Dragonfly I

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Attributes
Eyes:

Disturbingly blue, for a Korean

Features:

Walked around in an ugly green ninja suit. Bald.

Height:

Unknown

Weight:

Unknown

Powers
Abilities:

All those of a Ninja, plus self-immolation

Equipment:

Smoke grenades

Limitations:

No match for Spider-Man

Strength Level:

Peak human

Weapons:

The 500-year old Ceremonial Sword of his family

Summary
Citizenship:

Korean (North or South)?

Created By:

Tom DeFalco, Steve Skroce, Bud LaRosa

Current Groups:

None (he's dead)

Current Occupation:

Dead

Dual Identity:

Known only to his allies, his ex-fiancee, Spider-Man and Angela Yin.

Education:

Unknown

Former Bases:

Korea, New York

Former Groups:

The True Believers

Former Occupation:

Ninja killer, top-rank (Dragonfly)

Known Allies:

The True Believers' Ninja, Madam Qwa

Known Confidants:

Meiko Yin, Madam Qwa

Known Relatives:

Meiko Yin (sort of), ex-fiancee

Legal Status:

None. Dead.

Major Enemies:

Spider-Man, Dragonfly II

Marital Status:

Was engaged to Meiko Yin

Place of Birth:

Korea (North or South)?

Real Name:

Karsano

Background

Karsano was a man of honor, and a man of passion. He was engaged to Meiko Yin, cousin to the Bugle's Angela Yin. They studied martial arts together, and they both became top-notch. They joined a branch of The Hand called the True Believers and Madam Qwa, their leader, gave him the rank of Dragonfly, which means perfection. To test his loyalty, Qwa ordered him to kill Meiko. According to their code of honor, he had only three tries.

We didn't see the first. The second is foiled by Spider-Man's interference. The third too, and Spidey breaks his 500-year old Ceremonial family sword. After his dishonorable defeat, he kills himself by self-immolation. Then Meiko goes to see Madam Qwa, and is assigned the position of Dragonfly. Since Karsano always carried around a pack of ninja to try and kill Meiko, I'm guessing that either their code of honor was very flawed, or that she was already a challenger to his position, and as such had to deal with him and his men. Of course, Meiko was dishonored by Spider-Man's interference too, so she'll have to redeem herself eventually.

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Appearances

Cover Date Appearance Information
Mar 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #421 (Story 1)
  Origin told. Dies.

Thanks To

 The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

 Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.