Educator of Criminals
|Citizen of the United States with a criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Bronx, New York|
|Base of Operations|
Chemically altered human possessing photo-reflexive memory; the ability to view and mimic any non-super human action including voice imitation.
Exceptional hand-to-hand and armed combatant with a wide variety of unique fighting skills.
Average strength, speed and stamina of a man of his age and build who engages in regular strenuous exercise.
.45 Caliber Handgun
Billy Club: Patterned after Daredevil's segmented club with an extended grappling cable.
Bow and Arrows: Patterned after the weapons used by the marksman Hawkeye.
Shield: Circular shield patterned after but not possessing the indestructible properties of Captain America.
Sword: Long-bladed weapon patterned after the one used by the Black Knight.
Taskmaster Uniform: High-tech armored uniform equipped with a holographic image inducer for disguise and a solid energy shield generator on right glove.
Web-shooters: Wrist-mounted projectile device patterned after Spider-Man, that fires a viscous high-tensile strength "web" fluid, stored in high-pressure cartridges mounted on the wrist housing, activated via triggers placed against the palm and activated by pressure from the middle fingers.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1
Avengers Vol. 1 & 3
Captain America Vol. 1 & 3
Daredevil Vol. 1
Deadpool Vol. 2
Taskmaster Vol. 1 & 2
|Avengers Vol. 1 #195 (May, 1980)|
|David Michelinie & George Pérez|
Tony Masters exhibited his unusual abilities as a child, after watching a rodeo cowboy perform rope tricks on television the he was able to duplicate the actions perfectly. He would later use his talent to become a star high-school quarterback after watching only one professional football game.
In his quest to be the best, Masters became one of the top agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While on a mission for the counter terrorism agency, Masters and his fellow agent and wife, Mercedes, were sent to Bolivia to foil a Nazi plot to create a race of humans with the minds and memories of Adolph Hitler. The chief Nazi scientist revealed that he had created a serum which would allow anyone's mind to instantly absorb knowledge. Masters knew that the Nazi's hidden fortress would soon be destroyed and the serum with it, so he injected himself gaining photo-reflexive memories, but sacrificing his long-term memories.
A sense of unknown guilt and an inability to remember who he was in a former life, Masters convinced himself that he was a villain. Masters is commanded by a covert group known as the Org, a front organization for the anti-terrorist law-enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Even Masters is unaware that he is a covert S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, receiving his orders to train minions of different terrorist groups, he then reports what he learns about these groups to the Org, unaware that he is S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most undercover agent, the Taskmaster.