Saturday, November 19, 2011

Justice is Served!: The Scourge of the Underworld Files 4: Megatak

LAST UPDATED: February 8, 2015

This is part four of a series of posts examining the original Scourge storyline in the 1980s to 1990s, in which an organization devoted to the assassination of super-villains, usually with a modified submachine gun with explosive shells went into action, usually uttering the catch-phrase "Justice is served!" just after killing the villain. Adapted from material I previously wrote in the 1990s on an older website. Previously I was going from memory but in 2014 I purchased the Scourge of the Underworld. I also have the most recent Marvel Index volumes. I am therefore editing this series accordingly. This series covers Iron Man#194 to USAgent#4. It does not cover subsequent appearances of characters called Scourge as all subsequent appearances deviated in key ways from the original concept. On the other hand, hits that were considered unsuccessful even at the time are covered. For successful hits, postmortem uses of victims are now noted.

THOR#358 August 1985 by Walt Simonson (writer and artist)
Victim: Megatak (Gregory Nettles)
Disguise: Old man
Synopsis: Not far from Beta Ray Bill and Sif, Megatak prefers to go into action oinly to be shot dead by an old man who declares, "Justice is Served".
Is it key to the overall Scourge storyline? No
Does it tie into the main story in this issue? Very little. Megatak appears to want to take advantage of the distraction caused by Sif and Beta Ray Bill having finished their battle with Titanium Man, but that's about it.
Postmortem use of villain: Nettles has not been revived as of February 2015 nor has anyone taken on the Megatak identity
Comments: As with the Rhino in the hit on Miracle Man, it makes sense that Scourge wouldn’t target the Titanium Man, due to his armour and not wanting to attract the attention of Beta Ray Bill and Sif.

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