Guardsman (02 - Michael O'Brien)
Real Name: Michael O'Brien.
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Without his Guardsman armor, Michael O'Brien possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in extensive regular exercise. With the Guardsman armor fully charged and augmenting his strength to its fullest, he can lift (press) approximately 40 tons.
Michael O'Brien was a sargeant of the NYPD, and the brother of engineer Kevin O'Brien, who became the Guardsman and accidentally died while fighting Iron Man (who was in secret Michael's boss Anthony Stark). Although the police investigation exonerated Iron Man, Michael was completely unsure of it being a cover or not. He hired a P.I. to infiltrate in Long Island plant.
During his illegitimate investigation, Michael found the Guardsman Armor and don it, deciding to use it to defeat Iron Man and took him to justice. However, the Guardsman Armor was defective and affected the brain, stimulating the areas the caused aggresivity, jealousy and hate (This had happened to Kevin too). Michael went crazy and changed his mind: He had to kill Iron Man.
Iron Man fought Michael and discovered the flaw in the armor. Iron Man then captured Michael himself, instead of pressing charges, because he wanted to convince O'Brien of his innocence.
During this time, a saboteur had stolen most of Iron Man's armors, and Stark was working on a new design, but unfortunately the armor itself was not finished - it was too hot to wear it. At that moment, Japanese mutant Sunfire attacked, and Tony Stark was unable to use any of his traditional armors. Thus, he had to use the Guardsman armor. O'Brien witnessed Stark's heroics saving lives at a monitor, understanding that Stark was risking a heart attack, not to speak of brain damage.
O'Brien decided that he was wrong about Stark and put on Iron Man (now cold) armor to fight Sunfire. Due to this, O'Brien was mistaken with the true Iron Man by Iron Man's enemy Mandarin, who kidnapped O'Brien and took him to Chicago.
Stark found an old Iron Man armor ignored by the saboteur and went to rescue O'Brien. During the rescue, Stark revelaed O'Brien his true identity and then fought the Mandarin. After this, O'Brien returned to New York with the Guardsman Armor. Stark then fixed the flaw on the Armor so that it could be used, and offered the armor to O'Brien. O'Brien then decided to use the armor to avenge his brother's bad actions and his own.
Eventually, Stark International was took over by criminal Midas. O'Brien, now the Guardsman, joined some of Iron Man's friends and allies to fight Midas. O'Brien was turned into gold by Midas' power, but eventually recovered.
O'Brien left the police and was interviewed to became head of security of Project: Pegasus, the main energetic research post of the government, after the dimission of their previous head of security, Quasar. With good references from Stark, O'Brien got the job.
O'Brien's Guardsman armor was damage in a battle with the Lava Men, but it was repaired at the expense of his employers. O'Brien has been working full-time at Pegasus since being hired.
Eventually, most of the tasks using super-villains at Pegasus were transfered to the Vault. O'Brien was also transferred and named security head of the Vault. The security agents also use copies of the Guardsman Armor, manufactured by Obadiah Stane under Stark's patent.
O'Brien also suited up with Bethany Cabe, Eddie March, Happy Hogan and Force to face Ultimo when asked by War Machine.
First Appearance: Iron Man (1968) #96
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Avengers Unplugged (1995)
Code of Honor (1997)
#3 Iron Man (1968)
- 'Book Three: The Streets'
Annual 08 Iron Man: The Legend (1996)
- 'When Innocence Dies'#96
- 'Only a Friend Can Save Him'#97
- 'Showdown With the Guardsman!'#105
- 'Every Hand Against Him!'#106
- 'Then There Came a War!'#107
- 'And, In the End...'#108
- 'Growing Pains!'#109
Marvel Masters (2007)
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
#1 Marvels Companion (2014)
- 'A Gathering of Heroes! Chapter 1'#3
- 'Chapter 4: Third Contest: Siege in the City of the Dead!'
TPB Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Marvels Companion'
Power Man and Iron Fist (1981)
#113 The All-New Iron Manual (2008)
- 'The Promise'#121
- 'Heroes... And Other Strange Cats..!'
The Avengers (1963)
#236 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'I Want to Be an Avenger!'#237
- 'Meltdowns and Mayhem'
#4 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'D-G: From Dragon Man to Gypsy Moth'
#5 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Gardener to the Hulk'
The Thing (1983)
The Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985)
Project: Pegasus (Marvel)
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