Harlem Hammer
Biographical Information
Real NameMordecai Albert Jones
AliasesHarlem Hammer
Wild Card TraitsSuperhuman strength, increased density, increased durability, disease immunity, regeneration
Social Information
Place of BirthNew York, USA
CitizenshipCitizen of the United States
Event Participant1987 WHO Tour, American Hero
Base of OperationsNew York City
RelativesUnnamed daughter
First AppearanceJokers Wild
CreatorVictor Milán

The Harlem Hammer (Mordecai Albert Jones) is a fictional character from the Wild Cards anthology series. He was created by Victor Milán and appeared in the fourth book in the series, Aces Abroad.


Mordecai Jones was driving a bulldozer at a construction site when he accidentally ruptured a container of illegally buried nuclear waste. The exposure would have killed him, were it not for the fact that his dormant wild card virus activated under the stress of the moment, turning him into an ace. His body integrated the toxic radioactive isotopes, increasing his mass and density, and replacing most of the calcium in his bones with heavy metals and bone-seekers such as strontium.

Jones was hospitalized and studied, kept a prisoner by overzealous health officials until he simply broke down a wall and walked out. He had to remain in hiding until the ACLU, Dr. Tachyon and SCARE (the Senate Committee on Ace Resources and Endeavors) declared him legally free. The press nicknamed him the Harlem Hammer, but he is a reluctant hero at best. After accidentally dislocating his daughter's shoulder with his superhuman strength, he realized that he could no longer stay with his family and moved to New York to become an auto mechanic.

Harlem Hammer was one of the prominent public Aces chosen by the World Health Organization to join their world inspection tour of wild card conditions around the world.

Wild Card TraitsEdit

Mordecai Jones is the second strongest ace in the Wild Cards universe, just below Golden Boy. He has a metabolism that is now dependent on radioactive isotopes and heavy metal salts, which he must obtain illegally. His normal body temperature is 106 degrees Fahrenheit, he needs little sleep, he must eat far more than normal, and his weight is four times that of a normal man his size. His increased mass and density give him superhuman strength and durability. He is immune to disease and heals far faster than normal.


Tall and heavily built, the Harlem Hammer has brown skin, brown eyes, and shaves his head bald. He would be intimidating were it not for his often cheerful demeanour.


The Harlem Hammer is usually quite a quiet and gentle man. His modesty keeps him well clear of ace heroics, although he has indulged in courageous actions when the need arises. Due to experimentation that doctors have attempted on him he has developed a mild phobia of doctors, hospitals, and clinics, and has literally walked out through a hospital wall on at least two occasions.


  • The Harlem Hammer's strength is comparable to that of Golden Boy and the pair are often compared.

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