|First appearance:||"Tiger's Blood Part 1"|
|Created by:|| Mike Bullock and|
Manuel Ortega is a former kick boxing champion who blames the Phantom for the death of his fiancé, Maria.
Fictional Character Biography
During a battle between the Phantom and terrorists in the Bangalla streets, Manuel and Maria were caught in the middle. When a suicide bomber detonated his explosives, Maria was struck down by the explosion which killed her instantly. Manuel, believing the Phantom to be a pawn of the Bangallan government he sees as corrupt, swore to avenge Maria's death.
Five years later, Manuel formulated a plan to lure the Phantom to him. Creating a new type of drug called Cupid from killed tigers, Manuel knew that the Phantom would investigate.Manuel was able to capture the Ghost Who Walks and bring him to his hidden drug factory in the jungle where he injected him with a powerful hallucinogen, Manic. Able to escape from his bonds the Phantom soon encountered Manuel. Still effected by the Manic drug the Phantom engaged Manuel in a fight. During the scuffle some of the chemicals in Manuel's workshop caught fire and exploded. The Phantom was able to get away from the explosion but Manuel took the brunt of it. After the fire had died down the Phantom was not able to find Manuel's body. Believing him to be dead the Phantom took Manuel's men to the police. However, Manuel had not perished in the explosion, but did suffer extreme burns and was badly deformed.
By the time he was approached by Temur Singh of the Singh Brotherhood, Manuel had begun to wear a skull-shaped mask. He became one of the key players in an attempted coup of Bangalla along with Singh, Ali Gutaale, The Sky Band, and Anna Bacia. With Anna Bacia he also began a relationship. Manuel was responsible for a faked assassination of Diana Palmer-Walker, which in fact was a kindapping, but again the Phantom defeated Ortega.
This list of appearances is considered to be complete, with reservations for the possibility of mistakes.
|"Tiger's Blood Part 1"||Bullock||Rearte|
|"Tiger's Blood Part 2"||Bullock||Magno|
|"Invisible Children Part 3"||Bullock||Szilagyi|
|"Checkmate Part 2"||Bullock||Szilagyi, Coggiola|
|"Checkmate Part 3"||Bullock||Szilagyi|
|"Checkmate Part 4"||Bullock||Szilagyi|
|"Checkmate Part 5"||Bullock||Szilagyi|