Razorback (comics)

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Razorback
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #12 (November 1977)
Created by Archie Goodwin,[1] Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema
In-story information
Alter ego Buford T. Hollis
Species Human Mutant
Abilities Skilled mechanic
Self-taught engineer
Excellent street fighter
Considerable strength and endurance
Costume grants:
Electrically charged mane
Formerly:
Innate ability to operate, pilot, and drive any vehicle

Razorback (Buford Hollis) is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero. The character first appeared in shadow in Spectacular Spider-Man vol. 1 #12. His first full appearance is in Spectacular Spider-Man vol. 1 #13.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Buford Hollis, a muscular trucker and costumed adventurer from Texarkana, Arkansas, was in New York looking for his younger sister, Bobby Sue, who had joined a religious cult.[2] This was in fact led by the villainous Man-Beast (disguised as the Hate-Monger), and it takes the combined efforts of Razorback and Spider-Man to defeat him and free Razorback's sister.[3]

Taryn O'Connell, a female trucker, spends some time searching for Razorback before he arrived in his oversized rig. They team up and use the rig itself to hijack NASA's experimental faster-than-light spacecraft, the Star Blazer. Though opposed by Mister Fantastic and She-Hulk, they nevertheless succeed in stealing the spaceship.[4]

Their purpose is to find Taryn's lover, Ulysses Solomon Archer, who had left for deep space several years prior, establishing himself as a space trucker. They arrive (with She-Hulk as a stowaway, thanks to Mister Fantastic's assistance) only to discover that Archer had already married Taryn's rival for his affections, Mary McGrill, a woman who had traveled into space with him. Razorback assists She-Hulk and U.S. Archer in defeating Xemnu the Titan, who intended to transform Archer and Mary's as-yet-unborn child into a member of his own species. With the help of the She-Hulk's persuasion, NASA soon realizes that Razorback, with his mutant skill allowing him to drive anything, is the perfect pilot for their craft, and allows him and U.S. Archer to remain in space aboard the Star Blazer with NASA's approval. Taryn joins Buford on his travels, having fallen in love with him. Star Blazer is renamed the Big Pig III, which Razorback calls all his vehicles.[5]

Razorback and Taryn eventually return to Earth, and Razorback inexplicably fights the Human Torch.[6] Razorback has reportedly lost his mutant powers after M-Day, though his size and strength are unaffected.[7]

Following the Civil War storyline, Razorback was later recruited by the government as part of the Fifty State Initiative program, as a member of the Arkansas based team, The Battalion. However, during the Secret Invasion this Razorback was revealed to be a Skrull infiltrator.[8]

After the invasion is over, the real Razorback is shown in a support group meeting with the others that had been replaced by Skrulls.[9] His teammate Tigra says she'd have left Camp Hammond to begin training him, as he was eager to take back the position which had been assumed by his Skrull replacement.[10] Razorback doesn't take part to the clash against the Thor cyborg called Ragnarok, with Thor Girl the only replaced heroine to face the powerful clone.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Given his great size (6' 8", 410 lbs) and muscular build, Razorback possesses considerable (but not superhuman) strength and endurance. He is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant with street-fighting techniques, and wears a wild-boar cowl headpiece with a mane that can be electrified by activating a device on his gloves. This electrical discharge proved strong enough to incapacitate Spider-Man.[2]

Razorback had the mutant ability to intuitively pilot, drive or operate virtually any vehicle or mode of transportation, even if he doesn't know how the vehicle operates. Thus he could fly the experimental "Star Blazer" spacecraft (renamed Big Pig III) despite having never seen it before.

Razorback is a skilled mechanic and self-taught engineer who built two cab-over tractor-trailer trucks with sophisticated defensive systems, enhanced engines and self-drive capabilities (Big Pig I and Big Pig II).

In other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Razorback made a number of appearances in the series of Marvel Comics novels published by Byron Preiss in the 1990s. The novels shared a common continuity and he was a recurring supporting character in the Spider-Man novels, as well as Generation X: Crossroads by J. Steven York. This novel ends with Razorback, who has won acclaim by saving the life of the President, wondering if he should risk his reputation by publicly revealing his mutant nature.
  • An alternate universe version of Razorback appears in the novel Spider-Man/X-Men: Time's Arrow, The Present by Tom DeFalco and Adam-Troy Castro, in a world where the X-Men were dictators who controlled all superheroes. He joined the resistance movement after the X-Men took Big Pig to pieces. Although more likeable than most of the team (which largely comprises villains), he is very bitter about the "death" of Big Pig. At one point Spider-Man thinks "I don't believe it. This Razorback is grim and gritty."

Bibliography[edit]

  • Avengers: The Initiative #20
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 #12–15, 19
  • Sensational She-Hulk #6–7
  • She-Hulk Vol. 2 #3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #18
  2. ^ a b Spectacular Spider-Man #13
  3. ^ Spectacular Spider-Man #15
  4. ^ Sensational She-Hulk #6
  5. ^ Sensational She-Hulk #7
  6. ^ Fantastic Four vol. 3 #24
  7. ^ All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #9
  8. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #19
  9. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #20
  10. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #21

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