Personal Info:
Real Name: Inapplicable
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Inapplicable
First Appearance: Iron Man Vol.1 114
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: None
Base Of Operations: New York City
Grudges: Avengers
Creators: Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen
Gallery: Click
Enhanced Abilities: Arsenal has upper level super human strength and endurance.
Body Armour: Arsenalís non metallic body gives him a high degree of protection from physical and energy attacks.
Radar Senses: Arsenal has a superior radar sense that gives him 360 degree scanning, making him hard to surprise.
Force Field: Arsenal has a number of force fields that although they donít prevent damage to Arsenal, they do damage opponents trying to pass through them.
Shoulder Guns: Arsenal has twin radiation blast cannons that push up through his shoulders.
Chest Cannon: Arsenal has a large force cannon in his chest.
Gas: Arsenal can spray a thick opaque gas from jets in his helmet.
Freezing Units: Arsenal can generate intense cold that coats his hands.
Air Blasts: Arsenal can fire strong blasts of air.
Blinding Flash: Arsenal can produce blasts of high intensity light.
Computer Link: Arsenal is connected to an intelligent computer called Mistress and is strategically helped by her.
In the final months of World War II, American and other Allied scientists created a prototype weapon system code-named Arsenal, coupled with a control unit code-named Mistress, and designed both systems were capable of independent thought. Arsenal and Mistress were to be activated only in the event of an Axis victory, in order that fighting may continue if the war was lost. Obviously, they were never called.
Later, the American government hoped to use Arsenal in the growing Cold War, but the director of the project, Howard Stark (father of Anthony Stark (Iron Man),) convinced the government otherwise. Howard Stark, however, continued to experiment on the systems, and programmed the Mistress with the persona and brain patters of his wife, Maria Stark.
Arsenal and Mistress remained dormant for many years, and above their lair, the Stark family mansion became the headquarters of the premier superhero team, the Avengers. During one of their battles, an errant sonic signal managed to activate Arsenal and Mistress. Arsenal awoke, not knowing that the war had been over for decades, taking the call to mean that the enemy had claimed victory. Arsenal (having no commands from his creators) immediately attacked the Avengers, assuming them to be enemy soldiers.