Real Name: Barton and Percival "Percy" Grimes
Identity/Class: Human magic-users;
citizens of the USA with a criminal record;
identities publicly known
Occupation: Professional criminals;
Group Membership: The Hood's super-villain
formerly Night Shift (Dansen Macabre, Digger (Roderick Krupp), Gypsy Moth, Hangman (Jason Rolands), Misfit, Needle, Shroud, Tatterdemalion, Tick-Tock, Werewolf (Jack Russell))
former owners of Grimes and Grimes Inc
Affiliations: Avengers (Ares, Hawkeye/Bullseye, Iron Patriot/Norman Osborn, Ms. Marvel/Karla Sofen, Sentry/Robert Reynolds, Spider-Man/Mac Gargan), Bobcat,
Bullet Biker, Cottonmouth,
Crossfire, Death-Throws, Electro (Max Dillon), Graviton, Gypsy Moth, the Hood (Parker
Robbins), Mad Dog
("Buzz" Baxter), Microchip, Titania (Mary MacPherran), Trapster (Peter Petruski), Unicorn, the
Wizard (formerly Bentley Wittman);
the rest of the Vault breakout group and the Hood's super-villain army
indirectly Chthon (the source of their power), Brothers Grimm (Nathan Dolly), Madame Doll (Priscilla Dolly, from whom they indirectly obtained the costumes);
formerly Captain America (Steve Rogers), Chameleon, Goliath (Erik Josten; now Atlas), Mockingbird, Satannish, the Shroud
Enemies: Winston Agronsky, Armory (Violet Lightner), Asgardians, Avengers, Avengers Resistance (Debrii, Gauntlet (Joseph Green), Justice (Vance Astrovik), Night Thrasher (Donyell Taylor), Rage, Scarlet Spider, Slapstick, Tigra, Ultragirl), Avengers West Coast, Blazing Skull (Jim Scully), Luke Cage, Captain America, Falcon, Gargoyle, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Iron Fist (Danny Rand), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Iron Man (Jim Rhodes), Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Living Lightning, Manny, Mockingbird, Nighthawk (Kyle Richmond), Punisher (Frank Castle), Power Broker (Curtiss Jackson), Power Broker's guards and failed augments, Scarlet Witch, Secret Avengers (Black Ant, Black Widow/Natasha Romanova, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde, Venom/Eugene "Flash" Thompson), Secret Avengers (Black Widow, Phil Coulson, Nick Fury Jr., Hawkeye, Mockingbird), Skrulls, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), John Steele, Taskmaster, Trick Shot, USAgent, Venom (Eugene "Flash" Thompson), Vision ("Victor Shade"), Wonder Man
(Barton) Percy Grimes (brother), unidentified mother and father (deceased)
(Percy) Barton Grimes (brother), unidentified mother and father (deceased)
Aliases: Brother Grimm (when working solo)
Place of Birth: Fresno, California
Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York;
formerly the Raft, Ryker's Island prison
formerly Los Angeles, California;
formerly the Tower of Shadows, mobile throughout Los Angeles
Education: High school graduates
First Appearance: (Grimes brothers) Iron Man I#187
(Brothers Grimm) Iron Man I#188 (November, 1984)
Powers/Abilities: The Brothers Grimm can magically
conjure from thin air a seemingly endless supply of novelty items
disguised as comedic props, children's toys, fairy tale objects, etc., but with
special offensive capabilities. The objects appeared as if by sleight of hand,
and seemed to be limited to a size that could be held with one hand. Apparently
they could conjure whatever items they could imagine; the limit to the number of
items they could conjure in rapid succession is not known. Among the items they
have conjured are pies which are alternately filled with explosives or release
four and twenty blackbirds that attack the target on impact; eggs, sometimes
with legs and faces painted on, and made of gold or containing acid, explosive
material, or caustic, noxious/lacrymal, or anesthetic gas; beans that, upon
striking the ground, cause immense vines to rapidly grow, suitable for scaling
great heights or tangling a target; paralytic "stardust" (aka pixie dust, fairy
dust, glittering death) capable of immobilizing a person on contact, even an
armored target such as Iron Man; "twinkie dust," a particulate spray that
hardened around the Vision's intangible form and forced him to turn solid;
expanding jumping beans; virtually unbreakable golden straw to bind others;
whoopee cushions able to generate malodorous hurricane-strength winds; exploding
jacks which produce blinding fireworks (possibly via magnesium flares);
electrified staffs and yo-yos; exploding silk scarves; flaming roses; and funny
foam to bind and/or blind or smother targets. They have also used more
conventional weapons such as meat cleavers, torches, or dense or sharpened
yo-yos used as striking weapons. They have also sometimes manipulated other
objects, such as when they made soup rise out of a bowl and turn into a powerful
corrosive that ate through a table in seconds. They have also conjured powerless
replicas of their costumes that maintain a filled appearance until collapsing
The Brothers Grimm have employed floating five-pointed stars, swings (hinged on a five-point star), crescent moons (which can also be used to pin others against walls), flying carpets, and small cloud banks to perch upon, and upon which they can travel at moderate speed. The clouds are solid enough to stand on and support others, though attacks launched at them typically pass through harmlessly; further, the clouds have been evaporated by intense heat. While allied with the Wizard, they used his anti-gravity disks as part of their arsenal.
