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Jester (Marvel)(01 - Jonathan Powers)
Real Name: Jonathan Powers
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Well-trained hand-to-hand combatant, acrobat and fencer. His main weapons were a set of various joke gimmicks converted into deadly weapons: explosive balls, extendable scissor-hands capable of delivering electric shocks or bombs, weighted yo-yos which could be used as clubbing weapons etc.

Jonathan Powers was a struggling actor of huge ego who finally got his lead break as the leading character in an off-Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac. Panned by critics, jeered by the audience, and disdained by his fellow performers, Powers was fired after one performance. Obsessively, he continued to study the various arts and crafts that he thought would make him a great actor, things like gymnastics and body building. He took everything—except acting classes. Still, Powers was able to find employment as a stooge in a children's television show taped in New York.

Finally getting fed up with having pies thrown in his face, Powers decided that if the audience wanted laughter, he would give it to them. Contracting the criminal weapons-maker known as the Tinkerer to make him a number of gimmicks, Powers fashioned himself a goofy harlequin-like disguise and called himself the Jester. Committing several crimes, the Jester was eventually opposed by Daredevil who put the Jester behind bars.

Since then, the Jester escaped jails various times and continued to fight Daredevil, only to lose at every turn. For a time, the Jester tried to improve his life and restart his life as an actor, but this once again failed miserably. After this, he decided to full-time become a villain, but ended up in jail once more.


First Appearance: Daredevil (1964) #42

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Issue Appearances:
Agent X (2002)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Captain Britain (1985)
Daredevil (1964)
Daredevil (1998)
Daredevil (2011)
Daughters of the Dragon (2006)
Moon Knight (1980)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
The Avengers (1963)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
What If? Civil War (2008)

Group Affiliation(s):
Thunderbolts (Marvel)(01 - Masters of Evil)

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