Great Gambonnos

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Great Gambonnos
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Amazing Spider-Man #16 (Sep 1964)
Created by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Alter ego Ernesto and Luigi Gambonno
Team affiliations Circus of Crime
The Masters of Menace
Notable aliases Kings of the High Trapeze, The Flying Gambonnos
Abilities Expert acrobats and aerialists

The Great Gambonnos are fictional characters, two twin supervillains appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The Great Gambonnos first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #16 (September 1964), and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The characters subsequently appear in The Amazing Spider-Man #22 (March 1965), The Avengers #22 (November 1965), The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 (1965), Thor #145-147 (October–December 1967), Super-Villain Team-Up #8 (October 1976), Ghost Rider #72-73 (September–October 1982), The Sensational She-Hulk #1 (May 1989), X-Men and Power Pack #3 (February 2006), and She-Hulk #5 (April 2006). They also appear as "The Flying Gambannos" in Dr. Doom and the Masters of Evil #2 (February 2009).

The Great Gambonnos appeared as part of the "Circus of Crime" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #2.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Ernesto and Luigi Gambonno were born in Milan, Italy. They are acrobats and aerialists that work for the criminal organization, the Circus of Crime. They are identical twins and though they think of themselves as the "Kings of the High Trapeze", they are defeated pretty easily by Spider-Man and Daredevil who prove to be superior acrobats to the both of them.[1]

Frustrated by this defeat, the Gambonnos are more than willing to throw in with the Clown, Princess Python, and Cannonball.[volume & issue needed] They kick the Ringmaster out and become the Masters of Menace, a name Princess Python thought up.[volume & issue needed] They steal some valuable paintings. When Spider-Man attacks the Masters at their hideout, the Gambonnos have a set of gymnastic rings from which to swing, but they are clobbered by the web-slinger all the same and sent to jail.[volume & issue needed] They rejoin the Ringmaster when he tries to lure Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch into the group, but cannot defeat Quicksilver.[volume & issue needed]

The Gambonnos (alongside Ringmaster and the Clown) were among the villains in Hammerhead's unnamed villain army when Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. raided their hideout.[2]

During the "Opening Salvo" part of the Secret Empire storyline, the Great Gambonnos were with the Circus of Crime at the time when they are recruited by Baron Helmut Zemo to join the Army of Evil.[3]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Ernesto and Luigi Gambonno have no superpowers, but they are expert acrobats and aerialists.

In other media[edit]


  • A variation of the Great Gambonnos appears in the Spider-Man episode "Carnival of Crime."
  • The Great Gambonnos appear in the Avengers Assemble episode "Crime and Circuses", where they are both voiced by Roger Craig Smith.


  1. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #16 (Sep. 1964)
  2. ^ Civil War: War Crimes #1 (February 2007)
  3. ^ Captain America: Steve Rogers #13