Ada Wong (Origins)

Little is known of Ada’s life before Raccoon City, even her name Ada Wong has doubts cast about its authenticity. It is known that in the past she has ties to an organization who competes with Umbrella, but also ties to Umbrella as well. Ada is also a highly trained assassin, she is extremely agile and a very capable combatant. American but also of Chinese descent, Ada Wong is one of the few human survivors (along with Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Sherry Birkin and Jill Valentine) of what is informally known as the Raccoon City Incident. An event in which a small midwestern American city is overrun with zombies as a result and consequence of the biological experiments of the powerful Umbrella corporation. Ada would be in the vicinity posing as a civilian looking for her boyfriend, an employee of Umbrella, and she would encounter and ally herself with Leon Kennedy, a recently appointed cop.

Eventually Leon would realize that Ada was more than she let on but the two would still risk their respective lives for each other despite the deception, Ada also completing her true mission obtaining the G-Virus samples she originally set out to collect. Raccoon City would be tactically targeted for a nuclear ground strike destroying the city and accumulating a death toll of over one hundred thousand residents.

Ada originally appears as a mysterious non playable character in the Resident Evil video game series, appearing as a spy with mysterious motives and objectives attempting to obtain biohazard samples. The characters air of mystery, calmness under pressure and affinity for striking red as well as fulfilling many of the criteria of the femme fatale archetype helped boost the characters popularity ensuring her inclusion in future installments and adaptations of the franchise. Not only included in the comic book adaptation, Ada would appear in much of merchandizing and marketing of Resident Evil products as well as the movie franchise based off the games. In Resident Evil 4 (2005) Ada would have a playable role in the game, and also feature in its plot. Likewise in the sixth installment of the game Ada would play an even larger role in the story as well as co starring in the game with numerous other protagonists. Although she has a small presence in the comic book medium Ada Wong is a well referenced and popular iconic character in the realm of video games, and a staple of the Resident Evil franchise.

Interesting the main protagonist in the Resident Evil movie series Alice, played by actress Milla Jovovich is loosely based of Ada, Alice otherwise being an original character specifically for the movies and even despite Ada eventually making her way to the film franchise as well.

Raccoon City Incident

Ada comes looking for John in late September of 1998 during the Raccoon City Incident. Ada crosses paths with Leon Scott Kennedy, a young rookie police officer who was reporting for his first day on the force, but she disappears on Leon.

While Leon believes her to be a concerned girlfriend, in reality she is a spy working for a rival pharmaceutical company that currently employees Albert Wesker. Wesker, an old research partner of Birkin’s, sent Ada to obtain a sample of the G-Virus. Ada has several encounters with Leon and different bio-weapons, almost all of which she had been briefed on. She needed Leon’s assistance in dealing with a giant mutated alligator and Leon then saved her from a gunshot wound courtesy of Annette Birkin. Annette was WIlliam’s wife and an employee of Umbrella Inc until they came to assassinate her husband and steal his life’s work.

She knew John’s fate, the fact that he had used her name as his password and informed Ada of this. She also knew that Ada was not just the concerned girlfriend that she pretended to be. Annette still took to the time to explain the events that had transpired in Raccoon City up until this point. Ada manages to overpower Annette and knock her from the walkway. Leon later learns the truth about Ada being a industrial spy and it appears that she dies. In reality she is only injured. Ada still manages to deliver a missile launcher to Leon so that he can defeat the T-102 Tyrant that had been chasing them throughout the Police Station and Underground Umbrella facility.

Escaping the City of the Dead

Ada then contacts Wesker who was prepared to write her off until she reveals that she did succeed in acquiring a sample of the G-Virus from William Birkin’s body. Wesker gives her the data she needs to escape the city and a Hookshot. Evading Zombie’s and Bio-Weapons, Ada manages to latch onto the U.M.F. – 013 (Umbrella Main Frame) and escapes the destruction of Raccoon City unbeknown to the occupants of the helicopter. Ada later manages to slip away and deliver the sample as requested. She has the scar along her right side from where Birkin slashed her. She thinks to herself that she will no longer be going by the identity of Ada Wong but she continues to be referred to by this name by all that know her.

Los Illuminados

Ada has assignment in Spain which is experiencing several incidents involving violent cultists, members of the of the Los Illuminados cult. Ada’s primary mission is to obtain plaga samples, plaga being a parasitic organism which can control and strengthen other organisms. Initially it had been developed under the orders of Wesker when he was working for Umbrella but his shift in allegiance meant he had to now use other means to obtain samples. Jack Krauser was also working for Wesker for similar purposes, however Krauser’s distrust of Ada would create a tension between them. Krauser’s distrust of Ada would however not be without merit as Ada herself would always be working for and operating under her own objectives and goals, even if it meant assuming a subservient position.

Ada herself would in list a former local police officer Luis Sera to aid in retrieving los plaga samples. Ada would also run into Leon Kennedy as she would tend to, Leon investigating the disappearance kidnapping and ransom of the President of the United States daughter, Ashley. Ada is away of Leon’s involvement and subtly aids him, there goals loosely overlapping. Both would come up against several infected villagers (Los Ganados) and the various leaders of the Los Illuminados including Osmund Saddler, Bitores Mendez and Ramon Salazar.

