Real Name: Wilhelm von Strohm
Identity/Class: Human (World War II);
Occupation: Colonel, scientist
Group Membership: Nazi Party
Affiliations: Baron von Blitzschlag (see comments), Brain Drain, Master Man (Wilhelm Lohmer), Red Skull (Johann Shmidt)
Enemies: Dr. Murray Anderson, Invaders (Bucky/James Barnes, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Human Torch/Jim Hammond, Sub-Mariner/Namor McKenzie, Toro/Thomas Raymond), Liberty Legion (Blue Diamond/Elton Morrow, Jack Frost, Patriot/Jeff Mace, Miss America/Madeline Joyce, Red Raven, Thin Man/Bruce Dickson, Whizzer/Robert Frank)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unknown;
formerly mobile in Red Skull's airship;
formerly a sub-basement in a skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City;
formerly a hidden lab on a farm somewhere in Nebraska;
originally somewhere in Germany (presumably)
First Appearance: Giant-Size Invaders#1 (June, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Krieghund possessed no superhuman abilities. Broad-shouldered and slightly overweight Krieghund was not much of a hand-to-hand combatant and relied mainly handguns and the power of his whip in combat. He was a sniveling underling with delusions of grandeur with surprisingly vast scientific knowledge, which enabled him to reverse engineer technology and other inventions created by far greater minds.
Height: 6'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 215 lbs. (by approximation)
(Giant-Size Invaders#1 (fb) ) - Equipped with technology created by Brain Drain Colonel Krieghund ran a Nazi project's lab in a repurposed silo in Virginia. Their goal was to recreate Dr. Abraham Erskine's super-soldier formula to create their own super-soldier.
(Giant-Size Invaders#1 (fb) ) - Doctor Anderson, a scientist working for Project: Rebirth and therefore an associate of the late Dr. Abraham Erskine, was abducted by Nazis posing as U.S. military police and brought to the secret facility currently under the command of Krieghund. The arrogant Nazi showed Anderson the whole facility, impressing the American with the technology and shocking him with the revelation of their own attempt at a super-soldier Master Man. Krieghund revealed how they had come very close to recreate Erskine's formula, but still needed the final key to unlock Erskine's secrets. Krieghund knew Erskine often confided in Anderson and used the Psyphon, a creation of the Brain Drain, to pull memories in a painful manner from Anderson's mind he probably wasn't even aware of himself.
For the next 24 hours the Nazis worked tirelessly under Krieghund's command and after pouring the right chemicals into his tank finally awakened the Master Man. When the Master Man started to wreak the lab Krieghund cracked his whip to make Master Man come to his senses, but Master Man considered himself superior to all other humans. Moments later the Human Torch and Toro, who had been looking for Anderson, attacked the Nazi base, knocking Krieghund off his feet. Master Man put out their flames by knocking them against each other, before Krieghund shot the Human Torch to knock him out temporarily. Krieghund then shot Anderson before escaping the burning facility through the emergency chute. Master Man followed him as ordered while, unbeknownst to them, the Human Torch and Toro saved Anderson.
(Giant-Size Invaders#1) - Krieghund and Master Man boarded a German U-boat, which was going to attack a British battleship on its way to the naval base at Hampton Roads. The U-boat's commander considered it foolish of Krieghund to let Master Man attack the battleship on his own. When Master Man attacked the U-boat commander for his audacious comments, Krieghund warned him not to waste his strength and hurry up with his attack on the battleship. Master Man's attack was thwarted by the combined forces of Captain America, Bucky, Toro, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. The U-boat was hit by its own torpedoes when the Sub-Mariner sent them back to the U-boat. Krieghund was believed dead.
(Invaders I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Krieghund joined forces with the Red Skull.
(Marvel Premiere#30 (fb) - BTS) - Krieghund suggested to move their operation into the sub-basement of a network radio station in Manhattan, New York City, which they did.
(Invaders I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Krieghund used salvaged equipment created by the Brain Drain, who was apparently slain battling the Invaders, to create an energy funnel in the sky above Fifth Avenue to capture the Invaders, who had been lured there by the Red Skull while posing as industrialist Bettman P. Lyles (the real Lyles had been killed by the Red Skull).
