Arnim Zola (Marvel)
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Arnim Zola possesses the ability to mentally control his various genetic creations by means of the ESP Box mounted atop his torso and surgically attached to his central nervous system. Although most of the creatures possess limited intelligence and the capacity for creative thought, Zola can override their mental processes if he so desires. The ESP Box is a retractable device that can convert brain waves into electronic signals for transmission as telepathic commands within ordinary radio range. Normally, Zola is capable of controlling only his own organic creations, but if he remains linked to his support equipment, he can stimulate his own mental power to such a degree that he can create a psychonkinetic network able to animate inorganic matter within radio range. Zola is unable to control natural organic life.
Arnim Zola possesses genius-level intelligence and scientific skills.
Arnim Zola possesses the normal human strength of a male athlete in his prime, despite the fact that he does not exercise and is almost a century-old.
A rogue geneticist, Zola studied under Wladyslav Shinsky. In 1928, he attended a genetics conference which Jonathon Drew, Herbert Edgar Wyndham, and Noah Black attended. Later, Zola received secret aid from Phaeder and his son Maelstrom in developing genetic advancements.
Zola aided the Nazi scientist Baron Zemo in creating a series of androids which could expand from the size of a doll to over six feet tall.
Accounts vary, but at some point Zola established a process by which a person could project their mind onto a cloned body. He presented this process to Adolf Hitler. One accounts show that in 1944 Zola had already transferred his mind into his current, ESP box headed body. Talking with the Red Skull, he presented him with a pill to use to place himself in suspended animation. Zola presented Hitler with a completed cloned body. After Hitler walked out, Baron Strucker, a fugitive, entered the room. Strucker invited Zola to take part in the establishment of Hydra. Since around 1944 Strucker would think of Zola in his ESP-box body, this would support that Zola had switched bodies at this point.
However, while another account does show Zola in his ESP box on the day that Hitler's original body died, Hitler as the Hate-Monger would later recall Zola was still in his original body. In any event, Zola prepared a series of bodies for Hitler to use in his new identity of the Hate-Monger. (Zola once told Captain America that surgeons had extracted Hitler's brain and that he had preserved it to create a new body for it. This story appears to be a ruse to hide the truth about the Hate-Monger. Since then, the truth behind the Hate-Monger has been discovered, and is known to Spider-Man, Silver Sable, and Nick Fury.)
Hitler, according to a soldier who was with him the day his original body died, supposedly recommended Zola's process to Baron Zemo ("like your Führer, Zemo, you will become... a God... Zola will see to that") . It appears that Zemo did not for some reason undergo the process.
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First Appearance: Captain America (1968) #208
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#12 Cable & Deadpool (2004)
- 'Ultragirl to Arnim Zola'
#45 Captain America (1968)
- 'Band of (Oh) Brothers'
Captain America (1998)
Captain America (2002)
#31 Captain America (2005)
- 'Super Patriot Part 3'
HC vol. 07 Captain America (2013)
- 'Road to Reborn'#24
- 'The Drums of War Part Three of Three'#26
- 'The Death of the Dream: Part Two'#34
- 'The Death of Captain America Act 2, the Burden of Dreams: Part Four'#35
- 'The Death of Captain America Act 2, the Burden of Dreams: Part Five'#36
- 'The Death of Captain America Act 2, the Burden of Dreams: Part Six'#37
- 'The Death of Captain America Act 3, the Man Who Bought America: Part One'#38
- 'The Death of Captain America Act 3, the Man Who Bought America: Part Two'#40
- 'The Death of Captain America Act 3, the Man Who Bought America: Part Four'#41
- 'The Death of Captain America Act 3, the Man Who Bought America: Part Five'#42
- 'The Death of Captain America Act 3, the Man Who Bought America: Part Six'#50
Captain America And Bucky (2011)
Captain America: Reborn (2009)
Captain America: Red, White & Blue (2002)
#0 Deadpool Killustrated (2013)
- 'You Only Die Twice'
Die Spinne Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
Die Spinne Taschenbuch Extra Sammler-Ausgabe (1985)
Fear Itself - Nackte Angst (2011)
Fear Itself: Sin's Past (2011)
Guardians of the Galaxy (1990)
Annual 03 Hasbro/Captain America (2010)
- 'There is No Future - Only the Past Happening Again and Again'
#36 Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
- 'The Burden of Dreams'
#1 Invaders Now! (2010)
- 'Heroic Age Villains'
#2 Iron Man/X-O Manowar: Heavy Metal (1996)
- 'Playing God'#4
- 'Second Chances'
#1 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'Heavy Metal: The Interlock Crunch'
#24 Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
- 'Retribution and Resurrection/Voices Heard, Voices Ignored/I Haven't Got Time For The Pain/Change of Heart'
Marvel Legends (2007)
#43 New Warriors (2014)
- 'The New Captain America'#58#61
- 'Captain America Reborn'
#3 Secret Avengers (2010)
- 'The High Evolutionary Has Kidnapped Nova and the Celestials are Returning to Judge Humanity'
Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
#16 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Shall I Call Thee Master?'#17
- 'Dark Victory'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'A: From Abomination to Avengers Quinjet'
#1 The Uncanny Dave Cockrum... A Tribute (2004)
- 'Abomination to Batroc's Brigade'
Thunderbolts: International Incident (2008)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#488 Wolverine (1988)
- 'The Extremists, Part 2'
#139 X-Factor (1986)
- 'The Freaks Come Out at Night'
#200 X-Men: To Serve And Protect (2011)
- 'Blinded by the Light: Chapter 1'
X-O Manowar/Iron Man: In Heavy Metal (1996)
- 'Heavy Metal, Part 1: The Reality Alchemists'
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998)
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