BLOB: The Immovable
"A lot of good that piece of tin will do you!! You're fighting the BLOB now -- the one enemy you can't ever beat!"--BLOB
Who is BLOB?
The BLOB is Frederick J. Dukes, a Marvel Comics supervillain, mostly an adversary of the X-Men. He was dreated by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby and first appeared in X-Men #3 (January 1964). BLOB is a mutant originally depicted as a morbidly obese circus freak, the BLOB claims to be immovable. He possesses an extreme amount of pliable body mass, which grants him superhuman strength and his own gravitational pull. Possessing the mindset of a bully, he mostly uses his powers for petty crime.
Fred J. Dukes started out as a member of a circus sideshow under the name "the BLOB". He is detected and contacted by Charles Xavier, who tells him that he is a mutant, and asks him to join the X-Men. The BLOB refuses Xavier's invitation, saying he is better than the other X-Men, and the BLOB goes back to the circus.
The mutant Magneto soon seeks out the BLOB to recruit him into his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The BLOB temporarily accepts the invitation, but leaves when it is revealed that Magneto has no real concern for the BLOB's safety.
He then teamed-up with Unus the untouchable, they disguised themselves as X-Men and commit crimes.
The BLOB also serves as a member of Factor Three, an organization bent on prosperity of the mutant race by becoming a World Power.
BLOB was one of the mutants who was reverted to infancy by Alpha the Ultimate Mutant, but that effect did not last long and he returned to his proper age, and continued menacing superhero groups.
He later winded up in prison, but is freed by Mystique in order to recruit him into her incarnation of the Brotherhood.
He remained with the Brotherhood even after the group became a special operative of the federal government, renamed as Freedom Force.
After Freedom Force's dissolution, the BLOB participated in another version of the Brotherhood, this time led by Toad.
The BLOB was then recruited by the psychic entity known as Onslaught. Onslaught vastly upgraded BLOB's powers and abilities.
The event known as "M Day" finds 90% of Earth's mutants depowered, the BLOB is one of the thousands to lose their power. Unfortunately for BLOB his epidermis did not shrink to compensate for his loss of mass, leaving him with huge folds of loose skin. The depressed BLOB attempts to commit suicide, but his skin folds prevent him from cutting through to any major blood vessels on his throat or wrists.
Through unknown means, Dukes loses the excess skin and his fortunes turn in his favor. Now known as Freddie Dukes, he became a weight-loss guru in Japan, and is to star in an upcoming movie.
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
The "massive, immovable BLOB" makes a brief appearance in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode "The Prison Plot", when Magneto tries to free him from prison.
Pryde of the X-Men
The BLOB appears as a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants in the 1989 animated pilot X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men, voiced by Alan Oppenheimer.
X-Men animated series
He is in several episodes of the 1990s X-Men animated series, voiced by Robert Calt. BLOB, Pyro, and Avalanche serve as henchmen for Mystique.
A teenage version of the BLOB is a regular character in the animated series X-Men: Evolution, voiced by Michael Dobson). He is a bully and classmate of the X-Men, as well as having a crush on Jean Grey, and showing a big hate against Scott Summers, prior to joining Mystique's Brotherhood. Like in the comics, BLOB was approached by the X-Men first to join their team but he was reeled in by Mystique. In the end of the series, in Professor Xavier's prophetic vision of the future, BLOB along with the rest of the Brotherhood joins S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Freedom Force.
Wolverine and the X-Men
BLOB appears as a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants in Wolverine and the X-Men voiced by Stephen Stanton.
LIVE MEDIA APPEARANCE
In X-Men Origins : Wolverine, Fred Dukes was a mutant with the invulnerabilty powers. During the Vietnam War he was part of the Black Ops group called Team X under the command of William Stryker.
POWERS & ABILITIES
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.
Superhuman Durability : The Blob's body possesses a high degree of resistance to injury. The fat tissues that comprise the Blob's epidermis are able to absorb the impact of rifle bullets, cannonballs, bazooka, and even torpedoes. The larger of these projectiles recoil from his body at one half the force of impact. The smaller one embed themselves in his layers of fat tissue, enabling him to eject them by merely flexing his muscles. The Blob's nerve endings do not relay any tactile perception to his brain which are near the threshold of pain. The fat tissue of his epidermis is resilient enough to revert to its normal shape within seconds after deformation caused by impact. It is virtually impervious to physical injury. The Blob's skin cannot be punctured or lacerated by most known materials, frostbitten, or ravaged by any skin disease, due in part to the skin's greatest elasticity and toughness and in part to the highly accelerated rate at which his skin cells grow and replace themselves. His skin is somewhat less resistant to burning.
Gravitational Mass allocation: Blob's main superhuman ability was to become virtually immovable at will as long as he was in contact with the ground. He did this by bonding himself to the earth beneath him by force of will, which in effect created a mono-directional increase of gravity beneath him. This gravity field extended about five feet in radius from his center of balance. Thus if there were sufficient power to uproot him, it would take the ground beneath his feet in an area corresponding to the radius of the field.
The Blob is a formidable hand to hand combatant. Although he possesses no formal training, his great size coupled with his strength and resistance to injury render him a highly efficient and effective street fighter.
Sources : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BLOB_(comics) : http://www.comicvine.com/BLOB/29-3182/ : http://www.comicvine.com/BLOB/29-3182/earth-616-BLOB/108-257/blo13/105-1146476/ : http://marvel.wikia.com/Frederick_Dukes_(Earth-616): http://marvel.wikia.com/Frederick_Dukes_(Earth-616)/Gallery : http://marvel.wikia.com/Category:Frederick_Dukes_(Earth-616)/Quotes : http://marvel.wikia.com/BLOB :
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