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Spymaster

Real Name: Unrevealed
Occupation: Industrial spy, assassin
Identity: Secret
Legal Status: Presumably, a citizen of the United States, had no known criminal record
Other Aliases: Ted Calloway, Jake Jordan, Anthony Stark, and presumably many others
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Former leader of the Espionage Elite, former employee of AIM, Justin Hammer, the Maggia, Roxxon Oil, S.H.I.E.L.D., Zodiac I, and presumably many others
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: IRON MAN #33
Final Appearance: IRON MAN #220

History: Spymaster's true identity has not yet been disclosed, nor has any information about his past before he led his Espionage Elite against Stark Industries been revealed. Spymaster was a costumed free-lance industrial spy who formed a team of assistants who made up his Espionage Elite. The members of this team were Gottfried Herter, an electronics expert; Farley London, a magician and master of disguise; Marya Penskilova, a former agent of the KGB, the Soviet Union's secret police and intelligence agency; Roger Philips, an athlete and gymnast; and Samson Washington, a strongman. Spymaster had been assigned by the original subversive organization called Zodiac to plunder scientific and technological secrets from Stark Industries, which was headed by inventor Anthony Stark, who was secretly the adventurer Iron Man. Spymaster and his Espionage Elite committed sabotage at Stark Industries main Long Island complex, and then attempted to steal many of the company's secrets amid the ensuing confusion. However, Spymaster's scheme was thwarted by Iron Man, who fought Spymaster himself and made possible the capture of the Espionage Elite. Spymaster shot Jasper Sitwell, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent then assigned to Stark Industries, and escaped without the secrets he had hoped to steal. Sitwell eventually recovered.

Shortly thereafter, Zodiac assigned Spymaster to capture the costumed crimefighter Daredevil. After unsuccessfully clashing with Daredevil, Spymaster joined Zodiac members Aquarius, Capricorn, and Sagittarius in invading Stark Industries to obtain the mysterious power object called the Zodiac Key, which Stark was examining for S.H.I.E.L.D. Spymaster, the Zodiac members he was accompanying, Iron Man, Daredevil, the adventurer Madame Masque, and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Public Director Nick Fury were all transported by the Zodiac Key into the otherdimensional world of the Brotherhood of the Ankh. After they all returned to Earth, Iron Man, Daredevil, Fury, and Madame Masque battled three Zodiac members and Spymaster. Once again, Spymaster escaped.

Spymaster's activities over the years until his next direct clash with Iron Man remain a mystery. Finally, Spymaster was assigned to assassinate Anthony Stark by four S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (including Buck Richlen and Val Adair), who believed that Stark had to be removed as head of Stark International (formerly Stark Industries) so that S.H.I.E.L.D. could induce the company to begin producing munitions once more. In hiring Spymaster to kill Stark, Adair, Richlen, and their two confederates were acting without the knowledge of Nick Fury, who would not have approved of Stark's murder. Spymaster, in disguise, infiltrated Stark International's Long Island complex, and later placed a bomb in Stark's Manhattan penthouse. However, instead of killing Stark, the bomb killed the original Ani-Men, who had been fighting Iron Man in Stark's penthouse. Subsequently, Spymaster fired an explosive bullet into a Life Model Decoy resembling Stark, believing it to be the actual Stark. (A Life Model Decoy is a robot designed by S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists to resemble a human being in exact outward detail.) Then Spymaster invaded Stark Internationals main computer center to steal computer records of the names of the stockholders of Stark International, to supply to his employers at S.H.I.E.L.D. so that agency could more easily buy up stock in the company. Iron Man, however, defeated Spymaster, who, nevertheless, somehow soon escaped without his true identity having been discovered.

Months later, Spymaster was part of a small army of costumed criminals in the employ of billionaire Justin Hammer, whom Hammer sent to battle Iron Man aboard his immense "houseboat" headquarters. Iron Man defeated all the costumed criminals, but Spymaster once again somehow escaped captivity.

Months after that, Madame Masque, who had rejoined the Nefaria "family" of the criminal Maggia, assigned Spymaster to abduct Stark's lover, Bethany Cabe, and to steal an experimental energizer link device developed by Stark International. Spymaster succeeded in stealing both the link device and Stark's briefcase, which held his Iron Man armor. However, an agent employed by Spymaster captured Cabe's partner, Ling McPherson, instead. Iron Man and his friend James Rhodes invaded Madame Masque's headquarters in Derby, Connecticut. Hoping to sell the energizer link elsewhere, Spymaster stole it from Madame Masque and escaped by helicopter. Piloting another helicopter, Rhodes pursued Spymaster and forced the latter's helicopter to crash. Once again, however, Spymaster escaped. Stark had by now recovered his stolen armor and McPherson, free of her captors, eventually recovered from severe injuries she had suffered at their hands.

