Real Name: Unrevealed
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Captain Wally (Walter Pratt), Snailman (Percy Perkins)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Fastest Crook Alive, Master of Speed
Base of Operations: Wallytown (see comments)
First Appearance: Spider-Man Comic#644/6 (13th July 1985)
Powers/Abilities: Zippo can move at superhuman speeds.
Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
(The Spider-Man Comic#644/6) - Zippo, Master of Speed, encountered local hero Snailman, and boasted how he could rob multiple banks before the slow moving hero could even move an inch. Carrying several bags of stolen cash, Zippo raced by Snailman, glancing backwards to stick out his tongue and taunted the hero, saying he couldn't stop him...just before he ran into a lamppost because he wasn't watching where he was going.
(The Spider-Man Comic#650/1) - Again out hunting for villains,
Captain Wally encountered Zippo, Master of Speed, when the crook raced
by him. Trying to pursue him, Captain Wally followed him round a corner
and literally ran into Snailman. Recognizing one another by reputation,
the pair began arguing, with Captain Wally demanding to know why
Snailman was there and Snailman retorting that he had been about to
capture Zippo until Captain Wally got in the way. Exchanging insults,
Captain Wally then told Snailman to clear off since they were on his
page, but Snailman responded that Zippo was his villain, and would be on
his page by now anyway. Apparently accepting this argument, Captain
Wally proposed they should go after Zippo then, but swiftly realized
they would never catch up to the speedster if Snailman continued moving
at his interminably slow rate. Straining to his limit, Captain Wally
carried Snailman on his shoulders in order to get to the page 30 faster.
(The Spider-Man Comic#650/5) - Finally reaching page 30, the two heroes found a young boy crying because Zippo had just stolen the lad's entire 650 issue run of Spider-Man. Snailman angrily declared that while stealing anything was bad, taking 650 issues of Spider-Man was unforgivable. The heroes spotted Zippo fleeing with his ill-gotten gains moments later, but Snailman acknowledged that he with his speed he could never catch the crook. Declaring there was always a way, Captain Wally gleefully grabbed Snailman by the shell and threw him spinning like a bowling ball into the surprised Zippo. As the cops escorted the handcuffed criminal into a police van, Captain Wally smugly told the dizzy and disgruntled Snailman that he had caught Zippo thanks to him, and noted that he should return to his own page now. Concurring, Snailman kicked Captain Wally flying, punting him back towards the front of the comic.
Comments: Created by Lew Stringer.
Zippo appears to be based in Snailman and
Captain Wally's home town - see their entries for discussion on where
Profile by Loki.
Zippo has no known connections to:
p31, pan3 (main image)
Spider-Man Comic#644/6, p30, pan4-5 (running into lamppost)
The Spider-Man Comic#644 (13th July 1985) - Lew Stringer (writer, artist), Sheila Cranna (editor)
The Spider-Man Comic#650 (24th August 1985) - Lew Stringer (writer, artist), Sheila Cranna (editor)
First Posted: 08/03/2020
Last updated: 08/03/2020
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