AGENT CLYDE DOBRONSKI
Real Name: Clyde Dobronski
Group Membership: S.H.I.E.L.D. (Bartles,
Affiliations: Cyndi, Donnie Dobronski, the Helper (Yusef Abbas), Olga, S.H.I.E.L.D.
Captain America (Steve Rogers) (only on Maria Hill's orders), "Thor"
(cyborg clone later known as Ragnarok);
formerly the Helper (Yusef Abbas)
Known Relatives: Donnie
Aliases: "Man," "Son"
Base of Operations: Toledo, Ohio, USA
First Appearance: (unidentified): Civil War
I#1 (July, 2006);
(identified): Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1 (February, 2021)
Powers/Abilities: Clyde Dobronski is a trained
S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, familiar with their firearms, fighting skills and
policies. As he aged, Dobronski gained weight and was on the borderline
of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s physical exams. While semi-skilled at firing weapons,
Clyde was not skilled enough to become a marksman. During his time with
the special S.H.I.E.L.D. unit enforcing the Superhuman Registration
Act, Clyde wore a suit of armor that enhanced his durability and he
carried firearms capable of firing taser rounds to disable opponents.
Clyde had a good opinion of what constituted fair and
unfair, and in his younger days, he was brave enough to stand up to
bullies for those who weren't unable to easily protect themselves.
Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Brown (graying)
History: (Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1 (fb)) - As
a child, Clyde Dobronski grew up feeling as if fairness mattered,
sometimes even protecting other children from bullies due to his sense
of what was fair and what wasn't. A young adult when superheroes such
as Thor began to appear on the scene, Clyde felt as if it was not fair
that some could fly while others couldn't and he began to feel as if
superheroes just went around smashing buildings and scaring civilians
while normal humans could do nothing about it. Soon hearing about the
S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, Clyde decided to visit their administrative
offices and soon joined the organization, receiving a basic assignment
to guard a New Jersey warehouse. Feeling as if he wasn't the toughest
or smartest S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Clyde nonetheless worked hard and kept
his head down, doing his job and going home every day. He eventually
got married and fathered a son, whom he considered amazing, but soon
got divorced. One night, while watching television with his son Donnie,
Clyde watched as the supervillain Nitro exploded in Stamford,
Connecticut, killing numerous bystanders on live television and
disturbing Clyde. After the Superhuman Registration Act (SHRA) was
passed, forcing superhumans to register with the government,
S.H.I.E.L.D. Commander Maria Hill formed a S.H.I.E.L.D. unit to enforce
the SHRA and Clyde volunteered for the unit on the first day available.
Interviewed by Hill, Clyde was asked why he had camped out, begging to
join her new unit, and Clyde answered that someone had to do it. Hill
admitted that Clyde's athletic test scores were borderline and remarked
that he'd never be a marksman but, admiring his zeal and dependability,
Hill officially added Clyde into her unit.
(Civil War I#1/Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1 (fb)) - Clyde and his unit were brought in during a confrontation between Maria Hill and Captain America over the SHRA. When Hill ordered her unit to take down Captain America, Clyde froze and simply watched the fight, hoping no one would notice during the scuffle.
(Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1 (fb)) - Unfortunately,
Maria Hill did notice and later brought Clyde into her office to
discuss the matter. When questioned about his freeze up, Clyde admitted
that he had been somewhat intimidated by Captain America's presence,
having never seen him in person before. Hill admitted that she
understood but also explained that Clyde could not freeze up again.
Hill then questioned whether Clyde was having second thoughts about
being part of her SHRA enforcement unit and Clyde insisted he was not
having second thoughts and that he could follow her plan. Later part of
a S.H.I.E.L.D. squad sent to Toledo, Ohio to apprehend an unregistered
superhuman known as the Helper, Clyde Dobronski and his fellow agents
were met by a crowd of civilians trying to defend the heroic Helper.
When the Helper generated fog in an attempt to escape, Clyde and his
partner Bartles located the Helper, who turned a puddle into ice,
causing Clyde to slip. The angry Bartles followed up by hitting the
Helper with taser rounds and when Bartles angrily berated the Helper
while taking him into custody, Clyde reminded Bartles that the Helper
was done. Clyde and his unit were later sent to Geffen-Meyer chemical
plant, where Clyde immediately noticed a sinister look in the eyes of
"Thor." Having heard that Iron Man had somehow cloned the real Thor,
Clyde attempted to warn his fellow agents that something appeared to be
wrong with Thor. Clyde was told to shut up, however, and, from the
S.H.I.E.L.D. helicopter, a shocked Clyde witnessed first hand the
cybernetic Thor clone murder the heroic Goliath with a lightning bolt.
