Carl "Crusher" Creel was a criminal and enforcer who was exposed to Gamma Radiation much like the Hulk. The radiation gave him the ability of becoming the material he touched at will. Allowing him enhanced strength and the ability to shape shift as well.
Meeting the Hulk
In Las Vegas, he was approached by Bruce Banner who wanted his help. He wanted to talk to him about the Cube, a prison for Gamma-powered beings. Creel wanted only fight Banner's famous alter-ego, the Hulk.
Bruce transforms into the green giant and the two duke it out inMonument Valley. Absorbing Man proves a tough opponent, using the metals from a few signs Hulk tossed around as well as the earth itself, but was ultimately brought down by his own arrogance when Hulk smashed a part of his body to bits, and a missile aimed at the Hulk finished the job, leaving just his head behind. TheS.H.I.E.L.D. and General "Thunderbolt" Ross soon arrived on the scene and take them both to the Cube.
In The Cube, Absorbing Man is placed in a cell that left the villain floating in mid-air, unable to touch and absorb anything.
The Breakout soon occurs and he escapes when his cell shuts down, and he even teamed up with the Abomination to battle Hulk, who was trying to escape with an injured Dr. Samson, but before they could pursue their escaping enemy they were called back by the Leader.
When the Leader tried to make his "Gamma World", the Absorbing Man made a trap for Thor. The moment the Asgardian retrieved his hammer, the villain springs out of the floor and absorbs Mjolnir's essence, which was a costly mistake, because he was now made of the same metal as Mjolnir. Thor was able to control him and send him crashing into the Leader's battle suit, defeating them both. Absorbing Man was then taken into custody within specialized holding cells.
Assault at 42
Creel helped the Avengers and some prisoners from Prison 42 when Annihilus and his Negative Zone bugs attacked the prison. He teamed up with the Wasp and Radioactive Man to defend the Portal that let people go in and out of the prison. He absorbed Radioactive Man's radioactive blasts and defeated a lot of bugs. He fought bravely until the Leader disrupted the shields protecting Annihilus. The Avengers took down Annihilus and the bugs fled. Creel was glad the battle was over. After the fight he was sent to Hydro-Base.