Taskmaster - is that a mask?

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#1 Posted by Sliver Slamurai (24 posts) - - Show Bio

Is there an official explanation for how Taskmaster looks?  I could swear I saw him 'unmasked' toward the end of Dark Reign, but I've also seen drawings of him where it's assumed that his face is a skull.
 
Does anyone know if that's his real 'face' or a mask?  And is that made clear in any certain issue?

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#2 Posted by Decoy Elite (30159 posts) - - Show Bio

I always assumed it was a mask seeing as he has an alternate one....never seen his face.

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#3 Posted by xerox_kitty (17342 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes it is.  Avengers: Initiative #31 or 32 (I can't remember which) retold his back story.  Towards the end of the story, he was severely beaten and you see the skull mask fly off (but his hood covers his face).  Norman Osborn later visits Taskmaster in hospital, but his face is covered in bandages so you still can't tell what he really looks like.

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#4 Posted by Sliver Slamurai (24 posts) - - Show Bio

thx guys...
 
so further inquisition - how does that mask 'work', do you suppose?  I mean, it does really look like his eyeballs are attached to the mask to me.  I'm being way too scientific, I know.  (I imagine it's the sort of thing where a masked hero's eyes glow in the dark, like Wolverine's eyes just showing white light in the shadow... totally an illustration trick that doesn't translate to real life)

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#5 Posted by Vendel (372 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't we see his face in Moon Knight?

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#6 Posted by Jake Fury (21941 posts) - - Show Bio
@xerox-kitty said:
"Yes it is.  Avengers: Initiative #31 or 32 (I can't remember which) retold his back story.  Towards the end of the story, he was severely beaten and you see the skull mask fly off (but his hood covers his face).  Norman Osborn later visits Taskmaster in hospital, but his face is covered in bandages so you still can't tell what he really looks like. "

:-( I miss Avengers Initiative. :-(
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#7 Posted by fesak (8609 posts) - - Show Bio

There's a flashback to when he was a kid in his first mini, or maybe it was in Agent X? Anyway he looks like a normal kid. No skull-face.

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#8 Posted by xerox_kitty (17342 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jake Fury: Me too... But I'm already enjoying Avengers Academy.  It's just missing Taskie though.  I didn't think I could love a half-rate character like him, but Christos Gage really writes characters well.
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#9 Posted by Sliver Slamurai (24 posts) - - Show Bio

fesak - any way to locate that issue(s)?  thanks!

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#10 Posted by The_Martian (37399 posts) - - Show Bio
@xerox-kitty said:
" @Jake Fury: Me too... But I'm already enjoying Avengers Academy.  It's just missing Taskie though.  I didn't think I could love a half-rate character like him, but Christos Gage really writes characters well. "
Isn't he getting a mini series or a one-shot?
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#11 Posted by The_Martian (37399 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nobody said:

" @xerox-kitty said:

" @Jake Fury: Me too... But I'm already enjoying Avengers Academy.  It's just missing Taskie though.  I didn't think I could love a half-rate character like him, but Christos Gage really writes characters well. "
Isn't he getting a mini series or a one-shot? "
Enjoy :)
 
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#12 Posted by xerox_kitty (17342 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nobody: Et voila!

Taskmaster #1
Taskmaster #1
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#13 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4172 posts) - - Show Bio

He's really Steve Rogers :)

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#14 Posted by xerox_kitty (17342 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nova`Prime` said:
"He's really Steve Rogers :)"

Yup!  That's why he was so angry that it was Crossbones who shot Captai... no, waittaminute...
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#15 Posted by fesak (8609 posts) - - Show Bio
@Sliver Slamurai said:

" fesak - any way to locate that issue(s)?  thanks! "

I think it was Taskmaster #4
 
Also, i read on another site that he appears unmasked in Daredevil #293. I don't have it so i can't check.
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#16 Posted by DH69 (4324 posts) - - Show Bio

hasnt he been shown to have brown hair in past comics?

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#17 Posted by fesak (8609 posts) - - Show Bio

Taskmaster
Taskmaster

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#18 Posted by xerox_kitty (17342 posts) - - Show Bio
@fesak: In his youth, he was a manga character? ;)
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#19 Posted by Jake Fury (21941 posts) - - Show Bio

His costume is just freaking awesome.
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#20 Posted by logan48227 (299 posts) - - Show Bio
@fesak said:
" @Sliver Slamurai said:

" fesak - any way to locate that issue(s)?  thanks! "

I think it was Taskmaster #4  Also, i read on another site that he appears unmasked in Daredevil #293. I don't have it so i can't check. "

That is the right issue & this is a scan from it. Here's Taskmaster unmasked..... 
 
 
 
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#21 Edited by forsake (116 posts) - - Show Bio

 Unmasked
 
 http://www.comicvine.com/taskmaster/29-4578/all-images/108-209918/t3/105-512436/ 

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#22 Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau (82985 posts) - - Show Bio
@forsake said:
"  Unmasked  http://www.comicvine.com/taskmaster/29-4578/all-images/108-209918/t3/105-512436/  "
Thats from the Udon series. Its not his real race either.
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#23 Posted by xerox_kitty (17342 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler: Where does the Udon series sit in continuity then??  (I is not an expert :)
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#24 Posted by Infernalistgamer (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Yay, my favorite Marvel, getting his own new miniseries on my birthday!

