Characters : Tombstone
Tombstone is an albino.
215 lbs (at least, before the whole Diox-3 incident)
Lonnie is good at what he does, which is kill people.
Lighting-fast reflexes, rock-hard skin.
Normal human strength until the Diox-3 incident; super-human strength level after.
Most of Tombstone's hits were apparently done with his bare hands, although it's safe to assume he kept up the latest in mob weaponry.
Professional mob enforcer
The Kingpin. Hammerhead.
Oh, Lonnie told Robbie everything, whether Robbie wanted to hear it or not!
Known criminal record
New York, New York
Lonnie Thompson Lincoln
New York City
After briefly catching a glimpse of someone from his past, Robbie Robertson became concerned that an old "friend" from high school had returned to New York. Lonnie Thompson Lincoln was a hired killer for the mafia and Robbie suspected that he was back in the Big Apple to work for Wilson Fisk. Waiting for Lincoln outside of Fisk's headquarters, Robbie attempted to follow him but was quickly reminded by Lincoln that living a long life meant staying out of his way. (Web of Spider-Man #36 and Spectacular Spider-Man #137) Lincoln was indeed working for the Kingpin and was in his office when it was attacked by the Hobgoblin (Jason Macendale). Hobgoblin demanded to know why he had been blacklisted from all mercenary jobs and the Arranger (Fisk's right hand man) told him he could get off the list by killing Spider-Man. The hulking Lincoln then tossed Macendale out of the highrise's window. (Web of Spider-Man #38)
The Arranger sent Tombstone after a mutant named Roland Rayburn (Persuader) to convince him to join their organization. Rayburn tried to use his power of persuasion to convince him to let him go but the power had no effect on Tombstone. He then took Rayburn to his boss. (Spectacular Spider-Man #138) Peter Parker soon received an urgent phone call from Robbie, telling him to come to the Bugle. Spider-Man soon arrived and foiled an assassination attempted against Robertson. The assassin claimed he didn't know who hired him. At Robbie's office in the Bugle, Spidey found a tape recorder with a note for Peter. The tape claimed that Robbie was guilty of murder, even if he hadn't actually pulled a trigger. Along with the tape was a file that linked Tombstone to many murders. Elsewhere, Tombstone was beating Rayburn at the Arranger's request. Arranger wanted Rayburn to use his powers to manipulate Wall Street for the Kingpin's benefit. When Rayburn tried to use his power on Arranger, Tombstone broke his arm. Robertson then called Tombstone and set up a meeting at Battery Park.
Spidey continued to listen to Robbie's taped confession. Robbie relayed how Lonnie had beaten him up in high school, when he was the editor of the school newspaper. Robbie had been about to write a story on Lonnie for demanding protection money from other students, when Thompson changed his mind for him. The two men parted company after high school and Robbie went on to become a newspaper reporter. Eight years later in Philadelphia, Robbie was working as a journalist and was covering a story involving a murdered mob boss, Ozzy Montana. Robbie agreed to meet the tipster but when he arrived at the waterfront, the man had just been killed by none-other than Tombstone. Robbie escaped but after threats from Lincoln, he and Martha moved to New York. Robbie continued to follow Lincoln's mafia career in Philly, feeling responsible for never speaking out. Still feeling guilty, Robbie decided to confront Lincoln at Battery Park. He intended to arrest the hitman and was armed with a gun but the bullet proof vest Tombstone wore saved him when a fight started. Robbie's back was broken by the thug. (Spectacular Spider-Man #139)
As Robbie lay paralyzed in a hospital bed, he was visited by his old friend. Robbie told Lincoln that he wasn't afraid of him...until Tombstone whispered something in his ear. Meanwhile, Spider-Man was interrogating a bartender at a sleazy bar, the same bar that the attempted assassin got his assignment to kill Robertson. The stuttering bartender told him that Tombstone was working for the Arranger. Meanwhile, a shadowy figure shot a patron that was about to shoot Spider-Man and the unknown person got away. At Fisk's headquarters, Tombstone and Arranger discussed that the mystery man had arrived in New York and was seen at the bar when Spider-Man was asking questions. Both men seemed pleased by the news, as Tombstone's return to New York had been meant to draw the mysterious person out. Peter Parker soon received a call at the Bugle, telling him to go to Liberty Island. Upon arrival, Spidey was attacked by a gunman, who turned out to be the Punisher. (Spectacular Spider-Man #140)
