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Knowledge Waits: All of Marvel's Characters From Their 1993 Annuals

In Captain America Annual #12, written by Mark Gruenwald and David Wohl with art by MC Wyman and Charles Barnett, we meet one of the most infamous characters introduced in this event, the Battling Bantam! The story opens in Puerto Rico with a young bantamweight boxer (bantamweight boxers all weigh between 115 and 118 pounds) named Roberto who is given enhancements to help him box better. He doesn't know that the enhancements gave him superpowers. He discovers this fact in his first fight...

Roberto quits, but they end up using another enhanced fighter to almost kill another boxer friend of Roberto's. When he goes to challenge them over it, they try to kill him...

His powers helped him survive the attack and he decides to become a superhero...

I wrote more about this rather absurd character here.

Bantam actually showed up again during Civil War.

In Daredevil Annual #9 (an annual perhaps best known for being the first Marvel Universe appearance of Simon Garth, the Zombie, in the back-up story in the issue)) Gregory Wright, John Heebnik and Fred Fredericks introduce us to the Devourer, who can take possession of people and make them do awful things...

This one was weird because the aformentioned back-up story was actually the COVER of the issue. So Devourer wasn't even cool enough to be on the cover of his first appearance in an annual where introducing a new character was the WHOLE POINT of the Annual!

In Darkhawk Annual #2, Danny Fingeroth, Aaron Lopresti and inkers Andy Mushysnky and Don Hudson delivered us the Dreamkiller, a guy who loses his wife and child and decides to study magic to find a way to get revenge on the man who has taken his place in his family - he finds a way to conjure up a being to do his fighting for him - the Dreamkiller!

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