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ARNOLD CRUMB

Real Name: Arnold Crumb

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-5631) normal human

Occupation: Business owner, land developer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: chief of police (name unrevealed), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Sarah (last name unrevealed), indirectly Power Pack (Energizer (Katie Power), Lightspeed (Julie Power), Mass Master (Jack Power), Zero-G (Alex Power)) (all Earth-5631)

Enemies: Blizzard, Speed Demon, indirectly Julie Power (all Earth-5631)

Known Relatives: Irena Crumb (daughter)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York, USA (Earth-5631)

First Appearance: Iron Man and Power Pack#2/1 (February, 2008)

Powers/Abilities: Arnold Crumb was a very rich and powerful property magnate who was ruthless in negotiations. He maintained a high public profile and exercised well-crafted drama in his reality TV show.

Height: 6'1" (by approximation)
Weight: 175 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History:

(Iron Man and Power Pack#2/1 (fb) - BTS) - Arnold Crumb and Tony Stark went to business school together. Crumb rose to become one of the richest people in the city and a real estate tycoon. Crumb also engaged in reality television that involved ordering teary children to "get out!"; this exposure increased his popularity and wealth. He established himself as New York's premier property developer, branding his towering headquarters Crumb Plaza with a view to building luxury apartments in another venture, Crumb Castle. Meanwhile, his daughter Irena attended the same public school as the Power children and intended to race against Julie Power for a position in the school's student government; her trump card was her father's endorsement.

   However, Crumb's high profile caught attention from criminals Blizzard and Speed-Demon. The two planned to kidnap Crumb's daughter Irena and hold her for ransom.

(Iron Man and Power Pack#2/1) - In his head office at Crumb Plaza, Crumb met Stark, who hoped to negotiate to buy Crumb's property on the lower west side to build a research facility. Crumb instead reveled in his wealth and publicity, but his secretary Sarah interrupted to alert him that his daughter had been kidnapped. The criminals demanded $500 million for her release. Crumb was about to call his friend, the police chief, for help rescuing her, but Stark insisted on intervening as the armored Iron Man. Stark locked onto the GPS in Irena's mobile phone and helped child super-team Power Pack apprehend the criminals and free Irena. Crumb later arrived as police took the criminals away and he hugged his daughter. Crumb offered Power Pack any reward, but the children humbly declined.

 

Comments: Created by Marc Sumerak (writer), Marcelo DiChiara (pencils & inks).

It's fairly clear that Arnold Crumb was based on Donald Trump (whose eldest daughter is called Ivana). If Marvel ever revisits Earth-5631, maybe Crumb could be made US President, just like the real-world controversial reality star and businessman.

It's not revealed if Irena beat Julie in the election, but given Julie doesn't later mention winning or student government tasks, maybe daddy dearest significantly influenced the election for Irena to win.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Arnold Crumb of Earth-5631 has no known connections to:


Irena Crumb

Irena Crumb, the daughter of property magnate Arnold Crumb, attended the same public school as Julie Power and intended to run against her in the school's student government. Bratty and privileged, she tore down Julie's electioneering posters, promising to be ruthless to achieve an election win. She relied on her father's wealth and public profile to boost her own popularity. Julie's youngest brother, Jack, was smitten by her, and she had two sycophantic friends. However, criminals Blizzard and Speed-Demon kidnapped her, demanding a hefty ransom from her father. Intervention from the child super-team Power Pack, plus assistance from Iron Man, led to the extortionists' capture and she was freed. She was unaware that her opponent Julie (secretly the hero Lightspeed) had helped free her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Iron Man and Power Pack#2/1


Blizzard

Blizzard was similar to his Earth-616 counterpart (Donny Gill) and was able to blast freezing cold ice from his gloves, also generating ice slides. He masterminded the plan to kidnap Irena Crumb for ransom from her wealthy father. He foolishly made his partner-in-crime, Speed-Demon, phone through the ransom demand while he kidnapped Irena from school. His slowly melting ice slide led the child super-hero team Power Pack to his hideout on the docks, where the children managed to knock him out. Lightspeed (Julie Power, a fellow student of Irena) took Blizzard's mask to conceal her identity while she rescued Irena from Speed-Demon. The two criminals were then carted away by high-security police.

 

 

 

 

 

--Iron Man and Power Pack#2/1


Speed-Demon

Speed-Demon was similar to his Earth-616 counterpart (Jim Sanders) and could run at very high velocity. He followed Blizzard's plan to kidnap Irena Crumb and extort a huge ransom from her rich father. But he foolishly phoned through the ransom demand while Blizzard did the kidnapping and left an ice trail for child super-hero team Power Pack to find. Not wanting to lose the opportunity, Speed-Demon left Blizzard with Power Pack and ran off with Irena, but team-member Lightspeed caught up with him and rescued Irena just as Iron Man arrived and neutralized Speed-Demon with a bolo missile that tied his ankles together. The two criminals were then carted away by high-security police.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Iron Man and Power Pack#2/1


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Iron Man and Power Pack#2/1, p8, pan4 (main image)
   p6, pan2 (headshot)
   p2, pan1 (Irena)
   p3, pan4 (Blizzard)
   p18, pan4 (Speed-Demon)


Appearances:
Iron Man and Power Pack#2/1 (February, 2008) - Marc Sumerak (writer), Marcelo DiChiara (pencils & inks), Nathan Cosby (editor)


First posted: 11/19/18

Last updated: 11/19/18

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