We talked about the Marvel Comics Damage Control series in a recent Tintin post. For years, comic book readers didn’t pay much attention to the fact that the epic fights between heroes and villains typically caused significant collateral damage. Eventually, it became clear that someone would have to clean the mess up and pay for it. Enter Damage Control, a for-profit construction firm created as a joint venture between Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Wilson Fisk (Kingpin). The clean-up projects are funded by individual or corporate insurance for calamities created by superperson activities. If no insurance is applicable, Damage Control can apply for funds from the Federal Disaster Area Stipend from New York City. There are competitors vying for the re-construction and cleanup projects, but Damage Control has superior capabilities and management (when the company isn’t embroiled in controversy).
First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents #19 (1989)
Created by: Dwayne McDuffie and Ernie Colón
Location of operations: Manhattan (with a warehouse in New Jersey)
Toll-free number: 1-800-555-Mend
Status: previously publicly traded company; currently privately owned by the original founder, Ann-Marie Hoag.
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