Gibbon (Marvel)(01 - Marty Blank)
Real Name: Martin 'Marty' Blank
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Gibbon possesses heightened strength, speed and agility, an ape-like fighting style and a natural kinship with animals.
Since the Gibbon is a mutant he may not possess powers following the Decimation event.
Seemingly born a mutant, The Gibbon later joins a circus where he does well as an acrobat. His powers are later enhanced by a potion given to him by Kraven the Hunter to "Unleash the Beast within". Martin Blank begins his career out as a friend of Spider-Man's. He even wants to be his partner, but Spider-Man laughs at him. Sick of being seen as a freak Martin can not take further ridicule and lashes out. He then catches the eye of Kraven the Hunter who enhances the Gibbon's powers with a herb broth, also giving him a great animal rage. After being defeated by Spider-Man, Martin wasn't seen for awhile.
Later, Gibbon seeks revenge on Spider-Man, trying to prove he is as good as him. He is caught in the middle of a fight with Spider-Man and the Beetle. Eventually Gibbon helps Spider-Man by punching out the Beetle. Gibbon later joins up with other "has-beens" the Kangaroo, Grizzly and The Spot to form the Legion Of Losers.
This team falls apart when Spider-Man carted the Spot and the Kangaroo to jail for bank robbery. He and the Grizzly would later attempt to go hero, helping Spider-Man thwart a bank robbery by the White Rabbit and eventually getting an action figure deal.
The Gibbon has been shown as retaining his physical mutation, but showed no sign of his former mutant abilities.
Marty Blank married Princess Python after the death of her husband Stilt-Man (Wilbur Day).
In the Marvel Apes mini-series, Gibbon underwent scientific tests by Dr. Fiona Fitzhugh at State University when an accident sent him and Dr. Fitzhugh through a dimensional portal to Earth-8101, dominated by apes and had ape versions of Earth-616 superhumans. Gibbon and the doctor eventually returned to Earth-616 via the same type of portal with Earth-8101's Speedball.
Gibbon joined the Hateful Hexad, a group of small-time villains who were looking to make a bigger name for themselves. That attempt got off to a bad start after they were beaten in a battle against Spider-Man and Deadpool. In the process, a new villain named Itsy Bitsy killed most members of the group, including Gibbon.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #110
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#4 Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
- 'Damon Dran to Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway'
Heroic Age: Heroes (2010)
Marvel Apes (2008)
Marvel Apes: Amazing Spider-Monkey Special (2009)
#1 Marvel Apes: Grunt Line Special (2009)
- 'With Great Ape Power...'
#1 Marvel Apes: Speedball Special (2009)
- 'This Man--This Monkey!'
#1 Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution (2009)
- 'Bad Day at the Banana Factory'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 04 Punisher War Journal (2007)
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'TPB vol. 04
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'
#4 She-Hulk (2005)
- 'Small Wake For a Tall Man'#16
- 'The Survivors Guild'
#6 Spider-Man by Roger Stern Omnibus (2014)
- 'Beaus & Eros, Part 1: I'm With Cupid'
Spider-Man Comics Weekly (1973)
#160 Spider-Man: Grim Hunt - The Kraven Saga (2010)
- 'Super Spider-Man with the Super-Heroes'#161
- 'Super Spider-Man with the Super-Heroes'
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
HC The New Warriors (1990)
- 'Grim Hunt 'TPB vol. 30
- 'Grim Hunt'#110
- 'The Birth Of... The Gibbon!'#111
- 'To Stalk A Spider!'#112
- 'Spidey Cops Out'
#12 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'A Betrayal of Hope'
Annual 03 Underworld (2006)
- 'Dark Side of the Moon'#59
- 'I Want Spider-Man!'#60#245
- 'Kravinov's Revenge!'#246
- 'The Legion of Losers!'#252
- 'Son of the Hunter! Part 2'#253
- 'Son of the Hunter! Part 3'#256
- 'Through the Looking Glass'
Outcast Super-Apes (Marvel)(Apes)
Spider-Man Revenge Squad (Marvel)
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