They have appeared to suddenly vanish on certain occasions, though it may be that they actually have used a distraction to flee unseen at rapid speed. The Nathan Dolly Brothers Grimm could appear and vanish in a puff of smoke, but it is uncertain whether the Grimes brothers can do this.
Their abilities and the power of their implements of destruction were temporarily greatly enhanced by the Hell-lord Satannish, but they ultimately relinquished this power. At their enhanced level they possessed super-strength, lifting perhaps 2 tons, and their yo-yos could short-circuit Living Lightning's electrical form.Percy was initially unsure of himself, doubtful, and hesitant, while Barton was bold, cocksure, adventurous; however, the suits amplified certain aspects of their personalities, rendering them more adventurous, fearless, decisive, and imaginative. They delight in making puns when unleashing their weapons. The Grimes brothers have minimal combat experience and do not exercise regularly, though their costumes make them appear muscular. They have moderate skill as businessmen.
The Nathan Dolly Brothers Grimm also conjured dehydrating gas, detachable exploding hands, exploding Grimm grenades, hard beans that served as throwing weapons, and a pile of dough-like material that adhered to the face of its target. The Grimes brothers may be able to conjure these items as well.
Height: (Each) 5'10"
Weight: (Each) 210 lbs.
Eyes: (Percy) blue; (Barton) green
Hair: (Percy) black; (Barton) brown
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition: Brothers Grimm (fb) - BTS) - Long ago, the Elder God Chthon was imprisoned in Wundagore Mountain, in the Balkans of Central Europe. The demon infused the entire mountain and all that was in or on it with his mystical might.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition: Brothers Grimm (fb) - BTS) - Django Maximoff carved a number of dolls from the wood of Wundagore mountain. Due to Chthon's energies, the wood -- and therefore the dolls -- possessed great magical potential.
(Spider-Woman I#12 (fb) / Avengers I#182 (fb)) - Dolly sought out another doll that would give him the power he craved. In the Balkans (see comments), he chanced upon the old toymaker Django Maximoff, who had crafted small wooden death effigies which could be brought to life by one's own spirit. Dolly took two of these effigies, but did not realize the danger of having two dolls in the room at once; when he attempted to animate one of the dolls, his life essence was split into two and pulled into both dolls, leaving his body totally bereft of life, with no way to reverse the process. Dolly then mailed his doll-selves to his wife in America.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition: Brothers Grimm (fb) - BTS) - Back in the USA, Dolly researched the occult until he discovered a way to transfer his life essence from the dolls to full-sized manikins, which also gained magical powers. As the Brothers Grimm, or using only one form as Brother Grimm, he committed crimes and acts of mayhem.
(Iron Man I#187 (fb) - BTS) - After Priscilla Dolly's death, the Brothers Grimm costumes and life-sized manikins were left in the Playhouse Theater.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe#2: Brothers Grimm / New Avengers: Most Wanted Files) - Dolly's powers were apparently transferred into the costumes. It is unclear whether Nathan Dolly's spirit possesses the costumes as well.
(Iron Man I#188 (fb) - BTS) - Percy and Barton were involved in "some questionable business ventures."
(Iron Man I#187 (fb) - BTS) - After their parents' deaths, Percy and Barton Grimes inherited their reality company, Grimes and Grimes Inc.
(Iron Man I#188 (fb) - BTS) - Winston Agronsky beat the Grimes brothers' bid on the Pines restaurant.
(Iron Man I#187 (fb) - BTS) - Barton arranged the purchase of the dilapidated Playhouse Theater in Los Angeles, California, intending to convert it into an x-rated movie theater.
(Iron Man I#187 (fb)) - While exploring the Playhouse Theater, Percy and Barton encountered the Brothers Grimm-costumed manikins, and Barton recognized them for what they were.
(Iron Man I#188 (fb) - BTS) - Despite Percy's argument, Barton tried on one of the costumes, suspecting that the theater hid the tricks the Brothers Grimm had performed.