Ada would eventually have to take on Krauser herself after her loyalties (or lack of) is exposed when she saves Leon’s life when Krauser attempted to kill him. Ada would help Leon and Ashley survive against overwhelming odds as well as undertaking her own objectives eventually securing samples of the los plagas. Ada and Leon would both have to team up together to defeat Saddler who had mutated into a large and formidable creature. Ada would provide a rocket launcher to assist leon destroying the insane cult leader with Ada, Leon and Ashley escaping the island as it implodes.

Neo Umbrella

Ada is manipulated into locating and infiltrating a submarine in the North Atlantic ocean, under a false premise involving a former associate of Ada’s one Derek C. Simmons. Simmons being the current United States National Security Adviser is independently organized a major terrorist plot on USA soil also killing the then President of the USA (Adam Benford) as a part of his plot. Leon Kennedy is a friend and member of the security detail set to safeguard the President, but is also forced to kill that very same President after he is zombified after Simmons plot. Ada piecing bits and pieces together realizes this is all Simmons doing and manages to aid Leon and his new partner Helena Harper in uncovering more clues and evidence to implicate Simmons.

Ada also runs afoul of Chris Redfield and Piers Nevans who are hunting her after she is identified as the person responsible for killing their BSAA team. Ada would also end up helping and aiding Racoon City survivor Sherry Birkin once again and Wesker’s son Jake Muller. Complicating matters is Ada’s discovery of a Carla Radames, a woman with an uncanny appearance identical to that of Ada’s.

Captain America (Origns)

From the brookly boy without a home, to the american hero of the states Captain America is one of the most iconic superheroes, and the logo. 

After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, a young HYDRA agent disguised as an American patriot named Steve Rogers attempted to enlist in the U.S. Army but was rejected, due to his skinny, anemic physique, and was classified 4-F. However, he garnered the attention of certain people including scientist Doctor Abraham Erskinewho was searching for suitable volunteers/test subjects for a top secret experimental program designed to create an army of Super-Soldiers. As a result of Operation: Rebirth, Steve Rogers gained speed, strength, flexibility, endurance and agility of nearly superhuman levels. These heightened abilities coupled with his unwavering courage and “never say die” attitude eventually made him Captain America, a living legend.

For information on the Captain America that substituted for Steve Rogers when the latter apparently “died” in 2007 see the Bucky Barnes character page.

Captain America was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby as a response to the booming popularity of patriotically-themed super heroes in the 1940’s. Though it was rare for any character, let alone a new one, to get a self-named title in those days, he debuted in Captain America Comics #1 (March,1941). He was depicted fighting Adolph Hitler himself on the cover even though the United States had not yet entered World War II and wouldn’t for another 9 months. Debuting along with Captain America in this comic was his teenage partner Bucky, and his arch-enemy the Red Skull. This issue sold nearly one million copies and Captain America soon became Marvel’s best-selling character.

“Cap” (the nickname he came to affectionately be called) spent World War II punching, kicking and defeating Nazis, Japanese, and other Axis members. In addition to help from Bucky, he battled the Axis forces alongside other Marvel (Timely) stalwarts: the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch. Simon and Kirby did ten issues before leaving Timely to work for DC. When the war eventually ended, superheroes fell out of favor and comics sales declined. Captain America Comics was printed up to issue #75, but by then it had become a horror book and soon ended.

Captain America was revived by one of his original co-creators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee during 1964 in issue #4 of the Avengers. This was the start of Cap as we know him. He became an instant hit and was soon leading the Avengers. A short time later he shared and co-headlined a comic called “Tales of Suspense” along with fellow Avenger Iron Man. He has since become one of the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe and even transcended comics becoming a true American icon. Additionally, Captain America has been recreated many times over the years in comics featuring stories that take place in alternate universes. One of the most well-known alternate universe versions of Captain America is in the Ultimate Universe.

On July 4, 1920, Steven Rogers was born to a pair of Irish immigrants. Steve was always a courageous kid as well as a diligent student, but he wasn’t very athletic and he was quiet and introverted, because he was so skinny. Although he would eventually grow to 6’2, he was scrawny and weak, always last in athletic games (much like one Peter Parker, that would be born much later). A target for bullies as he grew up, he was protected by his best friend Arnie Roth, and, on at least one occasion, by neighborhood tough-guy Duvid Fortunov. Though it wasn’t apparent at the time, he possessed fierce loyalty, a courageous fighting spirit and a noble heart. Knowing he had no future in athletics, Steve majored in fine arts and was an exceptionally talented artist specializing in illustration.

When he tried to join the U.S. military Steve was immediately rejected due to him being physically too skinny and classified as “4-F.” Steve was puny and didn’t even come close to passing the mandatory physical exam for induction, although he wanted with all his life to serve his country, he was rejected and stamped out. It seemed there was nothing he could do. He eventually made an impression on the Army recruiters and trainers, however, when he convinced them just how desperately he wanted to do his part, and how it was his dream to fight for America against the Axis powers. Steve caught the attention of an officer who was looking for men to volunteer as test subjects for an experimental program which was part of a top-secret defense plan known to only a dozen men or less. The experimental program was called Operation: Rebirth. The plan was to create physically superior soldiers with a new serum dubbed the Super-Soldier Formula. If it worked, it would make ordinary men into super soldiers. They would become perfect physical beings; possessing strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and recuperative powers that bordered near the upper limits of human evolutionary potential.

