NAME: Emil Blonsky
KNOWN ALIASES: Agent R-7, the Ravager of
IDENTITY: Secret, known to various governments
OCCUPATION: Fugitive; former secret agent,
former first mate on the starship Andromeda, agent of the
Galaxy Master, and university professor
PLACE OF BIRTH: Zagreb, Yugoslavia
MARITAL STATUS: Seperated
KNOWN RELATIVES: Nadia Dornova Blonsky (wife,
GROUP AFFILIATION: Former partner of the
Rhino, former member of the crew of the starship Andromeda,
former agent of the Galaxy Master, former agent of Modok
BASE OF OPERATION: Mobile
FIRST APPEARANCE: Tales to Astonish #90 (1967)
PORTRAYED BY: Tim Roth, The Incredible Hulk (2008)
HISTORY: Almost nothing is known about the
life of Emil Blonsky before he infiltrated the U.S. Air Force
base in New Mexico that was commanded by General T.E. "Thunderbolt"
Ross and where Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, the nuclear physicist
who became the Hulk, conducted
many of his experiments with gamma radiation. Blonsky made
various attempts to sabotage missiles at the base that were
vital to United States defense. Although each attempt was
narrowly thwarted, the Air Force still did not know who the
At this time the enigmatic alien being known as the Stranger
had decided that the people of Earth were not responsible
enough to use their nuclear weaponry wisely and therefore
presented a threat of the other civilizations of the universe.
The Stranger put the Hulk under his control and intended to
use him to destroy humanity. However, the Stranger's control
did not extend to Bruce Banner's persona. When the Hulk next
changed back into Banner, the scientist decided to commit
suicide in order to save the world from a Stranger-controlled
Hulk. Banner made his way into his laboratory on the Air Force
base and prepared to activate a machine that would bombard
him with enough gamma radiation to kill him.
Unknown to Banner, Blonsky was hiding in the laboratory,
where he had been photographing Banner's gamma radiation equipment.
Security officers burst in and carried Banner off. Unaware
of the nature of the machine that Banner was about to use
on himself, Blonsky stood in front of the machine and activated
it. It bombarded him with a more concentrated and intense
dosage of gamma radiation that Banner himself had received
from the nuclear explosion that had first turned him into
the Hulk. Like Banner, Blonsky had some unknown genetic factor
in his body that saved him from being killed by a great dose
of gamma radiation. Instead, the radiation had an immediate
mutagenic effect upon Blonsky, transforming him into the monster
whom General Ross's daughter dubbed the Abomination.
The Abomination gained greater strength than the Hulk at
the latter's "normal" level of strength, and, unlike
the Hulk, Abomination retained his full human intelligence.
However, Abomination could not transform back into a normal
human form. Infatuated with his newfound power, the Abomination
beat the Hulk nearly to death and kidnapped Betty Ross. General
Ross was so fearful for his daughter's safety that he ordered
that the Hulk be revived in order to pursue the Abomination.
When Banner's confidant Rick
Jones pleaded with the Hulk for help, the Hulk broke free
from the Stranger's mental control and reverted once more
to Banner. Acting with General Ross's cooperation, Banner
activated a powerful gamma radiation generating device he
had invented directly upon the Abomination, thereby causing
the Abomination’s strength to diminish rapidly.
However, Banner grew so excited that he became the Hulk and
smashed the weapon's controls, causing it to shut down before
the Abomination's strength had been reduced below superhuman
levels. The Abomination's strength was left at the level he
has possessed since, which is greater than that normally possessed
by the Hulk, but which the Hulk can exceed upon becoming sufficiently
enraged. The angry Hulk attacked and defeated the Abomination.
The Stranger, watching from afar, was so impressed by the
heroism of Banner/Hulk that he decided that there might indeed
be hope for humanity. The Stranger transported the Abomination
to his base on another planet, intending to use him as an
agent in future endeavors.
However, the Stranger had few missions for the Abomination.
Eventually, the Abomination was rescued from the Stranger's
world and taken aboard an alien starship, Andromeda, where
he became first mate. After many months, he was returned to
Earth. He battled the Hulk several more times but was beaten
soundly each time.
After one of these battles, the Abomination was saved from
death by the Galaxy Master, a powerful non-humanoid being
which enslaved civilizations and forced them to produce the
energy it required to exist. The Galaxy Master employed the
Abomination to precede it in attacking civilizations that
might offer particular resistance to conquest. Empress Daydra
of the Sagittarian race recruited the Hulk to defeat the Abomination,
who had become known as the "Ravager of Worlds."
The Hulk succeeded in defeating both the Galaxy Master and
Somehow, the Abomination made his way back to normal space
in Earth's vicinity. A U.S. space shuttle found the Abomination
frozen in ice, once again in suspended animation, in orbit
around Earth. He was brought to the attention of General Ross,
and revived by former A.I.M. leader Modok, with whom Ross
had formed a treasonous alliance. The Hulk, temporarily possessing
Banner's intelligence, had been granted a presidential pardon.
