|First appearance||Spider-Woman #50 (Jun 1983)|
|Created by||Ann Nocenti
Fictional character biography
The Locksmith was a lock designer and escape artist who believed that the feats of super-powered beings have overshadowed the achievements of ordinary humans. For this reason, he captured super-powered beings in San Francisco and imprisoned them within specially designed cells.
The mutant Tick-Tock assisted the Locksmith in capturing various super-heroes and villains and keeping them in the Locksmith's prisons. Among their captives was Tigra, Poltergeist, Angar the Screamer, Flying Tiger, Gypsy Moth, Killer Shrike, Needle, Tatterdemalion, the Werewolf, Daddy Longlegs, Nekra, Enforcer, Hangman, and Dansen Macabre.
Locksmith and Tick-Tock eventually captured Spider-Woman herself, imprisoning her with their other captives. Tick-Tock used his power to help prevent break-outs, anticipating the prisoners' attempts before they could happen. Spider-Woman had Tigra insult Poltergeist enough to start a fight, in which they shorted out their specially designed prisons. Spider-Woman then had Gypsy Moth use her powers to swap their costumes. Tick-Tock did not foresee this change. Once placed in Gypsy Moth’s specific prison, Spider-Woman broke free and released everyone else. After everyone was free, Locksmith collapsed upon having a nervous breakdown. Gypsy Moth restrained Locksmith and Tick-Tock long enough for the authorities to collect them.
- Spider-Woman #50
- Spider-Woman #49
- Locksmith at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
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