After a rigorous process to choose a suitable candidate, Steve Rogers was chosen to be the first man whom the Super Soldier Serum would be administered to. It was Dr. Abraham Erskine who had developed the process, and it was he who administered it to Rogers. Rogers was injected with the Super Soldier Serum and was then bathed in Vita-Rays which activated and stabilized the serum’s chemicals in his system.

The process worked perfectly; Steve Rogers’ entire physical being was boosted to the maximum of human potential and efficiency. In addition, he virtually doubled in size as millions of new cells were created almost instantaneously. His muscle strength, flexibility and reflexes improved to the peak of human potential. Steve marveled, he had become the ultimate specimen of human physical power and ability as all weakness and deficiencies drained from his body. Just then, a Nazi spy burst in with a gun. He cried “Hail Hitler” and shot Erskine through the head. In order to keep Nazi spies from obtaining it, Erskine hadn’t written down the serum’s ingredients, along with much of the procedure, having instead committed it to memory. Therefore the secret of the Super Soldier Serum died with him. Steve Rogers would be the only Super-Soldier. He chased after and caught the Nazi spy who’d assassinated Erskine and broke his neck, killing him. He then vowed to use his power to fight the enemies of America and become a symbol of freedom.

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The U.S government, disappointed at the loss of their planned super soldier army was determined to use Rogers to his fullest potential. To this end, they decided to use him as a superhero to fight the Nazis; to become a symbol of freedom and hope against Nazi forces as well as a counter-intelligence agent. He also would be their answer to and main weapon against the leader of the Nazi terrorist operations – the Red Skull. The U.S. Government gave him a costume based on the American flag, an unbreakable shield (given to him by President Franklin Roosevelt), a sidearm, and the name Captain America. From that point on, Steve Rogers was Captain America. A short time later he was stationed on an army base in Virginia serving as Private Steve Rogers.

While there he continued his extensive training and was deployed several times both domestically and abroad on covert missions. When on base as private, Steve purposely developed a persona and reputation as a clumsy soon-to-be soldier. It was also during this period that he meets Bucky Barnes – a young teenager who accidentally found out that Steve Rogers was secretly Captain America. With the U.S. Federal Governments permission, Steve trains Bucky and makes him his sidekick. Captain America and Bucky became a formidable fighting duo during World War II.

The two fight crime and Nazis on their own and, after Pearl Harbor, help found the Invaders, an Allied superhero team that fought against the Axis and their super-powered agents. The Invaders were featured in a comic book of their own in the 1970s. Recently, it has been stated that Bucky was already being trained when Steve/Captain America met him at the military base, hence, his being able to fight side-by-side with Cap almost immediately despite not having any super-powers.

During a mission to the African nation of Wakanda, Cap met King T’Chaka, the then-current Black Panther (this was later retconned into being Azzari, T’Chaka’s father). As a show of good faith, the Black Panther gave Cap a small amount of the rare metal vibranium, which would be used to construct his iconic shield. In return, Cap gave the Panther his original, triangular shield, which would be held on display in Wakanda for decades to come.

A few years passed, and, in part due to Captain America and the Invaders’ contributions, by 1945 the war was drawing to an end in Europe with the Allies driving the Axis troops out of the countries they had occupied.

With the Nazis retreating Cap and Bucky were on a routine mission trying to stop the evil Baron Heinrich Zemo from harming civilians using an unmanned drone plane. The patriotic duo engaged Zemo and his troops but before he was could be stopped Zemo managed to launch the drone plane up into the air towards allied forces armed with a huge bomb. Racing towards the plane as it was about to launch, Captain America and Bucky managed to jump onto it so they could try to defuse the bomb. Cap realized they couldn’t defuse it in time and tried to get Bucky, who was closer to the bomb, to jump off. Tragically, the bomb exploded and seemingly killed Bucky while throwing Captain America into the freezing waters of the north Atlantic Ocean. All searches to rescue or recover them failed and both were eventually presumed dead. Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes were both believed to be dead for many years, and efforts to replace them were attempted to varying degrees of success.

With Captain America presumed dead (though actually frozen in a block of ice) the U.S. Government decided that Captain America was a valuable public relations tool that was still needed. Even though the war was won, they figured if the American public found out Cap was dead, their morale would be severely diminished, something that could not be risked while Japan continued to fight Allied forces in the Pacific. As it would turn out several replacements were needed to try to carry the mantle of “Captain America.”

The first replacement the U.S. Government recruited was formerly the Spirit of ’76, a patriotic superhero whose physical abilities were similar, but less than, those of Captain America. His partner, a new “Bucky”, was Fred Davis, a very athletic but still normal young man. This Captain America and Bucky team operated very well fighting crime, communism and aiding other super-heroes (working with the All-Winners Squad). Unfortunately this Captain America’s tour of duty ended when Adam II (an android) killed him in 1946.

The U.S. Government still felt having a “Captain America” was necessary so they again recruited one. This next replacement Captain America was the Patriot, Jeff Mace, another Golden Age/World War II super-hero. This Captain America also had a partner code-named “Bucky” but, unfortunately, two years into their stint this “Bucky” was shot in the legs, sustaining injuries that prohibited him from being Bucky any longer. Yet another former super-hero, this time the female, Golden Girl, became Cap’s crime-fighting, commie-busting partner until they both quit to marry each other. Determining that replacing Captain America and Bucky properly was quite difficult as well as risky to his iconic reputation, the U.S. Government finally let the idea fade and there was no Captain America and no Bucky.

In the 1950s, there was a brief run of the Captain America comic where, in keeping with the spirit of the times and the newly started ‘Cold War’ with communist Russiaand China, Captain America becomes a more aggressive, conservative, communist-fighting character. When the real Captain America made his return in the ’60s, the appearance of the ’50s Cap was left unexplained, until Steve Englehartstarted on the book.

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In 1953, a man named William Burnsidefound the lost formula for the Super-Soldier Serum in Nazi files in a Germanwarehouse. This man idolized and almost worshiped Captain America. He had a Ph.D. in American History and he had done his thesis on Captain America. He immediately tells the government about the formula in exchange for becoming the next Captain America. He underwent plastic surgery to look like Steve Rogers and was set to be the symbol for the Korean War. However, the project was never finished, so “Steve Rogers” became a teacher.

While teaching, he finds a young student named Jack Monroe (eventually known as Nomad) who also is a huge Captain America fan. They use the formula on themselves and became the new Captain America and Bucky. They fight Communism, but they didn’t know of the Vita-Ray process that was required to stabilize the recipient after taking the super soldier formula. Since they don’t take it, it affected their minds and they became overly paranoid, attacking anyone they even have the slightest suspicion of being a Communist, seeing threats to America where none existed. The government quickly realized they were out of control, and shut them down, placing them in suspended animation. Years later they are freed by a disgruntled government employee. Newly awakened in the 1970’s, they confront the real Captain America and his new partner, the Falcon.

Regarding the differences that underpinned this confrontation, Steve says, “In this case, the comics mirrored their eras; the late ’30s-early ’40s Cap was a liberal and the early ’50s Cap was a conservative. The first one looked up to Roosevelt; the second looked up to McCarthy. That’s about as fundamental as it gets.” Thus, it was not only a physical battle, but a battle of ideologies in which Cap confronted the impostor with just how out of touch and extreme he has become, and in doing so, manages to defeat him.

Ironically, it was Cap’s former Invaders teammate, Namor the Sub-Mariner, who finds an Inuit tribe worshiping a frozen figure in a block of ice near the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Namor, seemingly enraged that they are worshiping an inanimate object, lifts the block of ice and hurls it into the sea. Apparently damaged by the impact of hitting the water, the ice began breaking apart revealing the frozen figure within as a man. The Avengers, who are still in the area, after battling the Hulk and Namor, spot this man floating in the water and pull him aboard their craft. They soon recognized the iconic uniform the man wore beneath his torn and tattered clothing and identified him. He was Steve Rogers, Captain America! The Avengers determined he was still alive and they revived him. Upon becoming conscious, Captain America didn’t recognize any of the Avengers so he assumed they were Nazis and immediately sprung into action battling the entire team alone. Fortunately, the battle and misunderstanding ended quickly.

From his impossibly youthful appearance and actions after his revival the Avengers determined he had been preserved in a state of suspended animation while frozen in the ice. Though he was out of his own time and unfamiliar with the modern world he is still at his. Recognizing his value as skilled fighter in combat, a great tactician, and a natural leader; the Avengers invite Captain America to join their team. The Living Legend of World War II accepted, and soon became team leader, a position he has held more times than anybody else. This was quickly followed by his own monthly gig in the Tales of Suspense anthology, wherein he shared equal billing with Iron Man. He was involved in the Avengers’ first great roster shakeup, where he led a team consisting of himself, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Hawkeye. During the final arc of Tales of Suspense before it was renamed Captain America, Cap met and befriended the African hero Black Panther, beginning a friendship that would last many years.

Cap appears in an extended run by Stan and Jack in which Captain America leads the Avengers for a long time, fighting their enemies and some of his old enemies-such as Baron Zemo. He finds out what had happened to Bucky, his young World War II partner, and is devastated. He was grief-stricken for many years. Shortly after Captain America’s revival, honorary Avenger Rick Jones convinces Cap to let him become the new Bucky and partners with him for a short time. Captain America doesn’t want to be responsible for another young partner’s death. Just as he relents, and allows Rick to assume the Bucky identity, the Red Skull (Cap’s arch-enemy from World War II) uses the Cosmic Cubeto drive Bucky away. Afterwards, the title’s creative reins transferred over to Jim Steranko. A Silver Age stylist who helped redefine comic art expectations. One of his greatest Marvel triumphs was in the pages of Captain America! The issues of Cap #110, 111, 113 were packed with high drama, proportion expanding page layouts, and Steranko’s sultry, spy-oriented action.

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When Steve learns that the Phoenix Force is coming for Hope and learns that Cyclops is ready to take the risk and will allow the Force to come to Hope, he right away takes the Avengers to Utopia to tell Scott that that is too risky and they cannot take such a big risk. When Cyclops tells Steve that the Phoenix Force has being doing only good during the years, Cap tells him the risks and Cyclops starts the attack against Steve Rogers and the Avengers.Later when Steve sees that they cannot win this war he uses their only hope, Wanda Maximoff. They are able to take Hope but a lot of Avengers are being held captive in a prison in Utopia.Later when Steve has no other hope he tries to gather the Illuminati again but not all of them come, Namor is the one that doesn’t come but the others come and go because they don’t have hope or they believe that the Phoenix Force is actually good. But later when everybody’s gone Namor comes.

