COUNT BORNAG ROYALE
Real Name: Bornag Royale
Identity/Class: Normal human of unknown citizenship (not USA)
Group Membership: AIM, Hydra
Enemies: Red Skull, Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: AIM base in North America
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#79 (July, 1966)
Powers/Abilities: None beyond those of a normal human.
(Tales of Suspense I#79/2) - Count Bornag Royale was an AIM executive and well aware of AIM's activities. He knew that AIM had given their Hypno-Helmet to the Red Skull to kill Captain America. In the AIM headquarters, Count Royale was assigned the mission to discredit Nick Fury or kill him. Royale could see the Cosmic Cube in its first moments of existence, and understood that the unbelievably powerful device had to be well-defended from the Red Skull's hands.
(Strange Tales I#146/1) - Using a neutral European nation's jet, Count Royale landed on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, formally representing AIM, under diplomatic immunity. He was inspected by two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who found a Q-Bomb model in his case and confiscated it. Later, Royale talked to a group of generals and senators, presenting AIM as a pacific organization without nationality, established in 1962 and composed of scientists and geniuses. At that time, S.H.I.E.L.D. was pursuing and attacking bases of a criminal organization known only as "Them," but AIM was actually a branch of "Them." Royale started to press on the high ranks of the army and the government, trying to convice them that AIM was ready to offer their high technology to S.H.I.E.L.D., but that they would never do it while Nick Fury was in command.
(Strange Tales I#147/1) - The audience asked to Royale to demonstrate how the AIM invention could make American cities bombproof, but he did not, instead placing the blame on Colonel Fury for the confiscation of the Q-Bomb, which he claimed was necessary for the demonstration. He later left the Helicarrier and reached a hidden AIM post where he observed an attempt to ambush Fury in the Barbershop.
(Strange Tales I#148/1 (fb) - BTS) - The situation provoked by Royale forced the Council of Free Nations to bring Fury before a board of inquiry.
(Strange Tales I#148/1) - From a base hidden under a hill outside New York, Royale observed another attempt on Nick Fury's life, which failed. Some days later, Royale stood as a witness before the Council against Fury's policy and image. Fury fled from the trial, jumping down from the Helicarrier. Royale believed him dead.
(Strange Tales I#149/1) - Fury had instead reached the S.H.I.E.L.D. base and thwarted AIM's plans to steal a Life Model Decoy. Royale, still on the Helicarrier, believed his enemy dead and left the flying base. He did not notice that Sitwell had attached a tiny radio-transmitter to his jacket and had followed him to the hidden North American headquarters on some rocky hills. But after Royale entered in the base, it exploded, leaving flames, rubble and chaos. "Them" had finished AIM when their usefulness ended.
(Tales of Suspense I#82/2) - The base was examined by S.H.I.E.L.D. and not everything had been destroyed. Bornag was found there, alive and wounded, and was captured, while the Super-Adaptoid had escaped.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils) & Frank Giacoia (inks).
"Them" was actually Hydra, and AIM was one of its limbs. Royale and other AIM soldiers knew about the existence of a wider organization, "Them," which included AIM, and also knew they had some "brothers" like the Secret Empire, also depending on "Them" (see Strange Tales I#147/1 and I#149/1).
Ian Fleming's 007 flavors were again recalled by Count Bornag's name, in particular one of his books: "Casino Royale".
Profile by Spidermay.
Count Bornag Royale has no known connections to
Strange Tales I#148/1, p3, pan5 (main image)
Strange Tales I#146/1, p9, pan5 (head shot)
Tales of Suspense I#79/1 (July, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Strange Tales I#146/1 (July, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (layouts), Don Heck (pencils), Mickey DeMeo (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Strange Tales I#147/1 (August, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (layouts), Don Heck (pencils), Mickey DeMeo (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Strange Tales I#148/1 (September, 1966 ) - Jack Kirby (script and layouts), Don Heck (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Strange Tales I#149/1 (October, 1966 ) - Danny O'Neil (script), Jack Kirby (layouts), Ogden Whitney (art), Stan Lee (editor)
Tales of Suspense I#82/2 (October, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 01/24/08
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