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Information-silkReal Name Dirk Garthwaite
Information-silkCurrent AliasWrecker
Information-silkRelativesBurt Bartwaite (father),[1] Anne Garthwaite (mother),[1] Unidentified brother,[1] Unidentified paternal grandfather[1]
Information-silkAffiliationWrecking Crew; formerly Masters of Evil, Hood's criminal army, Legion Accursed, Frightful Four, Lethal Legion
Information-silkBase Of OperationsMobile
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationProfessional criminal; former janitor, manual laborer[1]
Information-silkHeight6' 3"
Information-silkWeight320 lbs (145 kg)
Information-silkOriginThe wrecking bar was enchanted by Karnilla, as Dirk was himself enhanced to superhuman levels. (human)
Information-silkPlace of BirthNew York City, New York[1]
Information-silkCreatorsStan Lee, Jack Kirby
First Appearance

Quote1 Your explodin' arrows are like love taps to the Wrecker, Cupid. I've gone one-on-one with Thor! You're just dead meat waitin' to be tenderized! Quote2
-- Wrecker src

Early life

Dirk Garthwaite came from an abusive home, with an alcoholic father that repeatedly beat his mother and himself. When he was four years old, his father reportedly died, which later turned out to be false. After that, his mother took several odd jobs to try and keep a roof over their head and food on the table, leaving young Dirk by himself for long periods of time.


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The Wrecker

Dirk Garthwaite was a manual laborer employed by a demolitions company who was fired for his anti-social behavior and fits of violence. Deciding to turn his talent for mayhem and destruction to criminal activity, Garthwaite fashioned himself a simple costume to conceal his identity. He then committed a series of crimes under the name of the Wrecker, his trademark being the crowbar with which he devastated the scene of the crime. The Wrecker became more daring with each theft, and continually evaded the attempts of the police to capture him. Seeking another victim to rob, the Wrecker happened upon a hotel room occupied by Loki, the Asgardian god of mischief, whose magical powers had at that time been temporarily removed by the Asgardian monarch Odin. The Wrecker smashed his way in while Loki was in the midst of summoning his sometime ally Karnilla the Norn Queen. Loki hoped that Karnilla would grant him magical power with which he could battle his archenemy Thor, the Asgardian thunder god. The Wrecker overpowered Loki. Then, while trying on Loki's horned helmet, the Wrecker was mistaken for the god when Karnilla hastily materialized to grant Loki's request. Thus it was the Wrecker whom Karnilla endowed with magical power. This power gave the Wrecker superhuman strength, which he used to embark upon a brazen wrecking spree, no longer fearing the authorities.[3]

The Wrecker's rampage came to the attention of Thor, whose power had also been diminished at the time by Odin's spell. The Wrecker battled Thor for hours and finally bested the partially depowered god of thunder. But the Wrecker was finally defeated by the Destroyer, a virtually invincible Asgardian automaton that was at this time animated by the spirit of the Asgardian goddess Sif.[4][5]

The Wrecker was imprisoned under heavy sedation (to prevent him from using his superhuman strength) in an upstate New York hospital for several months, but developed an immunity to the tranquilizers and broke free. The Wrecker once again battled Thor, who now again possessed his full godly power, and overcame him. Thrown upon the electrified third rail of a New York City subway track, the Wrecker had his superhuman strength drained from him by a discharge of energy from Thor's enchanted hammer.[6]

Wrecking Crew

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The Wrecker was imprisoned, but he paid people to keep track of the whereabouts of his crowbar, into which he believed his enchanted power had fled after being driven from his body. Together with three other inmates at Ryker's Island Prison, Dr. Eliot Franklin, Henry Camp, and Brian Calusky, the Wrecker made a successful jailbreak and managed to locate his crowbar. Willing to share his power with his allies, the Wrecker had the three other convicts join him in holding onto the crowbar outside during an electrical storm. Lightning struck the crowbar, magically distributing the enchanted strength bestowed upon the Wrecker among the four of them.[7] The Wrecker's three allies then adopted costumes and aliases as well: Franklin became Thunderball, Camp became Bulldozer, and Calusky became Piledriver. Together the four superhuman strong criminals became known as the Wrecking Crew, who were led by the Wrecker himself. The Wrecking Crew then terrorized New York City by threatening to destroy buildings unless they were paid enormous sums of money, and then carrying out their threat when they were not paid.[8]The Wrecking Crew set out to recover the gamma bomb that Eliot Franklin (Thunderball) had built some years before and that had been stolen from him by Edgar Pennysworth of Richmond Enterprises. The Crew intended to use this bomb to blackmail New York City, but their scheme was thwarted by the superhuman champions called the Defenders, who defeated the Crew.[9] The members of the Wrecking Crew were each taken to a different prison. One of the Defenders, the sorcerer Doctor Strange, had mystically banished the Wrecker's crowbar to another dimension, but it was recovered sometime later by the Puppet Master, who used his mystically powered clay to coerce the Wrecker into battle with the Fantastic Four[10].