(Invaders I#6) - After Bucky, who had not been caught because he was a non-powered human, formed the Liberty Legion with other heroes and began taking down numerous Nazi operations in the US, Krieghund delivered newspapers chronicling their exploits to the Red Skull. Angered at Krieghund for confronting him with these facts he called him a traitor, but Krieghund reminded him that without the technology he had salvaged the Red Skull would have not been able to capture the Invaders. Krieghund made the mistake to call out Red Skull for using stolen technology to bring the Invaders under his control, which angered the Red Skull so much that he ordered Krieghund and his close associate Oberleutnant Franz to be executed. At the last moment the Red Skull decided to spare Krieghund's life because he still needed him.
(Marvel Premiere#30) - Krieghund wondered if the Human Torch's hypnotic dosage was insufficient when he failed to kill Bucky and Thin Man. The Red Skull reminded Krieghund how Captain America and Sub-Mariner were completely under his control while they attacked other members of the Liberty Legion and how his genius to replace industrialist Lyles led to the capture and brainwashing of the Invaders. Again Krieghund pointed out the Red Skull would have not been able to capture them without the technology he had salvaged. The Red Skull pulled a machine gun on him to remind him who the commander in this operation was because he didn't want to hear anything about the so-called genius of Krieghund's former master Brain Drain. The Human Torch returned to their base and Krieghund was worried that his partner Toro's capture by the Liberty Legion would endanger their mission, but the Red Skull saw it as prove that the younger member of the Invaders were useless before pointing out the homing instinct the as a side-effect of the Nulla-Rays used to keep the Invaders under his control. Red Skull made sure to point out they would soon move out of their current headquarter anyway, which surprised Krieghund because he had chosen it. Red Skull called his choice a minor inspiration. Before moving to their new base the Red Skull challenged the Liberty Legion to battle his Invaders at the Yankee Stadium the next day.
Krieghund relocated with Red Skull to their new base in a hydrogen airship and headed for the Yankee Stadium where they released the re-hypnotized Invaders to battle the Invaders. Krieghund was only glad the Human Torch was gone from the airship because his flame could easily cause the hydrogen keeping the airship afloat to explode. While the Invaders fought the Liberty Legion, Bucky released Toro, who was drawn to the Nulla-Ray on the airship. Krieghund saw him too late to prevent him from entering the airship, which exploded when Toro came too close to the hydrogen-filled balloon. Krieghund apparently died in the explosion (unlike the Red Skull).
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas (writer), Frank Robbins (pencils) & Vince Colletta (inks).
According to Avengers: The Initiative Annual#1 (January, 2008) Baron von Blitzschlag was another man behind the scenes in the creation of Master Man. In Master Man's handbook profiles he was revealed as one of the project's overseers along with Brain Drain.
In Giant-Size Invaders#1 there are 6 unidentified Nazi scientists seen on the same page Masterman first appears on that could be identified as Baron von Blitzschlag, Ottokar Meltzer/Vulture, Dr. Hans Groitzig, Scharrolla, Dr. Hans Bruder (Marvels Project#1), Professor Burstein (Marvels Project#5) or Dr. Ernst/Raymond Koch (Truth:Red, White & Black#3).
The way he looked he seemingly gained his impressive physique from a regular diet of Sauerkraut & Bratwurst.
His real name was revealed in Master Man's profile in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC#7 (2009).
Colonel Krieghund, a.k.a. Colonel Wilhelm von Strohm was fat, balding, with a dodgy pastiche of a German accent and an overinflated opinion of himself.
Colonel Kurt von Strohm, of the British sitcom Allo Allo. Fat, balding, with a (deliberately) dodgy pastiche of a German accent and an overinflated opinion of himself.
The resemblance is, of course, purely coincidental. The shared surname, given that Krieghund's real name was revealed long after Allo Allo aired, isn't.
Profile by Markus Raymond.
Colonel Krieghund has no known connection to:
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Giant-Size Invaders#1, p14, pan1 (main)
Marvel Premiere#30, p2, pan4 (head shot)
Giant-Size Invaders#1 (June, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Frank Robbins (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Invaders I#6 (May, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Frank Robbins (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Marvel Premiere I#30 (June, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Don Heck (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
First Posted: 08/05/2018
Last updated: 08/11/2018
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