offers premium web hosting service at a great price. MarvelDirectory is
proudly hosted by Dewahost!
Name: Richard M. "Rick" Jones Occupation: Unemployed Identity:
Rick Jones does not have a dual identity Legal Status: Citizen of the
United States with no criminal record Former Aliases: "Bucky" Place
of Birth: Scarsdale, Arizona Marital Status: Married Known
Relatives: Marlo (wife), Polly (aunt) Group Affiliation: Honorary
member of the East Coast Avengers, former partner of the Hulk, Captain America,
and Captain Mar-Vell, former ally of Rom Base of Operations: Mobile First
Appearance: HULK # 1
History: Richard M. Jones was orphaned as an
adolescent and after being expelled from several orphanages for disciplinary reasons
was placed into a state institution called Tempest Town. A troubled and rebellious
youth, Jones soon came to the attention of the institution's chief administrator
who smashed his guitar, a gift from his late father, and then had him severely
thrashed. Jones ran away from the institution soon afterwards. He spent the first
half of his teens drifting from town to town throughout the Southwest, trying
to avoid the juvenile authorities, and doing menial work when he could get it.
At age 16, he got his driver's license and managed to save enough money to buy
a used car. Overhearing a teenager dare a friend to ride out with him on the desert
where it was rumored an atomic bomb was going to be tested, Jones offered to take
him upon the challenge. He drove his car out to the test site to discover his
challenger was too timid to show up. Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, designer of the
gamma bomb to be tested, learned that someone had ventured onto the test site,
and believing the countdown had been delayed, ran out into the desert to warn
him back. Banner managed to throw Jones into a protective trench before the bomb
detonated, but he himself was bombarded with the powerful gamma radiation. This
radiation would trigger a mutagenic change in Banner, causing him to turn into
the raging superhuman Hulk. Feeling responsible for
Banner's condition and being the only person to know that the rampaging brute
was actually Banner, Jones became the Hulk's sometimes unwanted companion and
ally Jones soon organized the Teen Brigade, a group of young amateur ham radio
enthusiasts to help him monitor the Hulk's activities. Jones was present during
the Hulk's first encounters with the army, as well as such superhuman menaces
as the Gargoyle, the alien Toadmen, the Ringmaster, Tyrannus, and the Metal Master.
As the Hulk grew more and more powerful and difficult to reason with, Jones finally
decided to request help from the world's preeminent superhuman team, the Fantastic
Four. Jones used the Teen Brigade to relay a distress call to New York, but
while in transit the Asgardian god of
evil Loki, who sought to use the Hulk to gain vengeance
on his step-brother Thor, diverted the call to Thor.
Unknown to Loki, the call was also monitored by Iron
Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The four costumed adventurers tackled the Hulk, learned that Loki was the true
culprit, and defeated Loki. Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, and the Hulk decided
to band together on a regular basis as the Avengers.
Rick Jones accompanied them back to New York City
The Hulk left the Avengers'
ranks a short time later, but Jones remained with the fledgling team, and was
given honorary membership. When Captain America
was resuscitated from his decades long suspended animation, he established an
immediate rapport with Jones, who reminded him of his late partner Bucky. Jones
hoped to prove himself worthy to take Bucky's place as Captain America's partner,
but the Captain could not bear the thought of losing another partner. Alongside
the Avengers, Jones faced such foes as Kang, Count
Nefaria, Immortus, and the Masters
of Evil. When all of the original Avengers except for Captain America decided
to find replacements so they could take leaves of absences, Jones' hopes of becoming
a full-fledged Avenger vanished when Hawkeye, Quicksilver,
and the Scarlet Witch were elected. He decided
to leave their company and return to the Hulk, who had recently been captured
by the U.S. army. Using his connection with the Avengers, Jones managed to help
extricate the Hulk from Army custody. However, a short time later, when he believed
the Hulk had been killed, Jones revealed to Major
Glenn Talbot of the U.S. Army that the Hulk was really Bruce Banner. When
the Hulk was later found to be still alive, Jones realized that this disclosure,
which soon became known to the public, changed Banner's life forever. Jones aided
Betty Ross, Banner's girlfriend, in her
attempts to help the Hulk, and became involved in Hulk's battles with such foes
as Boomerang, the Hulk-Killer android, and the
Mole Man, and was instrumental in convincing the Hulk to save Ross from the Abomination's
clutches. However, as the Hulk entered one of his less rational phases, Jones
had to be rescued from the Hulk's rampage by Captain America.
