The Abomination (Emil Blonsky)

The Religious Affiliation of
The Abomination
Emil Blonsky

Religion: Communist atheist CBR Scale: S

Name: The Abomination

Alter Ego: Emil Blonsky

Other Names: Abomination I; Agent R-7; The Ravanger of Worlds

Classification: villain villain  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish (vol. 1) #90 (Apr. 1967): "The Abomination!"

Creators: Stan Lee, Gil Kane

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

Teams/Affiliations: Home Base; KGB; The Masters of Evil

Enemy of: The Hulk

Ally: Rhino
Ally: Abominations
Ally: The Forgotten
Employer: Galaxy Master

Worked for: M.O.D.O.K.

Nation: Russia; Yugoslavia

Birth Place: Zagreb, Croatia

Race: white

Gender: male

In The Incredible Hulk (2008) feature film, Blonsky was portrayed as a Russian-born citizen of England.

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From: "Atheist superheroes" forum discussion, started 2 March 2006 on the Atheist Network website (; 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 (; 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"...

This character is in the following 94 stories which have been indexed by this website:
The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23 (1989): "Abominations!"
The Defenders (vol. 2) #10 (Dec. 2001): "Head to Head" (hologram)
Doctor Strangefate #1 (Apr. 1996): "The Decrees of Fate" (character based on)
Earth X #7 (Oct. 1999): "Chapter Seven" (cameo)
Exiles (vol. 1) #10 (Apr. 2002): "A World Apart: Part 3"
Ghost Rider
Hercules (vol. 3) #3 (Aug. 2005): "The New Labors of Hercules, Part 3"
Hulk: Destruction
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk: Abominations (1997)
King-Size Hulk #1 (July 2008): "The Death and Life of the Abomination" (lead character)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (2013)
Marvel Super Hero Squad (20 Oct. 2009)
Marvel Super-Heroes
Marvel Team-Up (vol. 3) #21 (Aug. 2006): "Freedom Ring: Part Two"
Marvel Universe: The End
Namor, the Sub-Mariner
The Rampaging Hulk (vol. 1) #8 (Apr. 1978): "Gallery of Villains"
The Secret Defenders #10 (Dec. 1993): "Revenge, Part Two"
Secret Wars II #7 (Jan. 1986): "Charge of the Dark Brigade!"
She-Hulk by Dan Slott: The Complete Collection (25 Feb. 2014): "Back to Bone" (cameo)
She-Hulk Vol. 3: Time Trials (Feb. 2006): "Back to Bone" (cameo)
She-Hulk Vol. 5: Planet Without A Hulk
The Silver Surfer (vol. 1) #12 (Jan. 1970): "Gather, Ye Witches!"
Solo Avengers #12 (Nov. 1988): "When the Abomination Comes A'Calling"
Tales to Astonish
Thor (vol. 1) #178 (July 1970): "Death Is a Stranger!"
The West Coast Avengers (vol. 2) #25 (Oct. 1987): "The Greatest Show on Earth!"
World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #2 (Oct. 2007): "Part 2: Origins" (behind the scenes)

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