Penner's main compound


Membership: Frederick Penner (manager), Next Wave (Agent-X/James Burley, Snare/Robert Fielder, Turk/Todd Flaminirezck), the Posse, unidentified security teams

Purpose: Business (security, intelligence operations)

Affiliations: Many unrevealed clients

Enemies: Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch/Noble Kale), Next Wave (Agent-X, Snare, Turk), Shriker (Jack D'Auria), the Team (Stacy Dolan, Kalmanu, Lieutenant Sokolowski, Tempest, Sean Tully), Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)

Base of Operations: Headquarter in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA (wealthier part of the town, near North Elk)

First Appearance: Ghost Rider III#29 (September, 1992)

(Ghost Rider III#29) - The Penner Security Associates was founded at the beginning of the 20th century by Frederick Penner's grandfather. The private agency provided security to its clients and employed several agents.
   In their ranks they also had super-powered mercenaries like Agent-X, Snare and Turk. In only couple of years the three became the most popular opratives of the firm, they never met defeat in their duty.

    The three super-powered beings worked for the enterprise with great advantages for them and the firm.

   Thus Penner Associates scanned the market to find other super-beings that could give the same benefits to the enterprise, but also because Agent-X, Snare and Turk wanted a larger cut of the profits they helped to gain. While Penner Associates even considered to recruit Ghost Rider, the three super-agents demanded more money and a greater control over the missions they carried out. The meeting between P.S.A.'s manager Frederick Penner and Agent-X, the "face" of the group of three, didn't close the deal. Penner had to refuse Agent-X's demands, even though Agent-X told him that he had contacted other operatives of the firm, and that some of them would leave with them.

Security Teams

    Shortly later, when Agent-X told his partners that they would go independent, Turk lost his temper and unwittingly shot down the wall of their room, which was right in front of the Penner building because he was angry that Penner didn't give in to their demands. Guessing that retaliation was coming, the three superhumans started a preemptive strike with an intimidating attack on the Penner compound. Penner Security Associates' main offices were guarded by security teams, other mercenaries with guns, suits and armors, but against super-powers they were unable to stop the attack. The situation changed when Turk killed an innocent woman. The innocent blood shed by Turk attracted the Ghost Rider, who was in town. Moreover, Wolverine and Beast were following Ghost Rider, so the mercenaries had to fight all of them. Agent-X introduced his group as the Next Wave, who even succeeded in destroying Ghost Rider's body, but the Spirit of Vengeance regenerated in its hellfire. The Ghost Rider punished Turk with his penance stare and knocked out Snare and Agent-X.

    Penner, seeing that the fight was quenched, ran after Wolverine and Beast offering them to join his organization, but they were not interested.

(Ghost Rider III#56) - For months, Penner Associates and Next Wave apparently went on with their business following different paths, but Penner Associates was not satisfied about the attack the Next Wave had conducted against the firm. So Penner unleashed another special team, the Posse, after the Next Wave to eliminate them.

   In Hong Kong the Posse ambushed the Newt Wave. The three mercenaries escaped, and kept moving from place to place all over the world for one month, but the Posse always found them, helped by the intelligence of Penner Associates.

(Ghost Rider III#57) - When the Next Wave hid in a rundown hotel in Manhattan, New York, Penner personally called them in the hotel room to announce their imminent termination. The Posse attacked immediately after. However, the interference of Ghost Rider, Shriker and Wolverine foiled the plans of both the mercenary groups. The Posse were punished by Wolverine while the Next Wave were punished by the Spirit of Vengeance's Penance Stare.

Comments: Created by Howard Mackie, Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert.

   Penner Security Associates' main compound was in Connecticut, in an unidentified town on the sea. The Next Wave had their main office in a building very similar to Penner's, located in Greenwich, Connecticut. Moreover, when Penner compound was attacked, Next Wave's room was in a building on the other side of the street. So, I'm implying that Penner's base of operation was in Greenwich too.

   Somewhere I read that the original formation of the Next Wave was a parody. It mocked the "new wave" of talents who had left Marvel Comics and had later founded Image Comics: Jim Lee (Agent-X), Rob Liefeld (Turk) and Todd McFarlane (Snare). Does this imply that Penner Security Associates was the Marvel Comics of the '90ies? And was PENner any particular figure of the bullPEN?

Profile by Spidermay.

Frederick Penner and Penner Security Associates have no known connections to:

Frederick Penner

Frederick Penner

   Frederick Penner was a normal human. He was the heir of the founder of Penner Security Associates.

    He had Agent-X, Snare and Turk at his service for only a few years, and he recognized that they were the most popular team of the firm. Nonetheless, the policy of the enterprise didn't allow the agents the degree of freedom they wanted, nor the higher rates they requested.

    Penner was aware that the services of super-powered beings dealt great advantages to his enterprise, in fact Ghost Rider was one of the possible superhumans Penner was looking into as possible recruit. He also had to consider the likely possibility that the defection of the Next Wave would cost him other agents from his ranks.

    After the Next Wave's assault on Penner's main office was stopped, Penner tried to hire Wolverine and the Beast, to no avail.

    However, the punishment inflicted on the Next Wave by Ghost Rider, Wolverine and Beast was not enough for Penner. A few months later he sent another special team after the Next Wave to murder them: the Posse.

   The Posse actually posed a great threat to the Next Wave. The three super-powered agents had never met defeat before, but they always had to flee when they were attacked by the Posse.

   Penner personally called the Next Wave at a hotel room in Manhattan when they were hiding in New York, only a few moments before the Posse attacked them. He wanted to be sure that the three independent mercenaries knew that they were going to pay for their lack of respect of the firm.

    Ghost Rider punished the Next Wave and the Posse, but we didn't see him punish Frederick Penner.

--Ghost Rider III#29 (Ghost Rider III#29, 57

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Ghost Rider III#29, p6, pan1 (Penner Security Associates compound with the home office)
Ghost Rider III#29, p11, pan4 (security teams)
Ghost Rider III#29, p6, pan2 (Frederick Penner)

Ghost Rider III#29 (September, 1992) - Howard Mackie (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Joe Kuberk (inks), Bobby Chase (editor)
Ghost Rider III#56 (December, 1994) - Howard Mackie (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Sergio Melia (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Ghost Rider III#57 (January, 1995) - Howard Mackie (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Sergio Melia (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)

First posted: 06/13/2021
Last updated: 06/13/2021

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