The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the fourteenth-most populous in the United States, with a 2006 estimated population of 744,041. It is located on the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and is the focal point of the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city in the United States.
In 1776, the Spanish settled the tip of the San Francisco peninsula, establishing a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for Francis of Assisi. The California Gold Rush in 1848 propelled the city into a period of rapid growth. After being devastated by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt.
During the days of the American Frontier, many western heroes traveled through San Francisco.
The first such instance occurred when Kid Colt followed the trail of two sailors who framed him for murder in Junction City. Arriving in San Francisco, Colt tracked down the killers who got the drop on him and attempted to leave the port of San Francisco in order to strand the Kid in China. Kid Colt got the supper hand and dragged the killers back to Junction City to face justice.
San Francisco has been the scene of many wartime exploits of costumed crime fighters. In 1940 FBI agent Dale Sturm (aka "Dale of the FBI") was sent to San Francisco by J. Edgar Hoover to nab the criminal known as Red Corker. A successful drug trafficking operation was also active during that year headed by a master criminal known only as the Voice, however his operation was targeted by crime fighting scientist Professor Philo Zog who dispatched his robot Electro to dismantle the operation. In 1941, Imperial Japanese agent the Fang was stationed in San Francisco. He was hired to assassinate two Chinese ambassadors who had come to the United States to accept a loan for their war effort against the Japanese. The assassination attempt was thwarted by Captain America and Bucky.
Following the attacks on Pearl Harbour, Japanese forces led by Admiral Nodope attempted a repeat attack on San Francisco in 1942, this assault was repelled by the Sub-Mariner. Another attempted attack on the shores of San Francisco was also thwarted by boy detective Terry Vance, his pet ape Dr. Watson and reporter Deadline Dawson. In 1944, the Golden Gate Bridge was targeted for destruction by Nazi forces, but their plans were stopped by the Sub-Mariner. In 1946, local banks were targeted by twin criminals Jeff and Jock Blintz until they were apprehended by the Whizzer. When the Robe's criminal empire terrorized the United States, part of their empire expanded into San Francisco until they were stopped by Captain America and Bucky. Cap and Bucky later came to the assistance of the local police when area women were being stalked by the serial killer known as the Silk Stocking Strangler.
In 1951, Secret Service agent Kent Blake was briefly active in the area under the alias "Lefty Rafts" while on a mission to stop "merchants of death" from shipping goods into Communist China. In 1954, San Francisco was terrorized by a dinosaur that was brought back to life by atomic tests in the New Mexico desert. The creature caused massive amounts of damage and claimed many lives before being stopped by the Human Torch and Toro. In 1955, Secret Service agent Rick Davis shut down a Chinese communist cell operating out of San Francisco led by Su Ming Toy.
After Archangel saved the mayor of San Francisco, she offered the X-Men and any powered or depowered mutant sanctuary in the city. She openly announced to the world that San Francisco was rejecting the Initiative and adopting the X-Men as their protectors. Although the X-Men have relocated to Utopia off the shore, they still claim San Francisco as their protectorate.
Points of Interest
San Francisco is renowned for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, an eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture, and its peninsular location surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Famous landmarks include:
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Alcatraz Island
- The cable cars
- Dreaming Celestial
- Stark Enterprises Marin County Facility
- Transamerica Pyramid
- Coit Tower
- Grace Cathedral
- San Francisco Bay
- Avalanche (Dominikos Petrakis)
- Paul Carson
- Dreaming Celestial
- Melita Garner
- Robert O'Hara
- Mayor Sadie Sinclair
Joey (San Francisco) (Earth-616)
Joey was a kid who was once pinned in, with his friend Black Bolt by a street gang hoping to exploit Bolt's abilities, however they were saved by the timely intervention of the Avengers. He then traveled with them to Attilan to destroy the barrier erected by Maximus.
- David Angar
- Black Widow (Natalia Romanova)
- Wilbur Day
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
- Heather Douglas
- Electro (Maxwell Dillon)
- Hazmat (Jenny Takeda)
- Mastermind (Martinique Wyngarde)
- Ivan Petrovich
- Daredevil and the Black Widow relocated to San Franciso in Daredevil #87 and had numerous adventures fighting crime in the city. Daredevil left the city to permanently return to New York City in Daredevil #109.
- No trivia.
- Appearances of San Francisco
- Location Gallery: San Francisco
- Images related to San Francisco
- Fan Art Gallery: San Francisco
- Marvel Staff members who were born in San Francisco
Links and References
- ↑ Kid Colt Outlaw #3
- ↑ Daring Mystery Comics #3
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #5
- ↑ Captain America Comics #6
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #31
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #34
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #54
- ↑ All Winners #17
- ↑ Captain America Comics #53
- ↑ All-Select Comics #18
- ↑ Kent Blake of the Secret Service #2
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #36
- ↑ Spy Thrillers #4
- ↑ Fantastic Four #348
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #500
- ↑ X-Men: Second Coming #2
- ↑ Secret Invasion: X-Men #1- #4
- ↑ Avengers #95