Real Name: Gregor (full name unrevealed) (see comments)
Identity/Class: Genetically modified human
formerly agent of Parnival Plunder;
formerly advisor and servant of the Kravinoff family
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Amy (last name unrevealed), Parnival Plunder (The Plunderer), Sergei Kravinoff (Kraven the Hunter), Vladimir Kravinoff (Grim Hunter), unidentified agents and servants of Vladimir Kravinoff, unidentified doctors;
formerly Hobgoblin (Macendale), the N'Galan tribe (several unidentified members)
Enemies: Bhadwuans (Zira, others), Ka-Zar (Plunder), Adam Kyle Matthew Plunder, Shanna O'Hara-Plunder, Spider-Man (Parker), Zabu, Zira, unidentified agents of Parnival Plunder
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Fool", Lord Gregor, "Stranger", "Teacher"
Base of Operations: A series of bases in the Savage Land, Antarctica
formerly the Kravinoff estate in Upstate New York
formerly the Kravinoff ancestral home, Russia, in the Ural Mountains
First Appearance: Spider-Man I#47 (June, 1994)
Powers/Abilities: Gregor acted as both teacher and servant to two generations of Kravinoffs, passing along his formidable hunting and wilderness survival skills. Well-versed in hand-to-hand combat, Gregor occasionally uses firearms but generally relies on knives as weaponry. He has used a potion of power to enhance his abilities, and donned insulated hunting garb, elements of which are possibly of a ceremonial nature. Gregor has also used an airskimmer, a hovering motorcycle-like vehicle, and is fluent in numerous languages including English, Russian, and N'Galan.
History: (Spider-Man I#48/Web of Spider-Man I#121/Ka-Zar III#1 (fb) - BTS) - A servant of the aristocratic Kravinoff family, Gregor trained and became a close friend to Sergei Kravinoff, who eventually became a world-renown game hunter.(Spider-Man I#48/Spider-Man I#50/Spider-Man I#54/Web of Spider-Man I#121/Ka-Zar III#18 (fb) - BTS) - Gregor was tasked with raising and training Sergei's son Vladimir. Over time he grew to think of Vladimir as his own son. (Spider-Man I#54 (fb) - BTS) - Gregor believed Vladimir was the only son of Sergei Kravinoff. (see comments) (Spider-Man I#50 (fb) - BTS) - Gregor told a young Vladimir tales of the "Grim Hunter", a fierce warrior feared by the Gods themselves. (Spider-Man I#50 (fb)) - Flying with an eager and boastful Vladimir over Northern Maine, Gregor told the boy not to underestimate his prey. Booting Vladimir from their helicopter after telling him that his weapon for the night's hunt would be his mind -- his deadliest weapon -- Gregor left Vladimir to fend off an attack from a masked assailant who eventually revealed himself to be Vladimir's estranged father Sergei. (Web of Spider-Man I#121 (fb) - BTS) - Following Sergei's suicide, a culmination of his last hunt for Spider-Man, Gregor easily filled Sergei's role as friend, teacher, and confidante to Vladimir. (Spider-Man I#47) - Meeting a trespassing Jason Macendale (the Hobgoblin) outside of the Kravinoff ancestral home in Russia, Gregor allowed him to enter to speak with Vladimir when told Macendale had one of Sergei's journals. Preparing a room for Macendale and Vladimir to discuss the transfer of the journal, Gregor was forced to calm Vladimir down after Macendale insulted him and demanded a dose of Sergei's elixir of power and strength. Convincing Vladimir that Macendale wouldn't survive a dose of the current permutation of the elixir, Gregor reassured his master that if Macendale did survive the transfusion he'd kill him with a bullet to the head anyway. As the experiment began, Gregor looked on as Macendale's body began to transform. (Spider-Man I#48) - Telling Vladimir to get to safety as an empowered Macendale broke free of the transfusion apparatus, Gregor surmised that an anomaly in Macendale's bloodstream caused the unpredictable result. Following Macendale's departure, Gregor begged Vladimir to refrain from using the serum on himself, but was ordered to begin preparations. (Spider-Man I#49) - Trying a final time to persuade Vladimir to hold off on using the serum, Gregor was shouted down, and reluctantly told Vladimir's doctors to begin the procedure. With the experiment a success, Gregor was instructed to bring Vladimir his Sergei's journals and prepare the servants to travel to the United States. (Spider-Man I#50) - Arriving at the Kravinoff estate in Upstate New York, Gregor looked on with dismay as Vladimir descended into madness, seeking to avenge his father's suicide following his last hunt for Spider-Man. Learning that Spider-Man was sighted, Gregor brought Vladimir the hunting attire and equipment for his grim hunt.
