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Monday, February 29, 2016

Maggia Crime Family Key Comics Part 4


I put up the banner for this Part 4 for a reason. It shows how the Maggia has progressed and who controls what and where. Of course and since this is comic books, there are changes.

So the 2nd Eel or Ed Lavell controls Maggia interests on the Gulf Coast, and Madame Masque rules over Las Vegas crime. The Silvermane Family holds power in New York and the others control other territories.

While T.B. Smithson is noted as a Maggia leader, he's doesn't have that many appearances. Actually, I couldn't find him in any other appearance besides Avengers #31 volume 3.

However, the Silvermane or Manfredi Family has been a notable Maggia family in comics, especially in Spidey comics. So, here's some keys and 1st appearances that pertain to the...

SILVERMANE CRIME FAMILY



AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #73
1st appearance of Silvermane
1st appearance of Caesar Cicero
1st appearance of Man Mountain Marko


Like Count Nefaria, I believe Silvermane started out as a Maggia leader in his 1st appearance. Silvermane is Silvio Manfredi, a notorious crime boss in the Marvel Universe.

I'm not sure if Silvermane started out as a super-powered villain though. He did eventually become a cyborg in later issues.

One of his earliest henchmen was Man Mountain Marko, basically his enforcer who had an obsession with becoming stronger and more powerful. Man Mountain Marko was also under the employment of Hammerhead as well when the 2nd Eel was first introduced.

Caesar Cicero is the Silvermane Family lawyer and 2nd in command. Cicero would eventually become a boss. He, a long with Silvermane, are prominent members of the Maggia and what's known as the Manfredi Family.

Silvermane's biggest foe in the underworld is the Kingpin. Amazing Spider-Man #73 has the cover date of June, 1969.





STRANGE TALES #111
1st appearance of Blackie Barker

I'm not totally sure if this is the same Blackie that is seen as a Maggia member in Amazing Spider-Man #75. Some sources do say he is.

In this first appearance, Blackie is a crime boss. In Amazing Spider-Man #75, he's a henchmen working for Silvermane and reveals to Spidey that the Maggia's base of operations is in the Galby Building.

Pretty forgettable or unimportant character in Marvel Comics and the Maggia. This comic does have the 2nd appearance of Dr. Strange and the 1st appearance of Baron Mordo, so it's already pretty valuable already.

I doubt Blackie's 1st appearance in the Human Torch story will add any extra umpff to the value of this comic.  Strange Tales #111 has the cover date of August, 1963.





DAREDEVIL #118
1st appearance of Blackwing

Joseph Manfredi is already a recurring character on Agent Carter, and he is a leader of the Maggia on that show. However, in the actual comics, he first appears as the super-villain Blackwing and a member of the Circus of Crime.

Joseph Manfredi is the son of Silvio Mandredi, also known as Silvermane who is the most notable leader of the Silvermane Family of the Maggia. Not sure if Blackwing ever took control of his father's family or not.

Caesar Cicero seems to be next in line. However, since Joseph is the son of Silvio and already leader of the Maggia in Agent Carter, I'll put him under the Silvermane Family.

His character being on the Agent Carter show doesn't really seem to affect this comic in terms of desirability. February, 1975 is the cover date for Daredevil #118.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13
1st appearance of Mysterio

Mysterio did not start out as a Maggia member, nor did he have any ties to the crime group for a long, long time. In recent Amazing Spider-Man comics written by Dan Slott, Mysterio does, though.

Apparently Mysterio was under the employment of Carmine Karnelli and controlled a robot duplicate of Silvermane as Silvermane was presumed dead at this time. The Maggia were in a gang war with Mister Negative at this time also.

Mysterio betrays Karnelli and kills him in an attempt to take control of the Maggia and it's fortune. I wouldn't say Mysterio is a prominent member of the Maggia, but he does have ties to it at least in recent continuity.

