Real Name: Burt Garthwaite

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Former construction worker

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Wrecker

Known Relatives: Dirk Garthwaite (aka the Wrecker, son), Ann Garthwaite (ex-wife, deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Sunny Hills Retirement Home, New York

First Appearance: Thor I#431 (April, 1991)

Powers/Abilities: Burt Garthwaite possessed no special powers or abilities.

History: (Thor I#431 (fb)) - Burt was a loutish construction worker who took out his frustrations on his wife Ann and son Dirk. Dirk grew up loathing his father, and would eventually become the criminal known as the Wrecker as a result.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#126 (fb) - BTS) - Burt walked out on Dirk and Ann when Dirk was only four. Ann believed Burt to be dead.

(Thunderstrike#14/2) - After the Wrecker returned from an exile to another dimension, the police team Code: Blue determined that he was only kept on Earth by his own power of concentration. They decided to set up a meeting between the Wrecker and his father in order to send the Wrecker back, and managed to locate Burt at the Sunny Hills Retirement Home.

Burt asked Code: Blue for money to help them stop the Wrecker, but was refused. Code: Blue set up a barrier which they could drop from the ceiling to protect him against the Wrecker. When the Wrecker appeared he blamed his father for everything that he was. Burt responded that the Wrecker was weak, and cited his life of crime instead of honest work as an example. He told him that he should have beaten him more instead of less. Just as the Wrecker was about to kill him, Code: Blue dropped their barrier. Before the Wrecker could break through, Burt died of a heart attack, and the Wrecker returned to his dimension of exile.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Herb Trimpe, and Al Milgrom. Ann Garthwaite created by Danny Fingeroth, Jim Mooney, Vince Colletta and Art Nichols.

by Prime Eternal

Burt Garthwaite should not be confused with:

Ann Garthwaite was the wife of Burt Garthwaite and mother of Dirk Garthwaite. She believed her husband to be dead after he walked out on them when Dirk was four, and she raised Dirk alone from then on. After Dirk became the Wrecker, he sent all of the money he stole to her to pay for medical expenses, but she knew that it was dirty money and never spent it. As she lay dying in her apartment, she was visited by Spider-Woman, and passed along to her a note for her son explaining how she felt about his criminal activities. She then died. The Wrecker was overwrought when he learned that his mother had never spent the money he sent her.

--Spectacular Spider-Man II#125) Thor I#431 (fb), Spectacular Spider-Man II#125, 126

Images taken from:
Thunderstrike #14/2, page 17, panel 3
Thor I#431, page 9, panel 4
Spectacular Spider-Man II#125, page 12, panel 6

Other Appearances:
Spectacular Spider-Man II#125 (April, 1987) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), Vince Colletta & Art Nichols (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#126 (May, 1987) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Art Nichols & others (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Thunderstrike#14 (November, 1994) - Roy Thomas (writer), Larry Alexander (pencils), Charles Barnett III (inks)

Last updated: 04/10/04

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