Knickknack's true identity is Nicholas Grossman and he would join a team of criminal jugglers called the Death Throws
and help free Crossfire
from police custody as he was being escorted to trial where Hawkeye
had been subpoenaed to testify against him. The other members of the Death Throws included Oddball
. This eccentric group of criminals threw gas bombs, hardballs, razor rings and other objects to knock out police officers and cause confusion during their attack. Crossfire was pleased that Oddball received his message and was very impressed with his new associates. Knicknack and the Death Throws decide to ransom off Crossfire because he lied about the payment he promised for the rescue operation. Hawkeye receives a message from the Death Throws stating they have Crossfire and are willing to sell or trade him. Captain America
comes with Hawkeye to the abandoned railroad terminal and gives Barton his shield. Hawkeye enters the station and sees Crossfire tied to a chair in the middle of the room. Ringleader spots Captain America as he enters the room and the super soldier uses a flare arrow to reveal the Death Throws' trap. Tenpin activates a switch that drops a large net made out of steel cables but it fails to snare any of the Avengers
. Knicknack and the Death Throws engage their enemies and attack with their deadly projectiles. Despite his short stature, Knicknack displayed some impressive moves when he caught one of Hawkeye's arrow in mid-flight and destroyed his bow with a chainsaw throw. Knicknack intercepted Captain America's shield and hit Barton in the jaw with it. Knicknack ran outside with the shield and planned to ambush the super soldier when he tried to follow but was taken down by Mockingbird. The Death Throws were defeated and Oddball was literally stuck to the ground thanks to Hawkeye's adhesive arrow. Oddball revealed to Barton their plans to use Crossfire as bait to nab an Avenger where they could get at least a million dollars for his release.
Knicknack was created by Mark Gruenwald
, Paul Neary
and Dennis Janke
in 1986 and first appeared in Captain America
Knicknack and the Death Throws would reappear years later and join a terrorist organization called RAID with other super criminals where they strategically strike numerous locations in London. Crossfire and the Death Throws terrorize civilians from the Tower Bridge and come into conflict with Union Jack
. Knicknack and Ringleader were about to ambush an injured Sabra when they both get struck by a car driven by Union Jack.
Skills & Abilities
Knickknack is an expert juggler that specialize in juggling various objects of weight, size and shape. He will juggle dangerous weapons like chainsaws, flaming torches and various bladed weapons. He is a skilled fighter that has extensive knowledge of judo, karate and street fighting.