Abomination (comics)

Abomination (comics)
The Abomination
The Abomination (left) battles the Hulk on the cover of Hulk #159 (Jan. 1973).
Art by Herb Trimpe.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales to Astonish #90 (Apr. 1967)
Created by Stan Lee
Gil Kane
In-story information
Alter ego Emil Blonsky
Species Human Mutate
Team affiliations KGB
Legion Accursed
Partnerships The Leader
Notable aliases Agent R-7, The Ravager of Worlds
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, stamina and durability
Regenerative healing factor

The Abomination (Russian: Мерзость, M'erzost') (Emil Blonsky, Эмиль Блонски) is a fictional character, a supervillain that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appears in Tales to Astonish #90 (April 1967), and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Gil Kane.

Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character of the Abomination has featured in other Marvel-endorsed products such as arcade and video games, animated television series, merchandise such as action figures and trading cards, and the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk.

In 2009, the Abomination was ranked as IGN's 54th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[1]


Publication history


Stan Lee chose the name "the Abomination", which he realized belonged to no other character, before conceiving the character's background and appearance. Lee recalled that he simply told the artist Gil Kane to "make him bigger and stronger than the Hulk and we'll have a lot of fun with him."[2]

Emil Blonsky first appeared in the title Tales to Astonish, and is introduced as a KGB agent and spy[3] who became the Abomination after deliberately exposing himself to a greater quantity of the same gamma radiation that transformed Bruce Banner into his alter ego the Hulk, using a machine Banner was planning on using to commit suicide. In his first appearance, Blonsky became a large scaly humanoid with twice the strength of the Hulk. In accordance with Lee's wishes, the character defeated the Hulk in their first battle.[4]

The character has featured in a number of Marvel titles, gradually shifting from unthinking savage brute,[4] to master schemer,[5] to tortured soul,[6] and finally repentant villain and occasional defender of the weak[7] before being killed in battle.[8]

Fictional character biography

Although killed in a first battle with the Abomination, the Hulk is revived by General Thunderbolt Ross. The Hulk eventually reverts to Banner, who lures the Abomination into a trap and drains off the character's excess power, allowing the Hulk to defeat him. The entire encounter is observed by the cosmic entity the Stranger, who encountered the Hulk in the previous storyline and was dissuaded from destroying the Earth by Banner.[9] The Stranger decides that the Hulk's actions were valorous and takes the Abomination - judged to be evil - off world for further study.[4]

The Abomination reappears when summoned by a coven of witches to briefly battle the cosmic hero the Silver Surfer[10] and summons the Thunder God Thor (via an absent Stranger's technology) to aid him in escaping the Stranger's laboratory world. Thor frees the Abomination and the other captives, but, on discovering they are all evil, uses his mystic hammer Mjolnir to time travel several hours into the past, thereby undoing this. After defeating the Abomination and placing the character in prison, Thor departs.[5] When the Hulk is defeated by the alien Xeron the Star Slayer (who is in New York City hunting a giant creature called Klaatu) and brought aboard a space vessel, the Abomination is revealed to be first mate of the alien crew. When the captain of the vessel directs Xeron and the crew to battle Klaatu in space, the Hulk and the Abomination are thrown from the vessel and battle until the pair are drawn into Earth's orbit and separated.[11]

It is revealed in flashback that the Abomination entered into a coma on impacting with the Earth and is buried for two years. Revived by an off-course missile fired from Hulkbuster Base (under Ross' jurisdiction), the Abomination joins forces with General Ross to defeat the Hulk, but is battered into submission by an angered Hulk.[12] The character reappears with fellow Hulk foe the Rhino, and the pair activates a gamma bomb at the Hulkbuster base in an attempt to destroy the Hulk. The Hulk's companion of the time, Jim Wilson, deactivates the bomb and the Hulk tricks the villains during combat, forcing them to collide and knock each other unconscious.[13] A comatose Abomination is eventually found by soldiers at Ross' direction and has a miniature bomb implanted in his skull, being told to fight and defeat the Hulk or be killed. The Abomination tricks the Hulk into an alliance and betrays Ross by attempting to ransom the captured Kennedy Space Center. The plan fails when the Hulk turns on the Abomination and the pair fight, with the Abomination being caught on a rocket when it explodes.[14]

An illusion of the Abomination also appears with other Hulk foes when the Hulk (at the time possessing the intelligence of Banner) enters the brain of Colonel Glenn Talbot at microscopic size to excise a tumor.[15]

