Grey Gargoyle

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Grey Gargoyle
Journey into Mystery 107.jpg
The Grey Gargoyle battles Thor on the cover of Journey into Mystery #107 (Aug. 1964). Art by Jack Kirby.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Journey into Mystery #107 (Aug. 1964)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Paul Pierre Duval
Team affiliations Masters of Evil
AIM
The Worthy
Lethal Legion
Hood's crime syndicate
Notable aliases Paul St. Pierre
Mokk: Breaker of Faith
Abilities Stone touch
Superhuman strength and durability

The Grey Gargoyle (Paul Pierre Duval) is a fictional comic book supervillain that appears in books published by Marvel Comics, often as an enemy of Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America.

Publication history[edit]

The Grey Gargoyle first appeared in Journey into Mystery #107 (Aug. 1964) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Paul Pierre Duval first appears in the title Journey into Mystery, and is established as a French chemist who courtesy of a chemical accident gains the ability to turn anything to stone by touching it. Turning his body to stone, Duval dons a mask and cape and becomes a criminal with the alias the Grey Gargoyle. Duval, however, becomes bored and decides to try to achieve immortality by confronting the Thunder God Thor and stealing his mystic hammer, Mjolnir. Thor is turned to stone in their first battle, but turns back to Don Blake when he falls over and strikes the floor with his hammer. As Blake he defeats the Gargoyle by luring him into the Hudson River in New York City, using a projection of Thor, leaving the villain buried at the bottom.[1] The Grey Gargoyle eventually reappears after being hauled up from the river, whereupon he turns to stone two people examining him. Thinking Don Blake, who has just had the power of Thor removed from him, can help him find Thor, the Grey Gargoyle goes after him. He pursues them through the streets, becoming angry at their escaping him and finally deciding to eliminate Blake. However he is delayed by an Asgardian blinding him with an arrow that gives off light, after which the Asgardian restores the Thunder God's power. The Grey Gargoyle is incapacitated by Thor once again as he uses his hammer to trap the Grey Gargoyle by tapping a lamppost as a power source and sending a bolt which fuses the Gargoyles limbs. Odin then fully restores Thor's power.[2]

The Grey Gargoyle appears in the title Tales of Suspense, attempting to steal an experimental device for use against Thor, but is stopped by his fellow Avenger Iron Man.[3] The character continues to play the role of industrial saboteur in the title Captain America, attempting to steal an experimental chemical called Element X before being stopped by Captain America; the Falcon and Nick Fury.[4] An appearance in the title Marvel Team-Up against Captain America and fellow hero Spider-Man ends with the Gargoyle being trapped in a rocket and launched into deep space.[5]

The character reappears in the title Thor, and is revealed to have been rescued by the crew of the Alien spaceship the Bird of Prey and nominated their captain. After a battle with Thor the character is lost in space once again.[6] The Gargoyle eventually returns to Earth in a meteorite in the title Avengers, and battles briefly before being defeated and imprisoned.[7] The character reappears in the title as part of the fourth version of the Masters of Evil. In an encounter with the Avenger the Black Knight, the Gargoyle grasps the hero's enchanted sword and is reverted to human form, his power temporarily neutralized.[8]

In the title Iron Man the Gargoyle adopts the false identity of sculptor Paul St. Pierre, and intends to make a fortune in the art world by selling persons transformed to stone as authentic sculptures. The ruse, however, is discovered by Iron Man, who defeats the villain.[9] The character is recruited by arch villain Doctor Doom during the Acts of Vengeance storyline, and paid to neutralize the monster the Hulk. The Hulk, however, resists the Gargoyle's power and then humiliates him by breaking his arm.[10]

The Gargoyle appears in the title She-Hulk[11] and as the pawn of an alien shapeshifter in the title Fantastic Four. The Gargoyle's power temporarily incapaciates Fantastic Four member the Thing, who recovers with the added benefit of being able to now transform between human form and his superstrong rock-like form.[12] After another appearance in the title Thor and almost instant defeat by the god slaying entity Desak,[13] the Gargoyle features in the title New Avengers with other criminals attempting to escape the prison facility The Raft.[14]

After a brief appearance in the humorous title She-Hulk,[15] the Grey Gargoyle battles heroines Spider-Woman and Ms. Marvel in the title Civil War: The Initiative;[16] appears briefly in the fourth volume of the title New Warriors[17] and in the Spider-Man title published under the Marvel Adventures imprint.[18] The character is recruited to join a "crime army" formed by the villain the Hood in the title New Avengers,[19] and during the Dark Reign storyline features in the limited series Dark Reign: Lethal Legion. Grey Gargoyle is recruited by former Avengers foe the Grim Reaper to join a new incarnation of the Lethal Legion, who oppose criminal mastermind Norman Osborn.[20]

