Real Name: Unknown

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Hood, petty criminal, and overall bully

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Seeing how he is such a jerk, who would?

Enemies: Natives of a Bronx neighborhood in New York, including storeowner Mr. Perkins and tenant Mrs. Jarvis; Edwin Jarvis (Mrs. Jarvis’ son and Avengers butler).

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Formerly "a still-pleasant section of the Bronx;" currently unknown, possibly somewhere in New Jersey.

First Appearance: Avengers I#201 (November, 1980)

Powers: None. Given his muscular build and his belligerent behavior, he was moderately intimidating to normal folk.

Weaknesses: He was a very unskilled combatant, relying on his size and strength to get him through fights.

Physical Description: Mrs. Jarvis described him as "a large brutish chap, with a great shock of curly red hair," which is pretty accurate. He wore a shirt that said "Born to Bruise."

History: Bruiser moved into an area of the Bronx where the mother of Avengers butler Edwin Jarvis resided. One day soon after, he took Mrs. Jarvisí purse and the hensí eggs she had bought, throwing both in the gutter after discovering she had only loose change on her person.

(Avengers I#201/2) - Later that day, Bruiser threw a crate of drinks out of the storefront of Perkins Market after the storeowner refused to give him free food. The crate landed on the sidewalk in front of Edwin Jarvis, the Avengers butler, who was looking for Bruiser because of what he had done to his mother earlier. With a stolen cantaloupe in hand, Bruiser exited the store and confronted Edwin Jarvis. Bruiser smashed the melon in Jarvisí face, knocking the butler down. Bruiser left him there but was once again confronted by the manservant in a malt shop. After Bruiser backhanded the butler for bothering him again, Jarvis banged up the bully, using his fighting skills learned as an RAF boxing ace in WWII and some learned from Captain America. Infuriated, Bruiser pulled a knife on Jarvis, but other upset members of the community rallied around the butler and ran Bruiser out of the neighborhood. He was last seen mumbling to himself about moving, possibly to New Jersey.

Comments: Created by David Michelinie and George Perez.

For the naysayers who might think, "Why didnít they just call the police on Bruiser?" this story isnít as far-fetched as it sounds. For one, if citizens perceive that calling the police is a waste of time, be it true or not, then they will not call. Secondly in certain cases such as this, it is difficult to make charges stick without collaboration from several eyewitnesses. Even with eyewitnesses, Bruiser would probably plead for less serious charges, be back on the streets in no time, and probably seek revenge against those who imprisoned him.

World War II--topical

RAF (Royal Air Force)--Britain's air force.

By: Kyle Sims


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Last updated: 08/02/02

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