Foolkiller (Marvel)(01 - Ross G. Everbest)
Real Name: Ross G. Everbest
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The Foolkiller was skilled in several forms of hand-to-hand combat and kept himself in top physical condition. He was of normal intelligence, but was fanatical in his mission, believing himself to be guided by the will of God. He has experience as a charismatic preacher.
His primary weapon was his "Ray of Purity" gun, capable of firing a beam of white light which could fire a laser-like beam of energy capable of totally incinerating a man within seconds or burning a man-sized hole in a reinforced brick wall in minutes. It was accurate up to thirty yards.
He employed a limited arsenal of surveillance devices and offensive weapons, stored in a specially equipped armored truck, which he used to locate and track his victims. He also drove a red sport car.
The original Foolkiller was more of a reactionary crusader than subsequent versions of the character. Upset by anti-Vietnam War protests and counterculture movements, he decided that sinners, dissidents, and criminals alike were "fools" who must be eliminated, and that he had been chosen by God to do so. He was inspired by a faith healer, Reverend Mike Pike, who cured his childhood paralysis. As a result, he became an evangelist with Reverend Mike as his mentor and soon became as popular as the Reverend. But after catching Reverend Mike in a drunken orgy, he killed his former hero, preserved the corpse in formaldehyde, and used the preacher's money to fund his vigilante activities. He donned a flamboyant Zorro-like costume and acquired (by unknown means) his "purification gun", a raygun which disintegrated people instantly. Some of his victims were given a 24-hour warning in the form of a calling card: "Foolkiller / e pluribus unum / You have 24 hours to live. Use them to repent or be forever damned to the pits of hell where goeth all fools. Today is the last day of the rest of your life. Use it wisely or die a fool."
The Foolkiller had sought to kill disk jockey Richard Rory and businessman F.A. Schist. During a struggle with the monstrous Man-Thing in the Man-Thing's swamp, the Foolkiller died in a freak accident, impaled in the heart by a shard of glass from the tank containing Reverend Mike.
First Appearance: Man-Thing (1974) #3
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Book of the Dead (1993)
Dracula Lives (1974)
#3 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Day of the Killer, Night of the Fool!'#4
- 'The Making of a Madman!'#11
- 'Dance To The Murder'#22
- 'Pop Goes The Cosmos!'
HC vol. 04 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#13 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 1 : Air-Walker to Man-Wolf'#13 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 1 : Air-Walker to Man-Wolf'
#17 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'Book of the Dead (Destiny to Hobgoblin)'
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