Maxwell Markham was a professional wrestler whose brutal tactics caused J. Jonah Jameson to write a scathing editorial calling for an investigation by the wrestling commission. As a consequence of the hearings, his license was revoked. Ten years later, he obtained an exoskeleton that augmented his strength from the Jackal. He used this harness to attack the Daily Bugle in an attempt on revenge against Jameson for ruining his wrestling career, but Spider-Man defeated him. The Grizzly then attempted to defeat Spider-Man alongside the Jackal, but was defeated again by Spider-Man and went to prison.
After his release, Markham took his exoskeleton to the Tinkerer for an upgrade. Markham demanded a rematch with Spider-Man so that he could take revenge on Spider-Man and save face among his peers. Spider-Man faked defeat, allowing Grizzly to think he defeated him.
Spider-Man Revenge Squad
He became a member of the Spider-Man Revenge Squad along with Kangaroo, Gibbon and Spot but became better known as the "Legion of Losers". Planning only to get back at Spider-Man, Markham and Gibbon were shocked to see Kangaroo and Spot robbing a bank. They did capture Spider-Man, but released him, claiming that "He's an all-right guy". Markham and Gibbon teamed up with Spider-Man to capture Kangaroo and Spot. Markham and Gibbon later became crime-fighters and helped Spider-Man (disguised as the Bombastic Bag-Man) again to stop the White Rabbit's bank robbery.
At one point, out on probation, he tries to turn his life around. His desire to keep wearing the suit, several accidents and the interference of his criminal friends make his life that much more miserable.
Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway
Markham hired Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway after he was accused of a robbery at Madison Square Garden. He worked with She-Hulk as his defense was to be that he had been seen fighting Power Pack in New Jersey at the same time. Markham on leaving Timely Plaza, was attacked by Starfox who did not understand that that She-Hulk's employers have taken the villain on as a client. Grizzly was knocked out by Starfox.
Markham worked as an enforcer for Hammerhead. With a new costume and fangs, he teamed up with Boomerang. At one point, he claimed to have a child, that he used his kid's college fund to pay for super-human fangs.
The Hood sent Markham to kill the Punisher. However, Grizzly walked into a trap, with nothing but explosives waiting for him, which the Punisher's assistant then detonated. But Grizzly somehow survived the explosion.
Alyosha Kravinoff began collecting a zoo of animal-themed superhumans, including Grizzly, Gargoyle, Tiger Shark, Kangaroo, Aragorn, Vulture, Mongoose, Man-Bull, Dragon Man, Swarm, Mandrill, Bushmaster, Leap-Frog, and Rhino. In the end, the Punisher managed to sabotage this zoo; though Kraven himself escaped to the Savage Land.
Stephen Colbert was a candidate for President of the United States who ran Third Party. Stephen noticed how few people where in the crowd. He gave up and took off his jacket and tie and was Stephen Colbert no more. He saw Spider-Man battling Grizzly. He tried to help but Spider-Man told him that it wasn't his fight. Spider-Man took him to a nearby building. Spider-Man then continued with his battle with the criminal. Stephen Colbert pushed a statue off of the building and it hit the Grizzly on the head. Spider-Man thanked him for his help and gave him a ride home. In the end he won the popular vote but lost to Barack Obama in Electoral votes.
Markham was recruited by Norman Osborn and inducted into the Thunderbolts. He also underwent a number of augmentation procedures and now possesses superhuman powers without the use of his exoskeleton. During this time, Grizzly started wearing a coat with a bear-shaped hood on it instead of his usual exoskeleton bear suit. He and the team go on a mission against the Agents of Atlas. Grizzly is also made the commander of a squadron of B.A.T.F.E. agents. He was with the team when they battled Spider-Woman. Grizzly also joined the team in their mission to retrieve Gungnir the spear of Odin during the Siege of Asgard. He and the other Thunderbolts are betrayed by Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady).
Markham is imprisoned back in the Raft, which had been completely re-purposed to house the increase flow of supervillains. Markham was an inmate at The Raft when Hank Pym brought the students from the Avengers Academy as part of their scared straight program.
Grizzly encountered Deadpool in Las Vegas using a battle suit under the name "Wildcard" and working with Weasel. Unbeknownst to Weasel, Deadpool secretly presented Grizzly with a proposition he had for him. Grizzly managed to escape, and later, when Weasel and Deadpool met with the casino owners, Deadpool revealed that he was in fact Wildcard, much to Weasel's fury. Later, Wade persuaded Weasel to switch suits so that all the praise Wildcard received would be for Weasel's good deeds. Weasel agreed to the plan, and the two once again faced off with Grizzly, now back again and attempting to steal millions of dollars in the casino's counting room. In the ensuing battle, Weasel fought Grizzly in the Wildcard suit while Deadpool sipped drinks as The House. Unfortunately, everyone thought Weasel was the one in The House suit drinking Lime Rickeys, and worst of all, Deadpool ran off with Grizzly and the cash. So when Deadpool told the casino bosses that Weasel took off with the money because he wasn't getting any respect, they all believed him. They also believed him when he told them that Weasel would be returning first thing in the morning. Meanwhile, Weasel talked on the phone with Blind Al, seeking advice, and resolved to take Deadpool down, against Blind Al's protests, and then spotted an explosion in the distance. As it turned out, the explosion was caused by Deadpool back at the casino with Grizzly, attempting to rob the vault. While Grizzly headed for the vault himself, Weasel arrived in the Wildcard suit and confronted Deadpool. Deadpool asked Weasel to join him. Weasel refused and seemingly killed Deadpool by blowing his head off. Grizzly ended up locked in the casino vault, though still with the money. The casino owners still thought that Weasel was the one in The House suit, so everyone ended up cheering for him as Grizzly was arrested.
Hobgoblin later gave an enhanced version of one of Grizzly's old exoskeleton bear suits to Bruin in order to build his reputation. He, Blaze and Devil-Spider took part in a heist until they encountered Spider-Man (Otto Octavius/"Peter Parker") in the Venom symbiote.
Markham later attended a support group called Supervillains Anonymous that was held at a church and also attended by Boomerang, Hippo, Porcupine, Dr. Bong, Looter, Mirage, and others. At another Supervillains Anonymous meeting, Grizzly and Looter talked about their run-ins with Spider-Man.
Ant-Man Security Solutions
Markham went to Miami to take revenge on Ant-Man due to his betrayal during Siege, unaware he had targeted Scott Lang instead of Eric O'Grady, who was dead. After the misunderstanding was cleared up, Lang offered Grizzly a place at his new company, Ant-Man Security Solutions.
Grizzly and his coworker Machinesmith eventually left Ant-Man's side and returned to villainy after being called up to join the Army of Evil, a contingent of supervillains tasked with attacking Manhattan as part of Hydra's plan to take over the United States of America.
Grizzly has undergone a series of power enhancement procedures that have granted him a variety of superhuman abilities.
- Superhuman Strength: Grizzly possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift about 15 tons under optimum conditions.
- Superhuman Stamina: Grizzly's musculature produces considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human. He can exert himself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatigue begins to impair him.
- Superhuman Durability: Grizzly is far more resistant to physical injury and trauma than an ordinary human. He is capable of withstanding great impact forces and high caliber bullets without sustaining injury.
- Claws & Fangs: Grizzly has had razor sharp and very durable fangs implanted in his mouth and claws within the tip of each finger. Grizzly's fangs and claws have proven capable of rending steel.
Grizzly is a formidable hand to hand combatant, preferring to use a wrestling based combat that allows him to make full use of his strength.
- Grizzly's Exo-Skeleton: Grizzly formerly used a strength enhancing exoskeleton covered with a grizzly bear inspired costume.
- Grizzly was one of the candidates on Steve Rogers' list of supervillains to enroll in Luke Cage's Thunderbolts roster. Coincidentally, Grizzly had already served on the Thunderbolts under the leadership of Norman Osborn.
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