Real Name: Unrevealed (Zafiro may his first name, surname, or an alias; see aliases below)
Occupation: Professional criminal
Group Membership: Formerly Machette's agents (notably Boone)
Affiliations: Blind Joe Death (presumably), Boone, Machette, Mondo Pain (Edmondo Paina);
apparently extensive connections with various criminal organizations
Enemies: Punisher (Frank Castle), Punisher (Lynn Michaels)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Presumably Sapphire, as that is the English translation of Zafiro
Base of Operations: Last seen in a van in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
formerly Machette's slaughterhouse, location unrevealed, presumably
First Appearance: Punisher War Journal I#69 (August, 1994)
Powers/Abilities: Zafiro was experienced with handguns and criminal organizations.
He carried at least one handgun and he used a van containing extensive computer technology.Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'10-6'2")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 180-220 lbs.)
Hair: Brown (including mustache)
War Journal I#69) - After awakening the recaptured Punisher, Machette
instructed his agents Zafiro and Boone to bring in the man who had been
guarding the Punisher's cell and who had let him escape.
After having given the guard a chance against him with a machete
and then slain the guard with his own machete, Machette instructed
Zafiro to go deal with their business on the mainland.
to protest, as he wanted to watch (presumably Machette face off against
the Punisher), but Machette interrupted, insisting that business came
first and that there would always be entertainment. When Machette asked
if Zafiro was challenging him, Zafiro swiftly and silently
War Journal I#74 (fb) - BTS) - Mutual acquaintances suggested that
Zafiro work with the mercenary Mondo Pain, and Zafiro arranged a meeting in
his van in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Zafiro or (more likely,
presumably his agents) arranged for the blind "Sammy" (very likely an
alias for Blind Joe Death) to facilitate the meeting.
War Journal I#74) - As "Sammy" worked a local newsstand, Mondo Pain
called out to the blind man and noted that he was supposed to meet a
man there and was told to talk to him.
A trio of Zafiro's agents eventually arrived and, at gunpoint,
instructed "Pain" to get into the van. Unconcerned with any threats,
Mondo agreed to enter the van because he knew they were not cops, as
the cops would have known his codename was "Mondo Pain."
War Journal I#74) - Entering the van, Mondo Pain asked if the
inhabitant was Zafiro, and Zafiro advised him to mind his manners and
not to come to him asking questions. Noting how it had been suggested
they work together, Zafiro instructed Mondo to convince him.
Mondo told Zafiro that Rosalie Carbone would look kindly on Zafiro for
working with him and that an alliance with the Carbone family would
protect his smuggling operations. Zafiro countered that Rosalie Carbone
was a little girl playing dressup while Rome burned and that she was
the last of her dynasty. Mondo asked if Zafiro was threatening her, and
Zafiro countered that he was just stating the obvious and that he
neither promoted nor hindered her demise.
When Mondo asked if that meant Zafiro was not interested in shooting
her in the belly anymore, Zafiro exposed the gun he was holding and
replied that he liked Mondo for his straightforward nature. He further
advised that the gun was precautionary and that he only knew Mondo by
reputation. Acknowledging the situation, Mondo pulled out a knife he had
been holding and asked Zafiro if he wanted Mondo to teach his boys how
to frisk. Replying, "Maybe later," Zafiro asked what the meeting was
all about, and Mondo told him to get him a contract for Lynn Michaels
("this new Punisher in drag").
asked if this contract could be used to scratch more than one itch, and
Mondo agreed as along as the job got done; Zafiro noted that Mondo Pain
now had him interested...
War Journal I#74-75 - BTS) - Two weeks later, Mondo Pain and his men
assaulted Lynn Michaels, but when police confronted and assaulted the
pair, they each fled separately.
Comments: Created by Steven Grant, Hugh Haynes, Mark McKenna, Mick Gray, and Scott Koblish.
In doing this profile, I learned that Zafiro was Spanish for sapphire.
Profile by Snood.
Zafiro should be distinguished from:
- ZAFAR, Off. JIMMY - see SAVAGE STEEL--Darkhawk I#2
- ZAFAR II, Emperor BAHADUR SHAH - slain by Tiger Jani, later
impersonated by Brahman to give his people something to believe in and fight for--[Immortal Iron Fist#15]
- Wasteland dimension, mate of Damask, lives in idealic paradise
generated by the Rose of Purity; encountered and befriended (and
briefly battled) Defenders sent to claim the Rose by Amora the
- ZAFINA - per-modern era Halwani princess, daughter of
King Kadar, cousin of Dr. Khadijah, had Mr. Justice captured and
tortured by Jameel, defeated by First Line--Marvel: Lost Generation#9
- ZAFRA of the Hyborian era - sorcerer
employed by Akter Khan in Zamboula, used Book of Skelos, Tomes of
Sabatea, invoked Set, Erlik, and the Children of Jhil, created
the Sword of Skelos--Sword of Skelos; Savage Sword of Conan#56
- ZEFIRO (Cristos Malachi, Sylvana Rosetti, Cynthia + Victor +
Werner von Doom, Gustav von Kampen, Boris, Esmerelda, Oskar, Sofia (clairvoyant),
Torvalt, Valeria ) - gypsies of Latveria--Fantastic Four Annual#2
- ZEFIRO of Earth-928 circa 2099 A.D. (Andrei, Fortune, Wire, Vox,
Xandra) - alternate future counterparts --Doom 2099#1
- SAPPHIRE - partner of Steel--Doctor Who I#173
- SAPPHIRE - of the Wyrd sisters--Dark Angel#9
- SAPPHIRE LOTUS - power item--Warheads#6
- SAPPHIRE PENDANT - magic item, transformed Vivian Morgan into Morgan Le Fay--Namor the Sub-Mariner I#60
- SAPPHIRE QUEEN of Gwendor - middle age counterpart to Topaz Queen and Opal Queen--Ultraforce I#3
- Sapphire Styx - Madripoor mercenary, Wolverine foe--Marvel Comics Presents I#1
- SAPPHIRAS - Inhumans Genetics Council--Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising#1
- other "Zaf" or "Sapphire" characters, groups, items, events, races, or places...
images: (without ads)
Punisher War Journal I#69, pg. 8, panel 1 (full, oblique, distant, with Boone);
pg. 9, panel 1 (standing partial, closer)
#74, pg. 3, panel 4 (inside van with computers);
pg. 4, panel 3 (with gun)
Punisher War Journal I#69 (August, 1994) - Steven Grant (writer), Hugh Haynes (penciler), Mark McKenna, Mick Gray, Scott Koblish (inkers), Don Daley (editor)
Punisher War Journal I#74 (January, 1995) - Steven Grant (writer), Melvin Rubi (penciler), Frank Percy (inkers), Don Daley (editor)
First posted: 10/27/2022
Last updated: 10/27/2022
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