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Information-silkReal NameWilbur Day
Information-silkCurrent AliasStilt-Man
Information-silkRelativesPrincess Python (Wife)
Information-silkAffiliationformer partner of Blastaar and the Masked Marauder; formerly Emissaries of Evil, Emissaries of Evil
Status
Information-silkAlignmentBad
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusMarried
Information-silkOccupationFormer Scientist, former professional criminal
Information-silkEducationDegrees in physics and mechanical engineering
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight292' 0" (maximum); 5'6" (normally)
Information-silkWeight400 lbs (181 kg) (with battlesuit); 150 lbs (normally)
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairBald
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesFormerly gray hair
Origin
Information-silkOriginWilbur Day engineered a pair of extremely long, telescopic metal legs, which allowed him to tower high over the ground.
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkPlace of BirthNew York City
Information-silkCreatorsStan Lee, Wallace Wood
First AppearanceAppearance of Death
Daredevil #8Punisher War Journal Vol 2 #1
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Wilbur Day was a scientist who was employed by Carl Kaxton, who invented a hydraulic ram device. Wilbur stole Kaxton's designs and used them to engineered a pair of extremely long, telescopic metal legs, which allowed him to tower high over the ground as the super-villain called Stilt-Man. In his first criminal outing, he battled Daredevil, resulting in him accidentally being hit by an experimental molecular condenser ray which shrunk him into near nothingness[1].

He was once saved by the Masked Marauder and teamed up with him to kidnap the Nelson and Murdock law firm employees. After fighting Spider-Man he went to fire a ray gun as he was standing in water and shorted out his electrical systems leaving him unconscious and ready to be picked up by the police[2]. However he was rescued by the super-villain Electro and joined his Emissaries of Evil. Their plan was as a team to defeat Daredevil but in turn were defeated themselves[3].

When his armor was stolen by a small-time crook named Turk, Day contacted Daredevil and informed him of a weakness in the armor. Thanks to Day's information, Daredevil easily disabled the auto-gyroscopes necessary for the armor to keep its balance and brought Turk down. Day later modified the armor to prevent Daredevil for using this new found knowledge against him. Stilt-Man continued his criminal career and fought several superheroes[4], but without much success.

When Daredevil's secret identity of Matt Murdock was exposed by a local newspaper, Wilbur visited the law offices of Nelson and Murdock, announcing he was sick of the whole ordeal and that he was retiring as Stilt-Man. He left his armor in a suitcase on Murdock's desk, and was forcibly removed when he began yelling his paranoid conclusion that Murdock was the real Kingpin. Murdock then jokingly asked his law partner, Foggy Nelson, if he'd like to be the next Stilt-Man, an offer he quickly declined.

Day did not stay in retirement for long, however. During the Civil War, he was killed by the Punisher. After his death, many super-villains held a wake for him at a Bar with No Name where it was revealed he had married Princess Python[5]

Day's death became a cause célèbre for an anti-technology anarchist terrorist cell who called themselves the Bastard Sons of Wilbur Day, despite Spider-Man pointing out that their beliefs and goals had very little to do with anything Day had believed.[6]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

Power Grid [7]
Intelligence
Strength
Speed
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Durability
Energy Projection
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Fighting Skills
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Abilities

His armored suit's telescoping legs could extend up to 290 feet; silicon coating resisted adhesives such as Spider-Man's webbing; Augmented strength.
Strength level: Strength level unknown, although the impact of both legs drove She-Hulk deep enough into the ground that she ended up in the roof of a subway.

ParaphernaliaEdit

Equipment

armored, hydrolic stilt suit. If the lower portion of the legs were damaged, they could be detached. However, doing so decreased the height they could reach, due to the loss of the telescopic segments in that section.

TriviaEdit

The character did not age well, as his powers were more a curiosity than a real threat. As of 2005, Stilt-Man was seen as a mere footnote and as an example of the arguably weird rogues' gallery Daredevil had in his early, pre-Frank Miller days — indeed, during Miller's Daredevil run, issue # 186, Stilt-Man was portrayed as a miserable loser; he was cold-cocked and had the armor stolen by Turk, an even greater loser than Day, who took on the Stilt-Man identity, contacted the Kingpin and offered to become his new assassin, only to be refused. ("It does not matter what armor or weapons you may have acquired, Turk. You are an idiot. I do not employ idiots").

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