|First appearance||Iron Man #101 (August 1977)|
|Created by||Bill Mantlo
|Alter ego||Bram Velsing|
|Team affiliations||Frightful Four|
Rides the "Hellhorse"
Use of weapons
Steel alloy body armor grants:
Superhuman strength and durability
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Fictional character biography
Bram Velsing is a Latverian scientist, unsatisfied with serving Doctor Doom whom he referred to as a "grotesque mockery" and thought himself as his superior. Upon learning of Velsing's treacherous ideals, Doom uses a bio-fusion device to graft a skull-like cybernetic helmet to Velsing's head, scarring him as a way to make him even with Doom. Velsing flees, and comes under the care of Victoria Frankenstein who nurses him back to health at Castle Frankenstein. The character gains a variety of weapons and rides the "Hellhorse", a mutated bat-winged flying horse genetically engineered from Nathan Garrett's flying horse by Victoria Frankenstein. Calling himself the Dreadknight, the character attempts to force more resources from Frankenstein to defeat Doctor Doom only to be defeated by Iron Man, Frankenstein's Monster, and Victoria's mutated charges The Children.
Dreadknight appeared as a member of Wizard's latest incarnation of the Frightful Four alongside Trapster and Man-Bull. In their attempt to capture a physicist named Dr. Cargill, the Frightful Four were defeated by Spider-Man and Dr. Cargill's daughter Turbine.
Powers and abilities
Dreadknight wears a steel alloy body armor granting him superhuman strength and durability. The character uses a power-lance capable of projecting energy blasts; electrified steel cable bolas; miniature missiles; and also uses a carbon dioxide pistol that fires concentrated nerve gas which can render unconscious or kill opponents. Bram Velsing is also a gifted scientist with skills as an engineer.
Dreadknight rides the "Hellhorse", a mutated flying horse with sharp teeth, razor-barbed mane, bat-like wings, talons, and a dragon-like tail. It was genetically engineered by Victoria Frankenstein from the winged horse that was used by Nathan Garrett.
In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Bram Velsing appears in a suit of armor based on Ultimate Iron Man's designs in the 2009 Ultimate Comics: Armor Wars series. Although his armor features a skull motif and is painted in a color scheme reminiscent of his mainstream Marvel Universe counterpart, he is never called Dreadknight. The German-born Velsing made his home in a renovated Castle Frankenstein where he fought Iron Man with the help of Justine Hammer. At the end of their encounter, Iron Man locked down the defeated Velsing's armor leaving him to suffocate. At one point during the battle, Velsing asks why a girl (in this case, the Ultimate version of Justine Hammer) is in his presence "without a leash."
In other media
- Dreadknight appears in the 1994 Iron Man TV series voiced by Neil Dickson. He serves as one of the minions of the Mandarin. Dreadknight and Blacklash were rivals for the affections of Hypnotia (the sole female member of the Mandarin's followers). In this incarnation his Hellhorse is named "Nightwing".
- In the Iron Man: Armored Adventures episode "Ancient History 101", the Dreadknights are a legion of stone statues brought to life by a test formed by the first Mandarin detailing about the Test of Wisdom. The word to stop them and pass the test is "Jung" (which Iron Man managed to translate off of a sword that belonged to one of the Dreadknights).
- Toy Biz produced a Dreadknight action figure for the 1994 Iron Man Animated Series.
- A figure of Dreadknight was released in The Danger of Dreadknight 4-pack from the Marvel Super Hero Squad line, packaged with 2 figures of Iron Man and one of Mandarin.
- Dreadknight is also included in the San Diego Comic Con exclusive Marvel Legends "The Raft" box set.
- Iron Man #101-102
- Black Knight vol. 2 #2
- Amazing Spider-Man: Chaos in Calgary #3
- Avengers Unplugged #4
- Thunderbolts #20
- Spider-Man Unlimited #16
- Dark Reign Files #1
- Iron Man: Legacy #3
- Ultimate Comics: Armor Wars #2-3