The Great Gambonnos of the Circus of Crime (Marvel Comics)

Great Gambonnos

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


These goofy characters first appeared in 1964. Back then, “a big top circus where all performers use their talents… for crime !” was still a relatively cool — or at least workable — concept.

The Circus of Crime ne’er-do-wells have continued to appear up to the present day. Of course, these appearances were increasingly played for camp.


  • Real Name: Ernesto and Luigi Gambonno.
  • Other Aliases: The Flying Gambonnos.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Each other (twin brothers).
  • Group Affiliation: Circus of Crime.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

The Great Gambonnos are superb aerialists and acrobats. They are particularly adept at tandem work, doing complex acrobatics together and using each other as a springboard.

Their acrobatic fighting style is okay – especially their own variants on the fastball special manoeuvre. But it disintegrates when faced by a master like Daredevil.


The Flying Gambonnos are one of the acts of the Circus of Crime. They weren’t among the original troupe, but joined not too long after the Circus’ first appearance.

The Circus of Crime faces Spider-Man, by Steve Ditko


See illustrations.


Confident, swashbuckling criminals with dashing moustaches. They can talk the macho talk, but are not so good with the walking part.


“The Great Gambonnos make no mistake, Princess ! Si… Daredevil is in there !”

DC Universe History

You could import the Circus of Crime whole cloth in the DCU, I suppose – they’d make great opponents for Batman & Robin I back in the days. But you’d really have to be Circus of Crime fans…

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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The Great Gambonnos a.k.a. The Flying Gambonnos

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Circus aerialist, thief
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 015

Both brothers have identical game statistics.

Acrobatics (athletics, climbing, dodging): 07, Martial artist*: 05, Weaponry (firearms): 04

Language (Italian).

Circus of Crime (Low).


When the Circus hits rock bottom and start using guns and rob banks, the Great Gambonnos each have a pump-action shotgun.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.