Fritz Tiboldt was a German citizen that ran his own circus (Tibolt's Circus) in the 1940's. He would be hired by the Nazi to travel to America. There under the guise of a legitimate circus, he and his circus performers would use their unique abilities to eliminate US military officials. Each night Fritz would select their targets with his "Wheel of Death", sending out his best suited operatives to carry out the job. Among his circus included the midget Tummy Thumb and unwitting accomplice forced into servitude with violence, Omar the snake charmer, Zandow the strong man, the Trapeze Trio and others.
When the circus would set up near Camp Lehigh Fritz would first target Sargent Blaine. When Blaine would attend the circus, Fritz would force Tommy to let loose one of the tigers to attack him. Blaine would be mauled to death by the tiger, which would be slain by Captain America who happened to be on the scene in his civilian guise of Steve Rogers with his side kick Bucky Barnes. Although suspecting foul play, Captain America and Bucky would have no proof and would decide to keep an eye on the circus.
Tiboldt's next target would be Commissioner Newsome, and he would send Omar and the Trapeze Trio to eliminate him. His murder would be witnessed by Betsy Ross, and despite Captain America and Bucky's interference she would be captured by the circus members. Tracing her back to the circus, Captain America and Bucky would beat the Circus into submission, free Betsy and defeat the Ringmaster.
Returned to Germany, Fritz and his wife would be killed for their failure.
Frizt would be survived by his son Maynard who would continue running the circus. In the modern age, when unable to earn a living legitimately due to a fierce competition, Maynard and his circus would turn to crime, earning the infamous title "The Circus of Crime"
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Fritz was a professional circus ringmaster
EquipmentThe Ringmaster used a "Wheel of Death" which had the faces of his targets on it, it woudl help him decide which target to go after next.
Fritz often used his ringmasters whip against his foes.
These are the names of the other circus members Butch the roustabout,Spike the roustabout,the barker,Rawal the Elephant Trainer,Missing Link,Derko the Clown and others[Official Index To The Marvel Universe:The Avengers,Thor & Captain America#1(6/10)].
Timely Comics had other Nazi spies who were former circus performers:circus stilt walker Franz[All-Winners Comics#11(win/43-44)Mike Trapp[],the Python (Nazi) and the Eraser (Nazi). Modern Marvel had the 3 Brandt Brothers(Trapeze artists)[Captain America & Bucky#621(10/11)] and the Nazi spies that took over the Dean Brothers Circus[Marvel Super-Heroes vol.2#3(9/90)].
- Der Zirkusdirektor is German for The Ringmaster.
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