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    The Heap

    Character » The Heap appears in 127 issues.

    Baron Eric von Emmelmann, a World War I German flying ace who was shot down in 1918 over a Polish swamp. Through the decades his body decayed and intermingled with the vegetation around him, becoming one with the marshland itself until at last it arose from the muck during the early years of World War II as The Heap

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    The Heap last edited by aphillips17 on 02/15/22 07:32PM View full history

    Origin

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    On October 12, 1918, Baron Eric Von Emmelmann, a German pilot, was shot down over Wausau swamp, near the small town of Rodz in Poland. Lying lifeless as his body slowly merged with the morass, he had nothing left but his will to live, to rise, to return to the world of humans. Over next 24 years, Von Emmelmann's will to live, coupled with vegetation of swamp covering his body and replacing the flesh, allowed him to arise again, now formed from the muck and vegetation of the swamp. Eric's body merged with the "dreary vegetation" of Wausau to make him a massive humanoid plant that was forced to drain animals of blood in order to get oxygen.

    Creation

    The Heap was created Hillman by writer Harry Stein and artist Mort Leav, and revived in the 1980s by Eclipse Comics. He first appeared in Hillman's Air Fighters Comics #3 (Dec. 1942).

    Character Evolution

    Hillman

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    Intially appearing in Air Fighters Comics #3 as an opponent of Airboy's ally Skywolf, the Heap continued to sporadically reappear as a guest character in that title. The Heap eventually starred in his own strip, and became Hillman's recurring monster character during the 1950's horror fad. His series began in Airboy Comics vol.3 #9, October, 1946 and lasted as long as Hillman itself did, ending in the final issue of Airboy Comics vol.10 #4, May, 1953.

    Eclipse Comics

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    In 1986, Eclipse Comics acquired rights to some of Hillman's properties and began publishing a new Airboy comic with the Heap as a supporting character. He also appeared in Eclipse's other titles such as The New Wave and Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters.

    Legacy

    The Heap served as inspiration for the creation of other swamp-like creatures like Marvel's Man-Thing and DC Comics' Swamp Thing in the Bronze Age of Comic Books.

    The Heap in Spawn
    The Heap in Spawn

    The Heap was later recreated by Todd McFarlane in Image Comics' Spawn. He recreated the character, who was once Eddie Beckett, as a being made from the garbage in the alleys of Rat City who first appeared in Spawn #72.

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