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Stu Cicero (Marvel)

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Stu Cicero is a dedicated comics enthusiastic and was one of the comic book archivists working in "the Basement", the comic book reference library of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway. GLK&H is the most prestigious law firm on the American east coast and has its own and fairly new superhuman law division. The Basement and its "Long Boxes" are located in their office building, Timely Plaza. GLK&H's extensive comics collection is invaluable to the firm, since most of the Marvel books they have there have been licensed by the heroes whose activities the comics depict, or the books bear the seal of the Comics Code of America, a federal agency, and thus are admissible in any court of law. Stu spent his days helping GLK&H's lawyers find reference material and reading comic books. One of his super-hero idols, She-Hulk, even came to work at GLK&H.

Eventually one of She-Hulk's enemies, Titania, attacked Timely Plaza, destroying the Long Boxes along with the rest of the building. She-Hulk took Stu in the local shop where, with the help of other comic book fans, they came up with a plan to defeat Titania.

Timely Plaza was rebuilt but most Long Boxes were switched over to trade paperback collections, which angered Stu. He had also lost a lot of weight during the rebuilding of Timely Plaza.

Stu eventually concluded the true identity of the mysterious Artie Zix, the new General Manager of GLK&H. Zix was truly a Rigellian Recorder robot RT-Z9, who Stu confronted in his office before revealing the secret to anyone else. Stu was suddenly shot with an advanced ray gun, leaving behind nothing but a smoking carpet.

Artie Zix then told the shape-shifter Ditto to impose as the missing head of the comic book reference library. Ditto was eventually uncovered by the Basement's Chas and Lewis, and Mr. Zix revealed he had only teleported Stu to another dimension known as Duckworld. RT-Z9 was unaware of a way out of Duckworld that Stu had learned from Marvel's black and white magazines. Stu looked Ducktor Strange in his hands and the mallard of myshtic artsh opened Stu a magic portal back to Earth. Stu appeared in the Nexus of All Realities in Florida and hurried back to New York to warn the others about RT-Z9. By the time Stu reached Timely Plaza, the robot posed no threat anymore and left.

Soon afterwards, Mallory Book replaced Holliway as the firm's senior partner and the firm likewise changed its name. After his time in Duckworld, his old work felt like more of the same to Stu. Luckily GLK&B's other senior partners, Mr. Lieber and Mr. Kurtzberg, used their connections to get Stu a writing job at Marvel Comics.


First Appearance: She-Hulk (2004) #2

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Issue Appearances:
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
She-Hulk (2004)
She-Hulk (2005)

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Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway (GLK&H)

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