Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate (a sort of energy vampire)
Group Membership: The Organization
Enemies: Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Number ?? (in the Organization)
Base of Operations: Denver;
formerly New York;
First Appearance: Captain Marvel I#55 (March, 1978)
Powers/Abilities: Drain other living beings' lifeforce
simply touching them, aging them years in few seconds. The more he touched a
being the stronger he became and the longer he could survive. When he absorbed
almost all of Captain Marvel's energy he declared he had acquired the strength of
His skin was yellow, his eyes glowing red.
Deathgrip used some special gloves to isolate his hands from the external environment, to not involuntarily touch and bleed other's lifeforce. He probably also his suit/armor had a reducing (not nullifying) effect on his draining factor.
History: (Captain Marvel I#55 (fb)) - The man who would become Deathgrip was a henchman of the Organization, an international criminal consortium. The henchman knew Walter Lawson, and knew that the scientist invented the Eon Ray for the Organization. The henchman didn't know that the real Lawson was dead and that Captain Mar-Vell had taken his place to infiltrate in the Organization.
(Captain Marvel I#10) - Captain Mar-Vell (during one of his first missions on the Earth) destroyed the Base of the Organization in Florida using the Eon Ray.
(Captain Marvel I#55 (fb)) - The henchman was the nearest one to the Eon Ray when the atomic reactor of the Base exploded. Everybody were killed instantaneously but the henchman. The man was mutated by the combination of the Eon Ray and the radiation of the atomic explosion. He became a sort of vampire, who bled other beings' lifeforce to live few hours, aging them. He became the human version of the Eon Ray gun.
He wore a special costume to contain his draining touch and took the name Deathgrip.
(Captain Marvel I#55) - For many months, Deathgrip sought vengeance against Captain Marvel. One day he saw Mar-Vell in New York. In that moment Captain Mar-Vell wore the Red-Blue costume and was without mask. Deathgrip recognized him as Walter Lawson and, believing the hero was actually Lawson, didn't touch him, sparing his life. He hoped that Lawson could help him to find a cure for his status. Deathgrip caressed a dog and the dog immediately aged and died smoking.
The next day Deathgrip read on the Denver Post that Captain
Marvel was working at the Space Observatory near Denver and went there.
Many people were there to see Captain Marvel. Deathgrip revealed himself calling Cap Marvel. He touched a man named Mike but drained too much energy, killing him. Mar-Vell attacked him but his ram was rejected by the strong Deathgrip who also drained a lot of the hero's energy. Deathgrip told to "Lawson" his history and threatened to kill Marvel if he didn't cure him. Marvel confessed he was not the real Lawson and shot a photonic ray at Deathgrip who became stronger. Deathgrip managed to grab Marvel.
(Captain Marvel I#56) - Deathgrip caused Mar-Vell to become old then stopped his draining in time to leave him alive. Marvel restored his youth by draining solar energy through his nega-bands. Deathgrip, now having enough life energy to live for 48 hours, took the Observatory workers as hostages and ordered Marvel to find a cure for him in 2 days or he would drained their lives. Captain Marvel had to agree, so he left the Observatory.
After the two days, Marvel did not still come back, Deathgrip choose Jacqueline Carr, the Observatory Director. The vampire took his gloves off and started bleeding Jacqueline Carr's lifeforce. Marvel arrived just in time to shoot her with the Eon Ray, saving her. Deathgrip understood that Marvel found a cure only for his victims and not for him. A fight started. Deathgrip's touch soon weakened Marvel. But the hero managed to put on Deathgrip's gloves and knocked him down.
When Captain Marvel went out the observatory, Deathgrip took the Eon Ray gun and used it on himself in a desperate attempt to change his status. The Ray transformed him in primordial protoplasm, and the gun melted.
Comments: Created by Scott Edelmann, Pat Broderick and Bob Wiacek.
Deathgrip has no known connections to
Dr. Jacqueline Carr has no known connections to
Jacqueline Carr was a normal human, skilled in Astronomy.
(Captain Marvel I#55) - Dr. Jacqueline
Carr was the Denver Space Observatory director. She led several scientists. She
met Captain Marvel at the Observatory when he asked her to work there. After
Captain Marvel gave her a little demonstration about his "Cosmic
Senses" she accepted.
The fact was told on the Denver Post and many people were attracted to the Observatory to see the stars and Captain Marvel. But also Deathgrip went there and attacked Captain Marvel.
(Captain Marvel I#56) - Deathgrip took the scientists and Dr. Carr as hostages. At the end of the 48 hours ordered by Deathgrip, Jacqueline Carr was chosen by him as his first victim. Deathgrip had drained almost her whole lifeforce when Captain Marvel arrived and saved her life by shooting her with the Eon Ray gun. The Ray restored her youth. Deathgrip desperate for revenge, wanted to kill her with his hands but Captain Marvel attacked him, eventually knocking him down. After the end of the fight Cap Marvel brought her out the Observatory.
(Captain Marvel I#58) - Captain Marvel returned to the Space Observatory, Dr. Carr thanked him for his help but Captain Marvel decided to leave his job there and left.
--Captain Marvel I#55 (55, 56, 58 Images: Appearances: Last updated:
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Captain Marvel I#56, p1, pan1 (Deathgrip, full body)
Captain Marvel I#56, p15, pan2 (Deathgrip, full body)
Captain Marvel I#56, p13, pan1 (Dr. Jacqueline Carr)
Captain Marvel I#55 (March, 1978) - Scott Edelman (writer), Pat Broderick (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Captain Marvel I#56 (May, 1978) - Jim Shooter/Doug Moench (writers), Pat Broderick (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Captain Marvel I#58 (September, 1978) - Doug Moench (writer), Pat Broderick (pencils), Bob McLeod (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
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