Locust (comics)

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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Men #24 (Sep 1966)
Created by Roy Thomas and Werner Roth
In-story information
Alter ego August Hopper

The Locust is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was a one-time supervillain foe of the X-Men.

Publication history[edit]

The Locust made his debut in X-Men #24 in September 1966, and was created by Roy Thomas and Werner Roth.

The character subsequently appears in The Uncanny X-Men #72 (October 1971), The Incredible Hulk #194 (December 1975), X-Factor #52 (March 1990), and The Order #4 (July 2002).

The Locust received an entry in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #6 (2006).

Fictional character biography[edit]

The Locust's alter ego is Doctor August Hopper, once a top name in entomology, whose "crackpot theories" cost him his job. He relocated to Ryan Chemicals, where he developed a Magno-Ray which causes insects to grow to enormous sizes and allows him to control their actions. He sends an army of raging locusts, grasshoppers, wasps, and beetles to overthrow the world, but is eventually thwarted by the X-Men and surrenders to the authorities.[volume & issue needed]

Locust attacked his daughter's fiancee, but was stopped by the Hulk.[volume & issue needed]

Locust attacked the original X-Factor team, until beast removed his equipment, leaving him powerless.[volume & issue needed]

He later appears in The Order #4, battling Doctor Strange, The Hulk, the Sub-Mariner, and the Silver Surfer. The heroes made short work of him, defeating him easily.[1]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The Locust, as his name suggests, dresses like a giant locust and uses a personal jet pack to fly around. Along with his army of insects, Locust also carries a ray gun into battle.


  1. ^ The Order #4

External links[edit]

  • Locust at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe