Goldbug (comics)


publisher=Marvel Comics
debut="Power Man" #41 (March 1977)
creators=Marv Wolfman and Lee Elias
alliance_color = background:#c0c0ff
aliases =Jack Smith
alliances=They Who Wield Power
powers=Wields gold gun

Goldbug is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in the Marvel Universe.

Fictional character biography

Goldbug is a gold-obsessed, technologically-powered professional thief. In his first appearance, Goldbug, using the false identity of "Jack Smith", hired Power Man to prevent a shipment of gold from being stolen by the Goldbug. "Smith" then donned the Goldbug costume, stole the gold, and attempted to pin the crime on Cage and Thunderbolt. ["Luke Cage, Power Man" #41] Cage and Thunderbolt recovered the gold and cleared their names, but Goldbug escaped. ["Luke Cage, Power Man" #42]

Later, the Goldbug was revealed to be an unwitting pawn of They Who Wield Power, including the Hulk's foe Tyrannus, and set out to capture the Hulk. ["Incredible Hulk" #238] Goldbug kidnapped the Hulk to power his technology and set out to find the city of El Dorado, the legendary "city of gold." The Hulk broke free and escaped, causing the Bugship to crash. ["Incredible Hulk" #239] They nevertheless arrived in El Dorado, with the Hulk dragging the unconscious Goldbug to El Dorado. ["Incredible Hulk" #240] There, Goldbug planned to kill the Hulk, but one of the members of They Who Wield Power revealed himself to be Tyrannus as he killed the other two members of They. Goldbug learned that he was Tyrannus's pawn, and Goldbug and the Hulk both turned on Tyrannus but were captured. ["Incredible Hulk" #241] Goldbug freed the Hulk from captivity to battle Tyrannus, and they used El Dorado's technology against him. Tyrannus was teleported into space. ["Incredible Hulk" #242] The Hulk and Goldbug were teleported to New York, where Goldbug was apprehended by the Heroes for Hire: Luke Cage and Iron Fist. ["Incredible Hulk" #243]

Goldbug was next hired by the Maggia to steal some gold from an Empire State University laboratory. He did so, not realizing that the gold had been exposed to radiation during experiments at the university, and that he had thereby contracted radiation poisoning. He battled Spider-Man, but when Spider-Man revealed the gold's radioactivity, the Maggia turned on Goldbug, who fell into the river and disappeared. ["Spectacular Spider-Man" #62]

Goldbug next appeared undergoing treatments for his radiation poisoning. He appeared with a submarine version of his ship, seeking out the sunken remains of an office building that had been transformed into solid gold by the Beyonder during "Secret Wars II". He was thwarted by Namor the Sub-Mariner, but managed to escape capture. ["Solo Avengers" #17]

ecret War

Goldbug reappeared during the aftermath of the Secret War that had been organized by Nick Fury against Latveria. Goldbug was among the supervillains who had been supplied with enhanced technology by Latverian dictator Lucia von Bardos and sent to attack the heroes who had been involved in Fury's Secret War. The villains' technologies were then hijacked by von Bardos, supplying her with power, potentially at the cost of the villains' lives, but the assembled heroes defeated von Bardos and apprehended Goldbug and the others.

Civil War

Later, when the Superhuman Registration Act was announced during the Civil War event, Goldbug wanted to leave the country. He contacted Vienna to make him a new fake identity, but he did not know Vienna was secretly working for the new Heroes for Hire, who later apprehended Goldbug and several other super-villains. When Goldbug and the Plunderer were brought to Captain America's Secret Avengers by Diamondback, the Punisher shot both of them dead, saying that they were "thieves and killers".

Powers and abilities

Goldbug uses gold as a weapon and as a motif. He is a talented inventor and criminal strategist with a gifted intellect. He uses a variety of paraphernalia created by the Tinkerer, working from designs created or stolen by the Goldbug. He wears steel mesh armor coated with gold foil, which contains an electrically powered exoskeleton that amplifies Goldbug's strength. A wafer-thin parachute is sewn inside the costume. He uses a "Gold-gun" that shoots gold dust that hardens on contact. He also uses an aqua regia solution to dissolve metals.

Goldbug uses a jet-propelled hovercraft ("bugship") with gold plating and magna-drive engines, equipped with laser weaponry, radar scanners, and suction cups for scooping up gold. He also has a submarine with gold plating, equipped with laser weaponry, titanium grapplers, cloaking devices, and depth charges.

He later obtained a suit of powered armor from the Latverian dictator Lucia Von Bardos.


*"Punisher War Journal" vol. 2 #2
*"Heroes for Hire" vol. 2 #1
*"Incredible Hulk" vol. 2 #238-243
*"Marvel Knights Spider-Man" #6, 12
*"Power Man" #41-42
*"Secret War" #3-5
*"Solo Avengers" #17
*"Spectacular Spider-Man" vol. 2 #62


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