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Fri Aug 16, 2019, 08:04 AM

The origin of Super Villains: Crossfire


Crossfire's first appearance was in Marvel Two-in-One #52 (1979) and was created by writer Steven Grant and artist Jim Craig. His next appearance in Hawkeye Vol. 1 #4 (1983) was the first of many encounters with the title character. Crossfire would later face off against Hawkeye in the pages of Captain America #317 (1986), Avengers Spotlight #24-25 (1989), Avengers West Coast Vol. 2 #100 (1993) and Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1-6 (2010). Crossfire has also battled Nick Fury in Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #40-41 (1992).

The character was one of the central villains in Spider-Man: Breakout #1-5 (2005). Flashback scenes revealed elements of Crossfire's life before his supervillain exploits. He also went on to appear as a central character in the limited series Villains for Hire #1-4 (2011-2012), a supervillain spin-off of Marvel's Heroes for Hire series.

Crossfire has made minor appearances in Agent X #6 (2002), Secret War #3-5 (2004) and Union Jack Vol. 2 #1-2 (2006). He appeared as a member of the Hood's criminal syndicate in New Avengers Vol. 1 #35, 46, 50, 55-57, 60-61, 63-64 (20072010), New Avengers Annual #2 (2008), Secret Invasion #6, #8 (2008), Dark Reign: The Hood #1-2, 4-5 (2009), Marvel Zombies 4 #2 (2009), Dark Reign: The Cabal #1 (2009), Captain America: Siege #1 (2010) and New Avengers: Finale #1 (2010).

William Cross was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He later became an interrogation expert for the CIA. Cross was already building his own rogue covert operations when he romanced federal corrections officer Rozalyn Backus with whom he developed ultrasonic brainwashing technology. Backus was unaware of Cross' illicit activities, and they were engaged to be married until Cross stole the technology and disappeared. In his disappearance, he faked his own death and framed Backus for his own murder. Surviving an attempt on his life which cost him his left eye and his left ear, he replaced them with cybernetic implants and became a prosperous high-tech freelance subversive known as "Crossfire".[1]

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