HERMAN ZEMO

Real Name: Herman Zemo, Baron Zemo

Identity/Class: Human (German; World War I)

Occupation: Baron

Group Membership: Led his own regiment in the German Army; presumably Nazis (see comments)

Affiliations: German Army, Helmut Zemo (13th Baron Zemo; time-displaced)

Enemies: Union Jack (James Montgomery, Lord of Falsworth)

Known RelativesHarbin Zemo (great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, deceased), Hademar Zemo (great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, deceased), Heller Zemo (great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, deceased), Herbert Zemo (great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, deceased), Helmuth Zemo (great-great-great-great-grandfather, deceased), Hackett Zemo (great-great-great-grandfather, deceased), Hartwig Zemo (great-great-grandfather, deceased), Isla Zemo (great-great-grandmother, deceased), Hilliard Zemo (great-grandfather, deceased), Gretchen Zemo (great-grandmother, deceased), Hoffman Zemo (grandfather, deceased), Hobart Zemo (father, deceased), unidentified wife, Heinrich Zemo (son, deceased), Hilda Zemo (daughter-in-law, deceased), Helmut Zemo (grandson), Heike 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, Germany, World War I

First Appearance: Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#3 (June, 2007)

Powers/Abilities: None. He was a coldblooded commander, who used his knowledge in engineering and science to increase the effectiveness of weapons (including chemical weapons).

History:

(Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#4 (fb) - BTS) - Herman became Baron at a very young age and proved incapable of continuing his father's efforts. Like many other noblemen of his era he didn't do anything about the problems that eventually led to a weakening of the European states, which eventually led to the events preceeding World War I.

(Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#3) - To protect Zemo Keep, Herman fought with his soldiers along with the German Army against British invaders, but Castle Zemo was still heavily damaged during the war. One day a time-displaced Helmut Zemo fought in front of Herman Union Jack (James Montgomery) on the battlefield. Union Jack escaped after hurling Helmut into Herman and his soldiers, which angered Helmut's ancestor. Herman then ordered to bring out the cannons to fire mustard gas at the British soldiers. The surrounding hills were secured and Herman and his soldiers returned to the heavily damaged Castle Zemo. Inside the castle Herman added Union Jack's rifle to his weapon collection and then gloated over the effectiveness of their mustard gas with the additives he had developed. Helmut couldn't listen to Herman anymore and started leaving, but Herman stopped him and after Helmut told him how his face was damaged by gases, Herman wanted to study him. Helmut angrily attacked Herman, whose soldiers' immediately drew their guns on Helmut. Helmut pushed Herman into his soldiers, jumped through the window and was drawn to his next ancestor, his father Heinrich Zemo.

(Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#4 (fb) - BTS) - Herman died of a heart attack in 1921. Herman's studies in engineering and sciences inspired his son Heinrich, who continued to work in the same fields for Nazi Germany.

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

According to issue #3 the portrait of Herman in Castle Zemo was painted in 1932. The Swastika shown on Herman's hat makes it obvious that he had joined the NSDAP before his death though it could've been added by his son Heinrich.

Profile by Markus Raymond.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Herman Zemo has no known connection to:


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Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#3, p9, pan1 (main)


Appearances:
Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better#3-4 (June-July, 2007) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (pencils), Gary Erskine (inks), Molly Lazer (editor)


Last updated: 01/29/06

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