BERSERKER

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Enhanced human, extra-terrestrial weaponry

Occupation: Former mercenary

Group Membership: Led various armies

Affiliations: Previous alliances with numerous governments of Earth, as well as extra-terrestrial races

Enemies: Avengers (Beast, Captain America, Iron Man, Jocasta, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, Wonder Man, Vision), Earth Lords, Rachel Palmer

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Eternal Warrior

Place of Birth: Unrevealed

Base of Operations: The Shadow Realm (extra-dimensional prison). Formerly imprisoned under surface of volcanic rock on Mount Vesusvius; formerly mobile across surface of Earth and other planets. Original region of origin unknown

Extent of Education: Self-taught in the arts of warfare

First Appearances: Avengers I#207 (May, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: The Berserker possesses vast superhuman strength, durability, etc., the extent of which is unknown, but he could stand his ground against Wonder Man even without engaging any of his numerous weapons. He was immortal, and possessed of an insane, savage, unquenchable fury. He is a master of many forms of armed and unarmed combat.

The Berserker also possessed numerous weapons of extra-terrestrial weapons. He rode a chariot pulled by flying mechanical horses. This chariot emitted a fiery exhaust which could suffocate those trapped within it. His Cerellian Power-Sword could release a stream of energy that could cleave through most substances, extending over a range of over one hundred yards. He could use it to carve gaping holes into the Earth to trap his attackers. His shield emitted an aura which could turn virtually any metal to dust before it could contact him; this included Iron Man's armor and Jocasta's titanium steel frame. The shield also generated a powerful traction force to draw metal towards it. He used a spear which could be thrown to fell a jet-fighter at full flight speed. His body armor was built by the tyrants of Aturak IV and could withstand a proton cannon. He had a dagger from the Arkossian system, which embedded itself in energy sources. This proved capable of stabbing an intangible Vision II. His gauntlets sap the strength of anyone who engages him in hand-to-hand combat.

His power was sufficient to overcome an entire contingent of Avengers or a military atttack including tanks and jet fighters within a few minutes.

Height: 7'2"
Weight: 425 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Brown

History: (Avengers I#208 (fb) ) - The Berserker's history extends beyond the dawn of recorded history. He was the sole survivor of his people's war party in a fight against their tribal enemies. He fled from his attackers, taking refuge in what was known as the Cave of Glowing Walls. All others who had entered the cave had been killed by the unearthly energies there, but he managed to crawl to the back of the cave and tumble down a rocky slope to safety. Within hours, he arose, surging with incredible power and an insatiable thirst for slaughter.

He slew the entire tribe who had opposed him, and then anyone else he encountered, earning the name of the Berserker for his unstoppable fury. He eventually became a mercenary in the ancient city of Sumer, when he was hired by a nobleman to murder the city's ruler. Having found a purpose, he began hiring his sword arm out to all who could afford it. His powers allegedly fashioned such empires as the pharaoh's dynasties and the conquests of Alexander the Great. His reputation was such that he was even sought by conquerors from another world. This led to a series of battles, which decided the destinies of entire planetary systems, which earned him a vast arsenal of fantastic weaponry and the reputation of suprme warrior in the galaxy.

(Avengers I#207-208 (fb) ) - Returning to Earth, he joined the Roman legions, and his power threatened to destroy the balance of power and nature across the entire planet. A society known as the Earth Lords realized the danger inherent in this and used their control over the power of nature. After several unsuccessful attempts, they succeeded in imprisoning him under hundreds of tons of volcanic rock when they caused the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

(Avengers I#207) - The Berserker remained trapped there until the modern era when he was unearthed by a group of archeologists. Rapidly reviving, he began to slaughter all he encountered and unearth his arsenal of weaponry. The Earth Lords had channeled all of their power into a man known as the Shadow Lord, who served to protect the Earth against he Berserker should he return. However, the Shadow Lord was inadvertently slain in battle with the Avengers. Learning of the existence of the Berserker, the Avengers confronted him, but were quickly defeated. He made off to a Roman gladiatorial arena along with Rachel Palmer, a wannabe investigative reporter who had followed the Avengers to the city of the Shadow Lord.

(Avengers I#208) - The Avengers located the Berserker a second time and were quickly overcome again. However, Wonder Man recovered and was able to figure out that the necklace given by the Shadow Lord to Rachel Palmer was a portal to the Shadow Realm. Activating the necklace at sunset, he managed to banish the Berserker to that realm, where he has apparently remained ever since.

Comments: Created by Bob Budiansky, Danny Fingeroth, and Gene Colan.

He is an interesting character who clearly could return at any point if anyone has any interest in him. We never found out the origin of the energy which empowered him. Any would be world conqueror could find some way to return him to Earth, or whatever planet was desired.

Berserker has an entry in OHotMU 2006 A-Z#2.

Clarifications: He is not to be confused with the other Berserkers:


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Avengers I#208, p1 (main image)
   Cover (second image)


Appearances:
Avengers I#207-208 (May-June, 1981) - Danny Fingeroth & Bob Budiansky (writers), Gene Colan (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)


Last updated: 12/29/12

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