Punisher told Spidey that a District Attorney friend of his had recently been killed in St. Louis and he suspected it had been Tombstone that broke his neck. Punisher followed a lead to New York and to the bar that Spidey had been interrogating. He had been the one that shot the thug about to kill Spider-Man. He knew about the tape that Robbie had made and demanded that Spidey get it from Peter Parker. Spider-Man agreed to get it from Parker and left. Lincoln and some thugs were there to overhear the conversation and Tombstone had them go after Castle after the web head left. After the thugs failed against Punisher, Tombstone arrived at the Parker's apartment to confirm that they lived at apartment 302. He then followed Mary Jane to her modeling gig and lifted her up by her hair, demanding to know where to find her husband. (Spectacular Spider-Man #141)
Mary Jane was taken to the hospital, where incidentally Peter was talking with Robbie about what to do with the tape. After Peter learned about what happened and visited his injured wife, he got a phone call from Tombstone, taunting him to meet the hitman in Atlanta, Georgia. (Peter was about to start a book signing tour of his book, Webs, and his next city to visit was Atlanta.) Peter took a message at the book store, telling him to bring the tape to Tara Square at sundown. As Spider-Man, he was attacked at the rendezvous point by Tombstone. Despite being merely human, Tombstone managed to take the wall crawler by surprise and almost escaped with the tape. Tombstone was defeated and taken to jail. Arranger was unhappy to lose such a talented hitman but Lincoln had served his purpose: drawing out the Punisher and forcing him to his will. (Spectacular Spider-Man #142)
Robbie went to trial for never going to the police about what he knew of Tombstone and was sentenced to 36 months in a federal prison. Unfortunately for him, Tombstone was in the jail cell next to him. He warned Robbie to not tell anyone that they were sharing a cell block. (Spectacular Spider-Man #150) Later on, Tombstone cornered Robbie in the prison laundry room with a group of inmates. He started choking Robertson, who was saved by an enormous inmate called Bruiser. (Spectacular Spider-Man #151) Tombstone sent a group of inmates after Bruiser while he and Robbie were in the prison yard. The giant kept Robbie safe but ended up in solitary confinement for the fight. Bruiser told Robertson not to worry because Tombstone wouldn't hurt him while he was in solitary. It was the rules of prison. (Spectacular Spider-Man #152) Tombstone made his move on Robertson and Bruiser as they were leaving the showers. A group of men shot at them with dart guns, badly injuring Bruiser and making the duo run to an empty cell. A thug went to get a key from someone workign for Tombstone and the cell was soon open. Robbie hoped that Lincoln would take his anger out on him and not Bruiser but the big man was quickly beaten to death in front of him. An alarm sounded and Tombstone and his men left Robbie with the body. (Spectacular Spider-Man #153)
Spider-Man soon came to check on Robbie and was soon betrayed by him. Spidey was attacked by Tombstone and as he was distracted, Robbie injected him with a poison that left him weak. The web head was soon chained to a wall and beaten by the hitman. Soon an alarm sounded, signaling the prison break that an outside friend of Tombstone's had put together. Lincoln used Spider-Man as a hostage as he made his way to the helicopters outside. Spidey managed to break free of the chains and fought off Tombstone's goons as Lincoln got away with Robbie in the helicopters. Barely managing to hold onto the choppers landing bars, Spidey stowed away. Lincoln saw him and was about to kick him off when Robbie tackled him and they fell out of the copter. Spidey tried to make the pilot go back for them but he said he couldn't find them in the trees. (Spectacular Spider-Man #155)
Tombstone and Robbie had fallen into the Susquehanna River, where Robbie washed up in Amish country. Lincoln also survived the fall and had an Amish man, Aaron, help Robbie back to his farm. (Spectacular Spider-Man #156) The two New Yorker's stayed with Aaron's family until Tombstone began to make subtle threats against them. Robbie had broken his leg in the fall from the helicopter, and now that it was healed, Tombstone decided it was time for a fair fight. Having worked out extensively in prison, Robbie knocked him to the ground and ran, with the killer close behind him. Lincoln threw Robbie into a mud puddle and was about to kill him when Robbie grabbed a pitchfork and stabbed him in the chest. Lincoln was stunned that his "friend"would hurt him and collapsed. Aaron came to see what was happening and Robbie asked him to take him into town. (Spectacular Spider-Man #157)