The Wrecker easily escaped custody after his defeat by the Fantastic Four and spent the next few weeks traveling from one penitentiary to another, freeing the rest of the Wrecking Crew. In order to reestablish their credibility as dangerous criminals, the Crew decided to take on the Wrecker's original nemesis Thor and to defeat him publicly.[11] But instead the Crew were defeated at Avengers Mansion by Captain America and Iron Fist, aided by "Danger Room" equipment that was being utilized in the Avengers' gymnasium before being turned over to the X-Men.[12] He then battled the FF again.[13]

The Wrecking Crew were incarcerated once again at Ryker's island. The Wrecker's crowbar was placed in the same room at Ryker's as other impounded weapons taken from so-called "super-criminals." By concentrating on the crowbar from his specially designed cell, the Wrecker was finally able to take mental control of a prison guard who touched the crowbar. Under his control, the guard broke into the Wrecker's cell using the crowbar. The Wrecker then freed the rest of the Crew from their cells end they escaped prison. The Crew began wreaking havoc at New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in order to bring Thor to the scene. But Thor defeated the Crew, and all but Thunderball were taken into police custody. [14]

Secret Wars

Later, the Wrecker and the rest of the Wrecking Crew were transported to the world created by the alien Beyonder to take part in the first of the so-called "Secret Wars".[15][16][17]

Legion Accursed

He was recruited by Mephisto to join the Legion Accursed.[18]

Masters of Evil

The Wrecker and the rest of the Wrecking Crew afterwards joined Baron Helmut Zemo's Masters of Evil and participated in his takeover of Avengers Mansion.[19] In battling the Masters of Evil Thor used his enchanted hammer to transfer the superhuman powers of Bulldozer, Piledriver, and Thunderball into the Wrecker. The Wrecker was defeated along with the other Masters of Evil.[20]

Spider-Man & Spider-Woman

Sometime after returning to Earth, the Wrecking Crew clashed with Spider-Man and the second Spider-Woman.[21]

Loki sends the Wrecker to defeat Iron Man at Stark Prosthetics.[22] He is incarcerated at the Vault and along with the rest of the crew attack a group of Damage Control employees.[23]


Ulik the Rock Troll taught the Wrecker about his powers, and he learns some new abilities. They attack Hercules, and his fears from the beating he once received from them resurfaces. Thor shows up and realizes that for his friend to ever regain his confidence, Thor must take a dive. Seeing his friend take a beating brings the old Hercules back, and the two easily send the Wrecking Crew running.[24]


The Wrecking Crew has took a hostage, and Code: Blue came to stop them.[25] The British government sends Excalibur to learn the whereabouts of the Juggernaut, and run into the Wrecking Crew. Loki, Ulik, and the Enchantress are also interested in the Wrecker, but for reasons of their own. Thor and Code:Blue race to the scene of the battle, and the Wrecker causes his new abilities to make Excalibur see Thor as the Juggernaut. Shadowcat then turns Thor intangible, phasing him into the concrete and leaving him there.[26] Excalibur, the Wrecking Crew, Code:Blue and Thor are all battling each other. Thor frees himself from Shadowcat's trap, and Lockheed discovers Ulik and the Enchantress on a nearby rooftop. They are forced to flee and the illusion around Thor disappears. Code:Blue captures Bulldozer, but the other three members of the Wrecking Crew got away.[27] The rest of the Wrecking Crew attempt to free the Wrecker, but are confronted by the Ghost Rider, and Mephisto.[28] Wrecker is determined to destroy Ghost Rider, and then Mephisto. Loki visits Mephisto and is shown the face on the Soul Shroud and they strike a bargain. Loki manipulates things to bring Thor, Ghost Rider, and the Wrecking Crew together. Loki wants to reclaim the Asgardian energy from the Wrecking Crew. Loki steals the energy from everyone but Wrecker, and he knocks him unconscious and takes him. Mephisto views the finished Soul Shroud with the face of Thor on it. [29] Loki gains revenge on both Thor and the Wrecker. Amora kidnaps Kevin and brings him to Loki, and he has finished draining the last of the Asgardian sorcery from the Wrecker.[30]

