Grimbor the Chainsman

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Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Superboy #221 (November 1976)
In-story information
Full name Markx Grimbor
Species Human
Place of origin Earth (31st century)
Team affiliations Legion of Super-Villains
Abilities Master craftsman
Expert trap master

Grimbor the Chainsman is a DC Comics supervillain featured in the pages of Legion of Super-Heroes. Grimbor first appeared in Superboy #223 (November 1978).

Fictional character biography


Grimbor is a master craftsman able to create failproof confining devices. He met Charma Drisden, a young mutant girl when he was hired by the headmistress of a school on the planet Turabeau to devise a way of negating Charma's powers. Charma's powers include a hypnotic aura that makes men love and protect her and women hate and fight her. Using her powers, Charma persuaded Grimbor to use his abilities for crime. Together they captured the Legion of Super-Heroes and attempted to blackmail R. J. Brande, but they were foiled by Shrinking Violet. Shrinking Violet attacked Charma and put her in shackles that nullified her powers. At the same time, male Legionnaires attacked Grimbor. Unknown to the Legionnaires, Charma was later killed in a women's prison, as her powers caused the inmates to absolutely hate her, causing the female inmates to gang up on her and kill her. Infuriated, Grimbor swore revenge on the Legion, the group that put Charma in prison, and then attacked the Legion and, later, put the Earth in energy chains. The Legion thwarted him and he was imprisoned in one of his own cells.[1]

Post-Zero Hour

Grimbor makes a brief appearance in post-Zero Hour continuity. A flashback shows him being defeated by EarthGov agents Lyle Norg and Jacques Foccart prior to them gaining their invisibility powers.[2]

Final Crisis

Grimbor the Chainsman is among the super-villains in Superman-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains.[3][citation needed]

Powers and abilities

Grimbor is a master craftsman and an expert trap master.


He uses special chains to capture his enemies.

In other media

Grimbor appears in the Legion of Super-Heroes episode "The Karate Kid" voiced by Lex Lang. He works with Imperiex to steal items, and evades Nemesis Kid (who pursues Grimbor on behalf of the Science Police) and the Legion of Super-Heroes. When most of the Legion ended up being hit by a weapon that removed their powers, only Karate Kid was left to fight him. Karate Kid managed to defeat him when one of Grimbor's chains got caught in a shaft. Grimbor was seemingly destroyed when Karate Kid triggered an explosive device on his belt. However, Grimbor reappeared in the episode "In the Beginning" when he captured R.J. Brande and lured the Legion into a trap. He was hired by R.J.'s former partner Roderick Doyle (who was posing as Senator Tolay) to eliminate R.J. and the Legion once and for all. He was eventually defeated by Lightning Lad.


  1. ^ Superboy vol 1 #221
  2. ^ Legionnaires #66
  3. ^ "GCD :: Issue :: Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #3". Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
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