Captain America is featured in his own title, where he is abducted by Arnim Zola’s minion to his own dimension, called Dimension Z. There he saves Arnim Zola’s infant son, Leopold, from his own father’s terror. Captain America raises Leopold as his own son, naming him Ian. After ten years time, still trapped in Dimension Z, Zola retrieves his long lost son, brainwashing him to hate Captain America and love the will of Zola. While getting out of Dimension Z Ian was shot by Sharron Carter and left for dead but unknown by Captain America Ian survived and has now become Nomad. Sharon Carter was also left for dead in Dimension Z but no one has seen her body to confirm it.

Captain America also recruits the latest roster of The Avengers together with Tony Stark. He is himself part of the team as team leader. During an incident involving Universal Incursions, Captain America attempts to use the Infinity Gauntlet to solve the problem, but fails. During a subsequent argument about what path the Illuminati should take, he is mindwiped by Doctor Strange and expelled from the group.

After Avengers vs. X-Men he tries to show the world that mutants and humans can work together, so he founds the Avengers Unity Squad, consisting of himself and Thor, Wolverine, Scarlet Witch, Rogue and Havok, the leader of the team.

Tombstone (Origins)

Born in Harlem, New York City. Lonnie Thompson Lincoln didn’t have a normal life growing up as a child because of his albino appearance. Constantly bullied by other children, this eventually led Lonnie to take the wrong path in life, as he grew bigger and used his appearance to bully other small children during high school. Aside from his intimidating appearance, Lonnie was basically a loner and a miscreant who forced protection money from other children in school. However Lonnie would find only one student who displayed any kindness towards him, who was known to be the high school’s editor Joe Robertson. But eventually Robertson would show his loyalty for his position and write an article about Lonnie’s activities within school. Feeling betrayed and angered, Lonnie confronted Robertson and intimidated him into pulling the article.

After high school, Lonnie steered further down the wrong path as he built himself into a life of crime. After filing his nails and teeth to points, damaging his vocal cords, training to peak physical strength, and engaging in several street fights to build his fighting skills, Lonnie finally landed a job with major crime bosses and gang lords as an assassin, nicknaming himself Tombstone. Eight years later, Lonnie would encounter Robertson once more, who was now working for the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper company. Upon receiving a tip of the recent murder of a local crime boss from an informant known as Isadore Kipper, Robertson would accidentally meet Lonnie, who murdered the informant before he could mention anything to Robertson. With Robertson witnessing the scene, Lonnie threatened Robertson if he reported anything that he just saw. Keeping this incident as a secret, both Lonnie and Robertson went separate ways once more. Robertson moved to New York to work as Editor-in-Chief with the Daily Bugle and was forced to hold the secret for over twenty years.

Lonnie’s criminal career proved successful, and he quickly gained a striking reputation as a dangerous figure within the criminal underground. Realizing the organized crime within New York City, Lonnie found employment there within the Kingpin’s (Wilson Fisk) criminal empire, strictly working through Fisk’s employer known as the Arranger. Acting as an enforcer for the Arranger, he would be given various tasks, including kidnapping the mutant known as Roland Rayburn. Ironically both Tombstone and Robertson would meet once more after the Daily Bugle editor learned that Lonnie was now residing within New York City. After harboring guilt of not being able to expose Lonnie’s criminal actions, Robertson foolishly anticipated a citizen’s arrest on Lonnie. Robertson was brutally attacked and nearly paralyzed by Lonnie, who ensured that his former friend wouldn’t do anything else stupid. With Robertson secretly recording his violent encounter with Lonnie, he finally had the evidence to have Lonnie pay for his crimes and handed the recording tape to Peter Parker for safe-keeping.

Realizing Robertson’s secret plan and that Peter Parker now possessed the tape, Lonnie threatened Robertson by endangering his family if the tape ever reached the authorities. Elsewhere, the vigilante known as Punisher would learn of this tape and the situation, which sent him on a hunt against Tombstone, where he ended up battling against and killing Roland, who had taken the costume name Persuader. With Lonnie stalking and injuring Parker’s wife Mary Jane, Spiderman tracked Lonnie down and defeated the criminal before leaving him to the authorities. After learning of what happened with Lonnie, Robertson turned in the tape recording as evidence for Lonnie’s crimes and saw to it that Lonnie fully paid for all his crimes and the murder of the informant twenty years before, Isadore Kipper.

As Robertson fully recovered and believed that he had seen the last of Lonnie, matters would turn for the worst when Lonnie confessed to the murder of Kipper and stated that Robertson was an accomplice to the murder as well. With little evidence supporting Robertson’s defense and the fact that he was at the scene of the crime, Robertson would be found guilty and sentenced to Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. With Lonnie aware of Robertson’s situation, he managed to be transferred to the same prison with Robertson and share a cell next to Robertson’s. Knowing that his current situation was much worse with Lonnie next to him, Robertson desperately sought out protection from a fellow inmate known as the Bruiser. With Bruiser successfully protecting Robertson from Lonnie and fending off against Lonnie’s hired goons, Tombstone and a handful of henchmen would singly take on Bruiser and murder Robertson’s only means of protection. Forcing Robertson into working for him, Lonnie also secretly had a portion of guards and staff working for him and planned on both escaping and gaining revenge against Spiderman. Knowing that Spiderman and Robertson were good friends, Lonnie forced Robertson into having Spiderman secretly visit him in prison. When the Webslinger did so, he found that he was led into a trap as Tombstone quickly attacked Spiderman and forced Robertson to inject into his friend a virus that weakened the hero. Chaining Spiderman to a wall, Lonnie violently beat Spiderman relentlessly as Robertson painfully watched. With two escape helicopters approaching the prison and the prison alarm sounding, Lonnie used the drugged hero as a hostage and forced Robby into escaping with him. With Spiderman almost learning who Tombstone’s outside employer was, he managed to regain enough strength to fend off Tombstone’s goons, but was unsuccessful in preventing Lonnie’s escape and saving Robertson from his clutches. With Robertson realizing that his lack of courage wasn’t making anything better, he finally threw himself at Lonnie within the helicopter as both men fell to their apparent deaths in a secluded area within the woods.

