Personal Info:
Real Name: Unknown
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: San Diego, California
First Appearance: Power Man 41
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Ally of They Who Wield Power & the Tinkerer
Base Of Operations: Worldwide
Grudges: Heroes for Hire and the Hulk
Creators: Marv Wolfman and Lee Elias
Gallery: Click
Gold Gun: Goldbug carries a gun which fires quick-hardening "gold dust," which when exposed to air, quickly yields a metallic material of nearly indestructible strength. This metal, not truly gold, coats the target in an airtight cocoon, preventing any movement and sensation. He has also designed a liquid version of his gold dust, packed into small grenades.
Body Armour: Goldbug wears a padded costume for some degree of protection against injury and is coated with an enzyme that immediately breaks down the hardened gold from his gold-gun, safeguarding himself from accidental suffocation. The costume also contains a wafer-thin parachute, a strength-enhancing exoskeleton, and perhaps other safeguards/gadgets.
Gold Ship: Goldbug has used a variety of very sophisticated vehicles, and certain of his "Gold-ships" contain such devices as tractor beams that collect only gold and gold alloys, remote control capabilities, and power cables which draw energies from gamma-irradiated creatures.
Not much is known about the early history of Jack Smith, a.k.a. the Goldbug. Presumably a long time criminal focusing on robberies of gold, he sought employment at Shank's Armoured Couriers so that he would have the opportunity to known the details of every gold shipment made in the United States.
As the Goldbug, he made a public challenge that he would steal a two million dollar shipment of gold bricks being driven from New York City to Washington. Shank's president, Mr. Coyne, was concerned about the threat and ordered Smith to arrange for Luke Cage, at that time working privately as Power Man, Hero for Hire, to guard the shipment. Smith boldly made the arrangement and still attempted to steal the gold as Goldbug.