?)'s wing, causing Brunnhilde to drop Taxi and land atop the train. taylor_taxi-ducky12-fallScreaming as she fell, Taxi was telekinetically caught by the Eternal Brain and pulled into the train; when she commented that he hadn't said he was telepathic, the Eternal Brain noted that he didn't like to brag.

    The Valkyrior were eventually destroyed, but Columbia (as well as Zog) was lost in the struggle, and Taxi lamented that people kept dying to save her. Battlestar advised her to make sure that those sacrifices were not in vain. When she despondently argued that the zombies were going to keep coming after them, she was interrupted by Loki-12591, who clarified that those zombies had been after him before he admitted to having caused the zombie plague.

(Marvel Zombies Destroy! #4 - BTS) - As the zombie Asgardians assaulted their train, Loki magically hid the Ducky Dozen and Suffragists in a travel trunk, which went unnoticed by the gods. Within the trunk, Taxi presumably listened as Loki explained how the zombie plague had affected all of the Asgardians and that he thought he could reverse the plague if he could access the flower that began it.

(Marvel Zombies Destroy! #4) - After the gods departed, the Ducky Dozen and Suffragists exited the trunk, Taxi confirmed that Loki must have used another exit, as he was no longer within the trunk. The Dozen then made their way to the zombie stronghold, and as they waited by the gate, they were unable to prevent Skurge the Executioner from biting and zombifying Dragoon, forcing Battlestar to decapitate Dragoon.

    After the Eternal Brain open the locks to let them in, Taxi and the others saw the zombified goats chained to the zombies' weapon.

(Marvel Zombies Destroy! #5) - After Dugan arrived, Loki appeared and explained that the goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr, who had been consumed by the zombie Thor, reanimated as zombies, and then consumed zombie Odin to become immensely powerful, were the power source of the zombies' transdimensional craft.

(Marvel Zombies Destroy! #5 - BTS) - As the Red Skull and his troops arrived, Loki transported himself, Miss America, and Dugan away, while Blazing Skull and Flexo to be torn apart by the giant goats. They succeeded in launching a weapon to destroy the zombies, although Loki and Miss America were lost in the process.

(Marvel Zombies Destroy! #5) - Before dying, Loki transported Dugan back to his allies, and he warned them of the coming weapon and the need to escape. As they were surrounded by Nazi zombies (or zombie Nazis, not sure which is more appropriate...or worse...), Eternal Brain had the Riveter shatter his brain casing, allowing his brain to expand to giant size, and distracting the zombies as they fed upon it.

    Capitalizing on the distraction, Howard led Battlestar, Dugan, Riveter, and Taxi to a commercial-sized refrigerator within which they might escape the coming explosion; though Taxi was shocked as they found the partially consumed form of Captain America within it, they had no time to remove it, and Taxi brought them back to Earth-616.

    However, Captain America-12591 then ominously/secretly revived.

Comments: Created by Frank Marraffino and Mirco Pierfederici.

    Some of the images made Taxi Taylor appear to be Asian, but others not so much...perhaps artistic license, but we don't know anything about her nationality/heritage/etc.

    Beyond Howard, Battlestar, and Dugan, the other nine members of the Ducky Dozen either were from or based on characters who appeared during the first year of Timely Comics. However, some of the characters who were supposed to be the originals had significantly different histories than had previously been documented (Eternal Brain, for example), so some or all of them may have been alternate reality counterparts. Given the involvement of A.R.M.O.R., that's a really easily explanation.
    Taxi Taylor was the daughter of Jim "Taxi" Taylor, so that's all good...
    Breeze Barton
    Blazing Skull
    The Ducky Dozen's Dynaman is really powerful, much more like Dynamic Man...
    Eternal Brain's origin is markedly different than the Eternal Brain of the Ducky Dozen. See that profile for discussion.
    The Ducky Dozen's Flexo looked like a man wearing armor as opposed to a robot, although he did seem more robotic in nature, rebuilding himself from injuries. He didn't do any real twisting or stretching, as was characteristic of classic Flexo.
    Red Raven was sexist and largely sub-heroic...per Kevin Garcia, "
He acts like he never met a female warrior despite his experiences with the Liberty Legion and his own daughter."
    I don't think there is anything contradicting Dragoon from being a member of Reality-616's Dragon-Men, or Gur from being a member of Reality-616's Lion People

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Taxi Taylor
should be distinguished from:


taylor_taxi-ducky12-crafttaylor_taxi-ducky12-craft-travelTaxi's initial craft

    As the group prepared to depart, Dugan questioned their flying in "this hunk of junk," and when Howard assured him "She doesn't look like much, but she's got it where it counts," Taxi told Dugan, "You know he's talking about me, right?"

    Howard then clarified that Taxi was a personal trans-dimensional engine and that the ship was just for "sitting down in."

    Taxi transported the group to Earth-12591, after which they were almost instantly attacked by zombies, and Gur was swiftly zombified, leading Howard to kick him out of the craft.

    Dugan's use of heavy artillery inside the ship caused it to crash....and that's all I have to say about that...

--
Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1

images: (without ads)
Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1, pg. 10, panel 1 (right-ish side, thigh up, beret);
       pg. 13, panel 1 and 5 (transport craft);
    #2, story pg. 2, panel 1 (firing gun);
       pg. 16, panel 9 (face, headband);
    #3, pg. 16, panel 2 (falling, full body)


Appearances:
Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1-2 (July, 2012) - Frank Marraffino (writer), Mirco Pierfederici (artist), Jake Thomas (editor), Mark Paniccia (senior editor)
Marvel Zombies Destroy! #3 (August, 2012) - Peter David (writer), Al Barrionuevo (penciler), Rick Magyar (inker), Jake Thomas (editor), Mark Paniccia (senior editor)
Marvel Zombies Destroy! #4 (August, 2012) - Peter David (writer), Mirco Pierfederici (artist), Jake Thomas (editor), Mark Paniccia (senior editor)
Marvel Zombies Destroy! #5 (September, 2012) - Peter David (writer), Mirco Pierfederici (artist), Jake Thomas (editor), Mark Paniccia (senior editor)


First posted: 07/12/2020
Last updated: 07/12/2020

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