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Real Name: Dr. Dmitri Solzyn

Identity/Class: Normal human ((former?) Latverian citizen)

Occupation: Scientist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dr. Bruce Banner (Hulk), Mark Hamilton (loose), Peter Parker (Spider-Man)

Enemies: Dr. Victor Von Doom, Latverian agents

Known Relatives: Ilse Solzyn (daughter)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Denver, Colorado, USA;
   formerly Latveria

First Appearance: Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk in the Colorado Caper (1982)

Powers/Abilities: Dmitri Solzyn is a university-educated expert on gamma rays and skilled skier, who wished to safeguard his young daughter's future by fleeing the oppressive regime of Latveria.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Strawberry blond


(Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk in the Colorado Caper (fb) - BTS) - An expert on gamma rays, Dr. Dmitri Solzyn was concerned about the safety of his daughter in the oppressive regime in Latveria under Dr. Doom's rule. He hoped to defect to the USA during a science conference there and took his daughter with him, but was accompanied by the suspicious Dr. Doom and his thuggish agents. Solzyn's arrival made the local newspaper.

(Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk in the Colorado Caper) - Keen to rid himself of his gamma ray-induced Hulk alter ego, Dr. Bruce Banner traveled to the conference venue in the nearby snowy Denver mountains, where Solzyn whispered to him that he planned to defect before he was whisked away by his Latverian minders. On the snowy slopes, Solzyn tried to escape his tech-enhanced minders but fell before Dr. Doom, who showed him his daughter held hostage to ensure Solzyn's compliance. This was observed by Peter Parker, who escaped the Latverian thugs and, as Spider-Man, freed Ilse. Meanwhile, Banner again approached Solzyn, who now avoided him. Latverian thugs' actions caused Banner to change into the Hulk and Doom withdrew his delegation from the conference early. Local reporter Mark Hamilton (tipped off by Parker) directly questioned Solzyn about rumors of his plans to defect. With the sudden return of Ilse, brought along by Parker, Solzyn found the courage to stand up to Doom and publicly announced he would defect. He and his daughter were later dressed in the latest May D&F fashion and Solzyn promised to help Banner find a cure for his Hulk transformations.

Comments: Uncredited creators (see comments).

This was unlikely the real Dr. Doom but just another of his Doombots.

This issue was a complementary advertising supplement to the Denver Post to promote the May D&F clothing store and stated "a 60c value" on the cover. It was interspersed with clothing ads that  incorporated images of the Hulk and Spider-Man. The indicia states it as "Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk", but several promo issues of this type were published that year with no months given, so I've added the adventure story title from the cover.

No credits were given anywhere in the issue. The only clue is "R/S" on the cover--potentially John Romita and Sal Buscema, one/both of whom may have done the internal art (looks more Romita to me).

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Dmitri Solzyn has no known connections to:

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton was a reporter for the Denver Post newspaper. Peter Parker tipped him off that Latverian scientist Dr. Dmitri Solzyn was trying to defect with his daughter during a conference visit to Denver. Hamilton forced the issue by asking the direct question of Solzyn in the presence of Dr. Doom. Reunited with his daughter, Solzyn found the bravery to stand up to Dr. Doom and declared he sought asylum. Hamilton later thanked Parker for the scoop.





--Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk in the Colorado Caper

Ilse Solzyn

Ilse was Dr. Dmitri Solzyn's daughter and he sought to defect to help protect her from Latveria's brutal regime. He took her with him to a Denver science conference, but was closely watched by Dr. Doom and his agents. Concerned he would defect, Doom had her held hostage in a cabin, but she was freed by Spider-Man. Reunited with her father, he defected and Ilse was able to stay in the USA. She was later styled in May D&F fashion.





--Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk in the Colorado Caper

images: (with ads)
Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk in the Colorado Caper, p9, pan3 (main image)
   p30, pan1 (headshot)
   p27, pan3 (Hamilton)
   p22, pan3 (daughter)

Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk in the Colorado Caper (1982) - uncredited creators

First posted: 10/04/2020
Last updated: 10/04/2020

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