Captain Ultra (Marvel)
Real Name: Griffin Gogol
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Captain Ultra has the power of flight, superhuman strength and endurance, and X-ray vision -- among others. He can apparently tap his 'ultra-potential' to perform all sorts of 'ultra-feats', and once even told an 'ultra-joke'.
When an elderly psychologist couldn't afford to pay plumber Griffin Gogol, he offered to cure Gogol's smoking habit via hypnosis. However, as Gogol later learned, the psychologist was an extraterrestrial, and the hypnosis unlocked Gogol's innate superhuman potential. Donning a staggeringly gaudy costume, Gogol became the superhero Captain Ultra ; however, he suffered from severe pyrophobia (fear of fire).
Captain Ultra's first appearance was as an applicant to the supervillain team called the Frightful Four; he was at first enthusiastically accepted by the other three villains, ecstatic at his large array of powers. However, when one of them began to light a cigarette in celebration, he fainted in the presence of the match; he was promptly rejected. He eventually overcame his pathological fear of fire thanks to years of extensive therapy under Doc Samson.
An unauthorized television program told of the Defenders. Captain Ultra was one of a large group to investigate by traveling to the Richmond Riding Academy on Long Island. There he worked with a small group to stop a crime spree back in New York. Like most of the other applicants, he was not pleased with the Defenders and never really petitioned the core group for membership.
Soon after, he would move to Chicago. He has since had a minor career as a solo superhero, often teaming up with heroes like Thor to battle minor villains.
Captain Ultra was also one of the aliases used by The Captain.
Now a member of the 50 State Initiative, Nebraska team.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) #177
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#2 Avengers (2010)
- 'Benny Beckley to Crazy Eight'
Avengers Unconquered (2009)
Civil War (2006)
#7 Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
- 'Civil War, Part Seven of Seven'
Fantastic Four (1961)
#177 G.L.A. (2005)
- 'Look Out for the Frightful Four!'
#2 Heroic Age: Heroes (2010)
- 'Dismembership Drive'
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
#50 Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
- 'Breaking Point/A Family Affair/I Just Flew in From Poughkeepsie/You Can't Go Home Again'
Marvel Legends (2007)
#42 Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
- 'When Heroes Clash!'
#1 Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
- 'A Gathering of Heroes! Chapter 1'
#1 New Avengers (2010)
- '1989 The Year in Review'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
The Defenders (1972)
#62 The Invincible Iron Man (2007)
- 'Membership Madness!'#63
- 'Deadlier By the Dozen!'#64
#21 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Haunted, Part One'#22
- 'Haunted, Part Two'#24
- 'Haunted, Part Four'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
X-Men: Legacy (2013)
- 'Ballad Of The Glory Hog'
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