Brothers Grimm (Marvel)
Real Name: Percy & Barton Grimes
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For reasons not fully revealed, the costumes of the Brothers Grimm possess the magical properties of prestidigitation and conjuration as the original Brothers Grimm. Some examples of these conjurations include: ensnaring golden threads, flying stars with trapeze attached, exploding pies (producing large quantities of attacking crows,) corrosive eggs, paralyzing stardust, and exploding jumping beans. The Brothers Grimm can also float on a cloud of mist.
The criminals Brothers Grimm began with curio dealer Nathan Dolly, who wielded an African witch doctor's pain-inducing voodoo doll as the criminal extortionist Mister Doll (also known as Mister Pain in some reports). Defeated by Iron Man and stripped of his doll, Nathan later bought two skull-faced dolls carved from the mystical wood of Wundagore Mountain by Django Maximoff. Each doll could be animated by an outside consciousness; but while trying to animate one of them later, Nathan accidentally mind-linked with both dolls and trapped his consciousness inside them. Aided by his wife Priscilla, he later transferred his spirit into a pair of full-size mannequins and committed crimes as the mystically empowered Brothers Grimm (or sometimes as a solitary Brother Grimm). Priscilla crafted civilian identities for the Brothers as her supposed sons Jake and William Dolly. After clashes with Spider-Woman and the Hangman, Nathan tried to usurp the body of Drew's associate Jerry Hunt but the sorcerer Magnus foiled this plan and Nathan's spirit apparently dispersed. A broken Priscilla soon died, and her Playhouse Theatre base of operations was bought by realtor siblings Barton and Percy Grimes, who found the inert Brothers Grimm mannequins and discovered that their costuming somehow retained Nathan's conjuring powers. The siblings began leading a super-criminal double life as the new Brothers Grimm, even besting the new Iron Man (Jim Rhodes); however, Tony Stark uncovered incriminating evidence which led to their exposure and arrest. Escaping, the Grimes brothers joined the Night Shift criminal gang. Unknown to the gang, their leader, the Shroud, was really an altruistic vigilante posing as a criminal to infiltrate the underworld, so the Night Shift preyed almost exclusively on other criminals, though they sometimes came into conflict with heroes such as Captain America and the Avengers. Meanwhile, the Brothers continued to freelance as a duo. When Crossfire placed a bounty on the archer Hawkeye's arm, the Brothers were part of a small army of criminals who tried unsuccessfully to collect the reward, defeated by Hawkeye, Mockingbird and Trickshot. Later, the Brothers were twice manipulated into battling Spider-Man and twice defeated, the second time alongside Goliath (Erik Josten), Graviton, Titania (Mary MacPherran) and Trapster. The Night Shift eventually split with Shroud to follow a genuinely criminal leader, the new Hangman, Jason Roland, who led them against the Avengers and tricked them into serving the demon Satannish in exchange for fame and enhanced powers; but the Night Shift turned against Hangman and Satannish after learning the bargain would cost their souls. Captured by the Avengers, the Brothers escaped in time to attend the wedding of Absorbing Man and Titania. Recaptured and imprisoned in the Raft, they escaped during the mass breakout sparked by Electro and remain at large.
The Brothers Grimm (animated dolls) made their first appearance in Spider-Woman #3. Percy & Barton Grimes in Iron Man #187, and as the Brothers Grimm in #188.
First Appearance: Spider-Woman (1978) #3
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Avengers Spotlight (1989)
#22 Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega (2016)
- 'Grimm and Bear it'#24
- 'A Show of Hands'#25
- 'Forewarned is Disarmed'
Avengers Unconquered (2009)
#24 Avengers Unplugged (1995)
- 'The Hordes Of Hellfire!'#28
- 'Fall Of The Avengers!'#34
- 'Siege Begins Here!'#35
- 'Earth's Mightiest Heroes Reunited At Last!'
#4 Avengers West Coast (1989)
- 'The Old Ball and Chain'
#76 Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
- 'Infamous Monsters of Hollywood!, Part One: Make Way For the Night Shift!'#77
- 'Infamous Monsters of Hollywood!, Part Two: Hooray For Hollyweird!'#78
- 'Infamous Monsters of Hollywood!, Part Three: There's No Business Like...'#79
- 'Infamous Monsters of Hollywood!, Part Four: Fade Out'
Annual 01#25 Captain America (1968)
- 'Avengers The Initiative Disassembled Conclusion'#26
- 'Up is Down'#27
- 'Even The Losers / The Taking of 42'#28
- 'Poisoned Chalice'#33
- 'The Hammer Falls, Part 1 of 3'#34
- 'The Hammer Falls, Part 2 of 3'
#330 Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015)
- 'Night Shift'#331
- 'Soldier, Soldier'#420
- 'Skull Sessions'
Code of Honor (1997)
#3 Dark Reign: The Cabal (2009)
- 'Book Three: The Streets'
Dark Reign: The Hood (2009)
#1 Invincible Iron Man (2008)
- 'Family Man'#5
- 'Chain of Command'
#20 Iron Man (1968)
- 'Stark: Disassembled Part 1'#33
#187 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'The Vengeance of Vibro!'#188
- 'And Grimm Shall Be Their Name!'
#87 Marvel Zombies 4 (2009)
- 'Three Scents/Sacrifice/If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium/To Touch The Darkness'
#1 Marvels Companion (2014)
- 'Midnight Sons: Part 1'
TPB New Avengers (2005)
- 'Marvels Companion'
New Avengers Finale (2010)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
#4 Secret Avengers (2010)
- 'Living in Darkness Part 4'#5
- 'Living in Darkness Part 5'
#29 Secret Avengers (2013)
- 'A Council Of Masters'#30
- 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'#32
- 'To Hold Back A Black Hole'
#2 Secret Invasion (2008)
- 'Mission 002: Bagalia'
Secret Invasion Chronicles (2009)
#3 Solo Avengers (1987)
- 'The Siege of Asgard - Intercepted'#4
- 'The Siege of Asgard - The Fallen'
Spider-Man: Breakout (2005)
#3 The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
- 'The Peril of Brother Grimm'#4
- 'Hell is the Hangman!'#7
- 'July 4, 1978...'#9
- 'Eye Of The Needle'#11
- 'Brother Grimm'#12
- 'Brothers Grimm'
The Astonishing Spider-Man (2009)
#58 The Last Defenders (2008)
- 'Awesome New Adventure Begins!'
The New Avengers: Most Wanted Files (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
#159 Venom (2011)
- 'These Shattered Senses or A Tale of The Brothers Grimm'
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
#64 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'Once More With Feeling...'#65
- 'The Last Act of Vengeance'
#40 Wolverine (2003)
- 'And Now the... Night Shift!'
- 'Vendetta, Part 5: Payback'
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