Alias


Swordsman
Nick Name
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Civilian ID

Swordsman I

Jacques Duquesne


Swordsman II

Philip Jarvet


Swordsman III

Andreas von Strucker


Occupation

Swordsman I

Adventurer

Circus Performer

Criminal

Mercenary


Swordsman II

Adventurer


Swordsman III

AdventurerCriminal

Mercenary


Legal Status

Swordsman I

Deceased citizen of the United States with an international criminal record.


Swordsman II

Citizen of the United States of an alternate dimension.


Swordsman III

Citizen of Madripoor.


Nation or Planet of Origin

Swordsman I

Sin-Cong


Swordsman II

United States of an alternate dimension.


Swordsman III

Unknown


Group Affiliation

Swordsman I

Avengers

Batroc's Brigade

Lethal Legion


Swordsman II

Avengers

Gatherers


Swordsman III

Fenris


Base of Operations

Swordsman I

Mobile


Swordsman II

Supreme Squadron dimension.


Swordsman III

Mobile


Height

Swordsman I: 6' 4"


Swordsman II: 6' 4"


Swordsman III: 5' 9"


Weight

Swordsman I: 250 lbs.


Swordsman II: 250 lbs.


Swordsman III: 165 lbs.


Eye Color

Swordsman I: Blue


Swordsman II: Blue


Swordsman III: Blue


Hair Color

Swordsman I: Black


Swordsman II: Black


Swordsman III: Blonde


Known Powers

Swordsman I

Normal human with exceptional skills as a swordsman.


Swordsman II

Normal human with exceptional skills as a swordsman.


Swordsman III

Genetically enhanced human with an ability to generate powerful beams of energy when in contact with his genetic twin sister.Exceptional hand-to-hand combatant and swordsman.


Accessories

Swordsman I

Power Sword: Bladed weapon equipped by the Mandarin with Makluan technology enabling it to emit concussive beams, flame, electricity or sleeping gas.


Swordsman II

Power Sword: Bladed weapon equipped by the Mandarin with Makluan technology enabling it to emit concussive beams, flame, electricity or sleeping gas.


Swordsman III

Power Swords: Bladed weapons coated with Adamantium and equipped with electrical charges and a tether cable in the hilt.


Common Enemies

Swordsman I

Avengers

Defenders

Kang the Conqueror


Swordsman II

Avengers

Proctor


Swordsman III

Baron von Strucker

Baron Zemo II

HYDRA

Purple Man


Regularly Appearing

Swordsman I

Avengers Vol. 1

Defenders Vol. 1


Swordsman II

Avengers Vol. 1 & 3


Swordsman III

Thunderbolts Vol. 2


First Appearance

Swordsman I

Avengers Vol. 1 #19 (Aug. 1965)


Swordsman II

Avengers Vol. 1 #343 (Jan. 1992)


Swordsman III

Thunderbolts Vol. 2 #1 (Feb. 2005)


Creator

Swordsman I

Stan Lee & Don Heck


Swordsman II

Bob Harras & Steve Epting


Swordsman III

Fabian Nicieza, Kurt Busiek & Tom Grummett


Origin

A master of bladed weapons Jacques Duquesne was famous as the circus performer called the Swordsman. After incurring massive gambling debts Duquesne resorted to robbing his employer to pay his creditors. Caught with the stolen money by his protégé Clint Barton (Hawkeye I) Duquesne gave pursuit which lead to the apparent death of Barton.


Fleeing the circus the Swordsman adopted the costumed identity of a criminal and mercenary in Europe. He eventually returned to the states to apply for membership in the Avengers as part of a plan to commit even more spectacular crimes. His betrayal would eventually be revealed and the Swordsman would eventually become nothing more than hired mussel for an Asian crimelord.


While in Asia he encountered the woman he would love known as Mantis. His love for Mantis would lead to him sacrificing his life to save her from Kang the Conqueror.


The Swordsman found a strange second chance at life when he was resurrected and became the human host for the intelligent plant life known as the Cotati.


Years after the death of the original Swordsman a new adventurer using the name appeared. Hailing from an alternate dimension, Philip Jarvet apparently had a similar history and skills as Duquesne, but never turned to crime. Jarvet was rescued and deceived by Proctor, the man who destroyed Jarvet's world as well as many other alternate Earths in his quest to kill the Avengers member Sersi in all realities.


Brainwashing Swordsman, and agents from other realties, Proctor orchestrated several attacks upon the Avengers. Swordsman was captured by the Avengers and in time his mind cleared and he began to cooperate with the team. Proctor attempted to use the Vision of an alternate reality to kill Swordsman but he failed and in the process lost another of his team members Magdelene - who had grown to love the Swordsman.


After the Avengers disappeared during a battle with Onslaught both the Swordsman and Magdelene continued their battle against evil. When the Avengers returned they helped them on a few occasions eventually leaving with the Squadron Supreme to their native reality.


Some time later a new Swordsman appeared that came into conflict with both the heroic team known as the Thunderbolts and the terrorist organization HYDRA. In reality the new Swordsman is Andreas Strucker the son of the Nazi supremacist Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. As children Andreas and his twin sister Andrea were genetically altered by their father to give them superhuman abilities to generate powerful beams of energy, but their power was dependent upon physical contact with one another. After Baron Zemo, who was in the guise of Citizen V, killed Andrea, Andreas was left powerless. Seeing an opportunity to exploit the now powerless Andreas to strike at his enemies, Baron Zemo recruited Zebidiah Killgrave, the Purple Man, to use his powers to manipulate and train Andreas as the newest Swordsman.


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