Marvel Premiere #39-40
Issue(s): Marvel Premiere #39, Marvel Premiere #40
The Torpedo manages to defeat Kligger, but that just means he's now wanted for attempting to assassinate a US senator.
The Torpedo's biggest accomplishment in these issues is causing a meltdown at a nuclear power plant (to be fair, he does prevent the plant from exploding).
In the Torpedo's civilian identity, he is Brock Jones, former football star turned bored insurance executive. His wife learns that she is pregnant with their third child.
Stivak, aka Kligger, will figure into The Corporation saga that runs through a number of comics, most prominently in Captain America and the Hulk. In fact, as Kligger, he had already appeared in Kirby's Captain America #213, although i don't think he was yet intended to be the same character.
Stivak does seem to be more the plant of a foreign power in this story...
...although you'll note in a scan further up, he also calls that idea "preposterous".
Torpedo and his family go on to be supporting characters in ROM.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (4): showDanny Jones, Kligger, Lorry Jones, Tammy Anne Jones, Torpedo
Who the "foreign power" was is unclear, as we eventually learn that Kligger was working for both the Corporation and the Dire Wraiths.
Posted by: Michael | May 29, 2013 11:12 PM
And, after ROM, both the Torpedo suit and the Jones family (after a fashion) end up in New Warriors (v. 1). #73 is one of the saddest stories I've ever read, leading me to toss both a "well-done" and a "curse you!" in Evan Skolnick's direction. But that's about two decades away, of course.
Posted by: Dan Spector | March 18, 2015 1:27 AM
Possibly a retcon since, as you say, he may not have been intended as the same character originally, but per the Marvel Comics Database, the senator's full name is Eugene Kligger Stivak.
Posted by: Matthew Bradley | March 21, 2016 11:15 AM
Stivak does seem to be more the plant of a foreign power in this story
Well, you could certainly regard the Dire Wraiths as a *very* foreign power.
Posted by: Ben Herman | March 27, 2016 9:25 PM
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