Monday, December 3, 2012

Superhero 411: Big Bertha

Today we're featuring one of the superheroes on the American Superhero Team, and delve deeper into their history. In this article, we'll be looking at probably the heaviest superhero on the list (when she wants to be), Big Bertha. Warning! Some Spoilers Ahead! Big Bertha

Real name: Ashley Crawford
First Appearance: West Coast Avengers v2 #46 (1989,
Marvel Comics)

Creator: John Byrne (writer, artist)

Occupation: Fashion model
Religion: Unknown

Operates in: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

When Mr. Immortal put out an advertisement for superheroes to join his new team the Great Lakes Avengers, Ashley Crawford was among the few applicants. With her ability to manipulate her body size and mass giving her super-strength and endurance when she enlarges, she was a huge asset to the team, and used the codename Big Bertha. When not superheroing, Ashley worked as fashion model, where her powers allowed her to manipulated her body into a picturesque figure, making her the most famous model Wisconsin. She received many offers for more glamorous opportunities, but declined them all, choosing to stay in Milwaukee with the team that she had grown to consider family, and eventually becoming team's primary financial backer.
While the Great Lake Avengers have frequently been the butt of jokes, they have proven themselves time and time again to be capable, if some what odd, superheroes, and have managed to earn the respect of most of the superhero community. 

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