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Montana
Montana (bottom) and the Enforcers on the textless cover of Daredevil #102 (January 2008).
Art by Marko Djurdjevic.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Amazing Spider-Man #10 (March 1964)
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Alter egoJackson W. Brice
SpeciesHuman
Team affiliationsEnforcers
Abilities
  • Trained mercenary
  • Expert marksman
  • Skilled in the use of a lasso

Montana (Jackson W. Brice) is a character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is depicted as the leader of the Enforcers, a team of assassins usually employed by other villains such as the Big Man, the Green Goblin, and the Kingpin, which often places them in conflict with the superheroes Spider-Man and Daredevil.

Montana has been adapted from the comics into numerous forms of media, most notably adopting the Shocker persona in both The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series (voiced by Jeff Bennett) and the 2017 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: Homecoming (portrayed by Logan Marshall-Green).

Publication history

Montana first appeared alongside the other Enforcers in The Amazing Spider-Man #10 (March 1964), and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The character subsequently appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964), #19 (December 1964), The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964), Marvel Team-Up #39-40 (November–December 1975), The Spectacular Spider-Man #19-20 (June–July 1978), Dazzler #7-8 (October–September 1981), Marvel Team-Up #138 (February 1984), Tales of the Marvels: Inner Demons #1 (1996), Civil War: War Crimes #1 (February 2007), Daredevil #99-100 (September–October 2007), #102 (January 2008), and The Amazing Spider-Man #562-563 (August 2008).

Montana appeared as part of the "Enforcers" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #4.

Fictional character biography

Jackson Brice was born in Bozeman, Montana. Along with Fancy Dan (Daniel Brito) and Ox (Raymond Bloch), he was a founding member of the Enforcers.[1] He has great proficiency with the lariat.

Montana, Fancy Dan and Ox make their first appearance under the employ of the Big Man (Frederick Foswell). During this time, they have their first run-in with their longtime nemesis Spider-Man. During their first fight against the web-slinger, Montana's lasso skills initially prove successful but Spider-Man defeats the trio.[2]

Over the next couple of years, Montana and the team would be employed by Lightmaster in one of his many schemes, again bringing them into conflict with Spider-Man, with similar results.[3] They would then lend their services to Tech-Master in his revenge plot against Harry S. Osgood, only to be defeated by Dazzler.[4] Montana and the team would also go up against She-Hulk at one point.[volume & issue needed]

Following the 2006 "Civil War" storyline, Montana, Ox (Ronald Bloch) and Fancy Dan reunite to work for Mister Fear, which pits them directly against Daredevil.[5] After Mister Fear's arrest, the Enforcers are taken in by the Hood's organization.[6]

Following the events of the 2008 "Spider-Man: Brand New Day" storyline, 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 Screwball in disguise when the real web-head shows up. The Enforcers 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.[7]

In the story arc "Kill To Be You", Montana is the right-hand man of the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), and shows contempt toward the Hobgoblin (Phil Urich). When Spider-Man and the Black Cat come to steal back the Reverbium, Montana falls out a window to his death while Hobgoblin saves Kingpin. Hobgoblin cruelly joked that "he'll be missed by everyone – except the pavement".[8]

During the 2016-2017 "Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy" storyline, Montana is among the cloned villains by Miles Warren's company New U Technologies.[9] He is involved in a fight with the other cloned supervillains until it is broken up by the clone of the Prowler.[10]

Other versions

In other media

Television

Montana as the Shocker in The Spectacular Spider-Man

Film

Jackson Brice appears as the Shocker in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), portrayed by Logan Marshall-Green.[25] This version is a member of Adrian Toomes' criminal enterprise and wields a modified version of Crossbones' vibration-emitting gauntlet. After being fired by Toomes for attracting Spider-Man's attention, Brice threatens to expose the operation to Toomes' family. While trying to intimidate him, Toomes inadvertently kills him before passing the gauntlet and Shocker mantle to Herman Schultz.

Merchandise

The Spectacular Spider-Man's incarnation of Shocker received an action figure in Hasbro's "Spider Charged" series in 2009.[26][27]

References

  1. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #10. Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ Stan Lee (w), Steve Ditko (a). "The Enforcers!" The Amazing Spider-Man, vol. 1, no. 10 (March 1964). Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #19. Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ Dazzler #7-8. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ Daredevil vol. 2 #99-105. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Dark Reign: The Hood #2-5. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #562. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Dan Slott (w), Humberto Ramos (p), Carlos Cuevas, Joseph Damon (i). "Big Time (part 4)" The Amazing Spider-Man, vol. 1, no. 651 (March 2011). Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Dan Slott (w), Jim Cheung (p), John Dell (i). Clone Conspiracy, vol. 1, no. 2 (January 2017). Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Sean Ryan (w), Javier Saltares, Jamal Campbell (p), Jamal Campbell (i). Prowler, vol. 2, no. 1 (December 2016). Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ Earth X #9. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ Spider-Man Noir #1. Marvel Comics.
  13. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael (w), Bagley, Mark (p). Ultimate Spider-Man #10. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ CBR Staff (2008-03-19). "The Shocker drops by on "Spectacular Spider-Man" this weekend". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 2021-07-16. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  15. ^ "Subtext". The Spectacular Spider-Man. Season 2. Episode 11. November 4, 2009. Disney XD.
  16. ^ "The Spectacular Spider-Man Past and Future part one". IGN. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  17. ^ Goldman, Eric (2008-04-15). "Market Forces Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  18. ^ "Survival of the Fittest". The Spectacular Spider-Man. Season 1. Episode 1. March 8, 2008. The CW.
  19. ^ "Market Forces". The Spectacular Spider-Man. Season 1. Episode 4. March 22, 2008. The CW.
  20. ^ "Group Therapy". The Spectacular Spider-Man. Season 1. Episode 11. May 31, 2008. The CW.
  21. ^ "Reinforcement". The Spectacular Spider-Man. Season 2. Episode 3. June 29, 2009. Disney XD.
  22. ^ "Probable Cause". The Spectacular Spider-Man. Season 2. Episode 9. October 14, 2009. Disney XD.
  23. ^ "Opening Night". The Spectacular Spider-Man. Season 2. Episode 12. November 18, 2009. Disney XD.
  24. ^ "Nightmare on Christmas". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 3. Episode 22. December 3, 2014. Disney XD.
  25. ^ Gallagher, Brian (April 19, 2017). "Spider-Man: Homecoming Has Two Different Shockers". Movie Web. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  26. ^ Cochran, Jay (2009-06-14). "Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Series Wave 4 Figures With Shocker". MarvelousNews.com. Retrieved 2021-07-27.
  27. ^ Cochran, Jay (2009-06-30). "Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Series Figures Get Spider-Charged". MarvelousNews.com. Retrieved 2021-07-27.