Grasshopper (comics)

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Grasshopper
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance

GLA #1 (March 2005) (out of continuity)

GLA #2 (April 2005) (in continuity)
Created by Dan Slott
Paul Pelletier
In-story information
Alter ego Doug Taggert
Species Human
Team affiliations Great Lakes Avengers
Roxxon Corporation
Notable aliases The Ever-Gregarious Grasshopper
Abilities Armored suit grants:
Superhuman leaping via robotic grasshopper legs
Insectroid Sensors
Zoom Lenses
Minimal protection from attacks

The Grasshopper is the name of multiple humorous Marvel Comics superheroes, all created by Dan Slott. No Grasshopper to date has survived past the issue in which they first appeared. The Grasshoppers are a simultaneous homage to and satire of stereotypical superheroes and Marvel's tendency towards animal-themed characters. They are also a lampoon of the tendency of superhero team books to introduce new, hastily developed characters only to dramatically kill them off within a few issues. The complicated romantic troubles of the first Grasshopper recall many characters with similar subplots (Spider-Man, for instance), as does the unlikely family background of the second.

Doug Taggert[edit]

Grasshopper is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics universe who first appeared in the pages of the "GLA: Misassembled" miniseries of 2005. The character was created by Dan Slott and Paul Pelletier. He was a member of the Great Lakes Avengers for 5.8 seconds.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Although first appearing when he joined in a fourth wall breaking out-of-continuity prequel presented by Squirrel Girl,[1] he did not appear in continuity until the next issue.[2]

It is revealed that Grasshopper is in fact Doug Taggert, an employee of Roxxon Oil who pines after fellow Roxxon researcher Cindy Shelton, who in turn only has eyes for the "ever-gregarious Grasshopper" (thus setting up a classic comic-book style love triangle). Later it is clarified that Grasshopper is "part-time Roxxon security" who does "some super heroing on the side." Though it is never so stated, the implication is that Roxxon designed and built the gear which is the source of Grasshopper's powers. Soon Grasshopper meets up with the GLA as they both try to stop a robbery being committed by Batroc's Brigade. During the course of the battle, Grasshopper agrees to join up with the GLA, and then almost immediately is killed by a sai thrown by the supervillain Zaran after it passed through teammate Doorman. As team sidekick Monkey Joe comments off-panel, "Five point eight seconds. A new record for shortest membership on ANY team."[volume & issue needed]

Later, Doug Taggert briefly appears in a limbo-like afterlife, hanging out with other deceased GLA'ers. Though not particularly cheery in demeanor, he didn't seem too upset about his unfortunate fate either.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The first Grasshopper's powers are derived entirely from a powered suit, metallic green in color and with an appearance reminiscent of his namesake. The suit's primary ability is that of a fantastic vertical leap, powered by long, robotic hindlegs. These legs can also deliver devastating kicks. Its secondary abilities include "Insectroid Sensors", which work as an early warning system, and Zoom Lenses, which provide long range sight. Voice activated commands can be used to initiate some of the suit's powers. A notable fault of the suit seems to be that, despite its stiff and sturdy appearance, it offers little to no armor protection to the wearer (thus allowing a simple hand-thrown weapon to pierce the head, normally one of the most heavily defended areas on a suit of armor). It is unknown whether Taggart's suit had the "Maximum Jump" ability his successor Neil Shelton (unfortunately) had while using the suit.

Significant Issues[edit]

  • GLA: Misassembled #2
  • GLX-Mas Special #1 - (Shelton becomes the Grasshopper)

Neil Shelton[edit]

Grasshopper II
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance GLX-mas Special #1 (December 2005)
Created by Dan Slott
Ty Templeton
In-story information
Alter ego Neil Shelton
Species Human
Team affiliations Roxxon Corporation
Notable aliases The Ever-Gregarious Grasshopper
Abilities Armored suit grants:
Superhuman leaping via robotic grasshopper legs
Maximum Jump
Insectroid Sensors
Zoom Lenses
Minimal protection from attacks

The second Grasshopper is a fictional, corporate superhero in the Marvel Comics universe who first appeared in the pages of the GLX-Mas Special #1, a Marvel Comics title, in 2005. The character was created by Dan Slott and artist Ty Templeton, who based his design on Paul Pelletier's design for the original Grasshopper.[citation needed]

It was not made clear if he was a member of the Great Lakes X-Men (as the GLA were called at the time) before he, like Doug Taggart, was killed in action.

