Montana (comics)

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Montana
Daredevil vol. 2, 102 (Jan, 2008) artwork.jpg
Montana (left) with Fancy Dan and Ox.
Textless cover of Daredevil #102 (January 2008).
Art by Marko Djurdjevic.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Amazing Spider-Man #10 (March 1964)
Created by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Alter ego Jackson W. Brice
Team affiliations Enforcers

Montana (Jackson W. Brice) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Montana first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #10 (March 1964), and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The character subsequently appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964), #19 (December 1964), The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964), Marvel Team-Up #39-40 (November–December 1975), The Spectacular Spider-Man #19-20 (June–July 1978), Dazzler #7-8 (October–September 1981), Marvel Team-Up #138 (February 1984), Tales of the Marvels: Inner Demons #1 (1996), Civil War: War Crimes #1 (February 2007), Daredevil #99-100 (September–October 2007), #102 (January 2008), and The Amazing Spider-Man #562-563 (August 2008).

Montana appeared as part of the "Enforcers" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #4.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Jackson Brice was born in Bozeman, Montana. Along with Fancy Dan (Daniel Brito) and Ox (Raymond Bloch), he was a founding member of the Enforcers.[volume & issue needed] He has great proficiency with the lariat.

Montana, Fancy Dan and Ox make their first appearance under the employ of the Big Man (Frederick Foswell). During this time, they have their first run-in with their longtime nemesis Spider-Man. During their first fight against the web-slinger, Montana's lasso skills initially prove successful but Spider-Man defeats the trio.[1]

Over the next couple of years, Montana and the team would be employed by Lightmaster in one of his many schemes, again bringing them into conflict with Spider-Man, with similar results.[volume & issue needed] They would then lend their services to Tech-Master in his revenge plot against Harry S. Osgood, only to be defeated by Dazzler.[volume & issue needed] Montana and the team would also go up against She-Hulk at one point.[volume & issue needed]

Following the 2006 "Civil War" storyline, Montana, Ox (Ronald Bloch) and Fancy Dan reunite to work for Mister Fear, which pits them directly against Daredevil.[volume & issue needed] After Mister Fear's arrest, the Enforcers are taken in by the Hood's organization.[volume & issue needed]

Following the events of the 2008 "Spider-Man: Brand New Day" storyline, the Enforcers are patrons at the Bar With No Name. They take bets with a person calling himself "The Bookie", over whether Spider-Man will show up to battle "Basher", an unknown villain who claimed to have fought Spider-Man. Spider-Man shows up, but is revealed to be Screwball in disguise when the real web-head shows up. The Enforcers decide to get revenge on The Bookie, capturing him. The Bookie's father calls Spider-Man for assistance, and he agrees to help. Spider-Man defeats Fancy Dan and Montana.[2]

In the story arc "Kill To Be You", Montana is the right-hand man of the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), and shows contempt toward the Hobgoblin (Phil Urich). When Spider-Man and the Black Cat come to steal back the Reverbium, Montana falls out a window to his death while Hobgoblin saves Kingpin. Hobgoblin cruelly joked that "he'll be missed by everyone – except the pavement".[3]

During the 2016 - 2017 "Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy" storyline, Montana is among the cloned villains by Miles Warren's company New U Technologies.[4] He is involved in a fight with the other cloned supervillains until it is broken up by the clone of the Prowler.[5]

Other versions[edit]

In the future timeline of the 1999 Earth X miniseries, Montana had mutated where he developed the ability to change his hands into lassos. He and his fellow Enforcers would be hired as heavies to protect President Norman Osborn. This protection proved to be ineffectual when the Skull came to New York to take over America. He took control of Montana and the others and then murdered Osborn. Montana's fate following the defeat of the Skull remain unrevealed.[6]

In Spider-Man Noir, Montana and the other Enforcers are muscle for crime boss known as the Goblin.[7]

The Ultimate Marvel incarnation of Montana is Montana Bale, an employee of the Kingpin of Crime in New York along with Fancy Dan (Dan Crenshaw) and Ox (Bruno Sanchez).[8]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

Jackson Brice appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming, portrayed by Logan Marshall-Green.[16] He is an employee of Adrian Toomes's criminal enterprise, who nicknames himself the Shocker. Brice wields a modified version of Crossbones' gauntlet that emits vibro-blasts. After Toomes fires him for recklessness, Brice threatens to expose Toomes' operation. In response, Toomes fires one of Tinkerer's cobbled-together weapons at Brice, thinking said weapon is an anti-gravity gun. In reality, it is a disintegration weapon, which kills Brice. After Brice's death, Toomes gives his Shocker vibro-gauntlets to Herman Schultz.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stan Lee (w), Steve Ditko (a). "The Enforcers!" The Amazing Spider-Man 10 (March 1964), Marvel Comics
  2. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #562. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ Dan Slott (w), Humberto Ramos (p), Carlos Cuevas, Joseph Damon (i). "Big Time (part 4)" The Amazing Spider-Man 651 (March 2011), Marvel Comics
  4. ^ Dan Slott (w), Jim Cheung (p), John Dell (i). Clone Conspiracy 2 (January 2017), Marvel Comics
  5. ^ Sean Ryan (w), Javier Saltares, Jamal Campbell (p), Jamal Campbell (i). Prowler v2, 1 (December 2016), Marvel Comics
  6. ^ Earth X #9. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Spider-Man Noir #1. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael (w), Bagley, Mark (p). Ultimate Spider Man #10. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ "The Spectacular Spider-Man Past and Future part one". IGN. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  10. ^ "Market Forces". The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  11. ^ "Group Therapy". The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  12. ^ "Probable Cause". The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  13. ^ "Opening Night". The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  14. ^ http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/latest.php
  15. ^ "Nightmare on Christmas". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 3. Episode 22. December 3, 2014. Disney XD.
  16. ^ Gallagher, Brian (April 19, 2017). "Spider-Man: Homecoming Has Two Different Shockers". Movie Web. Retrieved May 8, 2018.

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