Real Name: Simon Williams
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-730834)
formerly occasional actor;
formerly super-powered criminal;
formerly corrupt businessperson
Group Membership: Avengers (Ant-Man, Black
Panther, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man,
Witch, Thor, Tigra, Wasp) (all Earth-730834)
Widow, Bill Foster, Jarvis, S.H.I.E.L.D. and its agents (Major
Nick Fury, Agent
Sitwell, others) (all Earth-730834)
Enemies: A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics),
HYDRA, Masters of Evil (Enchantress, Executioner),
Ultron, Vision, Baron
Wolfgang von Strucker, Baron Zemo
Known Relatives: father (name unrevealed
(likely Sanford Williams), deceased),
Eric Williams (brother)
Base of Operations: Avengers Mansion, New
First Appearance: Avengers United They Stand#1
Ionic energy bombardment has superhumanly enhanced Wonder Man's
strength (potentially up to 100 tons), durability, reflexes and
stamina, and he is impervious to virtually any penetration wound. His
strong legs give him the ability to jump high into the air, but he is
also equipped with hip-mounted jets for maneuverability. Like other
Avengers, he has an ID
card that gives him instant face-to-face communication.
Weight: 380 lbs.
Eyes: Red; formerly hazel
(Avengers United They
Stand#3 (fb) - BTS) - Simon
Williams inherited his father's munitions firm, but it was losing money
competing with with Stark Industries. Simon's foolish brother Eric owed
crippling debts to the mob and Simon unwisely embezzled company funds
to help pay those debts. But the company board found out and he was
arrested. Simon was bailed out by Asgardian outcasts Executioner and
Enchantress (the duo dubbed the Masters of Evil), who took him to
long-time Avengers foe Baron Zemo. Simon was promised powers to get
back at Stark, but also to help his brother, and he let Zemo bombard
him with ionic rays that made him superhumanly strong (the strongest at
that time) and physically
resilient, but with one catch revealed afterward: ionic poisoning that
demanded a weekly
antidote from Zemo and forced Simon to follow Zemo's bidding to
survive. Under Zemo's orders, Simon joined the Avengers after defeating
the Masters of Evil in a staged battle. Simon confided his lethal ionic
condition to the Avengers and was surprised to see them work tirelessly
to cure him.
Finding friendship and loyalty among the Avengers, when it came to
betraying them for Zemo and the nefarious A.I.M. organization,
Simon refused and fought alongside the Avengers instead. The ionic
overwhelmed him but geniuses Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Hank Pym
(Ant-Man) cured him, and he took his place as a trusted Avenger.
At one point,
he came across the young
rogue Hawkeye at a hospital, saving a bystander the archer had
contributed to injuring. Seeing the good in Hawkeye, Simon deflected
police attention and soon offered Avengers membership. But the Avengers
roster then dramatically changed and Wonder Man departed, taking on
Hollywood acting roles such as two movies starring as sci-fi adventurer
Arkon; while many considered the Arkon movies laughable, they also
inspired Sam Wilson to become the vigilante (and later Avenger) the Falcon.
Simon took up acting to pay back the money he had embezzled, plus every
debt Eric had to the mob. Once cleared, he left Hollywood behind and
rejoined the Avengers, participating in many missions. He moved into
Avengers Mansion (with its attendant Jarvis) and became romantically
involved with fellow Avenger Scarlet Witch.
(Avengers United They Stand#1) - Wonder Man skipped
another training exercise in the Avengers' combat room as his powers
exceeded its capacity and he went to spend time with Scarlet Witch. But
the hateful sentient
robotic Ultron was inadvertently activated in Avengers Mansion; its
remote-powered "antroids" disabling the lights and almost all the
Avengers in the training room. Wonder Man ripped up power lines and
hardware to stop the androids' coordinated attack, forcing Ultron to
flee. Wonder Man was uninjured while Hawkeye, Wasp and Ant-Man received
armor upgrades that compensated for any injuries, and the quartet
pursued Ultron's signal to its new base. Ultron attacked Wonder Man
first with its encephelo-beam as it considered him the most dangerous,
but it only stunned him. The Avengers finally defeated Ultron and left,
thinking the android threat eliminated.
