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|First appearance||Daredevil #78 (Jul 1971)|
|Created by||Gerry Conway and Gary Friedrich|
|Alter ego||William Taurens|
|Team affiliations||"Death Squad"
|Notable aliases||"Bull Taurus"|
|Abilities||super-strength, agility, and endurance
The character subsequently appeared in Daredevil #95-96 (January–February 1973), Claws of the Cat #4 (June 1973), Iron Man #72 (January 1975), Daredevil #129 (January 1976), and Daredevil #144 (April 1977). The character did not appear again for some time, until The Incredible Hulk #341 (March 1988), and he then appeared in Marvel Year-in-Review '92, The Amazing Spider-Man: Chaos in Calgary #4 (February 1993), Captain America #413 (March 1993), and New Warriors #36 (June 1993). He disappeared again for a time, before appearing in She-Hulk #10 (February 2005), Gravity #1 (August 2005), Wolverine #30 (September 2005), Spider-Man Unlimited #12 (January 2006), Underworld #3 (June 2006), and Punisher War Journal #13-15 (January–March 2008).
Man-Bull received an entry in the original Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #6, and in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #1 (2007).
Fictional character biography
William "Bill" Taurens was born in Camden, New Jersey. He was hired by Mister Kline to round up people to test an experimental serum (taken from bulls) made by his agent The Professor. Although assisted by Itch and Freak Face his attempts were thwarted by Daredevil. As a result, Bill ended up being a guinea pig for the serum which turned him in to humanoid bull.
With his new powers, Man-Bull attempted to take his revenge on Daredevil and the two have clashed on several different occasions. He also clashed with The Cat in a bar fight. Man-Bull was later recruited by Melter and Whiplash to join Black Lama's Death Squad where they ran afoul of Iron Man at a convention.
Man-Bull eventually began to turn savage; he lost the power of speech, sprouted a tail, and grew more inhuman. In this state, he was encountered by the Grey Hulk. As Man-Bull continued to deteriorate, he was recruited by the Wizard to join his Frightful Four alongside himself, Trapster, and Dreadknight. They attacked a rodeo arena and ran afoul of Spider-Man and Turbine.
Man-Bull later joined the Constrictor, Tombstone, Warhawk, and a number of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, in raiding an AIM facility which was working on a Null android from technology stolen from Reed Richards.
When Al Kraven, the son of Kraven the Hunter began collecting a zoo of animal themed superhumans, Man-Bull is clearly seen in one of the cages. He later battled Grizzly, who knocked him out and snapped off his left horn (yet the horn somehow regenerated by the next appearances).
During the Dark Reign storyline, Man-Bull was among the villains analyzed by Quasimodo for Norman Osborn. When imprisoned at The Raft, Man-Bull later fought Absorbing Man in the Annual Raft Boxing Tournament and lost to him in the final round.
During the Fear Itself storyline, Man-Bull is among the villains that escapes from the Raft after what Juggernaut in the form of Kuurth: Breaker of Stone did to it. When he, Basilisk, and Griffin are seen robbing a bank, Hercules arrives and discovers that the fourth person with the villains is actually Hecate. When a resurrected Kyknos ends up fighting Hercules, Man-Bull and Basilisk flee. After Hercules recovers from his fight with Kyknos, he and Griffin managed to seek out Basilisk and Man-Bull and convince them to help fight Kyknos and Hecate.
Powers and abilities
Man-Bull has superhuman strength, agility and endurance. His dense flesh gives him a high degree of resistance to physical and energy attacks. He has a set of horns which he can use as a weapon.
- Daredevil #78
- Daredevil #79, 95-96
- Claws of the Cat #4
- Iron Man #72
- Incredible Hulk #341
- Spider-Man: Chaos in Calgary #4
- Spider-Man Unlimited #12
- Wolverine Vol. 3 #30
- Gravity #1
- Punisher War Journal Vol.2 #13
- Punisher War Journal Vol. 2 #13-15
- Dark Reign Files
- Dark Reign: Lethal Legion #2
- Thunderbolts #158
- Herc #3
- Herc #4
- Herc #5
- Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #2
- Man-Bull at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe