TILLIE the HUN

Real Name: Matilda von Tromp

Identity/Class: Enhanced? human

Occupation: Professional criminal; Former aerobics instructor at Hefty Huggable Women's Health Club

Group Membership: Led the Band of the Bland

Affiliations: Black Hole, Doctor Angst, Sitting Bullseye, Spanker

Enemies: Critic, Defenders, Howard the Duck, Louise Mason, She-Hulk, Terror (Laslo Pevely), Brent Wilcox

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Cleveland, Ohio

Appearances: Marvel Treasury Edition#12 (1976)

Powers: Uncertain. Tillie appears sufficiently strong, durable, etc to spar against the Hulk or She-Hulk. She also uses a large battle axe and spiked mace.

History: Tillie's origin is unknown. It is unclear whether she is mutant, enhanced human, descended from viking gods, found a magic battle axe, was bitten by a radioactive ox, etc.

(Marvel Treasury Edition#12) - She was one of four mediocre would-be super-villains recruited by Dr. Angst to form the Band of the Bland. Their first mission was to assassinate Howard the Duck, who was at the time the presidential candidate for the All Night Party. Angst duped them into believing that they were in it solely to rise above their current levels and achieve fame. Angst himself was doing it for profit, as he was hired by unnamed parties. He also tricked them into believing he had enhanced their powers with the mystic placebo known as Promethium. The Band was defeated by Howard and the Defenders. The Tillie was presumably sent to prison. After she was released from prison, she made a living as an aerobics instructor at a heavy womens' health club.

(Sensational She-Hulk#15-17) - Fourteen years (Marvel time) after his original caper, Angst escaped from prison to instrument a plot he had begun at the time of his imprisonment. Angst convinced Tillie and the rest of the Band to reorganize and assist him in his plot, the Cosmic Squish Principle. Essentially, Angst sought to release a multitude of previous compacted pocket universes, the

Encroachiverses, to squish the rest of the Earth dimension. He established five locus points in five equally mediocre places: a square block in Manhattan including Rad Ronin Fujiyama Funhouse; Henderson, Nevada; El Segundo, California; most of New Jersey; and the planet Sqazzl. Within these five loci, Angst would create a new universe, the Insipiverse, which they could rule. This plot was foiled by a team composed of Howard (surprisingly enough), the Critic, Louise Mason, She-Hulk, the Terror, and Brent Wilcox. Tillie was overpowered by She-Hulk, but not without a fight.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, Sal Buscema & Klaus Janson.

During her battle with the Hulk in their first adventure, Tillie revealed that she had a Red Sonja-like vow to only love a man who could defeat her in battle. This brought the fight to a stalemate, because the Hulk feared that if he defeated her, she would try to love him. You can understand his fear.

Tillie would be a good match for Gatecrasher, of the Technet. I think they wear the same size.

Is a spiked mace a morningstar (or is that just if it's on a chain)?


images: (without ads)
Sensational She-Hulk#16, p10, pan8 (Tillie the Hun main image)
(Tillie first appearance)
Sensational She-Hulk#16, p10, pan5 (Matilda von Tromp)


Other appearances:
Sensational She-Hulk#15-17 (May-July, 1990) - Steve Gerber (writer), Bryan Hitch (pencils), Jim Sanders III (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)


Last Updated: 08/01/02

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