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Hammerhead (comics)

Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Amazing Spider-Man #113 (October 1972)
Created by Gerry Conway
John Romita, Sr.
In-story information
Alter ego Joseph[1]
Team affiliations Maggia
Sinister Twelve
Partnerships Mister Negative
Notable aliases Mr. H
Abilities Effective hit-man
Highly skilled criminal organizer
Skilled marksman
Excellent street fighter
Superhuman strength, durability and endurance
Adamantium-laced skull and upper body

Hammerhead is a shared universe, known as the Marvel Universe.

He is closely associated with the Hammerhead "Family", a Maggia crime family. Hammerhead distinguishes himself from other villains in that he dresses up and acts somewhat like a gangster from the 1920s. Due to an injury he suffered, much of his skull was replaced with an unbendable steel alloy by Jonas Harrow, giving his head a flattened shape.


  • Conception and creation 1
  • Fictional character biography 2
  • Powers and abilities 3
  • Other versions 4
    • House of M 4.1
    • Marvel Zombies 4.2
    • Cage 4.3
    • Ultimate Marvel 4.4
    • Age of Ultron 4.5
    • Earth-001 4.6
  • In other media 5
    • Television 5.1
    • Video games 5.2
    • Theater 5.3
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Conception and creation

The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #113.[2]

In the 2004 Starlog special Spider-Man and Other Amazing Comics Heroes (Inside Comics Heroes #3), Hammerhead's creator, Gerry Conway, noted that he wanted to introduce a Dick Tracy-style foe into the series.

Fictional character biography

Hammerhead's family immigrated from Russia to Italy when he was a child. His father ran a garage in Toirrano, where he insisted a young Hammerhead speak only in Russian, beating him severely with a mallet when he would not. Though not much is known about his life before he became an evil criminal and supervillain, he is known to have a sister.

All the while, Hammerhead dreamed of becoming a gangster. He is eventually recruited into one of the "families" of the criminal organization known as the Maggia, the Marvel Universe version of the Mafia, when a member oversees Hammerhead murdering a childhood bully and his girlfriend in a theatre showing The Godfather Part II. Originally a small-time hit-man, Hammerhead quickly rises through the ranks of the Maggia, while hiding the fact that he's actually Russian so he can be "made". In his final test, Hammerhead is brought to his father's garage (with the Maggia apparently unaware of their relationship), where he proceeds to kill his father, while telling him in Russian that he doesn't truly hate him, and that he made him (Hammerhead) this way.[3]

One day, Hammerhead was found beaten, disfigured, and delirious with pain in an alley in New York City's Bowery by Jonas Harrow, a surgeon who had lost his medical license due to his illegal experiments. Seeing the opportunity both to save this man's life and to redeem his reputation, Harrow operated on the gunman for three days, replacing much of his shattered skull with a strong steel alloy.[4] During the surgery, the unconscious Hammerhead fixated on the only memory he retained: an image of a poster for a movie called "The Al Capone Mob", which was hanging in the alley where he lay beaten and bloodied before Harrow found him. When he recovered, the memory of the poster and its images of 1930s-era gangsters prompted Hammerhead to start a gang of his own in the style of Capone and other mobsters of the 1920s. He even dressed as if he were living in that decade. Later on, Hammerhead's entire skull was replaced with or reinforced with some type of nearly unbreakable metal (possibly vibranium or secondary adamantium).

A gang war broke out between Hammerhead's mob and Spider-Man's interference.[5] He later had a rematch with Doctor Octopus next to an atomic breeder reactor on a remote Canadian island which caused a chain reaction, blasting Hammerhead "out of phase" with this dimension.[6] Some time later, he appeared as an immaterial ghost-like being to haunt Doctor Octopus. Doctor Octopus then unwittingly restored Hammerhead to a material state. Hammerhead kidnapped Spider-Man's Aunt May, who was then rescued by him as Doctor Octopus caused Hammerhead's helicopter to plummet into the Hudson River.[7]

Hammerhead then proposed that all Maggia "families" unite under his leadership. Wearing a strength-enhancing exoskeleton, he battled the

