Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human technology user
Occupation: Professional criminal, former champion martial artist
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Patrons of the Bar With No Name
Enemies: The Scourge of the Underworld, She-Hulk, Morris Walters
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California
First Appearance: Savage She-Hulk#18 (July, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: The Grappler possessed Olympic-level training in the martial arts and in wrestling. He carried a rod of tensile strength that could fire a spring-loaded band of steel coils and a computer pack which analyzed and relayed to him the exact spot and proper amount of leverage required to lever any object. He also owned and operated a small one-man aircraft.
History: (Savage She-Hulk#18) - The man who would be the Grappler was a small-time thief born in the ghetto who learned to survive by wrestling. He sought out casino-owner billionaire Hugh Howard for the secret of his success and heard from him the word "leverage" just before Howard and his bodyguards thrashed him within an inch of his life. the Grappler used the advice to first learn the martial arts for physical leverage and then use the money from his championship fights into leverage in the stock market to make himself wealthy. Still not satisfied, he turned back to a life of crime for the kicks by concealing his identity with a costume and trying to steal a shipment of gold. Clashing with the She-Hulk, he attempted to bribe her into a life of crime but was instead turned over to the authorities.
(She-Hulk II#3 (fb)) - The Grappler once attacked a courtroom to try and steal files from the record room in order to have leverage over other people, and tied up Morris Walters during his rampage. The She-Hulk showed up to oppose him, so he toppled a statue towards her father, but she saved him, then halted the Grappler's attempt at escape with a shockwave that knocked him down. The Grappler was taken away to prison.
(Captain America I#319) - Possibly escaping prison, the Grappler was approached by Firebrand (as were several other costumed criminals) to meet at the so-called "Bar With No Name" to discuss the threat poised by the assassin Scourge. Scourge, however, turned out to be present disguised as the bartender as he killed Firebrand, Grappler and all the other costumed criminals in attendance.
Comments: Created by David Anthony Kraft and Michael Vosburgh.
The Grappler, Ultima and the Word are the only
villains to appear out of the pages of the Savage She-Hulk
They are the only ones who first appeared in the She-Hulk series to show up outside of it.
Professor Slaughter and the people of la Hacienda (+/- villains), Morbius, and Gemini of the Android Zodiac were all seen elsewhere
by Will Uchtman and Prime Eternal
The Grappler should not be confused with:
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Savage She-Hulk#18, Cover (main image)
(Grappler carried away)
Savage She-Hulk#18 (July, 1981) - David Anthony Kraft (writer), Mike Vosburg (pencils), Frank Springer (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Captain America I#319 (July, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (pencils), Dennis Janke (inks), Michael Carlin (editor)
She-Hulk II#3 (February, 2006) - Dan Slott (writer), Mike Vosburg (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 02/07/2003
Last updated: 01/22/2006
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