Aries (02 - Grover Raymond)
Real Name: Grover Raymond
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In combat, Aries charges his opponents as a ram would. His costume's horns are constructed of an unknown hard materiel, making them formidable weapons.
Raymond was recruited by Taurus to replace Marcus Lassiter as Aries. The Zodiac Cartel decided to kill every person born under the sign of Gemini because they thought them to be untrustworthy. The Cartel was defeated by the Avengers who were able to destroy the Star-Blaster which the Zodiac was to use to fulfill their plans.
Following their defeat, Raymond was able to get the rest of the Cartel, except for Libra to back him in overthrowing Taurus as their leader. The renegade Zodiac met with Cornelius Van Lunt, the Cartel's financial backer, in an empty warehouse but were attacked by the Avengers during the meeting. Van Lunt fled, but revealed that he was Taurus and that the warehouse was, in fact, a rocketship which Taurus shot into space. The Vision was able to persuade the Zodiac to help the Avengers get back to earth rather than continue their battle. Upon their return to earth, the Avengers turned Aries and the other Zodiac, except for Libra, over to the authorities. Except for Taurus, all the Cartel ended up in prison.
While in prison, Raymond was visited by Lucifer, who had possessed the body of Rafe Michel, a criminal. In order to keep his power from consuming a single body, Lucifer offered to divide his power. Raymond agreed, and gained some of Lucifer's strength, along with his costume. They did battle with the Falcon, but managed to escape to Mr. Morgan. Morgan asked the two to kill the Falcon.
The two Lucifers attacked, but were defeated by the Falcon. Raymond-Lucifer led the other to Lucifer's base, where they revived Lucifer's undamaged Ultra-Robots and sent them to attack the Falcon. The Falcon, though, was helped by an uncostumed Captain America, who defeated the Lucifers and destroyed the Ultra-Robots. Still unable to contain Lucifer's energies, both host bodies died with Lucifer being sent back to the Nameless Dimension.
First Appearance: The Avengers (1963) #120
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#12 Captain America (1968)
- 'Old Entanglements'
#177 Ghost Rider (1973)
- 'Lucifer Be Thy Name'#178
- 'If The Falcon Should Fall!'
#7 Iron Man (1998)
- '...And Lose His Own Soul!'
Les Vengeurs (1974)
The Avengers (1963)
#120 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Death-Stars of the Zodiac!'#121
- 'Houses Divided Cannot Stand!'#122
- 'Trapped in Outer Space!'#124
- 'Beware the Star-Stalker!'#145
- 'The Taking of the Avengers!'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Wonder Man to Zzzax (plus Appendix to Alien Races)'
Zodiac (01 - Cartel)
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