Name: The Abomination
Alter Ego: Emil Blonsky
Other Names: Abomination I; Agent R-7; The Ravanger of Worlds
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish (vol. 1) #90 (Apr. 1967): "The Abomination!"
Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes
Number of Appearances: 180
Comic Book Appearances: 156
TV, Film Appearances: 21
Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 3
Enemy of: The Hulk
Ally: The Forgotten
Employer: Galaxy Master
Worked for: M.O.D.O.K.
In The Incredible Hulk (2008) feature film, Blonsky was portrayed as a Russian-born citizen of England.
From: "Atheist superheroes" forum discussion, started 2 March 2006 on the Atheist Network website (http://atheistnetwork.com/viewtopic.php?p=209834&sid=5ca5d2a99f2714e2f90fcee608eb4ac4; viewed 2 May 2006):
Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 3:42 am
...not surprisingly more villains are revealed to be atheists than heroes: Lex Luthor, The Joker, Kingpin, Green Goblin, Sabertooth, the Leader, Abomination, Carnage, Red Ghost.
Usually, religion tends to be mostly ignored in comics and most often when it is addressed it tends to be treated fairly rough. How many times has the religious fanatic... bent on murder and mayhem been the villain of a comic?
From: "The Church of Superman" forum discussion, started 19 June 2006 on the James Randi Educational Foundation website (http://www.randi.org/forumlive/showthread.php?t=58627; viewed 15 May 2007):
19th June 2006, 06:03 AM
The Church of Superman
Hmmmm... the "religious" affiliations of comic book characters. Huh?
19th June 2006, 12:05 PM
I really think a lot of these super-villains ended up as "atheist" because they're not as humanized to retain their evilness. Unless their religion or religious background fueled their motives to be villains in the first place, it's going to confuse the audience and make the superheroes look bad. If Lex Luthor went to church every Sunday like most of America, sat in services while thinking "hate hate hate kill Superman" it would be unintentionally funny or just confusing to people.
19th June 2006, 01:38 PM
I don't think it's even that complicated. I clicked on a couple of the villain pages, and all they do is quote some usenet or message board post by a guy complaining that comic books discriminate against atheists because the heroes are mostly religious, while the only atheists are the villains, such as [and he goes on to list a few, without any supporting evidence].
From what I can tell, most (if not all) of those villain pages should just list "unknown"...
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