Comments: Created by Howard Mackie and Tom Lyle
It's unrevealed whether Gregor is a first or last name, a single name, or an alias.
Presumably Gregor knew of of Sergei's daughter, Ana Tatiana, like Vladimir a product of his old friend's relationship with his wife Sasha Aleksandra. There's no indication he knew of either Alyosha or Nedrocci, Sergei's illegitimate sons; raised in the African jungle, the mentally unstable mutant Alyosha has since strengthened his ties to the Kravinoff family, while the estranged "Ned" died during an encounter with his insane Uncle Dmitri (the Chameleon), who took the deceased Sergei's identity.
As per Amazing Spider-Man II#567, Vladimir was forty-four years old at the time of his death; while this wouldn't necessarily mean Gregor had access to one of the Kravinoff family life-extending potions (he could be a very fit sixty-something -- not unheard of in the Marvel Universe), his mentorship of Sergei Kravinoff would indicate that Gregor's lifespan has been extended to an unrevealed degree. Details of Gregor's life and his time as Sergei's instructor are largely unrevealed; additionally there was no indication Gregor partook of Sergei's potions prior to Vladimir's death.
The end result of Gregor's vengeance against Kaine for Vladimir's murder are unrevealed, but presumably played a role in his adoption of a tougher, more brutal persona, along with his use of jungle potions.
Gregor's ultimate fate following his abduction by the Savage Land's Bhadwuans is unrevealed; it's fair to assume he's no longer in the Savage Land however, considering his grudge against Ka-Zar, who, obviously, returned to the Savage Land about five minutes after he was exiled. Additionally, Gregor wasn't present during Sasha Kravinoff's successful resurrection of Sergei and ill-fated resurrection of Vladimir. It's unrevealed if Gregor is aware of either event, but if he's still in the Savage Land he presumably became aware following the Kravinoff's subsequent relocation there.
Profile by G Morrow.
CLARIFICATIONS: Gregor has no known connections to
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Spider-Man I#50, p10, pan3 (main image)
Spider-Man I#49, p8, pan1 (at the Kravenoff ancestral home)
Ka-Zar III#1, p18, pan6 (close-up)
Ka-Zar III#2, p5, pan5 (hunting in the Savage Land)
Spider-Man I#47 (June, 1994) - Howard Mackie & Tom Lyle (story & art), Scott Hanna (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spider-Man I#48 (July, 1994) - Howard Mackie & Tom Lyle (story & art), Scott Hanna (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spider-Man I#49 (August, 1994) - Howard Mackie & Tom Lyle (story & art), Palmer, Janson & Rubinstein (finishes), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spider-Man I#50 (September, 1994) - Howard Mackie and Tom Lyle (story and art), Ron Randall (pencils), Scott Hanna and Bob McLeod (inkers), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spider-Man I#53 (December, 1994) - Howard Mackie & Tom Lyle (story & art), Scott Hanna (finishes), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spider-Man I#54 (January, 1995) - Howard Mackie/Tom Lyle (story & art), Scott Hanna (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#121 (February, 1995) - Todd Dezago (guest writer), Phil Gosier (guest breakdowns), DeLa Rosa & Emberlin (finishes), Eric Fein (editor)
Spider-Man I#55 (February, 1995) - Howard Mackie (writer), Mike Manley (guest penciler), Joe Rubinstein (guest inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Ka-Zar III#1 (May, 1997) - Mark Waid & Andy Kubert (story tellers), Jesse Delperdang (inker), Matt Idelson (editor)
Ka-Zar III#2 (June, 1997) - Mark Waid & Andy Kubert (storytellers), Jesse Delperdang (inker), Matt Idelson (editor)
Ka-Zar III#3 (July, 1997) - Mark Waid & Andy Kubert (story tellers), Jesse Delperdang (inker), Matt Idelson (editor)
Ka-Zar III#18 (October, 1998) - J. Felder (writer), A. Williams (penciler), A. Lanning (inker), M. Idelson (editor)
Ka-Zar III#19 (November, 1998) - J. Felder (writer), K. Martinez (penciler), A. Rodriguez (inker), M. Idelson (editor)
Ka-Zar III#20 (December, 1998) - J. Felder (writer), K. Martinez (penciler), A. Rodriguez & R. Ramos (inkers), M. Idelson (editor)
First Posted: 11/02/2010
Last updated: 11/02/2010
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