Real Name: David Nanjiwarra

Identity/Class: Human; Australian citizen

Occupation: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent

Group Membership: S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division), his S.H.I.E.L.D. team (Lars, three unidentified others)

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Scorpio (Mikel Fury), Swift Sword

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel: Wolverine & Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection (August 1989)

Powers/Abilities: David Nanjiwarra was a trained and highly experienced SHIELD agent, trained in spycraft and skilled with guns and presumably hand-to-hand combat.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 215 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Marvel Graphic Novel: Wolverine & Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection (fb) - BTS) - David Nanjiwarra was an Australian Aborigine who grew up in Arnhem Land, at the tip of Australia's Northern Territories. As an adult he joined SHIELD, traveling the world on various missions as an international spy. Despite being an excellent operative he was plagued with bad luck, with many missions proving to be dead ends.

   With SHIELD investigating the Swift Sword terrorist network David was put in charge of a five man anti-terrorist unit sent to Machu Picchu in Peru, using the cover of an archaeological expedition while following up a lead against on Swift Sword. However, after a week all they had to show were eight negative reports filed to headquarters in the States. Anticipating that orders would soon come in to pack things up and tired after several long years in a frustrating business, David decided to quit as soon as the mission was complete. Unfortunately for him, the investigation had apparently gotten closer than he'd realized, prompting Swift Sword to send the assassin Scorpio to eliminate the SHIELD team.

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Wolverine & Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection) - With the new morning David checked in with one of his team, Lars, to see if they might have miraculously actually found anything of interest, and was told that the nearest thing was that this morning's pot of coffee was actually drinkable. The sudden crash of their security net prompted David to call over to the two members of the team furthest away from him to check the generator, but they groused about doing so in the middle of their first decent coffee. A split second later both men were blasted by some kind of violent energy discharge. Shouting to the others to get down, David threw himself prone, and thus survived as the last two members of his team (one of whom was Lars) suffered the same fate.

   Reasoning that whatever had killed his men was too powerful and accurate to be a gun, David realized he was facing someone with higher technology. Figuring from the sweep and direction of fire that he was facing a single opponent who would have to come down to confirm his kills, David waited until he figured the assassin would be getting near, then triggered a grenade and ran. As it detonated, David planned to circle round to get behind the assassin while his ears were still ringing from the explosion, determined to end the Nanjiwarra bad luck and get the person who had murdered his colleagues. However Scorpio had avoided David's trap, and only moments later blasted David, killing him instantly. After confirming his kills, the assassin left a small plastic disc adorned with a scorpion design on David's head, a calling card telling SHIELD who had slain their men.

Comments: Created by Archie Goodwin and Howard Chaykin.

   We never see David in a good stance near someone with an established height - the nearest we get is when he's a corpse lying at Scorpio's feet. He doesn't look tiny in comparison to Scorpio, so my best guesstimate, and it is very much a guesstimate, is that he's of similar height.

   This profile was completed 09/27/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.


Profile by Loki.


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David Nanjiwarra's team

David Nanjiwarra's team consisted of Lars (dark haired, glasses) and three other unidentified men. They were all killed in Scorpio's initial attack on their camp, gunned down while having their morning coffee.

--Marvel Graphic Novel: Wolverine & Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection

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Marvel Graphic Novel: Wolverine & Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection, p3, pan4 (main image)
Marvel Graphic Novel: Wolverine & Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection, p3, pan7 (headshot)
Marvel Graphic Novel: Wolverine & Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection, p4, pan2 (death)
Marvel Graphic Novel: Wolverine & Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection, p12, pan2-6 (team, SHIELD file photos)
Marvel Graphic Novel: Wolverine & Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection, p4, pan3-7 (dead team including David)

Marvel Graphic Novel: Wolverine & Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection (August 1989) - Archie Goodwin (writer), Howard Chaykin (art), Gregory Wright, Mark Gruenwald (editors)

First Posted: 09/28/2021
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