Just some weirdness to throw in there, since the Maggia are pretty confusing and weird already. The Karnelli Family are part of the Maggia as well. Carmine Karnelli and the Karnelli Family first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #547.

Amazing Spider-Man #13 has the cover date of June, 1964. 




Alright, this is going to be the last of the Maggia key issues. There are other members of the Maggia, but do not fall under any family category.

It's all pretty confusing regarding this criminal organization in the Marvel Universe. I'm definitely no expert and it really does seem like it's a jumbled mess.

Grim Reaper is or was a Maggia member that did not fall into any family. It's the same for Bushmaster (John McIver), Gideon Mace and even Mysterio. I just put him under the Silvermane Family since he did control the robot duplicate of Silvermane, but he's technically really not part of that Maggia family.

In case you were wondering, the 3rd incarnation of Cyclone, Pierre Fresson, became leader and representative of the European Maggia. His 1st appearance is in Thunderbolts #3 of the 1st series.

The 2nd incarnation of the Eel or Ed Lavell has his first appearance in Powerman & Iron Fist #92. He was seen working for Hammerhead in that issue.

The Nobili Family popped up and was identified as part of the Maggia later on in Modern Age comics. The members are Gordo Nobili, Joseph Nobili and Carmen Nobili. They all first appear in Thunderbolts #14 volume 2. I don't think they have that many appearances and aren't that significant of characters over-all.

I think the only major Maggia members to be concerned about are Count Nefaria, Madame Masque, Silvermane, and Hammerhead, but who really knows? Not like TV hasn't used some pretty obscure characters already like Joseph Manfredi (Blackwing) and Melvin Potter (Gladiator).

Anyways, happy hunting!


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Maggia Crime Family Keys Part 3


Although the Hammerhead Family is considered one of the more prominent of Maggia families, the only recurring character for this family is actually Hammerhead. He does have a revolving door of unremarkable and forgettable henchmen.

So, this one will be a quickie concerning the Hammerhead Family. If you missed Part 2, just click the link to go back. Otherwise, here's more keys related to...

THE HAMMERHEAD FAMILY




FANTASTIC FOUR #101
1st appearance of Top Man
1st appearance of Big Rock
1st appearance of Gimlet

Before Hammerhead, what would eventually become the character's Maggia Family 1st appeared in Fantastic Four #101. Yep, the issue did not have Hammerhead in it.

Instead, it was led by the Top Man. Top Man was a pretty forgettable villain and only had 2 appearances in comics. Fantastic Four #180 is the 2nd appearance and was reprinted from this comic issue of Fantastic Four #101.

So, he really had only 1 real appearance. Same with his minions Gimlet and Big Rock. Top Man is caught and taken to prison at the end of this issue and is supposedly killed or assassinated in prison sometime after.

I don't think that ever played out in an actual story, but Hammerhead would somehow and somewhere take over as leader. I'm not sure if there is a reference in an actual comic story that ties Hammerhead to this Maggia Family.

However, sources do say that Top Man was killed and the Maggia replaced him with Hammerhead. Fantastic Four #101 has the cover date August, 1970.






AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #113
1st appearance of Hammerhead

This just might be the first brief appearance of Hammerhead since he only shows up in three panels throughout the entire issue. Not the best of Marvel villains, so I don't see too many making a big fuss about it.

In his initial 1st appearance in this issue, it's established that Doc Ock and Hammerhead's gang are fighting each other to become the big boss of New York's criminal underworld. Apparently, Kingpin had been knocked out of that position.

Although sources claimed that Hammerhead was always a Maggia member, this nor the Maggia are referenced in his early appearances. He is shown as the boss of a gang, but his connection to the crime group must of been retconned.

Actually, the earliest reference I could find concerning Hammerhead as a Maggia member is in Fantastic Four #233 where Johnny Storm implies that Hammerhead was a subpar villain and got lucky to have risen to the top of the Maggia.

