Damage Control, Inc. is a Manhattan-based engineering and construction company
that specializes in the cleanup, repair, and restoration of property damaged through
the destructive activities of superhuman beings. Damage Control has achieved a
near monopoly of this field, which has proved to be tremendously lucrative for
Damage Control's headquarters is in the Flatiron Building at the intersection
of Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan. The company also maintains a combination
warehouse and workshop that is the size of an athletic stadium and is located
in New Jersey.
Damage Control is headed by Mrs. Anne Marie Hoag, whose title is Director of
Operations. All account executives and other executives of Damage Control report
Other executives of Damage Control include Vice President in Charge of Marketing
Henry Ackerdson, Traffic Officer Robin Chapel, Comptroller Albert Cleary, and
Head of Research and Development Eugene Strausser. John Porter is one of the
firm's many account executives who deal with individual cases of companies or
individuals seeking Damage Control's services. Other company personnel include
Head Foreman Lenny Ballinger, college intern John "Bart'' Rozum, a receptionist
named Anne, and a security guard named Jay.
In total, Damage Control. Inc. has about three hundred permanent employees.
However, Damage Control often subcontracts construction, engineering, and other
work to other companies.
Damage Control, Inc. has worked with the team of superhuman champions
known as the Avengers almost from the
beginning of the latter organization. After the destruction of
Avengers Mansion resulting
from its takeover by the Masters of Evil, Damage Control successfully
carried out a commission by the Avengers to convert the former
site of the mansion into a park.
After the destruction of the Baxter Building, the original headquarters
of the Fantastic Four, Damage
Control, together with the SHIELD Corps
of Engineers, repaired the damage to the neighborhood and built
the Fantastic Four's new headquarters complex, Four Freedoms Plaza,
on the site according to the specifications of Fantastic Four
leader Reed Richards.
Damage Control not only does work for superhuman beings, but also for the New
York City government, the federal government, private companies
(including Stark Enterprises), and even private individuals. For
example, Damage Control has often done repair work for Josie's
Bar, a drinking establishment that has often been the site of
physical contention between the costumed crimefighter Daredevil
and underworld figures.
Individuals and companies often pay for Damage Control's services through EAA
(Extraordinary Activity Assurance) policies, popularly known as "super
hero insurance." Clients who are not covered by such policies can apply
for funds from New York City's unique Federal Disaster Area Stipend (FedDAS)
to cover the cost of Damage Control's services. (Due to the continual battles
of superhuman beings within New York City, the federal government has made New
York City eligible for financial assistance as a disaster area indefinitely.)
Damage Control uses construction and engineering techniques in advance of most
other companies, enabling the organization to perform its repair and reconstruction
work within remarkably short spaces of time.
Damage Control maintains a toll-free number for clients: 1-800-555-MEND.
First Appearance: MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #19