Señor Muerte / Señor Suerte
Señor Muerte and Señor Suerte are aliases used by a number of fictional characters in Marvel Comics.
|First appearance||Hero For Hire #10 (Jun 1973)|
|Created by||Steve Englehart and George Tuska|
|Notable aliases||Señor Muerte|
The first character to use these names was Ramon Garcia, who was born in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. Ramon was the owner of a chain of gambling casinos, and a criminal who called himself "Señor Suerte" (which means "Mr. Luck" in English) in his role as head of criminal gambling operations in New York. He used the name "Señor Muerte" (which means "Mr. Death" in English) when he killed his opponents.
Ramon sent men to kill Frank Jenks and Luke Cage. Muerte attempted to kill Luke Cage, and murdered a rival casino owner. He battled Cage, but was electrocuted by his own device while battling Cage.
Jaime and Phillip
|Señor Suerte and Señor Muerte|
|First appearance||Muerte II: Captain America #224 (Aug 1978)
Suerte II: Power Man/Iron Fist #56 (Apr 1979)
|Created by||Muerte II: Peter Gillis and Mike Zeck
Suerte II: Mary Jo Duffy and Trevor Von Eeden
After Ramon's death, his younger brothers Jaime and Phillip took over his operations, and became the co-owners of their brother's gambling casinos. Jaime became "Señor Suerte" and Phillip became "Señor Muerte". Jaime was a professional gambler and thief, and Phillip was a professional assassin.
Phillip, as the new Señor Muerte, posed as his deceased brother Ramon. Alongside the Tarantula, he murdered government agent Ken Astor, and attempted to hijack a military convoy, the Madbombs. He battled Captain America. Phillip wore gloves that were able to release spider venom into his victims.
Jaime, as Señor Suerte, attempted a theft of Tutankhamen artifacts from a museum, and battled Cage and Iron Fist. Jamie and Phillip's gambling operations were disrupted by Cage and Iron Fist. The brothers set death-traps for Cage and Iron Fist, but were still defeated by them.
Powers and abilities
The Garcia brothers were all athletic men with no superhuman powers. They were all average hand-to-hand combatants using basic streetfighting techniques, talented gamblers, and highly skilled businessmen. Additionally, Jaime is an expert thief, and Phillip is an expert assassin and highly skilled in the use of knives, firearms, and explosives.
Ramon, as Señor Muerte, wore synthetic stretch fabric containing circuitry enabling him to charge one hand or the other with an electric load of 10,000 volts and to hurl bolts of electricity over short distances. He owned a private casino equipped with booby-trapped devices, including a giant roulette wheel, razor-edged playing cards, poker chips, and giant dice.
Phillip sometimes wore a duplicate of his late brother's costume, with the same properties, although he sometimes wore a blank-featured face-mask which could be reshaped to resemble a death's head. He used an assortment of knives, high-powered handguns, hand grenades, and flame-throwers concealed in the specially designed pockets of the coat and vest he usually wore.
In other media
- Señor Muerte appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "To Steal an Ant-Man."
- Heroes Fore Hire #5-6; behind the scenes
- Hero For Hire #10-11
- Captain America #224
- Power Man/Iron Fist #56
- Power Man/Iron Fist #63-64