Who the Clix? is a series of articles featuring information on comic book characters that have been made into figures for the popular tabletop game Heroclix. These articles are meant to help Heroclix players learn more about the characters behind their favorite pieces.
Today we look at that Latverian menace…no, not Doom: Dreadknight
Appearances in Heroclix: Invincible Iron Man
First Appearance: Iron Man #101
Team Affiliations: Frightful Four
Powers/Abilities: Gifted scientist; Master of the “Hellhorse”; Steel alloy body armor grants: Superhuman strength and durability
Created By: Bill Mantlo – George Tuska
Bram Velsing, a Latverian scientist, grew unsatisfied with serving Doctor Doom going so far as to call Doom a “grotesque mockery.” Unfortunately for Velsing, he is not good at hiding his disdain for Doom and the lord of Latveria discovers his treacherous thoughts. In response, Doom grafts a skull shaped cybernetic helmet to Bram’s head, horrendously scarring him. Velsing manages to escape and flees to Castle Frankenstein where he comes under the care of Victoria Frankenstein. Once he is healed, he is gifted a number of weapons and a “Hellhorse,” a mutated horse with bat wings created by Victoria. Bram takes the name Dreadknight and tries to coerce more resources from Frankenstein so that he may defeat Doom but is foiled by Iron Man, Frankenstein’s Monster and Victoria’s creations, The Children.
Dreadknight goes on to serve Morgan La Fey and Mordred, battling Captain Britain, Victoria Bentley, Bloodwraith, and the Black Knight. The Dreadknight was in hiding for quite some time until Doctor Doom’s apparent death at the hands of Onslaught. With Doom gone, Dreadknight is able to temporarily take over Latveria and comes into conflict with Spider-Man. Through unknown means, once Doom returned he retook Latveria and somehow brought Dreadknight back under his thrall, though the villain still resented the good Doctor.