Tombstone survived and went to prison. He was later broken out by Hammerhead and became his lieutenant. Lincoln was soon insulted that his boss would hire the Hobgoblin (Jason Macendale) to kill Robertson. "Hey boss, Robbie's my pal from way back. Anybody's gonna kill him, its me." Hammerhead told him he was too involved and the job required an outside professional. Lincoln didn't listen and stood guard over Robbie from a distance with a sniper rifle as Hobgoblin attacked his "welcome home" party. He shot Hobgoblin's razor bats out of the air every time Hobby was about to deliver a death blow. One of the shots caused Hobgoblin's glove blast to misfire, blinding him. As Hobgoblin flew away, Tombstone reminded himself "Like I said, nobody kills my pal Joe Robertson...except me." (Spectacular Spider-Man #161)
Still working for Hammerhead, Tombstone forced Mark Raxton, the Molten Man, to steal a plant preservative called DIOX-3 from Osborn Industries. (Mark was an employee at the factory, which was owned by his brother in law, Harry Osborn.) The mob hoped to use the chemical to preserve the coca plant, which is used to make cocaine. If Raxton refused, they would steal it anyway and frame him for the crime. Raxton contacted Spider-Man and told him about the set up, hoping that the webhead would help. Spidey naturally agreed and was waiting when Molten Man arrived with Tombstone and his gang. Robbie Robertson had also been alerted to the crime and confronted Lincoln at the warehouse. Little did he know, but Lincoln had leaked word of the crime, knowing that Robertson would hear it and confront him. He intended to end their feud then and there, but he was shot by Robbie. Lincoln fell into a pressure room and was exposed to the DIOX 3. When Spider-Man, Molten Man and the Green Goblin arrived, Tombstone had escaped...through a wall in the pressure chamber. (Web of Spider-Man #66)
Dizzy and confused, Tombstone staggered in the streets and was attacked by three armed punks looking to rob him. He quickly beat them and was uninjured when shot by one of them. Later that night, he arrived at the Long Island home of his boss, Hammerhead. He quickly killed the machine gun toting guards when they opened fire on him, then interrupted his boss's movie. He let Hammerhead know that things were going to be different from that point forward. (Web of Spider-Man #67) Tombstone contacted Robbie, wanting to meet. Robbie went to Hammerhead's mansion, where he found the mob boss to be badly battered. Tombstone then showed up and thanked Robertson for shooting him, as it ended up making him stronger than ever. Lincoln then considered them to be even and the feud was over. Spider-Man then arrived and a fight broke out, ending when a bullet hit an ammo storage and caused an explosion. (Web of Spider-Man #68)
Lincoln survived the explosion and again went after his old boss at his office. After Hammerhead's goons failed to kill him, Hammerhead tried to do it himself...and ended up with broken leg. Tombstone also broke Hammerhead's hand, which caused him to pass out. Declaring himself the new boss, Lincoln ordered Hammerhead to be sent to Arizona. He wanted to join the council of mafia leaders, who refused to accept him. Lincoln took out his anger on their messenger, whom told him that it was only one man, Nick Kaska, who voted him down. Lincoln and his gang soon arrived at Kaska's club and a fierce gun fight broke out. Tombstone survived a rocket launcher attack, falling through the floors to the basement. The explosion ruptured a gas line, threatening to blow up the neighborhood. Fire fighters and paramedics soon arrived at the scene. As Tombstone was about to kill two medics and escape in their ambulance, he was stopped by Flash Thompson. (Spectacular Spider-Man #204)
Flash was beaten up by Tombstone and was nearly killed when Spidey showed up. Lincoln threw the nearly unconscious man at the webhead, who caught him. Lincoln escaped in the ambulance and Spider-Man didn't have time to tag it with a spider tracer. He later showed up at the mobster council, still demanding to take over Hammerhead's seat. Nick Kaska is there, and still refused to let him have a seat. He changed his mind and decided to send Tombstone after Spider-Man, claiming that if he can kill the webhead, he can take over Hammerhead's position. Kaska doubted that Tombstone could kill his long time enemy and Lincoln planned to kill the council after killing Spidey. Meanwhile, the Black Cat is still angry that Tombstone had injured Flash Thompson (they were dating at the time) and was swinging her way to his warehouse when Spidey started to follow her. She arrived first, and took out two of Tombstone's thugs but was beaten by Lincoln. Spider-Man showed up soon after and the fight made them crash through a wall and fall into a river. Soon, Tombstone emerged, holding Spidey's mask. (Spectacular Spider-Man #205)
