Richard Milhouse Jones
Musician, adventurer, author; former talk show host
Place of Birth
Marlo Chandler Jones (wife), Polly (aunt), Mrs. Chandler (mother-in-law), Kieth Chandler, Ray Chandler, three unidentified others (brothers-in-law), unidentified father (deceased), Jackie Schorr (alleged mother; unconfirmed)
Avengers (honorary member); formerly partner of the Hulk, Captain America, and Captain Mar-vell; Loners (financier); former leader of Teen Brigade; ally of Rom
High school dropout
5'9"; (A-Bomb) 6'8"
165 lbs; (A-Bomb) 980 lbs.
Brown; (A-Bomb) None
Under special circumstances, Rick has been able to tap into the Destiny Force (a mysterious and near-infinite power source inherent in all of humanity). Rick has used this ability to materialize figures from his imagination and from other time eras, to paralyze thousands of Kree and Skrull warriors simultaneously, to overwhelm an Atlantean army, to heal his own broken body, to amplify his physical abilities, and to levitate. The limits of the Destiny Force's uses, if any, have not been revealed.
At a time when Rick was bonded with Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell) , he was able to release minor jolts of energy from the Nega-Bands. Through the bands, he possessed a telepathic link to Captain Marvel. At one point he trained himself to usurp control of Genis' body, and to afflict him with psychic pain.
As A-Bomb, Rick once again has superhuman strength and durability. His hide is similar to an armadillo's plated armor, giving A-Bomb bulletproof skin. Camouflage glands from cuttlefish experiments give him the ability to blend into his surroundings at will, making him virtually undetectable. He is also able to track both Hulk and Red Hulk by zeroing in on their gamma signature.
Rick Jones is an accomplished gymnast and hand-to-hand combatant with skill in judo and karate, having been trained by Captain America. He is also a skilled songwriter, singer, guitarist, and harmonica player.
Richard "Rick" Jones was orphaned at a young age, and after being expelled from several orphanages for disciplinary reasons he was placed into a state institution called Tempest Town. However, after being treated unfairly at the institution, Jones ran away. He spent his early teenage years drifting from town to town throughout the Southwest doing menial work while trying to avoid the juvenile authorities.
One day, after getting his driver's license and buying a used car, Rick overheared a teenager dare a friend to ride out on the desert where it was rumored an atomic bomb was going to be tested. Jones offered to take him upon the challenge. However, when Rick drove his car out to the test site, he saw that his challenger didn't show up. When the bomb was soon about to detonate, Dr. Bruce Banner (the designer of the gamma bombs) realized that Rick was on the testing field and ran out to protect the boy. When the bomb went off, Dr. Banner threw the boy into a trench; however, he himself was bombarded with gamma radiation. This radiation triggered a mutagenic change in the doctor, causing him to turn into a raging Hulk. Feeling responsible for Dr. Banner's condition, and being the only person to know that the rampaging brute was actually Banner, Jones became the Hulk's close friend. (To learn about the Hulk, click on the highlighted name above.)
Eventually, Jones organized the Teen Brigade (a group of young amateur ham radio enthusiasts to help him monitor the Hulk's activities). Jones was present during the Hulk's first encounters with the army, as well as superhuman menaces as the Ringmaster, Tyrannus, Metal Master, the alien Toadmen, and even a run-in with the Fantastic Four. (To learn about the above highlighted teams and/or characters, just click on their highlighted names.)
Later on, after the Asgardian Loki took control of the Hulk, Rick sent out a radio call to superheroes to help his friend. This action was what eventually brought multiple superheroes together that would become the team known as the Avengers. (To learn about the race, team, and/or character above, just click on their highlighted names. Note: Beware of Loki in his woman-form--revealing outfit.)
At one point, Rick became Captain America's sidekick (he even wore Bucky Barnes old outfit). However, after some time, Rick started to resent being on the side-lines. (To learn about Captain America and/or Bucky Barnes, just click on their highlighted names above. Note: The third picture posted above is on Rick Jones as Captain America's side-kick.)
