Real Name: Sol Brodstroke

Identity/Class: Human (mutate)

Occupation: Mercenary

Group Membership: Hood's army;
formerly Desert Dwellers, Masters of Evil (Crimson Cowl's)

Affiliations: Dominus, Hood, AIM Weapons Expo

Enemies: Avengers (Espirita, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Mockingbird, Moon Knight, Henry Pym, Tigra, Wonder Man), Captain America, Fantastic Four, Thunderbolts (Moonstone), X-Men (Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Phoenix, Professor X, Storm, Wolverine)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Formerly Mount Charteris, Colorado
formerly, Dominus' base, Arizona

First Appearance: West Coast Avengers II#17 (February, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: Sunstroke possesses the ability to fly, and to absorb, store and manipulate large amounts of energy from direct sunlight. He typically uses his powers to blind opponents, but can also intensify his light into heat to melt through substances.

Height: 6'
Weight: 173 lbs.
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Unrevealed

History: (West Coast Avengers II#24 (fb) - BTS) - Nothing is known of the man who became Sunstroke. He claimed to have "created himself." At some point, he allied himself with Dominus, serving in the Desert Dwellers.

(Marvel Tales I#262/2) - Sunstroke used his powers to bring down several commercial aircrafts in the desert. When the X-Men passed through his ambush spot, he brought down their craft, not realizing he was dealing with superhumans. He fought the X-Men solo, but was easily outmatched. His fellow Desert Dwellers came to his rescue, and Butte enabled him to escape by concealing him beneath her rocky body, making him appear to vanish into the earth.

(West coast Avengers II#17) - Sunstroke joined the Desert Dwellers in an attack on the Avengers when they journeyed near Dominus' base, but he was defeated by Wonder Man, who withstood his heat powers. Sunstroke was retrieved by a force field sent by Dominus and returned to the base. When the Avengers followed after them, they were sent 100 years into the past by Dr. Doom's time machine.

(West Coast Avengers II#22 - BTS) - Concerned that the Avengers might be rescued by the Fantastic Four's time machine, Dominus sent the Desert Dwellers to Four Freedoms Plaza. They fought their way past the Fantastic Four, and destroyed their copy of Dr. Doom's time machine.

(West Coast Avengers II#24) - Sunstroke joined with 50 copies of the other Desert Dwellers to defend Dominus' base against the Avengers, but his allies were defeated. Ultimately, Dominus fled Earth, and Sunstroke departed, unseen.

(Captain America I#411-413) - Sunstroke attended the AIM Weapons Expo at AIM Island and observed the matches Batroc arranged for Crossbones (actually Captain America in disguise) against several costumed foes. At one point Thermo bet Sunstroke $5000 that Crossbones would win the next round. When "Crossbones" was unmasked as Captain America, he joined with the other costumed villains present in attacking him, but was beaten in combat.

(Thunderbolts I#25 (fb)) - Sunstroke was one of 25 villains who joined the Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil, based out of Mount Charteris. He assisted Joystick and Supercharger in setting up Weather Modulators across the globe so that they could ransom every nation on Earth.

(Thunderbolts I#24-25) - When the Thunderbolts invaded Mount Charteris, the Crimson Cowl had Sunstroke and Dragonfly assist her in escaping aboard a craft where she could prepare her Weather Modulators. However, Moonstone, who had seemingly defected to the Cowl's side, knocked out Sunstroke and Dragonfly from behind, then destroyed the Cowl's machines. Sunstroke joined the other Masters in being sent to prison.

(Dark Reign: The Hood#5 (fb) - BTS) - Sunstroke joined the Hood's army.

(Dark Reign: The Hood#5) - Sunstroke was in the crowd watching the Hood beat Force at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York.

Comments: Created by Steve Englehart, Al Milgrom and Joe Sinnott.

    The OHOTMU '89 remarked that Sunstroke's powers almost exactly resemble those of Solaar. Solaar, of course, was another Steve Engelhart creation.
--Omar Karindu

Main image scan by MarvellousLuke.

His real name was revealed in the Quist profile in OHotMU Update 2010#5.

Sunstroke's real name (Sol Brodstroke) bears some similarities to one of Marvel's creators (Sol Brodsky).

Sunstroke's original creator Steve Englehart provided the name, presumably as an homage.

Profile by Prime Eternal

Sunstroke should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
X-Men Earth's Mutant Heroes: Sunstroke profile (main image)
West Coast Avengers II#24, page 10, panel 4 (vs La Espirita)
West Coast Avengers II#17, page 11, panel 3 (with Desert Dwellers)

West Coast Avengers II#17 (February, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#24 (September, 1987) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Mike Machlan (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Marvel Tales I#262 (June, 1992)
Captain America I#411-413 (January-March, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Thunderbolts I#24-25 (March-April, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (#24), Bob Wiacek (#25) & Al Vey (#25) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: The Hood#5 (November, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kyle Hotz (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)

Last updated: 05/25/15

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