As Tombstone gloated over his victory, Black Cat came to and dove into the river to find Peter. The gang left and Peter eventually pulled her out of the river. Later, Tombstone was again meeting with the council and presented them with Spider-Man's mask. Kaska was again unimpressed and insulted Lincoln. Fed up with Kaska, Lincoln smashed the table and was about to kill him when Kaska's goons opened fire. Tombstone shoved Kaska out of the highrise's window, where he was barely rescued by Spider-Man. Spidey returned to the meeting room and eventually he and Tombstone fell out of the window, to the pavement. Lincoln got up and continued to pummel the webhead. Badly battered, Spidey webbed his hand like a boxing glove and hit Tombstone with everything he had. Lincoln laughed at him, then fell to the ground. (Spectacular Spider-Man #206)
For a while, Tombstone became an enemy of Darkhawk, Daredevil and Luke Cage.
When Tombstone returned to Spidey's neck of the woods, he faced off against the Scarlet Spider. Tombstone had just broken out of prison and all Ben had to do to find him was follow the trail of bodies. They battled it out on the top of a speeding armored car, which was soon out of control when Lincoln knocked out the driver. Scarlet jumped in front of the truck and stopped it before it could hit a restaurant full of people. Tombstone again went after him but was knocked out when Ben hit him over the head with a street light. (Web of Spider-Man #120)
When he got out of prison, Tombstone was again trying to climb the ranks of the New York mafia. By this time, Ben Reilly had taken over as Spider-Man and he was working at the Daily Grind coffee shop. A co-workers husband, Steve Marlowe, gets into an argument with his wife and Ben found out he was in the mafia. As Steve left, Ben thought he looked familiar. Later, Marlowe was meeting with his boss, Tombstone, who gave him and others the order to kill the police chief. The hit went off, despite the interference of Spider-Man and the Punisher. Marlowe escaped and made it back to Tombstone's hideout. Spidey had followed him, but so had the Punisher. As the two heroes bickered, Marlowe set off a bomb that allowed him and his boss to escape. (Spider-Man/Punisher Family Plot #1)
After they escape, Marlowe took Lincoln to hide at his home. Little did he know, but his young son had run away from his mother's house to live with his father. Tombstone took the boy hostage to guarantee that Marlowe didn't screw up when it came time to assassinate the Mayor. After Steve arrived at the Mayor's mansion, he was stopped by the Punisher. Back at Steve's loft, Little Steve tried to make a run for it ad was about to be ended by Tombstone when the boy's mother burst in. Spidey used the momentary distraction to attack Tombstone. The fight raged until the Punisher arrived with Steve, Sr. When Steve stood up to Tombstone, the gangster shot him. Punisher shot a rocket launcher at him but Tombstone still escaped. Punisher left and Spidey consoled Steve Junior, telling him that because his father was a bad man, does not mean he also will be. (Spider-Man/Punisher Family Plot #2)
Tombstone later showed up at a meeting of mafia leaders, discussing their mutual enemy: the Don Fortunato. They were gathered by General Nguyen Ncog Coy, a military strategist from Madripoor. The gathered mafia leaders consisted of Hammerhead, Tombstone, Gavin Thorpe, Silvermane, Caesar Cicero, the Rose (Jacob Conover) and the Slug. Once they all agreed to work against Fortunato, Tombstone was sent with some goons to kill him. When they arrived at his estate, they found that Fortunato's son, Jimmy Six, and Spider-Man were already there. After the goons were beaten (Spidey knocked a huge bookcase on top of them) he and Tombstone went mano a mano. The fight went badly for both of them, as Fortunato used the electrified flooring to stun both of them. His allies then arrived and he revealed that he had been aided all along by the terrorist group, Hydra. (Spider-Man #73)