Wrecker and the crew are returned to the Vault just in time for the next jail break.[31]

The Wrecker travels to Yancy Street seeking revenge on Thunderball, who was hiding in the building where the Thing grew up. The Wrecker destroyed the building, killing and injuring the residents. The Thing and the Wrecker battled. The Thing wins. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents take the Wrecker into custody.[32]

He and various other criminals witness Captain America disguised as Crossbones battle Batroc the Leaper.[33][34]

The Wrecking Crew Battle Alpha Flight. [35]

Battling the Runaways

The Wrecking Crew showed up in Los Angeles with Piledriver's son, Excavator, but they were defeated by the Runaways.[36]

The Raft

The entire Wrecking crew including the Wrecker were sent to the raft, but then escaped because of the big breakout from Electro. The Wrecker and Piledriver began to look for wrecker's spare crowbar soon after the breakout. The "spare" happened to be hidden at the Museum of modern art where the alien symbiote known as Toxin defeated them, but Wrecker, not Piledriver got away.[37]

Wrecker later went to a house on long island and found his uniform once more in a basement with other villain costumes. He was caught when leaving the house by the New Avengers. He was defeated and returned to the raft prison.[38]

He battled the Daughters of the Dragon. [39] and faced off against the New Exaclibur.[40] The crew next went up against Omega Flight [41]

Hood's criminal army

Along the rest of the Wrecking Crew, Dirk joined Hood's criminal army.[42] While in the gang he fought the Enforcersand Daredevil over a power struggle between the two gangs.[43]He also, has fought the the New Avengers along side his Wrecking Crew and others of the Hood's Gang.[44]

Wrecker and his crew are hired by Jigsaw in order to kill Punisher (Frank Castle) when he was transferred to the Raft by G.W. Bridge.[45] They were promised to get $50,000,000 if successful. However they were all defeated by the Punisher as he received help from the Rhino who was was sent by Stuart Clarke. The Punisher used Wrecker's crowbar in order to finish off Thunderball.[46]

During the Secret Invasion he fought the Skrulls next to the heroes to save Earth.[47][48][49] The Hood's gang makes an alliance with the Dark Avengers[50]

The Wrecker and the Wrecking crew are still members of the Hood's Gang during Dark Reign[51][52] The crew battled Spider-Man and Captain America.[53] They faced Deadpool when he came looking for the Hood. [41] The whole gang goes up against the New Avengers.[54] They also fight White Fang[41] After they defeated the New Avengers, the Wrecking Crew comes into the fray. Spider-Man and Ronin barely tries to help out but due to their weakened state, they are easily dispatched. The Wrecker then starts poking at Luke Cage but they are stopped by the Dark Avengers.[55] The crew next face off against the Enforcer[56] The Hood reveals to the gang that they had been working with Osborn all along.[57]

They were part of the Siege of Asgard[58], where they helped Norman Osborn.[59][60]


Deadpool takes a quick break from his Space Oddity to response to an offer: Make the Wrecker leave an apartment. But Wade realized that accomplishing his mission would cause trouble to innocents people, as his hirers wants to cause the inhabitants to leave, having initially hired the Wrecker to intimidate them, but the criminal shown having a good heart, protecting them.[61]

Frightful Four

Frightful Four (Earth-616) Wizard, Bulldozer, Wrecker, Thunderball from Fantastic Four Vol 5 3

Wizard, Bulldozer, Wrecker & Thunderball

While the Fantastic Four were still reeling from this loss, the Quiet Man hired the Wizard to form new versions of the Frightful Four to attack the group. [62] This first group of attackers consisted of Wrecker and the Wrecking Crew. [63] The Frightful Four was defeated thanks to the combined efforts of the Fantastic Four and their FF back-ups.[64]

The Wrecking Crew turned up in the employ Mr. Sinister, hired to retrieve the adamantium-encased body of Wolverine from the wreckage of the Paradise installation.[52]

Power Grid [65]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Increased strength and durability when highly charged, increased speed by teleportation


