Big Bertha (Marvel)
Real Name: Ashley Crawford
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Big Bertha can transform into an incredibly fat version of herself. This form gives her super-strength.
In order to return to her normal size, Big Bertha must vomit. Also, in her fat form, her mobility is signficantly lowered.
Supermodel Ashley Crawford is a member of the Milwaukee-based would-be superhero group calling itself the Great Lakes Champions, who she funds with her private fortune.
She was able to make her money by becoming a successful model, using her powers to shape her body to the ultimate figure. Refusing offers to Paris, Milan, and London, she instead wanted to use her powers as a force for good.
Crawford is a flamboyant and bawdy brawler in the field, inventive in the use of her mutant powers. Crawford's group, formerly known as Great Lakes Avengers, recently complied with a cease-and-desist order to stop infringing on the Avengers franchise, which led to the group's present name. At one point, Crawford and her teammates assisted S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attempt to apprehend the then-fugitive Thunderbolts in the Colorado Rockies, in an operation led by Colonel G.W. Bridge. Although the operation ultimately failed, it displayed Crawford's willingness to support law enforcement agencies. Crawford's stance on the mutant question is unknown, but it would appear that she is more concerned with balancing her conflicting supermodel/superhero careers than with the global conflict between humans and mutants.
In fact, she recently suffered a crisis of conscience after the team’s member Dinah Soar died during a mission. She briefly considered leaving the team and pursuing her modeling career, but she came to realize that she liked being with a group who could look past her outward appearance, both good or bad. She returned to help the team against Maelstrom and, later, the return of Doctor Tannenbaum.
Now called the Great Lakes Champions after winning the title in a poker tournament hosted by the Thing, the team recently encountered Deadpool after becoming officially-sanctioned heroes due to the Superhuman Registration Act.
First Appearance: West Coast Avengers (1985) #46
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Age Of Heroes (2010)
Avengers West Coast (1989)
#48 Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
- 'This Ancient Evil'#49
- 'Baptism of Fire!'#64
- 'Show and Tell'
#19 Avengers/JLA (2003)
- 'V-S Day'#25
- 'Avengers The Initiative Disassembled Conclusion'
#4 Cable & Deadpool (2004)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
Civil War: The Initiative (2007)
#10 Deadpool (2008)
- 'Road-Trip Roulette!'#11
- 'With Great Power Comes Great Coincidence'#61
- 'Funeral for a Freak, Part 1 of 4: 'Nuff Said!'
#27 Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul (2010)
- 'The Wedding of Deadpool'
Deadpool/GLI: Summer Fun Spectacular (2007)
Encyclopædia Deadpoolica (1998)
#1 Fear Itself: The Home Front (2011)
- 'The Encyclopædia Deadpoolica'
#1 GLX-Mas Special (2006)
- 'Great Lakes Avengers Misassembled'#2
- 'Dismembership Drive'#3
- 'Mistaken Identity Crisis'#4
- 'Countdown to a Miscount'
Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide (2010)
Marvel Holiday Magazine (2010)
Marvel Now! Previews (2016)
#18 She-Hulk (2005)
- 'The Bearable Lightness of Unbeing'
The Avengers (1963)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Thing (2006)
#15 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'Wanted Dead or Alive'#16
- 'Thunder & Lightning'#17
- 'Matters of Gravity'
Wolverine And Deadpool (2010)
Wolverine/Deadpool: The Decoy (2011)
Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)
World War Hulk: Front Line (2007)
X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
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