(Iron Man I#188) - Barton unintentionally shot golden thread from the costume's gloves, and the two realized that the costumes themselves hid the Brothers Grimm's tricks.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC#2 - Brothers Grimm) - The Grimes brothers went to New York to test their costumes by allying themselves with Cottonmouth and Unicorn against Falcon, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
(Iron Man I#188) - The next day, Percy put on the other costume, and Barton showed him how he could make golden eggs appear from thin air, and recommended they learn the costumes' capacities by testing them under field conditions. Barton further convinced Percy to do this in the Pines restaurant, arguing that the masks would hide their identities, and that Agronsky deserved it for beating their bid. They then appeared mid-restaurant, floating atop a giant star, and told everyone to leave the premises (or they'd be sorry) because they had taken supernatural control of the establishment, which they demonstrated by causing a woman's soup to explode from her bowl and eat through the table. Unbeknownst to the new Brothers Grimm (as Barton announced themselves as), Jim Rhodes was dining at the Pines alongside his friends Tony Stark and Clytemnestra & Morley Erwin, and he pretended to leave, then changed into his Iron Man costume and attacked them with his repulsors, knocking them out of the Pines. One brother, presumably Barton, hurled a pair of pies at Iron Man, and a flock of blackbirds (about four and twenty) burst out of the pies. Regaining his composure, Iron Man tackled the brothers, only to find he had captured empty and powerless costumes, while the real Brothers Grimm escaped secretly atop a floating cloud. Percy agreed that the suits made them virtually unbeatable, noting that since he had donned his, he had become stronger, more decisive, and more imaginative. Barton was pleased in his improved personality, and Percy voted that they go after Agronsky again.
Later that week, frustrated that he had been made a fool of, Iron Man hung out by the Pines, waiting for a second chance. The Brothers Grimm indeed showed up, and Iron Man flew at them, knocking one off their cloud, while the other hit Iron Man with a bunch of acid-containing eggs. When the acid failed to eat through his armor as swiftly as hoped, the free Brother cast a number of tiny seeds to the ground, and soon enormous vines erupted, ensnaring Iron Man and allowing the other Brother to escape his grasp. Iron Man used his uni-beam's laser to burn the vines, but the Pines caught on fire as well. When Iron Man flew at them again, a Brother cast handfulls of "stardust" / "fairy dust" / "glittering death" at him, causing his armor to seized up, and he crashed to the ground while the Brothers escaped.
However, Tony Stark -- recalling Percy having initially referred to himself and Barton as the Grimes brothers -- did some research, learned that their company has lost a bid on the Pines restaurant, and tipped off the police, who arrested the Grimes brothers (catching them out of costume) on suspicion of arson and malicious mischief.
(Captain America I#330 (fb) - BTS) - Posing as a crimelord, the Shroud recruited a number of Los Angeles-based criminals, including the Brothers Grimm, as his Night Shift to help him oppose other criminals allegedly to eliminate competition for their own benefit. They used the sewers for transportation.
(Captain America I#330 (fb) - BTS) - The Shroud had Night Shift target the misshapen rejects of the strength-augmenting Power Broker program who had been cast into the sewers. Night Shift apprehended 29 of the creatures.
(Captain America I#330) - As part of the Night Shift, the Brothers Grimm appeared in the Los Angeles sewers alongside Gypsy Moth, the Needle, and Tatterdemalion, aiding Captain America against the misshapen rejects from the Power Broker program. They each floated on clouds and used attacks such as blackbird-filled pies, eggs with arms, legs and faces painted on them, and giant beanstalks. The Shroud (with Dansen Macabre, Digger, Tick-Tock, and the Werewolf) convinced Captain America to feign defeat and then had Dansen Macabre perform her dance to enslave him to their service, though the Shroud protected Captain America from its effects by placing black patches of darkforce over his irises. Captain America then joined forces with Night Shift to track down the Power Broker. Creating a floating swing, one of the Grimms helped the Needle gain the height to entrance the guard at Power Broker's estate, then they opened the gate and let everyone else in. The Brothers on the Power Broker's strength-augmented goons with eggs while floating atop a flying carpet, allowing Captain America to enter the mansion and confront Power Broker himself.
(Captain America I#331) - The Night Shift secured the rest of Power Broker's estate, and Captain America let them all go.
(Captain America I#331 - BTS) - They subsequently took all of the failed augments they had previously captured to the Power Broker estate for treatment, and they virtually leveled the estate.
(Solo Avengers#3/2) - Seeking Jack Russell, Moon Knight traveled to the Tower of Shadows where he fought the Shroud as part of a test to determine if he was worthy of joining the Night Shift. The Brothers Grimm and the rest of the Night Shift observed the battle, and Moon Knight declined the Shroud's offer of replacing him as leader of the Night Shift.
