Glowworm (comics)

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Glowworm is the name of two unrelated fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Though created only a few months apart, they have little in common except the name.

Fictional character biographies[edit]

William Blake[edit]

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearancePower Man/Iron Fist #123 (May 1986)
Created byJim Owsley
Mark Bright
Jerry Acerno
In-story information
Alter egoWilliam Blake
SpeciesHuman mutate
Notable aliasesRace Killer, White Devil
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength and steel hard skin, shrug off double

First appeared in Power Man and Iron Fist #123 (May, 1986). This Glowworm was William Blake, a former soldier who had volunteered for experiments to re-create the Super-Soldier Serum. After leaving the Marine Corps, one night he transformed into a huge, glowing white creature who began screaming racial slurs and attacking black people in Power Man's neighborhood. When news got out that a "white mutant" was attacking blacks, it nearly sparked a race riot, but once Cage defeated the creature, it reverted to human form, revealing that he was a black man himself.[volume & issue needed] Blake had grown up in the Deep South, at a time when rampant racism led him to believe that blacks were inferior to whites, resulting in his own hatred of himself and his own race.[1]

It has been revealed that Glowworm has remained in custody since his initial capture.[2]


Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceX-Factor vol. 1#7 (August 1986)
Created byLouise Jones
Jackson Guise
In-story information
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsMorlocks
AbilitiesGenerate and release spheres of destructive energy

The second Glowworm first appeared in X-Factor #7 (August, 1986). This Glowworm is a mutant with a humanoid torso, and a worm-like tail instead of legs. He is the partner of Bulk, a mutant with enormous size and strength.

Bulk and Glowworm were outcasts, not just for their mutant status or unusual appearance, but because both continually gave off toxic levels of hard radiation. The two sought shelter in a toxic waste dump in New Jersey, but upon hearing about the group X-Factor (who at that time were posing as mutant hunters), the pair decided to attack them to "protect mutants". After a short battle, the members of X-Factor explained their true nature as mutants themselves. The two returned to their isolation.[volume & issue needed]

In New Mutants Annual #4, Bulk and Glowworm seemingly sacrificed their lives to save Danielle Moonstar.[3]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Avengers: Most Wanted Files.
  3. ^ Glow Worm at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe