In: Characters
 Posted: 1995
 Staff: The Editor (E-Mail)
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Charming smile




6' 0"


185 lbs


Teleport ability, Weapons Skills, Unarmed Combat, etc.


Various military equipment as needed


Overly single-minded


No innate super-powers

Strength Level:

Superior Human


Swords, guns, grenades - anything and everything


U.S. Citizen

Created By:

David Michelinie, Marc Silvestri, Bob McLeod

Current Occupation:

In Prison

Dual Identity:

Public following his arrest


College and NATO Special Forces

Former Bases:


Former Groups:

Omega Strike

Former Occupation:


Legal Status:

Criminal Record

Major Enemies:


Marital Status:


Place of Birth:


Real Name:

James Bourne


"Where I Live, Terror Dies" - or so says Solo in his campaign against terrorism throughout the world. James Bourne is a one-man army in his endless vigil against Terror in all it's guises. Solo has had a number of cameos in Spider-Man books, as a gun-toting teleporting, sharp-shooting vigilante. Strangely, he never seemed to get top billing along with Spidey, but always ended up with bit parts.


Solo first appeared in Web of Spider-Man #19, in a brief appearance in a story which featured "Humbug". Playing second fiddle to a man who's primary weapon is the recorded sound of the South American Sun-Rasping Beetle is an ignominious start indeed. This blow to the ego was obviously enough to cause him to swap his purple costume for a green one in later appearances. (Web of Spider-Man #19)

Solo received his training in the "Omega Strike" anti-terrorist detachment of the NATO alliance forces. He also received the implanted chip which gives him the ability to teleport. He typically carries a selection of handguns, an assault rifle, lots of grenades, and a sword and a few knives for emergencies. He wears a partial mask, and dresses in a military green with lots of pockets.

”Revenge of the Sinister Six”

He has taken on such Spider-Man villains as the Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Electro, Vulture, Sandman, Mysterio, Gog and Hobgoblin IV.) Gog had defeated Ghost Rider and Hulk with one hand but Solo shrank him to a manageable size. The creature was then teleported home by Reed Richards. (Spider-Man (vol. 1) #23)

”Assassin Nation”

He teamed with Spidey against the terrorist group Ultimatum. During the Ultimatum incident, he worked with Silver Sable, Paladin and Captain America, who particularly didn't care for the mercenary. Cap didn’t like his methods and eagerness to kill terrorists before interrogation. (Amazing Spider-Man #323)


Spidey and Solo crossed paths again some time later, when Peter was looking into the Red Skull's involvement in his parent's disappearance years before. (This was during the "fake parent" plan of Harry Osborn.) Tracking Skull to the Rocky Mountains, he broke into Skull's hideout and found that the information files he was looking for had been taken by Solo. (Amazing Spider-Man #366)


They met later in Alexandria, Virginia, neither really trusting the other but willing to work together. It was quickly obliviously that the information they had gotten in the West was bait for a trap, as they faced Taskmaster and his new students (Death Shield, The Jagged Bow and the Blood Spider). The evil versions of the Avengers were captured and Taskmaster escaped and Solo told Spider-Man that all he learned was that the Red Skull was planning to attack a parade in New York the next day.

They met in Battery Park, with Spider-Man planning to turn Solo over to the police after all was said and done. Peter had learned from Joy Mercado at the Bugle that a Japanese official named Kuroto would be giving a surprise speech at the parade. This was at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Japan, and his death on American soil would make relations worse, possibly bringing terrorist attacks. As soon as Kuroto arrived in New York, Ultimatum terrorists attacked but the heroes stopped them. Solo teleported away before Spider-Man could apprehend him, but before the mercenary could kill a group of disarmed terrorists. (Amazing Spider-Man #367)

Solo has recently turned up again working with GW Bridge in the new "six pack" team (Anaconda, Domino, Hammer and Constrictor) that was organized in an attempt to stop Cable from becoming too powerful.

”The Great Escape”

Solo, Black Cat, Human Torch, Cardiac and others also took on a rampaging Wolverine, who was under mind control of an alien. Solo was quickly defeated by Logan. (Wolverine (vol. 2) #134)

During the Civil War, Solo was part of the Anti-Registration forces but were quickly rounded up by Iron Man and his Pro-Registration team. Solo was hired by Bullseye's father to track down his son, but he was blinded when Bullseye threw a shard of glass into his eye. Bourne manages to defeat his adversary anyway by tasering him. (Dark Reign: Hawkeye #4)

”Mercs for Money”

Solo impersonated Deadpool to take his jobs and pay rate. The impersonation raised Deadpool’s publicity and benefited both men. Deadpool was being sued by Luke Cage and Matt Murdock but Solo gave him the idea of branding himself as a franchise. He changed his team’s name from Heroes for Hire, to Mercenaries for Money. (Deadpool (vol. 4) #3)

Quiz: Quick Quiz on Solo.


Cover Date Appearance Information
Oct 1986 App: Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #19
Nov 1989 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #323
Nov 1989 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #324
Year 1990 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) Annual #24 (Story 1)
Mar 1992 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #20 (Story 1)
Apr 1992 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #21
May 1992 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #22
Jun 1992 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #23
Year 1992 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) Annual #26 (Story 1)
Sep 1992 FB: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #366
Oct 1992 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #367
Date TBD App: Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD (Vol. 2) #45
Year 1993 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) Annual #27 (Story 1)
Sep 1994 App: Solo #1
  Origins revealed.
Oct 1994 App: Solo #2
Nov 1994 App: Solo #3
Dec 1994 App: Solo #4
Date TBD App: Wolverine (Vol. 2) #134
Date TBD App: Wolverine (Vol. 2) #140
Nov 2004 App: Cable & Deadpool #7
Dec 2004 App: Cable & Deadpool #8
Jan 2005 App: Cable & Deadpool #9
Feb 2005 App: Cable & Deadpool #10

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: 1995
 Staff: The Editor (E-Mail)