(West Coast Avengers#40) - After Mockingbird captured Digger, who was violently subduing vigilantes, the Night Shift decided to take vengeance on the Avengers branch for interfering in their operations (one of the Brothers wanted to break into the police station and free Digger, but he was out-voted). They subsequently invaded Avengers Compound, unaware that Mockingbird had parted ways with them and was working in a sub-group including only herself, Tigra, and Moon Knight. Guided by Tick-Tock, one of the Brothers used his precognitive abilities to recommend they not use the Funny Foam or the Exploding Eggs, but rather the Twinkie-dust, a particulate spray that hardened around the Vision's intangible form, turning him solid. The Vision, in return, used his solar beam to evaporate the cloud upon which they were floating, causing them to fall to the ground below. They then hurled a few dozen expanding jumping beans at the Scarlet Witch, who used a hex against them, which only served to turn them into giant cotton balls that ensnared her, preventing her from casting any further hexes. Eventually Wonder Man returned and helped turn the tide. After he and the Vision freed Wanda, the Brothers tried to bind her anew with golden straw, but Wanda's hex blew it back at them, binding them instead. The Avengers captured the Night Shift, but the Shroud soon freed them. Recognizing the Shroud and understanding that he was guiding the Night Shift, Hawkeye ordered the others to let them go.
(Avengers Spotlight#22) - After Crossfire put out a price on Hawkeye's arm, the Brothers Grimm ambushed him during a marriage counseling session, starting with an exploding egg hurled into the office. One then smashed a pie into Mockingbird's face, after which many blackbirds were released and began pecking at her face. Floating atop a cloud and a swing, a Brother later used his fairy dust to paralyze Mockingbird, and Hawkeye nailed both of them in the chest with blunt arrows. One of the Brothers (Percy?) nearly revealed why they were attacking Hawkeye before the other stopped him, then one stopped another of Hawkeye's arrows with an acid-filled egg, while the other used a magical whoopee cushion to generate a smelly wind to nearly knock him off the top of a building. When they came after him again, however, he blinded them with a smoke arrow and then trapped them within a cable-arrow, leaving them unable to throw anything else at him. Mad Dog and Bobcat then arrived and began attacking Hawkeye to earn the bounty.
(Avengers Spotlight#24) - The Brothers Grimm (one wielding a pie and the other a yo-yo) joined Crossfire, Bobcat, the Bullet Biker, Death-Throws, and Mad Dog in an en masse assault on Hawkeye.
(Avengers Spotlight#25) - Trickshot and Mockingbird joined Hawkeye in fighting off the attackers. Mockingbird took out both Brothers, one with a battle stave, and the other by knocking some of Bombshell's bombs into him.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#159) - As part of the Acts of Vengeance, the Wizard broke Percy and Barton Grimes out of the Los Angeles County Jail by using anti-gravity disks to lift their prison cell into the air. He returned their costumes (which he'd retrieved from the property warehouse), and told them that he would have others go after Iron Man if they would take out Spider-Man. They agreed and, based on advice from Dr. Doom (or a Doombot) on where to find him, the Wizard used a number of anti-gravity disks to lift Madison Square Garden into the air, attracting Spider-Man's attention. Floating atop clouds, they ambushed him with pies (with the blackbirds replaced with dynamite), which he ducked, but was then forced to save civilians who were knocked off the levitated structure by the dynamite; as he did so, they egged him with tear gas, then used a device from the Wizard to deactivate his anti-gravity disks, causing MSG to fall straight down towards Spidey. At the time, however, Spidey had gained the cosmic Uni-Power, and he generated a huge volume of webbing that caused MSG to stop its rapid descent and lower to the ground in a controlled fashion. Realizing that his power was way out of their league, the Brothers took off. Spidey pursued and they hurled a torch and an exploding silk scarf at him, but he easily dodged, then caught the Brothers on their feet with webbing and slammed them together, knocking them out.
(Web of Spider-Man#64) - After Spider-Man's cosmic powers had faded, Graviton broke the Brothers Grimm, Titania, and the Trapster out of a prison transport headed for the Colorado Rockies' Vault and convinced them to join him in traveling to New York. There they met with the Chameleon who offered them -- along with Goliath (Erik Josten) -- $100, 000 each to kill Spider-Man. Graviton lured out Spider-Man by levitating the Daily Bugle building again, and the villains ambushed him when he arrived. The Brothers attacked with exploding pies and flaming roses, which Spidey easily dodged, but he then took a number of hits from Goliath, Titania, and Graviton. Spidey changed tactics, turning his attackers' assaults against the others, such as dodging the Trapster's paste so it would bind the Brothers and dodging their shock-streamers so they would nail the Trapster instead. Graviton then tossed Spider-Man into the atmosphere.
(Web of Spider-Man#65) - The villains went to collect their bounty from the Chameleon, but found him gone, having left only a note hinting that the con/operation had been planned jointly by the Chameleon and Kingpin. Falling for the trick and unable to locate the Chameleon, the criminals went to get their money from the Kingpin. Having returned to the ground by catching a passing plane, Spider-Man found the villains just as they were confronting the Kingpin. Focusing on them each one at a time, Spidey took out the other super-villains. The Brothers Grimm hurled tear gas and exploding pies at him, but after feigning falling before their assault, he ambushed them both, taking them out with a single blow.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#87/4) - Back with the Night Shift, the Brothers accompanied the Werewolf and Mockingbird (?) in helping the Shroud capture the criminal Manny and his gang who had been assaulting the elderly to set up a racketeering ring.
