Ray "Piranha" Jones
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Piranha Jones had very sharp stainless steel teeth rivited to his gums.
Piranha" Jones was born into poverty. By age 15, his teeth had rotted and fallen out, presumably because he could not afford dental care. Jones began a crime empire of some sort, and eventually became a wealthy man. At some point, Jones had sharpened steel teeth riveted into his jaw.
Along with his enforcer "Cockroach" Hamilton, Jones bought information from Harry Wentworth concerning the Adonis Chemical Company's shipments of a lethal bacteriological agent through New York City. Luke Cage was hired to find out who Wentworth was selling information to, but was unable to prevent Hamilton from killing Wentworth. Though Cage was fired by the Adonis Chemical Company, he determined to prevent the theft after learning how dangerous the shipment was.
Jones and Hamilton sent their agents to hijack the truck, but Cage and police Lieutenant Quentin Chase appeared on the scene. Jones joined Hamilton in physically battling Luke Cage, who was horrified when Jones actually tried to bite out his throat. During the course of the fight, a canister of the bacteriological agent cracked, and Cage was forced to pound it until it exploded to save the city. However, Cage was left unconscious by the blast, and Jones and Hamilton carried him to Jones' penthouse suite. Jones attempted to impress Cage with a lavish dinner and his own pseudo-intellectual discourse, but Cage naturally broke free and began fighting the two again. Jones managed to knock Cage into his indoor piranha pool, but Cage defeated Jones in combat and even knocked out some of his steel teeth. Cage elected to save Jones from his pet piranhas, and left Jones in the suite for the police.
Jones managed to escape conviction for all the charges against him, and relocated to the suburban community of Stamford with Hamilton in tow, hoping to leave his criminal life behind. He maintained his fearsome reputation for protection, but found that the community would not accept him. Three women, Vita Buchetta, Ann Repucci, and Annette Cortese came forth and shamed the community into accepting Jones. Unfortunately, the trio were simply using Jones to start their own criminal careers. When they became publicly known as criminals, Jones' community standing was again ruined.
Jones planted information about the the women's criminal acitivities on a video game cartridge, only to have it stolen from him. Terror, Inc. was hired by an unknown party to kill Piranha Jones, and both he and the Punisher interrupted Jones' attempts to buy the disk back when they tried to kill him. While Terror, Inc. and the Punisher battled, Jones made his escape. Back at his headquarters, Jones ordered his men to find the cartridge, biting off one underling's nose to make his point. Terror, Inc. decided that his best course of action would be to find the cartridge. Jones, Hamilton, their gang, and the three mob princesses all arrived at the mall at once, and Terror, Inc. tricked them into a firefight to cover his search for the cartridge.
On examining the information on the cartridge, Terror, Inc. realized that Jones had hired him. Terror, Inc. saved Jones from the mobsters and the arriving Punisher, at one point using Jones' teeth to deflect a bullet, and evaded all parties in a car chase. At Jones' headquarters, he and Terror, Inc. convinced the Punisher that Terror had killed Jones. Using a mild neurotoxin injected into his skin, Terror allowed the Punisher to throw him into the pool of piranhas. The Punisher left, thinking Terror dead, but he emerged from the pool shortly after the Punisher left, the neurotoxin having killed the fish. Jones explained that he had really wanted to start over, but he realized that the only way he could really be free of his past and stop the mob princesses was to frame them for hiring Terror, Inc. to kill him. To avoid ruining his own reputation, Terror, Inc. redrew their contract so that a large fee was sent to charity, and then killed Jones for the sum of one dollar.
First Appearance: Power Man (1974) #30
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House of M: Avengers (2008)
Power Man (1974)
#30 Terror Inc. (1992)
- 'Look What Thay've Done to Our Lives Ma!'#31
- 'Over the Years They Murdered the Stars'
- 'A Killing in the Market'#7
- 'A Piece of the Action'
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