Beetle I

Beetle II


Nick Name
Civilian ID

Abner Ronald "Abe" Jenkins


Matthew Davis





Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with a criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Baltimore, Maryland
Group Affiliation

Beetle I

Masters of Evil

Sinister Seven

Sinister Syndicate



Base of Operations

Mount Charteris, Colorado

New York, New York

5' 11"
175 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color


Note: At one time physical alterations changed Jenkins' hair color black.

Known Powers

Normal human with above average intelligence and skills as an aviation mechanic and pilot.


Beetle I Armor: Personal battle suit capable of boosting the wearer's strength, speed, agility and durability facilitating super-sonic flight via a complex of artificial wings.

Armor is equipped with onboard combat and aviation computers, pneumatic suction grippers used for scaling walls and gripping objects, and electrostatic blasters in the gloves.

MACH-1 - MACH-4 Armor: Personal battle suit capable of boosting the wearer's strength, speed, agility and durability; facilitating super-sonic flight via jet power.

Armor is equipped with onboard combat and aviation computers, mini-missiles and both lethal and non-lethal ordinance.

Common Enemies

Beetle I


Human Torch II

Iron Man I

Iron Man IV

Spider-Man I



Regularly Appearing

Beetle I

Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1

Avengers Vol. 1

Daredevil Vol.1

Iron Man Vol. 1

Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man

Beetle II, MACH-1 - MACH-4


Thunderbolts Vol. 1

First Appearance

Beetle I

Strange Tales Vol. 1 #123 (Aug. 1964)


Thunderbolts #1 (April, 1997)


Beetle I

Stan Lee & Carl Burgos


Kurt Busiek & Mark Bagley


A master aviation mechanic, Abe Jenkins grew dissatisfied with his career. Utilizing his considerable mechanical knowledge he built an armor-plated exoskeleton capable of flight to commit crime as the Beetle.

Jenkins started his criminal career with aspirations of defeating the Fantastic Four. He lured the Human Torch and the Thing into a trap, but was defeated and imprisoned.

He met defeat over the years both as an individual and as a member of the Masters of Evil lead by the criminal genius Egghead.

Jenkins joined members of other incarnations of the Masters of Evil under the leadership of Baron Zemo as MACH-1. Their plan was to deceive the public and government into believing they were a hero team known as the Thunderbolts to gain access to top-secret information from S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.

The deception exposed by Zemo, the team members revolted and attempted to continue as heroes. As part of a pardon brokered by Hawkeye, Jenkins was incarcerated for a murder he committed in his criminal past. While in prison Jenkins was forced to attack his former teammates through a cybernetically controlled Beetle.

Escaping prison, Jenkins returned to his former teammates in the Thunderbolts assuming an alias and the identity of MACH-2.

After the Thunderbolts were disbanded by the government Jenkins was forced to retire, but he soon returned with the aid of the global anti-terrorist agency known as the V-Battalion under the updated armor known as MACH-3.

Jenkins volunteered to return to finish his prison sentence - fulfilling his debt to society. When he was legally released he pledged to recreate the Thunderbolts - donning the next generation of his armor as MACH-4.

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