Doughboy (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCaptain America #209 (May 1977)
Created byJack Kirby
In-story information
Malleable Body

Doughboy is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Doughboy first appeared in Captain America #209 (May 1977), created by Jack Kirby.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Doughboy is an artificially created life-form created by Arnim Zola as his servant at Castle Zola in Weisshorn Mountain, Switzerland. Doughboy is a non-humanoid bioform who normally assumes an enormous pie-shaped form with a face consisting of eyes, a mouth, and sometimes a nose, long rubbery arms with only two fingers each, and stalk-like legs with two toes each. His body resembles dough both in appearance and in consistency.

Doughboy was employed by Arnim Zola against Captain America in Zola's first encounter with the Captain.[1]

Years later, Zola merged Doughboy with Primus, who took control of Doughboy and conspired with Baron Zemo against Captain America.[2]

Several years later, Doughboy was separated from Primus, and was again serving Zola. Doughboy fought and defeated Crossbones when they entered Zola's castle.[3] Doughboy later used his shape-shifting powers to mimic an Avengers quinjet during Zola's rescue of the Red Skull and Skeleton Crew.[4] Doughboy next captured Captain America and the Eric Masterson version of Thor at Skullhouse, and took them to the bottom of Devil's Lake on Zola's order. Doughboy was split open and smashed into bits by Masterson.[5]

Doughboy later fought the Thunderbolts when they invaded Zola's base in China.[6]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Doughboy is a genetically-engineered bioform created by Arnim Zola. Doughboy is mentally impaired, but possesses a high degree of superhuman strength, durability, and agility. Doughboy possesses an extremely malleable body, enabling him to alter his shape at will. He can alter the color and even the hardness of his body, and once even effectively duplicated the appearance of an Avengers quinjet.[volume & issue needed] He can stretch, deform, expand, compress, and flatten all or part of his body at will. Within certain limits he can use his body to enclose and muffle an explosion and absorb the impact of bullets or other projectiles without harm to himself. His body is highly adhesive and is as viscous as tar. Hence, his body can trap and absorb persons or objects as if it were made of quicksand. Although Doughboy can be injured, his wounds close immediately without bleeding. Doughboy can shed excess body mass at will and apparently can add to his body mass by absorption of organic matter. The Eric Masterson Thor once battered Doughboy to pieces,[volume & issue needed] but it is believed that he was able to reform himself.

Doughboy is capable of self-levitation, allowing flight and subsonic speeds.

Doughboy is not sentient; hence, while he can understand and follow his master's commands, he has no creative intelligence and virtually no will of his own. He is apparently incapable of speech.

In other media[edit]


  • Doughboy appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episodes "Living Legend" and "Acts of Vengeance", with his vocal effects provided by Grant Moninger.[citation needed]
  • Doughboy appears in the Avengers Assemble episodes "The Once and Future Kang" and "Dimension Z". A giant Doughboy monster emerges from New York Harbor, where it is quickly taken down by the New Avengers and contained. Jane Foster admits she accidentally released the creature from another dimension when she attempted to locate the Avengers' whereabouts in space-time. At the time when Ant-Man was rescuing Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye from Dimension Z, one of the lines of defense in the fight against Arnim Zola was a group of Doughboys. When Ant-Man and Hawkeye managed to defeat Arnim Zola, the Doughboys dissolved.


  1. ^ Captain America and the Falcon #209-210
  2. ^ Captain America #277-279
  3. ^ Captain America #383
  4. ^ Captain America #393
  5. ^ Captain America #395-396
  6. ^ Thunderbolts: International Incident

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