Both Lonnie and Robertson managed to survive the fall and were taken to an Amish farm to be nursed back to health. With Robertson’s family and Spiderman trying to locate his friend, Robertson’s leg healed and he was back to normal health. Yet so was Lonnie, who was waiting for the right moment to kill Robertson for what he did. Finally attacking Robertson, Lonnie would be surprised as to how well Robby defended himself with a pitchfork, stabbing Lonnie in the chest with it. Leaving Robby, he walked away to treat his wounds. Both men would finally depart, and Robertson would finally return to his family and be pardoned for his crimes upon revealing the nature of the incident. Elsewhere, Lonnie returned to his secret employer, Hammerhead, as the enforcer planned for his next attack against both Robertson and Spiderman.

Hammerhead had Lonnie lay low for a while because of his wanted status, and he placed a contract against Robertson that was given to Hobgoblin (Jason Macendale). Upon learning this, Lonnie was angered that Hammerhead cheated Lonnie from a revenge that was rightfully his, and he secretly went to foil Hobgoblin’s attempts against Robertson. Aside from Lonnie’s efforts, Hobgoblin still proved incapable of killing Robby. Upon learning of a new chemical known as Diox-3 being produced at Oscorp, Hammerhead thought that this chemical could be successfully used in the cocaine trade. He sent Lonnie to pressure and blackmail Molten Man, a former villain and an Oscorp employee, to help Lonnie obtain the chemical. Molten Man would secretly betray Lonnie, telling Spiderman of Lonnie’s attempts and helping him take down Lonnie and his hired goons. When Robertson learned of this, he showed up to Oscorp with the intent of having Lonnie pay for his crimes. As both Molten Man, Spiderman, and unexpectedly Green Goblin (Harry Osborn) arrived and defeated Lonnie’s henchmen, Lonnie was attacked and shot by Robertson. He staggered into a chamber that contained Diox-3. Encased within the chamber, the chemicals were released, and Lonnie suffered from the violent effects as it bonded and merged into his physiology. Believing Lonnie to be dead, Spiderman, Molten Man, Green Goblin, and Robertson would later learn that Lonnie escaped the chamber after creating a massive hole within it.

Still recovering from the incident and wandering aimlessly in the streets, Lonnie was attacked by a handful of street thugs. Yet Lonnie would easily and quickly defeat the thugs as he learned of his newfound abilities: Imperviousness to injury and increased strength. Lonnie realized the potential of his newfound capabilities and took pride with them as he quickly visited his employer and brutally beat him for his incompetence as a crime lord. Leaving Hammerhead barely alive, Lonnie quickly took over Hammerhead’s operation and decided to have one final meeting with Robertson. After being contacted, the unsuspecting editor bravely met Lonnie at Hammerhead’s mansion and found Lonnie thanking him rather than trying kill him out of revenge. Viewing Robby as being responsible for his newly-gained abilities, Lonnie dropped his vendetta against Robby and decided to leave him alone.

But Lonnie would be attacked by Spiderman, who followed Robertson; the hero found himself struggling against Lonnie because of his new abilities. With Lonnie displaying pride for his hardened body and increased strength, Hammerhead managed to break free from his restraints and attack Lonnie with a machinegun. As Lonnie stood taking the storm of bullets from Hammerhead, the gunfire accidentally ruptured a gas tank behind Lonnie, causing a massive explosion. With Lonnie completely engulfed in the flames, everybody believed that was the last time they would see Tombstone, convinced that he died in the explosion.

Believed to be dead, Lonnie managed to survive the blast and later found himself seeking new employment with the ninja cult known as the Hand. Taskmaster would also participate within the Hand’s activities, giving the cult an idea for a competition between Taskmaster and Tombstone for an assassination position. As both criminals went on a murder spree, they eventually would capture the attention of both Daredevil and Punisher. With Daredevil trying to prevent Punisher from killing both criminals and stop their murder spree, Tombstone would find himself going against the Punisher on a speeding bus while Taskmaster and Daredevil were fighting each other in the streets. After luring Taskmaster into being hit by a vehicle, both Tombstone and Punisher managed to escape the scene. Yet Tombstone still pursued the competition and planned on making one last kill, the City Cultural Affairs Commissioner at a circus, with Punisher still in pursuit, intent on taking out Tombstone once and for all. Daredevil managed to foil both Tombstone’s and the Punisher’s plans, and Tombstone would later learn the true values of being with the Hand and left the group to pursue his criminal ways elsewhere.