The Abomination eventually reappears as a servant of the entity the Galaxy Master, having been empowered with even greater strength. After another extended battle with the Hulk, the Hulk attacks and destroys the Galaxy Master, causing the villain to weaken and apparently become lost in space.[16] When Hulk foe MODOK invades the Hulkbuster base, he colludes with General Ross to revive the Abomination, who was found in a block of ice above Earth and kept in cryogenic storage for further study. MODOK intends to use the Abomination against his superiors at Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM), while Ross hopes the villain will destroy the Hulk. The Abomination, however, has become afraid of the Hulk and has to be mentally forced by MODOK to fight. MODOK, however, is ousted by AIM, and a hesitant Abomination is beaten by the Hulk when he intervenes to save Banner's laboratory assistant. The Abomination refuses to rejoin the fight, and is disintegrated by MODOK.[17]

The character is restored by the demonic entity Mephisto, who directs the Abomination and other villains against the cosmic entity the Beyonder.[18] The restoration is temporary as a still disembodied Abomination's particles mingle with the mind of the villain Tyrannus, who reintegrates the character under his control. Tyrannus as the Abomination then comes into conflict with the Gray Hulk, and quickly defeats the weaker version of the Hulk. When the Hulk reverts back to Banner, Tyrannus forces him to create a procedure that will separate Blonsky, who is mentally fighting Tyrannus for control of the Abomination. The process is successful and Blonksy is restored to a human form, free of Tyrannus, still occupying the form of the Abomination. An enraged Gray Hulk defeats Tyrannus, who is placed into custody by the organization S.H.I.E.L.D.[19]

After encounters against Avengers Wonder Man[20] and Hawkeye,[21] the Tyrannus-controlled Abomination reappears during the "Atlantis Attacks" storyline with Deviant Ghaur freeing Tyrannus from the body of the Abomination and placing Blonsky's mind within the creature once more. The process drives Blonksy insane, and he battles heroes Spider-Man and She-Hulk, managing to knock both unconscious. The Abomination is eventually driven off when placed on fire by She-Hulk.[22] The character's mental faculties eventually return and the Abomination reappears in the "Countdown" storyline as a pawn of another Hulk foe, the Leader. The Abomination is sent to a toxic waste site to collect samples, and encounters the gray version of the Hulk, who is outmatched and also weak due to being poisoned. The Hulk, however, throws the Abomination into toxic waste that partially dissolves the character.[23]

The Abomination temporarily teams with villains Titania and Gargantua[24] and finds and stalks his former wife, Nadia (a famous ballet dancer). The Abomination captures her and after taking her into the New York City sewers, reveals his true identity. After a brief skirmish, the Hulk persuades the Abomination to free his wife.[6] The character is also captured by the robot Sentinels but eventually freed by the mutant X-Men.[25]

After befriending a woman who finds her way into the sewers,[26] the Abomination battles Namor during an attempt to save his kidnapped former wife.[27] The Abomination retaliates against the NYPD when the police commissioner orders the sewers be cleared of all homeless. After killing several police officers, he is eventually driven away when confronted by the Hulk.[28] The Abomination battles the mutant Nate Grey (who is searching the sewers for a colleague), who uses his mental abilities to trick the Abomination in thinking that he defeated Grey.[29] He battles a delusional Hulk,[30] before encountering the Angel when the mutant visits the sewers in which he was once captured and maimed during the "Fall of the Mutants" storyline.[31]

When Betty Ross dies in the title Hulk, Banner mistakenly thinks her proximity to the Hulk has induced a fatal case of radiation poisoning.[32] Using a gamma device, a vindictive General Ross tracks what he believes to be the Hulk to a destroyed town, where the Abomination reveals he was the true culprit. Despite baiting a newly arrived Hulk, the character is unable to force the Hulk to fight and departs.[33]

The circumstances of Betty's death are eventually revealed: Blonksy's transformation into the Abomination apparently alienates his former wife Nadia, which drives him to hate Banner. Blonsky decides Banner should also lose his own wife, and secretly poisons Betty with his radioactive blood. After hearing the Abomination's admission, Banner eventually discovers the truth and the Hulk defeats the character in combat. Taken into custody by the military, Blonsky is forced to watch old home movies of him and his wife together (prior to his transformation) as punishment.[34] Operatives from a secret organization "Home Base" eventually release the Abomination to battle the Hulk, and although able to taunt the Hulk about Betty's murder, is defeated once again.[35] This encounter is revealed to be a dream generated by longtime Doctor Strange foe Nightmare in an effort to torture the Hulk.[36]

After a humorous encounter with the demigod Hercules, in which the Abomination is chosen as an adversary for the hero while he completes the modern version of the twelve Labours of Hercules;[37] the character is pardoned and employed by the U.S government as a hitman against hostile foreign powers.[38] The Abomination is also a conflicted opponent for the heroine She-Hulk (currently employed by spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D.).[39] The Abomination has a subtle but significant role in the World War Hulk storyline,[40] being the source of gamma-irradiated DNA that allows the creation of an anti-Hulk response team.[41][42]

The Abomination reappears after the events of World War Hulk, encountering a new foe called the Red Hulk. This new opponent savagely beats, shoots, and kills the Abomination.[43] The character reappears in the court of the death god Pluto, attacking the Olympian god when he loses power over the dead.[44]

Later on, it is revealed that the Abomination's killer, the Red Hulk, was actually General Ross's gamma-powered alter ego; he killed Blonsky as an act of revenge for his deliberate gamma poisoning (and later death) of Ross's daughter Betty.[45]

During the Dark Reign storyline, Abomination is among the dead characters present at Zeus' trial.[46]

During the Chaos War storyline, Abomination is among the dead characters in the Underworld that Pluto liberated in order to help defend the Underworld from Amatsu-Mikaboshi.[47] Because of what happened in the death realms, Abomination returns from the dead and fights the Hulk and his allies. He had been greatly empowered thanks to Amatsu-Mikaboshi to serve him, having been sent to capture Marlo Chandler and the portion of Death within her.[48] Abomination fights Hulk and his allies until he, with a Zom-possessed Doctor Strange, brings Brian Banner back from the dead.[49] During the fight, Abomination seizes Marlo, but she taps into the Death essence within her to destroy his undead body.[50]

Powers and abilities

The Abomination is similar to the Hulk in terms of strength, stamina, speed, durability, and ability to regenerate. In contrast with the Hulk, he retains his intellect after transforming, and cannot change back into human form. He also possesses gills, enabling underwater breathing; and, he can enter a state of suspended animation when bereft of oxygen for long periods. Originally, the Abomination was approximately twice as strong as the Hulk, but unlike the Hulk his strength does not increase/decrease in proportion to level of anger.

After being further empowered by Amatsu-Mikaboshi, the Abomination is considerably larger than before, can project hellfire and is strong enough to rip off the shell of his successor A-Bomb (something which the Red Hulk had previously been unable to do).[51]

Other versions

Ultimate Marvel

The Ultimate version of the Abomination appears in the Ultimate Marvel imprint title The Ultimates 2, as part of an international group called the Liberators. This version of the Abomination is a Chinese scientist named Chang Lam.[52] Dr. Lam was working to create a more efficient version of the Hulk. When he believed his research was complete, he used it on himself. When he transformed he retained control of his permanently enhanced form because of his lack of mental disorders. He was, at the time of its inception, serving with the Liberators. He was last seen in the Liberators' fight with the Ultimates, battling with Hulk. He believed that his intact intellect would allow him to easily beat the Hulk, but ended up being dismembered and decapitated in their duel.[52]


The character also stars in the limited series Abominations, which continues plot points from the Future Imperfect storyline.[53] A group of time travelling assassins from the time of the villain the Maestro - sent by an alternate version of the Abomination called "Emil" - arrive in the present, intent on killing Betty-6, a futuristic version of Betty Ross who is pregnant with the Maestro's child. The Abomination provides shelter for Betty-6 and prevents the assassination.[54]

In other media


  • Abomination appeared in The Incredible Hulk TV series voiced by Kevin Schon and later voiced by Richard Moll. He alongside Gargoyle and Ogress serve the Leader as one of his Gamma Warriors.
  • Abomination is featured in The Super Hero Squad Show voiced by Steven Blum. He is a member of Doctor Doom's Lethal Legion and along with MODOK acts as the group's comic relief.
  • Abomination appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes voiced by Robin Atkin Downes. In the episode "Hulk Verses the World," Abomination is shown as an inmate of the Cube (yet his back is toward the viewers) when Hawkeye walks down the hallway toward Bruce Banner's cell. He makes his first full appearance in the episode "The Breakout" Pt. 1 where he escapes from the Cube and helps Leader and Absorbing Man take over it. In the two-part episode "Gamma World," Abomination was with Leader and Absorbing Man when they ended up starting a plot to blanket the Earth in Gamma Radiation. When the rest of the Avengers ended up turned into Gamma Monsters, Thor was separated from Mjolnir and ended up being beaten by Abomination. Thor held his own until Mjolnir arrived and managed to fight back until Absorbing Man absorbed the properties of Mjolnir. When Hawkeye and Hulk arrived, Hulk ended up fighting Abomination while Hawkeye fought Leader. Despite Abomination activating his own Gamma-Enhancing Device, he was regressed back to his normal state by Hawkeye and sent flying far by Hulk. The next day, Abomination was crawling through the desert weakened from his battle with the Hulk when he is approached by Baron Heinrich Zemo, Enchantress, Executioner, Wonder Man, and Crimson Dynamo. In the episode "Masters of Evil," Abomination is with the villains that found him as the title team. When he comments that Baron Heinrich Zemo is just an ordinary human after most of the Avengers were captured, Baron Heinrich Zemo shows off his fighting skills by knocking down Abomination. When the Avengers are freed with the help of Ant-Man, Abomination fights Hulk until Enchantress gets the Masters of Evil out of Avengers Mansion. Back at Arnim Zola's secret lab, Baron Heinrich Zemo tells Abomination that he had warned him not to underestimate the Avengers. Abomination tells Baron Heinrich Zemo that he never mentioned anything about Black Panther and Hawkeye being members of the Avengers. In the episode "This Hostage Earth", he battles Wasp over one of the Norn Stones. He tries to kill her, but in doing so incures the wrath of Giant Man, who brutally pummels him.


The Abomination in The Incredible Hulk (2008).
  • Emil Blonsky and the Abomination also star in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk as the main antagonist. Tim Roth plays Blonsky and supplies motion capture and voice effects for the Abomination, which is digitally enhanced. In the film, Blonsky is a Russian-born captain in the British Royal Marines on loan to the US Armed Forces in its efforts to recapture Bruce Banner. A super-soldier serum transforms Blonsky into a superior soldier, but in an attempt to match the Hulk, he secretly receives an infusion of Banner's blood, which further transforms him. The project's original screenwriter Zak Penn said the character would not be called 'The Abomination', since the codename sounded "silly", and that he would simply be referred to as Blonsky onscreen. The name, however, is referenced when scientist Dr. Samuel Sterns tells Blonsky that the mixture of Banner's blood and the chemicals in his system could turn him into an "abomination".[55] Upon Blonsky becoming Abomination, Bruce Banner had to jump from the helicopter he was on to become Hulk. Hulk managed to defeat Abomination and save Betty Ross and Thunderbolt Ross. The novelization mentioned that Abomination has been taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
  • Blonsky also appears in the Marvel One Shot "The Consultant" which reuses a shot of the Abomination rampaging through Harlem from the 2008 film.[56] Agent Coulson states that Blonsky is in the custody of General Ross. The World Security Council wants Fury to add Blonsky to the Avengers as they regard him as a war hero and blame Banner for the incident in Harlem, something Fury doesn't want, but he can't deny a request from them. S.H.I.E.L.D. sends Tony Stark to see Ross, who ends up annoying him so much, that Ross decides to keep Blonsky in his custody.

Video games

  • Abomination appears in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction voiced by Ron Perlman. Blonsky seems to have a split personality, if he speaks to his other self in the mirror. Both the Hulk and Ross' Division forces pursue the Abomination, and they have a final battle on top of the dam. After being beaten by the Hulk, the Abomination plays his final card. "You didn't win, Banner. Nobody ever wins when you're involved. When they print the morning edition, do you know what the headline is going to say? No survivors." With a final whisper of "Nadia...", the Abomination smashes the dam apart, disappearing underneath the massive wall of water. However, Blonsky is denied even a pyrrhic victory, as the Hulk creates a landslide to stop the flow of water, saving the city in the nick of time.


  • Abomination is featured in the first series of Toy Biz' Hulk Classics line of action figures.
  • A second and larger Abomination is featured in Marvel Legends Series 13.
  • An action figure of the Abomination based on the character in the 2008 film was released in May, 2008.
  • Abomination appears in the stand alone Marvel comics expansion of Heroscape.
  • In 2010, the Abomination is the 51st figure released in the Marvel Select line of action figures.


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