Don Fortunato

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Don Fortunato
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Spider-Man #70 (May 1996)
Created by Howard Mackie
John Romita, Jr.
In-story information
Alter ego Vincente Fortunato
Team affiliations Maggia
HYDRA
Abilities None.

Vincente Fortunato is fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is usually depicted as an elderly crime boss and enemy of the superhero Spider-Man. He first appeared in Spider-Man #70. He is affiliated with the Maggia and HYDRA, and a competitor to the Kingpin.

Fictional character biography[edit]

When the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk) was absent from New York for a long period of time, Fortunato stepped into the power vacuum and, using his Hydra ties, was able to force the other crime lords, such as the Slug and Hammerhead, into accepting him as the new kingpin.[volume & issue needed]

His elder son Giacomo is present at the meeting where Fortunato portrays his power. The Don brings out the killer Tombstone to be executed. Then he brings out random civilians from each of the crime lord's territories. The plan is to have each crime lord kill a civilian, showcasing how Fortunato would punish disobedience by civilian massacres.[volume & issue needed]

Jimmy 6, horrified, pulls a gun on his father in front of the crowd of people. The spectators do not intervene, wishing to see how Fortunato would handle this. Ben Reilly (then Spider-Man), intervenes, soon joined by Daredevil. The innocent civilians are freed but they and the heroes are cornered, pursued by various members of the meeting. Jimmy-6 shows up in an attack helicopter, killing the pursuers and rescuing the civilians and the superheroes. Jimmy eventually reconciles with his father, but extends his debt to Ben to Peter Parker.[volume & issue needed]

Fortunato's dominance was eventually shattered when the Kingpin returned, launching a massed simultaneous attack on New York's crime lords and taking command during the confusion. The assassin Nitro attacks Fortunato on the Kingpin's orders, leaving him comatose. Jimmy Six was seen leading his organization for several months afterward. Later, the elderly Fortunato re-emerged and bought the Venom Symbiote at an auction for his younger son, the awkward 18-year-old Angelo. Angelo attempts to use the suit to kill Spider-Man, but the symbiote rejects him as unworthy and allowed him to fall to his death.[1] It was also confirmed that Jimmy-6 had somehow made peace with his father, as Fortunato briefly referred to him as "My Beautiful Giacomo", showing no signs of ill will.[volume & issue needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #8