|First appearance||(Raymond Bloch):|
The Amazing Spider-Man #10 (Mar 1964)
The Spectacular Spider-Man #19-20 (June–July 1978)
|Created by||Stan Lee|
|Alter ego||Raymond Bloch (original incarnation)|
Ronald Bloch (second incarnation)
formerly New U Technologies
|Abilities||Superhuman strength and resistance to injury|
The Ox is the alias of two characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The original incarnation, Raymond Bloch, is one of the founding members of the Enforcers, a team usually in the employment of crime bosses like the Kingpin, Mister Fear, or Hammerhead, and a recurring threat of the superheroes Spider-Man and Daredevil. The second incarnation, Ronald Bloch, also became a member of the Enforcers after his twin brother's apparent death.
The Raymond Bloch incarnation of Ox first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #10 (March 1964), and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The character subsequently appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964), #19 (December 1964), The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964), Daredevil #15 (April 1966), and #86 (April 1972)
The Ronald Bloch incarnation of Ox first appeared in The Spectacular Spider-Man #19-20 (June–July 1978), and was created by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema. This character subsequently appears in Dazzler #7-8 (October–September 1981), Marvel Team-Up #138 (February 1984), Tales of the Marvels: Inner Demons #1 (1996), She-Hulk #1 (December 2005), Thunderbolts #104 (September 2006), Civil War: Thunderbolts - Swimming With Sharks #1 (January 2007), Daredevil #99-100 (September–October 2007), World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #2 (October 2007), Daredevil #102-105 (January–April 2008), and The Amazing Spider-Man #552-553 (April–May 2008), and #562-563 (August 2008).
Ox appeared as part of the "Enforcers" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #4.
Nothing is known about Raymond Bloch's history before founding the Enforcers alongside Fancy Dan and Montana, although he was born in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Ox is a burly strongman possessing superhuman strength.
Ox eventually falls under Mister Fear's control, who partners him with the Eel as The Fellowship of Fear, as he is released earlier than the other Enforcers. Fear attempts to use his enthralled minions to destroy Daredevil, but all three are defeated.
Ox became fatally afflicted with radiation poisoning during his criminal machinations. He breaks out of prison with reclusive scientist Dr. Karl Stragg using a mind-transfer device to "swap bodies" with the villain, craving control of Ox's strength. "Ox" dies in combat with Daredevil when he fell to his death.
Meanwhile, the original Ox sought to build a new life in the scientist's body. However, this hope for redemption proves short-lived. While acting as a test subject for radioactive isotopes, the scientist's body mutates into an unstable duplicate of Ox's original frame. Ox goes on a rampage, soon succumbing to the radiation's lethal effects. He explodes in battle with Daredevil.
Ox is later revealed to have survived after being found in a near-death within an alley by Kingpin's minions and is revitalized by Kingpin. Upon his revitalization, Kingpin later causes Ox to reunite with Fancy Dan and Montana and resume his role with the Enforcers.
During the "Heroic Age" storyline, Ox is seen as an inmate at the Raft.
As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel event, Ox was robbing a store with no resistance until he runs into Miles Morales who manages to use his Venom Blast on him. Ox is transported to the supervillain prison called the Cellar (which used to be Ryker's Island until it was rebuilt by Regent's Empire Unlimited) and placed in a special tube by Regent's servant Dr. Shannon Stillwell alongside Walrus. When Ox asks Shannon Stillwell how they are supposed to live in these tubes, Shannon states that they will not and the tubes are flooded which supposedly kills Ox and Walrus.
Ox later appears as a member of the Hateful Hexad alongside Bearboarguy, Gibbon, Squid, Swarm, and White Rabbit. During the Hateful Hexad's disastrous fight against Spider-Man and Deadpool, the battle is crashed by Itsy Bitsy who stabs Ox in the back with three swords.
During the Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy storyline, Ox is among the villains cloned by Jackal and his company New U Technologies.
