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Bullseye

REAL NAME: Lester (last name unrevealed)
KNOWN ALIASES: Bejamin Pondexter, impersonated Daredevil
IDENTITY: Secret
OCCUPATION: Assassin, professional thief; former baseball pitcher, mercenary, extortionist
CITIZENSHIP: Citizen of the United States with a criminal record
PLACE OF BIRTH: Unrevealed
MARITAL STATUS: Single
KNOWN RELATIVES: Unnamed father (deceased) and mother
GROUP AFFILIATION: Formerly allied with Eric Slaughter’s and Kingpin’s criminal organizations, as well as the Kingpin’s rival former agents
BASE OF OPERATION: New York City
EDUCATION: Unrevealed (education beyond high school unlikely)
FIRAT APPEARANCE: Daredevil Vol. 1 #131

HISTORY: Little is known about the early days of the boy who would grow up to become Bullseye. His mother had been a prostitute. As an eight-year-old, he lived with his alcoholic father in a trailer where he developed an early interest in archery. He drew targets on his trailer home and would practice for hours with his bow and arrow. In the midst of a drunken rage, his father one day told the boy to stop drawing target on the trailer. After his father passed out, the boy drew target on the man’s head. He put a gun in his father’s hand, pointed it at the target, and pulled the trigger.

While Bullseye was in high school, an unspecified event occurred that that dramatically changed the teen’s life. A talented baseball pitcher in his youth, Bullseye would go on to serve in a military action in Southeast Asia. During this time, he took unusual joy in killing the enemy, once killing an enemy by throwing an empty gun at him. Upon his return to the United States, he decided to devote his career to his finely honed homicidal skills. In his early forays as an assassin he sometimes worked with the wisecracking mercenary known as Deadpool.

When he first emerged in New York City, Bullseye demanded $100,000 to spare the life of millionaire Arthur Hunnicutt. When Hunnicutt refused to pay, Bullseye killed him with a pen. Daredevil confronted Bullseye, and the first of many battles between the two ensued. Bullseye led the hero to a circus at Madison Square Garden where the world could watch their fight on live television. Bullseye intended to prove his deadly abilities so that the next time he made such a threat he would be paid immediately and with out question. Daredevil was unable to stop Bullseye there, but later defeated him when Bullseye targeted another millionaire, Henry Foster.

Out of prison, Bullseye was hired by Maxwell Glenn – who was being used by the Purple Man – to kill Matt Murdock and Froggy Nelson. Daredevil, however, foiled Bullseye’s plot. Later, Bullseye took over a TV studio and threatened to kill hostages unless Daredevil fought him again on live television. Once again, Daredevil beat Bullseye.

Bullseye employed Eric Slaughter’s men to attack Daredevil so he could film Daredevil and study his moves. Bullseye then defeated the Black Widow I and held her hostage; Daredevil again defeated him. In prison, Bullseye was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His condition exacerbated his hatred of Daredevil, such that he began seeing everyone as Daredevil, each of whom became a target to be killed. Daredevil fought Bullseye, ultimately saving the assassin by pulling him out of the way of an oncoming train. The hero delivered Bullseye to a hospital where his tumor could be removed.

Nonetheless, Bullseye’s hatred for the hero continued to fester and grow. Bullseye escaped and was hired by the kingpin’s former crime syndicate to kill the crime lord before he could turn over files on their activities to the authorities. Instead, the Kingpin convinced Bullseye that he had a future with him and Bullseye switched his allegiance, effectively ending the syndicate’s plot. Bullseye was again defeated by Daredevil and imprisoned, and when he escaped he found his job as the Kingpin’s chief assassin had been taken by Elektra. Bullseye tracked down Elektra and slit her throat with a playing card, then impaled her on her own sai, killing her. As Daredevil subsequently fought Bullseye, the two battle on wires suspended high over the street and Bullseye lost his balance. Daredevil caught him, but, unwilling to be saved by the hero once again, Bullseye pulled free and plummeted to the street below. He was paralyzed as a result of his injuries.

Kenji Oyama, Lord Dark Wind, had Bullseye abducted from the hospital and taken to Japan. There, Dark Wind repaired Bullseye’s spine with the indestructible metal Adamantium. Dark Wind wanted Bullseye to be part of his army, but the recovered marksman instead returned to New York City. Still furious over the death of Elektra, Daredevil soundly defeated Bullseye yet again upon his arrival.

When Bullseye next sought to work for the Kingpin, he found himself completing against the mercenary Deadpool for the job. Bullseye’s unerring aim proved insufficient when Deadpool healed from his every attack, but Deadpool ended up losing out when he chose to save innocent people over killing Bullseye.

Bullseye worked alongside Bushwacker and an agent of the Hand in the Kingpin’s plot to frame Parlan Farhoody as a terrorist, a plot foiled by Daredevil. Bullseye also worked for Wilson Fisk in successfully foiling the Red Skull’s (Johann Schmidt) attempt to install his agent Crossbones as New York City’s new drug kingpin.

When Daredevil returned to New York after a long absence, Bullseye manipulated the nearly amnesiac hero into trading identified with him. Bullseye enjoyed playing the hero, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, but his own insanity caused him to believe himself to truly be Daredevil. When Murdock regained his memory, he wore Bullseye’s outfit, defeated the madman, and reclaimed his own costume.

