Real Name: Herbert Zemo, Baron Zemo

Identity/Class: Human (Holy Roman Empire; 16th century)

Occupation: Baron

Group Membership: Leader of his own army

Affiliations: Kleinenshvitz (see comments), Helmut Zemo (13th Baron Zemo; time-displaced)

Enemies: Catholic Church, his own generals and many others

Known RelativesHarbin Zemo (great-grandfather, deceased), Hademar Zemo (grandfather, deceased), Heller Zemo (father, deceased), Helmuth Zemo (son, deceased), two other unidentified sons, Hackett Zemo (grandson, deceased), Hartwig Zemo (great-grandson, deceased), Hilliard Zemo (great-great-grandson, deceased), Hoffman Zemo (great-great-great-grandson, deceased), Hobart Zemo (great-great-great-great-grandson, deceased), Herman Zemo (great-great-great-great-great-grandson, deceased), Heinrich Zemo (great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson, deceased), Helmut Zemo (great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson), Gretchen Zemo, Hilda Zemo, Heike Zemo, Isla Zemo, (extended family by marriages), Miss Klein, Wendell Volker, Fleischtung (distant relatives)

Aliases: Baron Zemo

Base of Operations: Castle Zemo in Zeulniz, South of Leipzig, Holy Roman Empire, 16th century

First Appearance: Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#2 (May, 2007)

Powers/Abilities: None. Herbert was a trained swordsman and a veteran in battles wearing a chainmail for protection.


(Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#2) - Herbert, son of Heller, was the fourth Baron Zemo. He was a bear of a warrior.

(Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#4 (fb) - BTS) - Herbert expanded Zemo Keep's control of trade and commerce with his armies. He nearly incited a holy war with the Papacy.

(Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#2) - In 1556 he fought side-by-side with a time-displaced Helmut Zemo.

(Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#4 (fb) - BTS) - Herbert was eventually assassinated by his own generals, who feared the reprisals of all the enemies who had united against him. Because his two eldest sons died young he was succeeded by his youngest son Helmuth.

Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza, Tom Grummett & Gary Erskine.

A heretic? I presume that makes him a protestant. Persecution of protestants was the norm in this era.

I'm pretty sure the Kleinenshvitz family continued to work with Herbert as they did with his father.

Profile by Markus Raymond.

Hademar Zemo is not related to:

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Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#2 (May, 2007) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (pencils), Gary Erskine (inks), Molly Lazer (editor)
Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#4 (July, 2007) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (pencils), Gary Erskine (inks), Molly Lazer (editor)

Last updated: 01/29/06

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