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Real Names: Hans and an unidentified other (let's call him "Dirk" for clarity's sake)

Identity/Class: Human (German, World War II era)

Occupation: Nazi soldiers

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Third Reich, Axis

Enemies: Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Invaders (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Human Torch/Jim Hammond, Miss America/Madelyne Joyce, Sub-Mariner/Namor McKenzie)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Giants"

Base of Operations: Hyde Park, United States of America

First Appearance: Giant-Size Invaders#2 (January, 2006)

Powers/Abilities: Before a secret Nazi power-pill turned Hans and "Dirk" into giants, they possessed no super powers. Their increased height came with tremendous superstrength that was only slightly below that of the Sub-Mariner on land. The side effects of the size increasing power pills were considerable: Hans and "Dirk"'s hearts gave out under the strain, even as their bodies burned themselves up in a matter of minutes.

Height: Hans: (normal) 5'10"; (mutated) 7'2" (both approximately)/ "Dirk": (normal) 4'90"; (mutated) 7' (both approximately)
Weight: Hans: (normal) 160 lbs.; (mutated) 340 lbs. (both approximately)/ "Dirk": (normal) 140 lbs.; (mutated) 300 lbs. (both approximately)
Eyes: Hans: Brown / "Dirk": Brown
Hair: Hans: Brown / "Dirk": Blonde


(Giant-Size Invaders#2 - BTS) - Learning that Britain's prime minister Winston Churchill was planning to travel to the United States for a meeting with American president Roosevelt, the Third Reich agents Hans and "Dirk" were sent to America to assassinate both leaders. Hans and his partner were provided with the information necessary to infiltrate the country, along with special pills that would grant them superpowers.

(Giant-Size Invaders#2) - On June 19, 1942 the two Nazi agents planned an ambush. Spotting Roosevelt's approaching car, they took their power-pills in name of their Führer. After suffering exruciating pains, their bodies grew to giant size. Not wasting a moment, the German giants went after Churchill and Roosevelt. They met initial resistance from the Human Torch and Miss America, but both heroes proved no match for Hans and "Dirk". Miss America was simply smashed by Hans, while his partner grabbed and shot the Torch.

   Planning to finish off their foes, the giants moved in on the downed heroes. Captain America tried to stop them, but was easily defeated as well. Only the arrival of Namor the Sub-Mariner helped turn the tide, until the Human Torch had recovered and trapped the two giants inside a ring of fire. Somehow, the heat interacted with the chemical compounds of their pills, causing both to die in agony. As they passed, their bodies shrank and  melted away into the grass.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas & Lee Weeks

Hans and "Dirk" never received a codename on panel. However, considering their mission and the story's subtitle was "A Tale of Giant-Size Invaders", it's not that big a stretch to grant them that name. Speaking of names, I'd like to offer that their real names be listed as "Hans Bauer" and "Dirk Kaiser".

This story was reprinted in the Giant-Size Avengers/Invaders#1 in 2008.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

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Giant-Size Invaders#2, p9, pan1 (main image)
Giant-Size Invaders#2, p7, pan3 (faces)
Giant-Size Invaders#2, p15, pan1 (death)

Giant-Size Invaders#2 (January, 2006) - Roy Thomas(writer), Lee Weeks(pencils, inks), Tom Brevoort(editor)

Last updated: 11/25/13

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