Hammerhead models himself off the gangsters from the 20s and 30s like Al Capone. Usually, his gang is a revolving door of forgettable goons.

Despite being referenced as a pretty hokey or subpar villain, Hammerhead is a villain that often shows up in Spidey stories that deal with gang wars in New York City. He may not be the most popular of Spidey villains, but he's also no slouch either.

Amazing Spider-Man #113 has the cover date of October, 1972.





AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #114
1st full Hammerhead?
Origin of Hammerhead


Issue #113 only sees Hammerhead in three panels. The very last panel of that issue shows him fully and he even identifies himself.

However, this issue shows him a lot more and he is definitely a big part of the story. His origin is also revealed in this issue.

Apparently Hammerhead was a gun man found lying beaten in an alley by a Jonas Harrow. Harrow was a quack surgeon and scientific genius.

He would take the beaten gunman and replace his skull with steel. Janos Harrow's first appearance is in this issue. The character has been seen infrequently from time to time.

Because of the damage done to Hammerhead's brain, he does not remember who he exactly is in his earlier appearances. Thus, his civilian identity isn't revealed until much later.

Not sure in what issue Hammerhead regains his memory of who he was before he was turned into Hammerhead. Amazing Spider-Man #114 has the cover date of November, 1972. I don't think this issue is noted as the origin of Hammerhead in Overstreet or by CGC.




Although Hammerhead had been aligned with the likes of the Chamelon and often starting gang wars in the pages of the Amazing Spider-Man comics, there aren't any notable family members in the Hammerhead Family with the exception of Hammerhead himself. So, this key issue list concerning the Hammerhead Family is quite short.

I'm reluctant to call Fantastic Four #101 the first appearance of the Hammerhead Family since Hammerhead's not even in that issue. Seems a bit too weird for me, but some sources do say that is the case.

Also, Hammerhead did switch loyalties from the Maggia to Mister Negative at one point. Mister Negative apparently saved his life after Underworld gunned Hammerhead down. Mister Negative gave Hammerhead a new robotic adamantium skeleton, and Hammerhead worked under him separate from the Maggia.

With the newest Daredevil trailer, season 2 seems to be centered around the Hand. It kinda makes sense since Elektra is involved, but even though the Punisher is in Season 2, it seems like the Maggia has a less than likely chance they'll be included.

I still got my fingers crossed that the Costa Family will still be thrown in there somewhere, or at least given some type of nod. We'll have to see though.

Anyways, Part 4 is ready so see you there.



Saturday, February 27, 2016

Maggia Crime Family Keys Part 2


Alright, when it comes to Part 2 of this Maggia Crime Family keys, this may appear like a Punisher key issues list because the Costa Family is deeply connected to the character's origin. So, first off, this isn't a Punisher's key issues list.

Even though I do list Punisher key notations, the focus of Part 2 is the Costa Family and the significance of how they connect to Frank Castle. Also, the Costa Family is sometimes sourced as an affiliate of the Maggia or one of the families of the Maggia depending on the source.

I'm including them as part of the Maggia, and they are a more traditional mafia-type organization as opposed to the Nefaria Family. That means they are more involved in gambling, drug trafficking, etc without the whole super power thing. More normal type organized criminals.

Well, at least, they started out that way. In later volumes of the Punisher comics, they start getting into some weird, occult stuff. I will not be getting into that or anything dealing with Frank Costa becoming a demon in the volume 3 series

Anyways, let's get this thing going. Click the Part 1 link if you missed it. If not, here's some key issues pertaining to the...

COSTA CRIME FAMILY




MARVEL PREVIEW #2
Origin of the Punisher
1st appearance of Bruno Costa
1st Maria, Frank Jr, & Lisa Castle
1st Costa Family?

I believe that this issue here not only has the origin of the Punisher, but may also have the 1st appearance of the Costa Crime Family as well. This bad boy tells the origin of how Frank Castle's family was massacred and Bruno Costa does have his first appearance in flashback.

