Mark Hazzard is a former West Point student and ground-pounder in several Vietnam tours. He's a master tactician and combatant, knowing the theory behind modern combat as well as wielding the practical experience to put it to use. He uses his skills as a mercenary, a gun for hire, but has something of a conscience and does not work for just any client - though sometimes his allies force the issue.

This has led to him having a falling out with some of his closest friends, though it has also cemented his reputation as a man of honor in the mercenary world, a trait that has gotten him a lot of curious work despite having been branded a contract breaker. Nonetheless, Mark and his allies continue to fight the good fight, doing so for fun and profit. They are the following men and women of action:

Mark Hazzard: a freelance mercenary, Mark Hazzard is a West Point graduate with years of combat experience, ranging from his time in Vietnam to his stint as the leader of a hard core mercenary shop. A principled fellow, he's made many enemies in his field over the years...! Availability:

Mark Hazzard (MSH Classic)

Mark Hazzard (Marvel Saga)

Mark's Shop:

Louis 'Treetop' Barrington: this somewhat unscrupulous fellow started out as a Huey pilot doing covert op troop insertions / extractions in Vietnam, though he resorted to taking any job for the highest bidder afterwards - until inspired to do more ethical work by his pal Mark. Availability:

Treetop (MSH Classic)

Treetop (Marvel Saga)

the Doc: a South Vietnamese army field medic, the Doc also doubled as gun-toting infantry woman, as she would fight tooth and nail to save her patients. After her nation was defeated, she moved to America, and took up merc work in order to protect others from her country's fate. Availability:

the Doc (MSH Classic)

the Doc (Marvel Saga)

Lincoln 'Stryker' Griffin: a former Navy S.E.A.L., Lincoln performed all manner of dirty tricks and shadow ops for the 'puzzle palace' during the Vietnam War, and used his skills as a professional mercenary afterwards, fighting wars world-wide for the highest bidder. Availability:

Stryker (MSH Classic)

Stryker (Marvel Saga)

Sgt. Major Peel: a military man who found himself in mercenary work after the Vietnam War, the Sergeant Major was approached by Mark Hazzard, who hired him to help teach local insurgents to fight against the evil regimes that they lived under. Availability:

Sgt. Major Peel (MSH Classic)

Sgt. Major Peel (Marvel Saga)

The Priestess: a runaway saved from a life of debauchery by Mark Hazzard when she was but fourteen years old, the girl that would become the Priestess eventually became a martial artist - and later a martial arts instructor - that often helped her savior out. Availability:

Priestess (MSH Classic)

Priestess (Marvel Saga)

Ritter: weaned in the ways of combat while in the Air Force, Ritter has used his skills time and again in service of his country. After he left the military, however, he decied to use them for personal profit, occasionally offering Mark's shop air support on jobs. Availability:

Ritter (MSH Classic)

Ritter (Marvel Saga)

Rossi, Mal: one of Mark Hazzard's oldest and bestest pals, Mal Rossi is a New Zealander who, after leaving his nation's army, couldn't deal with 'regular' life. He descended into alcoholism and lecherism, but was saved by Mark - who gave him a regular paying job! Availability:

Mal (MSH Classic)

Mal (Marvel Saga)

A Villain Or Two:

Henry 'Frenchie' Graymalkin: this Frenchman built an impressive international crime syndicate, which he could manage much more effectively in the States. Involved in all kinds of shady deeds, his work has been interrupted by Mark Hazzard many times over the years. Availability:

Frenchie (MSH Classic)

Frenchie (Marvel Saga)

Father Kevin Eugene Johnson: having grown up in war-torn Ireland to become a Catholic priest, Kevin has seen his fair share of conflict in his short life. Of course, his membership in the Cestus Dei, a rogue order of Vatican priests, causes him to see plenty more...! Availability:

Father Kevin Eugene Johnson (MSH Classic)

Father Kevin Eugene Johnson (Marvel Saga)

Mark Hazzard: Merc Text File Archive:

In the event that you should want to utilize any or all of the characters from the short-lived series starring Mark Hazzard and his heavily armed cronies, I have made available a text file archive of all the materials in this section. From character descriptions to issue guides, either Classic or Saga in flavor, all you need to play in Mark's little world is now available in one convenient download.

Mark Hazzard: Merc Issue Guides:

01 02 03 04 05 UT 06 07 08 09
10 11 A1 12 PS

Extra Goodies:

Mark Hazzard: Merc Text File Archive

Mark Hazzard: Merc Cover Imagery

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