Abner Ronald "Abe" Jenkins
Beetle, MACH-I, MACH-II, Matthew "Matt" Davis, MACH-III, Aaron Jeffries, Mach-IV
U.S.A. with a criminal record, pardoned
Place of Birth
(Beetle) Strange Tales #123 (1964); (MACH-I) Incredible Hulk #449 (1997); (MACH-II) Thunderbolts #37 (2000); (MACH-III) Thunderbolts #57 (2001); (MACH-IV) New Thunderbolts #1 (2005)
Thunderbolts: Distant Rumblings #-1 (1997), Strange Tales #123 (1964), Daredevil #34 (1967)
As the Beetle, Jenkins wore body armor that enhanced his strength and durability. The armor's gloves had suction-grip fingers and could release electro-static energy discharges. The armor's rear-mounted shell housed extendable ultra-tough Mylar wings which allowed the wearer to fly by mimicking the motions of an actual beetle's wings (originally, the Beetle armor employed huge, bulky metallic wings that could only be operated through use of the wearer's superhuman strength; these wings could also be used as shields, battering weapons and digging devices). The Beetle armor had a constantly replenishing power supply that utilized microwaves at many prevalent frequencies, and an internal mini-computer that fed tactical data to the heads-up displays (HUD) in the armor's helmet.
When Baron Zemo formed the Thunderbolts, Jenkins made a new armor, the Mobile Armored Cyber-Harness, and took on the name of MACH-I. Zemo's plan was to gain the favor of the citizens of New York, which was in need of heroes after the disappearance of the Avengers and Fantastic Four after Onslaught's attack, only to gain access to classified S.H.I.E.L.D. files and eventually control the world. Jenkins and several of his teammates began to like the hero life, and decided to leave their villainous pasts behind. Zemo instead revealed that the Thunderbolts were actually ex-Masters of Evil members to the public, leaving the new heroes with a public unwilling to trust them.
The murder he committed eventually came back to haunt Abe. When Hawkeye took over leadership of the team, he convinced Jenkins to serve out his prison sentence as a gesture of good will to the public. While in prison, someone used the Beetle armor to frame Jenkins, so he broke out. Abe was given a new face and appearance by Fixer along with the alias of Matthew Davis.
Eventually Jenkins returned his features to normal and returned to prison to finish his sentence. Spending time as a hero seemed to change his outlook on life. After being released from prison, Jenkins reformed the Thunderbolts with the funding of Baron Strucker. With Songbird now in charge of the team, Abe is working with Fixer once again.