Bullseye was hired by Rosalie Carbone to assassinate the Punisher and rival crime lord Vito Vaducci. Though he failed, he did kill the vigilante Phalanx and used his armor in a second attempt on the Punisher. That effort was thwarted by the Punisher’s enemy Stone Cold, who wished to kill the Punisher himself. Bullseye again targeted the Punisher shortly after the vigilante had survived a prison execution. This time the Punisher shot him through both hands, hoping to ruin his skills and eliminate him as a threat.

Learning the that the Hand had succeeded in resurrecting Elektra, Bullseye studied her so that he could kill her again. He led her to the same parking garage where he had originally stabbed her. However, when he became distracted while recounting his youth, Elektra gained the upper hand and beat Bullseye unconscious.

Bullseye joined Deadpool on a mission in Greece, assassinating an unnamed and was surprised at how well Deadpool was paid. The two crossed paths again when Bullseye was hired to assassinate Mercedes Wilson, a woman with ties to Deadpool’s past. Deadpool stopped Bullseye by pulling him into the path of his own returning boomerang.

Bullseye was hired by Mysterio to retrieve a baby and kill anyone helping to conceal the baby’s whereabouts. Bullseye tracked the child to Sister Maggie’s church where he proceeded to kill nearly everyone there, including Karen Page, using Daredevil’s own billy club. Bullseye escaped with the baby, knowing he had now killed two women Daredevil had loved. Daredevil subsequently rescued the baby.

As the Kingpin began to rebuild his power base after returning to America, he sent Bullseye to kill some of the people involved in his downfall. Bullseye targeted Senator Stewart Ward, but was fought off by Spider-Man. Bullseye was one of a group of assassins sent to try to kill Gambit by the mysterious New Sun, who sought to force the mutant to push his powers to the limit in order to increase them. With Daredevil’s secret Identity revealed in the tabloids and the Kingpin struggling to regain control of his city after an assassination attempt, Bullseye offered to finish Daredevil once and for all. Bullseye waited for Daredevil to leave his apartment, reveling in the idea of killing Milla Donovan, another one of Matt Murdock’s girlfriends. However, Daredevil returned and threw Bullseye out a window, after which he beat him savagely. Using a sharp rock, Daredevil carved a target onto Bullseye’s forehead, after which Daredevil had to be stopped from killing him. The assassin was taken to prison once more.

Escaping once again, Bullseye was blackmailed into retrieving the fabled Identity Disc alongside Deadpool, Juggernaut, Sabretooth, Sandman, and Vulture.

HEIGHT: 6 ft.
WEIGHT: 200 lbs. (including adamantium implants)
EYES: Blue
HAIR: Blond
DISTINGUISHING FEATHERS: Large Bullseye scar on forehead

SUPERHUMAN POWERS: Bullseye has had strips of adamantium fused to portions of his skeleton, including his spine. This is the hardest metal known to science. It can be cut with a special subatomic particle beam; otherwise, to all intents and purposes, it is virtually indestructible. Hence, Bullseye’s adamantium-laced bones are virtually unbreakable. The presence of adamantium doe not interfere with his bones’ normal function.

For a brief time, Bullseye could psychically sense the presence of Daredevil within a certain unknown range.

ABILITIES: Bullseye is an Olympic-level athlete, weight-lifter, and fighter. His innate ability to throw any projectile with great unerring and deadliness borders on the uncanny. Bullseye knows every pressure point and vulnerable spot on the human body and is able to turn any object into a deadly weapon capable of incapacitating or killing an enemy. His accuracy when wielding an object the size and mass of a baseball is about one hundred feet. He can hurl such objects at around 105 mile per hour.

WEAPONS: Bullseye has carried gun, knives, whips, shurikens, darts, and sais. He has also carried plastic explosive charges in the compartments of his gloves. The list of common weapons he has turned in to weapons includes pencils, golf balls, paper airplanes, paperclips, and even playing cards.

SIGNIFICANT ISSUES:
First battle Daredevil for publicity (Daredevil Vol. 1 #131-132, 1976)
Captured Daredevil (Daredevil Vol. #141-142, 1977)
Put contract out on Daredevil and captured Black Widow I (Daredevil Vol. 1 #159161, 1979)
Revealed to have brain tumor, went on delusional killing spree (Daredevil Vol. #169, 1981)
Allied himself with Kingpin (Daredevil Vol. 1 #171-172, 1981)
Killed Elektra, paralyzed after battle with Daredevil (Daredevil Vol. 1 #181, 1982)
Rehabilitated by Lord Dark Wind’s adamantium bonding process in Japan (Daredevil Vol. 1 #196-200, 1983)
Impersonated Daredevil in attempt to ruin his reputation (Daredevil Vol. 1 #284-290, 1990-1991)
Hired by Rosalie Carbone to kill the Punisher and Vito Vaducci (Punisher Vol. 2 #101-104/Punisher War Journal #79-80, 1995)
Attempted to kill a resurrected Elektra again (Elektra Vol. 1#1-2, 1996)
Killed Karen Page (Daredevil Vol. #4-5, 1999)
Targeted Milla Donavan (Daredevil Vol. 2 #48-49, 2003)
Sought Identity Disc (Identity Disc #1-5, 2004)

NOTE: Collin Farrell has played him in the Daredevil movie.
NOTE: Updated from The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Daredevil 2004

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