harbormaster-mainTHE HARBORMASTER

Real Name: Sean William Beckett (see comments)

Identity/Class: Human, magic-based mutate

Occupation: Bouncer (see comments)

Group Membership: Anti-Registration Undergound (All-Out/Unarmed Training Automaton 110, Attacker/Richard Taine, Awe-Striker/Cecily Johnson, Basic Black/Norman Gentry, Battlestar/Lemar Hoskins, Brain Spasm/Dennis Hoxie, Canasta/Henry Cavanaugh, Captain Kinship/Edward Randlebuck, Dahntu/Charles Luc Phan, Freeware/Kurt Duryea, Gladiatrix/Robin Braxton, Green Guardswoman/Natalie Bell, Haunter/Mark Runnemyer, Human Haze/Steve Cochrane, Iguanid/Tom Boldstep, Johnny Justice/Jonadab Megyscol, Kruzado/Dorothy Cardoza, Lawman/Leon Frankfurt, Leather Angel/Andrew Mussawyr, Masked Rose/Josie Tyler, Natural/Beru Addison, Network/Valerie Martin, Orange Crusher/Andy Gardner, Panthrax/Alex Mitchell, Peace-Lover/Barry Kanczeski, Qiblah/Jared Nelson, Saint Hildegard/Sonya van Jagt, Scorecard/Bill Merrick, Skybolt/Zack Zimmerman, Solo/James Bourne, Spaceheat/Charles Yaméogo, Staten Island Star/Russell Feldman, Stone-Tough/Ted Pendleton, Tosser/Ferris Hartke, Typeface/Gordon Thomas, U.S. Annie/Harriet Best, Warbug/Bernard Van Buren, Winter Woman/Angela Stover, Xantippe/Mandy Atkinson, Zapster/Langley Saint-Margaret, others); see comments

Affiliations: See comments

Enemies: (At least formerly) S.H.I.E.L.D. and its "Cape-Killers"
   
see comments

Known Relatives: See comments

AliasesSee comments

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    previously an unidentified Anti-Registration Underground safehouse in Manhattan, New York
    see comments

First Appearance: (Unidentified) Civil War: Front Line#4 (2006);
   (identified) Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#14 (2010)

Powers/AbilitiesSee comments

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'4"; see comments)
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 240 lbs.; see comments)
Eyes: Unrevealed (see comments)
Hair: Unrevealed (see comments)

History: See comments.

(Civil War: Front Line#4 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#14: Anti-Registration Underground (fb) - BTS) - Following the Stamford disaster, where hundreds had perished during a battle between New Warriors and four Raft escapees, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) and others worked with US officials to develop the Superhuman Registration Act (SHRA), outlawing any crimefighting activities by unregistered super heroes. 

    Vigilante Typeface, although his identity was already known, resolved to fight a perceived assault on freedom, and he organized an Anti-Registration Underground, beginning with ex-government operative Battlestar and anti-terrorist Solo, to support super heroes who continued fighting crime without SHRA approval. Their ranks were soon supplemented by mystic-armored Freeware; bodysuit-enhanced Green Guardswoman; Masked Rose, leader of super-team TJAW (Truth, Justice, and the American Way), empowered by accidental mutant blood exposure; exoskeleton-empowered Network; and cyborg Skybolt. Via a covert interview with Alternative reporter Sally Floyd, ARU members publicized their perspective, and several other anti-registration heroes joined, including the Harbormaster.harbormaster-headshot

(Civil War: Front Line#4) - The Harbormaster was present with the ARU when S.H.I.E.L.D. raided the ARU's safehouse and arrested most of its members, although the Harbormaster managed to escape.

    As the ARU members debated whether to seek and join Captain America (Steve Rogers)'s Secret Avengers, a better organized and equipped anti- SHRA unit, or to remain independent. Armored S.H.I.E.L.D. Cape-Killers, accompanied by Iron Man, Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), Wonder Man (Simon Williams) and at least ten unidentified flying heroes, raided the base. Caught by surprise, few ARU members managed to effectively fight back against their more powerful and organized opponents. Although S.H.I.E.L.D. captured over 40 members, The Harbormaster, the Awe-Striker, Canasta, Dahntu, the Green Guardswoman, and the Tosser evaded capture, as did the Masked Rose, who had been absent seeking new recruits. 

(Civil War: Front Line#5/2 - BTS) - ARU prisoners, such as Typeface, were seen being sent to the Prison 42.

