Nuke (Squadron Supreme)

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Squadron Supreme Nuke
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Squadron
Defenders #112 (Oct 1982)
Supreme Power #18
Created by Squadron
J. M. DeMatteis (writer)
Don Perlin (artist)
J. Michael Straczynski (writer)
Gary Frank (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Albert Gaines
Team affiliations Squadron Supreme
Abilities invulnerability, flight, superhuman strength, radiation projection
Marvel Comics Alternate Universes
Marvel stories take place primarily in a mainstream continuity called the Marvel Universe. Some stories are set in various parallel, or alternate, realities, called the Marvel Multiverse.
The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Alternate Worlds 2005 designates the mainstream continuity as "Earth-616", and assigns other Earth numbers to each specific alternate reality.

In this article the following characters, or teams, and realities are referred to:
Character/team Universe
Nuke Earth-712
Nuke Earth-31916

Nuke is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted as being from Earth-712, a member of the Squadron Supreme and later its rebooted equivalent, Supreme Power.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Squadron Supreme[edit]

Albert Gaines was born in a suburb of Motor City, Wyandota (the Earth-712 equivalent of Detroit, Michigan), where his father and mother lived. Albert was a nuclear plant worker when he accidentally gained his superhuman powers.[citation needed] He became Nuke, an adventurer and member of the Squadron Supreme, and a super-powered hero who kept his identity a secret from even his own family.

Alongside the other Squadron members, he became mind-controlled by the Over-Mind. He was used along with the other members as pawns in the Over-Mind's conquest of "Other-Earth," until he was freed by the Defenders. He battled and defeated the Over-Mind and Null the Living Darkness alongside the Squadron and the Defenders.[1]

Alongside the Squadron Supreme, Nuke assumed control of the government of the United States of "Other-Earth," and publicly revealed his true identity.[2] Nuke then found out that his parents were dying from radiation poisoning, brought on by exposure to his own powers. Nuke turned to Tom Thumb to help find a cure for them; however, when Tom could not find a cure for cancer, Nuke vowed revenge on Tom.[3] Nuke went insane with grief over his parents' death, and went on a rampage. Doctor Spectrum, however, tried to hold Nuke back and prevent him from murdering Tom Thumb, by encasing him in one of his energy bubble constructs, accidentally killing him when Nuke's use of his own powers burned up the oxygen supply inside the bubble and he suffocated.[4]

Supreme Power[edit]

Nuke is introduced as Mr. Al Gaines, a young, severely depressed man living underground in a fallout shelter alone because his body emits high levels of radiation he cannot control.[volume & issue needed] He is near invulnerable, can fly, and apparently superhumanly strong. General Alexander offers him a suit that will control his radiation output in return for fighting Hyperion, whom General Alexander directs the blame for his condition.[volume & issue needed]

In a fight with Hyperion the combination of Hyperion's eye-beams, Nuke's radiation blast, and Arcanna Jones' quantum alterations creates a brief and unexplainable skip in reality that sends Gaines, Jones, Dr. Emil Burbank and Raleigh Lund two years into the future.[volume & issue needed] An off-hand remark noted that Doctor Spectrum will kill Nuke at some point.[volume & issue needed]

Nuke has joined the government's Squadron Supreme.[5] During a session in which all the Squadron members were asked to fill out information about themselves, Nuke's parents were revealed deceased.[volume & issue needed] In the first mission he is high up in the sky to be used as a tactical nuke, the person of last resort.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Albert Gaines was imbued with superhuman powers as a result of mutation through exposure to radioactive waste products. He thus had the ability to generate nuclear energy within his body through nuclear decay. Hence, his body continually gave off low-level radiation, although this level became much higher over the last year of his life. Nuke himself was immune to adverse effects of radiation. He could mentally manipulate the nuclear energy generated and stored within his body. He could project destructive bursts of radiation from his body. He could fly by propelling himself with nuclear energy. Towards the end of his life, Nuke also wore an air-conditioned radiation containment suit equipped with a radiometer to measure his radiation output, designed by Tom Thumb. Nuke was a fair hand-to-hand combatant, and received coaching from Nighthawk. Nuke suffered from emotional and psychological instability that finally led to insanity.

In other media[edit]


  • Nuke appears in the Avengers Assemble episode "Avengers' Last Stand," voiced by Phil LaMarr.[citation needed] He appears as a member of the Squadron Supreme. When the Avengers raid the Squadron Supreme's citadel a third time, they find it is actually draining some energy from Earth's core in order to restore Nuke who then destroys the citadel (though Ant-Man manages to shrink himself and the other Avengers to safety onto Mjolnir). Nuke then meets up with Nighthawk as he is pleased that the Squadron Supreme is back together. Nuke is present when Nighthawk makes his demands on television. In the episode "Avengers Underground," Iron Man, Thor, and Falcon trap Zarda and Nuke in the same prison box. As part of his contingency plan Nighthawk then teleports Nuke and Hyperion to the tower where Hyperion absorbs Nuke's power with the intent on destroying Earth.

Other versions[edit]


The Earth-13034 version of Nuke is a member of this reality's version of the Squadron Supreme. He and his fellow Squadron Supreme members were killed when Earth-13034 collided with another reality which left their Hyperion the only survivor that led to him ending up on Earth-616.[6]


  1. ^ Defenders (vol. 1) #112-114
  2. ^ Squadron Supreme (vol. 1) #1
  3. ^ Squadron Supreme (vol. 1) #2
  4. ^ Squadron Supreme (vol. 1) #3
  5. ^ Squadron Supreme (vol. 2) #1
  6. ^ Avengers Vol. 5 #4

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