REAL NAME: Bethany Cabe
IDENTITY: Publicly known
LEGAL STATUS: Citizen of the United States with
no criminal record
KNOWN ALIASES: None
PLACE OF BIRTH: Unrevealed, presumably in the United
MARITAL STATUS: Widowed
KNOWN RELATIVES: Alexander van Tiburg (husband,
GROUP AFFILIATION: Former partner in the firm of
Cabe &McPherson, Security Specialists
BASE OF OPERATION: Formerly New York City, later
FIRST APPEARANCE: IRON MAN #117
HISTORY: Years ago Bethany Cabe married
Alexander van Tiburg shortly after the West German government
named him as its junior ambassador to the United States.
She had no career of her own during her marriage. Bethany
came to believe that van Tilburg cared more for his career
than for her, and that he regarded her as a decrotive
prop for impressing his diplomatic colleagues. Worse,
Van Tilburg became dependent on pills and only became
angry whenever Bethany tried to discuss the situation
with him. Believing he was destroying himself, Bethany
left van Tilburg. A month later, van Tilburg was reported
to have died in a car accident. Bethany came to feel guilty
over his apparent death, thinking it might have been due
to his consumption of drugs and that she might have been
able to prevent his demise had she remained with him.
When she learned of her husband's apparent death,
Bethany Cabe vowed that she would never be dependent on
anyone again, either emotionally, financially, or physically.
She studied with various police officers and street fighter
on America's East Coast, and eventually became one of
the world's most respected and highly paid bodyguards
for diplomats, members of royalty, and socialites. She
and her best friend, ling McPherson, another bodyguard,
had their own firm, Cabe & McPherson, Security Specialists.
Cabe first met Anthony Stark, the millionaire
inventor who is secretly the original Iron Man, at a reception
at the Carnelian embassy in New York City. Cabe and Stark
became romantically involved with each other. When Stark
first began drinking heavily. Cabe thought he was destroying
himself as her husband had. But, unlike van Tilburg, Stark
asked for Cabe's help in overcoming his alcoholism and
with her aid he succeeded,
At first Cabe resented Iron Man, thinking that
he was not good enough bodyguard for Stark, but at some
point she realized that Iron Man was actually Stark himself.
Her suspicions were subsequently confirmed when the criminal
Madame Masque told her of Stark's dual identity. Cabe
decided not to tell Stark she herself knew his secret.
Shortly afterwards, Cabe learned that her husband
was still alive and was being held prisoner in an East
German security complex. Cabe went to East Germany and
allowed herself to be arrested for espionage there as
part of her plan to break van Tilburg out of captivity.
As she had planned, she was sent to the same security
complex where here husband was being held; officials there
were attempting to force him to reveal secret information
to them. Unaware Cabe's plan, Stark infiltrated the complex,
hoping to rescue her. When both Cabe and Stark were in
danger of being caught there, Cabe told Stark she knew
he was Iron Man and told him he had to don his armor to
save them. As Iron Man, Stark got both Cabe and van Tilburg
to safety. Guilt-ridden over what had happened to her
husband, who had gone into a coma-like state in captivity.
Cabe decided to remain with him.
However, as time past, van Tilburg went back to
his dependence on drugs, lost his ambassadorship, and
watched his career fall into ruins. He refused to accept
Bethany's help. She sought out Stark, hoping that he could
help deal with van Tilburg, but she was then abducted
by men working for Stark's enemy Obadish Stane, who was
in league with Madame Masque. Stane had the scientist
Dr. Theron Atlanta exchange the minds of Cabe and Madame
Masque; then Madame Masque, in Cabe's body, attempted
to assassinate Stark. Cabe, in Madame Masque's body, thwarted
the attempt, and Stark used Dr. Atlanta's mind-exchange
machine to restore the psyches of Cabe and Madame Masque
to their rightful bodies.
Cabe had again fallen in love with Stark, but
felt obligated to return to her husband once more. However,
back in Germany, she decided that her husband's situation
was hopeless and that he did not want her help. She decided
to divorce van Tilburg. However, he was then murdered
by drug dealers whom Cabe later had arrested by the police.
HEIGHT: 5 ft. 7 in.
WEIGHT: 125 lbs
STRENGTH LEVEL: Bethany Cabe possesses
the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height,
and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.
KNOWN SUPERHUMAN POWERS: None
OTHER ABILITIES: Bethany Cabe is
a superb hand-to-hand combatant and an excellent all-around
athlete. She is highly skilled in the use of handguns.