Upon learning of a new costumed hero known as Darkhawk, Lonnie believed that the amulet on Darkhawk’s chest would grant him powers. Tracking down and viciously attacking Darkhawk, Tombstone ripped the amulet right off of Darkhawk’s chest. Still alive from the encounter, Darkhawk managed to flee from Tombstone and was rescued by an elderly man who was formerly a Darkhawk himself. Not caring less about Darkhawk’s fate, Tombstone went about trying to find help on how to use the amulet’s power. Going to both a fortune teller and a Hand member to assist him with using the amulet’s power proved unsuccessful, but activated a signal to Darkhawk, who was handling problems elsewhere against Venom. Tracking the signal to Tombstone’s position, the hero fought Tombstone once more and reclaimed his amulet after defeating him.

Tombstone next relocated to Chicago and was hired by Hardcore to participate alongside a short-lived group that consisted of Kickback and Nitro. Hired by Hardcore to kidnap North Dakota for reasons of gaining info on Luke Cage, they first used terror tactics against North Dakota by blowing up the Chicago Spectator building. Even though Tombstone didn’t fare well against Cage, he still managed to deliver North to Hardcore. As both Cage and Punisher pursued them, the group forced the unstable Nitro off the team, and Kickback grew sympathetic toward North and delivered her back to Cage after Hardcore got what he wanted from her. After the group dissolved, Tombstone next offered his services to the Maggia and ironically found himself working alongside a former enemy, Hammerhead.

After the downfall of the Kingpin, a summit known as “Dead Man’s Hand” tried to divide his empire among various criminal organizations. The summit took place in Las Vegas, and Tombstone and Hammerhead, both representing Maggia, participated. Not only did the summit lose control as Tombstone became disgusted with the other organizations’ unprofessionalism, but it also attracted the Punisher, Daredevil, and Nomad. With each vigilante attacking the participants with their own agenda, Tombstone would find himself battling against the Hand, and was convinced to spare the life of the cult’s greatest warrior, known as Izanami. After the incident, both Tombstone and Hammerhead left Las Vegas and hid in Lake Tahoe. Hammerhead would later fall victim to another brutal beating by Tombstone for reaching the ranks within Maggia.

Tombstone next made an appearance to the Advance Idea Mechanics (AIM) Weapons Expo on Boca Caliente. It was unclear if Tombstone was still working with Maggia or not, but he still acted as a crimeboss and did manage to gain some attention within the criminal underground. Upon returning to New York, Tombstone began to find several of his gangs under attack by a super-powered psychotic madman known as Deadzone. Even though Moon Knight was already on Deadzone’s trail, the vigilante would use Tombstone as bait to lure Deadzone out while being disguised as Tombstone’s personal limo driver. With Moon Knight managing to knockout the madman, Tombstone personally thanked the vigilante for helping him on ridding the threat against him and his gangs. Attempting to murder Deadzone while he was unconscious, Tombstone was interrupted from killing him by Moon Knight, when the madman came to consciousness and viscously attacked both Tombstone and Moon Knight. As both Moon Knight and Deadzone battled once more, Tombstone escaped the scene with his limo, leaving both men to their own fates.

Re-outfitting himself and much more built, Tombstone next tried to join the ranks of the New York City council of bosses that was run by Nick Kaska. Unimpressed with Tombstone, Kaska denied him membership. Enraged by Kaska’s disapproval, Tombstone assaulted and destroyed a club that was owned by Kaska. Believed to be unconscious from the incident after taking damage from a gas leak explosion, Tombstone hijacked the ambulance that was carrying him off the scene and return to Kaska in hopes that his actions intimidated him into approving Tombstone’s application. Yet Kaska would still deny Tombstone’s application, not caring for threats or any type of intimidating tactics. Seeing that Tombstone was both desperate and enraged, Kaska decided to offer Tombstone a task to earn his membership: Kill Spiderman and prove that he was dead. Accepting the challenge, Tombstone tracked the Web-slinger; both men fought each other in a grueling match that took itself into the river. Still fighting beneath the water, Tombstone nearly drowned Spiderman and also managed to get his battered mask. Believing that the hero drowned and sank to the bottom, Tombstone was unaware that Spiderman survived and had managed to follow him to Kaska. Believing that Tombstone was lying and had cheated his bargain, Kaska ultimately denied Tombstone his chances of membership. Tombstone finally lost control and hurled Kaska out the window of his building, who was only to be saved by Spiderman. Facing Spiderman once more, Tombstone would ultimately be defeated by Spiderman after the hero managed to hit him so hard that he was knocked out. Tombstone was detained and returned to prison, but he was still planning his steps among the criminal underworld, and he managed to rebuild himself as a crimeboss once more after successfully escaping.

Tombstone attempted to regain his criminal organization after escaping prison by simply hijacking an armored truck. Capturing the attention of Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly), Tombstone’s attempt was foiled by the new hero, who managed to take Tombstone down. Tombstone next made another attempt to climb within the criminal underground by sending his right-hand man, Steve Marlow, to assassinate New York City’s police chief. Marlow managed to not only shoot the police chief, but also managed to make an attempt on Don Geraci as well, one of the most notorious crime lords in New York. This captured the attention of both Spiderman (Ben Reilly) and Punisher (who was currently joined with the Geraci crime family), who managed to track Marlow back to his boss, and both men ended up battling Tombstone once more. With Punisher going after Marlow and Spiderman nearly defeating Tombstone, Marlow managed to cause an explosion in order for him and his boss to make an escape.

