|Created by Len Wein and Dave Gibbons|
Occupation: Professional Criminal
Base of Operation: Mobile
Group Affiliation(s): Suicide Squad
Weight: 203 lbs.
First Appearance: Green Lantern Vol. 2 #173 (February 1984): "Old Friends, New Foes...!"
Creators: Len Wein and Dave Gibbons
Working through the Monitor, Congressman Jason Bloch hired the Javelin for industrial sabotage against Ferris Aircraft. The mercenary used an arsenal of javelins, and the throwing weapons were modified with a variety of deadly gimmicks. Boot-jets gave the mercenary the power of flight.
The Javelin raided a truck transporting Ferris Aircraft's solar engine. His assistants carried off the engine while he fought Green Lantern.
As test pilot Hal Jordan, Green Lantern had inside knowledge of Ferris Aircraft's latest trouble. The ring slinger was momentarily thrown off the hunt when he was coated by a yellow plastic polymer sprayed from one of the Javelin's weapons.
Green Lantern recovered to track the Javelin to his lair. The solar engine was installed in a giant golden rocket, aimed at the heart of Ferris Aircraft's Los Angeles facility.
Jordan left the fight with the Javelin to stop the missile. Aside from the missile's yellow coloring, Green Lantern could not destroy the explosive without losing the solar engine in the process.
Green Lantern had to disarm the remove the solar engine in mid flight. He used the power ring to raise his body in the air, pulling the missile off course. It exploded in the Pacific Ocean, safely away from Los Angeles.
At some point the Javelin was apprehended, most likely by the victorious Green Lantern. The Javelin served his time in the Belle Reve Prison.
Acting against orders, Colonel Rick Flag of Task Force X summoned a group of metahumans to free a teammate from captivity in the Soviet Union. Nemesis had been captured in an aborted mission to the U.S.S.R. when the Suicide Squad had attempted to rescue Russian author Zoya Trigorin. Flag's team consisted of the Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Javelin, and Nightshade.
Another group of superhumans was sent to stop the Suicide Squad. Working under orders from the U.N., the Justice League stood between the Squad and Nemesis. The battle was brief, as Javelin was outclassed by Booster Gold's forcefield. Captain Boomerang had no success against Guy Gardner. Both teams called a truce before Soviet forces arrived.
The Suicide Squad escaped by Nightshade's dimensional warp. The Justice League remained behind. They brought Nemesis back to the United States by way of diplomatic immunity.
The standard policy of Task Force X was to offer freedom to prisoners who survived Suicide Squad missions. As this was not a sanctioned mission, Javelin remained in prison.
The Javelin was next called into action during the War of the Gods. Under the command of Black Adam, a strike force was sent to an island in a lake in the Amazon rain forest. The Suicide Squad was to draw enemy fire while Black Adam went after Circe.
Black Adam was less than successful. He flew through Circe's temple walls in fear for his life. The Javelin fared far worse. His attack on Circe was futile, as the sorceress turned his own javelin against him, impaling him against the temple wall.
For a definitive list of appearances of The Javelin in chronological order click here
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #11 (January 1986)
While appearing in Green Lantern, the Javelin spoke with a cartoony German accent, similar to that of Col. Klink from "Hogan's Heroes." This was dropped in War of the Gods. Thanks to Ken for the "War of the Gods" lead.