Polestar (Marvel) (01 - Thomas Duffy)
Real Name: Thomas Duffy
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Polestar wore a costume that allowed him to generate magnetic fields and tractor beams. He generally used his tractor beams to grab metallic objects and swing them at his foes. He had also been seen to fire electromagnetic discharges capable of disrupting machinery. The suit's magnetic fields allowed Polestar to fly, and surrounded him with a protective magnetic aura.
Polestar was a participant in the so-called "Great Game," a competition in which various wealthy individuals placed bets on the outcomes of battles between various superhumanly powerful individuals. Like many players in the game, Polestar was sponsored by a corporate head, who shared a portion of Polestar's winnings with him in accordance with the game's rules. The players in the game fought other sponsored players as well as designated superhuman beings, many of whom were unaware of the game's existence, in hopes of winning the "ultimate prize" promised by the game's supposed architect, James Johnsmeyer.
In the course of Johnsmeyer's schemes to involve Kaine in the Great Game against the latter's will, Polestar was sent to battle Kaine and rival players. The Rhino and Joystick appeared on the scene, prompting Polestar to attempt to squash Kaine with a car. However, Kaine's "friend" Shannon, a former player in the game herself, used her limited mental powers to distract Polestar. After Ben Reilly, who was then Spider-Man, appeared on the scene and defeated Joystick, Polestar attempted to fly into the wall-crawler. Spider-Man simply dodged, allowing Polestar to wreck his suit by colliding with a brick wall, and then decked him.
Polestar attacked Morelle Pharmaceuticals in hopes of kidnapping Nolan Morelle, who had recieved nanotech prosthetics through the company's Project: Sharksin, because Morelle had been declared a prize in the game. However, Nightwatch, a vigilante also empowered by Morelle, arrived on the scene and battled Polestar to stalemate. El Toro Negro, an agent of Justin Hammer's posing as a rogue player in the Game, arrived and seemed to aid Polestar in battling Nightwatch. Polestar magnetically disrupted Nightwatch's costume long enough for El Toro Negro to fatally shoot him. Polestar turned to thank El Toro, who promptly shot him to death as well.
Comments: Created by Tom Defalco and Mark Bagley.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #409
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Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'The Return of Kaine, Part 3 of 4: Of Wagers and Wars'
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