THE GOLEM

Real Name: Dennis Golembuski

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Crimelord

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Constrictor; Jack O'Lantern; Madam Rapier; Shocker (Schultz); unnamed master; (formerly) the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)

Enemies: The Hood (Robbins); Mosh

Known Relatives: Unnamed wife, son and daughter

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: The Hood#2 (August, 2002)


Powers/Abilities: The Golem apparently possesses no powers beyond those of a normal man his age.

History: (Hood#2 (fb)-BTS, Hood#5 (fb)-BTS) - Dennis Golembuski was the grandson of a Polish freedom fighter who immigrated to America.  Dennis may or may not have killed a man at the age of eight.  He spent some time working as an underboss for Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime, but quit (something rare to occur without death being the result).  He began to work for a mysterious new master.

(Hood#2) - Golembuski had the small-time super-criminal Mosh brought to him for robbing a liquor store under his "protection." After insulting the crimelord by calling him the Golem, a nickname Golembuski personally despised, Mosh refused to hand over a percentage of his take from the robbery.  Golembuski had his assistant Madam Rapier kill Mosh.  Later, the Golem recruited the Constrictor, Jack O'Lantern and Shocker to help protect a batch of "bloodstones" (black market diamonds) that he was smuggling into the country.  He asked if any of them were mutants, as his own mutant daughter had been prodding him to diversify his workforce.

(Hood#3) - The Golem inspected to make sure the three supervillains, along with Madam Rapier, were equipped for the job. After he left, the Hood arrived and stole half the diamonds (worth roughly one and a half million dollars).

(Hood#4) - Golembuski demanded answers from his employees as to why half his shipment was gone.  He gave Rapier a list of pawn shops in the area for them to scout, in case the Hood tried to sell them.


(Hood#5) - The Hood, after discovering from whom he'd stolen the gems, arrived at the Golem's office, shooting one of his bodyguards in the crotch to prove he meant business.  He tried to make a deal with the mobster, asking for a cut of the diamonds if he returned the rest undamaged.  The Golem agreed, and after the Hood left, told Madam Rapier to kill the thief at their rendezvous.  He then placed a call to FBI agents Infante and Sobell, alerting them to the meeting.


(Hood#6) - As Rapier awaited the Hood to appear at their planned meeting spot in Coney Island, the Golem received a phone call from his Master.  With this mysterious person threatening the lives of Golembuski's family, the Golem promised the Hood would be dead within an hour.  After the Hood double-crossed Rapier, knowing she planned to double-cross him, she was killed in a hail of police gunfire.  The Hood confronted Jack O'Lantern and the other two super-villains, and handed the diamonds over to them, telling them to tell the Golem to just leave him alone.  After they reported back to him, they could only watch as the Golem cried over a picture of his family, knowing the consequences of failure.  He promised that nothing was ended between him and the Hood.


Comments: Created by Brian K. Vaughan, Kyle Hotz and Eric Powell.

So who was the mysterious master that the Golem worked for? We may never know.

When first publishing this entry, I was corrected that Mosh had previously appeared in an issue of Spectacular Spider-Man. However, although these two characters share similar traits, Brian K. Vaughan has shared in e-mail that there is no connection, and his was a wholly new character.

Profile by Madison Carter

Clarifications:

The Golem has no known connections to

Madam Rapier has no known connections to

Mosh has no known connections to


Madam Rapier

Skilled with a sword, Madam Rapier was the Golem's right-hand assassin.  She was left in charge of the group of super-villains protecting his shipment of diamonds.  When she arranged a meeting with the Hood to regain the gems, he forced her to put on a cloak similar to his. Just then, the police arrived and shot what they believed to be the Hood to death.

--Hood#2 ( 3-6


















Mosh

(Gilbert Lipchitz) A low-level super-criminal who sometimes used the alias Gil Greene, Mosh gained superhuman strength using chemicals stolen from his girlfriend's place of employment. He can lift close to a thousand pounds. Mosh gained the attention of the Golem by robbing a liquor store that was under the crime boss's "protection." When Mosh laughed at handing over a percentage of his stolen money, the Golem had Madam Rapier kill him. His mutilated body was left in a dumpster for the police to find.

--Hood#2 ( 2 (fb)-BTS, 2

 

 




images:
The Hood#5, page 22, panel 5 (full body)
  #6, page 4, panel 5 (on phone with Master)
  #6, page 21, panels 5&6 (family photo)
  #2, page 5, panel 1 (Madam Rapier)
  #2, page 2, panel 2 (Mosh)


The Hood#2-6 (August-December, 2002) - Brian K. Vaughn (writer), Kyle Hotz (pencils), Eric Powell (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 08/23/05

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