Ross made a deal with Modok that the latter would revive the
Abomination and take him as a servant in exchange for having
the Abomination kill the Hulk. However the revived Abomination,
as a result of having been defeated by the Hulk so many times,
had a pathological fear of facing the Hulk. Modok subjected
the Abomination to painful psychological conditioning to make
him more afraid of Modok than the Hulk, and sent him against
the Hulk. The Abomination failed to defeat the Hulk, however,
and so Modok used his mental power to disintegrate the Abomination.
Despite his seeming destruction, the ethereal being known
as Tyrannus reconstructed the Abomination, and Blonsky's conscience
was transferred to a human body. The former spy finally found
himself able to lead a normal life, albeit briefly. Trapped
in the Abomination's form, Tyrannus attempted to switch bodies
with Blonsky. The process failed; the Abomination became a
mindless, rampaging beast.
Eventually the creature regained Blonsky's faculties and
again clashed with the Hulk, this time as a pawn of the gamma-spawned
super-genius called the Leader. The Hulk doused the Abomination
in toxic waste, melting the Abomination's epidermis into mush.
When next he surfaced, Blonsky had begun stalking his wife,
Nadia, who believed he had died. A miniaturized Hulk, now
possessing Banner's intelligence, convinced him to move on.
Seeking revenge for the loss of his wife, the Abomination
fatally poisoned Betty Ross, who had married Banner. The Hulk
walked away from a confrontation with Blonsky, knowing his
forgiveness would be the one form of retaliation his enemy
could not endure. After revealing to Banner his late wife's
cryogenically preserved corpse, Thunderbolt Ross convinced
his son-in-law it was time to bring Blonsky to justice. The
no-holds-barred battle destroyed a town and ravaged the surrounding
landscape, resulting in the Abomination's incarceration by
HEIGHT: 6 ft. 8 in.
WEIGHT: 980 lbs.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: The Abomination
has two toes on each foot, webbed ears, and a ridged brow.
STRENGTH LEVEL: The Abomination possesses
vast superhuman strength, enabling him to lift (press) approximately
SUPERHUMAN POWERS: The Abomination possesses
superhuman strength that surpasses that of the Hulk at the
Hulk's normal "calm" functional level. But whereas
the Hulk has a specially adapted adrenal gland whose secretions
trigger the release of far greater amounts of physical strength
than that of the Hulk's normal level to correspond to his
heightened emotional states, the Abomination does not. Hence,
the Abomination's strength does not fluctuate like the Hulk's.
The gamma radiation that mutated the Abomination's body fortified
his cellular structure and added, from some as yet unknown
source, over 800 pounds of bone marrow and tissue to his body.
Unlike the Hulk's, the Abomination's transformation has proved
stable; he cannot change back and forth between his human
state and his superhuman state.
In addition to great strength, the Abomination's body possesses
a high degree of resistance to injury, pain, and disease.
The Abomination's skin is capable of withstanding great heat
without blistering (up to 3,500 Fahrenheit), great cold without
freezing (down to -175 Fahrenheit), and great impacts without
injury (he can survive direct hits by field artillery cannon
shells). It is possible to injure him, however: for example,
the Abomination could not survive the detonation of a nuclear
warhead from ten feet away. The Abomination's highly efficient
physiology renders him immune to all terrestrial disease.
The Abomination can hold his breath for long periods, the
limits of which have yet to be defined. Extreme pain or cold
(beneath the limit mentioned above) or extended lack of oxygen
can cause him to enter a coma-like state of suspended animation,
in which he can survive, perhaps indefinitely.
Like the Hulk, the Abomination can use his superhumanly strong
leg muscles to leap great distances. The Abomination has been
observed to cover 2 miles in a single bound.
Transformed into the Abomination, fought the Hulk, taken captive
by the Stranger (Tales to Astonish Vol. 1 #90-91, 1967)
Joined the crew of the Andromeda, cast into space (Incredible
Hulk Vol. 2 #136-137, 1971)
Became the Galaxy Master’s Ravager of Worlds, defeated
by Hulk (Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #270, 1982)
Fought Hulk on behalf of MODOK, defeated, atomized by MODOK
(Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #287-290, 1983)
Body remade by Tyrannus (Incredible Hulk Annual #15, 1986)
Tyrannus’ body restored, sent against She-Hulk by Ghaur
(Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23, 1989)
Sent by the Leader to fight Hulk, melted by toxic waste (Incredible
Hulk Vol. 2 #364, 1989)
Attempted to regain Nadia’s Love, talked out of it by
the Hulk (Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #382-384, 1991)
Fatally poisoned Betty Banner (Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #466,
Fought Hulk on behalf of Home Base (Incredible Hulk Vol. 3
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