Bruno Costa is called by his 1st name in this issue, but his men that kill Castle's family aren't. He is the brother of Frank Costa, who was leader of the Costa Crime Family at the time. I don't know if the Costa Family is ever named or referred to in this issue.

Although, I do believe that a Punisher origin being shown in a Netflix series is inevitable if they decide to further progress with the character. Bruno Costa's character may be short-lived in a Punisher TV series.

After all, in the comics, he is mostly, if not always, shown in flashback since the character does die quite early. However, the character is a recurring ghost of sorts in many of the Punisher's comics for certain.

We shall have to see what they do with the character on Netflix and where they even start him at. Is he just beginning to become the Punisher?

If so, they could start with him hunting down the Costa Family members who directly murdered his family and then hunt those indirectly involved such as Frank Costa. It would be interesting if they replaced Bruno Costa with Billy Russo (Jigsaw) as the main enforcer responsible for the death of Frank Castle's family.

Since the Netflix shows are going for a more darker and street-level tone, I think it would make more realistic sense to have the Costa Family in the series or a series than the Silvermane, Hammerhead, or, especially, the Nefaria crime families. Then again, who knows?

Either way, the Costa Family is deeply connected to the Punisher and his origin regardless. Marvel Preview #2 has the cover date of August, 1975.





MARVEL SUPER ACTION #1
1st appearance & death of Frank Costa
Bruno Costa fully identified (Death)
Origin retold

Once again, this comic here retells the Punisher's origin in flashback and expands on the origin. Bruno Costa is fully named or identified.

Frank Costa makes his 1st appearance in this issue as well and is revealed as the head of the 2nd largest family on the East Coast. Frank also dies in this issue as does his brother Bruno, but not by the Punisher.

The Costa Crime Family is called the Syndicate repeatedly, and the Punisher is referred to as Captain. He had yet to be identified as Frank Castle or given a civilian name. It wasn't until the first Punisher limited series when he was given the civilian name of Frank Castle.

When the Punisher starts hitting up mob operations to flush out those responsible for the deaths of his family, the other mob families (unidentified) put out a hit on Bruno Costa and his men. They hoped by eliminating them, the Punisher would stop attacking their operations.

So Frank Costa set up Bruno and those men in a compound that would be hard for the Punisher and the other mob families to reach them. Wrong!

The Punisher does end up reaching them and killing some of those responsible except for Bruno and Frank Costa. In the end, an assassin named Audrey is the one who killed Bruno and Frank. Frank was killed off-panel or mentioned dead. 

This issue is the basis for the Punisher Year One limited series that tells the origin story much more in-depth. The story in this issue sees the police telling the Punisher (mentioned only as Captain) there's nothing they can do to those responsible for the murder of his family.

Marvel Super Action #1 has the cover date of January, 1976.






AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #162
1st appearance of Jigsaw

This story arc begins in the previous issue #161 in which Jigsaw in a mysterious sniper. He is not revealed until this issue here in Amazing Spider-Man #162.

I've mentioned Billy Russo quite a few times, and he is one of the Punisher's more fearsome or memorable foes that is tied to the character and the Costa Family. Before he was Jigsaw, he was Billy "The Beaut" Russo, a hired assassin for both the Costa Family and Maggia.

This issue doesn't show the origin of Jigsaw, but he does explain it in text about why he has such a hate on for the Punisher. Yes, Jigsaw was first seen in a lame yellow costume.

Not quite sure when his origin is first actually told, but his role in turning Frank Castle into the Punisher is told in Punisher Year One #3 & #4.

November, 1976 is the cover date to Amazing Spider-Man #162.





