Real Name: Phineas T. Mason
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No superhuman powers, Mind Genius, Inventing, Equipment Repairing
Phineas Mason runs an underground fix-it shop disguised as a radio repair shop. On at least one occasion, a potential customer gained the inventor's attention by presenting a transistor radio and telling Mason that "I've got a radio that just can't carry a tune." Tinkerer's original scheme involved the employment of a team of petty has-been stuntmen and thugs. They specialized in placing bugs into radios and blackmailing state officials and politicians.
Tinkerer once tried to present himself as an alien to confuse his pursuers by leaving a mask that looked like his face behind when he escaped from Spider-Man in a hovercraft shaped like a flying saucer. His next encounter with Spidey resulted in deploying the Toy, a hi-tech robot that serves as an assistant and lackey. Toy also helped Tinkerer escape from his hideout when it was raided by the police.
He is known to have created Mysterio's suit - Mysterio once worked as one of his alien-suited servants and later emerged as one of Spider-Man's greatest foes. Tinkerer also built Rocket Racer's gear, the Big Wheel vehicle, the Grim Reaper's scythe-like weapon, and even fixed Grizzly's exo-skeleton harness and grizzly suit. He has worked for the Ani-Men, Jack O'Lantern, Whirlwind, Jester, Diamondback, Black Cat, the Constrictor, Beetle and the Scorpion. The Tinkerer has never been brought to justice.
Since he is a small business operator who works alone, (and arms criminals) Tinkerer takes precautions to prevent being cheated. For instance, Killer Shrike commissioned the Tinkerer to improved his weapon gauntlets. At delivery time the criminal decided to use them to threaten the inventor and avoid paying. The gauntlets backfired on Killer Shrike, wounding and immobilizing him due to a failsafe The Tinkerer engineers into his products for such situations.
His son, Rick Mason, also known as The Agent, was a world-class spy for the American government. Despite his father and he being on opposite sides of the law, they remained on good terms and met frequently. The Tinkerer even aided his son from time to time. After Rick was killed in action, a grief-stricken Tinkerer decided to mend his ways. However, Mason has returned to his old ways.
In the Secret War miniseries, Nick Fury discovered a link between the weaponry of most of the known technology-based villains in the Marvel Universe and the kingdom of Latveria. The Tinkerer was revealed to have received a vast portion of his funding and presumably the resources and technology from which he has developed most of his clients' arsenals over the years from Latveria. This was part of an ongoing "terrorist" initiative fostered by the kingdom's despotic leader, Dr. Doom and his minion, Countess Luciana Von Barda.
S.H.I.E.L.D. agents discovered the Tinkerer's workshop by using Killer Shrike as a mole. When the agents converged on the workshop, the canny villain detected them. Killer Shrike was struck down by the Tinkerer's security systems, and the Tinkerer fled to Latveria rather than face justice.
Early in the Marvel Knight's imprint of Spider-Man, Eddie Brock sells the Venom symbiote through an auction put on by the Tinkerer.
Mason was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair after being stabbed in the back by the Punisher.
He was later arrested for non-compliance of the Superhuman Registration Act and jailed at Prison 42 in the Negative Zone. He would later be freed by members of the Fantastic Four during the Skrulls' Earth invasion when Lyja sent the Baxter Building to the Negative Zone. The heroes enlisted his help in rebuilding Reed's portal generator to return to Earth.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #2
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#11 Alpha Flight (1983)
- 'Stranger to Ultimo'
Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? (2014)
Avengers Undercover (2014)
#2 Avenging Spider-Man (2012)
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AXIS: Hobgoblin (2014)
#13 Captain America (1968)
- 'Sudden Burning'#14
- 'Brothers in Arms'
Dark Reign Files (2009)
#2 Deadly Foes of Spider-Man (1991)
- 'Deadline, Part 2'#4
- 'Deadline, Part 4'
#1 Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again (2017)
- 'Punishment and Crime'
Die Spinne (1974)
#4 Invincible Iron Man (2008)
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- 'The Five Nightmares Part 4: Neutron Bomb Heart'#7
- 'Clifton Pollard The Five Nightmares: Epilogue'
#11 Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
- 'Byte of the Binary Bug'
Marvel Graphic Novel: Rick Mason, The Agent (1989)
Marvel Knights 20th (2019)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man (2004)
#6 Marvel Masterworks (1987)
- 'Venomous, Part 2 of 4'#12
- 'The Last Stand, Part 4 of 4'
#1 Marvel Tales (1964)
- 'Amazing Spider-Man Nos. 1-10 & Amazing Fantasy No. 15 by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko'
Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics (1991)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017)
#3 Punisher War Journal (2007)
- 'Fisk-y Business'#4
- '...Tinkerer Tailored: Soldier Guy!'#299
- 'Desperate Measures'#300#306
- 'Coming Home - Part One'#307
- 'No More - Part Four'
#1 Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four (2008)
- 'How I Won the War, Part 1: Bring On the Bad Guys'#16
- 'The Survivors Guild'
#3 Secret War (2004)
- 'Escape From Fantasy Island'
Secret War: From the Files of Nick Fury (2005)
Spider-Man [GER] (2007)
#42 Spider-Man Collectible Series (2006)
- 'Tage wie dieser: Staatsfeind Prolog '#43
- 'Tage wie dieser Teil 1: Räuber und Gendarm'
#5 Spider-Man: Dead Man's Hand (1997)
- 'The Uncanny Threat of the Terrible Tinkerer!'
Spider-Man's Tangled Web (2001)
Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One (2004)
Superior Spider-Man (2013)
#15 The Age of the Sentry (2008)
- 'Run Goblin, Run! Part 1: The Tinkerer's Apprentice'
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
Annual 01 The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
- 'The Sinister Six!'Annual 02
- 'The Wondrous World of Dr. Strange!'#2
- 'Duel to the Death with The Vulture!'#159
- 'Arm-In-Arm-In-Arm-In-Arm-In-Arm-In-Arm with Doctor Octopus'#160
- 'My Killer, The Car!'#183
- '... And Where the Big Wheel Stops, Nobody Knows!'#310
- 'Shrike Force!'#369
- 'Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Part 2: Electric Doom'#370
- 'Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Part 3: Life Stings!'#370 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Part 3: Life Stings!'#651
#1.4 The Incredible Hulk (1968)
- 'Learning to Crawl: Part Four'
#238 The Iron Age (2011)
- 'Post Hulk...Post Holocaust!'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The New Mutants (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#86 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Bang! You're Dead!'
#13 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Super-Adaptoid to Umar'
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
#59 The Sensational Spider-Man (2006)
- 'Disorder in the Court'
#38 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'The Last Temptation of Eddie Brock, Part 1'
#53 The Superior Foes of Spider-Man (2013)
- 'Toys of the Terrible Tinkerer'
The Unbelievable Gwenpool (2016)
Vengeance of the Moon Knight (2009)
#2 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'Shock and Awe, Chapter 2: The Sentry's Curse'
What If? (1977)
#7 Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection (2017)
- 'What If Someone Else Had Become the Amazing Spider-Man'
TPB vol. 02 Wolverine: Origins (2006)
- 'Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 2'TPB vol. 03
- 'Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 3'TPB vol. 04
- 'Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 4'
- 'Swift and Terrible, Part 2'#15
- 'Swift and Terrible, Conclusion'#25
- 'The Deep End, Part 5'#35
- 'Weapon XI: Part 3'#36
- 'Weapon XI: Part 4'
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Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1995)
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