Tombstone (Character)

Created by:  Gerry Conway and Alex Saviuk

1st appearance: Web of Spiderman #36, 1988

Real Name: Lonnie Thompson Lincoln

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Sinister Twelve, Untouchables, Bengal, Big Ben and The Hand

Legal Status: U.S.A citizen with criminal record

Height: 6’7″              Weight: 460 lbs

Eyes: Pink           Hair: White

Known Relatives: None

Skills and abilities: Skilled street fighter, adept with conventional firearms, specializes in strangulation.

Powers: Tombstone has superhuman strength, able to lift about ten tons. He also has superhuman reflexes, skin toughness, making him bulletproof and highly resistant to temperature extremes (-80 F to 1200 F) and somewhat insulated from electricity. His teeth are flied to sharp point.



Lonnie Thompson Lincoln is a tall Albino African American with a disfigured nose, filled pointed teeth and damaged vocal cords limiting o speak in whispers, nicknamed Tombstone as a play on his middle name and deathly pallor. Senior year in Harlem High School Lonnie was a bully and extortionist. When Robertson was editor of the school paper Lonnie ‘convinced” him to kill an article which would have exposed his criminal activity to the school. Years later when Robertson was working at the Philadelphia inquirer he witnessed his informant killed by Lonnie. Terrified he remained silent for years eventually becoming editor-in-Chief at the daily Bugle. Over the next twenty years Lonnie became the infamous Mob enforcer Tombstone, arrested dozens of times but never convicted. When he set his sights on New York Robertson confronted him and was almost killed. Punisher and Spiderman then went after him fro his criminal activities. He ended up in prison where he captured Spiderman and escaped. He then became the right hand man of Hammerhead. It was here that he was exposed to a chemical in Osborn Corp and mutated into a heavier, stronger, and faster with petrified skin described as “cold as ice, hard as marble”. He then did battle with Hammerhead over leadership of his Mob.

He next became an assassin for hire clashing with Daredevil, Darkhawk, Spiderman Luke Cage and the Punisher.  When Kingpin was taken down, he represented the maggia as he met with other crime leaders who planned to divide up kingpin’s empire. Infighting broke out and none became the new leader.  He then clashed with Hammerhead once more and tried to become the head of a crime branch but his temper and aggression made him an unsuitable candidate. Later skirmishes with Gambit, Daredevil and the marvel knights lead to his imprisonment in the slab; the superhuman prison. There his powers were negated and he mad a gang comprised of himself Rocket Racer, Hypno Hustler and big Ben Donavan.


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4 thoughts on “Tombstone (Character)

  • October 17, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Ironic isn’t it-Tombstone is literally a”black man trapped in a white body” and is also a paradigm of the “bad albino” trope(why is it that when an albino of either sex or any ethnic group appears in comics or popular culture-pace the “Da Vinci Code”, as they are de facto bad- isn’t this a form of skin colour prejudice as bad as classic racism? In order to redress this bias I am writing a novel featuring a “good albino”

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  • January 8, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Tombstone’s daughter Janice appeared in the hilarious series Superior Foes of Spider-Man as the new villainous Beetle. Surely she deserves a spotlight as well

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