gilbert-gregson-imposter-uppergilbert-gregson-imposter-gilbert-faceGREGSON GILBERT imposter

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Skrull) advanced technology-user

Occupation: Espionage agent, presumptive scientist

Group Membership: Skrull Empire

Affiliations: Zzord;
    while believed to be Gilbert, he had the support of Dean Kendrick, as well as the
Human Torch (Johnny Storm) and Thing (Ben Grimm)

Enemies: Dragon Man, Gregson Gilbert, Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Thing (Ben Grimm); presumably humanity in general

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly Gregson Gilbert's laboratory in State University (somewhere in New York) and Gilbert's nearby home.

First Appearance: Human Torch II#12 (June, 2004)

gilbert-gregson-imposter-facePowers/Abilities: The Gregson Gilbert imposter possessed the standard shapeshifting abilties of all Skrulls, although he didn't demonstrate any particular combat proficiency.
    In fact, changing shapes seemed to be a bit of a challenge for him, as he dropped to a knee and it took him a few seconds to return to his true form from his Gilbert impersonation...or maybe he was a bit of a dramatic actor?

    He had sufficient knowledge and intelligence to design the robot Zzord while he had access to Gilbert's records and equipment.

Height: Unrevealed; approximately 5'8"
Weight: Unrevealed; approximately 140 lbs.
Eyes: Yellow (variable)
Hair: None (variable)

Human Torch II#12 (fb) - BTS) - An unidentified skrull captured Professor Gregson Gilbert -- then working under the supervision of Dean Kendrick at State University -- immobilized him in a stasis device in Gilbert's house, took Gilbert's form, and began working in Gilbert's place at his lab at State University.

(Human Torch II#12 (fb) - BTS) - The Gilbert skrull was working in his lab, nearing completion of his "latest, perhaps greatest project since the Dragon Man itself" when Dragon Man (who periodically visited his creator) unexpectedly appeared. Dragon Man swiftly sensed that this was not Gilbert, and it became angry, leading "Gilbert" to run away.

Human Torch II#12) - At State University, during a football game of the Gladiators against the rival Empire State University Hawks, "Gilbert" ran out onto the field, dodging fire from the flying Dragon Man. When the Human Torch and Thing arrived, "Gilbert" asked for help, and the Torch flew him to safety and then joined the Thing in fighting off Dragon Man until the creature departed for its own reasons.

    Dean Kendrick thanked the duo for saving their star professor, after which "Gilbert" related that he had tried to soothe Dragon Man, but was instead forced to flee after seeing the rage and hatred in its eyes -- and noted that Dragon Man was no longer functioning properly, had become dangerous, and needed to be shut down. Both the Torch and Thing were opposed to completely deactivating Dragon Man, and the Torch offered to take the creature in and care for it. Acknowledging that it was the least he could do, "Gilbert" agreed to help the heroes snare Dragon Man.

(Human Torch II#12 - BTS) - Figuring Dragon Man was likely to the return to the last place at which he'd sought out Gilbert, the Torch and Thing waited within Gilbert's lab. Eventually, Dragon Man arrived, but shortly thereafter "Gilbert" appeared alongside his newest creation, Zzord. As the two giant creatures battled, the Torch warned Gilbert that his involvement was too dangerous, at which point, "Gilbert" revealed that he was a Skrull imposter. When the Torch threatened the skrull, the skrull reminded him that he wouldn't be able to find Gilbert without him.

(Human Torch II#12 (fb) - BTS) - Reasoning that Dragon Man had recognized the false Gilbert by his scent and that the Skrull had hidden Gilbert somewhere where his scent couldn't be picked up...or where it was already, the Torch concluded that Gilbert was being held in his own home. The Torch then knocked the skrull unconscious and rescued Gilbert.

(Human Torch II#12) - After Dragon Man had destroyed Zzord, the Torch returned with Gilbert, who explained recent events.

Comments: Created by Karl Kesel, Paco Medina, and Juan Vlasco.

    As far as I can tell, the Gregson Gilbert poster was omitted from the Secret Invasion: Skrulls (2008) book.

    We didn't get much information on the Skrull imposter...his name...who sent him...what his mission was, etc. The story was cool in that it used the seldom-used Gregson Gilbert and also clarified the difference between State University and Empire State University. The Skrull was kind of just a plot device.

Profile by Snood.

The Gregson Gilbert imposter Skrull
should be distinguished from:

images: (without ads)
Human Torch II#12, pg. 6, panel 1 (as Gilbert, full);
           panel 3 (as Gilbert, face);
       pg. 15 (true form; upper body; closer);
       pg. 16, panel 1 (true form, full, distant);
          panel 2 (true form, face)

Human Torch II#12 (June, 2004) - Karl Kesel (writer), Paco Medina (penciler), Juan Vlasco (inker), Andy Schmidt & Nicole Wiley (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First posted: 08/24/2019
Last updated: 08/24/2019

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