Publication history[edit]

This Grasshopper is a combined homage to Iron Man and Spider-Man, borrowing many aspects of each's histories. Like Taggart before him, Shelton didn't live more than one issue.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Neil Shelton was a security guard for Roxxon who gained use of the Grasshopper suit some time after Doug Taggert's death. As the second Grasshopper, he used a powered armor similar to that of Iron Man. The suit's primary ability is that of a fantastic vertical leap, which is powered by robotic grasshopper legs. Its secondary abilities include Insectroid Sensors, which work as an early warning system, and Zoom Lenses, which provide long range sight. Voice activated commands can be used to initiate some of the suit's powers.[volume & issue needed]

While patrolling outside of Roxxon Labs on Christmas Day, Shelton defeated Killer Shrike (himself a former employee of Roxxon) during the villain's attempt to steal "Project Z".[volume & issue needed]

Dr. Cindy Shelton shows up to recover the "Project Z" device and, unaware that this is a new wearer of the suit, invites Grasshopper to dinner. Via thought balloon, Neil states that he is secretly Cindy's long lost brother and must deny her feelings. This revelation makes the previous Grasshopper/Cindy Shelton love triangle even more bizarre. To escape Cindy's amorous advances, Neil initiates a "Maximum Jump", rocketing heroically into the air. However, it is later revealed (when Doorman, in his new role as an angel of death, shows up to pick up his spirit) that the jump propelled Grasshopper into space, killing him. His sacrifice was not completely in vain, as Grasshopper's body re-entered the Earth's atmosphere to become a beautiful Christmas shooting star.[volume & issue needed]

Significant Issues[edit]

  • GLX-Mas Special #1

"The All-New Grasshopper"[edit]

Grasshopper III
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular #1 (September 2007)
Created by Dan Slott
Kieron Dwyer
In-story information
Species Human
Notable aliases The All-New Grasshopper
Abilities Armored suit grants:
Superhuman leaping via robotic grasshopper legs
Maximum Jump
Insectroid Sensors
Zoom Lenses
Minimal protection from attacks

The third Grasshopper is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics universe who first appeared in the pages of the Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular #1 in 2007. He was created by writer Dan Slott[3] and artist Kieron Dwyer, who based his design on Paul Pelletier's design for the original Grasshopper.[citation needed]

Virtually no information was revealed about him other than his status as "The All-New Grasshopper" before a disgruntled Deadpool killed him by snapping his neck after being kicked out of the Great Lakes Initiative.[volume & issue needed]

Significant issues[edit]

Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular #1


Skrull imposter[edit]

Grasshopper IV
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Avengers: The Initiative #19 (December 2008)
Created by Dan Slott
Christos Gage
In-story information
Species Skrull
Team affiliations Great Lakes Initiative
Abilities Shapeshifting
Armored suit grants:
Superhuman leaping via robotic grasshopper legs
Maximum Jump
Insectroid Sensors
Zoom Lenses
Minimal protection from attacks

The fourth Grasshopper is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe who first appeared in the pages of Avengers: The Initiative #19 in 2008. He was created by writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage.

This Grasshopper turned out to be a Skrull impostor as part of the Secret Invasion. While Mr. Immortal was shocked to find that he was an imposter, Big Bertha thought it was ridiculously obvious.[4] After the invasion is over, the real Grasshopper isn't shown in a support group meeting with the others that had been replaced by Skrulls.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GLA #1
  2. ^ GLA #2
  3. ^ Dan Slott post on his messageboard regarding writing on GLI/Deadpool
  4. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #19
  5. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #20

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