Gideon Mace
Gideon Mace
Personal Info:
Real Name: Gideon Mace
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
First Appearance: Luke Cage, Hero for Hire Vol.1 3
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Leader of several militias
Base Of Operations: New Jersey
Grudges: Power Man and Spider-Man
Creators: Archie Goodwin and George Tuska
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Gideon Mace is highly trained in military strategy, leadership, and both armed and unarmed combat. He's ruthless and willing to sacrifice anything or anyone, including himself, to accomplish his goals.
Militia: Mace usually has a small army of disgruntled ex-soldiers, like himself. They are trained by him to become skilled combatants, and armed with a variety of conventional and unconventional weaponry, helicopters, and explosives.
Mace: Gideon Mace has a spiked titanium steel mace attached to his right wrist, in place of his hand. It can spray chemical mace and can be fired like a cannon ball.
In 1968, during the Tet Offensive of the Viet Nam war/conflict, Mace led his troops in an unauthorized assault on a village. One of his soldiers, Jaime, stepped on a landmine, and was killed. Mace was nearby, and his right hand was destroyed by the explosion. Mace was discharged from the army for his actions, his discharge papers citing insubordination, mental incompetence, and suspicion of combat activity independent of orders. He was outraged at what he felt was unjust treatment. He had his hand fitted for a prosthetic, a mace, after his own name, and began to recruit soldiers into his own personal army, to gain revenge on the nation that had mistreated him.
Gideon Mace organized and trained a group of ex-soldiers as part of Operation: Overpower, which was to be a violent act of protest that would shake the conscience of America, awakening it to the shame of its treatment of its former soldiers. Mace exhausted his family fortune purchasing helicopters, explosives, and ammunition.