Along with Buck Richlen and Adam Manna he was hired by S.H.I.E.L.D. to perform a hostile takeover of Stark International to force them to become arms developers again, instead decided to accomplish their mission by killing Tony Stark, hired Spymaster, took over the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, defeated by Iron Man, sent to detention center; later stabbed in the neck and possibly killed.[1]

  • Val Adair and his associate Buck Richlen are stand-ins for comic penciler Rich Buckler, whose pseudonym at the time was Ron Validar. Before writing Iron Man, David Michelinie worked with Buckler in DC Comics' Star Hunters. Buckler had traced the design of a spaceship from the animated show Space Sentinels to use in their comic, and Michelinie asked for him to be replaced after finding out. However, DC opted to keep Buckler in the book, prompting Michelinie to leave the company and seek an assignment at Marvel. In a similar way to which Buck Richlen blamed his assistants for his ploy to take over Stark Industries, Rich Buckler had blamed his assistants for presenting the traced design.[2]

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  1. Iron Man #117-119
  2. Cronin, Brian (13 September 2019). Iron Man: When a Writer Used a Group of Villains to Vent Over a Grievance. Retrieved on 15 December 2019.

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