(Captain America I#420 (fb) - BTS) - Learning the Shroud was actually using them for heroic purposes and wasn't a criminal at all, they dumped him.
(Avengers West Coast#76 (fb) - BTS) - Night Shift (Brothers Grimm, Dansen Macabre, Gypsy Moth, Misfit, Needle, Tatterdemalion, Tick-Tock) joined forces with the Hangman (Jason Roland), who promised to make them a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.
(Avengers West Coast#76) - Hangman, the Brothers, and Gypsy Moth attacked the set of the "The Demon who Devoured Hollywood" movie. The Brothers attacked with acid-eggs, but the villains soon found themselves outclassed by Wonder Man, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), and Living Lightning, who were present on the set. Via jacks that exploded like magnesium flares, the Brothers and their allies escaped while the others were regaining their vision. Regrouping with the rest of Night Shift back at the Tower of Shadows, Hangman proved his power to the criminals, convincing them of his leadership ability, then told them to join him to gain greater power.
(Avengers West Coast#76 - BTS / Avengers West Coast#77 (fb) - BTS) - In exchange for their souls, Satannish amplified the powers of Night Shift, though the villains were apparently influenced by magic to agree to this pact, or they just failed to appreciate the full ramifications of what they were doing.
(Avengers West Coast#76) - Hangman and Night Shift attacked the Avengers West Coast branch (Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, USAgent) as they met with Stella Houston to discuss the movie's past problems. The Brothers demonstrated superhuman strength by nearly tearing USAgent's arms out of their sockets before he tossed them away. Ultimately Night Shift captured the heroes, brought them to the Tower of Shadows, bound them to an altar, and then performed a spell to summon Satannish to feed on them.
(Avengers West Coast#77) - Iron Man and Living Lightning followed Digger to Night Shift, and Satannish instructed Hangman and his allies to finish them off so he could feed in peace, but Iron Man freed the other Avengers. Using their enhanced powers, the Brothers used a pair of yo-yos to short-circuit Living Lightning, but then Dansen Macabre transported the Tower of Shadows, including Hangman, Night Shift, and Satannish, away, leaving the Avengers behind. Several other members captured Wonder Man and brought him before the others. Wonder Man agreed to join with Night Shift and allow the Hangman to make the movie "Night Shift Takes Hollywood," planning to wait for the best time to take them out without anyone else getting hurt.
(Avengers West Coast#78) - Night Shift overpowered Wonder Man in their on-screen battle for the movie, but Hangman became irate upon learning that USAgent was now starring in "The Demon who Devoured Hollywood," and he decided to have Night Shift kidnap its director and force him to co-direct their film. Realizing Wonder Man would betray them the first chance he got, the Night Shift knocked him out, then stormed the "The Demon who Devoured Hollywood" movie set. After Tick-Tock froze USAgent in time, the Brothers joined their teammates in pummeling him unconscious. Hangman then announced over television that they would film the funerals of USAgent and Wonder Man unless the rest of the Avengers showed up for a battle royal climax to their "Night Shift Takes Hollywood" movie.
(Avengers West Coast#79) - Dansen Macabre transported Night
Shift, Hangman, their Tower of Shadows, its hill, and their prisoners (held
within plastic cocoons presumably made by the Brothers) outside the Griffith
Observatory, the scene for their planned battle. The Brothers carried the film
equipment and used a flying carpet to transport the film crew there. The crew
futilely tried to fight back against Night Shift, including using hair spray
against one of the Brothers' eyes, but they were swiftly overpowered. After the
Avengers (Hawkeye, Iron Man, Living Lightning, Mockingbird, Scarlet Witch)
arrived, the Brothers turned the cocoons into mush so that both teams would be
at full strength. The Brothers lifted the Scarlet Witch high into the air on
their cloud and then tossed her off. The violent energies expended in battle
allowed Satannish to access the earthly plane again. As the Brothers used
electrified staffs to stun Iron Man, the Scarlet Witch -- having landed on some
bushes -- magically summoned Dr. Strange for help. Aided by Wanda's probability
alterations, Strange summoned Night Shift's souls, which returned to the
villains. Regaining their senses and their sense of what was at stake, Night
Shift learned from Wanda and Strange that Satannish had planned to absorb the
souls of everyone watching the battle on television, and they agreed to lend
their new power against Satannish. Via Agamotto and Hoggoth, Strange transferred
Night Shift's power to the Avengers, and they forced Satannish to return to his
The Avengers watched over Night Shift until the authorities arrived.
(Captain America I#420) - After the Blazing Skull (Jim Scully) attacked Digger, the Brothers Grimm (standing atop floating crescent moons) joined Misfit and Needle in coming to his rescue and finding that Captain America had joined him. They attacked, one with a pair of meat cleavers and the other with a buzz saw-like yo-yo, but when the Blazing Skull charged them, they instead launched their crescents at him, pinning him to the wall. They then assaulted him with their bladed weapons, but found him too durable to injure thusly. Misfit accidentally dropped one of the Brothers with a wide punch aimed at Cap, and Blazing Skull then shoved the crescents back into the other Brother. As the first Brother struggled to rise, Blazing Skull asked the other Brother about the nature of their powers; when he refused, Blazing Skull and Cap smacked the two Brothers' heads together, knocking them out. The police arrived soon after.
(Avengers Unplugged#4) - The Brothers Grimm attended the wedding of the Absorbing Man and Titania. The Avengers showed up to battle the assembled super-villains, but the Brothers weren't seen doing much fighting, except when they scrambled for fragments of the Absorbing Man's ball and chain after he had turned into diamond and shattered it against the Vision.
(New Avengers: Most Wanted Files (fb) - BTS) - The Brothers Grimm were recaptured and imprisoned in the Raft, the maximum security prison of Ryker's Island.
(New Avengers I#1) - Employed by the Savage Land Mutates, Electro arranged a breakout from the Raft. At least one of the Brothers Grimm was among those released from their cell.
(New Avengers I#2 / New Avengers I#3 (fb) - BTS / New Avengers I#4 (fb) - BTS / New Avengers: Most Wanted Files) - Cage, Captain America, Iron Man, Sentry, Spider-Man, and Spider-Woman worked to contain the criminals, though 42 escaped, including the Brother(s) Grimm.
(Avengers: The Initiative Annual#1/2 (fb)) - The Brothers Grimm were defeated by neophyte hero Armory (Violet Lightner) in San Francisco.
(New Avengers I#35) - One of the Brothers Grimm was among the large number of super-villains who met with the Hood, hearing and apparently accepting his position as the new Kingpin of super-villain crime. For their attendance, they were given $25,000.
(New Avengers Annual#2) - "Brother Grimm" was part of the Hood's super-villain army that ambushed the "New" Avengers' base at Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. He was incapacitated by the Zom-powered Dr. Strange and then taken into custody by SHIELD.
(New Avengers I#46 (fb) - BTS) - The captured brother was apparently freed by the Hood.
(Last Defenders#1) - Nighthawk and Gargoyle attacked the Brothers Grimm at the Grand Coulee Electric Power Station in Washington State when the villains sought to destroy the facility with explosives. The heroes defeated both villains soundly. While their true mission remains unrevealed, it was reported that a new Gypsy Moth tried a similar attack in Texas.
(Secret Invasion#6-7; 8 - BTS) - The Brothers Grimm were part of the Hood's Army who joined the Central Park fight with the Skrull invaders. The Hood's army departed after Veranke's death.
(New Avengers I#50) - When Cage's Avengers tried to lure Osborn's Avengers into a trap at an old Hellfire Club base, Osborn instead contacted the Hood who led his super-villain army to assault Cage's Avengers (Cage, Captain America/James Barnes, Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ronin/Clint Barton, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, Wolverine/Logan/James Howlett). Brothers Grimm joined the Hood, Answer, Blackout, Blood Brother, Centurius, Chemistro, Corruptor, Crossfire, Cutthroat, Dr. Demonicus, [Dormammu], Griffin, Jigsaw, Living Laser, Madame Masque, Mandrill, Razor-Fist, Scarecrow, Shockwave, Slug, Vermin, Wizard, the Wrecking Crew in this assault. Ms. Marvel channeled Spider-Woman's power to stun the criminals and allow the Avengers to escape.
(Dark Reign: The Cabal#1/3) - The Brothers Grimm were at the funeral where the Hood delivered a short eulogy that acted more like a warning to members of his army.
(Punisher VII#5) - At the Hood's orders, Hyde, Razor-Fist, Grizzly, and the Brothers Grimm attacked the Punisher to protect Microchip. The Punisher hit them all with an alien gun that encased the villains in a dense alien ice.
(Marvel Zombies 4#1) - The Brothers Grimm were standing behind the Hood when he was contacted by Black Talon about acquiring a zombie virus.
(Dark Reign: The Hood#2) - One of the Brothers Grimm hung out at one of the Hood's safe houses.
(Dark Reign: The Hood#4) - The Brothers Grimm hung out at one of the Hood's safe houses.
(Dark Reign: The Hood#5) - The Brothers Grimm were present when the Controller discussed to vote for a new leader in Hood's absence and later witnessed the Hood defeating Force on the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York.
(Avengers: The Initiative#25) - Later, the Brothers Grimm as part of the Hood's army took base at the Initiative headquarters at Camp HAMMER in New Mexico, posing as registered super-heroes under Osborn's regime.
(Avengers: The Initiative#26) - The Brothers Grimm were among
the recruits training and saw the demonic Hood eat recruit Vampiro for
Percy was later beaten up badly at the presidential suite in the Hotel Santa Fe by Tigra, who filmed it as a message for the Hood.
(Avengers: The Initiative#27) - Bart brought his beaten up brother with Tigra's message back to Camp HAMMER.
(New Avengers I#55) - When the Hood went missing with Madame Masque and John King, the other members of his gang argued over who would take a leadership role. Jonas Harrow soon announced his plans to use a power inhibitor against the Avengers. Members of the Hood's gang included: Piledriver, Thunderball, Bulldozer, Wrecker, Griffin, Tiger Shark, Brothers Grimm, Living Laser, Blood Brother, Blackout, Corruptor, Crossfire, Mandrill, Dr. Demonicus, Shockwave, Scarecrow, Corruptor, Chemistro, and others.
(New Avengers I#56) - When the Hood's powers failed, his army revolted, under the leadership of Jonas Harrow, who used a device to cancel out the powers of the New Avengers (Ronin, Mockingbird, Captain America, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage) and Osborn's Avengers (Iron Patriot, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ares, Sentry, Hawkeye), Members of the Hood's army gathered to make their demands, including Crossfire, Cutthroat, the Brothers Grimm, Mr. Hyde, Mandrill, Razor-Fist, Armadillo, Scarecrow, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Wrecker, Thunderball, Chemistro, and Dr. Demonicus.
(New Avengers I#57) - The Brothers Grimm watched Osborn agree to Harrow's terms. The power dampener switched off, allowing the New Avengers to escape via a Quinjet that blasted the assembled army of villains.
(New Avengers I#60) - A furious Hood returned to his army and killed Jonas Harrow for his betrayal. Hood chided the criminals for their panicked actions, and told them they now had to follow Osborn's orders. Osborn told them to hunt the unregistered heroes and bring them back, dead or alive.
(New Avengers I#61) - The Hood used the Asgardian Norn Stones to give those in his army the ability to track down the targeted heroes, increasing their own strength and power as well.
(Invincible Iron Man#20) - The Brothers Grimm attended a meeting at Avengers Tower with several other criminals, where Norman Osborn told them that the bounty was now off of Tony Stark's head.
(Avengers: The Initiative#28) - Bart was sent alongside other members of the villain army and the Initiative teams the U-Foes and Freedom Force to apprehend rogue team the Heavy Hitters. The fight escalated with the arrival of the New Warriors who rescued Heavy Hitters members Nonstop and Telemetry while leaving Prodigy behind at his request. Bart joined the other Initiative loyalists in a dogpile on Prodigy.
(Avengers: The Initiative#29) - Tigra knocked out Bart in his hotel room at the Heavy Hitters' Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
(Avengers: The Initiative#31) - Bart was among the recruits presented to Norman Osborn by Taskmaster at an inspection.
(New Avengers I#64 (fb)) - The Hood approached his army and let them know of Osborn's offer to make them certified heroes if they participated in the siege on Asgard.
(Avengers: The Initiative#33) - The Brothers Grimm were among the villains defending Camp HAMMER when the Avengers Resistance attacked it.
(Avengers: The Initiative#34) - During the battle for Camp: HAMMER, the Hood ordered his men, including the Brothers Grimm, to teleport with him to Asgard to aid Osborn in battle.
(New Avengers I#63/Siege#3) - The Brothers Grimm participated in the ensuing battle with Asgard.
(New Avengers I#64 - BTS) - Later, during the siege of Asgard, Loki took away all their additional powers as the city crashed around them.
(Siege#4) - Affected by the power loss one of the Brothers Grimm wondered what was going on.
(Invincible Iron Man#33) - The Brothers Grimm attacked a factory and were quickly defeated by Iron Man and Spider-Woman.
(Secret Avengers I#29) - The Brothers Grimm joined the Masters of Evil alongside hundreds of members in Bagalia. They attacked John Steele on behalf of Max Fury; Steele later died.
(Secret Avengers I#30) - The Masters of Evil were taken over by the Abyss, who sought to spread them to the outside world.
(Secret Avengers I#31 - BTS) - The Abyss-possessed villains moved to Bagalia's borders as the Secret Avengers tried to stop them.
(Secret Avengers I#32) - The Abyss was vanquished and the Avengers let the villains go free, having no authority in Bagalia.
(Secret Avengers II#2) - The Brothers Grimm were among the villains of Bagalia who battled the Secret Avengers, who sought to free Taskmaster.
(Venom II#38) - Venom defeated the Brothers Grimm in the Philadelphia area.
Comments: Created by Denny O'Neil, Luke McDonnell, and Steve Mitchell.