For a few
weeks, Captain America permitted Jones to wear Bucky's costume and serve as his
partner on a provisional basis. Despite the boy's natural athletic ability, the
Captain worried that Jones would not pick up the battle skills necessary for survival
quickly enough. Captain America's longtime nemesis the Red
Skull had recently acquired the reality-rending Cosmic Cube and used it to
switch bodies with the Captain. Unaware of the transfer, Jones approached who
he thought was Captain America, and was rebuked by him. Believing Captain America
to have rejected him, Jones abandoned his Bucky suit and hitchhiked out of New
York. Eventually he arrived in his native Southwest where, as he would learn years
later, the Supreme Intelligence of the alien Kree
directed him to an ancient Kree weapons outpost utilizing a ghostly image of Captain
America. In the outpost, Jones was compelled to put the Kree "negabands"
on his wrists, and strike them together. By doing so, he released the Kree Captain
Mar-Vell, who had recently been trapped in the anti-matter universe, the Negative
Zone, into this reality while Jones took his place in the Zone. Mar-Vell needed
a positive matter host to enable him to exist in this dimension, and the Supreme
Intelligence selected Jones. In exchange for being sent to the void of the Negative
Zone for hours at a time, Jones gained the vicarious thrill of being superhuman,
due to the mental link he acquired with Mar-Vell. Jones enabled Mar-Vell to hunt
down his mortal enemy Yon-Rogg, and also shared in several other adventures, including
a clash with the Hulk. Due to the strange radiation in his body, Mar-Vell could
remain in the positive-matter world for no longer than three hours, he also had
to wait for Jones to strike the nega-bands together before he could change places
with him. In the midst of trying to cope with this shared consciousness, Rick
Jones began to try to make a living as a folk-rock singer, and found a manager
in one Mordecai P. Boggs.
Mar-Vell eventually found a possible way out of
the Negative Zone when he witnessed Fantastic Four leader Reed
Richards travel into the Negative Zone through a portal he had created. Convincing
Jones to change places with him, Mar-Vell stormed the Baxter Building headquarters
of the Fantastic Four, and tore open Richards' Negative Zone access way and pulled
Jones through. Free from their mutual co-existent state, Jones and Mar-Vell both
became involved in the latest campaign in the eons-long war between the Kree and
Skrull alien races, a campaign making strategic use of the Earth. Accompanying
the Avengers to the Great Refuge of the Inhumans, Jones was kidnapped by a Kree
soldier who made a failed attempt to recruit the Inhumans to the Kree cause. On
the Kree home world in another galaxy, Jones encountered the Supreme Intelligence,
deposed ruler of the Kree, who hoped to rescue its people from the costly war
the new regime had embarked upon. Through elaborate machinations, the Supreme
Intelligence influenced Mar-Vell to construct a Kree "omni-wave projector"
which when it struck Rick Jones enabled the Supreme Intelligence to stimulate
the latent psionic potential in Jones' mind. Jones then struck all Kree soldiers
motionless in their tracks, and teleported all of the Avengers to the Kree home
world, among other things. These fantastic mental feats, which the Supreme Intelligence
claimed would one day be possible for all humanity, weakened Jones' life force
drastically. In order to save his life, Mar-Vell had to agree to "merge atoms"
with Jones again, consigning himself once more to the Negative Zone.
a matter of months, Mar-Vell was reoriented sufficiently with the symbiotic relationship
to reestablish mental contact with Jones. Glad that Mar-Vell had not sacrificed
himself for him, Jones permitted Mar-Vell three hour intervals in the positive-matter
world once again. Sharing space like this, the two became involved in further
exploits, notably a journey to Titan while fighting against the mad Titanian Thanos,
a journey to Earth's moon in battle against the Lunatic Legion, and a journey
to the home base of the Watchers. It is during this time that Captain Mar-Vell
was exposed to the nerve gas which would give him cancer and eventually kill him.