It is not known what Spymaster did over the following years until the subversive organization AIM decided to have Spymaster infiltrate the new company, Stark Enterprises, that Anthony Stark was building. AIM had Spymaster trained to become a superb boxer and then had him ask Stark's longtime friend, Harol "Happy" Hogan, to act as his manager. Not suspecting he was Spymaster, Hogan agreed to manage the boxer, who called himself Jake Jordan. While both were staying at Stark's temporary Los Angeles area residence, Hogan discovered "Jordan" photographing secret plans for Stark inventions and for the space station Stark was building. Spymaster battled Iron Man and held him helpless with electromagnets. But while Hogan fought Spymaster hand to hand, Iron Man succeeded in freeing himself. Spymaster stunned Hogan with a blast from one of his weapons, but then Iron Man defeated Spymaster. Still, Spymaster soon escaped yet again.

The Roxxon Oil Corporation sought to purchase a so-called beta particle generator from Accutech, a California-based electronics firm. This device could use beta particles to generate enormous amounts of energy inexpensively. Accutech, however, refused to sell the beta device to Roxxon. Therefore, Roxxon decided to drive Accutech into bankruptcy, with the intension of then buying the company, and the beta particle generator with it. Roxxon executive Carrington Pax hired the industrial saboteur known as the Ghost to commit acts of destruction that would lead to Accutech's financial ruin. The Ghost's sabotage forced Accutech's owners to put the company up for sale. However, Anthony Stark bought Accutech, and due to the intervention of Iron Man, the Ghost failed to complete Accutech's destruction. Displeased with both the Ghost's lack of success and the Ghost's threat to kill Stark, Pax fired the Ghost and hired Spymaster to continue the sabotage of Accutech. Impersonating Stark, Spymaster took the Ghost by surprise and would have murdered him had not the real Stark intervened to save the Ghost's life. The Ghost recovered, but Spymaster went after him and overcame him once more. By now, however, Stark had donned his Iron Man armor, and Iron Man struck Spymaster with a repulsor blast, preventing him from killing the Ghost. Recovering again, the Ghost pretended that he wanted to help Spymaster, presumably since Iron Man was after both of them. Devices in the Ghost's costume allowed him to become intangible, and he attached a similar device to the Spymaster's costume. Then, both of them intangible, the Ghost and Spymaster escaped by passing through a wall. But before Spymaster had fully passed through the wall, the Ghost removed Spymaster's intangibility device. Spymaster rematerialized, partially inside the wall, and died immediately.

Only a short time afterwards, Anthony Stark discovered that at some unspecified time in the past, Spymaster had tapped into his computers and stolen the secret designs for many of Stark's inventions that he incorporated into his Iron Man armor. (Spymaster committed this theft before Iron Man designed his most recent suit of armor; hence, Spymaster did not obtain Stark's most recent innovations for the suit.) Spymaster turned these stolen secrets over to Justin Hammer, who had them used in battlesuits worn by various criminals with whom he had dealings. Hammer also sold the secrets to other clients. Stark believes that Spymaster had even discovered that he was Iron Man, but had not passed this information along to Hammer.

Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 195 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond

Strength Level: Spymaster possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged in intensive regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Powers: None

Other Abilities: Spymaster was an extraordinary industrial spy and saboteur and a superb hand-to-hand combatant. He was a master of disguise and highly talented as an actor, making his impersonations highly credible. Spymaster was highly athletic and was greatly skilled in the uses of virtually any kind of gun.

Weapons: Spymaster used a wide array of weapons, some of which he may have constructed himself. His various employers supplied him with other weapons, and Spymaster also stole many of his weapons from other sources.

Besides various conventional guns and explosives, Spymaster employed many highly advanced weapons. In his early battles with Iron Man he wore devices in his gloves and mask that projected concussive blasts of energy. Spymaster had electronically-amplified nunchakas which could damage even Iron Man's armor. Spymaster on one occasion held Iron Man prisoner through the use of small but powerful hovering electromagnets, and at another time used a device that imprisoned him within a "net" of electrical impulses. Spymaster once utilized an incendiary missile that tracked Iron Man by detecting the cybernetic impulses from his armor. Spymaster threw "razor-discs" that were sharp enough to pierce Iron Man's armor and that could follow 'him in flight due to their internal directional and stabilizing systems. He used a device that could siphon electrical energy from an electriclaly-powered battlesuit when attached to it. Recently, Spymaster wore devices that enabled him to absorb Iron Man's repulsor energy with his left glove and to fire it back at him through his right glove. Spymaster also used stun-guns that could render a victim unconscious or kill him, and sleep-inducing "somnu-gas."

Paraphernalia: Spymaster wore a Kevlar costume that protected him from small arms fire, In his early clashes with Iron Man, Spymaster wore small jet devices that enabled him to fly. Spymaster carried many of his weapons and other devices in pockets along his belt and along the portions of his costume covering his legs.

Transportation: Spymaster flew an advanced model hoverjet that could operate automatically according to pre-programmed insutrctions. Spymaster used a device in his belt buckle to summon the hoverjet to fly to him.

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