Clyde subsequently met with Maria Hill, only to be told Goliath's death
was an accident, and when he tried to ask more questions about the
death, Hill refused to answer them and instead reassigned Clyde to
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Toledo field office. Despite begging Hill to reconsider,
as he barely was able to see his son Donnie as it was, Clyde was
reassigned and his former partner Bartles later showed Clyde around the
S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, warning Clyde to keep his mouth shut.
(Civil War: Marvels Snapshot#1) - Later daydreaming
about his past, Clyde was startled awake when the now-imprisoned Helper
remarked that he should have just followed the SHRA. Clyde admitted
that his partner Bartles was a bit too aggressive but calmly suggested
that the Helper should not have ran from S.H.I.E.L.D. Reading over the
Helper's file, Clyde informed the Helper that the following day, he
would be moved to a designated facility despite the Helper's mother
probably worrying about him. Clyde then asked why the Helper didn't
just go along with the SHRA and the Helper claimed the program wasn't
good. Thinking the Helper merely a kid, Clyde tried to accuse the
Helper of not knowing what was truly right and wrong but when the
Helper gave his backstory and mentioned working with Captain America to
rescue workers from a chemical plant, Clyde found the two had something
in common, being moved by different situations in their lives involving
Captain America. Claiming he understood what it was like being around
Captain America, Clyde was rebuffed by the Helper, who reminded Clyde
that S.H.I.E.L.D had attacked Captain America. When the Helper also
mentioned the death of the heroic Goliath, a muttering Clyde tried to
explain how Goliath's death was an accident but his conversation with
the Helper was interrupted when Bartles returned with a new prisoner.
Witnessing Bartles hit the young girl with a taser, Clyde argued that
she was just a kid but Bartles remarked that she had broke the law.
Backing down, Clyde then asked where his relief was, as he needed to
call his son Donnie before Donnie went to bed. Smirking, Bartles
informed Clyde that he would have to pull a double shift since he was
so concerned over the lives of their prisoners. Clyde tried to argue
but Bartles told him to shut up and do his job. Clyde then tried to
introduce himself to the new prisoner, Olga, but she refused to speak
to him. As Olga and the Helper exchanged greetings, Clyde attempted to
get cellphone service to call Donnie but ended up dozing off, mumbling
about how he shouldn't even be there. Awakening shortly after to find
the Helper attempted to overload his power dampeners, Clyde warned the
Helper that the technology would electrocute him if he didn't stop. The
Helper refused to allow Olga or himself to go to the detention facility
they were scheduled to go to the next day and Clyde again warned the
Helper, fearing for the kid's life.
At that point, Bartles returned, having forgotten
something, and witnessed the Helper attempting to overload the
dampeners. Threatening to put the Helper down if Clyde didn't, Bartles
readied his weapon, only to be knocked out when Clyde smashed Bartles'
head with his coffee mug. Realizing what he had done, Clyde looked up
towards the Helper and then shut down the power dampeners rather than
have the Helper continue to risk his life. Clyde then informed the
Helper that the only guards were Bartles and himself until the regional
crew arrived the next day. He then led the Helper and Olga towards the
side entrance of the facility in an effort to let them go free. The
Helper remarked that Clyde would be in deep trouble for attacking
Bartles and helping them escape but Clyde assured the Helper that he
would figure it out. Clyde then told the Helper to make sure Olga got
home safe and as the two departed, Clyde pulled out his cellphone to
call Donnie, unsure of what would happen to him for his actions and
whether he would be able to see Donnie again for a long while.
Comments: Created by Mark Millar, Steve
McNiven and Dexter Vines. Further fleshed out and identified by Saladin
Ahmed and Ryan Kelly.
Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1 established that Clyde Dobronski was one of the armored S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that Hill had confront Captain America in Civil War I#1 and indeed there is an armored agent with Clyde's build in the original Civil War I#1, though Clyde was not identified in Civil War I#1.
