CRUSHER

Real Name: Caldwell Rozza

Identity/Class: Human (South American), mutate

Occupation: Scientist, Communist agent

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dictator of his home country

Enemies: Whitney Frost, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Jasper Sitwell

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: El Professor

Base of Operations: An unnamed South American country

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#91 (July, 1967)

Powers/Abilities: The Crusher stood over seven feet tall and weighed nearly 1000 pounds. He possessed superhuman strength, and his skin was durable enough to repel small arms fire.

Height: (human) 5' 8"; (mutated) 8'
Weight: (human) 170 lbs.; (mutated) 975 lbs.
Eyes: (human) Black, (mutated) White
Hair: (human) Brown, (mutated) Bald

History: (Tales of Suspense I#91) - An unnamed scientist completed a formula for his country's president that would make him "master of the world," but the president did not trust the scientist, and told him to injest it himself to prove it. This was what the scientist had hoped for, and he eagerly drank the serum, growing in size and strength before the president's eyes. The president tried to kill him, but had no weapons available that could pierce the scientist's skin. Realizing he had a valuable asset, the president told the scientist that if he would kill Iron Man, he would be made a generalissimo in his army. The scientist agreed.

The scientist journeyed to America and attacked Stark Industries, engaging Iron Man in combat, but Iron Man used a Centrifugal Ray to make him so heavy that he crashed through the floor and fell deep underground.

(Iron Man I#6 (fb)) - The Crusher fell into Subterranea, where eventually the potion wore off. Exploring, he discovered the abandoned base of Tyrannus, and used materials there to recreate the Crusher formula, then began to dig his way back to the surface for revenge on Iron Man.

(Iron Man I#6) - The Crusher finally reached the surface, and found the men who had smuggled him into America and forced them to help him to Stark Industries. He fought Iron Man, and managed to take Whitney Frost (the lover of Jasper Sitwell) hostage, so that Iron Man would turn over the Centrifugal Ray. Iron Man did so, and the Crusher attempted to have his revenge by using the device on Iron Man, but his fingers were too large to operate the device properly, and he accidentally overloaded it. Iron Man used the distraction to tackle him again, and carried him over the ocean then dropped him in. The Crusher was so heavy that he sank and drowned.

(Daredevil I#119 (fb)) - The Crusher's body was turned over to coroner Dr. Jakkelburr. From studying the Crusher's body, Jakkelburr learned how to recreate the formula.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Gene Colan and Frank Giacoia.

The Crusher's home country is clearly intended to be Cuba, and the president Fidel Castro.

Crusher has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook. His real name was revealed in his entry in OHotMU A-Z Hardcover#3.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Crusher should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Iron Man I#6, page 2, panel 4
Iron Man I#6, page 5, panel 1


Iron Man I#6 (October, 1968) - Archie Goodwin (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Johnny Craig (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Daredevil I#119 (March, 1975) - Tony Isabella (writer), Bob Brown (pencils), Don Heck (inks), Len Wein (editor)

Last updated: 11/21/05

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