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External links

  1. ^ Dan Slott (w), Marcos Martin (p), Marcos Martin (i). "Mysterioso, Part 1: Un-Murder Incorporated" The Amazing Spider-Man #618 (March 2010), United States: Marvel Comics
  2. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1970s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging.  
  3. ^ a b Amazing Spider-Man EXTRA! #1 (July 2008)
  4. ^ Sanderson, Peter (2007). The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City. New York City:  
  5. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #113-115
  6. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #130-131
  7. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #157-159
  8. ^ Fantastic Four #233
  9. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #284-288
  10. ^ Web of Spider-Man #51
  11. ^ Spectacular Spider-Man #157
  12. ^ Spectacular Spider-Man #161
  13. ^ Web of Spider-Man #68
  14. ^ Daredevil #307-309; Nomad #4-6; Punisher War Journal #46-48
  15. ^ Spider-Man: Made Men #1 (August 1998)
  16. ^ Daredevil vol. 2 #86
  17. ^ Civil War: War Crimes #1 (February 2007)
  18. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #575
  19. ^ Dark Reign: Mister Negative #2-3
  20. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #642
  21. ^ John Layman (w). "Marvel Team-Ups" Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness 2 (2007), Marvel Comics and Dynamite Entertainment
  22. ^ Cage #2
  23. ^ Ultimate X-Men #13
  24. ^ Ultimate X-Men #14
  25. ^ Ultimate Sider-Man #79-85
  26. ^ Age of Ultron #1
  27. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #12
  28. ^
  29. ^



  • Hammerhead appears in the mobile version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Also, Shocker mentions that Hammerhead's crew is among those in fear of Cletus Kasady's killing spree. Jean DeWolff's police files mention Hammerhead as a major gang boss currently active in New York.
  • A Marvel Noir version of Hammerhead appears as a boss in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions with John DiMaggio reprising his role from The Spectacular Spider-Man.[28] While he does not appear in the Noir comics, the developers felt "he would be a perfect fit for the Noir universe".[29] Joseph Lorenzini is a man who was born with a deformed head and a flat, but very thick skull. He worked as a circus freak as the "Human Bulldozer", before being recruited by Norman Osborn and taking the new name "Hammerhead". He is sent to New Jersey to retrieve one of the fragments of the Tablet of Order and Chaos. However, he misuses the fragment to become more powerful and plans to ovethrow Osborn and take over New York's criminal underworld. His regular Thompson 70 machine guns are replaced with a Vulcan machine gun and a missile launcher and has been fused to his arms when he uses the power of the fragment. Spider-Man manages to defeat him and claim the fragment. During the credits, he is shown in prison with ribbons tangled in twin Tommy guns he wields.
  • Hammerhead is a boss in the game Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. In the game, Hammerhead is joined by Electro, Sandman, Beetle and Shocker. When it came to Electro's plans to abduct Dr. Watts, he introduces Hammerhead who goes through the Villains Insurance Policy. He and his Henchmen break into the New York City Science Industry Ball. His men hold several people hostage while Hammerhead goes after Dr. Watts. After Spider-Man defeats all of Hammerhead's men and free the hostages, he goes to face Hammerhead. After Spider-Man buys time for Dr. Watts to escape, Hammerhead sent his men to go after Dr. Watts. Meanwhile, Spider-Man and Hammerhead have an intense fight. Spider-Man defeats him by making his steel head crash into several walls, making him dizzy and then, Spider-Man punches Hammerhead unconscious. He was later seen in prison playing cards with Shocker as Electro rants about Spider-Man ruining his plans. Hammerhead tells Electro to shut up and then asks Shocker if he knows any other card games since all he knows is how to play poker.
  • Hammerhead appeared in the Spider-Man Animated Series video game. In the SNES version he only appeared on Amazing or Speculator mode on the Construction Zone level. In the Genesis version, he appeared on the "Deconstruction Zone", "The Mean Streets of the City" and "The Ravencroft Prison for the Insane" levels.

Video games

  • Hammerhead appears in Roderick Kingsley. Hammerhead goes after Kingsley and Sable. But when Spider-Man and Rhino interfere, he reluctantly teams up with his ex-lover to fight the two. He escapes police custody. Hammerhead becomes angered when Tombstone contacts the Enforcers directly and without his help, with Tombstone stating he has fed up with all of his failures, from creating supervillains, to the oil tanker fiasco, and the Rhino chip failure. When Hammerhead contacts Osborn in creating yet another supervillain, he gives him advice that inspires him to betray Tombstone, starting by sabotaging the escape of the Enforcers from the police. Hammerhead later secretly calls a Valentine's Day meeting between Tombstone, Doctor Octopus, and Silvermane. There, he betrays them all by attacking Silver Sable and Vulture, and framing it on his boss, causing the crime lords to fight against one other, leaving Hammerhead able to become the new Big Man. After Tombstone was arrested, he fires him. It is later revealed that Hamerhead's actions were encouraged and manipulated by Green Goblin using Hammerhead to take down Tombstone and replace him as Big Man.
  • Hammerhead appeared in Adrian Toomes for the villain to put his plans into action by the two-part second season finale.
  • Hammerhead appeared in the Spider-Man episode "Wrath of the Sub-Mariner". Hammerhead was said to maintain crime in the mid-west. He alongside Silvermane (and his henchman Man Mountain Marko) and Caesar Cicero meet with the Kingpin when his scientist Dr. Everett has created a dissolving fluid. He is webbed up by Spider-Man.