The captured Tombstone, his goons and Spider-Man were then given over as a peace offering by the other crime lords to Fortunato. At that moment, Daredevil arrived after hearing that Spider-Man was at Fortunato's mansion. Jimmy Six turned against his father and Spidey used the distraction to free himself from the electrified shackles. He rushed the mob goons to freedom and was met outside by Daredevil, whom helped him with the Hydra terrorists. They escaped in a helicopter, piloted by Jimmy Six. As they left, they saw Tombstone running from the fight, still in his shackles. They caught the hitman and all flew to safety. (Spider-Man #74)
Lincoln was next seen after a bank robbery, having suffered a heart attack. He was taken to a special prison by the FBI, one that negated a prisoner's powers once they entered the building. His cell mate was Jonathon Ohnn, the Spot. Tombstone made him part of his new gang, along with Rocket Racer, Big Ben and Hypno-Hustler. Lincoln got into a fight with another inmate (Kangaroo (Hibbs) in the lunch room and was soon beaten by him. Tombstone retaliated by having his crew attack Hibbs in the prison library. Tombstone was about to stick him with a pair of scissors when the guards stopped him and put him in solitary. In his weakened condition after the heart attack, no one expected him to last long in there. (Spider-Man's Tangled Web #16)
In solitary, Tombstone was found laying face down, seemingly dead. The doctors resuscitated him but he clearly needed emergency surgery. As the medical wing of the prison was still under construction, Tombstone was transported to a mainland hospital with a guard that wanted to kill him. The ambulance crashed due to a disturbance outside. When the guard came to, he found Tombstone standing over him. Weeks later, Tombstone was relaxing at a New York mansion when the Spot appeared. He had supplied the disturbance that caused the ambulance to flip over but had also been the one to rat out Tombstone for trying to kill Kangaroo. In payment, Tombstone broke his neck. (Spider-Man's Tangled Web #17)
Tombstone briefly joined Norman Osborn's Sinister Twelve, after Osborn was broken out of prison by Spider-Man and the Black Cat. The Twelve were left to deal with Spider-Man while the Goblin went after Mary Jane but they were stopped by the timely arrival of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. (Marvel Knights Spider-Man #11)
Tombstone got involved as a bookie and one of his clients was a wealthy man named Conrad O'Shea, who owes Lincoln a large sum of money. Conrad hired the mercenary called Deadpool to kill Tombstone and gave him an address to find him. When 'Pool arrived there, he found a bomb instead of his target and the apartment blew up. Video of the explosion was put on the news, with doctored footage of Deadpool setting the explosion. Tombstone had altered the footage to pin the blame on Deadpool. (Deadpool Suicide Kings #1)
The Punisher, having seen the doctored news story, came to kill Deadpool, whom escaped. Deadpool found help from Daredevil and Ben Urich, who pointed him toward John O'Shea, Conrad's father. John ws sympathetic to them and told them to investigate Tombstone. As Deadpool found more clues, he was webbed up by Spider-Man, whom also assumed that Wade was guilty of the apartment bombing.
Lincoln stayed low for a while, but took a job from Doctor Octopus to kidnap the newborn infant of Lily Hollister and Norman Osborn. Octavius believed that the Goblin Formula that was produced by the mixing of Hollister's and Norman Osborn's DNA would cure him of his deteriorating physical condition. Tombstone and Shocker chased the very pregnant Lily to a restaurant, where Harry Osborn, Peter Parker, Carlie Cooper and Mary Jane were having lunch. Lily gave birth during the fight and just after Octavius arrived to take the newborn. (Amazing Spider-Man #642)
After Spider-Man escaped with the infant, Lincoln followed Cooper back to the apartment where Lily and Mary Jane were hiding. He had overheard her mention that she knew Lily Hollister personally and reasoned that he could find the infant if Spider-Man brought it back to its mother. Carlie tried to shoot him but it was the remote controlled glider, summoned by Lily and driven into Tombstone, that saved them. (Amazing Spider-Man #645)
|Mar 1988||App: Web of Spider-Man #36|
|Apr 1988||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #137|
|Background and confrontation with Robertson, including the prison issues|
|May 1988||App: Web of Spider-Man #38|
|May 1988||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #138|
|Jun 1988||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #139|
|Origin told by Robbie Robertson|
Here is the Full Appearance List (47 Apps) for Tombstone.
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.