Locust (Marvel)(01 - August Hopper)
Real Name: August Hopper
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Hopper wore an exoskeleton with mechanized wings, enabling him to fly and protecting him from injury. He used an ionic stun ray, a disintegrator beam, and a sticky silk netting he could project to entrap others. His major accomplishments were his magno ray, which used ionic bombardment to enlarge insects to the size of people or even small cars, and his Control Helmet, the antennae of which could control all insects, including those he enlarged.
Hopper was fired from his job as professor of entomology at Metro College for his radical theories. He was next hired by Ryan Chemicals as a designer of insecticides. In order to regain his lost respect, he made plans to create an insect plague which only he could control. He enlarged a number of insects and set them out to cause mischief, but he was encountered and defeated by the original X-Men, and he was sent to prison.
Prison didn't help his sanity at all. Upon his release, he learned that his daughter Carol, herself an entomology student, had married a farmer, Bob Hickman. Despite the fact that he had been in prison at the time, Hopper was furious that they had not asked his permission. Hopper also felt that Bob was not good enough for his Carol, and he set out to destroy their marriage. Hopper, as the Locust, destroyed Bob's farm, and Bob and Carol fled from him, managing to narrowly escape his massive insect hoard on several occasions, in several different states, although the insects did destroy all crops and vegetation they encountered. Somewhere in the mid-west, Bob and Carol unwittingly picked up Bruce Banner as a hitch-hiker, which led to a fight between the Locust and the Hulk. Hopper was defeated again, but during the fight he lost control of his insects, and Bob defended Carol from several immense bugs armed only with a pitchfork. Hopper gave Bob and Carol his blessing as the police carted him away.
Hopper was doing relatively well in a maximum security prison in Manhattan, until the mutant team X-Factor landed their immense, intelligent Ship in Manhattan. Recognizing the mutants as the orginal X-Men whom he had fought, and jealous over their publicity, Hopper managed to rebuild his Control Helmet and Magno Ray and escape on the back of a giant Moth. Hopper attacked X-Factor, backed by an army of immense cockroaches, whom he claimed would take over the world and rule it long after the extinction of humanity. The Beast recognized Hopper, and managed to remove his Helmet, Magno-Ray, and wings, leaving him powerless. Hopper was again carted away to an institution for the criminally insane.
The Locust hatched another plot involving mutated, cybernetically enhanced insects as a blackmail scheme. The threat of worldwide ecological disaster was significant to stimulate the "curse" of the Order/Defenders, who appeared and put a swift end to his plans.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #24
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
#194 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'The Day of the Locust!'
#24 X-Factor (1986)
- 'The Plague of... The Locust!'
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