In other media

During the Spider-Verse storyline, the Earth-001 version of Hammerhead appears as a member of Verna's Hounds.[27]


During the Age of Ultron storyline, a reality where Ultron nearly annihilated the human race has Hammerhead and Owl capturing Superior Spider-Man and hoped to trade him to Ultron. Hawkeye came to Superior Spider-Man's rescue as the Ultron Sentinels attack.[26]

Age of Ultron

In Ultimate Spider-Man, Hammerhead was revealed to have survived Gambit's attack, though how is not explained ("It sucked. I came back."). He kills Silvermane in the beginning of the Warriors story arc and becomes the new leader of the Enforcers. He burns down one of the Kingpin's warehouses. After an intense battle with Spider-Man, Black Cat, Moon Knight, Iron Fist, and Shang-Chi, he was put in a coma when Elektra brutally stabbed him in the chest with her sai and flung him out a window.[25]

[24] The

Ultimate Hammerhead

Ultimate Marvel

A more realistic version of Hammerhead appears as one of the antagonists of the Marvel MAX series Cage. Here, he is named Sonny "Hammer" Caputo, and is portrayed as a Mafia boss at war with Lonnie "Tombstone" Lincoln. Luke Cage states that Caputo's nickname comes from his grossly-misshapen head, which does not possess any superhuman attributes in this continuity.[22]


In the Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness miniseries, Hammerhead briefly appears, along with the Owl and the Kingpin at a meeting to discuss how to survive the zombie outbreak. This version of Hammerhead is ultimately killed by the Punisher.[21]

Marvel Zombies

In the House of M reality, Hammerhead is one of the gang leaders defeated by Luke Cage in his rise to power in Sapien Town.

House of M

Other versions

Hammerhead is highly skilled in the organization, concealment, and management of criminal enterprises. He is an effective hit-man, a skilled marksman (his preferred weapon was the Thompson submachine gun), and an excellent street fighter. In his original incarnation Hammerhead was able to hold his own against Spider-Man despite being an ordinary human by using his superhumanly durable skull as a blunt instrument. After his recent augmentation he is now capable of grappling with and physically overpowering Spider-Man to the extent that he could eventually crush his foe.

The intervention of Mr. Negative also radically changed Hammerhead's personality. Hammerhead now recalls his life as Russian immigrant prior to the accident in which he adopted the 1920s gangster persona. Consequently, Hammerhead no longer speaks like a 1920's movie gangster, but instead behaves as a typical modern Russian mobster and hit-man, as this was apparently his original personality prior to his head injury.

After an assassin's adamantium bullet penetrated a part of his head not protected by his adamantium skull, Hammerhead is surgically rebuilt by Mister Negative. Breakout surgeries replace the upper half of his skeleton with an adamantium endo-skeleton (the skeleton is shown to have a network of hydraulic servomechanisms). The upper portion of his body is now superhumanly strong as a result of the additional, hidden, cybernetic musculature, making him able to effortlessly beat a superpowered foe such as Spider-Man. Mister Negative does not use on Hammerhead the same Lord Dark Wind bonding process, used on the similarly empowered Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike for coating their bones in adamantium: instead he replaces Hammerhead's bones with replicas fashioned in the invulnerable metal. It is still unknown how his artificial skeleton can carry on biological functions.

Hammerhead has no superhuman abilities, yet his skull is now surgically reinforced with adamantium, making his head flat on top; with this, he can charge and break through objects such as brick walls without causing any pain or damage to himself. This metal can absorb physical impacts that would otherwise fracture human bone. Hammerhead is in peak physical condition comparable to that of an Olympic level athlete. He is a formidable hand-to-hand combatant whose most dangerous tactic is charging head-first like a bull toward an opponent. Hammerhead once utilized a strength-enhancing exoskeleton designed by the Tinkerer.

