Personal Info:
Real Name: Philip Wallace Sterling
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Riverdale, Bronx, New York City
First Appearance: Daredevil Vol.1 113
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: None
Base Of Operations: An Inter-dimensional realm
Grudges: Daredevil
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Intangibility: As the Death-Stalker, Sterling ordinarily exists in an inter-dimensional realm lying close to Earth's dimension. From this dimension he can observe Earth without being seen. He can also temporarily materialize on Earth, either as an intangible "phantom" or as a solid figure. He can materialize on Earth for up to five hours but must rest in his inter-dimensional realm for at least that much time before returning. Sterling can also "teleport" by moving quickly through his inter-dimensional realm, then reappearing on Earth an equal distance away. The accident that left him with this ability also radically altered his appearance into a chalk-white skin.
Cybernetic Deathgrip: Death Stalker designed a pair of cybernetic death-grip devices which he wore underneath his gloves. He has to be in solid form and touch his victim to bombard the victim with microwaves.
The criminal known as the Death-Stalker was Phillip Wallace Sterling, the last member of an old, wealthy and prestigious family that had lived in America for centuries. It is not known why Sterling turned to crime.
He conducted his first known criminal activities under the alias of the Exterminator. In this role, Sterling was the costumed mastermind behind a series of crimes committed by the original criminals known as the Unholy Three (Ape-Man, Cat-Man, and Bird-Man.) During a clash with the costumed crime fighter Daredevil Ape-Man succeeded in exiling Daredevil to the void with his T-ray gun. Daredevil was able to use his powers and skills to escape through a dimension warp, and tracked the Exterminator and the Unholy Three to their lair. After defeating the four, Daredevil intentionally triggered the explosion of the Exterminator's main displacement machine, hoping to end his superhero career by feigning his own death with the explosion. Unbeknownst to him, however, the same explosion irradiated the Exterminator with an extraordinary amount of the radiation, which permanently trapped the villain in the inter-dimensional realm.
Soon, Sterling learned how to manifest himself in the Earth dimension, although he would invariably be drawn back into his limbo-state. Realizing the potential for crime, he adopted a new code-name of Death-Stalker.