Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly Baron von Emmelman (see comments)

Identity/Class: Human mutate (WWII era)

Occupation: Swamp monster

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Unrevealed

Enemies: Unrevealed

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Unrevealed

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: (Historical) Air Fighters#3 (December, 1942); (Marvel) Avengers I#92 (September, 1971)

Powers/Abilities: Unrevealed. It is presumed the Heap was extremely durable and possibly possessed super-strength.


(All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z 2006#4) - The Heap existed during World War II, but his adventures have yet to be determined.

(Avengers I#92 (fb)-BTS) - Rick Jones reminisced about reading comics based on super heroes of the WWII-era - including the Heap - when he was a kid. Many of these heroes, he later learned, were based on real beings.

Comments: Created by Mort Leiv and Harry Stein; adapted to Marvel by Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema and George Roussos.

The Heap is a convoluted character in comics history. Originally created by a company called Hillman as a WWI German pilot named Baron von Emmelman who died and was reborn as a muck monster, Heap apparently fell into the public domain at some point. Though revived by Eclipse and later Image (sort of), the character first re-appeared in the Silver Age in this one-panel cameo. Rick Jones remembers all of the heroes he once read about and noted that many of them turned out to be real. Roy Thomas, who is always throwing little tidbits from the Golden Age into his books, included several non-Marvel characters, one of which was the Heap. The dialogue left it vague as to whether or not the Heap was one of the "realies" (as Jones called them) or just a made-up comic book character. However, the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe 2006 A-Z's profile for the Glob (Timms) noted that the Heap did indeed exist on Earth-616 during World War II, though his adventures on such were completely undocumented.

More on the character can be found on Loki's site: Heap

Profile by Madison Carter.

Heap has no known connections to

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Avengers I#92, page 12, panel 4

Last updated: 011/16/08

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