Sasquatch (comics)

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Sasquatch
Walter Langkowski .jpg
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Uncanny X-Men #120 (April 1979)
Created by John Byrne
In-story information
Alter ego Walter Langkowski
Team affiliations Omega Flight
Alpha Flight
Beta Flight
Gamma Flight
Notable aliases Wanda Langkowski, Box, Tanaraq
Abilities

Brilliant scientific mind
Ability to transform his body into a massive, orange-furred form
While transformed:

  • Superhuman strength, endurance, durability, and stamina
  • Regenerative healing factor
  • Sharp claws and teeth
  • Ability to leap vast distances

Sasquatch (Walter Langkowski) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Sasquatch first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #120 and was created by John Byrne.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Dr. Walter Langkowski is a member of Alpha Flight, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada of Polish Jewish origin and a renowned physicist, and a professor of both physics and biophysics at McGill University.[volume & issue needed] He is also a former football player for the Green Bay Packers.[volume & issue needed] In the 1993 miniseries The Infinity Crusade it is revealed that Sasquatch is Jewish.[volume & issue needed]

He possesses the ability to transform into a super-strong, orange-haired beast resembling the legendary Sasquatch. This transformation is triggered by willpower. In his transformed state, Langkowski has increased strength, stamina, and resistance to injury. He also has sharp claws and is able to leap incredible distances.

These powers were a result of Langkowski's self-experimentation with gamma radiation. In an attempt to become like the Hulk, Langkowski bombarded himself with a gamma ray projector at his laboratory near the Arctic Circle. As a proposed explanation for why he transformed into an orange instead of green behemoth (as gamma-irradiated persons are usually affected), Langkowski assumed it had something to do with the Aurora Borealis.

However, unknown to Langkowski, it was not the gamma rays that turned him into Sasquatch, but the fact that his lab equipment opened a doorway between our world and the "Realm of Great Beasts." When this portal was opened, a mystical beast called Tanaraq invaded Langkowski's body and granted him his powers. Langkowski had to learn to maintain his own personality and intelligence when in the form of Sasquatch, and was very successful for a time.

Alpha Flight[edit]

As a member of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, Sasquatch battled the X-Men in an attempt to capture Wolverine.[1] He later battled the Hulk,[2] and then, alongside the Hulk, battled the Wendigo.[3] Alongside Alpha Flight again, he battled the Great Beast Tundra.[4] With Alpha Flight, Namor, and the Invisible Woman, he first encountered the Master of the World.[5] He then battled the Super-Skrull.[6] With Alpha Flight, he battled Omega Flight.[7] Alongside Rom and Alpha Flight, he battled the Dire Wraiths.[8] With Alpha Flight, he went on a mission with the X-Men and clashed with Loki.[9] Sasquatch was becoming increasingly prone to feral rages, making him reluctant to function in a fight.[volume & issue needed] His Sasquatch form was eventually revealed as an incarnation of Tanaraq, who took control of Sasquatch, forcing Snowbird to slay Langkowski.[10]

New body and identity[edit]

After his death, Langkowski's teammates traveled to the realm of the Great Beasts to recover his soul, that is being preserved in what is called a "Phistash-Hasrak", but a preservation spell cast by Alpha Flight's resident sorcerer Shaman failed to prevent Langkowski's body from crumbling to dust. Once there, they were attacked by the Great Beast Somon, who summoned the Great Beasts Tundra, Kariooq, and Tolomaq against them. Snowbird battled Somon, eventually forcing him to relinquish control of the other Great Beasts and causing them to battle one another. Forcing the now-weakened Somon to reveal to them the location of Walter Langkowski's spirit, Alpha Flight ventured to the Pit of Ultimate Sadness, located beneath the Great Glow-Globe of Phistash-Hasrak, where Somon explained that the souls of those who once inhabited the realm laid in torture. Within the Pit, Somon explained to Alpha Flight that, in order to enter the Pit's Well of Sorrows, they must sacrifice love, hate and power. Sending Aurora (representing love), Northstar (representing hate) and Talisman (representing power) into the Well, Alpha Flight soon realized the Well was a trap set by Somon. Snowbird quickly killed Somon and three trapped Alphans were reunited with the rest of the team. Shaman soon deduced from Somon's trap that no actual souls still remained within the Well of Sorrows but rather, the only wandering soul (Walter's) resided above the Well, within the Glow-Globe of Phistash-Hasrak.[volume & issue needed] Containing Walter's soul within a globe of its own from his pouch, Shaman then transported Alpha Flight back to Earth, where they met with Heather Hudson and Box, In desperation, Shaman projected the soul into the robot exoskeleton of Box, who had arrived just as the Alphans returned to Earth.[11] After some searching for an alternate form, Langkowski and Box's creator, Roger Bochs, eventually scanned a humanoid, nearly mindless body trapped in another dimension. However, when the pair projected Langkowski's soul towards this body across an interdimensional "fishing line", it turned out to be the Hulk, and Langkowski, unwilling to displace his colleague and friend Bruce Banner (despite Banner's pleas to the contrary), let his soul dissipate into the interdimensional void.[12]