While Bartles was definitely seen with Clyde when they apprehended the Helper and during their later escape, it's possible that Bartles was also with Clyde's S.H.I.E.L.D. unit when they confronted Captain America and witnessed Goliath's death. IF he was present during those events and simply unidentified, then his first appearance (like Clyde's) would also be Civil War I#1 during the Captain America confrontation scene. Since we have no confirmation that he was actually there during that moment, I've listed Bartles' first appearance as Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1.
I hope another agent in the S.H.I.E.L.D. unit with
Bartles was an agent named James...and they were known as quite the
team, often thanking other agents for their support...
Profile by Proto-Man.
Clyde Dobronski has no known connections to:
Bartles was an aggressive S.H.I.E.L.D. agent originally partnered with Clyde Dobronski and other agents as part of Maria Hill's S.H.I.E.L.D. unit formed to enforce the SHRA. Bartles was with Clyde and the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. when they were sent to Toledo, Ohio to apprehend rogue hero the Helper. Annoyed that some of the townspeople had come to the Helper's defense, Bartles ordered them to depart or risk arrest and later grew even more angry after the Helper tried to escape by creating fog and turning a puddle beneath the agents to ice. Hitting the Helper with taser rounds, Bartles manhandled the teenager until Clyde called Bartles off. Bartles was later assigned security detail at S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Toledo field office, where he was often rough with the prisoners, actions that Clyde dismissed as part of Bartles' aggressive nature. One evening, as Clyde watched over the imprisoned Helper, Bartles brought in another prisoner, a young girl named Olga. When Bartles tased Olga, Clyde protested due to her just being a kid but Bartles argued with Clyde before making Clyde pull a double shift rather than allowing Clyde to call his son. Bartles later returned to Clyde's desk as the Helper was attempting to overload his power dampeners and nearly pulled a weapon on the Helper until Clyde smashed his coffee mug over Bartles' head, leaving an unconscious and bloody Bartles on the ground. Clyde then helped the Helper and Olga escape, explaining that the only security was Bartles and himself.
--Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1 (#1 (fb), #1,
Cyndi was Clyde Dobronski's ex-wife. She married Clyde shortly after he first joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and the two had son together, Donnie. At some point after Donnie was born, Cyndi and Clyde divorced. When Clyde later became part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. unit that helped enforce the SHRA, he proved unable to see Donnie as much and, after later assisting unregistered superhumans Helper and Olga escape S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Clyde called Cyndi to speak with Donnie. Cyndi reminded Clyde about how late it was but Clyde nonetheless still asked for Donnie.
Donnie Dobronski was the young son of Clyde Dobronski
and his wife Cyndi. Following Clyde and Cyndi's divorce, Clyde still
spent as much time as he could with Donnie and the two often watched
television together. During one such time, Clyde and Donnie watched on
television as the supervillain Nitro exploded, killing numerous
bystanders in Stamford, Connecticut. Clyde soon joined the S.H.I.E.L.D.
unit tasked with enforcing the Superhuman Registration Act, a job that
prevented him from seeing Donnie as often. Still trying to call Donnie
when he could, Clyde was soon moved even further from Donnie when
S.H.I.E.L.D. Commander Maria Hill reassigned Clyde to their Toledo,
Ohio field office. Eventually deciding to help the unregistered Helper
and Olga escape S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Clyde wasn't sure if his
punishment would further prevent him from seeing Donnie so, despite how
late it was, he called his ex-wife and asked to speak to Donnie, hoping
to talk to his son before he was taken away.
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Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1, p22, pan1 (Clyde Dobronski, main)
Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1, p10, pan1 (Clyde Dobronski, headshot)
Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1, p5, pan2 (Clyde as a young child)
Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1, p5, pan3 (Clyde as a young adult)
Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1, p5, pan5 (younger Clyde in S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform)
Civil War I#1, p23, pan6 (armored Clyde confronting Captain America)
Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1, p4, pan4 (Clyde in S.H.I.E.L.D. armor)
Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1, p20, pan4 (Bartles)
Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1, p10, pan2 (photo of Cyndi)
Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1, p6, pan1 (Donnie Dobronski)
Civil War I#1 (July, 2006) - Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War: Marvels Snapshots#1 (February, 2021) - Saladin Ahmed (writer), Ryan Kelly (art), Darren Shan (editor)
First Posted: 03/25/2021
Last updated: 03/25/2021
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