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Captain Ultra

Captain Ultra
Captain Ultra
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Fantastic Four Vol.1 #177 (December 1976)
Created by Roy Thomas (writer)
George Pérez(artist)
Joe Sinnott (inker)
In-story information
Alter ego Griffin Gogol
Team affiliations Defenders
Abilities Superhuman strength, durability, reflexes and endurance
X-ray vision
Super breath
Ability to tap his "ultra potential"

Captain Ultra (Griffin Gogol) is a Joe Sinnott.

Captain Ultra was also one of the aliases used by Nextwave member The Captain.


  • Fictional character biography 1
  • Powers and abilities 2
  • In other media 3
    • Television 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Fictional character biography

When an elderly psychologist couldn't afford to pay plumber Griffin Gogol, he offers to cure Gogol's smoking habit via hypnosis. However, as Gogol later learned, the psychologist was an extraterrestrial, and the hypnosis unlocks Gogol's innate superhuman potential. Donning a clashing, colorful costume, Gogol became the superhero Captain Ultra; however, it is revealed he suffers from severe pyrophobia (fear of fire).

Captain Ultra's first appearance is as an applicant to the supervillain team called the Frightful Four; he is at first enthusiastically accepted by the other three villains, ecstatic at his large array of powers. However, when one of them began to light a cigarette in celebration, Captain Ultra faints in the presence of the match; he is promptly rejected.[2]

An unauthorized television program informs Gogol of the super-hero team the Defenders. Captain Ultra is one of a large group to investigate by traveling to the Richmond Riding Academy on Long Island. There he works with a small group to stop a crime spree back in New York. Like most of the other applicants, he is not pleased with the Defenders and never really petitions the core group for membership.[3]

Soon after, he moves to Chicago. He has since had a minor career as a solo superhero, often teaming up with heroes like Thor to battle minor villains.[4]

He eventually overcomes his pathological fear of fire thanks to years of extensive therapy under the superpowered psychiatrist, Doc Samson. Gogol began a new career as a stand-up comedian, and battled Ekl'r, the Demon Without Humor.[5] His comedy career takes him across the country. Super-heroics interfere with this, such as when the underground dirt creature 'Mud Pi', kidnaps his entire potential audience, the citizenry of 'Wash Basin', Texas. Captain Ultra manages to safely rescue them all.[6]

He later appears in issue #3 of the Great Lakes Avengers mini-series, where Doorman begged him to join the team but Captain Ultra angrily rejects the offer.[7]

Griffin then became the leader for the Nebraska team of the Initiative program, part of a government controlled superhero program. After two of his teammates, Paragon and Gadget are killed, Griffin briefly fights Iron Man to protect the rest of his group.[8] He is seen investigating the circumstances of Paragon and Gadget's tragic deaths with Doc Samson and Iron Man. During the course of their investigation it is revealed that there are two new Initiative recruits in the process of being fast-tracked to the Nebraska team, although Captain Ultra expressed irritation at the prospect of having to "babysit the punks".[9]

Captain Ultra is recruited by Wonder Man (whose ionic energy leaking problem was affecting his judgement) to join his Revengers. During the Revengers' attack on Avengers Mansion, he is scared off when Doctor Strange uses an illusion spell to make him believe he is on fire.[10] He and the rest of the Revengers were defeated by all three Avengers teams and were remanded to the Raft. Captain Ultra's reason for joining the Revengers is that despite the fact that he was on the Initiative, he resents being disrespected despite having as much power as an Avenger.[11]

Powers and abilities

Captain Ultra's powers were released through hypnosis by an alien, giving him the power of flight and superhuman strength, durability, reflexes and endurance. He also gained the psionic ability to become intangible at will, see through substances (X-ray vision), and the ability to project his breath forward with great concussive force — among others. He can apparently tap his "ultra-potential", enabling him to manifest a wide variety of mental and physical "ultra-feats", and even once told an "ultra-joke".

In other media


  • Captain Ultra made a cameo appearance in the [14]


  1. ^ New Avengers Annual vol. 2 #1 (2011)
  2. ^ Fantastic Four #177
  3. ^ Defenders #62-64
  4. ^ Thor #336
  5. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #50
  6. ^ Marvel Holiday Special 1993
  7. ^ G.L.A. #3
  8. ^ Iron Man vol. 4 #22
  9. ^ Iron Man vol. 4 #24
  10. ^ New Avengers Annual vol. 2 #1 (2011)
  11. ^ Avengers Annual Vol. 4 #1
  12. ^ " 
  13. ^ "Review: Episode #18: The Cure". Marvel Animation Age. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Interview of Dan Slott". Marvel Animation Age. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 

External links

  • Marvel Directory entry
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