Occupation: Scientist, adventurer
Known to certain officials of the Soviet government
Legal Status: Citizen
of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics with no criminal record, still a minor
Aliases: Titanium Man II
Place of Birth: A hospital in a secret
location in the U.S.S.R.
Marital Status: Single
The Gargoyle I (father, deceased)
Base of Operations: A secret base
in Khystyro, U.S.S.R., formerly a secret Soviet base somewhere in the Arctic outside
the U.S.S.R., and the secret base bitterfrost in Siberia
The Soviet Super-Soldiers
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK #187, (as
Titanium Man) X-MEN VS. THE AVENGERS #1
History: The young genius known only as the Gremlin
is the son of the deceased Soviet scientist known as the
Gargoyle. Forced by the Soviet government to participate
in dangerous atomic tests, the man who became known as
the Gargoyle was involved in an accident that unleashed
radiation that horribly altered his face and body while
vastly increasing his intelligence. This man, now known
as the Gargoyle due to his grotesque appearance, became
one of the Soviet Union's greatest scientists as well
as a major figure in Soviet intelligence. One of the Gargoyle's
agents, Igor Starsky, was assigned to spy on Dr. Bruce
Banner's development of the gamma bomb. The explosion
of the gamma bomb transformed Banner into the monstrous
Hulk. Starsky notified the Gargoyle about the Hulk, and
the Gargoyle captured the Hulk and took him to the Soviet
Union, hoping to learn how to create an army of Hulks.
The Gargoyle learned that the Hulk was Banner when the
Hulk reverted to human form. The Gargoyle longed to be
a normal human again, and Banner succeeded in using radiation
to restore the Gargoyle to his original human form. The
former Gargoyle helped Banner escape back to America.
Then, seeking vengeance on his superiors who were responsible
for making him the Gargoyle, the former Gargoyle set off
an explosion in which he and many of his colleagues were
After his initial transformation, the Gargoyle fathered
a son. The radiation that had made him the Gargoyle had
also affected his genes, so his son, the Gremlin, inherited
the Gargoyle's grotesque appearance and genius-level intelligence.
Accounts vary as to the exact age of the Gremlin, but
it is known that he is not yet an adult. He was born in
a secret Soviet hospital, and Soviet scientists, realizing
he was a mutant, studied him for years. However, the Gremlin's
intelligence was so great, and he achieved emotional maturity
at such an extraordinarily young age, that the Gremlin
eventually achieved a position of great authority. Indeed,
the Soviet state feared the Gremlin's genius, allowing
him great freedom in choosing and operating his various
expensive scientific and intelligence projects, all of
which the Soviet government funded.
Among the Gremlin's many scientific achievements were
the design of the armor worn by the Soviet Super-Troopers,
which contains an exoskeleton magnifying its wearer's
strength twenty times, and which enables him to fly using
boot-jets and to fire energy blasts. The Gremlin also
designed the armor worn by the men called the Devastators,
which drew tremendous power from an orbiting satellite
which the Devastators could then fire at their targets.
The Gremlin had an enormous secret Soviet base built
beneath the surface in the Arctic, outside Soviet territory.
There he was testing the Soviet Super-Trooper armor when
the Hulk was pursued into the area by the United States
Air Force. The Soviet government had told the Gremlin
that the Hulk had killed his father, and hence the Gremlin
sought revenge on the Hulk. The Gremlin's men captured
the Hulk, who nonetheless escaped. They also captured
his pursuing nemesis, General T.E. "Thunderbolt"
Ross, who was later rescued by a party led by Ross's colleague,
Major Glenn Talbot. However, Talbot was himself captured.
The Gremlin used a machine he had created using his father's
ideas, the Psi-Clone, to brainwash Talbot, giving him
the identity of a loyal Russian.
Ross went on a mission to the Gremlin's secret Siberian
base, Bitterfrost, to rescue Talbot. Banner stowed away
on the mission and transformed into the Hulk, whom the
Gremlin again captured. Ross escaped with Talbot, who
eventually regained his true persona, and Bitterfrost
was blown up by the intelligence organization S.H.I.E.L.D. using
the satellite that empowered the Devastator. Both the
Hulk and the Gremlin survived the obliteration of Bitterfrost.
Spying on his superiors before he revealed he was still
alive, the Gremlin learned the truth about his father's
death. The Gremlin was outraged at having been deceived
and angrily confronted his superiors. Suspecting that
the Gremlin might now prove to be a danger to them, his
superiors set spies to watch him. Making his own investigations,
the Gremlin discovered that members of the Soviet government
were working against it, even eliminating some loyal Soviets
in the process. Fearing for his own life, the Gremlin
fled, and he was declared an enemy of the state and marked
The Gremlin took refuge in Khystym, the so-called "Dead
Zone" within the Soviet Union, which has been devastated
by a nuclear explosion. A Soviet government official sent
the Soviet Super-Soldiers, a team of superhuman adventurers,
to Khystym to destroy the Gremlin. In reality, this official
and the ones whom the Gremlin had discovered to be traitors
were all alien Dire Wraiths who had taken human form.
The Wraiths had also built a secret scientific base in
Khystym. Working together with the Wraiths' foes, the
spaceknights Rom and Starshine II, the Gremlin and the
Soviet Super-Soldiers defeated the Wraiths. The Soviet
Super-Soldiers, no longer wanting to work under direct
government control, invited the Gremlin to join their
team. He accepted, and the Soviet Super Soldiers have
taken over the Wraith base as their own.
The Gremlin designed an armored battlesuit similar to
that of the Titanium Man, which the Gremlin now wears
into combat as the second Titanium Man.
Months later, the Gremlin was attacked by the hero Iron
Man, who was attempting to destroy all technological traces
of his own battlesuit. As Titanium Man, the two fought
a pitched battle, but the Titanium Man's armor jets ignited
and exploded, killing him.
Height: 4 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 215 lbs.
Strength Level: The Gremlin possesses the normal
human strength of a boy of his age, height, and weight,
who is afflicted with dwarfism and engages in no regular
exercise. His Titanium Man armor enhances his strength
to superhuman levels, the limits of which are as yet unknown.
Known Superhuman Powers: The Gremlin is a mutant
who has inherited the genius level intelligence that his
father, the Gargoyle, gained when his brain was mutated
by radiation. It is unclear whether or not the Gremlin's
intelligence is of a superhuman level.
Abilities: The Gremlin is a master scientist,
especially skilled in the design of battle armor, strength-magnifying
exoskeletons, and computer technology.
Weapons: The Gremlin's principal weapon is his
battlesuit of titanium armor, which amplifies his strength
to superhuman levels, is highly resistant to damage, enables
him to fly, and from which he can project destructive
Paraphernalia: The Gremlin sometimes wears a harness
equipped with jets that enables him to fly.