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#25 Posted by Prizum (19 posts) - - Show Bio

so is the Taskmaster from the Agent X comics a different guy? because he's maskless the majority of the time.

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#26 Posted by CrimsonAlchemist (412 posts) - - Show Bio

He was also unmasked in a volume 4 of Moon-knight   in issue 6 I don't like how they made him cry like a wuss bag thought that's so unlike Taskie
 

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#27 Posted by XRiskyX (12700 posts) - - Show Bio

Hehehe, I coincidentally reread the Deadpool stroy "Magnum Opus" where Deadpool and Tasky take on Norman's new Thunderbolts and the< make pretty much fun of the mask mystery. One time we see a sillhouette of Taskamasters real face on a screen when his mouth is moving as he talks to Deadpool and later on Deadpool says something like: "Oh yeah, means a lot to me from the man with a skull... on his skull." Taskmaster: "You mean the mask I can take off?" Deadpool: "Taskmaster you %$&/!!!"

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#28 Posted by Eyz (3187 posts) - - Show Bio

That's right, he did said he couldn't take it off?! 
1)So how was someone able to "punch it off" his face in the page of Moon Knight above?
and
2)How was Taskmaster able to change his mask during the last Deadpool issues of the original series and the Udon's Taskmaster mini?

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#29 Posted by Treason (233 posts) - - Show Bio
@Eyz said:
" That's right, he did said he couldn't take it off?!  1)So how was someone able to "punch it off" his face in the page of Moon Knight above?and 2)How was Taskmaster able to change his mask during the last Deadpool issues of the original series and the Udon's Taskmaster mini? "
he was talking bout deadpool
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#30 Posted by Eyz (3187 posts) - - Show Bio

Who was talking about Deadpool?
 
I had that comic! Taskie was clearly talking about his skullface!

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#31 Posted by ReverseNegative (2974 posts) - - Show Bio

It is. Moon Knight cut it off at one point.

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#32 Posted by Metatron_Da_Don (1153 posts) - - Show Bio

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#33 Edited by DragynWulf (31 posts) - - Show Bio

Originally the creator of Taskmaster intended for the skull to be Taskmaster's face due to his photographic reflexes, much like how DC's Dr. Destiny's dream powers turned his face into a skeleton. However, over the years he has been shown to have a various different faces via disguises (like the one above from DAREDEVIL that even states he used plastic surgery in the second panel), which means his real face as an adult has yet to be shown. The only actual face we have seen is in the Udon TASKMASTER mini-series (yes it is within continuity) as a child. However, it appears we might get to see his adult face in the resent TASKMASTER mini-series as it has been hinted that we would learn his name in the series.
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#34 Posted by N7_Normandy (2504 posts) - - Show Bio

it's most certainly a mask

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#35 Posted by speederina (4 posts) - - Show Bio
@Prizum said:
" so is the Taskmaster from the Agent X comics a different guy? because he's maskless the majority of the time. "
He's using a holographic image projector.
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#36 Posted by spider-man 2996 (726 posts) - - Show Bio

Mask
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#37 Edited by The_Assassin_ (17568 posts) - - Show Bio

In Dark Reign Deadpool #9, 
Taskmaster tells Deadpool his face makes small children cry.
Deadpool: "Your one to talk, with that stupid skeleton face on your... Face" 
Taskmaster: "Oh, you mean this mask that I can take off?"
Deadpool: &#$% you, Taskmaster.

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#38 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4172 posts) - - Show Bio

 From Taskmaster #1
 From Taskmaster #1
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#39 Posted by DragynWulf (31 posts) - - Show Bio
@logan48227 said:
"@fesak said:
" @Sliver Slamurai said:

" fesak - any way to locate that issue(s)?  thanks! "

I think it was Taskmaster #4  Also, i read on another site that he appears unmasked in Daredevil #293. I don't have it so i can't check. "

That is the right issue & this is a scan from it. Here's Taskmaster unmasked..... 
 
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That is not his real face, it even states it in the 2nd that he had plastic surgery to alter his face. 
 
On a side note... with all these stories about Daredevil's identity coming into question over the years and how he tricks others into thinking he isn't Daredevil... Taskmaster sees his face here and calls him by "Red" (knowing it is Daredevil). Not to mention that Taskmaster knows Daredevil is blind (he used blind style fighting to fight Elektra in her series). Seems that it would be information that he could have sold to Kingpin years ago. Oh well, just one of those things overlooked over the years.
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#40 Posted by daw327 (15 posts) - - Show Bio

@nova_prime

Handsome Jack; is TASKMASTER?!!

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#41 Posted by THORSON (4500 posts) - - Show Bio

taskmaster knows how to keep an identity. take note batman.

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#42 Posted by ariesxmasters (4886 posts) - - Show Bio

It is a mask/

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