Ringmaster (Marvel) (02 - Maynard Tiboldt)
Real Name: Maynard Tiboldt
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The Ringmaster originally had no inherent superhuman powers.
The Ringmaster's principal weapon is the powerful portable mind-control device which he carried concealed in his unique top hat. The hat has a swirling disk in the front which can send out a hypnotic beam and give him control of the minds of others. Tiboldt eventually had special hypnotic disks surgically grafted into his eyes. These implants allow him to mentally dominate individuals, but he still requires his hat to control large crowds.
With the Cosmic Ring, Tiboldt gained the ability to alter reality in a 15 foot radius around him.
Maynard Tiboldt was born in Vienna, Austria.
The Ringmaster is a powerless man with a unique hat which is designed to hypnotise people, thus allowing him to take complete control over their actions. He originally travelled across America with his "Circus of Crime"; The Human Cannonball, The Clown, Bruto the Strongman, The Great Gambonnos (acrobats and gymnasts) and Princess Python, the Snake Charmer. During their show, he would hypnotise the crowd and send his lackies out to steal any valuables on the victim's person. This has, obviously, brought him into conflict with many heroes, such as She-Hulk and Howard the Duck. The super-hero capable of causing him the most grief is Daredevil, as the hero's blindness prevents Ringmaster from hypnotising him. Although he once attempted to reform by aiding Doc Samson in the therapy that created the Merged Hulk personality for Bruce Banner when his MPD was causing him serious psychological damage, the Ringmaster has remained a consistent villain.
Recently, the Ringmaster travelled to Tibet and stole a ring that had once been created for the Mandarin shortly before his apparent demise. Made from a piece of a shattered Cosmic Cube, the ring allows him to manipulate reality within a fifteen foot radius. Attacking New York for 'practice', he clashes with various superheroes, including Spider-Man and Moon Knight. The action comes to a head in "Marvel Teamup" #10 (Sept. 2005). Moon Knight and Spider-Man are both given heart attacks, but then Daredevil joins the scene. Moments before the Ringmaster is about to fire them out of cannons, at the ground about one foot below, the Punisher shoots off his finger.
The Cosmic Ring was confiscated by Captain America, who encouraged the grouping of heroes to get the shot-off finger to the ambulance personnel for reattachment. Curtis Doyle later used the ring as the hero Freedom Ring until his death at the hands of Iron Maniac.
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (1962) #3
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
#1 Alpha Flight (1983)
- 'Amatsu-Kami (Japanese Gods) To Walker'
#121 Avengers Forever (1998)
- 'The Return of the Brass Bishop!'
#7 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II (2007)
- 'Into a Limbo... Large and Broad'
Captain America (1968)
Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015)
Civil War: Casualties of War (2007)
Civil War: War Crimes (2007)
#1 Crossover Classics (1991)
- 'Civil War: War Crimes'
#118 Daredevil (1998)
- 'Circus Spelled Sideways Is Death!'#123
- 'Holocaust In The Halls Of H.Y.D.R.A.!'
#25 Deathlok (1999)
- 'Playing to the Camera, Part 6: Who Is That Masked Man?'
#5 Die Spinne (1974)
- 'Reconstructive Perjury'#8
- 'Primary Actions Part 1: Random Access'#9
- 'Primary Actions Part 2: The Jones'#10
- 'Primary Actions Part 3: The Weight'#11
- 'Primary Actions Part 4: Follow Those Agonies'
#127 Die Spinne Zweitauflage (1987)
- 'Das Känguruh schlägt zu!'#128
- 'Die dunklen Schwingen des Todes!'#130
- 'Der Bestrafer kommt!'
#43 Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising (1995)
- 'Entscheidung um Mitternacht'
Generation X (1994)
#32 Ghost Rider (1973)
- 'A Day at the Circus!'
#73 Hawkeye (2012)
- 'Tears of a Clown!'
#2 Howard the Duck (1976)
- 'The Vagabond Code'#8
- 'My Bad Penny'#22
#25 Howard the Duck (2015)
- 'Getting Smooth!'#26
- 'Circus Maximus'
Incredible Hulk vs Superman (1999)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
#97 Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor (2003)
- 'Death's Servant / Where Everybody Knows Your Alias... / Blind Fury / Collision Course'
Marvel Spectacular (1973)
#14 Marvel Tales (1964)
- 'And Soon Shall Come the Enchanters'#15
- 'This Battleground Earth!'#16
- 'Abandoned on Earth!'#17
- '"--If The Thunder Be Gone!"'
#2 Marvel Team-Up (2004)
- 'The Greatest Collection of Mighty Marvel Classics Ever Assembled!'
#7 Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
- 'Master of the Ring, Part One'#10
- 'Master of the Ring, Part Five'
#76 Power Man (1974)
- 'The Big Top Bandits'
#24 Power Pack (1984)
- 'Among Us Walks Black Goliath'#25
- 'Crime and Circuses'
Punisher War Journal (2007)
#4 Scarlet Witch (2016)
- 'Small Wake For a Tall Man'
Spider-Man and the Dallas Cowboys (1983)
Spider-Man Team-Up (1995)
Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
#8 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'Pawns of Attuma!'
Annual '98 The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
- 'Duel with Devil Dinosaur'Annual 02
- 'The Wondrous World of Dr. Strange!'#16
- 'Duel With Daredevil'#22
- 'The Clown and His Masters of Menace'#533
- 'The Night the War Came Home Part Two of Six'
#19.1 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Spiral Part Four'
#22 The Greatest Spider-Man and Daredevil Team-Ups (1996)
- 'The Road Back'#60
- '... Till Death Do Us Part!'#280
- 'Faithful Servant'
TPB The Incredible Hulk (1962)
- 'The Greatest Spider-Man and Daredevil Team-Ups'
#3 The Incredible Hulk (1968)
- 'Banished to Outer Space'
#217 The Incredible Hulk (1978)
- 'The Circus of Lost Souls!'#292
- 'Honey, I Shrunk the Hulk'#379
- 'Hit and Myth'#380
- 'Crazy Eight'#469
- 'Adaptive Audience'#470
- 'Circus People'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
#9 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Q-S: From Quasar To She-Hulk'
#11 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Richard Rider to Sidewinder'
The Rampaging Hulk (1977)
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
#145 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'Abandoned on Earth!'#146#147
- 'The Wrath of Odin!'#173
- 'Ulik Unleashed!'
#2 What If...? (1989)
- 'Deceiving Appearances'
#80 X-Force (1991)
- '...What If the Hulk Got Himself Cured?'
#-1 X-Men and Power Pack (2005)
- 'Brothers Proudstar'
- 'Big Trouble at the Big Top!'
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