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Gladiator (Marvel)(01 - Melvin Potter)
Real Name: Melvin Potter
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* Wrist-mounted Sawblades
* Body Armor
* Agility
* Berserker Strength
* Stamina
* Super Strength
* Unarmed Combat
* Weapon Master

Melvin Potter was one of the first enemies that Daredevil fought at the start of his superhero career. Melvin was a costume designer who decided to become a criminal. He was obsessed with Gladiators, so he made and donned the costume and persona of a Gladiator. He has fought Daredevil and Iron Man, and has teamed-up with other villains and groups such as Maggia.

Melvin had been in and out of prison several times. During his last imprisonment, Melvin began therapy with a doctor named Betsy Beatty. It was not soon after that Melvin and Betsy starting having romantic feelings for each other. They eventually fell in love. This and their therapy sparked a will inside Melvin to reform. He renounced his old ways and wanted to start a new, good and honorable life. When he was on parole, he even allied himself with Elektra and his former enemy Daredevil to fight the Hand. After Melvin was freed from prison, he and Betsy got married. A bright new life started for Melvin, he opened up a costume shop and became content with life for awhile. This peaceful life however seemed to end when the Kingpin forced Melvin to fight his now friend Daredevil. Other than that Melvin would only put on his costume two more times,and that was to discourage kids from crime. He and his wife lived in peace for a couple of years. Unfortunate, the marriage between Melvin and Besty didn't last and the two would get a divorce. Melvin however stayed on the side of the angels. He eventually fell in love with a woman named Li Lang, who worked at his costume shop. The two married again, and, unbeknown to Melvin, the two even had a daughter named Melanie.

Melvin Potter was created by Stan Lee and John Romita and first appeared in Daredevil # 18 (1966).

First Appearance: Daredevil (1964) #18

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Issue Appearances:
Daredevil (1964)
Daredevil (1998)
Daredevil (2016)
Daredevil by Ed Brubaker Saga (2008)
Daredevil: End of Days (2012)
Daredevil: Yellow (2001)
Ghost Rider (1973)
Iron Man (1968)
Man Without Fear (2019)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
Marvels: Portraits (1995)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Daredevil 2004 (2004)
Spider-Man [GER] (2007)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)

Group Affiliation(s):
Emissaries of Evil (Marvel)
Maggia (Marvel)

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