Sasquatch is subsequently brought back to life first by temporarily inhabiting the miniaturized body of Smart Alec,[volume & issue needed] then by inhabiting the body of the then-deceased Snowbird.[volume & issue needed] At first limited to transforming between Snowbird's (female) human form and a white-furred version of his Sasquatch form, he called himself "Wanda Langkowski" and fought to be recognized as legally alive.[volume & issue needed] This body was later mystically altered to be identical to his original body by Snowbird's spirit.[13] After this, his Sasquatch form returned to its original orange hue. With Alpha Flight, he first battled Llan the Sorcerer.[14] With Alpha Flight, alongside the Avengers, and the People's Protectorate, he battled the Atlantean army, the Peace Corpse, and the Combine.[15] Alongside Alpha Flight, he defended Her against the Consortium.[16]

2000s[edit]

In 2005, Sasquatch assembles another incarnation of Alpha Flight[17] in order to rescue the original team from an alien race known as the Plodex. Sales were poor, and the series was canceled with issue #12.

Along with Major Mapleleaf, Puck (both Eugene Judd and Zuzha Yu), Vindicator, Shaman, and Guardian, Sasquatch fights The Collective.[18] He is later revealed to be the only member of Alpha Flight to survive the attack. Following the events of teh 2006 "Civil War" storyline, Langkowski is recruited by the Canadian government to form a new team called Omega Flight. He goes out of control possessed by the Great Beast, Tanaraq, but manages to recover. He also forgives Michael Pointer for the indirect role he played in the destruction of Alpha Flight and apologized for forcing him into the role of Guardian. Sasquatch has gone to Wakanda, along with Wolfsbane, Thornn, and Feral. The group offers their assistance to Wolverine against Sabretooth. Feral is killed by Sabretooth and in the meantime, the villain Romulus forms plans of his own involving the group.[volume & issue needed]

During the 2010 "Chaos War" storyline, Sasquatch makes a deal with the Great Beasts, bringing them to Earth so they can kill Amatusu-Mikaboshi. He alongside Snowbird, Northstar, and Aurora are reunited with a resurrected Guardian, Vindicator, Shaman, and Marrina Smallwood.[19]

During the 2011 "Fear Itself" storyline, Sasquatch was seen helping Alpha Flight fight Attuma (in the form of Nerkodd: Breaker of Oceans) while saving people from the flood caused by Nerkodd. Once Nerkodd is defeated and repelled, Alpha Flight returns to their headquarters, only to end up betrayed by Gary Cody and his newly elected Unity Party.[20] When in the custody of the Unity Party, Sasquatch's gamma energy is drained enough for him to revert to his human form of Walter Langkowski.[21] At Parliament Hill, Walter is informed by Agent Jeff Brown that the concussions he had when he played football will cause him to act less human when he changes back into Sasquatch. Jeff also tells Walter that he will soon achieve Unity. Walter is later freed by Shaman who knocks out Agent Jeff Brown.[22]

As part of the 2015 All-New, All-Different Marvel branding, Sasquatch appears as part of the Alpha Flight space program.[23]

Powers and abilities[edit]

In his Sasquatch form, Langkowski possesses superhuman strength and heightened endurance as well as a high degree of resistance to injury that enabled him to go toe-to-toe with the Hulk and survive (in an early appearance, Sasquatch fought the Hulk for "fun" in order to test the limits of his own strength). Sasquatch has proven sufficiently strong enough to pull a naval destroyer ashore for repairs,[24] and to hold a DC-10 against the thrust of its engines and then hurl the plane over 1,000 feet backwards.[25] He also has a healing factor. This was demonstrated when his arm, broken in the murderous attack of Super-Skrull against a cosmic ray monitoring station, healed in changing into Sasquatch to fight the multi-powered foe.[volume & issue needed]

Early in his career, changing from his human form into his Sasquatch form caused Langkowski extreme physical discomfort.[26]

Langkowski is a professionally trained scientist with a Ph.D. in physics and an extensive knowledge of physics. He is an expert on the effects of radiation on human physiology, and has experience dealing with many forms of experimental radiation and their mutagenic effects on life forms under controlled settings. As a former professional football player, Langkowski has highly athletic physical strength and endurance, though he is no longer in the peak condition of his life. Sasquatch is an above-average hand-to-hand combatant although he relies more on his great strength than formal combat skill.

Other characters named Sasquatch[edit]

A race of Sasquatches were discovered to live in the forests of British Columbia. They are first seen in Alpha Flight vol. 2 #1.[27] Once a year, the Sasquatches gather at the City of Sasquatches in secret, where they worship their forgotten gods and breed with one another.[28] One of these Sasquatches, a barely intelligent monster, is mistaken by Langkowski's teammates to be a highly degenerated Langkowski, but is was an actual Bigfoot that had been captured by Department H. He is kept in control by the touch of the superpowered Murmur, though not always successfully.[27] This Sasquatch dies in a conflict with Department H's corrupt leadership and the Zodiac.[29]

Another Sasquatch appears in the 2005 - 2006 Nick Fury's Howling Commandos series as a member of that titular group. What, if any, connection this character has to Walter Langkowski or the Sasquatch from Alpha Flight volume 2, is not revealed. He is first seen helping the Abominable Snowman to track down Groot.[30]

Other versions[edit]

Versions of Sasquatch that differ from the familiar one usually seen in mainstream Marvel continuity have been seen in various storylines. Some of these involve incarnations of the character that appear in the same storylines as the prime version of the character, while others are seen in storylines set in alternate timelines or dimensions.