PUNISHER YEAR ONE #1-4
In-depth origin of the Punisher
Origin of Jigsaw

As mentioned earlier in this part 2 to the Maggia Crime Family keys, this limited series has the in-depth origin of the Punisher, and of course, the Costa Family is a prominent criminal organization in this series. Detective John Laviano shows up again in this series. He is first seen in Marvel Super Action #1 and is the one who tells the Punisher (before he becomes the Punisher) in that comic issue that he cannot touch Bruno and his men.

His role is virtually the same, but Detective Laviano shows up a bit more in this series. At least, he is in the first two issues of the Year One limited series.

Bruno Costa and Frank Costa return in their roles as well since this is a prequel story to the Punisher's origin. They are seen in issue #3.

What is interesting to this series is that issue #3 & #4 tells of the origin of Jigsaw and explains his role in the Punisher's origin. If you're looking for sleeper key issues, those two are definitely sleepers.

Issue #4 sees the Punisher shoving Billy Russo's face through the glass window, the act that would eventually spawn the character of Jigsaw. Funny thing is - The Punisher doesn't even remember him in his first appearance as Jigsaw in Amazing Spider-Man #162.

Speaking of Amazing Spider-Man #162, it's still a 1st appearance key issue that's over-looked and under-valued in my opinion. But back to the series in question.

If origin is played out in the Netflix series, that story may take a lot from the Punisher Year One comic series.

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When it comes to the different Maggia families, it's often not a clear cut case of how all they all tie together. They're kind of all over the map regarding that especially during their earlier appearances.

They're also a loose group of independent families and not really a solidified unit. To be honest, I'm not even sure when or in what issue identifies the Costa Family as an associate or a family of the Maggia. Furthermore, I don't even know who took over the family after Frank Costa's death.

The Costa Family first started out in the world of the Punisher and was more of a traditional Italian mafia-like crime group unlike the Nefaria Family, which were obviously more super villain in nature. The Hammerhead Family is another confusing Maggia family that is definitely in the super-villain vein.

You'll see what I mean in Part 3 to this key issues series.




Friday, February 26, 2016

Maggia Crime Family Keys


When it comes to the Maggia Crime Family, it's basically and loosely based off the American Mafia to an extent, just the comic book version of it that deals with super-villains. In New York City, the American Mafia, known as the Cosa Nostra (Our Thing or This Thing of Ours), had five families that controlled certain rackets and territories in the city and even across the country.

The leaders of each of the families across the nation formed what's called a commission, where they discussed business matters, beefs, and voted on certain aspects of their criminal empire. Although there were bosses of different families in pretty much every major city within the U.S., the major families were the five in New York City.

The Maggia Crime Family is somewhat loosely modeled off this structure. They have five major known families in the Marvel Universe as well and they are known as the Silvermane Family, the Nefaria Family, the Hammerhead Family, the Costa Family, and the Noboli Family.

Like the real mafia, they came to be the most powerful criminal organization in the U.S. Unlike, the real mafia, the maggia are less centralized and their families are independent groups that are loosely connected or tied together.

Basically, this means that they often act or run their families independently from each other. However, they do often ban together or consolidate their power against other strong organized criminals such as the Kingpin or other Marvel mafias.

Alright, to make it less confusing, each part to this series will deal with one Maggia Family at a time, so we'll start off with the...

THE NEFARIA FAMILY



AVENGERS #13
1st appearance of Count Nefaria
1st appearance of the Maggia

The 1st appearance of Count Nefaria in Avengers #13 also holds the 1st published appearance of the Maggia. Nefaria is introduced as the leader of the Maggia in this issue, and he is also the founder of the Nefaria Family, obviously since it's named after him.

His real identity is that of Luchino Nefaria, an Italian aristocrat who, like many super-villains in comic books, desired more wealth and power. Once a normal human, Nefaria was subjected to an experimental process process by one of Baron Heinrich Zemo's scientists Dr. Kenneth Sturdy.

