Gladiator I
Nick Name
Civilian ID
Melvin Potter


Criminal Engineer


Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with a record of mental illness.
Nation or Planet of Origin
New York, New York
Group Affiliation
(The) Maggia
Base of Operations
New York, New York
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

Normal human with above average strength, speed, stamina and agility skilled in engineering, costume making and electronics.


Gladiator Armor: Custom-made armor armed with tungsten alloy blades on the boots and tungsten alloy rotating wrist shields capable of slashing trough most substances.

Common Enemies


Iron Man I

Regularly Appearing
Daredevil Vol. 1 & 2
First Appearance
Daredevil Vol. 1 #18 (July, 1966)
Stan Lee, Denny O'Neil & John Romita Sr.

Suffering from mental illness, Melvin Potter believed himself a Roman Gladiator and sought battle with superheroes, who he had become convinced derived their abilities from their costumes.

Using his considerable skills as a costumer, Potter spent years devising an armor armed with rotating blades on his wrist. His first target was Franklin Nelson, law partner of Matt Murdock (Daredevil), who in a foolish attempt to impress the woman he loved Karen Page, Nelson hired the costumer to mock battle while Nelson was dressed as Daredevil. Fortunately for Nelson the real Daredevil intervened and defeated Potter.

In time Potter would become even more mentally unstable and begin to hire himself as an assassin often killing for the challenge and glory of being a Gladiator.