Powers and abilities

During the Origin of the Species storyline, Hammerhead and Mister Negative are among the supervillains invited by Doctor Octopus to join his supervillain team promising them that will receive a reward in exchange for securing some specific items for him.[20]

Hammerhead later begins to doubt his loyalty to Mister Negative when Silvermane appears to return. Unknown to Hammerhead, it is actually an android controlled by Mysterio to plant such seeds of rebellion. Nevertheless, he flees a shootout with the Maggia when the Silvermane robot calls him a traitor. It is shown that Mister Negative had a computer chip put in Hammerhead's head to deliver an electroshock when necessary, which he promptly uses to punish him and remind him who is in charge.

Mister Negative sends Hammerhead to help Spider-Man (who Mister Negative corrupted) take down the Hood, who launches an attack on Negative's headquarters. He blackmails H.A.M.M.E.R. director Norman Osborn into forcing Hood to pull out of Chinatown.[19]

The operation is a complete success, and Hammerhead is restored to full mobility without any ill effects. He swears loyalty to Mister Negative in exchange for his restored life, and proceeds to shape a gang of lowlife thugs into an effective army for his benefactor. He then proceeds to battle Spider-Man, besting him with no effort for the first time in years. Later, he has a rematch with Spider-Man, with Spider-Man dislocating Hammerhead's hip bone.[18]

The bullets, while not penetrating his skull, did cause severe trauma to his brain, resulting him in needing surgery, but the hospital he was brought to was unable to treat him. In mid-surgery however, men working for Mister Negative came in, killed the hospital staff, and took Hammerhead away. Mister Negative then has his surgeon Doctor Tramma revive Hammerhead and offers to transplant his brain into a new robotic adamantium skeleton, which Hammerhead agrees to.[3]

During the events of the Ani-Men V, Answer I, Aura, Bloodshed, Clown, Cyclone III, Discus, Electro, Great Gambonnos, Kangaroo II, Man Mountain Marko, Mauler, Mindblast, Override, Ringmaster, Stiletto, Spot, Squid, Trapster, and Will O' The Wisp) to enforce his new criminal empire.[17] The Kingpin manipulated various hero factions, most notably S.H.I.E.L.D. and Iron Man into breaking up Hammerhead's first convening of his army. During the conflict, Hammerhead was shot numerous times by Fisk's agent Underworld, who later confronted Hammerhead while he lay in prison. Underworld then shot Hammerhead at point-blank range with adamantium bullets.

Hammerhead has cheated certain death several times over the years. During a gang war with Doctor Octopus, Hammerhead was consumed by a nuclear detonation, a unique chain of events transforming him into a "living wraith" rather than killing him. In recent years, Hammerhead was slain by CLOC, the computerized majordomo of the Sentry. Shortly thereafter, Hammerhead was almost killed in prison by Bullseye.[16]

Hammerhead is a major player in underworld activities in the Marvel Universe and is highly sought after for elimination by the Punisher. He is currently one of several gang warlords struggling to control the criminal underworld in the major cities of the Eastern United States. During one of the first meetings of such warlords, Hammerhead was almost killed by the Strucker twins Fenris. This meeting was being manipulated by Baron Von Strucker, the head of HYDRA. When Don Fortunato made a bid for control of the New York underworld, Hammerhead opposed him and was almost killed as a result. When every other crime lord surrendered to Fortunato and his HYDRA allies, Hammerhead went rogue, launching a raid on Fortunato's home and successfully fighting off a HYDRA attack on his own headquarters. He did have assistance from Spider-Man and Morbius, the Living Vampire. For a time, the hero known as S.H.O.C. also assists Hammerhead. Later he was hired as by Norman Osborn to be a part of the Sinister Twelve.

Hammerhead later attended a Las Vegas crime conference to divide the resources left by the Kingpin's downfall at the time.[14] Around this time he participates in a multi-sided gang-war focused on the Kingpin's attempt to re-take New York City for his own.[15]

Hammerhead then allied himself with the Chameleon in the latter's bid to become the new crime lord of New York City. The two served as partners in a splinter group of the Maggia.[10] Hammerhead hired Tombstone as a bodyguard and hit-man.[11] He hired the Hobgoblin to kill Joe Robertson, who posed a threat to Tombstone; the assassination attempt failed.[12] Hammerhead was kidnapped and beaten by Tombstone, who had gained superhuman powers and resented Hammerhead for not sending him to kill Joe Robertson.[13]


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