This process granted him the combined powers of energy projection from the Living Laser, the strength of Power Man, and the speed of Whirlwind. However, these powers were amplified with Count Nefaria. The characters of the Living Laser, Power Man (not Luke Cage but Erik Josten), and Whirlwind became the Lethal Legion formed by Nefaria.

That would not happen until later and Count Nefaria would not obtain these powers until later as well. In his 1st appearance in this issue Count Nefaria is just a normal human but a genius scientist who has a lot of cool toys. 

Count Nefaria is the father of Whitney Frost, also known as Madame Masque. He is an important leader of the Maggia for sure. Avengers #13 has the cover date of February, 1965.






TALES OF SUSPENSE #97
1st appearance of Whitney Frost
1st appearance of Whiplash

This is the 1st appearance of the character of Whitney Frost. She is known as Big M in this issue and she is the leader of the Maggia as well.

Her real name is Giulietta Nefaria. When her mother died shortly after giving birth to her, Count Nefaria gave Giulietta to the Frosts to be raised, and they named her Whitney.

When Nefaria revealed her true lineage to her, she became leader of the Maggia. She would later be disfigured and become Madame Masque later, but her 1st appearance is alongside of Whiplash.

Whiplash started his comic career as an enforcer for the Maggia, but his criminal career would see him part ways with the powerful criminal organization later on

He would be aligned with the Maggia for a spell when he was the character of Backlash. Both of their first appearances are in the Iron Many story, "The Coming of Whiplash".

February, 1968 is the cover date for Tales of Suspense #97 and Whitney Frost is a character on the Agent Carter TV show currently.

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IRON MAN #8
Origin of Whitney Frost

In this issue here, Whitney Frost reflects on how she became Big M and the leader of the Maggia. The story reveals how Count Nefaria came to her and revealed her true origin and how she was forced to train under him to become the leader known as Big M.

Big M or Whitney Frost started out as an Iron Man villain and her earliest appearances are in Iron Man's stories. During this time, she developed feelings for Jasper Sitwell, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. She would also have a romance with Tony Stark as well in the comics.

This issue is not that well-known as an origin issue for teh character of Whitney Frost. I don't think anyone is noting it as such either. December, 1968 is the cover date for Iron Man #8. 

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IRON MAN #17
1st appearance of Whitney Frost as Madame Masque
1st appearance of Midas

This issue sees the 1st appearance of Whitney Frost as Madame Masque, the more popular criminal alter-ego for her character. Her first appearance also includes the first appearance of Midas.

Midas is not a Maggia member, but for some reason Madame Masque, teams up with this super-villain for a while. The Maggia is also not present in this issue, and I think it's not known that Whitney Frost is Madame Masque in her first few appearances as the character as well.

I believe Madame Masque is revealed to be Whitney Frost in Iron Man #24, but not 100% sure. September, 1969 is the cover date for Iron Man #17.

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STRANGE TALES #112
1st appearance of the Eel

Although the 1st appearance of the Eel does not see this super-villain as a member of the Maggia, he would be employed by the group later. He is a former agent of the Maggia under the Nefaria Family.

There are two versions of the character, and this is the original known as Leopold Stryke. The 2nd version of the Eel is Edward Lavell. Both versions were under the employment of the Maggia as part of the Nefaria Family, but Lavell or the 2nd Eel is more associated to the Hammerhead Family.

Stryke as the Eel was teammates with the Porcupine, Plantman, Scarecrow, and Unicorn when these villains were Count Nefaria's henchmen in X-Men #22 and #23. He was not a long time employee of the Maggia, and I think those are the only two appearances he has as an ally of the Maggia or a member of the crime syndicate.

I don't think this version of the Eel was an important member of the Maggia to be honest. Strange Tales #112 has the cover date of September, 1963.

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STRANGE TALES #113
1st appearance of the Plantman

Another 1st appearance of a former Maggia agent who was led by Count Nefaria, Samuel Smithers is Plantman. Armed with a Vega-Ray gun, Smithers could control and animate plant life.

Once again, not the greatest of Marvel villains or that significant of a Maggia member. Probably not even worth mentioning, but he is considered a former Maggia member regardless. Strange Tales #113 has the cover date of  October, 1963.






TALES TO ASTONISH #48
1st appearance of Porcupine

There are also others who took up the name of Porcupine, but this is the 1st appearance of the original, Alexander Gentry. To be honest, not the greatest of super-villains in the Marvel Universe, and like the Eel was a member of the Nefaria Family briefly.

Porcupine would not be part of the Lethal Legion that was round up by Count Nefaria, however. He was a member of the 1st Lethal Legion that was formed by the Grim Reaper.

Alexander Gentry is the only version of Porcupine to be a member or agent of the Maggia, even for a very brief time. I'd be surprised if this character wound up on the Netflix Marvel shows. Tales to Astonish #48 has the cover date of October, 1963.





TALES OF SUSPENSE #51
1st appearance of Scarecrow

Ebenezer Laughton is also known as the Scarecrow, who is an accomplished burglar and professional thief. He is one of the villains who joined the Eel, Plantman, Porcupine, and Unicorn in holding Washington, D.C. ransom under the leadership of Count Nefaria.

Like his comrades, he is not a prominent member of the Nefaria Family or the Maggia, but is considered a former member of the crime-syndicate. Laughton is a master contortionist and escape artist.

This low level comic book villain also employs trained crows that will perform various tasks depending on certain hand gestures and tones in his voice. They will attack anything he commands them to. Tales of Suspense #51 has the cover date of March, 1964.





TALES OF SUSPENSE #56
1st appearance of Unicorn

This is the original Unicorn and his first appearance. The original Unicorn is Milos Masaryk and was a Soviet intelligence agent.

He wears technology and body armor that was designed by the Crimson Dynamo, Anton Vanko, and his helmet can project  concussive energy blasts. I think Masaryk was the only version of the Unicorn that was a member of the Maggia or Nefaria Family.

Not the greatest of Marvel villains or even Maggia members. Tales of Suspense #56 has the cover date of August, 1964.






DAREDEVIL #16
1st appearance of the Masked Marauder 
1st John Romita Sr. Spider-Man art 

Another Daredevil key issue tied to an eventual member of the Maggia is Daredevil #16 and the 1st appearance of the Masked Marauder. The Masked Marauder is Frank Farnum.

The Masked Marauder would also eventually become a leader of the Maggia and Nefaria Family, but he isn't a Maggia member in this comic here. This issue also guest stars Spider-Man.

Frank Fernum is a scientific genius and created Tri-Man and his helmet that projects "opti-blasts" which can temporarily or permanently blind someone. Don't think that would work on ole Daredevil though.

Although a former leader of the Nefaria Family, the Masked Marauder is a pretty brief member as well. He is revealed as the Big M in Spectacular Spider-Man #25. Cyclone is one of the Masked Marauder's henchmen as well as Tri-Man.

Interestingly, it was never explained how the Masked Marauder became leader of the Nefaria Family. The story arc that ran through Spectacular Spider-Man of the 1st series also incorporates issue #27, which is Frank Miller's 1st Daredevil artwork.

I think the story arc in Spectacular Spider-Man is the only time the Masked Marauder is a member and leader of the Maggia. He is defeated by Daredevil in issue #28, which is penciled by Frank Miller also, making it his 2nd Daredevil artwork.

As most already know, Daredevil #16 has the first Spider-Man artwork done by John Romita Sr. and the cover date of May, 1966.






DAREDEVIL #18
1st appearance of the Gladiator

This character already appeared in Daredevil Season 1 as Melvin Potter, and was the genius who made the first Daredevil outfit in the Netflix TV series. In the comics, Melvin Potter first appeared as the super villain known as Gladiator and one of Daredevil's earliest of foes.