(Civil War#6 - BTS) - The Secret Avengers and the Superhuman Registration Act resistance arrived at Prison 42 to free the prisoners.

(Civil War#7/Amazing Spider-Man I#538/Civil War: Front Line#10-#11 - BTS) - The Secret Avengers penetrated Prison 42, freeing many prisoners. When the combined anti-registration forces were confronted by Iron Man's pro-registration forces, Secret Avenger Cloak (Tyrone Johnson) teleported both groups to Manhattan. Freed ARU prisoners took part in the battle between the pro and anti-registration heroes, spanning from the Negative Zone prison to the streets of New York. In the ensuing battle, which caused severe damage, the Thunderbolts' Venom (Mac Gargan) apparently killed Typeface. Other fatalities may also have occurred. Following Captain America's surrender to forestall further civilian risk, Battlestar and possibly others avoided recapture.

    The government offered amnesty in return for registration. Although Gladiatrix rejected the offer, Network registered under the 50 States Initiative, while Solo also registered but pursued independent interests. Presumably additional ARU members followed Gladiatrix's example, others followed Network's or Solo's, and still more remained at large.

Comments: Created by Paul Jenkins, Sean Chen, Rick Magyar;
    Codename, real name, and nature provided by Ronald Byrd

   During the production of the Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007) writer Paul Jenkins provided Ronald with authorization to provide identities, real names for the various background Anti-Registration Underground characters, and to flesh them out as much as he wanted. Ronald provided identities and real names for the Anti-Registration Underground entry in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#14 (2010). There wasn't room to provide much more than that in that entry. However, Ronald had backgrounds and histories in mind for these characters when he provided their names. While the information is unofficial until it sees print, here is the full story behind the Harbormaster:

REAL NAME: Sean William Beckett
ALIASES:
Sean the Mon, Deck-It
IDENTITY:
Known to US authorities and to most of his circle of family and friends
OCCUPATION: Bouncer
CITIZENSHIP:
USA
PLACE OF BIRTH: Squareville, Ohio
KNOWN RELATIVES:
Bill Beckett Jr. (father); Sylvia Beckett (nee Slade, mother);
    Carson Beckett, Ryan Beckett, Travis Beckett-Seaton (brothers);
    Georgia Beckett Flaherty, Samantha Beckett Kinder (nee Bixby, Kaufman, Turner), Winifred Beckett Scrub (sisters);
    Bill Beckett (paternal grandfather); Mimi Beckett (nee Spencer, paternal grandmother);
    Dennis Slade (maternal grandfather); Roberta Slade (nee Cameron, maternal grandmother);
    Andrew Beckett, Bob Beckett, Roy Edwards, Kyle Holland, Ben Slade, Chevy Slade, Dennis Slade Jr. (uncles);
    Katherine Collins Beckett, Sandrine Webb Beckett, Lisa Beckett Edwards, Jenny Slade Holland, Laura Slade Walker, Marie Slade Foster, Louise Doyle Slade, Red Dawson Slade, Rudy Andrews Slade (aunts);
    Edmund Beckett, Johnny Beckett, Lester Beckett, Lloyd Beckett, Ryan Beckett Jr., Stuart Beckett, Trent Beckett, Burgess Beckett-Seaton, Milton Bixby Kinder, Herbert Bixby Kinder, Patrick Flaherty, Isaac Greenberg, Jamal Jefferson, Jerome Kaufman Kinder, Louis Kaufman Kinder, Moses Kaufman Kinder, Gerard Kinder, Charles Turner Kinder, Jeff Scrub, Tom Scrub (nephews);
    Anne Beckett, Cathy Beckett, Marcia Beckett, Rita Beckett, Stephanie Bixby Kinder, Francine Flaherty, Angela Freiberg, Blanche Kinder, Colette Kinder, Simone Kinder, Henrietta Leighton (nieces);
    Daniel Flaherty, Jerry Kinder, Richard Scrub, 
Howard Seaton-Beckett (brothers-in-law);
    Laurie Tilton Beckett, Maureen Marcus Beckett (sisters-in-law); 
    John Bixby, Trevor Kaufman, Steve Turner (former brothers-in-law);
    many cousins; many relatives by marriage
GROUP AFFILIATION:
Formerly Anti-Registration Underground
EDUCATION: College degree
SHRA CLASSIFICATION: Magic-Based Mutate
FIRST APPEARANCE: Civil War: Front Line#4 (2006)

HISTORY: While working as a bouncer at a waterfront night club, Sean Beckett, perusing the harbor in an idle moment, saw what he believed was a drowning figure several yards away and dove in to attempt a rescue. Reaching the figure, he discovered it was not a drowning human but a Nereid, or ocean nymph, Glauconome, one of the fifty daughters of the Olympian sea deities Nereus and Doris. Seemingly intoxicated by the region's longtime contamination by spilled alcohol and other substances, the naiad eagerly undressed and seduced the bemused but cooperative Beckett. Following the naiad's departure, Beckett learned her attentions had granted him water-controlling abilities, which he revealed to and discussed with several members of his family. 