Also during this period of co-occupancy, Mar-Vell's and Jones' minds began to
lose their separate identities. Not only were they now able to tap one another's
memories, they could also affect the transfer between bodies without striking
the nega-bands together. While on the planet of the Watchers, they somehow used
their increased mental capabilities to enable both selves to coexist in positive
space. Now able to merge and unmerge at will, the two went forth for Mar-Vell's
home planet Hala after Rick Jones' singing career flopped. On Hala, the two became
involved in another power struggle between Ronan and the Supreme Intelligence,
and learned that the Supreme Intelligence had engineered their symbiotic relationship
from its inception so that it might one day be able to absorb Rick Jones' mind
to stimulate the Kree's evolutionary potential. Thwarting the Supreme Intelligence's
plan, the two set forth for Earth again, only to have their relationship regress
to where one of them had to remain in the Negative Zone again. This somehow occurred
when Mar-Vell inadvertently passed too close to a hole. A short time later, Rick
Jones was freed from the Negative Zone when the power mimicking Super-Adaptoid
was tricked into taking his place there. Jones and Mar-Vell were finally free
to pursue their own destinies, and met infrequently before Mar-Vell died of cancer.
Jones soon got involved with his old friend the Hulk once more, and was determined
to help cure the Hulk as he was unable to help Mar-Vell. In trying to keep tabs
on the green behemoth, he learned that the Teen Brigade he had formed while he
was a teenager was still in operation and had in fact become an international
ham radio club. When Jones and some of the new generation of Teen Brigadiers had
been captured by the superhuman Corruptor, Jones attempted to contact the Avengers
for help. But just as his distress call to the Fantastic Four had been diverted
years before to those who would form the Avengers, his call to the Avengers was
diverted to five other superhuman beings. These adventurers formed the Rangers
at the exploit's end, but the Rangers never attained the success the Avengers
did. In close association with the Hulk and his human self Bruce Banner, Jones
began to think of them as separate individuals even as he and Mar-Vell had been.
He soon realized that to cure Banner, the Hulk had to die, and that was what Banner
was working toward. Finally, during one of the Hulk's long absences, Jones decided
to expose himself to the radiation of Banner's gamma ray projector in a rash attempt
to transform himself into a second Hulk. Because Jones lacked the unique capacity
to mutate from gamma ray exposure that such beings as the Hulk, Leader,
and Abomination possessed, he instead contracted radiation poisoning. Although
certain treatments managed to put the degenerative condition into remission, Jones
had done permanent damage to his cellular structure. Ironically, Banner found
a way to cure himself without eliminating the Hulk completely and possessed his
normal intelligence as the Hulk and as Banner. Shortly after the intelligent Hulk
was granted a presidential pardon for his past offenses, Jones left him, feeling
the Hulk no longer needed him.
A few months later, Jones checked himself
into a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, for treatment when his radiation-induced
cancer flared up. While there, he got involved in the war against the alien Dire
Wraiths when a Wraith killed the physician treating him. This led him into an
association with the Galadorian spacekngith Rom, who was Earth's foremost champion
against the Wraiths. Jones was instrumental in helping Rom organize Earth's superhuman
champions against the Wraiths and took part in active combat against them. When
the Wraith menace was finally ended, and Rom left for his homeworld, Jones moved
in with Brandy Clark, Rom's human paramour, and Cindy Adams, an adolescent orphaned
by the Wraiths. The three lived together for several weeks until they encountered
the omnipotent Beyonder who sought to understand human desire. The Beyonder granted
the three of them their fondest wish: Jones to be cured of cancer, Clark to be
reunited with her beloved Rom, and Adams to have her parents brought back to life.
Healthy and alone again, Jones went off to seek new adventures.
to involve himself in the Hulk's life, and was inadvertently exposed to gamma
radiation, which succeeded this time in transforming Jones into a version of the
Hulk. The radiation was drained by the Hulk's archenemy, the Leader, via a pyshic
bond in order to restore the Leader's super-intelligence. Jones acted as bodyguard
for Dr. Banner for some time until his disappearance at the hands of the Leader.
