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The Wendigo possesses a variety of superhuman physical abilities as a result of a mystical curse. The curse causes anyone that ingests the flesh of another human, while within the wilderness, to transform into the Wendigo.
The Wendigo possesses vast superhuman physical strength of an unknown limit. It is known that the Wendigo possesses sufficient strength to go toe to toe with the Incredible Hulk, while the Hulk is in an enraged state, indicating the Wendigo can lift well in excess of 100 tons.
Aside from its vast strength, the tissues of the Wendigo's body are considerably stronger than those of a human being. A Wendigo's body can resist high caliber machine gun shells without sustaining injury. If a Wendigo is injured, it can recover from the physical trauma with tremendous speed and efficiency. The dense fur covering the Wendigo's body grants it immunity to the harsh conditions of the extreme cold weather common in the areas in which the Wendigo has appeared. The Wendigo can be rendered unconscious by sufficient force, such as severe physical injury and trauma, but it can only die if its heart is removed from its body.
Despite the Wendigo's great size, it can run at speeds greater than that of an Olympic level athlete. At top speed, a Wendigo can move at roughly 50 miles per hour. The enhanced musculature of the Wendigo generates less lactic acid than the muscles of a human being, granting it superhuman levels of stamina.
The tips of the Wendigo's fingers and toes are tipped with razor sharp, retractable claws that are capable of piercing through most conventional materials, even steel, due to a combination of the sharpness of the claws and the Wendigo's massive physical strength.
Even though the Wendigo was once a human being, very little is left of that person with the exception of brief and rare instances during which the Wendigo is able to remember things about its former life. It is also relatively unintelligent and lacks the ability to speak, except its own name.
Several people have been afflicted with the curse that brings about this condition including Paul Cartier, Georges Baptiste, Michael Fleet and Francois Lartigue. The curse is regional to the woods of Northern Canada and takes place when a person engages in cannibalism. Under the right conditions such a person becomes the Wendigo and roams the woods eating people. The Wendigo has frequently fought the Hulk, Wolverine, and Alpha Flight.
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (1968) #162
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Alpha Flight (2011)
#4 Avengers (2013)
- 'With Many, Strength'#6
- 'A Murder of Crows'#7
- 'Pride of a Nation (Redux)'
#9 Avengers Academy (2010)
- 'Star Bound'#10
#4 Captain Marvel (1999)
- 'Apache Autumn, Part 1'#5
- 'Apache Autumn, Part 2: Bad Day at the Haunted Mesa!'#6
- 'Apache Autumn, Part 3: Hungry Spirits!'#10
- 'Interview With a Biker'#11
- 'A Pale Fire Gleaming'#12
- 'A Blaze of Glory'
#2 Chaos War: Alpha Flight (2011)
- 'Does a Hulk Sit in the Woods?'#3
- 'One Down, Wendigo'
Classic X-Men (1986)
#45 Dark Reign Files (2009)
- 'Something Wicked This Way Comes!'
Der Unglaubliche Hulk Comic-Taschenbuch (1980)
Free Comic Book Day 2009 (Wolverine: Origin of an X-Man) (2009)
Hero Comics (2009)
Incredible Hulks (2010)
#630 King-Size Hulk (2008)
- 'Heart of the Monster'#631
- 'Heart of the Monster Part Two'#633
- 'Heart Of The Monster: Part 4'#634
- 'Heart Of The Monster: Part 5'
L'incroyable Hulk (1968)
- 'Rejetons du cannibale!'#39
- 'Et le vent hurle...Wendigo!'#40
- 'Et maintenant...le Glouton!'#132/133
- '...Une fois Hulk, toujours Hulk!'
47/48 Madness in Murderworld (1989)
- 'Face a la Fureur Sauvage de WEN-DI-GO!'
#1 Marvel 1985 (2008)
- 'Madness in Murderworld'
#4 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'Small-Town Mutie'#5
- 'The Odyssey'#6
- 'Nuff Said!'
Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
#6 Marvel Fanfare (1996)
- 'Spider-Man: Wahre Monster'
#2 Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
HC Marvel Team-Up (2004)
- 'Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts'
#6 Monsters Unleashed (1973)
- 'Golden Child, Part Six'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 13
- 'Valkyrior Steeds to Maximillian Zaran'
#2 She-Hulk (2005)
- 'Cold Comfort'#3
- 'Kill Or Be Killed'#4
#16 Spider-Man (1990)
- 'Planet Without a Hulk, Part 2: Gamma Flight'#17
- 'Planet Without a Hulk, Part 3: Shock After Shock'
#8 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'Perceptions Part One'#9
- 'Perceptions Part Two'#10
- 'Perceptions Part 3'#11
- 'Perceptions Part 4'#12
- 'The Conclusion of: Perceptions'
#277 The Complete Spider-Man (1991)
- 'The Rules Of The Game'
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
#162 The Incredible Hulk (Faksimile) (1999)
- 'Spawn of the Flesh-Eater!'#180
- 'And the Wind Howls... Wendigo!'#181
- 'And Now... The Wolverine!'#272
- 'Weirdsong of the Wen-Di-Go!'#273
- 'Once a Hulk, Always a Hulk!'
#181 The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine (1986)
- 'Und jetzt... Wolverine!'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Mighty World Of Marvel (2009)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#35 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'A new epic! The chaos war begins now!'
#14 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Hulk 2004 (2004)
- 'Unicorn to Wolverine'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Savage Hulk (1996)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#139 What If? (1977)
- '...Something Wicked This Way Comes!'#140
#31 What If...? (1989)
- 'What If Wolverine Had Killed The Hulk?'
#29 Wild Thing (1999)
- 'What If Captain America Had Formed The Avengers?'
#0 Wolverine (1988)
- 'Curse of the Wendigo!'
#129 Wolverine & The X-Men (2011)
- 'Survival of the Fittest, Part One: Whatever it Takes...'#130
- 'Survival of the Fittest, Part Two: ...To Survive!'#144
- 'First Cut!'#170
- 'Stay Alive! Part 1 of 3'#171
- 'Stay Alive, Part 2 of 3'#172
- 'Stay Alive! Conclusion!'
#20 Wolverine Battles the Incredible Hulk (1989)
- 'The Search For Something New'#31
- 'The Hellfire Saga Part One'#34
- 'The Hellfire Saga Part Four'#35
- 'The Hellfire Saga Conclusion'
Wolverine Saga (1989)
#1 Wolverine: Origins (2006)
- 'Book One: Beginnings'#3
- 'Book Three: The Man Reborn'
Wolverine: Season One (2013)
Wolverine: Wendigo! (2010)
X-Men Comics to Color (1992)
#3488 X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
- 'The X-Men Meet Sprite'
Omega Flight (04)
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