As a young boy, Joseph and his family fled the Soviet Union with the help of a man known as The General.
Growing up, his father would berate him for speaking Italian in their Russian household, and would beat the boy with a hammer when punishing him. In school he would lie and say he was Italian, only for a bully named Rico to reveal his lie and steal the hat he wore showing the ugly scars on his head from frequent hammer blows.
Rico and his girlfriend would be the kills Hammerhead needed to join the mob. He convinced the mob that he was Italian since they did not take 'inferior stock' and eventually killed his father with a much bigger hammer than he had ever used on his son.
Hammerhead began his career as a junior hit-man, working for the Maggia. When his head was shattered in a brawl, Jonas Harrow discovered him in an alley, and operated on him - replacing his broken skull with one made of steel.
Upon awakening, Hammerhead became infatuated with the 1920's movie poster which was the last thing he saw before the brawl, and adopted the role of the mobster "Hammerhead", favoring 20's clothing and weaponry, and the talk and behavior of the criminals of that time. Needless to say, Hammerhead had a screw or two loose in that metal skull of his. He no longer remembered his real name.
Hammerhead was also involved with Doc Ock when Otto attempted to woo Peter Parker's Aunt May. The events of that story caused him to become a "ghost", who returned in the "Ghost of Hammerhead" storyline. Hammerhead was also a player in the second "Gang War" storyline, around ASM #284 and following. He survived, and then allied himself with Chameleon in the Lobo Brothers gang war story line around Spectacular #153 et. al.
He returned again, as part of the Hydra/Fortunato/Jimmy Six gang war storyline in Spider-Man #71 and following. He also appeared in the "Spider-Man: Lifeline" three part Limited Series.
During the events of the Civil War, Hammerhead used the vacuum left by the incarceration of the Kingpin to gain a greater foothold in the ranks of organized crime, attempting to organize an army of costumed villains (consisting of the Ani-Men V, Answer I, Aura, Bloodshed, Clown, Cyclone III, Discus, Electro, Great Gambonnos, Kangaroo II, Man Mountain Marko, Mauler, Mindblast, Override, Ringmaster, Stiletto, Spot, Squid, Trapster, and Will O' The Wisp) to enforce his new criminal empire. The Kingpin manipulated various hero factions, most notably S.H.I.E.L.D. and Iron Man into breaking up Hammerhead's first convening of his army. During the conflict, Hammerhead was shot numerous times by Fisk's agent Underworld, who later confronted Hammerhead while he lay in a prison hospital. Underworld then shot Hammerhead at point-blank range with adamantium bullets.
The bullets, while not penetrating his skull, did cause severe trauma to his brain, resulting in him needing surgery, but the hospital he was brought to was unable to treat him. In mid-surgery, men working for Mister Negative came in, killed the hospital staff, and took Hammerhead away. Mister Negative then had his surgeon, Doctor Tramma, revive Hammerhead, and offered to transplant his brain into a new robotic adamantium skeleton, to which Hammerhead agreed.
Hammerhead's first task as a member of Mister Negative's organization was to consolidate all of the Bronx gangs to go up against the Maggia. He happened to attack new acquaintances of Spider-Man and fought with him. Although his new strength and body allowed him to initially beat Spider-Man and dislocate his jaw, he was later defeated when Spider-Man realized he was "top heavy" and was able to take out his legs.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Hammerhead's skull is made of secondary adamantium which makes his head impervious to all damage; except of course from weapons made of adamantium.
|Power Grid |
|* Higher strength using exoskeleton|
AbilitiesCriminal organization, hand-to-hand combat
Strength levelOriginally above average human, after his upgrades courtesy of Mr.Negative , Hammerhead possesses comparable strength to Spiderman . Hammerhead now possesses class 10 strength but to an unrevealed extent.
His exoskeleton only covers the upper parts of his body since hits to the lower back still hurt and his hip was still able to be dislocated.
EquipmentHe has from time to time used a exoskeleton designed and built by the Tinkerer which amplifies his strength.
Tommy guns, machine guns, other heavy weaponry - sometimes uses "stun" bullets.
Joey (Hammerhead) (Earth-616)
Kevin (Hammerhead) (Earth-616)
Larry (Hammerhead) (Earth-616)
Rocco (Hammerhead) (Earth-616)
Terry (Hammerhead) (Earth-616)
Vinnie (Hammerhead) (Earth-616)
Vinnie was Hammerhead's personal chef.
- Hammerhead was one of the characters featured in Series A of the Marvel Value Stamps issued in the 1970's.
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