The Grim Reaper


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The Grim Reaper

(pop culture)
As a child, “bad” Eric Williams never lived up to the example set by his “good” brother, Simon. This dysfunctional family dynamic established a lifetime of conflict between the siblings: Eric, who becomes the villainous Grim Reaper, and Simon, who becomes Avengers team member Wonder Man. Although Eric both loved and resented Simon, when Simon “died” as Wonder Man (The Avengers vol. 1 #9, 1964), Eric was consumed by a desire for vengeance, blaming the Marvel Comics superteam, and taking the identity of the Grim Reaper to punish them. Dressed in a blue bodysuit with a skull and crossbones, and accompanying red cape, the Grim Reaper possesses no superhuman powers, but wields a scythe fused to his right hand. The Reaper's virtually indestructible blade is a superweapon, housing a force blaster, cerebral stunner (inducing paralysis in its victims), and a spinner (which allows the scythe to function like a buzz saw). Since his introduction in scribe Roy Thomas and artist John Buscema's Avengers #52 (1968), in which he revealed his backstory to the team as he attacked them, the Reaper has spent his entire criminal career battling the Avengers, even briefly forming the villainous Lethal Legion in an attempt to defeat them. In a detailed 1986 storyline, the Reaper died, and then returned from death as a living zombie. Although he was invulnerable to the effects of heat, cold, radiation, and disease, he needed to sustain his undead state by killing victims with his scythe. He murdered his lover Nekra, the Mandrill, and countless others until Wonder Man halted his brother's reign of terror. Afterward, the Grim Reaper allied himself with demonic forces, but was seemingly killed by his evil masters … until he was resurrected once again to join the evil crime family, the Maggia. Thanks to Scarlet Witch's magic, the Grim Reaper is fully human once more, and has appeared battling the Avengers, this time on behalf of his employer, Count Nefaria.
References in classic literature ?
Not a step did we take in advance but the grim reaper strode silently in our tracks.
Her husband was dead, and Werper fancied that he could replace in the girl's heart the position which had been vacated by the act of the grim reaper. He could offer Jane Clayton marriage--a thing which Mohammed Beyd would not offer, and which the girl would spurn from him with as deep disgust as she would his unholy lust.
They rally behind the Grim Reaper. The culture of death and impunity rules.
And while the grim reaper may beckon and the tax man may hold his hands out for a slice of your estate when you die, what about the costs of care when you are simply too old to live independently?
It begins traditionally with Here Comes the Bride and shows Joan walking towards her groom, but following behind is the Grim Reaper with his sickle.
Raising it to 70 will undoubtedly prove a financial winner for the Exchequer, because how many people will be able to resist the call of the Grim Reaper between the age of 65 and 70, particularly if they've spent all their lives in low-paid, manual jobs?
"It's down to the Grim Reaper, I suppose, but we are planning to hold the reunion again next year and for as long as we can."
However, the Grim Reaper proceeds to track down his intended victims.
The doctor who told my late father that he had cancer did so with all the sensitivity and aplomb of the Grim Reaper.
Her film ( which shows them in church followed by the Grim Reaper ( makes up part of an exhibition, opening tomorrow, by bereaved women and children.
JEAN Broadhurst is a lucky womanNot only has she avoided prosecution for blackmail and fraud but the Midland Steel Queen has also dodged the Grim Reaper for nearly two decades.
As the theatre spun at supersonic speed I hung on to the rope until I saw the Grim Reaper for the second time.