During the "Hunted" storyline, Ox is among the animal-themed characters that were captured by Taskmaster and Black Ant for Kraven the Hunter's Great Hunt which is sponsored by Arcade's company Arcade Industries. He was seen fighting the Hunter-Bots created by Arcade Industries.
Ronald Bloch is the twin brother of Raymond Bloch. He becomes the second Ox and is paired with the remaining Enforcers following his twin brother's apparent death. Comments and actions taken by this character suggest he may be, in fact, one of the two versions of the original, somehow having survived his battles with Daredevil.[volume & issue needed]
Ox was later seen working as a tough for various underworld figures, such as the current Mr. Fear, the Kingpin, and the Maggia. While collecting a gambling debt on behalf of the criminal 'Fat Teddy', he is confronted by Spider-Man. The hero stops the mugging, but then experiences the delusion that Ox is the more powerful, stronger villain Morlun. Spider-Man, already afflicted by illness and the belief of being doomed to die, beats upon Ox until stopped by an enraged Daredevil.[volume & issue needed] Ox is left in a pool of blood and Daredevil makes sure the man receives medical attention.[volume & issue needed]
During the "Civil War" event, Ox is arrested by Baron Zemo and is forced to either join Zemo's team of Thunderbolts, or go to jail. Ox chooses to join.[volume & issue needed] He and fellow villains King Cobra and Unicorn attack Thunderbolts member Swordsman as part of a training mission. All three are swiftly defeated.
Later, Ox and the other Enforcers came back together to work for Mister Fear, which pitted them directly against Daredevil.[volume & issue needed] After Mister Fear's arrest, the Enforcers are taken in by the Hood's organization.[volume & issue needed]
Following the events of Spider-Man: Brand New Day, Ox and the Enforcers are patrons at the Bar with No Name. They take bets with a person calling himself "The Bookie" over whether Spider-Man will show up to battle "Basher" (an unknown villain who claimed to have fought the hero in the past) in the broadcast fight on YouTube. Spider-Man shows up, but is revealed to be a fake when the real Spider-Man arrives and the imposter is revealed to be Screwball in disguise. The Enforcers decide to get revenge for The Bookie's deception, capturing him. The Bookie's father calls Spider-Man for assistance, and he agrees to help. Spider-Man defeats Fancy Dan and Montana, and saves Ox from being flattened by a falling roller coaster. Grateful for the save, Ox agrees to come along quietly.
Both versions of Ox possess tremendous strength and resistance to injury for a human without powers.
Another character bearing the name of Ox appeared in Alpha Flight #66 as a member of China Force. Nothing has been revealed about the origins of this villain. He, along with other superhuman agents, formed China Force—the official superhuman team of China. The team was intended to be China's first line of defense against the U.S. and U.S.S.R's numerous super humans. However, China Force saw little action and split up under unexplained circumstances. The group was later reformed and sent to retrieve the Jade Dragon from Canada. This Ox has enhanced strength, agility, endurance and wears a suit of armor that provides him with some protection from physical attack.
During the Spider-Verse storyline, the Earth-001 version of Ox appears as a member of Verna's Hounds. He was killed by Assassin Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man, and Spider-Punk.[volume & issue needed]
In the Earth X universe, Ox had mutated to having the form of a humanoid ox (somewhat similar to a Minotaur). He and his fellow Enforcers would be hired as protectors of President Norman Osborn. However, the Ox and the other Enforcers would become slaves of the Red Skull when he invaded New York. They would be a part of Red Skull's army that battles against Captain America and the heroes he gathered from around the world to stop Red Skull's conquest of the world. Ox's whereabouts following Red Skull's death remain unrevealed.
In the House of M series, Ox is one of Rhino's friends who helped him attack and detain the Green Goblin for ruining the best chance at a good life Rhino ever had.
In the Marvel Noir series, Ox and the other Enforces are muscle for Norman Osborn.
The Ultimate Marvel version of Ox is Bruno Sanchez, an exceptionally tall and strong bald Afro-Cuban, who worked for the Kingpin until he was arrested. Upon Kingpin's release from jail, Ox was rehired. Once in jail, Ox was revealed not to be that evil, just misguided.