|Character- Philly Blunt|
Created by: Rodney Lockett and
First appearance: Irongate Universe #2
Other Pictures: Philly Blunt full body
|Real Name: Jeremy Wootten |
Height: 6 foot 5 inches
Born in: USA
Ethical alliance: Good
Jeremy was a former Golden Glove boxer. While trying to defend his title, he was beaten twice in a row by a talented young boxer and after these losses things went down hill for him. His confidence was shattered and Jeremy began looking for ways to cheat in order to reclaim his title.
He tried many illegal things including steroids but they didn't help, until he was approached by a man claiming he was a doctor. The doctor told him he had something that would work. All he asked was that in payment he would split his future earnings with him.
Jeremy agreed. He had tried everything he could think of and was now out of options.
The doctor then handed him a flask filled with a liquid. He told him that it had only been successfully tested on animals but the results had shown a more than doubling of strength in the subjects. He was confident it would work on humans as well, although he did warn him that there could be some side effects.
Jeremy barely heard his warning and while the doctor was placing the carefully measured dosage in another vial, Jeremy grabbed the nearly full flask and drank it instead.
The doctor tried to stop him but it was too late. Jeremy's eyes went wide and he cried out in pain. He dropped to the ground and started convulsing.
The seizures lasted for several minutes before they stopped but Jeremy did not wake. He lay there motionless. Not wanting to be blamed for his death, the doctor took off.
Hours later he awoke. He could feel changes in him. He felt alive and stronger and for the next two weeks he trained, so much that he pulverized the punching bag. He laughed. Soon he would have his rematch. He couldn't wait.
But when the fight began, Jeremy started having doubts. His opponent was pummelling him again and again but Jeremy couldn't feel his punches. His opponent was giving his all but there was no power behind the hits, so Jeremy held back. He remembered the punching bag he had destroyed. What would happen if he let loose on his adversary? What if he killed him? Sure, he wanted to win. He wanted to reclaim his title but not at the cost of someone else's life.
Then he heard the boos from the crowd and he saw disapproving looks from the judges. He heard words that the fix was in, and realized that if he didn't put an end to the fight, his opponent was going to win by decision. He couldn't have that. He had to regain his status.
He gave out a right cross but refrained from letting loose. Just a tap to show that he was still in the game. But the tap hit his opponent like a brick wall, almost taking off his head and sending him flying over the ropes. His adversary was out cold. His jaw dislocated and part of his skull cracked. The fight was stopped and the medics climbed onto the ring. With the victim's outcome uncertain, the police was called in and Jeremy hauled away for questioning.
Jeremy hid the fact that he had become super strong by admitting to having used drugs instead. He was locked up and faced a charge of manslaughter. While he waited for his trial, he was visited by another doctor. He called himself Dr Frost. Frost did not get fooled by the drug statement. He knew what had really happened. He told him that he could stop the impending charges if Jeremy agreed to enter a new program called the All-Winner's Society.
Jeremy agreed and after meeting his new colleagues he was asked to take a code name. He decided to take on the name of his only sponsor from his boxing career, Philly Blunt. Not only had they stuck by him even after he had been arrested but they also made great cigars, which Jeremy loved a great deal.
Super strength: Philly possesses the strength to lift as much as 85 tons.
Physical/energy resistance: His body is highly resistant to physical and energy attacks and he can withstand the attacks from most types of weapons.
Super jump: He possesses powerful leg muscles enabling him to leap in excess of one hundred feet.
Weaknesses: He doesn't think and tends to rush into dumb decisions.