The Brothers Grimm also had an appearance in Code of Honor#3. They teamed up with Cottonmouth and Unicorn during "Secret Wars" against Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Falcon. Continuity-wise, this appearance is a problem as it would've occurred before the Grimes brothers found the costumes. Maybe someone else used the costumes for a short time and then returned them to the theater.
Or maybe it was Nathan Dolly animating them?
Or maybe it was them. Thx to whoever included this appearance in their OHotMU A-Z Hardcover#2 entry.
Profile by Snood.
The Grimes brothers should be distinguished from:
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New Avengers: Avengers Most Wanted Files main image, derived from the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#2: Brothers Grimm entry
insets from Iron Man I#187 (or 188?)
Iron Man I#188, Cover (in action)
Last Defenders#1, p4, pan3 (alternate costume)
Invincible Iron Man#33, p26, pan2 (alternate costume 2)
Iron Man I#187 (October, 1984) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Luke McDonnell (penciler), Steve Mitchell (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Iron Man I#188 (November, 1984) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Steve Mitchell (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Captain America I#330 (June, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Tom Morgan (penciler), Sam De La Rosa (inker), Don Daley (editor)
Captain America I#331 (July, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (pencil breakdowns), Vince Colletta (ink finishes), Don Daley (editor)
Solo Avengers#3 (February, 1988) - Roger Stern (scripter), Bob Hall (penciler), Stan Drake (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
West Coast Avengers#40 (January, 1989) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Gustovich (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#22 (September, 1989) - Howard Mackie (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Don Heck (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#24 (November, 1989) - Howard Mackie (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Don Heck (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#24 (November, 1989) - Howard Mackie (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Tom Morgan (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#159 (December, 1989) - Gerry Conway (script), Sal Buscema (breakdowns), Mike Esposito (finishes), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Web of Spider-Man#64-65 (May-June, 1990) - Gerry Conway (script), Alex Saviuk (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#87/4 (1991) - Eric Fein (writer), Ron Wilson (penciler), Harry Candelario (inker), Terry Kavanaugh (editor)
Avengers West Coast#76-77 (November-December, 1991) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), David Ross, Tim Dzon (inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Avengers West Coast#78-79 (January-February, 1992) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), David Ross, Tim Dzon (inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Captain America I#420 (October, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Avengers Unplugged#4 (April, 1996) - Glenn Herdling (writer), John Statema (penciler), Scott Koblish (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Code of Honor#3 (April, 1997) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Bob Wakelin, Derick Gross & Paul Lee (artists), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative Annual#1/2 (January, 2008) - Dan Slott & Christos Gage (writers), Clayton Henry (penciler), Paul Neary (inker), Molly Lazer (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#1-4 (January-April, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki, Mark Morales (#2), Allen Martinez (#3) & Victor Olazaba (#3) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#35 (December, 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Yu (artist), Molly Lazer (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers Annual#2 (March, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Carlo Pagulayan (penciler), Jeff Huet (inker), Molly Lazer (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Last Defenders#1 (May, 2008) - Joe Casey (writer), Jim Muniz (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Secret Invasion#6-7 (November-December, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#46 (December, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Invasion#8 (January, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#50 (April, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Jeanine Schaefer, Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: The Cabal#1/3 (June, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Max Fiumara (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Punisher VII#5 (July, 2009) - Rick Rememnder (writer), Jerome Opena (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Marvel Zombies 4#2 (July, 2009) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Kev Walker (penciler/inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Dark Reign: The Hood#2 (August, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#25 (September, 2009) - Christos Gage (writer), Humberto Ramos (penciler/inker), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#26 (September, 2009) - Christos Gage (writer), Rafa Sandoval (penciler), Roger Bonet (inker), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
New Avengers I#56 (October, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler), Wade von Grawbadger (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#27 (October, 2009) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Bill Rosemann & Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Dark Reign: The Hood#4-5 (October-November, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
New Avengers I#57 (November, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#29 (December, 2009) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Jorge Molina (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Invincible Iron Man#20 (January, 2010) - Matt Fraction (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler/inker), Warren Simons (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#31 (February, 2010) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
New Avengers I#60 (February, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade Von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#61 (March, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen & Daniel Acuna (pencils), Wade Von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#33 (April, 2010) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Jorge Molina (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#34 (May, 2010) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Jorge Molina (pencils), Andrew Hennessy (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
New Avengers I#63-64 (May-June, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike McKone (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Siege#3-4 (May-June, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Olivier Coipel (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Invincible Iron Man#33 (February, 2011) - Matt Fraction (writer), Jamie McKelvie (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Secret Avengers I#29-32 (September-December, 2012) - Rick Remender (writer), Matteo Scalera (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Avengers II#2 (May, 2013) - Nick Spencer (writer), Luke Ross (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Venom II#38 (September, 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Kim Jacinto (artist), Sana Amanat (editor)
Last updated: 01/13/15
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