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Exterminator (Phillip Sterling)
Real Name: Phillip Sterling
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The criminal known as the Exterminator was Phillip Wallace Sterling, the last son of an old, wealthy, and prestigious family that had lived in America for centuries. It is not known why Sterling turned to crime. He conducted his first known criminal activities under the alias of the Exterminator. In this role Sterling was the costumed mastermind behind a series of crimes committed by the original criminals known as Ape-Man, Bird-Man, and Cat-Man, who were otherwise known as the Unholy Three.

The Exterminator developed a "time displacer ray" or "T-ray" with which he could banish a person or object from his own dimension for a period of his choosing. The Exterminator claimed that the ray projected its target into another "time continuum," but actually, the T-ray projected its victim into a limbo-like interdimensional void lying close to normal reality. If the Exterminator banished a victim for 30 minutes, then he or she would automatically return to Earth once the half hour was up. However, an intense enough amount of "displacement" radiation could exile a victim to the interdimensional void permanently. The Exterminator wished to create the impression that he and the Unholy Three might have actually disintegrated their victims with their portable "time-displacement guns"; hence, he chose the nom de crime "Exterminator." His plan involved robberies and crime, as well as getting rid of Foggy Nelson before he could be elected DA and threaten the Exterminator.

During a clash with the costumed crimefighter Daredevil, Ape-Man succeeded in exiling Daredevil to the void with his displacement gun. Daredevil was able to use his powers and skills to escape through a dimension warp, and tracked the Exterminator and the Unholy Three to their lair. After defeating the four, Daredevil intentionally triggered the explosion of the Exterminator's main displacement machine. At that time, Daredevil had temporarily grown tired of his superhero career, and was hoping to end it by feigning his own demise - which made easier as Daredevil was then thought to be his imaginary brother, "Mike Murdock". What Daredevil did not realize was that the explosion caused the nearby Exterminator to be irradiated with an extraordinary amount of the dimensional-displacement radiation. Years later, the Exterminator would be back - as the ominous Death-Stalker !


First Appearance: Daredevil (1964) #39

Other Identities:
Death-Stalker (Marvel)(01 - Phillip Sterling)

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Daredevil (1964)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)

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