Man Mountain Marko
|Man Mountain Marko|
|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man #73 (June 1969)|
|Created by||Stan Lee (Writer)
John Romita, Sr. (Artist)
|Alter ego||Michael Marko|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength, stamina and sturdiness|
He was allied with Silvermane, Caesar Cicero, Eel I, and Nightshade. His most frequent enemies are Spider-Man, Power Man, Iron Fist, Thunderbolt, and Boomerang. He appears to have no relation to Cain Marko, seen in various Marvel titles as the Juggernaut, despite similarities in surname, physique and superpowers.
Fictional character biography
Marko is first seen as Silvermane's loyal lieutenant in an incident dealing with an ancient tablet which he steals. He attacks Conner when he thinks the formula he created has killed Silvermane. Marko is quickly defeated by Spider-Man.
Marko, along with the villains Eel, Discus and Stiletto rob the Debutante Ball of Millie Hogarth. Unfortunately, for them, Millie's father is the agent for Power Man and Iron Fist, who were called in to defeat the villains.
During a trip to gather protection money, Marko has some sort of breakdown and trashes an entire bar, with Spider-Man inside of it. Investigative reporter Ben Urich tells Spider-Man that Marko has apparently also kidnapped a child. Ben knows of a facility where Marko is known to work out. Spider-Man finds steroids in Marko's locker. The owner of the gym tells him that the Maggia genetically altered Marko in order to make him stronger. Spider-Man steals information from the Maggia and confronts Marko at his home. Eventually Marko is subdued and it turns out the kid he 'kidnapped' simply had a twisted sense of hero worship, admiring Marko's size and strength.
Man Mountain Marko is later seen as a sexually threatening hitman sent after private investigator Jessica Jones. This was part of a conspiracy by a powerful business magnate who wished to use Jones and Captain America as a way to humiliate the current President of the United States. Jones severely beats Marko, then literally throws him at the feet of the businessman, who was in the middle of a golf game. Marko and his bosses are soon arrested by Clay Quartermain and the forces of S.H.I.E.L.D.
During the Manifest Destiny storyline, Marko develops a singing career focusing on the concept of violence against female super-heroes. While on a plane with the super-hero Dazzler he becomes enraged over the perceived lack of alcohol. He injures passengers and takes a hostage, he breaks the hostage's wrist to prove he is serious. Dazzler, at low power, manages to subdue him.
During the Dark Reign storyline, Marko is later sent by Norman Osborn as part of a fact finding mission to an 'Atlas' facility run by a younger Jimmy Woo. Atlas is an international crime organization that is working against the government's interests. Marko is working as the head of a squad of B.A.T.F.E. government agents. Marko's forces including a seeming snitch that had been advising the government on the activities of Atlas. Marko, against the recommendation Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivess of his guides, rushes off the recommended path to follow the snitch. The man is really Jimmy Woo. Before Marko can do anything about the situation, he is eaten by a sentient dragon named Lao. This was against Woo's wishes. Marko is replaced by another super-powered strongman, the Grizzly.
Marko is revealed to have somehow survived when he is hired onto the Sinister Sixteen by Boomerang and Owl. After being manipulated and abandoned by Boomerang, Marko seeks revenge on him with the help Cyclone, Shriek, and Kangaroo, but the quartet are defeated by Boomerang and his allies Beetle, Speed Demon, and Overdrive.
As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel, Marko is hired by Lorraine Monroe to stand guard over Tempest Monroe, the comatose fiance of Spider-Man 2099. Upon discovering Tempest's whereabouts, Spider-Man 2099 distracts Marko long enough for Parker Industries to covertly relocate Tempest. Spider-Man 2099 subsequently tracks the escaped Marko down and beats him to near-death while demanding to know where to find Lorraine.
Powers and abilities
Man Mountain Marko has been shown to have superhuman strength, stamina and sturdiness roughly comparable, if not slightly exceeding, to that of Spider-Man. It has been said that this is a result of steroids and genetic manipulation.
