Marvel Handbook

Welcome to the Marvel Handbook at the Nexus. I think we have another big edition ahead Daron so let’s start.

Sounds good, Jim. Real quick though, I just wanted to apologize for the lateness of this column. We ran into some technical difficulties that delayed its publication. This coming week’s edition will be posted as normal, so send in your questions for this Thursday’s edition.


Hello,

Fun reading the articles on comicsnexus, as always.

Just a couple of things that came to mind when reading the latest ‘Marvel Handbook’:

1) In your run-down of Project Pegasus, you left out that the latest super-hero security chief is the former Dazzler ally known as the Blue Shield. Good to see that guy pop up somewhere, I always thought he was kind of cool (though I think his new outfit stinks).

How did I forget him? Damn that’s just wrong on my part. Seriously it is. Blue Shield is like one of those heroes who most people don’t know but is pretty interesting when you know more about him. Might have to do a bio on him at some point later to make it up to you and the others who emailed.

2) A letter writer mentioned there have been 22 weddings in comics since 1961. Is this just Marvel or is it Marvel and DC both? Because for Marvel, I can only think of these:

Hank Pym and the Wasp
Cyclops and Jean Grey
Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman
Crystal and Quicksilver
Vision and Scarlet Witch
Cotati and Mantis
Spider-Man and Mary Jane
Guardian and Vindicator
Harry Osborn and Liz Allen
Hellcat and Hellstorm
Bruce Banner and Betty Ross
Captain Britain and Meggan
Hawkeye and Mockingbird
Dazzler and Longshot
Human Torch and Alicia Masters

You listed 15. Here are a few you missed

Rick Jones/Marlo (Hulk # 418 vol.1)
Namor/Lady Dorma (Llyra) (Namor, The Sub-Mariner #15 Vol. 1)
Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor (Uncanny X-Men #175)
Wolverine/Viper (Wolverine 126 vol. 1)
Ka-Zar and Shanna the She-Devil (Ka-Zar: The Savage #29 vol. 1)
Absorbing Man/Titania (Avengers Unplugged # 4)
Doctor Strange/Clea (Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #3 vol. 3)
Black Bolt/Medusa (Fantastic Four Annual # 18)
Betty Brant/Ned Leeds (Amazing Spider-Man # 195 Vol. 1)

That makes 24 there. I think I’m even missing one or two myself somehow.

Some weddings gone wrong:

Wolverine/Mariko
Havok/Polaris
Set to the 7 brides

And that’s it…I can’t think of any others. But if you add in DC, you get:

Superman and Lois Lane
Fury and Doctor Fate
Captain Atom and Plastique
Pete Ross and Lana Lang
Aquaman and Mera
Donna Troy and ?
Flash I and Joan
Green Lantern I and ?
Hourman I and ?

And…well…that’s all the DC marriages I can think of. But we have to carefully consider the past before we champion the marriage of Firestar and Justice. Of all the above marriages, how many have actually worked out? If Angelica and Vance tie the knot, most likely one of them will be killed off (probably Angelica, to make Vance more ‘tortured’ and ‘gritty’) or they will get divorced/separated.

Just some food for thought.

Well I did help out a little with the 22 weddings in Marvel. I have a strange feeling I’m missing one some how. The DC ones I think Daron or Ben can list for you better then I could.

Well I know for a fact that there are many more marriages in the DCU, but I honestly don’t know them all, maybe Mathan can help us out. Ones that I can think of off the top of my head though are:

Flash I (Jay) and Joan Garrick
FlashII (Barry) to Iris Allen
FlashIII (Wally) and Linda West
I’m pretty sure Hawkman and Hawkgirl have been married many times in their many different lives.
Pretty much all of the original JSAers were married at one time”¦

And I’m sure there are more, but they’re not coming to me at the moment”¦ – The Overlord

As for the second part. On good and bad of weddings.

Still together:

Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman
Crystal and Quicksilver (although not the best relationship)
Spider-Man and Mary Jane (Rocky at times but still together)
Captain Britain and Meggan
Rick Jones/Marlo
Ka-Zar and Shanna the She-Devil
Absorbing Man/Titania
Doctor Strange/Clea
Guardian and Vindicator (Mac came back and the relationship has patched up)

Divorced:

Hank Pym and the Wasp (Hank went nuts.)
Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor (Maddy turned out to be a clone and went nuts)
Wolverine/Viper (Did you honestly think they would stay together?)