    Deciding that a super-hero's duties of disrupting crimes differed little from the duties of a bouncer, Beckett took on the former position while retaining the latter. A few of his many young nieces and nephews collaborated to design a costume for him, which he wore as the Harbormaster. His attempts to maintain a secret identity were superficial at best, and before long it was not uncommon for club patrons to see him performing his bouncer duties while still wearing his costume.

    Following the passage of the Superhuman Registration Act (SHRA), the Harbormaster declined to register since he felt being a licensed super-hero would unduly interfere with his personal life. Eventually he was recruited into Typeface's Anti-Registration Underground and was present when 
S.H.I.E.L.D. raided the ARU's safehouse and arrested most of its members. Unwilling to incur further criminal charges by attacking S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, even in self-defense, the Harbormaster was one of the few ARU members to evade capture. His whereabouts and activities following the repeal of the SHRA remain unrevealed.

HEIGHT: 6'4" WEIGHT: 240 lbs.
EYES: Violet HAIR: Blond (dyed green and blue)

ABILITIES/ACCESSORIES: The Harbormaster, whose body, like that of most human adults, consists of 65 - 70% water, can exude large quantities of water from any part of his body, usually from his hands; among the many effects he can thus achieve is to create blasts of water exerting up to a ton of pressure per square inch, hurl water balls which forcefully explode on impact, surround himself with a semi-solid water field to slow or divert any physical attack, create ready water supplies to replenish dehydration victims, and project water directly into an opponent's nose and mouth to force said opponent to withdraw rather than risk drowning. 

Unlike other superhumans with similar powers, he has no control over any other water source, not even if he intermixes his own water projections with such a source, nor can he literally convert his body or any portion thereof into water. His body's water percentage magically and instanteously regenerates itself following any loss, making it virtually impossible for him to become dehydrated; as a result, he can, unlike ordinary humans, survive seemingly indefinitely without liquid consumption, although he has never taken sufficient interest in this ability to test its limitations. 

    The Harbormaster is an exceptional swimmer, with above-average strength due to sheer physical size, and he has substantial hand-to-hand combat experience as a result of years of working as a bouncer.

  Profile by Ronald Byrd, Snood, and Multi-Tasking Mike Fichera (image capture/clean-up/awesomeness)

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Harbormaster should be distinguished from:


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Civil War: Front Line#4, page 5, panel 4 (main);
        pg. 10, panel 2 (headshot)


Appearances:
Civil War: Front Line#3/1 - BTS (September, 2006) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Ramon Bachs (penciler), John Lucas (iniker), Cory Sedlmeier (editor)
Civil War: Front Line#4/1 - BTS (September, 2006) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Ramon Bachs (penciler), John Lucas (iniker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War: Front Line#4/3 (September, 2006) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Sean Chen (penciler), Rick Magyar (iniker), Molly Lazer, Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War: Front Line#5/2 - BTS (October, 2006) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Steve Lieber (artist), Molly Lazer, Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War#6 -BTS (December, 2006) - Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War#7 -BTS (January, 2007) - Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines, John Dell & Tim Townsend (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#14 (June, 2010) - Jeff Christiansen & Mike Fichera (head writers/coordinators), Markus Raymond & Mike O'Sullivan (coordination assistants), Stuart Vandal, Sean McQuad, Michael Hoskin, Ronald Byrd, Markus Raymond, Mike O'Sullivan, Madison Carter, Kevin Garcia, Gabriel Shechter, Jacob Rougemont, Rob London, Rich Green, Chris Biggs, David Wiltfong, Jeph York, Mark O'English, & Mike Gagnon (writers), John Denning (associate editor), Alex Starbuck (assistant editor), Thedore Kutt (copy editor), Mark D. Beazley (editor, special projects), Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grunwald (editor)


First posted: 11/07/2021
Last updated: 11/12/2021

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