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The cover to X-Men #95, featuring the original Ani-Men fighting the X-Men. Art by Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum.
|First appearance||Daredevil #10 (Oct 1965)|
|Created by||Wally Wood and Bob Powell|
|Member(s)||Ape-Man, Bird-Man, Cat-Man, Dragonfly, Frog-Man|
Fictional team history
The original lineup of Ani-Men (Ape-Man, Bird-Man, Cat-Man, Frog-Man) are recruited by a man named the Organizer. The Organizer is secretly Abner Jonas, a candidate for mayor of New York City, who sends the Ani-Men on missions to undermine the current administration. Daredevil defeats them and the Ani-Men and Organizer all go to prison. Later, Ape-Man, Bird-Man, and Cat-Man form a team called the "Unholy Three" and work with the Exterminator.
Ape-Man, Bird-Man, and Cat-Man later rejoin the Ani-Men, and the group goes to work for Count Nefaria. Nefaria also recruits a new member for the group, Dragonfly. Nefaria's scientists submit the unwilling Ani-Men to processes that give them superhuman powers and animal-like forms, although eventually they revert back to normal after their fight with the X-Men.
The Exterminator, who was now known as the Death-Stalker, sometime later recruits a new team of Ani-Men, with a new Ape-Man, Bird-Man, and Cat-Man. He sends the new Ani-Men to capture Matt Murdock. The Black Widow defeats Bird-Man, and the Death-Stalker murders Ape-Man and Cat-Man upon the completion of their mission.
High Evolutionary's Ani-Men
A new group wearing the name Ani-Men is created by the High Evolutionary and carries out his orders. The High Evolutionary's Ani-Men included Buzzard (an evolved hawk), Crushtacean (an evolved crab), Flying Fox (an evolved bat), Komodo (an evolved lizard), and Spinneret (an evolved spider). The Evolutionary dispatches the Ani-Men to a laboratory operated by his former assistant Miles Warren (the Jackal) to clean up Warren's files. After three weeks, the Ani-Men are almost done with their cleanup and have spread a virus into all of Warren's files, but they are discovered by the Scarlet Spider. When the High Evolutionary teleports the Ani-Men back to his home base at Wundagore, the Scarlet Spider is accidentally brought with them, having stuck himself to Crushtacean with his webbing. Later, the Scarlet Spider joins members of the Cult of the Jackal in sneaking into the citadel of the High Evolutionary in an attempt to learn the truth about Warren's involvement with the High Evolutionary. The Ani-Men come to face the cult members and the Scarlet Spider, but the fight is brought to an end after the Scarlet Spider is able to learn the truth from the High Evolutionary. The High Evolutionary sends the Scarlet Spider home, but Crushtacean foolishly touches a ball of impact webbing the hero has left behind, covering himself and the other Ani-Men with webbing, much to their embarrassment. 
A new group of Ani-Men surfaced in Great Lakes Avengers #1 (June 2005). This assemblage has no known connection to any prior incarnations or any info on their history. This group consisted of Giraffe-Man (a humanoid giraffe), Great Horned Owl-Man (a humanoid Great Horned Owl), Pig-Man (a humanoid pig), and Rabbit-Woman (a humanoid rabbit). They attacked the Milwaukee Convention Center, holding humans responsible for their trangressions against the animal kingdom. Model Ashley Crawford (AKA Big Bertha) was at a modeling shoot there at the time and phoned her teammates in the GLA for help. By the time the Great Lakes Avengers showed up, the actual Avengers also showed up telling them to sit this one out so that they won't get hurt. The Ani-Men were defeated by the Avengers.
During the Secret Wars storyline, a new version of the Ani-Men (consisting of a new Ape-Man, Bird-Man, and Frog Man) were shown committing crimes while the heroes were on Battleworld. They somehow got the equipment of the original Ani-Men and used it to rob a vault wagon only to be opposed by the NYPD.
A new set of these Ani-Men (consisting of a new Ape-Man, Bird-Man, Cat-Man) are among the many criminals hired by Hammerhead during the Civil War in an effort to take over the underworld while the Kingpin is incarcerated. Unbeknownst to them, the Kingpin has tricked Iron Man into leading a S.H.I.E.L.D. unit to the warehouse where they are meeting, which Iron Man believes to be the headquarters of Captain America's Secret Avengers. Iron Man and the S.H.I.E.L.D. unit break in, and a huge fight breaks out. The battle results in arrests, injuries and death, but it is unrevealed if any of those apply to the new Ani-Men.
- Daredevil #39
- X-Men #95
- Iron Man #115
- Captain America #389-392
- Thunderbolts #24-25
- Daredevil #157
- Daredevil #158
- Captain America #319
- Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 (November, 1995)
- Great Lakes Avengers #1
- Code of Honor #3
- Civil War: War Crimes #1
- Earth X #4
- Ultimate Fantastic Four #3
- Ani-Men (disambiguation) at Marvel.com
- Ani-Men I at Marvel.com
- Ani-Men I at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Ani-Men II at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- High Evolutionary's Ani-Men at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Ani-Men - GLA foes at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Hammerhead's Ani-Men at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Ani-Men at Comic Vine