One day, Jones found a pair of alien bracelets (aka Nega-Bands). When Rick would strike the bands together he would exchange places with Captain Mar-vell--an imprisoned Kree warrior--between the Negative Zone. In fact, Rick was a key player in the Kree-Skrull War where the Supreme Intelligence used an "omniwave" machine that released Jones' latent Destiny Force. Jones used his Destiny Force to conjure up heroes from Earth's past to battle Ronan the Accuser and his Kree army, as well as to bring about a halt of galactic hostilities between the two races. (To learn about the war, characters, force, and/or race, click on the highlighted names above.)
After the death of Captain Mar-vell, Jones returned to the side of the Hulk. During an attempt to cure the Hulk, Rick was accidentally poisoned with radiation. While in the hospital, the Dire Wraiths began replacing the staff members. However, Rom (the Spaceknight), with Rick's assistance, stopped the Wraiths. Afterwards, Jones was cured by the Beyonder at the same time Rom left for Galador. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the races, group, and/or character.)
At one point, Rick began dating Marlo Chandler and soon fell in love. The two were later married with a great number of heroes in attendance. (To learn about Rick's wife, click on her name above.)
Later on, when the Hulk became War--one of Horseman of the Apocalpyse--Jones attempted to stop the green behemoth. In doing so, Jones was thrown against a pyramid and temporarily paralyzed. (To learn about Apocalypse's Horsemen, click on her name above.)
However, Rick was cured during the Destiny War (where Avengers from past, present, and future were united to prevent the Time Keepers from destroying a significant number of timelines where humanity was deemed a threat to all existence). At one point, Rick sacrificed himself to prevent the destruction of all reality (due to a destructive, expansive human race being created in multiple timelines from releasing his Destiny Force earlier during the Kree-Skrull War.). Rick was, however, saved when he merged with the son of Captain Mar-Vell: Genis-Vell; thus, creating a new Captain Marvel. Like before, when Rick would strike the bands together he would exchange places with Captain Marvel, but this time he changed places with Genis-Vell between the Microverse. (To learn about the above highlighted war, group, and/or character, just click on their names.)
Later on, during the events of the World War Hulk, Rick reunited with the Hulk and supported him about the Illuminati's atrocities against him; however, he also reasoned with his friend that vengeance was not the answer. Afterward, when the the Hulk defeated Sentry, Miek tried to stab him; however, Rick protected Hulk and was the one that got stabbed. Therefore, he was later rushed into the hospital. However, he was actually taken to secret A.I.M. facility, disguised as an abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D. base under the command of Leader and M.O.D.O.K.. The Intelligencia used the Abomination's blood and changed Rick to become their weapon. When Jones woke up, he escaped from a secret base in Alaska that had been destroyed in a "Hulk-like" manner. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the event, teams, and/or characters.)
Soon after, Rick found himself in at the same site where the Hulk was being held captive. He was then suddenly attacked by the Red Hulk. In self-defense, Rick inexplicably turned into an Abomination-like creature, calling himself "A-Bomb." After the Red Hulk was defeated, A-Bomb reverted back to his normal human form. Rick then was about to tell Dr. Banner that he knew who the Red-Hulk was, but was shot in the back and dragged off by Doc Samson. It was later revealed the Doc Samson did this because Rick was suffering from multiple personality syndrome. After Red Hulk drained the gamma energy from Hulk, A-Bomb had enough intelligence to get Bruce Banner to safety. (To learn about the above highlighted characters, just click on their names.)
More recently, Rick Jones has fully healed and is able to revert between A-Bomb and his normal form.
To learn a little bit more about Rick Jones, click on the following link, http://marvel.com/universe/Jones,_Rick. (Note: Beware of the low-cut dress worn by Rick's wife at their wedding.)
In the film The Incredible Hulk, Rick's name is briefly shown on a list of Bruce Banner's known associates during the film's opening credits. (Note: This scene is shown in the second picture posted above.)