Richard Fisk


Richard Fisk

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caption=Cover of "Web of Spider-Man" #30 (vol. 1, Sep 1987). Art by Steve Geiger.
comic_color=background:#ff8080
character_name=Richard Fisk
real_name=Richard Fisk
publisher=Marvel Comics
debut="The Amazing Spider-Man" #83 (April 1970)
creators=Stan Lee
John Romita, Sr.
alliance_color=background:#c0c0ff
alliances=HYDRA
aliases=The Schemer, The Rose, The Blood Rose
powers=Highly intelligent
Expert in the use of firearms and in hand-to-hand combat|

Richard Fisk is an fictional character that appears in the comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history

The character Richard Fisk first appears as The Schemer in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #83 (April 1970), and was created by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr. He first appeared as The Rose in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #253 (June 1984), but was not revealed as the Rose until "Web of Spider-Man" #30 (September 1987).

Fictional character biography

Richard Fisk grew up as a child of privilege, believing that his father Wilson Fisk was a respectable and honorable businessman. Wilson was sometimes abusive to Richard, but Richard still loved him. At one point he and his childhood friend, Sammy Silke saw Wilson roughing up someone. It was when he was attending a prestigious college in Switzerland that he discovered that his father was, in reality, the Kingpin of Crime. Realizing the luxuries of his youth had been financed by a criminal empire, Richard was distraught and vowed to make atonement for his father's crimes. When his parents received word that Richard had perished in a skiing accident, they suspected that it was really a suicide after Richard learned the truth of his father's identity. Heartbroken and furious that his son could have acted so spinelessly, the Kingpin sunk into a spell of depression.

chemer

Not long afterward, a new gang emerged in New York, led by a mysterious figure calling himself the Schemer. Unlike most gangs in New York, the Schemer's organization seemed bent solely on dismantling the Kingpin's empire. After a series of confrontations, the Kingpin and the Schemer finally met face to face. It was then that the Schemer revealed that his face was really a mask, and that his true face was that of Richard Fisk. Richard explained that he had faked his death in the Alps and was striking back at his father using his own money. This final shock was too much for the Kingpin to bear, and he collapsed into catatonia. This finally made Richard realize how much he had hurt his father, and he set off to find a way to cure his comatose state. Richard joined the international terrorist group HYDRA, becoming a leader of the Nevada fragment of HYDRA and eventually rising to the rank of Supreme Hydra. Now with HYDRA's expansive medical resources at his disposal, Richard was able to return his father to full health. The Kingpin seemingly proved that he was back to normal by clandestinely taking over as ruler of HYDRA. However, it was soon revealed that the true leader of HYDRA was the Nazi supervillain the Red Skull, and the Fisks had to team up with Captain America and the Falcon to stop the mad dictator. Richard was critically wounded in the final battle, and the Kingpin had his son placed in suspended animation, finally curing him by siphoning some life force from Spider-Man. After this, father and son seemed to be reconciled.

Rose

Several years later, Richard joined his father's organization, calling himself the Rose, a crime-lord under the Kingpin's control. However, this was all a ruse to undermine the Kingpin's empire from within. Aiding Richard in this scheme were his good friend Alfredo Morelli and Ned Leeds, who was brainwashed to act as the supervillain the Hobgoblin. However, the Rose's subterfuge resulted in an explosive gang war that tore New York City apart. During a shoot-out Richard shot and killed a police officer, an act that became a turning point for him - no longer could he consider himself morally superior to his father. After Leeds' death and the end of the gang war, Richard resigned himself to his birthright and rejoined the Kingpin's organization as himself. However, the desire to overthrow his father once again arose, and Richard and Alfredo plotted to make the Kingpin think that Richard was ready to inherit his father's position. Alfredo had plastic surgery to make himself look just like Richard (since he had more combat experience), and slowly began climbing the ladder of power. However, when the Kingpin was overthrown by the combined forces of Daredevil and HYDRA, Alfredo betrayed his old friend by maintaining that he was truly Richard, and took over as the new Kingpin. Richard then became Blood Rose, a Punisher-like vigilante, and began gunning down criminals in a bloody purge of the city. The Blood Rose even shot and wounded Alfredo, who later returned under the alias of Gauntlet, although he was ultimately defeated by NightWatch and incarcerated. Finally caught by Spider-Man and arrested, Richard entered the Witness Protection Program.

Final Coup

Years later, Wilson Fisk once again regained the mantle of the Kingpin, and Richard re-emerged to public life and rejoined the Kingpin's organization, once again vowing to never again attempt to overthrow his father. However, upon meeting his old childhood friend, the ambitious enforcer Silke, Richard thought that he at last had found the perfect way to make his father pay for his crimes. Silke's assassination attempt nearly did succeed, stabbing and seriously wounding the Kingpin (already blinded from an earlier attempt on his life). However, Richard did not count on the tenacity of his mother, Vanessa. Vanessa quickly made a startling counter-strike, eliminating the rebellion and selling her husband's territory so he could travel to Europe and recover. Richard cornered her, insisting that by getting rid of the Kingpin they could be free to have a new life, but Vanessa coldly shot her son dead, eliminating him as a threat for once and for all.

In other media

Television

Richard Fisk appears in "", played by Nick Jameson. In this continuity, Richard is loyal to his father and heads a front company called Fisktronics. In the two-part episode of "Framed" and "The Man Without Fear", Richard frames Peter Parker for selling government secrets, with the help of the Chameleon. Spider-Man teams with Daredevil in an attempt to clear his name. They capture Richard, and he is sent to prison for his figured crimes and after Peter was cleared of all charges. Later on, Richard teams up with Tombstone (who was incarcerated in the same prison two episodes after Richard) and agrees to frame Joseph Robbie Robertson in the Season 4 opening to the series, "Guilty". They have him kidnapped, put a gun in his hand while he was unconscious and was sent to trial for a crime he didn't mean to commit. He was originally supposed to go to New York State Pen. but with the help of Richard's father, the Kingpin, Robbie was reassigned to Rooker's Island where Richard and Tombstone laid incarcerated and would be there for the next fifteen years. But Spider-Man apparently figured out about Richard and Tombstone's plan and busted into Rooker's Island to save Robbie. And just when Richard and Tombstone would take off with their valuable cellmate in a helicopter, Spider-Man accidentally has the copter crash but not before saving Robbie (and the pilot) and have Richard and Tombstone fall back to Rooker's Island ironically. Richard made his last appearance in the show in the Season 4 finale, "The Prowler", in a flashback appearance when he was saved by Hobie Brown from getting killed by bags of powder from another incarcerated criminal. Richard told his father of the news and got Hobie out of prison. After the series was over, producer John Semper explained if the series were to continue with a sixth season there would have been a storyline where Richard would frame Ned Leeds.


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