During the Heroic Age storyline, it is revealed that he has a discarded and disavowed daughter named Mortar.[21]

The Grey Gargoyle is later shown as an inmate of The Raft.[22] When an EMP surge shuts down the Raft's defenses, the inmates attempt an escape. Grey Gargoyle is compelled by the Purple Man to stop a door from closing by jamming his head into the mechanism.[23]

During the Fear Itself storyline, Grey Gargoyle is transformed via Asgardian magic into Mokk: Breaker of Faith, and transforms the entire population of Paris to stone. When Iron Man intervenes, Mokk damages his armor and energy supply, forcing him to flee, and also fends off attacks from Detroit Steel, Sasha Hammer and Rescue.[24][25][26][27][28] Mokk is reverted to Grey Gargoyle by the end of the storyline, and the people of Paris were returned to normal by Odin.[29]

Powers and abilities[edit]

During an experiment, Paul Duval spilled an unknown organic chemical compound on his right hand, causing a mutagenic reaction that permanently transformed the hand into living stone. As a result, Duval can turn any matter touched with his "stone" hand to a similar substance, with the effect lasting for approximately one hour. Duval can also use the effect to transform himself into a being of living stone - with no loss of mobility - possessing superhuman strength and durability. Duval also has a master's degree in chemistry.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Grey Gargoyle appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episodes "The Man in the Anthill", "The Breakout" Pt. 1, and "This Hostage Earth", voiced by Troy Baker. In "This Hostage Earth", Grey Gargoyle appears as a member of the Masters of Evil where he helps Enchantress claim the Norn Stones. After Grey Gargoyle turns Karnilla to stone, Enchantress has Executioner "reward him." Enchantress and Executioner return to Baron Zemo where they tell him that Grey Gargoyle "didn't make it."

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Journey Into Mystery #107 (Aug. 1964)
  2. ^ Journey Into Mystery 113 (Feb. 1965)
  3. ^ Tales of Suspense #95 - 96 (Nov. - Dec. 1967)
  4. ^ Captain America #139 - 142 (July - Oct. 1971)
  5. ^ Marvel Team-Up #13 (Sep. 1973)
  6. ^ Thor #257 - 259 (Mar. - Jun 1977)
  7. ^ Avengers #190 -191 (Dec. 1979 - Jan. 1980)
  8. ^ Avengers #271 (Sep. 1986)
  9. ^ Iron Man #235 - 236 (Oct. - Nov. 1988)
  10. ^ Hulk #363 - 364 (Dec. 1989 - Jan 1990)
  11. ^ Sensational She-Hulk vol. 2, #27 (May 1991)
  12. ^ Fantastic Four vol. 2, #38 - 39 (Jan. - Feb. 2001)
  13. ^ Thor vol. 2, #47 (Apr. - May 2002)
  14. ^ New Avengers vol. 4, #1 (Jan. 2005)
  15. ^ She-Hulk #10 (Oct. 2006)
  16. ^ Civil War: The Initiative (Apr. 2007)
  17. ^ New Warriors vol. 4, #1 (Aug. 2007)
  18. ^ Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #29 (Sep. 2007)
  19. ^ New Avengers #35 (Dec. 2007)
  20. ^ Dark Reign: Lethal Legion #1 - 3 (Aug. - Oct. 2009)
  21. ^ Young Allies #1 (Aug. 2010)
  22. ^ Thunderbolts #145
  23. ^ Thunderbolts #147
  24. ^ Matt Fraction (w), Salvador Larocca (a). "Fear Itself Part 1: City of Light, City of Stone" The Invincible Iron Man 504 (July 2011), Marvel Comics
  25. ^ Matt Fraction (w), Salvador Larocca (a). "Fear Itself Part 2: Cracked Actor" The Invincible Iron Man 505 (August 2011), Marvel Comics
  26. ^ Matt Fraction (w), Salvador Larocca (a). "Fear Itself Part 3: The Apostate" The Invincible Iron Man 506 (September 2011), Marvel Comics
  27. ^ Matt Fraction (w), Salvador Larocca (a). "Fear Itself Part 4: Fog of War" The Invincible Iron Man 507 (October 2011), Marvel Comics
  28. ^ Matt Fraction (w), Salvador Larocca (a). "Fear Itself Part 5: If I Ever Get Out Of Here" The Invincible Iron Man 508 (November 2011), Marvel Comics
  29. ^ Matt Fraction (w), Salvador Larocca (a). Fear Itself 7.3: Iron Man (January 2012), Marvel Comics

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