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Marvel Universe 

Damage Control

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

Location
Flatiron Building, in Manhattan (Intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway), and a warehouse/workshop in New Jersey

Owner
Anne Marie Hoag (Director of Operations)

Points of Interest
Combination warehouse and workshop the size of an athletic stadium in New Jersey

Features
Damage control uses engineering techniques that are much more advanced than the competition which enables them to perform their job in remarkably short periods of time

First Appearance
Marvel Comics Presents #19 (1989)

When the superhuman community throws down in a neighborhood, the damages can be astronomical. However, the Manhattan based engineering and construction company, Damage Control, are here to clean up the mess and rebuild the property to the way it was. Considering the amount of superhuman battles there are, and with virtually no competition, Damage Control is a definite money maker.

The company head is Anne Marie Hoag, and all other executives, account executives and nearly three hundred employees hang on her every word. Even though Damage Control is a huge company, they still subcontract work out to other construction and engineering companies. Damage Control has also worked with the Avengers when converting their old Avenger’s Mansion into a park after it was all but demolished by an attack from the Masters of Evil. Damage Control even worked with the Fantastic Four and S.H.I.E.L.D. engineers in rebuilding the destroyed Baxter Building into Four Freedoms Plaza. It was built to Reed Richards specifications, of course, and Damage Control even rebuilt the surrounding neighborhood. Not only do they work for the superhuman community, but Damage Control also works with government, private companies such as Stark Enterprises, and they will even work with individuals on a case by case basis. One of their smaller clients is that of Josie’s Bar, which has had it share of superhuman bar fights thanks to Daredevil, in particular.

Other members of the Damage Control team include Henry Ackerdson who is Vice President in charge of Marketing, Robin Chapel who is the Traffic Officer, Albert Cleary, Comptroller, and Eugene Strausser who is the Head of Research and Development. One of the account executives who deal with cases whether they are by an individual or a company is John Porter. Other company personnel include the Head Foreman Lenny Ballinger. There is also a receptionist named Anne, intern John "Bart" Rozum, and security guard, Jay.

Damage control uses state of the art technology, so that they can finish repairs and reconstructions in record time. In order to pay for their services, individuals and private companies go through their “super hero insurance” or Extraordinary Activity Assurance. However, if one isn’t covered, they can always apply for funds from the Federal Disaster Area Stipend from New York City to pay for Damage Control's assistance.

Unfortunately for Damage Control, the recession was not good to the company, and it had to be taken public to raise capital. The controlling share of the stock was bought by a man named Walter Declun and his investors which enabled Declun to force his way onto the Board of Directors and then into the Chief Executive Officer spot. After the tragedy in Stamford, Connecticut, the mutant known as Wolverine hunted down the villain responsible, but what he learned was more horrifying than he could have imagined. It appeared that Nitro, the man behind the blast in Stamford, was only able to cause the massive explosion because of a drug called MGH or Mutant Growth Hormone which can temporarily give you powers if you’re human or boost your powers if you already have some. This drug was given to him by Walter Declun.

After further investigation into the company’s activities, Wolverine, with the help of Forge, discovered in Damage Control’s records that they have been trying to increase the number of superhuman battles so that they can capitalize on the repair contracts. Wolverine decided he would cripple the company and began attacking some key locations like the warehouses where their construction equipment was stored, a bank in the Cayman Islands where Damage Control keeps their money and even by muscling major stock holders into selling their stock. Declun decided he would set a trap for Wolverine, but the scrappy mutant gladly accepted the challenge. Wolverine was ambushed by a group of men who wore armored suits that resembled Mandroid armor, S.H.I.E.L.D. weaponry, and technology of Tony Stark. That’s when it came to Wolverine that Damage Control was not only cleaning the battle sites of debris, but was salvaging whatever it could for its own purposes.

Still, despite the scandal, Damage Control was able to successfully negotiate the contract to rebuild New York after the event known as World War Hulk.

Damage Control’s toll free number is: 1-800-555-Mend.

Contributors: Mimicx35 and Acotilletta2