The Schemer

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2002
 Staff: Al Sjoerdsma (E-Mail)
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Made of plastic.


Mask: Black with gray streak. Real: Orange.


6'2" (Approximate.)


175 lbs. (Approximate.)


Has good organization skills, talented inventor of weapons and other gadgets, sneaky, athletic.


Very cool jet-powered car with heating ducts to melt snow, built-in TV, ultra-sonic circuit breakers, and one way glass in windshield.


Far too obsessed with his parents.


None but is a well-trained athlete.

Strength Level:

Normal human.


Fancy-looking pistol, big desk with square red buttons and guns, big lamp-hydraulic press combo, sword-like rod and stun nozzle built into cape, smoke grenade.



Created By:

Stan Lee, John Romita__Sr., Mickey Demeo

Current Aliases:

Supreme Hydra, The Rose, Blood Rose, Kingpin II.

Current Occupation:

The Schemer identity has been retired. Richard died a few years later.

Dual Identity:

Not known to authorities.


Went to a snooty Alpine school.

Former Aliases:

None before The Schemer.

Former Bases:

New York.

Former Groups:

Leader of his own gang.

Former Occupation:

Student at a school where he could ski a lot.

Known Allies:

Just the usual collection of goons.

Known Relatives:

Father: Wilson Fisk. Mother: Vanessa Fisk.

Legal Status:

No criminal record at this point.

Major Enemies:

Spider-Man, The Kingpin.

Marital Status:


Place of Birth:

Not stated but presumably New York City.

Real Name:

Richard Fisk


Richard Fisk was a happy and industrious student going to an exclusive school in the Swiss Alps. He was very proud of his successful and respected father and he trained himself mentally and physically in order to earn his father's love. Then, one day he learned that his father was really the infamous Kingpin of Crime and his whole world crumbled around him. Dejected and dazed by the news, he took a ski lift alone to the top of a mountain and disappeared, never to be found and believed to be dead.

But Richard was actually carrying out a plan. Using the money his father had given him, he makes his way back to New York, builds a fancy car and special weapons and hires his own mob. He also designs a nifty green costume with a high yellow collar and makes a mask that, when worn, makes him look like a scowling middle-aged man who has a white streak in his hair and who sweats a lot. He calls himself the Schemer and, in revenge for his heartbreak, sets out to get back at his dad.

The gang war between the Schemer and the Kingpin draws Spider-Man into the action. Eventually, however, it comes down to father and son, face to face. When the Schemer removes his mask to reveal himself, the Kingpin is so shocked by the realization that his son hates him that he falls into a catatonic state. As soon as this happens, Richard realizes that he never really meant to hurt his father.

”And Behind the Hoards of Hydra…”

He atones for the harm he has caused by joining the terrorist organization called Hydra where he rises to the rank of Supreme Hydra. Once in charge, he uses Hydra's great resources to cure his father. Unbeknownst to the rest of Hydra, the Kingpin assumes control. But unbeknownst to the Kingpin, the Red Skull is really the one in charge. In order to fight the Skull's attempt to resurrect Nazism, the Kingpin and Richard aid Captain America and the Falcon. When the smoke of the battle clears, Richard lies near death. (Captain America #147 &#148)


The Kingpin keeps his son in suspended animation until he can steal the life force from Spider-Man to resuscitate him. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #164)

Sometime thereafter, Richard Fisk becomes the crime-boss known as The Rose, and later dons a third identity as the Blood Rose. Check The Rose's profile to know the circunstances of Richard's death.

Image Gallery


Cover Date Appearance Information
Apr 1970 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #83
May 1970 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #84
Jun 1970 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #85
  Identity revealed.

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.

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2002
 Staff: Al Sjoerdsma (E-Mail)