Gladiator would eventually help Whitney Frost when she was Big M to help raid Stark Industries. He really isn't a prominent member of the Maggia and ends up joining the syndicate in Daredevil #23 when the Masked Marauder pitted him against Daredevil in order to impress the Maggia and let him join their ranks.

They denied the Masked Marauder membership but liked Gladiator's style and let him into the organization. I wonder if we'll be seeing more of this character again in the Netflix series, and if the Maggia does show up, I wonder if they'll stick to the comic book roots and have Gladiator as an enforcer for them. Daredevil #18 has the cover date of July, 1966.






DAREDEVIL #22
1st appearance of Tri-Man

Created by the Masked Marauder, this android was created to have the skills of three low-level thugs named Dancer, Mangler and Brain. Dancer was an expert safe cracker, Mangler was a strong wrestler, and the Brain was cunning and sinister.

Tri-Man is not a long lasting villain and doesn't recur often. He is still a henchman of the Masked Marauder when the character is seen as leader of the Maggia in the 1st series of the on-going Spectacular Spider-Man comic series.

Daredevil #22 has the cover date of November, 1966.





AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #143
1st appearance of Cyclone

Created by Gerry Conway and Ross Andru, the original Cyclone was Andre Gerard. He was a French engineer that worked for NATO and developed a weapon that could generate high velocity tornado-like winds.

Having a fall-out with the organization, Gerard took his invention and used it for criminal purposes. His first appearance does not see him as a Maggia enforcer, but he would be employed by the Masked Marauder in the Spectacular Spider-Man comics.

Once again, I don't think Cyclone is a prominent Maggia member or recurs often in the comics as part of the crime syndicate. April, 1975 is the cover date for Amazing Spider-Man #143.

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SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #22
1st appearance & death of Daniel Lindy
1st meeting of Spider-Man & Moon Knight

Okay, there isn't much to say about Daniel Lindy. He is a Maggia member but dies in this issue. The character does tie in the Maggia for this story line.

However, what is noteworthy is that this is the 1st meeting between Spider-Man & Moon Knight, and this was listed in the Moon Knight key issues series done last year. Actually, this issue also marks the 1st issue to the story arc that sees the Masked Marauder as head of the Maggia.

So the story arc would start with Spidey and Moon Knight teaming up and end with Spidey and Daredevil teaming up against the Maggia. Pretty minor key in terms of the Maggia, but not for Spidey or Moon Knight fans.

If the two ever meet on the big screen, this comic just may get a nice bump in demand and value solely for that. September, 1978 is the cover date for Spectacular Spider-Man #22.

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Whitney Frost is already in the Peggy Carter or Agent Carter show, and since that show takes place in the past, I doubt she'll be showing in the Netflix series. So, they kinda screwed that one up.

I suppose Count Nefaria could still be used, and his first appearance does have the 1st appearance of the Maggia in Avengers #13. The character of Gladiator is already in the Daredevil Netflix series or was and he is or was a member of the Maggia.

When you look at the other characters or former members of the Nefaria Family, there's nothing to really get excited about. Some third or even fourth-tier characters or villains in my opinion.

After the Masked Marauder, Madame Masque took control over the Nefaria Family once again. The leader of the Nefaria Family is always known as the Big M, and so far the two most important leaders have been Count Nefaria and Madame Masque or Whitney Frost.

While the Nefaria Family is one of the most prominent of Maggia families, I'm not exactly sure in what illegal market they operate in besides acts of terrorism or trying to steal Stark's technology. Regardless, besides super-heroes, one of the Maggia's most dangerous of foes is the Kingpin or  Wilson Fisk.

I really don't see a lot of Nefaria Family members showing up in the Netflix series since that show is definitely more street-level. It would make more sense to have some members of the Costa Family show up since that group is definitely connected to the Punisher and Frank Castle.

So Part 2 of this will be jumping ahead right to the Costa Family and some key issues concerning members of that crime group.