Justin Hammer (Marvel)
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None; Justin Hammer is a genius at high finance and big business.
Justin Hammer was born in Surrey, England. A rival of industrialist Anthony Stark (Iron Man), Hammer invented a device called the hypersonic scan transmitter, which allowed him to take control of Iron Man's armor. Angered that he had lost a lucrative bid to Stark International, Hammer took control of Iron Man's armor and forced him to kill an ambassador. Stark cleared his name and destroyed the control device, but had found a new enemy in Hammer.
For a time, Hammer frequently hired the villain group known as the Death Squad in an attempt to kill both Stark and Iron Man, but fired the group after they constantly failed. Hammer later had Stark's Iron Man technology stolen by the Spymaster and sold it to a number of superhumans who wore powered armor - including, among others, the Stiltman, the Raiders, the Mauler, the Beetle and even Crimson Dynamo and the Titanium Man. Iron Man started a small war to disable the Stark-based technology in the suits in question, going so far as to also disable sanctioned technology in the armor of SHIELD´S Mandroids and the Vault´s Guardsmen, leading him into conflict with The Captain and the his fellow Avengers. In short, Justin Hammer´s greed led to the first Armor War.
It was revealed, years later, that Justin Hammer had obtained Stane International after the death of its chairman, causing problems for Tony Stark through his old company, which even led to a confrontation between Iron Man and the Masters of Silence. Even when he was forced to sell it to Stark for the sum of one dollar, he had the last laugh, when all the shady dealings and irresponsible, or even criminal actions of Stane International came back to bite Tony later.
Much later, after Justin Hammer had been diagnosed with an incurable illness, he decided he did not want to die before destroying Tony Stark. Hammer infected Stark's bloodstream with mood-altering nanites that made Stark irrational and temperamental. In a final confrontation between Iron Man and Hammer on Hammer's own space station, Hammer was accidentally frozen in a block of ice and lost in space. Hammer industries kept running, long enough for employees to forget exactly what happened to Justin (Of course, they might never have been in the know).
He is the father of Justine Hammer aka (Crimson Cowl), who led the incarnation of the Masters of Evil that fought the Thunderbolts.
First Appearance: Iron Man (1968) #120
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Deadly Foes of Spider-Man (1991)
#4 Gambit (1999)
- 'While the City Screams!'
#16 Invincible Iron Man (2008)
- 'The More Things Change...'
#500.1 Iron Man (1968)
- 'What It Was Like, What Happened, And What It's Like Now'
Iron Man: Bad Blood (2000)
#1 Iron Man: The Legend (1996)
- 'Bad Blood, Part 1: A Gathering Dark'#2
- 'Bad Blood, Part 2: Smashing Seattle'#3
- 'Bad Blood, Part 3: Enemy Mind'#4
- 'Bad Blood, Part 4: Terminal Space'
Iron Manual Mark 3 (2010)
#1 Marvel Annual & Quarterly Reports (1992)
- 'Iron Man Iron Manual'
Marvel Heroes (2009)
#6 Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
- 'Iron Man: Feindliche Übernahme'
Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
The All-New Iron Manual (2008)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The New Warriors (1990)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
Annual 02 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Questions of Power The Hero Killers Part 4'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
#26 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'The Inheritance'#36
- 'How Is Justice Best Served?'#37
- 'The Bug Bites Back!'#67
- 'Trust in Fear'
West Coast Avengers (1985)
What If...? (1989)
#8 X-Men Legends (2000)
- 'What If... Iron Man Lost The Armor Wars?'
Hammer Industries (Marvel)
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