Bambina Teresa Bliss 'Bambi' Arbogast (Marvel)
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Bambina Teresa Bliss Arbogast debuted in issue #118 as Tony Stark's no-nonsense secretary/executive assistant, a trusty battle axe, and just about the only one who could handle being Tony Stark's personal assistant. More motherly than Pepper, this feisty matron kept Stark, Rhodey, and SE in line through all kinds of insanity.
As told in a back-up story in Iron Man Annual #11, Mrs. Arbogast got the job as Tony's personal assistant because while she waited for Stark to come in to interview her, Iron Man and Whirlwind busted in fighting. Despite the battle, Mrs. A. kept her cool and kept Stark's important papers, even his goldfish safe. Staying cool, she even answered the phone. Finally, she helped Iron Man knockout Whirlwind. She got the job because of Iron Man's reccomendation.
Arbogast kept Stark's business and romantic affairs running on all cylinders, although she usually disapproved of Tony's bimbos. With all of Tony's cavorting and super-heroing, she had her hands full, but she managed. She kept the operations humming along, until Tony's drinking ruined the company. Soon after, she left (when Obidiah Stane took over Stark International). She was later kidnapped by Stane (taken from her Bay Ridge, NJ, neighborhood) for his ultimate revenge on Stark. In #222, she returned from a long trip throughout Africa to reign in Tony's new company as his Office Manager. (Later she would also serve a stint as the executive assistant to Heroes for Hire.)
Mrs. Arbogast didn't take flak from anybody--not Tony, not Rhodes, not Iron Man, not even the super-powered villains that occasionally busted in with or without appointments. In fact, she never seemed to have learned that Tony was Iron Man (while working for him anyway), and often found Iron Man to be rude and brusk. Although she eventually left Stark's employ, she remains a valued friend.
Mrs. A. is married. She also has a niece named Alison, who once filled-in for her at Stark's side.
First Appearance: Iron Man (1968) #118
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Fantastic Four (1961)
#214 Force Works (1994)
- '... And Then There Was -- One!'
#8 Heroes for Hire (1997)
- 'Tidings of Comfort and Joy'
#8 Invincible Iron Man (2008)
- 'Revelations (Book One)'#9
- 'Conflict of Interest!'#13
- 'Sold Out!'
#27 Iron Man (1968)
- 'Stark Resilient Part 3 This Is What We Do'#28
- 'Stark Resilient Part 4 Grand Mal Tokyo Moron Party'#29
- 'Stark Resilient Part 5 Predators and Prey in Their Natural Environments'#30
- 'Stark Resilient Part 6 Tony, We Don't Want To Destroy You'#31
- 'Stark Resilient Part 7 Sabot'#32
- 'Stark Resilient Part 8'#33#500.1
- 'What It Was Like, What Happened, And What It's Like Now'#504
- 'Fear Itself Part 1: City Of Light, City Of Stone'#505
- 'Fear Itself Part 2: Cracked Actor'#506
- 'Fear Itself Part 3: The Apostate'#511
- 'Demon Part 2: Exposure'#516
- 'Long Way Down 1: Night Of The Long Knives'#518
- 'Long Way Down 3: You Ghosts Of Mine Both New And Old'#519
- 'Long Way Down 4: The Work'#520
- 'Long Way Down 5: The Dead And The Dying'#521
- 'The Future Part 1: The Demolished Man'#523
- '3: Swarm'#526
- '6: Independence Day'#527
- 'Finale: The Stars My Destination'
Iron Man (2013)
#16 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'The Secret Origin of Tony Stark: The Best Offense Part Four'
#51 Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
- 'Face-Off/Bad Blood!/The Other Way Out/...The Straight Approach!'
Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
HC Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
- 'Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
The All-New Iron Manual (2008)
The Avengers (1963)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
War Machine (1994)
Stark Industries (Marvel)
Stark International (Marvel)
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