(Avengers United They
Stand#2) - Along with the rest of the Avengers, Wonder Man was briefed
by Nick Fury onboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier about Baron Wolfgang
von Strucker's HYDRA plot to kill all humans save one HYDRA base using
a specialized doomsday rocket. Tigra playfully flirted with Simon. The
Avengers reached the HYDRA island base and met new ally Black Widow,
but they were soon fighting HYDRA troops. While Wonder Man bashed at
the launched "Ragnarocket",
Scarlet Witch went after him on a flying platform to help. Wonder Man
disabled the rocket and she affectionately caught him before he fell
into the sea.
(Avengers United They Stand#3 (fb) - BTS) - Having
survived and keen for revenge, Ultron built the synthezoid Vision and
had him attack the Avengers during a meeting with the US President.
Vision felled Wonder Man with an energy bolt that left him comatose.
Vision was overpowered and reprogrammed while Wonder Man's body was put
in cryogenic freezing. Wonder Man's body was taken by Ultron but his
brain engrams were downloaded into Vision's brain and Vision joined the
Avengers alongside Falcon. Soon after, the Avengers chatted with each
other about their experiences with Simon; Vision indicated a link with
Simon's mind but concealed it from the others.
Comments: Adapted by Ty Templeton, Eric Lewald, Derec Aucoin, Walden Wong.
Stats are taken from his Earth-616 counterpart, who first appeared in Avengers I#9 (October, 1964) by Stan Lee, Don Heck & Dick Ayers.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Wonder Man has no known connections to:
The sorcerous Enchantress alongside fellow Asgardian outcast Executioner formed the so-called Masters of Evil. They brought disgraced businessman Simon Williams to the villainous Baron Zemo as part of Zemo's elaborate plot against the Avengers. This also involved her losing a mock battle with Wonder Man so that Zemo's pawn would gain the Avengers' trust. Later, the Masters of Evil, alongside Zemo and shady organization A.I.M., escaped into an explosion when Wonder Man refused to betray the Avengers. Her fate is unrevealed.
--Avengers United They Stand#3
The ax-wielding Executioner alongside fellow
Asgardian outcast Enchantress formed the so-called Masters of Evil.
They allied themselves with the villainous Baron Zemo and brought him
disgraced businessman Simon Williams as part of protracted plot to
strike at the Avengers. This also involved losing in a staged battle
with Wonder Man so that Zemo's pawn would gain the Avengers' trust.
Later, the Masters of Evil, alongside Zemo and immoral organization
A.I.M., escaped into an explosion when Wonder Man refused to betray the
Avengers. His fate is unrevealed.
--Avengers United They Stand#3
The nefarious Baron Zemo was a sworn enemy of the
Avengers. He allied himself with the so-called Masters of Evil, the
Asgardian outcasts Enchantress and Executioner, who brought him
disgraced businessman Simon Williams. Simon's company was failing
competitively to Stark Industries, so Zemo saw Simon as a good
candidate to strike at the Avengers via Avengers member and Stark
"affiliate" Iron Man. Simon accepted Zemo's offer to make him
superhumanly powerful through ionic bombardment, unaware it was
poisonous and would require weekly antidote from Zemo and which Zemo
would provide only if Simon, now as Wonder Man, followed his orders.
Zemo's plan was to have Wonder Man infiltrate the Avengers' ranks and
then betray them in a key battle with Zemo, Executioner, Enchantress
and villainous organization A.I.M., but Wonder Man instead sided with
his true friends, the Avengers. Zemo escaped into an explosion; his
fate is unrevealed.
--Avengers United They Stand#3
Avengers United They Stand#1, p19, pan4 (main image)
Avengers United They Stand#3, p12, pan5 (1st costume, green)
Avengers United They Stand#3, p10, pan3 (headshot, before powers)
Avengers United They Stand#3, p15, pan3 (2nd costume, red jacket)
Avengers United They Stand#1, cover (3rd costume, hip jets)
Avengers United They Stand#3, p11, pan2 (Enchantress)
Avengers United They Stand#3, p11, pan2 (Executioner)
Avengers United They Stand#3, p10, pan6 (Zemo)
Avengers United They Stand#3, p17, pan2 (acting in movie)
Avengers United They Stand#1 (November, 1999) - Ty Templeton (script), Eric Lewald (story consultant), Derec Aucoin (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), Mike Wieringo (cover pencils), Richard Case (cover inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers United They Stand#2 (December, 1999) - Ty Templeton (script), Eric Lewald (story consultant), Jason Armstrong (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers United They Stand#3 (January, 2000) - Ty Templeton (script), Eric Lewald (story consultant), Derec Aucoin (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First posted: 04/02/2021
Last updated: 04/02/2021
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