Real Name: Julius S. Bridwell
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth MC2) human mutate unconventional technology/weapon user (mind-transferred into gorilla)
Occupation: Crime lord, thief and extortionist
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Doc Hackem, Weasel Whoanellie
Enemies: J2, Sachi Yama, Talia Zamora, police
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New York, USA
First Appearance: J2#9/1 (June, 1999)
Powers/Abilities: Julius Bridwell was a normal human who was slightly larger and stronger than those around him of the same age. He was aggressive and a bully, and was greedy for money through intimidation. Once his consciousness was transferred into the body of an adult male gorilla, he had the strength and dexterity of such a creature but could speak and handle weaponry. He also used a helmet contraption that temporarily mutated others into apes with the corresponding intellect; this was directed only at certain individuals in his immediate vicinity.
(J2#9/1 (fb)) - Julius "Big Julie" Bridwell was larger than those around him and used his slightly increased size and strength to bully others since he was a baby, before moving into extortion. Using his strength, he took over various other criminal groups.
(J2#9/1 (fb) - BTS) - Bridwell's criminal activities brought him to the attention of the local District Attorney, Sachi Yama, who took out a warrant to have him arrested.
(J2#9/1 (fb)) - Weasel warned his boss that the police were on their way and Big Julie prepared to have a shootout. Confronting the cops by shooting first, he was mortally wounded. Weasel helped get Big Julie to Doc Hackem's laboratory to try to save his life. Hackem used a radical brain-transfer to move Big Julie's consciousness into a gorilla's body. Once recovered, he was furious to discover that he now had a gorilla's body and began demolishing Hackem's lab but Weasel pointed out his newfound strength. Big Julie returned to his nefarious activities using his new and stronger body.
(J2#9/1) - While relaxing in a bar, Weasel once more alerted Big Julie that his nemesis, Sachi Yama, was due to give a speech at the local high school and set out to attack her in retaliation. Big Julie arrived at the school with several armed men and threatened the students, including Talia Zamora. Yama surrendered herself to free the children but was soon followed by J2 who smashed his way through a wall to confront the ape. Big Julie then fled with Yama but rather than confront the police in another shootout, climbed to the roof and demanded safe passage. Yama instead kicked him hard, causing him to drop her, but she was caught by J2. Big Julie quickly attacked J2 and a brutal brawl between the two ensued until J2 was able to finally knock the gangster out.
(Wild Thing II#3/2) - Big Julie went on a crime spree and used a helmet device to temporarily mutate humans into apes, disorienting them; this allowed him to rob a bank where Zane Yama was passing. Yama quickly transformed into J2 and confronted Big Julie but was instead himself into an ape. Big Julie then photographed the changed hero and the photo was published in the Daily Bugle to ridicule J2. Back to normal, the hero was able to track down and confront Big Julie another 12 times, but despite his persistence, was each time transformed into ape, permitting Big Julie to escape. Finally, J2 was able to once more tackle the villain and, although transformed again, smashed Big Julie into a wall and destroyed the mutating helmet device. Its destruction reverted J2 back to normal. Big Julie was then likely arrested and imprisoned.
Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (pencils) and Al Milgrom (inks).
Big Julie's escape to the roof with Sachi Yama as a hostage is an obvious reference to King Kong.
Big Julie seems to be a clear reference to Julius
"Julie" Schwartz and E. Nelson Bridwell, two stalwarts of DC Comics, a
company known for its fondness for gorilla characters.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Big Julie has no known connections to:
Weasel Whoanellie was a short informant for Big Julie but secretly disliked taking orders from him. Weasel tipped off Big Julie that the police were after him just before the crime lord was shot by them. He helped the dying gangster get to Doc Hackem's lab and calmed Big Julie down when he became enraged at his new gorilla body. Later, Weasel tipped off Big Julie that Sachi Yama, the D.A. who initially brought the police to the crime lord, was in the vicinity to give a lecture. He was briefly knocked out by J2 with a finger flick when he helped Big Julie attack the local high school. He later sought to use Miller Hallendale as a hostage to escape the police but was knocked out by Sachi Yama with one punch. He was presumably later arrested and imprisoned. Weasel was likely a nickname.
Doc (presumably Doctor) Hackem had been discredited by the medical establishment for his bizarre experiments. When presented with the mortally wounded gangster, he found a radical process on the Internet to save him using a brain-transference process (actually devised and perfected by Dr. Doom) and using a gorilla body he had lying around (for some unknown reason.) Once recovered and finding himself a primate, Big Julie threatened to rip the cowering Doc's head off. He likely helped develop the contraption that mutated humans into ape forms.
J2#9/1, p5, pan4 (gorilla gangster)
J2#9/1 (June, 1999) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Wild Thing II#3/2 (December, 1999) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Last updated: 09/23/10
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