Damage Control is a construction company which specializes in repairing the property damage caused by conflicts between superheroes and super-villains.
Damage Control was founded by Anne Marie Hoag and was originally owned by Tony Stark and Wilson Fisk, each owning half the stock of the company, though Stark felt uneasy cooperating with Fisk, a notorious criminal.
Damage Control employees have been in the middle of a breakout at the Vault, confronted Doctor Doom, have been threatened with death by the Punisher. They have met vastly powerful cosmic entities such as the Silver Surfer and Galactus. They have 'fought' side by side with the X-Men, socialized with the New Warriors and even were almost menaced by the Hulk.
When Ms. Hoag was offered a job in government, she nominated Robin Chapel as her replacement. Stark and Fisk sold their stock in Damage Control: Stark because he didn't want to be associated with Fisk and Fisk because he had no confidence in Robin's ability to lead the company. Another company, Carlton Co, took control of Damage Control and tried to make Damage Control more profitable, but in the process angered a lot of employees and nearly ruined Damage Control. Ms. Hoag convinced S.H.I.E.L.D. to invest in Damage Control and they loaned her the money to buy back the company. S.H.I.E.L.D. also found out that the sale of Damage Control had been a plot by Fisk to buy back the company for cheap. During the events of Acts of Vengeance (an event Fisk helped organize), massive damage was done to the city and Fisk made a large profit when Damage Control was hired to repair the damages.
In a later appearance, Hercules is seen helping Damage Control to clear up the damage after a battle in New York CIty.
The super-villain Nitro reveals that a "Walter Declun" is in some way behind the explosion that led to the deaths of 600 people in Stamford, Connecticut, having provided Nitro with MGH (Mutant Growth Hormone) in order to enhance his powers. Declun is identified by Namor as CEO of Damage Control, Inc.
Wolverine's investigation leads him to interrogate Anne-Marie Hoag, Damage Control's President, who reveals that Declun and his investors took a controlling share of the stock after the company went public to obtain more funds. Following the Stamford disaster, Damage Control obtained the town's reconstruction contract, as well as a contract to perform the evaluation and training of registered super-humans.
In his search for Declun, Wolverine engages in a fight with Damage Control guards, who are equipped with Mandroid Armor, S.H.I.E.L.D. weaponry, Stark Enterprises technology and other weapons and equipment salvaged from superhuman fights. Wolverine defeats them with the aid of two members of the Atlantean Royal Guard.
Having survived his confrontation with the Damage Control forces and then escaped from S.H.I.E.L.D. imprisonment, Wolverine confronted Declun, who had just been fired by Hoag, and apparently killed him. However, it later transpired that Wolverine had "only" stabbed Declun's eyes out, which he later had replaced with cybernetic implants
- Anne Marie Hoag: Founder and first director of Damage Control, an elderly lady, she is good friends with then-S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury and convinced him that S.H.I.E.L.D. should loan her the money to buy Damage Control's stock. Current owner of Damage Control.
- Hercules: Did community service with Damage Control before, but seen as a regular employee for Damage Control, after losing much of his godly riches to the Constrictor in an excessive force lawsuit. Hercules works on construction and demolition.
- Robin Chapel: Traffic manager and Ms. Hoag's most trusted employee. She had a rivalry with John Porter, when he was hired, because she applied for his position within Damage Control. Over time, the two have become good friends. Robin is very capable and ambitious, but is a friendly person underneath her businesslike exterior. Current director of Damage Control.
- Lenny Ballinger: Construction foreman, a middle-aged man, Lenny's no-nonsense attitude has made him very popular with his crew and even took their side in a strike against Carlton Co, who had offered him a large amount of money to take their side. Although mistaken for the late actor Lee Marvin, Lenny feels he looks more like Paul Newman.
- Albert Cleary: Comptroller, Albert is a financial genius and always keeps a cool head, even when presenting bills to the likes of Doctor Doom. He possesses the uncanny ability never to wrinkle his suit. Doctor Doom at one time offer Cleary a job, Cleary politely turned down the offer. Doom respected Cleary's decision enough to let him live.Although Cleary will never admit it,he found his encounter with Doom unnerving.
- John Porter: Account executive, worked independently in "superhero insurance", but was offered a job by Ms. Hoag. He initially had a rivalry with Robin Chapel, but the two have become good friends and he has expressed a romantic interest in her. John has the ability to find peaceful, practical solutions to the most complicated problems. Has an odd, peaceful relationship with notorious villain Thunderball.
- Bart Rozum: Former intern, offered a full-term contract as personal assistant to Robin Chapel.
- Eugene "Gene" Strausser: Technician, briefly became an armoured supervillain when Damage Control's new board of directors fired him; with an ally, he even attacked She-Hulk. Was rehired when Ms. Hoag regained control. He served the required jail time for his misdeeds on a work-release basis, thanks to his "former boss", Nick Fury, pulling some strings on his behalf.
- Anne: Receptionist.
- Henry Ackerdson: Head of marketing, not very popular because of his idea that every employee should wear superhero costumes, but eventually accepted as part of the team.
- Robby Baldwin (Speedball): Briefly worked as an intern for Damage Control.
- Kirk Eden: Partner of Jim Palmetto, assigned to the Bronx to report on any damage caused by the Ghost Rider
- Jay: Head of security
- Marie Leahy: Account executive.
- Ray Lippert: Former representative of Carlton Co. who stayed with Damage Control after Carlton sold the company.
- Kathleen O'Meara: Vice-president, brief love interest for Ben Grimm.
- Jim Palmetto: Partner of Kirk Eden, assigned to the Bronx to report on any damage caused by the Ghost Rider.
- Vincent "Vinnie" Patilio: Former super-villain known as Leap-Frog who briefly was employed by Damage Control. Eugene Strausser made some improvements on the Leap-Frog suit.
- Rex Randolph aka Edifice Rex: Former employee, who found an artefact that gave him cosmic powers. As the anal retentive cosmic being Edifice Rex, Rex tried to clean up the universe by un-creating it, but was stopped by Robin Chapel, who fired him.
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