Bram Velsing was a young, brilliant scientist dedicated to serving his homeland Latveria. Unsatisfied in simply executing the technological schemes of his evil monarch Doctor Doom, Doom discovered his scientist's rebellious ambitions. As punishment, Doom had a mask permanently fused to Velsing's face so that, like Doom's, his features were hidden forever.
Anguished and humiliated, Velsing fled from Latveria and eventually came under the care of the Children, the genetic creations of Dr. Victor von Frankenstein, who in turn were tended by Frankenstein's great-granddaughter Victoria. While being nursed back to health in Castle Frankenstein, Velsing encountered the former Black Knight's winged horse, which Victoria had tried to restore to normal, but only succeeded in mutating it further. Using the horse and his scientific intellect, he decided to use his terrifying visage to seek vengeance on Doctor Doom with a new identity Dreadknight.
Secretly plotting to steal Victor Frankenstein's secret notebooks, Dreadknight's plan was thwarted by Victoria with the help of Frankenstein's Monster and Iron Man (who happened to drop in en route to America). Once again in the care of the Children, Dreadknight's current whereabouts are unknown, but is most likely still plotting revenge on Doom.