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Ringer was a minor criminal who tinkered with a suit with ring-shaped weapons. He was easily stopped by Nighthawk after breaking into a safe. During the fight, Nighthawk damaged Davis' teeth, and it took extensive dental work to repair his mouth while he served time.
Disillusioned and wary of superheroes, he asked the Tinkerer to upgrade the armor design. Ringer intended to sell the new armor rather than continue committing crimes. While the Tinkerer was working on it, the NYPD surrounded the workshop. Ringer managed to sneak in and put his armor on, but was surprised by the Beetle, who had also come to get armor upgrades.
Beetle forced him to battle Spider-Man. A modified version of Ringer's own explosive ring was wrapped around his torso to make him comply. Ringer was easily beaten and the device triggered. However, it did no damage. Beetle had simply used Ringer to gain data on Spider-Man for use in his own suit.
Vowing to get away from superheroes, Ringer moved to the Midwest. Ringer was one of many criminals called to a unnamed bar in Ohio by Firebrand to meet about the threat of Scourge. However, Scourge was secretly the bartender. All who showed up were killed. His wife Leila blamed both Spider-Man and Beetle for his death.
He was later resurrected as a cyborg but his body could not handle the conversion, and he soon died.
Powers and Abilities
Ringer used an armored suit with various ring-based weapons.
- Exploding rings
- Freezing rings
- Constrictor rings that could crush a victim
- A series of interlocking rings that could be used as a whip, lasso or for climbing
- Tinkerer added a 'matter condenser' that could form solid ring weapons from material such as soot and smog.