  • The Wrecker possesses various superhuman attributes as a result of the magical power bestowed upon him by Karnilla the Norn Queen.[66]
    • Superhuman Strength: The Wrecker is superhumanly strong and, while fully empowered, is capable of lifting about 40 tons. However, while sharing his strength with the other members of the Wrecking Crew, he is only able to lift about 10 tons. This changed when Ulik, another foe of Thor, taught the Wrecker how to master his Asgardian-based powers. The Wrecker is now capable of retaining his original strength and greater use of his powers while still empowering the other members of The Wrecking Crew.[66]
    • Superhuman Stamina: The Wrecker's musculature generates less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human. While fully empowered, he can exert himself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatigue begins to impair him. However, while sharing his powers with the other three members of the Wrecking Crew, his stamina is considerably diminished. In this state, he is capable of exert himself at peak capacity for about 6 hours.[66]
    • Superhuman Durability: While fully empowered, the Wrecker's body is highly resistant to all forms of physical injury. He is able to withstand armor piercing machine gun shells, temperature and pressure extremes, falls from great heights, multiple blows from Thor's enchanted hammer, etc. without sustaining injury. While sharing his powers with the other members of the Wrecking Crew, his resistance to damage is substantially decreased. However, his body is still much tougher than that of an ordinary human. He can still withstand great impact forces, high temperatures, and .45 caliber bullets.[66]
    • Mystical Link: The Wrecker has established a mental link with his enchanted crowbar. In the past when the Wrecker has lost his superhuman powers, the power has transferred itself into the crowbar. By making physical contact with the crowbar, the Wrecker can transfer the power back into himself. Also, by touching the crowbar, the Wrecker can magically transform whatever he is wearing into his costume. By concentrating on the crowbar, the Wrecker can use it to take mental possession of whoever touches it, and cause an enchanted aura that can repel bullets to surround that person. The Wrecker can also locate members of The Wrecking Crew by concentrating on his crowbar.[66]


  • The Wrecker is a formidable hand to hand combatant and is particularly adept at using street fighting techniques that enable him to make full use of his strength and durability.[66]


  • Wrecker's Crowbar : The Wrecker wields a four-foot long cast iron crowbar which has become virtually indestructible through extensive contact with the Wrecker's enchanted skin. Wielded by the superhumanly strong Wrecker, the crowbar becomes a weapon of vast destructive potential. The Wrecker has used the crowbar to demolish entire buildings in minutes and to hold off the thunder god, Thor, in battle. The Wrecker has used the crowbar offensively as both a throwing weapon and a bat. Because of the teachings of Ulik, The Rock Troll, he can throw his crowbar and have it return to him, much like Thor's own hammer.[66]

Discover and Discuss


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  2. Avengers NOW! #1
  3. Thor #148
  4. Thor #149
  5. Thor #150
  6. Thor #171
  7. Defenders #17
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  9. Defenders #19
  10. Fantastic Four #168
  11. Iron Fist #11
  12. Iron Fist #12
  13. The Complete Fantastic Four #35
  14. Thor #304
  15. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-12
  16. Secret Wars II #1-3
  17. Marvel Age Annual #1
  18. Secret Wars II #7
  19. Avengers #273-274
  20. Avengers #276-277
  21. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #125-126
  22. Iron Man #251
  23. Damage Control Vol 2 #1
  24. Thor #418
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  26. Thor #427
  27. Thor #428
  28. Thor #429
  29. Thor #430
  30. Thor #431
  31. Avengers: Death Trap, The Vault #1
  32. Fantastic Four #355
  33. Captain America #411-412
  34. Captain America #413
  35. Alpha Flight #118-119
  36. Runaways Vol 2 #1
  37. Toxin #4
  38. New Avengers #7-8
  39. Daughters of the Dragon #2
  40. New Excalibur #13
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Omega Flight #1-5
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  43. Daredevil Vol 2 #102
  44. New Avengers #37
  45. Punisher War Journal Vol 2 #22
  46. Punisher War Journal Vol 2 #23
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  48. Secret Invasion #8
  49. New Avengers #46
  50. New Avengers #50
  51. Dark Reign: The Cabal #1
  52. 52.0 52.1 Dark Reign: The Hood #1-2
  53. Wolverine Vol 3 #74
  54. New Avengers #55
  55. New Avengers #56-57
  56. Dark Reign: Made Men #1
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  58. New Avengers #63
  59. Siege #3
  60. Thor #608
  61. Deadpool Vol 2 #33.1
  62. Fantastic Four #642
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