The Destroyer has appeared in Marvel publications spanning 70 years. Below is a brief history. For his complete history see the Unabridged history of Kevin Marlow.
World War II
Marlow was an American journalist who'd gone inside Nazi Germany to investigate the horrors of that regime and report back to his States-side newspaper. Unfortunately, Marlow was a better reporter than investigative journalist (or, to put it less politely, spy), and he was caught snooping by the Germans and thrown into a concentration camp. In the camp Marlow meets fellow prisoner Professor Eric Schmitt, a German scientist who'd refused to cooperate with the Nazis and was imprisoned for his troubles. Before dying, Schmitt gave Marlow a formula he had created himself: a version of the Super-Soldier Serum which would later empower Captain America. The Serum worked on Marlow, giving him the same speed, strength, endurance and prime human potential which Steve Rogers would later use as Captain America.
The newly empowered Marlow broke out of the camp, avenged Schmitt's death, and went on a rampage behind enemy lines, working as the costumed Destroyer. On the costume he put a skull logo to scare his enemies. He ranged across Europe and even Japan, although he mostly worked in Germany. At times he was aided by the Allied agent Florence von Banger. Most of his enemies were Nazi agents and spies and villains such as Scar, Herr Sin & Von Maus. When the war ended and the Golden Age drew to a close, the Destroyer disappeared.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Marlow possessed various superhuman attributes as a result of ingesting a derivative of the Super-Soldier Serum that would be used on Steve Rogers.
Superhuman Strength: The Super-Soldier Serum derivative augmented Marlow's musculature, granting him a slight degree of superhuman strength. At his peak, Marlow possessed sufficient strength to lift approximately 1,000 lbs.
Peak Human Speed: The Super-Soldier Serum derivative also increased Marlow's running speed to the peak of human efficiency. Marlow could sprint at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
Superhuman Stamina: Marlow's augmented and superior musculature produced less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a normal human. At his peak, he could exert himself at peak capacity for up to three hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood began to impair him.
Superhuman Durability: Marlow's bodily tissues were augmented by the Super-Soldier Serum derivative to the point that they were tougher and more resistant to some kinds of injury than the bodily tissues of an ordinary human. While far from invulnerable, Marlow could withstand powerful impact forces. He could withstand impacts with little to no injury to himself, such as being struck by a superhumanly strong opponent or falling from several stories, that would severely injure or kill a normal human.
Superhuman Agility: The Super-Soldier Serum derivative augmented Marlow's natural agility, balance and bodily coordination to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. Marlow's agility was often likened with that of a tiger.
Superhuman Reflexes: Marlow's reflexes were similarly enhanced and were superior to those of the finest human athlete.
Marlow was a master of disguise, an accomplished journalist and skilled detective. He was also a formidable armed and unarmed combatant with considerable experience in the use of conventional firearms.
Some guns, although he doesn't like them and uses any weapon available such as axes, chains, blades and sticks.
- Little is known about the full nature of the Super-Soldier Serum derivative Marlow ingested. His activities after World War II aren't known, nor are the long term effects the derivative had on his body.
- Marlow should not be confused with either of the other World War II heroes to take up the Destroyer guise, Brian Falsworth (also known as Union Jack) or Roger Aubrey (also known as Dyna-Mite).
- 52 Appearances of Kevin Marlow (Earth-616)
- 6 Images featuring Kevin Marlow (Earth-616)
- 2 Quotations by or about Kevin Marlow (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Kevin Marlow (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Kevin Marlow (Earth-616)
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