Enforcers (comics)

Enforcers (comics)


caption=Cover art for "Daredevil" (vol. 2) #102.
Art by Marko Djurdjevic.
team_name=The Enforcers
publisher=Marvel Comics
debut="The Amazing Spider-Man" #10 (March 1964)
creators=Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
base=New York City
members=Fancy Dan
The Ox
Montana Big Man
Hammer Harrison
Snake Marston
subcat=Marvel Comics

The Enforcers is a fictional team of villains in the Marvel Comics universe. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist and co-plotter Steve Ditko in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #10 (March 1964).

Publication history

The Enforcers appear often in the early issues of "The Amazing Spider-Man", debuting in #10, and returning in #14 and #18-19, in the latter two issues teaming with the supervillain the Sandman. The team would go on to appear in "Daredevil" vol. 1, #86 and #356-357, and "Dazzler" #7-8, and fight Spider-Man again in "Marvel Team-Up" #39-40 and #138, "The Spectacular Spider-Man" #19-20, "Spider-Man" (1990s series) #94-95, "Spider-Man" vol. 2, #28, and elsewhere.

The group originally consisted of:
* Big Man, the leader, secretly Frederick Foswell, a "Daily Bugle" journalist
* Fancy Dan, a diminutive martial artist. Daniel Brito was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has great proficiency with judo, karate, and fancy footwork.
* The Ox, Raymond Bloch, a brute strongman
* Montana, an expert lasso-wielder

Fictional team biography

The Enforcers are a group of hired assassins and extortionists, each with an expertise in a different unique area of combat, whose goal it is to aid various employers in the takeover of New York City's criminal gangs. Following its formation under leader the Big Man (Frederick Foswell), the Enforcers aided the Big Man in his attempt to gain control of New York City's criminal gangs. They clashed with the superhero Spider-Man for the first time, and are defeated by him. ["Amazing Spider-Man" #10] They next aided the Green Goblin in his first unsuccessful attempt to eliminate Spider-Man. ["Amazing Spider-Man" #14] Soon after that, they joined forces with the Sandman to subdue the Human Torch, but are defeated by the combined might of Spider-Man and the Human Torch. ["Amazing Spider-Man" #19]

The Enforcers clash repeatedly with Spider-Man and occasionally other heroes such as Daredevil. Foswell is eventually unmasked and killed. After the Ox, later, appears to be killed ["Daredevil" #86] , Montana and Fancy Dan team with a new Big Man, as well as with the Sandman and a new Crime Master, Nick Lewis, Jr. son of the original. During a battle in which the team is defeated by Spider-Man, the Human Torch, and the Sons of the Tiger, Crime Master shoots the new Big Man, learning belatedly that this "Big Man" was, in fact, a woman — Janice Foswell, daughter of the original and the younger Lewis' romantic interest. ["Marvel Team-Up" #39-40]

The Enforcers were hired by the Lightmaster, who introduced a new Ox, Raymond Bloch's twin brother Ronald Bloch, to the team. The Enforcers are once again defeated by Spider-Man. ["The Spectacular Spider-Man" #19-20] They later battle the superhero Dazzler.

The Enforcers return with new members Snake Marston, a master contortionist and Hammer Harrison, a boxer who used two steel gloves. The Enforcers come under the employ of the Kingpin, but were defeated by Spider-Man and the reformed Sandman. ["Marvel Team Up" #138] This lineup appears only once more, to fight Daredevil. ["Daredevil" vol. 1, #356-357]

The original Ox (Raymond Bloch) returns, revived by the criminal mastermind the Kingpin. ["Spider-Man" (1990s series) #94-95] It is unclear whether it is Raymond or Ronald Bloch who appears with Montana and Fancy Dan in subsequent battles with Spider-Man and She-Hulk. ["Spider-Man", vol. 2, #28, "She-Hulk", vol. 4, #1]

Civil War

During the events known as the superhero Civil War, either Raymond or Ronald Bloch and Snake Marston are recruited into the Thunderbolts, a team of reformed villains. ["Thunderbolts" #103-104] Later, they came back together to work for Mister Fear, which pitted them directly against Daredevil. After Mister Fear's arrest, the Enforcers are taken in by the Hood's organization.

