Real Name: Juan Aponte

Identity/Class: Human, mutate

Occupation: Boxer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Pop Fenton, Father Gawaine, Dr. Jakkelburr

Enemies: Daredevil

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Fogwell's Gym, New York

First Appearance: Daredevil I#119 (March, 1975)

Powers/Abilities: As the Crusher, Aponte was nearly twice the size of an ordinary man, and possessed superhuman strength. In this form, he could only say, "The Crusher!" According to Juan, he had no control over himself in this form, as though he were another person.

History: (Daredevil I#119 (fb)) - Juan Aponte was a young bantamweight boxer who wanted to make heavyweight. He met Dr. Jakkelburr, who had learned how to recreate the formula that created the Crusher, and offered it to Aponte. Aponte began taking the formula to increase his size and strength, but he also began to suffer from mood swings and violent fits of temper.

(Daredevil I#119) - The former boxer Father Gawaine and coach Pop Fenton both wanted to help Aponte, and brought in Matt Murdock for help, but Dr. Jakkelburr sent men to rough up the three of them. Murdock managed to slip away to become Daredevil.

The effects of the chemicals on Aponte finally overwhelmed him, and he transformed into the Crusher, resembling the original in appearance, but driven nearly mindless. The Crusher battled Daredevil, and tore apart Fogwell's Gym in the confrontation. When the Crusher caused a wall to topple over on Father Gawaine and Pop Fenton, he dove to their rescue, and was crushed by the falling wall. Aponte turned back to normal, then died in Fenton's arms.

Comments: Created by Tony Isabella, Bob Brown and Don Heck.

by Prime Eternal

The Crusher should not be confused with:


Dr. Jakkelburr was a coroner who treated the corpse of the original Crusher, and learned how to recreate the formula that made him the Crusher. He offered it to Juan Aponte, intending to make him a boxing star in order to earn a fortune, but Aponte was overwhelmed by its effects, turned into the Crusher himself, and finally died. Daredevil captured Dr. Jakkelburr.

--Daredevil I#119 (119 (fb), 119

Images taken from:
Daredevil I#119, cover
Daredevil I#119, page 8, panel 5
Jakkelburr- Daredevil I#119, page 10, panel 3

Daredevil I#119 (March, 1975) - Tony Isabella (writer), Bob Brown (penciler), Don Heck (inker), Len Wein (editor)

Last updated: 11/07/11

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