Blood Brother(s) (Marvel)
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Each Blood Brother's tremendous strength and durability is dependent on his proximity to his twin. When standing together, the two are capable of holding their own against Iron Man but if separated weaken to the point whereby the non-powered U.S.Agent is capable of knocking one of them out.
The Brothers also drain the blood of victims in the manner of a vampire, although it is unclear as to whether they totally rely on blood for sustenance.
The Blood Brothers are large twin ape-like aliens originally in the service of the conqueror Thanos, acting as the guardians of his first base on Earth. Pursued by Drax the Destroyer, the duo battle the superheroes Iron Man and the Thing in a bid to stop them from interfering in Thanos' plans. When they fail to do so, a disgusted Thanos teleports the Blood Brothers away.
They reappear years later on Earth in the service of the villain the Controller. Again they battle Iron Man, who defeats them with the aid of the hero Daredevil. Sometime later, the United States military discovers Thanos' old Earth base, and after activating some of the machinery accidentally teleports in the Blood Brothers. The two battle the Avengers and are eventually depowered by Thanos' brother, Eros.
The Blood Brothers are imprisoned, but are later released by the hero Quasar and left on the planet Mars. Later, they attempt in vain to stop Rogue of the X-Men from rescuing a mutant extraterrestrial of the Skrull race. The brothers later fought with Earth's metahumans against an invasion by Ego the Living Planet, but after becoming imprisoned along with alien criminals Paibok the Power Skrull and Lunatik, they crash-landed on Earth, where one brother perished in a confrontation with Drax the Destroyer.
Following their debut, the Blood Brothers returned in a Starlin/Friedrich story in Marvel Feature #12 (Nov. 1973), again fighting the superhero Iron Man, here teamed with Fantastic Four member The Thing. The Blood Brothers continued as Iron Man antagonists in Iron Man #89-91 (Aug.-Oct. 1976), then disappeared from publication for several years before resurfacing to battle the titular superhero team in The Avengers vol. 1, #252-253 (Jan.-Feb. 1990). Following appearances in Quasar #12 (July 1990), and X-Men vol. 2, #107 (Dec. 2000), they temporarily switched alliances to aid Earth's superheroes against a common threat in the three-issue miniseries Maximum Security (Dec. 2000 - Jan. 2001; first two issues released same month). They were next seen as interplanetary prison-escapees on Earth in the four-issue miniseries Drax the Destroyer #1-4 (Nov. 2005 - Feb. 2006), where one Blood Brother died.
They are unrelated to the high-tech motorcycle gang the Blood Brothers seen in some issues of the series X-51.
First Appearance: Iron Man (1968) #55
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Annihilation: Saga (2007)
Avengers Unconquered (2009)
#19 Avengers/JLA (2003)
- 'Alien War!'#24
- 'The Hordes Of Hellfire!'#28
- 'Fall Of The Avengers!'#34
- 'Siege Begins Here!'#35
- 'Earth's Mightiest Heroes Reunited At Last!'
#4 Capitão América (Portuguese edition) (1979)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
Captain Marvel (1968)
#28 Daredevil (1964)
- 'When Titans Collide!'
#107 Dark Reign: The Hood (2009)
- 'Blind Man's Bluff!'
#2 Drax the Destroyer (2005)
- 'Family Man'#5
- 'Chain of Command'
#1 Enter the Heroic Age (2010)
- 'Illegal Aliens'#3
- 'From the Ashes'#4
- 'Hard Penance'
Iron Man (1968)
#55 L`invincible Iron Man (1972)
- 'Beware -- Beware -- Beware the... Blood Brothers!'#88
- 'Fear Wears Two Faces!'#89
- 'Brute Fury!'#90
- 'When Calls the Controller'#91
#10 Marvel Feature (1971)
- 'Prends garde aux freres sanguinaires!'#43
- 'La peur a deux visages!'#44
- 'Brutale furie!'#45/46
#12 Maximum Security (2000)
- 'The Bite of the Blood Brothers!'
#1 New Avengers (2005)
- 'Illegal Aliens'#3
- 'Whatever The Cost!'
New Avengers Finale (2010)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Origins of Siege (2010)
#12 Secret Invasion (2008)
- 'Games Deviants Play'
Spider-Man: Breakout (2005)
The Avengers (1963)
#252 The New Avengers: Most Wanted Files (2006)
- 'Deciding Factor!'#253
- 'Conquering Vision'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Super-Heroes (1975)
#608 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'Siege: Ragnarok, Part 2'
Hood's Criminal Syndicate
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