Brand New Day

Following the events of , the Enforcers are patrons at the Bar with No name. they take bets with a person calling himself "The Bookie", over whether Spider-Man will show up to battle "Basher", an unknown villain who claimed to have fought Spider-Man. Spider-Man shows up, but is revealed to be a fake when the real web-head shows up. The Enforcer decide to get revenge on The Bookie, capturing him. The Bookie's father calls Spider-Man for assistance, and he agrees to help. Spider-Man defeats Fancy Dan and Montana, and saves Ox from being flattened by a falling rollercoaster. Grateful for the save, Ox agrees to come along quietly. ["Amazing Spider-Man" #563]

Other versions


Fancy Dan makes a cameo appearance in an issue of "The Amazing Spider-Girl" as the owner of a company called Brito Imports and the leader of the Brooklyn gangs. [ Cite comic
Writer = Tom DeFalco
Penciller = Ron Frenz
Inker = Sal Buscema
Story = Broken Bonds
Title = The Amazing Spider-Girl
Volume = 1
Issue = 16
Date = 2008-01-16
Publisher = Marvel Comics
] [ Cite comic
Writer = Tom DeFalco
Penciller = Ron Frenz
Inker = Sal Buscema
Story = A Matter Of Trust
Title = The Amazing Spider-Girl
Volume = 1
Issue = 17
Date = April, 2008
Publisher = Marvel Comics

Ultimate Enforcers

In the alternate universe Ultimate Marvel continuity, the Enforcers were re-imagined as hit men for the Kingpin, and pitted against Spider-Man. The following changes took place:

* Frederick Foswell was called "Mr. Big" and was not associated with the "Daily Bugle" - but videotapes of his untimely murder by the Kingpin were sent to Ben Urich and used for a Daily Bugle Exclusive
* "Fancy Dan", was re-imagined as a young gunslinger and was called "Dan Rubinstein"
* "The Ox", was re-imagined as an African American called "Bruno Sanchez"
* "Montana" had the civil name "Montana Bale" and used a whip instead of a lasso (although he often used it to strangle Spider-Man and like a lasso).

After losing twice to Spider-Man, the Enforcers supposedly disbanded. Much later, they came back together to work for Hammerhead. This pitted them directly against their former employer.

In other media

pider-Man (1967)

In the 1967 "Spider-Man" cartoon, Ox and Montana (known as Cowboy) were employed by the Plotter.

The Spectacular Spider-Man

The Enforcers appear in "The Spectacular Spider-Man". [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0708/27/index.htm Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter: Monday, August 27, 2007 ] ] They appear in the first episode, "Survival of the Fittest", along with Hammerhead. [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0801/14/index.htm Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter: Monday, January 14, 2008 ] ] In the episode they are employed by the Big Man who is unseen. In the show, the Enforcers are re-imagined as a tactical strike team with modern weaponry, suits and equipment. Montana is the leader and strategist of the team, with a strong southern accent. Instead of wielding a lasso like his counterpart in the main marvel universe, he uses an attack helicopter with various weapons and gives the orders to the rest of the team. Ox is much like his counterpart in Marvel Universe, a simple-minded strongman. Perhaps the largest difference is his moustache. Fancy Dan, similar to his own counterpart is a martial artist skilled enough to combat Spider-Man despite his superhuman powers. He is African American, and wields a metal bo staff.

At the end of the episode, Fancy Dan and Ox are captured but Montana escapes. He reappears several episodes later as this series' version of The Shocker. As for the Big Man, the episode "The Invisible Hand" seemingly reveals Tombstone as this series' Big Man. In "Group Therapy", the Enforcers escape Ryker's Island with the Sinister Six; however Montana stays behind as the Shocker while Ox and Fancy Dan escape with Hammerhead, Tombstone's henchman.



* [http://www.marveldirectory.com/groupsandteams/enforcers.htm Marvel Directory: Enforcers]
* [http://www.comics.org Grand Comics Database]

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