Living Laser (01 - Arthur Parks)
Real Name: Arthur Parks
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Arthur Parks was a research scientist who worked on developing the laser (Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation) for use as an offensive weapon. Building the smallest laser capable of use as a weapon yet devised, Parks fitted two of the miniature projectors to his wrists and fashioned himself a costume. Upset by the breakup with his girlfriend, Parks, calling himself the Living Laser, first used his weaponry in an attempt to vent his rage against his ex-girlfriend's fiancÃ©. However, he soon became infatuated with the Wasp, and in an attempt to impress her, began to lay waste to portions of New York City. Finding himself in battle with the Avengers, the Living Laser kidnapped the Wasp and fled the country.
The Avengers tracked him down in Costa Verde, a tiny South American nation whose guerrillas the Laser was aiding. The Avengers thwarted his schemes, rescued the Wasp, and extradited him to America. Serving time for his rampage in New York, the Laser freed himself from prison with the aid of the Mandarin. He then began a career as a henchman, working for the Mandarin, Batroc, the Lethal Legion, and others.
After suffering various defeats, the Living Laser spent over a year in his laboratory and devised a way to incorporate laser devices into his own body With the assistance of underworld scientist Jonas Harrow, Parks had an array of miniature laser diodes implanted in various places over his body. Defeated again by the Avengers when he attempted to procure the Serpent Crown, the Living Laser was then contacted by Count Nefaria, who offered to augment his power further. Agreeing, Parks learned too late that Nefaria was using him as a dupe to acquire superhuman power for himself.
Nefaria's treatment activated the energy-gathering diodes in Parks' skin so that he could not shut them down. Desperate, the Living Laser met with East German agents and agreed to help them power their laser-armed satellites in exchange for their siphoning off sufficient energy to save his life. However, months later, he met Iron Man in battle and his energy began to overload. To prevent the satellites from being armed, Iron Man destroyed the siphoning machine. The Laser's power overloaded and he exploded. Although the Living Laser was seemingly killed by the explosion, he continues to exist as a sentient energy being.
In this form, the Living Laser was captured by Iron Man and his ally James Rhodes, remanded to the Avengers' West Coast compound, where the Avenger Henry Pym sought to restore him to normal. The Laser subsequently escapes, and briefly battles the cosmic hero Quasar. The Laser later returns, and on hearing a rumor that Iron Man was dead posed as the villain the Titanium Man to draw him out. The ruse works, and after two grueling battles the Laser is finally defeated by using his own powers against him.
The Laser later reforms and joins a group of supervillains formed by MODOK, and is later hired by the Hood to take advantage of the split in the superhero community caused by the Superhuman Registration Act.
Parks is a fan of Opera.
First Appearance: The Avengers (1963) #34
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
#1 Alpha Flight (1983)
- 'Amatsu-Kami (Japanese Gods) To Walker'
#121 Avengers Unconquered (2009)
- 'The Return of the Brass Bishop!'
#24 Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
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- 'Fall Of The Avengers!'#34
- 'Siege Begins Here!'#35
- 'Earth's Mightiest Heroes Reunited At Last!'
#25 Avengers: X-Sanction (2012)
- 'Avengers The Initiative Disassembled Conclusion'#27
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- 'The Hammer Falls, Part 1 of 3'#34
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#105 Captain America & the Korvac Saga (2011)
- 'In The Name of Batroc!'#112
- 'Lest We Forget!'
#1 Code of Honor (1997)
- 'Strange Days'#2
- 'The Star Lord'
#3 Dark Reign: The Hood (2009)
- 'Book Three: The Streets'
#1 Defenders/Avengers: X-Sanction Preview Book (2011)
- 'Chain of Command'
Fear Itself: The Home Front (2011)
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
#1 Invincible Iron Man (2008)
- 'Heroic Age Villains'
#511 Iron Man (1968)
- 'Demon Part 2: Exposure'#512
- 'Demon Part 3: Control'#513
- 'Demon Part 4: Control'#515
- 'Demon Part 6: Fall'#522
- '2: Rings'#524
- '4: Armor War'#525
- '5: Beating Down The Transhuman Condition'#526
- '6: Independence Day'#527
- 'Finale: The Stars My Destination'
Annual 07 Iron Man (2013)
- 'When Giants Walk the Earth'#152
- 'Escape From Heaven's Hand!'#153
- 'Light Makes Might!'#211
- 'Seeing the Light'#258
- 'Lo, A Spectral Enemy Rises'#259
- '... Like All Secrets, Easily Revealed'#260
- 'Put Them All Together And They Spell Laser!'#261
- 'Armor Wars II Part 4'#263
- 'Stone Walls Do Not A Prison Make'#287
- 'Ground Zero'#289
- 'The Light At The End'
#3 Iron Man Magazine Special Edition (2010)
- 'Believe 3 Of 5: It Makes Us Stronger'
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2009)
Iron Man: Inevitable (2006)
#1 Iron Man: The Legend (1996)
- 'Book One: This Old Truth'#2
- 'Book Two: Blind Dates'#3
- 'Book Three: Those Who Can't, Teach'#4
- 'Book Four: Ordinary People'#6
- 'Book Six: Best of the Rest'
L`invincible Iron Man (1972)
Marvel Super Action (1977)
#7 Marvel Triple Action (1972)
- 'In The Name Of Batroc'
#26 Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
- 'The Living Laser!'#27
- 'The Light That Failed!'
New Avengers (2005)
New Avengers Finale (2010)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Origins of Siege (2010)
#6 Secret Wars II (1985)
- 'Flies in a Cathedral'#30
- 'Calling All Lasers'
#7 Spider-Man (2007)
- 'Charge of the Dark Brigade!'
#1 Super-Villain Team-Up / MODOK's 11 (2007)
- 'Chaos auf Ryker's Island'
#1 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Mistaken for Happiness, or: "The Team"'#2
- 'Prevenge, or: "The Plan"'#3
- 'Where the Money Is, or: "The Job"'#4
- 'Death From Virtue, or "The Getaway"'#5
- 'How Not To Be Good, or "The Payoff"'
Annual 06 The Incredible Hulk (1968)
- 'No Final Victory!'King-Size Special 01
- 'The Monstrous Master Plan of the Mandarin!'#34
- 'The Living Laser!'#35
- 'The Light that Failed!'#78
- 'The Man-Ape Always Strikes Twice!'#79
- 'Lo! The Lethal Legion!'#151
- 'At Last: the Decision!'#153
- 'Home is the Hero!'#153 (UK Edition)
- 'Home is the Hero!'#160
- '...The Trial!'#164
- 'To Fall By Treachery!'#166
- 'Day of the Godslayer!'
#418 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'We Are Gathered Here'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#6 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'K-M: From Kang to Man-Bull'
#7 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Khoryphos to Magneto'
War Machine (1994)
#1 What If...? (1989)
- 'Somthing to Believe In'
#9 Wonder Man (1986)
- 'What If... The New X-Men Died On Their First Mission?'#63
- 'What If War Machine Had Not Destroyed the Living Laser?'
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Captain America and the Avengers (1991)
Batroc's Brigade (Marvel)
Hood's Criminal Syndicate
Lethal Legion (Marvel)
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