Real Name: Ambrose Randolph Winthrop

Identity/Class: Human (Old West era)

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Mephisto, his wife and later family

Enemies: His first wive and child

Known Relatives: Unidentified wife and child (deceased), unidentified wives (presumed deceased), unidentified widow and numerous children (presumed deceased), Oliver Winthrop (great-great-grandson, deceased), Oliver's unidentified wife (great-great-granddaughter-in-law, deceased), Oliver's unidentified son (great-great-great-grandson, deceased)

Aliases: "Little Maggot," "Pa"

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Avengers VII#38 (January, 2021)

Powers/Abilities: Ambrose Randolph Winthrop did not possess any superhuman powers but during the course of his life, he thrived and was always successful due to his deal with the demon Mephisto. Following his death, Ambrose's succeeding generations also remained successful due to Ambrose's deal and their own deals with Mephisto.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'9")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 145 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Light brown

History: (Avengers VII#38 (fb) - BTS) - Ambrose Randolph Winthrop and his family decided to travel west in hopes of finding a new start. During the Winthrop family's travels, they ventured through the Kansas territory but was caught in an intense snowstorm. Starving and near death, Winthrop killed the mule pulling his family's wagon, hoping to eat the mule to survive, only to find the mule full of maggots when it fell.

(Avengers VII#38 (fb)) - At a crossroads, the weak and starving Ambrose Winthrop prayed to anyone who would listen, hoping for a miracle and promising to do anything to ensure his family survived this situation and thrived. The demon Mephisto, in the form of a snake, then appeared to Winthrop carrying a knife in his mouth and seemed intrigued at Winthrop's promises to do anything. Desperate, Winthrop accepted Mephisto's offer for his family to survive and thrive but Mephisto required Winthrop to kill his wife and child in order to survive. Winthrop then picked up the knife Mephisto had and entered his family's wagon, slaughtering them and eating their flesh to survive as Mephisto slithered away, welcoming Winthrop into his fold. Following this event, Winthrop continued his trek west alone, finding new wives and fathering many children. Forging more success than he ever imagined, Winthrop confessed to his final wife that some day, the being he met at his crossroads would come for him and Winthrop eventually died an extremely wealthy man, having seen his family become strong.

Following Ambrose's death, Mephisto came to his widow's home and explained that Ambrose's debt to him remained unpaid and that he required a token from the Winthrop family that ensured that Ambrose's debt had now become his family's debt. Mephisto then informed Ambrose's widow that he would settle for a finger from each of Ambrose's children and his widow agreed, soon cutting off a finger from each of the children. Over time, Mephisto returned to the Winthrop family for more tokens in exchange for favors to keep Ambrose's succeeding generations thriving.

(Avengers VII#38 - BTS) - By the modern era, Ambrose's great-great-grandson Oliver was visited by Mephisto and the deceased Howard Stark (or a demon posing as Stark) and Mephisto devoured Oliver and his family, with "Stark" proclaiming Ambrose's debt paid in full.

Comments: Created by Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness and Mark Morales.

It was never specifically stated at what point in history Ambrose Randolph Winthrop lived but there are two clues in his story: 1) The date is listed as "a few centuries ago." and 2) it mentions that he was traveling through the Kansas territory and the Kansas US territory only existed as a territory from May 30, 1854-January 29, 1861, at which point Kansas was made an actual state. That would place Winthrop as being alive at some point between those dates.

I think it would be interesting to connect the wealthy J.B. Winthrop from Journey into Mystery I#89 to Ambrose's family. Since the Journey into Mystery story takes place in 1963 and J.B. was wealthy, perhaps J.B. was a descendant of Ambrose's...perhaps even the grandfather of Oliver Winthrop who wealthy due to the Winthrop family's deals with Mephisto. Heck, for that matter, maybe the soap opera writer Mr. Winthrop from Daredevil I#66 is Oliver's father. One would think being a soap opera writer would be considering "thriving" and "successful."

Profile by Snood.

Ambrose Randolph Winthrop
should be distinguished from:

Oliver Winthrop & his wife & child
Oliver Winthrop was the great-great-grandson of Ambrose Randolph Winthrop and like all of Ambrose's descendants, Oliver appeared very successful and lived in a rather large home. One day, the demon Mephisto showed up at his door with the deceased Howard Stark (or a demon posing as him) and Oliver became suspicious since Stark was known to be dead. Quickly realizing that Stark's "dog" was Mephisto, Oliver ordered his wife and child back inside but Mephisto entered the home and devoured them all. As Mephisto ate part of the deceased Oliver's hand, "Stark" proclaimed Ambrose's debt paid in full.

--Avengers VII#38

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Avengers VII#38, p2, pan3 (Ambrose Randolph Winthrop with knife, main image)
Avengers VII#38, p1, pan3 (Ambrose Randolph Winthrop praying)
Avengers VII#38, p2, pan1 (Ambrose looking back at Mephisto)
Avengers VII#38, p19, pan3 (Oliver Winthrop & his family)

Avengers VII#38 (January, 2021) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ed McGuinness (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First posted: 11/18/2021
Last updated: 11/18/2021

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