Gordon Keefer was the first Ape-Man and became one of the original Ani-Men
. The original Ani-Men were recruited and outfitted by the Organizer who was actually a candidate for the mayor of New York named Abner Jones. The Organizer sent the Ani-Men to undermine the current administration but they were defeated by the costume crimefighter Daredevil
and all five men went to prison. Later, Bird-Man
, Ape-Man and Cat-Man
formed the Unholy Three and worked for a criminal scientist named the Exterminator
. Again, the Unholy Three and their employer would be defeated by Daredevil.
Ape-Man was created by Wally Wood
in 1965 and first appeared in Daredevil
Bird-Man, Ape-Man and Cat-Man were rejoined by the original Frog-Man
and worked for Count Nefaria
. His scientist submitted his Ani-Men to an unknown process that gave them superhuman abilities and animal like forms. Count Nefaria added a female member named Dragonfly
to the Ani-Men and they help assisted Nefaria takeover the North American Air Defense Command. However their plan was thwarted by the X-Men
and the four original Ani-Men regained their human form and lost their superhuman abilities. Count Nefaria would reunite with his Ani-Men and ordered them to kill Tony Stark
. The original Ani-Men were killed by a bomb that the criminal Spymaster
had meant for Stark.
Sometime later, the Exterminator now known as the Death-Stalker
recruited and outfitted three criminals to become the new Ape-Man, Bird-Man and Cat-Man. He sent them to kidnap Matt Murdock who was secretly Daredevil. Bird-Man was defeated by Black Widow
and Death-Stalker murdered the new Ape-Man and Cat-Man upon the completion of their mission.
Powers & Abilities
For a time, Ape-Man possesses superhuman strength and could lift about 10 tons. Both Ape-Men were formidable hand-to-hand combatants.