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Ed Koch was the Mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1990. To date most of his appearances in Marvel publications should be considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.

Apocryphal Appearances

In 1979, the Mayor of New York City, depicted as Koch, was not widely popular to certain people in nearby Sullivan County.[1]

During his tenure, a terrorist group secretly led by villain Lupinar threatened New York City with a nuclear bomb, demanding a billion-dollar ransom. The Mayor, supposed to be Koch, contacted the experts of N.E.S.T. (Nuclear Emergency Search Team),[2] who asked the Mayor to not notify the media. N.E.S.T. identified and neutralized the threat with the help of Moon Knight and his ally Jean-Paul Duchamp.[3]

As per his responsibility, the Mayor -with Koch's likeness- impounded Iron Man Armor MK V as the homicidal weapon used to kill the Ambassador of Carnelia.[4] Once Iron Man's name was cleared of charges, the Mayor returned the Armor to its owner Anthony Stark.[5]

Promises of a Mayor depicted to be Koch included increasing the security in the subway.[6]

In later elections, opposing candidate Randolph Cherryh defeated the Mayor, depicted as Koch, in a predicted landslide victory -the greatest in the city's history, even with defeated candidate depicted as Koch publically refusing to admit defeat until the end of the vote counting. Three hours after taking office, however, Cherryh resigned, admitting links with organized crime (and apparently the previous mayor re-took the office).[7]

Later, when New Yorkers were mysteriously infected by the so-called "green flu" (an evil, secret plot by The Leader), the Mayor, again depicted as Koch, contacted superhero scientists including Reed Richards, Henry Pym and Henry McCoy to prompt them to research the cure. Richards was already too ill to do so, but he agreed to forward his notes to the others.[8]

Later, SHIELD forces under Wing Leader Gabriel Jones were unable to stop the monstruous Hulk -who had lost every trace of his human part Bruce Banner- from rampaging in New York City with a never-seen brutality and savagery. The Mayor, depicted as Koch, was informed and he agreed that Hulk had become a menace to destroy. The Mayor then ordered to evacuate Manhattan and asked governor, depicted as Mario Cuomo, to send the National Guard to help policing the evacuation. He also contacted the Avengers, as he considered only they could stop the Hulk. However, when the Avengers were fighting the Hulk (and damaging the city), the magician Dr. Strange joined the fight and sent the Hulk away from Earth.[9]

When IRA-related criminal The Gael escaped NYPD custody while in hospital, the news reported that the Mayor was out of himself. Several New Yorkers including Becky Blake believed that the Mayor tended to be so.[10] Soon afterward, when the terrorist villain Cossack demanded a ransom in diamonds while threatening with a sight-depriving weapon, the Mayor refused to deal with the criminal, as reported in the radio. Becky Blake compared the Mayor with a gorilla.[11] When police sergeant Tyrone King stopped a store robbery by shooting three criminals with a shotgun and causing them crippling injuries while they were holding hostages, the mayor of New York City harshly reprimanded the police chief, who in turn moved the admonition through the hierarchy until it reached the nonplussed King.[12] In these cases, the Mayor is not directly depicted as Koch, but Koch was simply the acting Mayor when the comic-books were published.

Corrupt journalist Simon LaGrange manipulated the "Caviar Killer" to provide viral coverage on the latter's murders - to the point that the Mayor had ask the media to stop covering those murders.[13] Again, the Mayor was not depicted directly as Koch.

The mayor, again portrayed with Koch's likeness, exceptionally minimized the restrictions for the Fantastic Four to rebuild their headquarters as the Four Freedoms Plaza in New York City; the mayor wanted the Four, the inaugural and primary superhero team, to remain in his city. The mayor even attended the building's opening.[14]




Equipment

At a point, he held Iron Man Armor MK V but never made use of it.

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