A doppelganger of Sasquatch was created by Magus in Infinity War #1 and appeared in Infinity War #1, 5, Fantastic Four vol. 1 #369-370 and Wonder Man vol. 2 #15.

A white-haired entity who seemed to be Walter Langowski joins the Exiles, an interdimensional team of heroes dedicated to fixing breaks in the timeline. It is soon revealed that she is a black woman named Heather Hudson, shocking the team who are familiar with versions of Walter.

In the Marvel Zombies comics set in the universe of Earth-2149, the zombified Alpha Flight attack the X-Men and are eventually killed by Magneto. Sasquatch is seen in a panel of Marvel Zombies Dead Days attacking the X-Man Wolverine. He is killed alongside the rest of zombie Alpha Flight by Magneto in the next panel.

An Ultimate Marvel version of Sasquatch was referenced as killed off-panel during the Ultimate X-Men arc "Shock and Awe". Sasquatch makes an appearance in the first part of the Ultimate X-Men's "Absolute Power" arc, as a member of Alpha Flight. Sasquatch, more savage than its 616 counterpart, appears to know Rogue and experienced her powers first hand, though Rogue does not recognize the character. The character is later revealed to be Rahne Sinclair, under the influence to the power enhancing drug Banshee, after reverting to her "powered down" form.[31] Sasquatch is injured by Nightcrawler, who while trying to teleport her away, accidentally, teleports part of her arm off.

In the possible future timeline seen in the second Old Man Logan ongoing series, it is revealed that Sasquatch and his fellow Alpha Flight members were killed by unknown villain opponents the day when the supervillain uprising had occurred. Old Man Logan experienced this illusion at the time when he and Puck were taking part in a rescue mission on a space station that was attacked by the Brood.[32]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Sasquatch (along with other members of Alpha Flight) appeared in the X-Men episode "Repo Man" voiced by Harvey Atkin.
Sasquatch and Hulk in The Incredible Hulk
  • Sasquatch appeared in The Incredible Hulk episode "Man to Man, Beast to Beast" with Walter Langkowski voiced by Peter Strauss and Sasquatch voiced by Clancy Brown. In that episode, Bruce Banner comes to Canada hoping to find his old friend, Dr. Walter Langkowski to get a cure for himself and get rid of Hulk forever, only to find that Walter has developed a bestial alter ego while using himself as a test subject to make a breakthrough in gamma radiation. After battling the Hulk, Walter/Sasquatch exiles himself to the wilderness when his actions put Hulk's friend, a small boy named Taylor, in danger.

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ X-Men #120–121. Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ Incredible Hulk Annual #8. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #272. Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ Alpha Flight #1. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ Alpha Flight #4. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Alpha Flight #9–10. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Alpha Flight #12. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Rom #56–58. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ X-Men and Alpha Flight #1–2. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Alpha Flight #23. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ Alpha Flight #24. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ Alpha Flight #28-29. Marvel Comics.
  13. ^ Alpha Flight #68. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ Alpha Flight #71-75. Marvel Comics.
  15. ^ Avengers #320-324
  16. ^ Alpha Flight #97-100. Marvel Comics.
  17. ^ Alpha Flight Volume 3 #1. Marvel Comics.
  18. ^ New Avengers #16
  19. ^ Chaos War: Alpha Flight #1. Marvel Comics.
  20. ^ Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #1. Marvel Comics.
  21. ^ Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #2. Marvel Comics.
  22. ^ Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #3. Marvel Comics.
  23. ^ Captain Marvel Vol. 9 #1. Marvel Comics.
  24. ^ Incredible Hulk Annual #8, 1979
  25. ^ Uncanny X-Men #120, 1979
  26. ^ Alpha Flight v1 #1
  27. ^ a b Seagle, Steven T. (w), Clark, Scott (p), Carlson, Chris (i). "Horoscope", Alpha Flight Vol. 2 #1 (August 1997). Marvel Comics.
  28. ^ Aaron, Jason (w), Talajic, Dalibor (a). "The Search for the City of Sasquatches", Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 #11 (September 2012). Marvel Comics.
  29. ^ Alpha Flight Vol. 2 #12. Marvel Comics.
  30. ^ Nick Fury's Howling Commandos #2. Marvel Comics.
  31. ^ Ultimate X-Men #95. Marvel Comics.
  32. ^ Lemire, Jeff (w), Sorrentino, Andrea (a). "Return to the Wastelands: Part II", Old Man Logan Vol. 2 #17 (April 2017). Marvel Comics.

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