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About Abomination

By Chad Derdowski     -
Source: Marvel.com


Abomination is the arch-enemy of the Incredible Hulk--sort of a yin to the Hulk's yang, Abomination was a spy who willingly bombarded himself with the same gamma radiation that turned Bruce Banner into the Hulk. The difference is that Abomination retained his intellect, making him not only powerful, but intelligent--a dangerous combination.


Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Emil Blonsky, also known as Abomination, first appeared in Tales to Astonish #90 (1967) and has forever been known as a classic Hulk villain, even appearing in the 2008 movie, where he was portrayed by Tim Roth.


Emil Blonsky was a Yugoslavian spy working for the KGB who willingly exposed himself to the same gamma radiation that turned Bruce Banner into the Incredible Hulk. As the Abomination, Blonsky found himself covered in scales and possessing his full intellect, though unable to return to his human form.


Repulsed by his inhuman form, Emil Blonsky's wife Nadia left him. Naturally, this caused Blonsky to place the blame for all his troubles at the feet of Dr. Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk. Because who else would you blame when you choose to expose yourself to gamma radiation? Yourself? Of course not. Over the years, Abomination has been a persistent thorn in the Hulk's side as well as one of the few who can lay claim to having bested him in combat. Despite this handful of victories, Abomination has made a career out of getting his hide handed to him by the Hulk. Coupled with the loss of his wife and human form, this has pretty much driven Blonksy off the deep end. In recent years, Bruce Banner has even found it in his heart to forgive Blonsky for all the troubles he's caused, a fact that was incomprehensible to Abomination and eventually drove him to his greatest defeat. Blonsky realized that it was he who was the vile, rampaging monster, not Banner.


Abomination is basically just a much uglier version of the Hulk. He's covered in scales and has large, fin-like ears. He possesses substantially increased strength and the ability to withstand severe punishment as well as extreme heat or cold and can hold his breath for an undetermined amount of time. He can lift several tons and can use his powerful leg muscles to leap many miles, similar to the Hulk. He also has shown the ability to regenerate damaged tissue, though at a much slower rate than the Hulk. A possible explanation for this is the fact that unlike Dr. Banner's alter-ego, Abomination has retained his intellect and does not become more powerful when enraged.


As a former spy, Abomination is likely well-trained in the use of various weapons and technology, but is generally depicted relying on brute strength to get the job done.


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