Real Name: Otto Kronsteig
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: Former military commander; former scientist; former employee of Adolf Hitler and Dr. Doom
Group Membership: None
former member of Nazi party
Affiliations: Grandmaster (En Dwi Gast);
former ally of the Shaper of Worlds; former ruler of an unnamed race in the Microverse; former employee of Dr. Doom;
scientist of Adolf Hitler
Enemies: Daughters of the Dragon (Misty Knight, Colleen Wing), Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Dr. Doom, Hulk
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Führer (of the "Nazi party" in the Shaper's altered reality)
Base of Operations: Currently unknown; formerly the planet Moto in the Microverse; Castle Doom, Latveria; Berlin, Germany
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II#155 (September, 1972)
Powers/Abilities: Superhuman strength (Class 100) and durability, dependent on his belief in himself and his dream. His normal form was elderly and frail. His level of military training and expertise is unknown.
Height: (Axis) 7'10"; (Kronsteig) 5'3"
Weight: (Axis) 516 lbs.; (Kronsteig) 113 lbs.
Eyes: (Right) Blue; (left) no visible iris
History: (Incredible Hulk II#155 (fb) ) - Kronsteig was a member of the Nazi party during World War II. He served as one of Hitler's top scientists. Following the end of the war, he became a fugitive, fleeing from the War Crimes Commission.
Years later, aging and broken in body, he sought refuge in Latveria. He found employment under Victor von Doom. Working with Doom, Kronsteig developed a shrinking ray for Doom to use against the Fantastic Four. Upon completion of the task, Kronsteig became the first test subject, because Doom did not trust the former Nazi.
Kronsteig shrank out of existence, entering the Microverse. As Kronsteig came to its world Moto, his dreams and visions caught the attention of the Shaper of Worlds, who then remade that world into a version of Earth, where the Nazis were never defeated. Kronsteig became leader, or Führer, of Moto, leading his Nazi forces in an onslaught on the USA.
(Incredible Hulk II#155) - The Hulk was sent into the Microverse and ended up on the Shaper's world as well. The Hulk was seeking to find the world of Jarella, and reasoned that if he would stop the war, he would get the Shaper's attention and force him to send him to Jarella. The Hulk fought against the Nazis in the USA and soon began to turn back their invading forces.
The Shaper granted Kronsteig superhuman power that he might overcome the Hulk. As Captain Axis, Kronsteig attacked the Hulk, but found that even the power he had imagined Nazi genetic surgery providing was unable to stop the Hulk. Frustrated with his struggle, Captain Axis stated that not in his wildest dreams could he have imagined his powers being put to such a challenge. Since he could not dream of it, the Shaper could not make it a reality. Axis shrunk back to the frail form of Kronsteig, and the alien world reverted back to its true form.
The Shaper sent the Hulk to the place of his dreams, K'ai, where he was reunited with Jarella. The Shaper then departed to find his own dreams, leaving the powerless Kronsteig on the alien world.
The Shaper had used up all of the dreams of the aliens, and exhausted them to the point that they no longer even had any dreams of there own.
(X-Men: To Serve and Protect#4/3) - Captain Axis was one of the many participants in Chadmaster's (a younger Grandmaster) cosmic roller derby and lost to Dazzler (Alison Blaire) and the Daughters of the Dragon.
Comments: Created by Archie Goodwin and Herb Trimpe.
Kronsteig's size changing ray was utilized by Doom in Fantastic Four I#10.
The "Marvel Sliding Time" deal would make Kronsteig about 90-100 years old in 2001 (and older each year from there). You could probably make some extended life (from his experiments) or connection to Doom's time machine to keep him around.
Captain Axis has a profile in World War Hulk: The Gamma Files.
Clarifications: Captain Axis has no
known connection to:
Incredible Hulk II#155 (September, 1972) - Archie Goodwin (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), John Severin (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
X-Men: To Serve and Protect#4/3 (April, 2011) - Jed Mackay (writer), Sheldon Vella (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)
First Posted: 10/25/2001
Last updated: 02/16/2014
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