Real Name: Billy Kitson
Identity/Class: Mutated human
Occupation: Reluctant criminal, former basketball player
Group Membership: None;
Formerly Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil
Affiliations: Luke Cage, Condor, Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan), Skeleton Ki, Thunderstrike, Shamari Asbery, former ally of Seth, Quicksand and Mongoose
Enemies: Alex DePaul, Jack Flag, Guardians of the Galaxy (Bug, Groot, Major Victory, Mantis, Rocket Raccoon), SHIELD, Star-Lord (Peter Quill), Thunderbolts
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Negative Zone Prison 42;
formerly New York City;
formerly Mount Charteris
First Appearance: Thunderstrike#13 (October, 1994)
Powers/Abilities: Bison possesses superhuman strength of an unknown degree, roughly equivalent to Luke Cage; he can use his strength to perform a "Hulk-clap", creating a powerful blast of wind; he also has a durable hide, able to resist extreme injuries, and twin horns atop his head.
History: (Thunderstrike#13 (fb))- Billy Kitson was a champion basketball player whose talents won him a college scholarship, and he seemed certain to become a professional player. However, during a game, he was accidentally tripped by another player, and broke his leg, ending his dreams, and straining his relationship with his girlfriend, Shamari Asbery.
BTS - Kitson came into contact with Seth, who transformed him into the Bison. In exchange for his servitude, Seth apparently promised to eventually restore him to normal, with a fully healed leg.
(Thunderstrike#13)- Seth sent the Bison to capture a sample of Inferno-42 from SHIELD, while Shamari contacted Luke Cage, and asked him to help Billy. Cage, alongside the Avenger Thunderstrike, investigated the SHIELD files Bison had attempted to access, leading them to the very SHIELD base where agent Alex DePaul was disposing of Inferno-42. The three men there ran afowl of Bison, with his allies Quicksand and Mongoose, also working for Seth.
(Thunderstrike#14) - Bison joined Quicksand and Mongoose in battling Cage and Thunderstrike, but when he found that Shamari had followed him there, he realized he had become a monster, and turned on Quicksand, blowing her apart with a clap of his hands. As the SHIELD base fell apart around them, destroyed to protect Inferno-42, Bison helped free DePaul from his ruined Mandroid armor. In the aftermath, DePaul let Bison go free for saving his life.
(Thunderbolts I#24-25) - Bison joined the Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil, and half-heartedly participated in their plot to wreck the Earth with weather modulators--all he wanted was the money to transform himself back to normal, so he could be with Shamari. After their base was infiltrated by the Thunderbolts, Bison was defeated by them in combat.
(Guardians of the Galaxy II#9 (fb) - BTS) - Bison was sent to Negative Zone Prison 42.
(Guardians of the Galaxy II#9) - After the guards had abandoned the prison Bison became one of the prison's leaders fighting against King Blastaar's hordes. Upon meeting Star-Lord he decided it would be best to open the gates for Blastaar and let him invade Earth. Star-Lord and Jack Flag stopped him and his fellow conspirators.
(Guardians of the Galaxy II#10) - Bison, Condor and Gorilla-Man attacked Jack Flag and Peter Quill while Blastaar's troops invaded the prison. The Guardians of the Galaxy (Bug, Groot, Major Victory, Rocket Raccoon, Mantis) came to their aid and defeated the villains.
Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz.
by Prime Eternal
Bison should not be confused with:
Shamari Asbery is Billy Kitson's girlfriend, and brought in Luke Cage to help him after he became involved with Seth. It was Shamari's presence that inspired Billy to turn on his allies, and, when last heard of, the two were hoping to be married.
First Posted: 03/25/2002
Last updated: 07/18/2013
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