- Jonas Harrow
caption =Jonas Harrow.
Leinil Francis Yu.
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character_name =Jonas Harrow
real_name =Jonas Harrow
debut = "Amazing Spider-Man #114" (
Gerry Conway John Romita, Sr.
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status = Active
The Hood's crime syndicate
powers =Genius surgeon, geneticist, cyberneticist and machinesmith|
Jonas Harrow is a
fictional character, a supervillainin the Marvel ComicsUniverse, in which he is an enemy of Spider-Man. His first appearance was in "Amazing Spider-Man #114".
Fictional character biography
Over two decades ago, Jonas Harrow was disgraced as a surgeon and expelled from the medical profession for unorthodox experiments. Happening upon a near-dead criminal in the
Bowery, Harrow, entertaining half-hearted hopes of redemption, cybernetically restored the criminal, who became the gangster Hammerhead.cite book | last = Sanderson | first = Peter | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City | publisher = Pocket Books| date = 2007 | location = New York City | pages = 18 | url = | doi = | id = | isbn = 1-14653-141-6] Harrow slid deeper into underworld research eventually seeking mind-controlling technology.
In recent years, Harrow enhanced criminals to superhuman status for a fee, the hapless Megawatt his first known subject. When Hammerhead rose to prominence, Harrow observed his ex-patient's battles with Spider-Man, whom he perceived as a challenge. He enhanced another criminal, the mutant Kangaroo (Frank Olver), who ungratefully scorned Harrow's schemes. Harrow continued providing services to villains like
Living Laser, but when Will o' the Wisp sought removal of his power, Harrow implanted a surgical device to extort him into theft.
When the Wisp rebelled while fighting the intervening Spider-Man, Harrow's device temporarily dissipated him. Using stolen information, Harrow developed a "variator ray" to control human emotion. By now obsessed with Spider-Man, he tested the device on the hero's self-appointed enemy,
Daily Buglepublisher J. Jonah Jameson, whom he drove to a nervous breakdown. Gloating, Harrow widened the ray's range to the victims, only to have Spider-Man locate and destroy the ray. Undaunted, Harrow dared Spider-Man to confront him, but was defeated with one punch. Sentenced to Ryker's IslandPrison, Harrow learned that inmate Armand DuBroth was blackmailing Warden Percy Rue into allowing DuBroth's use of the prison a base of criminal activities, including the release of select super-villains. Harrow and the Grey Gargoylebecame the latest beneficiaries of DuBroth's scheme, but Spider-Man exposed the operation. Harrow went unheard for for years, although some incorrectly suspected him of being the Hobgoblin.
Harrow accepted a
Roxxon Oilcontract to create synthetic automated soldiers; to this end, he again extorted industrial crimes from Will O'The Wisp. Surreptitiously seeking Spider-Man's help, the Wisp instead encountered the hero's clone Ben Reilly, who removed Harrow's implant when the Wisp assumed intangible form, but not before Harrow forced his catspaw to release Dragon Manfrom custody. When Harrow remotely guided the powerful android to him, Reilly and the Wisp followed and destroyed Harrow's base.
Evading capture, Harrow studied Dragon Man in a subterranean facility, but a subway attack by the vampiric Bonham and his followers accidentally released Harrow's charge, which crashed into the battle Bonham's forces waged against
She-Hulkand the Thing. Exposed during the fray and arrested, Harrow was soon at liberty, distributing advanced weapons on the black market to finance new and inhumane experiments. Experiencing chest pains, Harrow phoned for emergency medical assistance before collapsing, but the robots and cyborgs that defended his facility drove off rescuers. Recruited to penetrate the defenses, Iron Fist escorted the stricken scientist to treatment and re-arrest.
Jonas Harrow has been hired by the Hood to take advantage of the split in the superhero community caused by the Superhuman Registration Act. [New Avengers #35]
Powers and abilities
Jonas Harrow is a genius surgeon, geneticist, cyberneticist and machinesmith. He requires medication for a heart condition.
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