The Hulk reappeared as Mister Fixit, a Las Vegas "leg breaker,"
and Jones tried to reacquaint with Banner's life. Jones met Fixit's ex-girlfriend,
Marlo Chandler, and the two began dating.
Jones published a best-selling
book regarding his biography as a super-hero's sidekick, gaining national acclaim.
This brought him to the attention of Jackie Shorr, a woman who worked at the orphanage
where Rick Jones grew up. She approached Jones and claimed to be his mother, eventually
convincing him and his friends of the fact. At an opportune moment, however, Shorr
drugged Jones and kept him trapped in her basement. When Betty Banner, Banner's
wife, and Marlo came to Shorr's house to investigate, Shorr stabbed Marlo to death
and the heroes escaped. Distraught, Jones sought help to revive his girlfriend,
and was answered via a psychic link with the Leader. The villain used his advanced
technology in reviving Marlo, and after several weeks in a coma-like state, she
recovered completely. Shortly thereafter, Marlo and Rick were married.
couple was approached to co-host a TV talk show, "Keeping Up With The Joneses,"
which was a moderate success. Eventually, however, Marlo decided to separate from
Rick, unable to deal with her husband's constant adventures with superheroes.
When the Hulk was abducted by the villain Apocalypse
and turned into one of his Horsemen, War, the villain Absorbing Man took Jones
and Betty Banner to Egypt to talk the Hulk out of this new role. The Absorbing
Man and the Juggernaut fought the Hulk, who succeeded
in defeating them both. He was about to kill them when Jones tried to stop him.
The Hulk swatted Rick aside, and Rick slammed into the wall of a pyramid, leaving
him paralyzed from the waist down.
Jones soon became the target of the
time-traveling Immortus, who was determined to keep humanity (and especially Avengers)
from expanding into space-- a prospect of which would have disastrous prospects
in nearly 50% of all the possible multiverses. Jones was struck with a mysterious
malady that left him comatose as energy similar to the Destiny Force permeated
his cells. The Avengers were forced to seek help from the Supreme Intelligence,
at the time a prisoner on the moon. Jones was saved from an assassination attempt
by Immortus' counterpart, Kang the Conqueror, and the Supreme Intelligence and
the mystic Libra jumpstarted Jones' Destiny Force again, healing his disabled
condition and pulling together members of the Avengers from various eras, including
a future version of the son of Captain Mar-Vell. Jones and the Avengers eventually
learned of Immortus' motives and confronted him and his masters, the Time-Keepers.
Ultimately, Jones used his Destiny Force to confront the armies of the Time-Keepers
and to destroy their ultimate weapon, the Chrono-cannon. The effort left Jones
near death and, to save his life, the future Captain Marvel reluctantly merged
his form and life force with that of Jones, similar to what the original Captain
Mar-Vell had done with Jones years earlier.
When Jones returned to earth
after the encounter, the present-day Captain
Marvel was surprised to find himself automatically taking his future self's
place in the symbiotic relationship with Jones. The present-day Captain Marvel
assumed the altered appearance and enhanced powers of his future self in the process,
but was still greatly distressed to be trapped in a shared existence with a man
he despised. Jones was no happier about it, but the reluctant duo was forced to
adjust to their new situation. The experienced adventurer Jones has often served
as mentor to the novice hero Captain Marvel.
Marlo had since set up residence
in Los Angeles, California, opening a comic book store. Jones returned to Los
Angeles as well, hoping to resume their relationship while keeping his situation
with Captain Marvel a secret. Soon, however, Marlo discovered his secret and after
a period of adjustment, rekindled her romance with her husband.
5 ft. 9 in. Weight: 165 lbs. Eyes: Brown Hair:
Strength Level: Rick Jones possesses the normal human strength
of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.
Superhuman Powers: None. Although Jones possesses latent unlimited psionic
potential, as according to the Supreme Intelligence all mankind does, he needs
a powerful catalyst to unleash it such as the omni-wave projector or the nega-bands.