Torpedo (Marvel Comics)

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Torpedo
MarvelPremiere-39.jpg
The Torpedo (Brock Jones) debuts on the cover of Marvel Premiere #39 (Dec. 1977).
Art by Al Milgrom.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Daredevil #126 (Oct. 1975)
Created by Marv Wolfman and John Romita, Sr.
In-story information
Alter ego Brock Jones
Team affiliations "Defenders for a Day"
Partnerships Rom

Torpedo is the name of five fictional characters that appear in comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The first version of the Torpedo was not related to subsequent versions and debuted in a one-shot story in Daredevil #59 (Dec. 1969).

The second version debuted wearing the Torpedo suit that was to become a feature for successive characters, but also only appeared in one story in Daredevil #126 (Oct. 1975). The third version, Brock Jones, appeared in Daredevil #126, #127 (Nov. 1975) and #134 (June 1976) and then starred in a storyline in Marvel Premiere #39 - 40 (Dec. 1977 - Feb. 1978). After a guest appearance in Defenders #62 - 64 (Aug. - Oct. 1978) plot threads from the Marvel Premiere story were resolved in Rom #21 - 22 (Aug. - Sept. 1981). After appearing sporadically in the title, the character was killed in Rom #50 (Jan. 1984).

The battlesuit reappeared in New Warriors #28 (Oct. 1992), now shared between two characters under the alias of Turbo.

Fictional character biography[edit]

The first version of the Torpedo is a hitman sent by a crime boss to assassinate a witness, but is defeated by the hero Daredevil.[1]

The second version is Michael Stivak, a young scientist brought to the United States by his uncle, U.S. Senator Eugene Stivak. Asked to design a battlesuit for national defense, Michael Stivak develops a costume equipped with turbo-jets that can propel the wearer through the air and magnify physical blows. Learning that his uncle is the leader of the criminal organization the Corporation, Michael Stivak designs an inferior battlesuit for his uncle and secretly develops another suit. Using the alias "Torpedo", Michael Stivak attempts to destroy the plans for the suit and flaunts the suit's power by attacking two policemen. Following Stivak's path of destruction, Daredevil attacks. During their battle the building collapses on them.[2]

Brock Jones witnesses the battle between Daredevil and Torpedo and frees the dying Michael Stivak. He explains the history of the battlesuit, and entrusts the completion of his mission to Jones. Once in costume, Jones is mistaken for Stivak and becomes a wanted criminal for both Stivak's crimes and killing Stivak.[2] Jones acquires the final set of plans, but is attacked by Daredevil before he can escape. When their battle lays waste to a suburban family home, Jones surrenders his mission, gives the plans over to Daredevil, and retires from superheroing.[3] However, shortly after, a chance sighting of the Chameleon tempts Jones into going back on his vow to never wear the suit again.[4]

Senator Stivak sends another squad of Rocketeers to attack the new Torpedo, but after several skirmishes Jones defeats them (with Stivak dying of a heart attack).[5] Torpedo briefly aids superhero team the Defenders[6] and reappears in the town of Clairton as an ally of the Spaceknight Rom. It is revealed that the alien Dire Wraiths instigated the creation of the battlesuit with the intent to use it against Rom. The Torpedo allies with Rom and together they battle a squad of Rocketeers.[7] The Torpedo acts as the guardian of the town Clairton in Rom's absence,[8] and after thinking the Wraith threat ended retires. Jones is then murdered by a group of newly arrived Wraiths who use sorcery.[9]

The battlesuit is bequeathed to Jones's first cousin Phillip Jeffries, and is found in storage by his son Michael Jeffries. Michael Jeffries and friend Mickey Musashi shared the suit and adopted the codename Turbo.[10] Michael Jeffries was murdered by the Dire Wraith queen Volx, who was posing as Brock Jones's son Danny (Michael's second cousin).[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daredevil #59 (Dec. 1969)
  2. ^ a b Daredevil #126 (Oct. 1975)
  3. ^ Daredevil #127 (Nov. 1975)
  4. ^ Daredevil #134 (June 1976)
  5. ^ Marvel Premiere #39 - 40 (Dec. 1977 - Feb. 1978)
  6. ^ Defenders #62 - 64 (Aug. - Oct. 1978)
  7. ^ Rom #21 - 22 (Aug. - Sep. 1981)
  8. ^ Rom #23 (Oct. 1981)
  9. ^ Rom #50 (Jan. 1984)
  10. ^ New Warriors #28 (Oct. 1992)
  11. ^ New Warriors #73

External links[edit]

  • Torpedo I at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  • Torpedo II at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe