Shockwave (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMaster of Kung Fu vol. 1 #42 (July 1976)
Created byTom Sutton
Doug Moench
Paul Gulacy
In-story information
Alter egoLancaster Sneed
Team affiliationsMI6
Oriental Expediters
Golden Dagger Sect
Masters of Evil
AbilitiesMaster martial artist
Trained armed/unarmed combatant
Expert on electrical devices
Skilled demolition worker
Enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability and reflexes
Via exoskeleton armor suit:
Electrical shock generation

Shockwave (Lancaster Sneed) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Shockwave's first appearance was in Master of Kung Fu vol. 1 #42 (July 1976), and he was created by Tom Sutton, Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Lancaster Sneed was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, and is the nephew of Sir Denis Nayland Smith. Before becoming an intelligence agent for the British agency MI-6, he was a carnival performer. After he stole an experimental exoskeleton, he became the professional criminal and mercenary known as Shockwave. He conspired to kill his uncle and Black Jack Tarr, and first battled Shang-Chi.[1] He was revealed as Smith's nephew and was defeated by Shang Chi.[2]

He apparently returned later, and Shang Chi thought he was fighting the real Shockwave but was in fact it was a robot duplicate being controlled by Doctor Doom.[3] The real Shockwave was later brainwashed by MI-6, and attacked his uncle, and battled Clive Reston and Shang-Chi.[4] Alongside Brynocki, Shockwave battled Shang Chi and Leiko Wu on Mordillo Island. When Brynocki turns against him, Shockwave battled Brynocki and his robots alongside Shang Chi, Leiko Wu, and Black Jack Tarr.[5]

Alongside Zaran and Razor Fist, Shockwave later attacked the West Coast Avengers on behalf of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Deltoids, but was defeated by Iron Man and escaped.[6] Shockwave attended the A.I.M. Weapons Exposition, and battled Captain America alongside the other costumed criminals there.[7]

As Shockwave he has been a member of the Oriental Expediters and the Golden Dagger Sect. He has been the ally of many masterminds and criminals including Fah Lo Suee, Tarrant/Griswold, and Fu Manchu.

The second Crimson Cowl recruited Shockwave to join her incarnation of the Masters of Evil.[8]

He was later involved in a R.A.I.D terror plot in London, only to be foiled by Union Jack.[9]

During the height of the "Civil War" storyline, he was captured by Heroes for Hire. Lancaster has been identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes who have registered as part of the Fifty State Initiative.[10][11]

Someone that looks like Shockwave was among the members of Hood's Crime Syndicate.[12] He was defeated by the New Avengers, however, he escaped from jail.[13]

He's recently appeared in Brand New Day as one of the villains in the Bar With No Name.

During the "Secret Invasion" storyline, Shockwave is one of the villains incarcerated in The Raft when the Skrulls strike.[14] He is one among many supervillains who rejoined The Hood's crime syndicate and attacked an invading Skrull force.[15]

During the "Dark Reign" storyline, Quasimodo analyzed the information on Shockwave for Norman Osborn.[16] He joins with the Hood's gang in an attack on the New Avengers, who were expecting the Dark Avengers instead.[17] The gang was then sent on a mission to kill Tony Stark, promised mountains of gold bars from Norman Osborn as reward for the first one who does. Shockwave is able to locate Tony in Bayeux, France but is incapacitated at close range.[18]

He was seen during the Siege of Asgard as part of the Hood crime syndicate.[19]

During the "Avengers: Standoff!" storyline, Shockwave was an inmate of Pleasant Hill, a gated community established by S.H.I.E.L.D.[20]

During the "Search for Tony Stark" arc, Rampage is seen as a member of Hood's gang as they attack Castle Doom.[21] He and Rampage held Doctor Doom's arms as Wrecker works to break open his Iron Man armor.[22]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Lancaster Sneed is a master of various martial arts, especially karate. He was trained in armed and unarmed combat by British military intelligence. He is an expert on electrical devices, and skilled in demolitions work. His body was surgically rebuilt using metal plates, enhancing his strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability and reflexes, but not to superhuman levels. He wears a stolen exoskeleton body armor suit which is equipped with an apparatus that generates electrical shocks on contact.

The suit is later waterproofed to prevent shorting out on contact with water.[23]

In other media[edit]


Shockwave appears in the Iron Man: Armored Adventures episode "Armor Wars". This version is a member of Obadiah Stane's Guardsmen and was a former Maggia operative. His armor is a recolored version of Stark's Stealth Armor design.

Video games[edit]

  • In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Shockwave was found killed by the Circle of Eight.[citation needed]
  • Shockwave appears in Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game. He appears as part of terrorist organization R.A.I.D.[citation needed] While R.A.I.D. invades a Project Pegasus facility, Shockwave was sent to cause havoc in order to distract S.H.I.E.L.D. He was defeated by Captain America and brought him to S.H.I.E.L.D. where he was interrogated by Black Widow. All Black Widow could get out of Shockwave is that he was paid to cause chaos where he would be paid through dummy accounts.

DC Comics[edit]

A frequent agent of the 100, Arnold Pruett wears a suit of sophisticated armor that endows abilities such as super-strength and generating vibrations capable of leveling buildings. Initially facing Blue Devil, Shockwave would go on to battle Booster Gold and Superman. An action figure for Shockwave was in development for the Super Powers Collection before the line was cancelled.[24] Shockwave first appeared in Blue Devil #2 (July 1984).


  1. ^ Master of Kung Fu #42. Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ Master of Kung Fu #43. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ Master of Kung Fu (1st series) #60. Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ Master of Kung Fu #72. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ Master of Kung Fu #73-75. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ West Coast Avengers Vol. 2 #11. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Captain America #411-413. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Thunderbolts #24-25. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Union Jack (vol. 2) #1-2. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #1. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #1 Character Map
  12. ^ New Avengers #35 (2007). Marvel Comics.
  13. ^ New Avengers Annual #2. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ Secret Invasion #1
  15. ^ Secret Invasion #6. Marvel Comics.
  16. ^ Dark Reign Files. Marvel Comics.
  17. ^ New Avengers #50. Marvel Comics
  18. ^ The Invincible Iron Man #12-13. Marvel Comics.
  19. ^ New Avengers #63. Marvel Comics.
  20. ^ Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha #1. Marvel Comics.
  21. ^ Invincible Iron Man #597. Marvel Comics.
  22. ^ Invincible Iron Man #598. Marvel Comics.
  23. ^ Union Jack (2006-07) #2. Marvel Comics.
  24. ^ Geyer, Jason (14 January 2007). "Holy Cow! Super Powers Extravaganza". Action Figure Insider. Retrieved 3 November 2011.

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