|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man #10 (Mar 1964)|
|Created by||Stan Lee
|Alter ego||Raymond Bloch|
|Abilities||Superhuman Strength, Superhuman durability|
The original Ox, Raymond Bloch, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #10 (March 1964), and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The character subsequently appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964), #19 (December 1964), The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964), Daredevil #15 (April 1966), and #86 (April 1972)
The second Ox, Ronald Bloch, first appeared in The Spectacular Spider-Man #19-20 (June–July 1978), and was created by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema. This character subsequently appears in Dazzler #7-8 (October–September 1981), Marvel Team-Up #138 (February 1984), Tales of the Marvels: Inner Demons #1 (1996), She-Hulk #1 (December 2005), Thunderbolts #104 (September 2006), Civil War: Thunderbolts - Swimming With Sharks #1 (January 2007), Daredevil #99-100 (September–October 2007), World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #2 (October 2007), Daredevil #102-105 (January–April 2008), and The Amazing Spider-Man #552-553 (April–May 2008), and #562-563 (August 2008).
Ox appeared as part of the "Enforcers" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #4.
Fictional character biography
Nothing is known about Ox's history before founding the Enforcers (alongside Fancy Dan and Montana), although he was born in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Ox is a burly strongman possessed of superhuman strength.
Ox eventually falls under the control of Mister Fear, who partners him with the criminal Eel as The Fellowship of Fear, as he is released earlier than the other Enforcers. Fear attempts to use his enthralled minions to destroy Daredevil, but all three are defeated.
Ox became fatally-afflicted with radiation poisoning during his criminal machinations. He breaks out of prison with a reclusive scientist named Dr. Karl Stragg who used a mind-transfer device to "swap bodies" with the villain, craving control of Ox's strength. This "new" Ox dies in combat with Daredevil when he fell to his death.
Meanwhile, the original Ox sought to build a new life in his new body (that of the scientist). This hope for redemption proves short-lived, however. While acting as a test subject for radioactive isotopes, the scientist's body mutates into an unstable duplicate of Ox's original frame. Ox goes on a rampage, soon succumbing to the radiation's lethal effects. He explodes in battle with Daredevil.
Following the apparent death of Raymond Bloch, his twin brother Ronald becomes the second Ox and is paired with the remaining Enforcers. Comments and actions taken by this Ox suggest he may be, in fact, one of the two versions of the original, somehow having survived his battles with Daredevil.[volume & issue needed]
Ox was later seen working as a tough for various underworld figures, such as the current Mr. Fear,[volume & issue needed] the Kingpin,[volume & issue needed] and the Maggia.[volume & issue needed] While collecting a gambling debt on behalf of a criminal called 'Fat Teddy', he is confronted by Spider-Man. The hero stops the mugging, but then experiences the delusion that Ox is the more powerful, stronger villain called Morlun.[volume & issue needed] Spider-Man, already afflicted by illness and the belief he doomed to die, beats upon Ox until stopped by an enraged Daredevil.[volume & issue needed] Ox is left in a pool of blood and Daredevil makes sure the man receives medical attention.[volume & issue needed]
During the Civil War event, Ox is arrested by Baron Zemo and is forced to either join Zemo's team of Thunderbolts, or go to jail. Ox chooses to join.[volume & issue needed] He, King Cobra and Unicorn, fellow villains, attack the Thunderbolts member Swordsman as part of a training mission. All three are swiftly defeated.
Later, Ox and the other Enforcers came back together to work for Mister Fear, which pitted them directly against Daredevil.[volume & issue needed] After Mister Fear's arrest, the Enforcers are taken in by the Hood's organization.[volume & issue needed]
Following the events of Spider-Man: Brand New Day, Ox and the Enforcers are patrons at the Bar with No Name. They take bets with a person calling himself "The Bookie" over whether Spider-Man will show up to battle "Basher" (an unknown villain who claimed to have fought the hero in the past) in the broadcast fight on YouTube. Spider-Man shows up, but is revealed to be a fake when the real Spider-Man arrives.[volume & issue needed] The Enforcers decide to get revenge for The Bookie's deception, capturing him. The Bookie's father calls Spider-Man for assistance, and he agrees to help. Spider-Man defeats Fancy Dan and Montana, and saves Ox from being flattened by a falling rollercoaster. Grateful for the save, Ox agrees to come along quietly.
Powers and abilities
Both versions of Ox has tremendous strength and resistance to injury.
Other characters named "Ox"
Another character bearing the name of Ox, appeared in Alpha Flight Vol.1 66 as a member of China Force. Nothing has been revealed about the origins of this villain. He, along with other super human agents, formed China Force—the official superhuman team of China. The team was intended to be China's first line of defense against the U.S. and U.S.S.R's numerous super humans. However, China Force saw little action and split up under unexplained circumstances. The group was later reformed and sent to retrieve the Jade Dragon from Canada.
This Ox has enhanced strength, agility, endurance and wears a suit of armor that provides him with some protection from physical attack.
In the Earth X universe, Ox had mutated to having the form of a humanoid ox (somewhat similar to a minotaur). He and his fellow Enforcers would be hired as protectors of President Norman Osborn. However, the Ox and the other Enforcers would become slaves of the Skull when he invaded New York. They would be a part of the Skull's army that battles against Captain America and the heroes he gathered from around the world to stop the Skull's conquest of the world. Ox's whereabouts following the death of the Skull remain unrevealed.
House of M
Alongside the other Enforcers, Ox (named Bruno Sanchez in this continuity) also appeared in the Ultimate Universe, first in Ultimate Spider-Man #10. Ultimate Ox is an exceptionally tall and strong bald African-American. There, he worked for the Kingpin until he was arrested. Upon the Kingpin's release from jail, Ox was rehired. Once in jail, Ox was revealed not to be that evil, just misguided.
In other media
- Ox appeared in the 1967 Spider-Man TV series. Portrayed as stupid and greedy, he and Montana were hired to steal blueprints for the Plotter.
- Ox appeared alongside the other Enforcers in The Spectacular Spider-Man voiced by Clancy Brown in his first appearance and Danny Trejo in subsequent episodes. He is a large man with a black handlebar mustache, which Spider-Man yanks with his webbing. He then leaves the big man suspended from a high building, a thin sheath of web wrapped about his fists, recommending sardonically that he "wouldn't recommend" breaking it, though he easily can. Ox alongside the other villains escape from Ryker's Island. He and Fancy Dan flee with Hammerhead and Montana as Shocker assists the other villains. In the episode "Probable Cause", Ox is given a power suit that increases his strength. Alongside Shocker (Montana) and Ricochet (Fancy Dan), the three stage several robberies fighting Spider-Man along the way. He was the only member of the New Enforcers to keep his original name. In the end, the Enforcers are all captured and arrested. In the episode "Opening Night", Ox alongside Montana and Fancy Dan are shown as inmates at the Vault at the time when Spider-Man tests out its security system. He is freed alongside the other inmates and joins the Enforcers in helping Silvermane take down Spider-Man. He seems to break the fourth wall due to the fact that he was humming the theme song during a time where they have to use the elevator in the Vault. His comrades look at him, Shocker being the most annoyed and he replies "It's catchy.".
- In Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, the Noir version of Ox is mentioned to be the stupidest of the Enforcers.
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- Daredevil #86
- Enter the Heroic Age Vol. 1 #1
- Spectacular Spider-Man #19
- Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2
- Thunderbolts #104
- The Amazing Spider-Man #563
- Alpha Flight #64
- Alpha Flight #66
- Earth X #9
- Spider-Man: House of M #3
- Spider-Man Noir #1
- Ultimate Spider-Man #10