Angered by Marlow’s inconsiderate and careless actions, Tombstone held his son hostage to ensure that Marlow would not screw up Tombstone’s next plan, which was to kill the Mayor. With Spiderman forced into an uneasy alliance with Punisher, the web slinger managed to track down Tombstone and make an attempt to save Marlow’s family. Engaging in a brutal fight against Tombstone, the web slinger was proving victorious after shooting a stinger at Tombstone’s throat. As the fight was about to come to an end, Punisher entered the scene with a rocket launcher that was intended to be fired at Tombstone. However, Punisher halted his attack when Tombstone took Marlow’s son hostage. This forced Steve to take action against the Punisher, attacking him from behind in order to both help his boss and save his son. Tombstone shot Steve for his annoyance and failures, but was hit by a rocket after the Punisher recovered. Marlow’s family was safe, but Tombstone mysteriously disappeared from the scene. He began rebuilding his criminal organization elsewhere and strictly kept a low profile after his recent actions.

Tombstone would encounter Punisher once more after attending a meeting with the Geraci family, but this time would ironically join forces with the vigilante when another crime lord known as Rosalie Carbone attacked the Geraci’s. After the incident, Tombstone next allied with Jigsaw against the Geraci’s in order to knock-out competition within the criminal underground. This time Jigsaw leveled the Geraci estate and was convinced that the Punisher had died within the destruction of Geraci’s family home. After seeing this, Tombstone went his own way and continued to pursue his own criminal organization’s rise.

Tombstone later crossed paths with Spiderman and Gambit as both heroes foiled Tombstone’s attempt to traffic a Haitian voodoo dust as a narcotic. Ironically, Tombstone found himself hired by Hammerhead to lead a direct assault against his competitor, known as Don Vincente Fortunato. Tombstone and his army of henchmen invaded Fortunato’s home and encountered Spiderman on the scene. Fotunato managed to trap everybody by stunning them with his electric floor, and planned to make an example out of both Spiderman and Tombstone by publicly executing them both. Daredevil managed to foil Fortunato’s attempt and rescued both Spiderman and Tombstone. The ungrateful Tombstone managed to escape from the scene. He would later find himself against Daredevil and his short-lived team known as the Marvel Knights after being hired into joining a team known as the New Jersey Alliance. Tombstone led the team in attacking the Marvel Knights. Tombstone and his allies managed to get the better of the Marvel Knights, until every member of the New Jersey Alliance was sucked into the Darkforce by Cloak and Dagger. Somehow, Tombstone managed to escape the Darkforce and began to rebuild his reputation once again from the start by robbing banks.

During one bank robbery, Tombstone’s luck would strike against him when he suffered a near-fatal heart attack that resulted in his capture by the authorities. He was sentenced to and detained within the ultra-security island prison known as the Cage, whose surrounding forcefield managed to reduce Tombstone’s powers to normal levels. Even though Tombstone wasn’t a stranger behind prison walls, his luck would turn much worse when the massive Brian Hibbs, also known as the Kangaroo, confronted him. Threatened and provoked by Hibbs’ detailed assaults, Tombstone responded by kicking Hibbs in the groin before suffering another heart attack, which gave Hibbs the chance to violently pulverize Tombstone, while the guards watched on. Knowing that he was outmatched and the odds were against him, Tombstone next formed an alliance with Spot, Hypno-Hustler, Big Ben Donovan, and Rocket Racer to take down Hibbs once and for all.

Tombstone and his gang attacked Hibbs and managed to set him up for the kill with a pair of scissors, but the guards halted Tombstone and threw him in solitary confinement for the murder attempt. During his confinement, Tombstone’s gang would be brutally beaten and hospitalized by Hibbs (besides Spot), which left Tombstone hopeless once again. With the time he had between his confinement and his next surgery, Tombstone formulated his next plan. Tombstone had one of the guards who was secretly working for him inform Hibbs of his location during the surgery. A successful trap for Hibbs was set which caused him to be physically stuck in the air vent and badly injured in an accident. Tombstone then used the paroled Spot to secretly transport him out of the prison. Free and fully regaining his health, Tombstone personally thanked Spot by snapping his neck and continued to seek his criminal employment elsewhere.

A free man once more, Tombstone quickly found employment with Norman Osborn, joining Osborn’s team of Spiderman-related super villains known as the Sinister Twelve. Even though this was the first time that Tombstone participated among a full-fledged super villain group, the team still didn’t fare any better against Spiderman when several other heroes came to his aid. Avoiding custody once again, Tombstone relocated to Europe where Lily Lucca alongside a new Matador hired him. Secretly working for Vanessa Fisk, Lily would instruct both Tombstone and Matador to stage a kidnapping scene to purposefully gain Daredevil’s attention. Even though Daredevil did manage to fend off Tombstone and Matador, he would later suspect that he was set up in a trap. Tombstone and Matador were forced to track down Daredevil once more, and both villains fought the hero once again. Annoyed by Matador, Tombstone attacked the new villain and swiped him off to the side as he attempted to take on Daredevil himself. Daredevil eventually defeated Tombstone by knocking him out with a sledgehammer. With Daredevil tracking down his true employer, Tombstone awoke and later returned to America with nothing left in his name, forcing him to join the ranks of the Hood’s Army as a way to rebuild his criminal organization.