Katerina van Horn was a talented skier who was challenged to a battle of the sexes skiing contest by a chauvenistic male skier. During the ski run, the man cheated and cut her off, sending them both plummeting into a ravine. He was killed, and Katerina was crippled. Katerina became fanatically opposed to men, and a group of militant feminists somehow financed her being fitted with an exo-skeleton that gave her superhuman strength and durability.
Soon after, dubbing herself the Man-Killer, Katerina assassinated the anti-feminist mayor of Chicago, but was soon opposed by the heroes The Cat and Spider-Man. Man-Killer was defeated, and was incensed to discover that her exo-skeleton was created by male scientists working for AIM.
Later, Man-Killer became affiliated with HYDRA, and was sent to abduct prospective SHIELD director 'Foggy' Nelson. As a result, Man-Killer clashed with the heroes Daredevil and Black Widow, and was defeated when the Widow's ally Ivan Petrovich sabotaged her exoskeleton.
Man-Killer was seen again when she abducted an influential female revolutionary, Hildy Dawes, from a courtroom. She came up against Spider-Man once again, this time with the heroine She-Hulk, who in her civilian identity of Jennifer Walters was Dawes' lawyer. Man-Killer was defeated when Dawes grabbed some power cables, electrocuting them both.
Surviving the electrocution, Man-Killer returned as a member of a new incarnation of the Masters of Evil, and as part of that team battled the villains-turned-heroes the Thunderbolts several times. She now no longer needed her exoskeleton, having its powers within her body.
Using the name Wilma, Man-Killer started working as a bartender in a Colorado bar. One of the bar's patrons was the Thunderbolts member Atlas, and the pair of them recognized each other but did not say so. The two built up an uneasy friendship, and Katerina strongly hinted that she was a lesbian. She began to ponder whether she could join the Thunderbolts herself, but when Atlas got in a fight with the hero Wonder Man in her bar, she refused to help him as he was a man.
She later drifted back into the employ of Hammer, under the new codename of Amazon. She again fought the Thunderbolts, but she changed sides when discovering Hammer had double-crossed her by fitting her body with a bomb to control her. Amazon served with the Thunderbolts for a time, even helping to battle Thanos, but soon left them, deciding she didn't have what it took to be a hero.
She turned back to crime, and fought Spider-Man once again, as well as battling the Thunderbolts with other members of the Masters of Evil, now equipped with size-altering Pym Particles.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Man-Killer possesses super-human strength and durability. Thanks to her use of Pym Particles, she can also increase her size at will.
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AbilitiesMan-Killer is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant, and is skilled in using thrown weapons. She was also a champion skier.
Man-Killer possesses superhuman strength, ebabling her to lift around 25 tons at her normal size. Her strength seems to increase even further when she use her power to grow to larger sizes.
EquipmentMan-Killer was given a gauntlet that generates Pym Particles, allowing her to grow up to twenty-five feet tall.
TransportationMan-Killer formerly possessed a flying, armored hovercraft with a front-mounted battering ram and a roof-mounted energy cannon.
Man-Killer formerly carried razor-edged discs that she threw with great force and accuracy.
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