Man Mountain Marko is revealed to have some relatives:
- A Mick "Mountain" Marko appears in Cage MAX as a thug Tombstone hires to assault Luke Cage. After recovering from the attack, Cage pummels Mick and chains him to a street corner where he is shot to death by one of Tombstone's rivals.
- During the Fear Itself storyline, it is revealed that Man Mountain Marko had a cousin named Man Mountain Mario who was an inmate at the Raft. After the destruction of the Raft prison by Juggernaut, Man Mountain Mario helps defend Crossbones from thugs. While the two of them were trying to escape, Mario told Crossbones about his grandma who helps criminals leave the border. Crossbones manages to escape from the Raft and returned the favor for Mario helping him by killing him to help with his escape.
The Marvel Comics 2 universe shows that Marko is still active in the MC2 universe, and is in charge of the Maggia of New York. He later appears in the new Spectacular Spider-Girl series as the underling for the new Maggia Crime boss of New York.
In other media
- Man Mountain Marko appeared in the 1981 Spider-Man episode "Wrath of the Sub-Mariner" voiced by Jack Angel. He is shown to be Silvermane's henchman and was with him when Spider-Man stopped Silvermane's limo resulting in a brief fight between Spider-Man and Man Mountain Marko. He was the first to notice Spider-Man at Kingpin's meeting with Silvermane, Hammerhead, and Caesar Cicero on a yacht. Man Mountain Marko was easily defeated by Namor and later webbed by Spider-Man.
- Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1960s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 48. ISBN 978-0756692360.
Spider-Man called the Shocker's ex-girlfriend, only to find her home under siege by a giant thug named Man Mountain Marko.
- The Amazing Spider-Man #73-75 (June–August 1969)
- Power Man and Iron Fist #61-62, 92, 110 (February 1980, April 1980, April 1983, October 1983)
- Web of Spider-Man #82 (October 1984)
- Alias #4
- Alias #5
- Alias #5 (March 2002)
- Civil War: War Crimes #1 (February 2007)
- X-Men: Manifest Destiny #5 (Jun 2009)
- Agents of Atlas Vol. 2 #1 (April 2009)
- Agents of Atlas Vol. 2 #3 (June 2009)
- Nick Spencer (w), Steve Lieber (p), Steve Lieber (i), Rachelle Rosenberg (col), VC's Clayton Cowles (let), Lauren Sankovitch (ed). "Hammerhead of the Family" The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #12 (4 June 2014), United States: Marvel Comics
- Nick Spencer (w), Steve Lieber (p), Steve Lieber (i), Rachelle Rosenberg (col), VC's Clayton Cowles (let), Lauren Sankovitch (ed). "Something to Worry About" The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15 (3 September 2014), United States: Marvel Comics
- Peter David (w), Will Sliney (p), Will Sliney (i), Rachelle Rosenberg (col), VC's Cory Petit (let), Devin Lewis (ed). Spider-Man 2099 v3, #8 (9 March 2016), United States: Marvel Comics
- Peter David (w), Will Sliney (p), Will Sliney (i), Rachelle Rosenberg (col), VC's Cory Petit (let), Devin Lewis and Charles Beacham (ed). Spider-Man 2099 v3, #9 (6 April 2016), United States: Marvel Comics
- Brian Azzarello (w), Richard Corben (p), Richard Corben (i), Jose Villarrubia (col), RS and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Axel Alonso (ed). "Cage, Part Four" Cage v2, #4 (August 2002), United States: Marvel Comics
- Brian Azzarello (w), Richard Corben (p), Richard Corben (i), Jose Villarrubia (col), RS and Comicraft's Wes Abbott (let), Axel Alonso (ed). "Cage, Part Five" Cage v2, #5 (September 2002), United States: Marvel Comics
- Thunderbolts #159 (June 2011)
- Amazing Spider-Girl #17
- Spectacular Spider-Girl Vol. 1 #2