Artie Gruber

Artie Gruber
Real name
Artie Gruber
Aliases
Joe Mugglie; The Mad Avenger
Alignment
Affiliation
Enemy of the Harlem Heroes
Universe
Base of operations

Characteristics
Gender
Eyes
Hair
Unusual features
Yes
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Professional Aeroball player
Origin
Origin
Rebuilt as cyborg by Ulysses Cord
Place of birth
First appearance
Death

2000 AD prog 9
2000 AD prog 939

History

Artie Gruber was a professional Aeroball player until he was accidentally almost killed while competing against John 'Giant' Clay of the Harlem Heroes. Resurrected as a cyborg by the Heroes' then sponsor Ulysses Cord (who was actually out to destroy them), the mentally unbalanced Gruber was now motivated solely by a need to kill Clay, whom he blamed for turning him into a monster. Used as a pawn by several of Clay's enemies, Gruber attacked the Harlem Heroes three times (including once after they renamed themselves the Harlem Hellcats).

At one point Gruber covered himself in 'nu-skin' to masquerade as Joe Mugglie, the captain of a team of Aeroball-playing androids. The nu-skin disintegrated after Zack threw the ball in his face. The androids mobbed Gruber and forced him to crash into the stadium's seating area. Gruber was presumed dead and sent to a crematorium, but his controllers revived him with a remotely activated 'cardiac boost' and he came round just in time to throw the unfortunate crematorium staff into the flames.

Gruber's last clash with the Harlem Heroes ended with him plunging into a river wearing a burning jetpack, ironically the same way his first 'life' had ended.

Powers and abilities

Abilities

Proficient Aeroball player.

Strength level

Superhuman.

Weaknesses

Blinded by hate.

Paraphernalia

Transportation

Jetpack.

Weapons

Laser sniper's rifle.

Notes

Gruber later resurfaced to battle the second Harlem Heroes, in sequel series Inferno, but it is uncertain whether this strip exists in the same continuity as the original or should be considered apocryphal. See Harlem Heroes.

Trivia

Gruber's thought bubbles show that he thinks as slowly as he speaks. However, he doesn't speak slowly when he is masquerading as Joe Mugglie.

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