Real Name: Emil Blonsky
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Blonsky's transformation into the Abomination substantially increased his bone/muscle mass and height (he stands 6 feet, 8 inches tall). The resultant levels of superhuman strength, endurance and durability surpass those of the Hulk when the Hulk is not angered; the upward limit of what the Abomination can press is over 150 tons and as high as 200 tons but not incalculably high. However, unlike the Hulk in most of his incarnations, the Abomination's strength does not increase as he becomes angry (the Abomination's strength does not nearly approach that of the enraged Hulk). Like the Hulk, the Abomination can use his superhumanly strong leg muscles to leap great distances, covering up to two miles in a single bound.
Unlike the Hulk, the Abomination's transformation has proved stable: he cannot change back and forth between his human state and his superhuman state, despite his wishes to the contrary. Though the Abomination has proven able to regenerate lost eyes and recover from other forms of massive cellular damage, his ability to regenerate tissue is much slower than that of the Hulk. The Abomination is resistant to extremes of temperature, and can hold his breath for extended periods of time; in the case of lack of air or heat, he may enter a coma-like state of suspended animation.
Formerly known as Emil Blonsky, a spy of Soviet Yugoslavian origin working for the KGB, the Abomination gained his powers after receiving a dose of gamma radiation similar to that which transformed Bruce Banner into The Incredible Hulk. As a result he was permanently transformed into a massive green-skinned monster whose physical power was equivalent to, if not greater than, that of the Hulk. While he was able to maintain his normal level of self-control and intelligence after this transformation, he is unable to return to human form.
Given his gamma-spawned origins, Blonsky blames his condition on Banner and his alter ego, the Hulk. Both the Abomination and the Hulk have clashed on numerous occasions, with Blonsky perpetually playing the role of the aggressor. Although Blonsky occasionally gains the upper hand in their battles, the Hulk manages to triumph in the end. But not always; the Abomination is one of the few who can lay claim to victory over the green-skinned goliath.
In recent years, it was revealed that his hideous new visage had served to alienate Blonsky from his ex-wife, Nadia. Coupled with constant defeats at the hands of the Hulk, this has driven Blonsky nearly insane in his hatred for Banner. The Abomination also grew incensed upon learning that Banner had married Betty Ross, the daughter of General Thunderbolt Ross. With the loss of his wife, Blonsky figured it is only fair to him that Banner should lose Betty. Out of jealousy, he caused the apparent death of Bruce Banner's wife Betty. While she was recovering from radiation sickness caused by exposure to the gamma radiation within Banner, he poisoned her with his radioactive blood, causing Banner and his associates to believe that her close proximity to the Hulk had given her a fatal case of radiation poisoning. Banner later exposed the Abomination's role in Betty's seeming death, and defeated him in combat.
Not only his grand scheme failed, Banner also forgave Blonsky. The Abomination could not comprehend and endure his enemy's absolution, and his moment of triumph was twisted into crushing defeat. Blonsky realized he had become what he abhored the most - he was the rampaging, inhuman monster, not the Hulk he religiously believed all these years.
Months later, the still-grieving General Ross manipulated the Hulk into attacking and almost killing Blonsky. The Abomination was taken into custody by the military; as punishment, he was forced to watch a film loop of himself and his wife prior to his transformation, making his incarceration a constant reminder of what he has lost.
Origin story: Incredible Hulk Annual #15. Returned in Hulk #2 (2014).
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish (1959) #90
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#4 Book and Record Set (45 rpm) (1974)
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#1 Defenders (2001)
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Defenders: From the Marvel Vault (2011)
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#2 Hulk: Destruction (2005)
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#129 Incredible Hulks (2010)
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#14 King-Size Hulk (2008)
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#4 Marvel Age Hulk (2004)
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Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
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#21 Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
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#5 Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works (2012)
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Marvels Companion (2014)
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#58 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
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Red She-Hulk (2012)
#66 Savage Hulk (2014)
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#1 Secret Wars II (1985)
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#7 She-Hulk (2005)
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#4 Silver Surfer (1968)
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- 'Planet Without a Hulk, Part 1: She-Hulk: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'#16
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#12 Solo Avengers (1987)
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The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Incredible Hulk (2000)
#24 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
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- 'Always on My Mind'#50
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- 'Dark Mind, Dark Hearts, Part 2: Killing Season'#52
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#12 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
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#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'A: From Abomination to Avengers Quinjet'
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Hulk 2004 (2004)
- 'Abomination to Batroc's Brigade'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Rampaging Hulk (1977)
The Savage Hulk (1996)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl [II] (2015)
#178 West Coast Avengers (1985)
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#25 What If...? (1989)
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#20 X-Men (1991)
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The Incredible Hulk (2008)
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The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (2005)
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