Beetle (Marvel)(01 - Abner Jenkins)
Real Name: Abner Jenkins
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The Beetle has a magnanium alloy crafted battle-suit that protects him from injury. The suit's circuitry boosts his strength several times that of a normal human being.
The suit also allows the Beetle to cling to walls and shoot electrostatic blasts called "electrobites".
The final feature to the Beetle's battle-suit are his motor-powered wings. The wings allow him to fly at 60 miles per hour at normal cruising speed.
Abner Jenkins was a master mechanic at an aircraft parts factory who became dissatisfied with his boring, low paying job. Using his considerable mechanical knowledge, Jenkins built an armor-plated, strength-augmenting suit, a pair of gravity-defying wings, suction-fingered gloves, and a cybernetic control helmet. Calling himself the Beetle, Jenkins decided to use his battle suit for fame, wealth, and adventure. Believing a victory over half the Fantastic Four would make him an overnight sensation, the Beetle chose to lure the Human Torch and the Thing into battle. Unfortunately, the Thing and the Human Torch defeated him, and he was sent to prison.
When Baron Zemo formed the Thunderbolts, Jenkins made a new armor, the Mobile Armored Cyber-Harness, and took on the name of MACH-I. Zemo's plan was to gain the favor or the citizens of New York, which was in need of heroes after the disappearance of the Avengers and Fantastic Four after Onslaught's attack, only to gain access to classified S.H.I.E.L.D. files and eventually control the world. Jenkins and several of his teammates began to like the hero life, and decided to leave their villainous pasts behind. Zemo instead revealed that the Thunderbolts were actually ex-Masters of Evil members to the public, leaving the new heroes with a public unwilling to trust them.
The murder he committed eventually came back to haunt Abe. When Hawkeye took over leadership of the team, he convinced Jenkins to serve out his prison sentence as a gesture of good will to the public. While in prison, someone used the Beetle armor to frame Jenkins, so he broke out. Abe was given a new face and appearance by Fixer along with the alias of Matthew Davis.
Eventually Jenkins returned his features to normal and returned to prison to finish his sentence. Spending time as a hero seemed to change his outlook on life. After being released from prison, Jenkins reformed the Thunderbolts with the funding of Baron Strucker. With Songbird now in charge of the team, Abe is working with Fixer once again.
First Appearance: Strange Tales (1951) #123
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Alpha Flight (1983)
#121 Captain America (1968)
- 'The Return of the Brass Bishop!'
#411 Daredevil (1964)
- 'The Arena'#412
- 'Disguise the Limit'#413
- 'Hostile Takeover!'
#33 Daredevil (2014)
- 'Behold ... The Beetle!'#34
- 'To Squash A Beetle!'#108
- 'Cry Beetle!'#109
- 'Dying For Dollars!'#140
- 'Death Times Two!'
#1.50 Darkhawk (1991)
- 'The King in Red'
#30 Deadly Foes of Spider-Man (1991)
- 'This Evil Unleashed'
#1 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Punishment and Crime'#2
- 'The Price of Justice'#3
- 'Shattered Dreams'#4
- 'While the City Screams!'
Annual 03 Iron Man (1968)
- 'Bedlam at the Baxter Building!'#334
- 'Shadows of Alarm...!'
#22 Marvel Age (1983)
- 'Pop Goes The Cosmos!'
Marvel Heroes (2009)
#6 Marvel Masterworks (1987)
- 'Iron Man: Feindliche Übernahme'
#25 Marvel Triple Action (1972)
- 'The Fantastic Four Nos. 41-50 & Fantastic Four Annual No. 3 by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby'
#22 Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
- 'Among Us Walks... A Goliath!'
New Thunderbolts (2005)
#5 Silver Sable and the Wild Pack (1992)
- 'Call To Battle?'#6
- 'City Of Heroes?'#7
- 'Modern Marvels'#8
- 'A Shock To The System'
#21 Sleepwalker (1991)
- 'Home of the Bodybag'#22
- 'Don't Believe the Hype'
#20 Spider-Man (2007)
- 'Mindfield! part 2: Split Decision!'
#1 Spider-Man Family Featuring Spider-Man's Amazing Friends (2006)
- 'Chaos auf Ryker's Island'#48
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (2006)
#1 Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
- 'The Boyfriend Thing'#17
- 'The Guarded Thing'
#9 Spider-Man: Power of Terror (1995)
- 'The Mark of Kaine, Part 5 of 5: Unholy Alliances!'#12
- 'Who Did Spider-Man Murder?'
#1 Spider-Man: Web of Doom (1994)
- 'Beneficial Alliances'#2
- 'Division of Power'
#2 Spider-Man/Human Torch (2005)
- 'Web of Doom Part II: Hunt The Spider!'#3
- 'Web of Doom Part III: Beetlemania!'
Spidey Super Stories (1974)
#4 Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man (2006)
- 'Spidey: Beware of the Hair'#22
- 'The Lizard Lives!'
Strange Tales (1951)
The Adventures of Spider-Man (1996)
#10 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'To Catch A Spider'
Annual 02 The Avengers (1963)
- 'The Wondrous World of Dr. Strange!'#21
- 'Where Flies the Beetle...!'#94
- 'On Wings Of Death!'#112
- 'Spidey Cops Out'#181
- 'The Sinister Syndicate!'#281
- 'When Warriors Clash--!'#657
- 'Torch Song'
#27 The Defenders (1972)
- 'Four Against the Flood-Tide!'#28
- 'Among Us Walks... A Goliath!'#151
- 'At Last: the Decision!'#228
- 'Trial and Error!'#229
- 'Final Curtain!'#230
- 'The Last Farewell!'
#63 The Electric Company Magazine (1972)
- 'Deadlier By the Dozen!'#64
#82 The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man (1993)
- 'See No Evil!'#112
- 'See No Evil!'
#2 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'Hate is a Many Splendored Thing'#3
- 'Power Struggle'#4
#2 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'B-C: From Baron Mordo To The Collective Man'
#2 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Beast to Clea'#8
- 'Magus to Mole Man'#12
- 'Sif to Sunspot'
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
#59 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'Disorder In The Court'
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man (2013)
#3 The Vault of Michael Allred (2006)
- 'A New Sheriff In Town'#4
- 'Heroes Fight Liars!'
Annual 1997 Thunderbolts: Distant Rumblings (1997)
- 'The Origin of the Thunderbolts'#1
- 'Justice... Like Lightning!'#2
- 'Deceiving Appearances'#22
- 'Decisions Part 3: Taking a Stand'#33
- 'Ogres in the Shadows'#34
- 'Making Your Mark'#35
- 'The Inheritance'#36
- 'How Is Justice Best Served?'#37
- 'The Bug Bites Back!'#163.1
#-1 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'Distant Rumblings!'
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man (1999)
#17 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'Hero of the People'#18
- 'Hero of the People, Part 2'
What If...? (1989)
#8 X-Men: First Class (2007)
- 'What If... Iron Man Lost The Armor Wars?'#64
- 'What If Iron Man Went Public?'
Video Game Appearances:
Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1995)
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