Ended because of death:

Cotati and Mantis (Cotati Swordsman bit the dust around the Crossing event)
Vision and Scarlet Witch (Vision came back but he no longer had the same feelings)
Harry Osborn and Liz Allen (Harry is dead now)
Hellcat and Hellstorm (Hellcat died for a while)
Bruce Banner and Betty Ross (Betty died and basicly is back so they could patch it up)
Hawkeye and Mockingbird (Both are dead. Maybe they are together in heaven.)
Dazzler and Longshot (Longshot is dead I think)
Human Torch and Alicia Masters (Lyja) (Johnny died in Onslaught and we haven’t seen Lyja since)
Cyclops and Jean Grey (Jean’s dead and Emma is now with Scott)
Namor/Lady Dorma (Llyra) (I believe Dorma is dead. Could be back but you know how that works.)

Sorry to send double e-mails like this, I forgot to ask a question in my last one.

Happens man. I added it.

This talk about Project Pegasus brought up another, similar organization that pops up all the time in the comics…that being the Brand Corporation. If I remember correctly, they are a semi-shady company that has created such super-villains as Mad Dog. Last I heard, Excalibur ally Micromax was going to be their head of security. What’s the deal with the Brand Corporation? Who are they, where do they usually appear, who runs it, and what is their mission?

To know about Brand you need to know about Roxxon Oil Company a little. I’ll explain in a second.

Amazing Adventures #13 was the first appearance of Brand Corporation, Buzz Baxter was security Chief at the time.

Brand Corporation you see is a subsidiary of Roxxon Oil Company. As most people do know Beast (Henry McCoy) once got a job at Brand and to ferret out some enemy agents, he isolated a chemical that would alter his physiology for a time to grant him anonymity in his investigations. The serum mutated him further, growing blue (gray originally) fur all over his body, and giving him fangs, pointed ears, and toes, and increasing his agility, strength and healing capabilities. It also was behind the augmentation of other super powered characters. Such as Sunturion, Manticore, Griffen, Will O Wisp, Killer Shrike, Sidewinder, Anaconda, Death Adder, Black Mamba, Orka, and Mad-Dog. Also it was the location of Harlan Ryker who restored Deathlok at the time.

In Amazing Spider-Man Vol.1 #236 Brand Corporation was shut down. Roxxon Oil Company although is still around.

Now on Roxxon Oil Corp. It’s the largest oil company. Generating billions of dollars. As far as everyone knew it was a legitimate company. Roxxon first came into public thanks to President Hugh Jones being kidnapped by Serpent Squad, they where after the Serpent Crown (something we discussed not long ago). Captain America (at the time Nomad) rescued Jones. Jones himself wore the crown for a time. Roxxon has also done a few other things. Tried to take over Project Pegasus once as well. Jones himself was driven insane by the Crown and replaced by John Gamalin. Roxxon also once tried to take an island in the Atlantics vibranium deposits and also created the Star Wheel a satellite capable of collecting solar energy and beaming it to Earth in form of Microwaves. (Causing the creation of Sunturion)

Some of Roxxons agents: Deathlok, Tarantula, Griffin, Will O’The Wisp, Mad-Dog, Letha, Titania, Screaming Mimi (Songbird), Poundcakes, Thundra, Killer Shrike, Manticore, Orka, Anaconda, Black Mamba, Sidewinder, Death-Adder, Squadron Supreme, Sunturion, Stratosfire, Omega Flight, Grapplers, Sunturion, Raptor and Windshear.


Christian emails

Glad to read your column Jim! I never had a reason to mail you before, but recently, I’ve had a whole string of questions come up together about the Marvel universe and a few of my favorite villains. If you have the time, please read them through as I have a lot on my mind.

I’m glad you enjoy the column. I’m always willing to answer your questions

Let’s start with Sabertooth, whom we all know as a psychotic killer and a loner. Despite all this, he’s managed to have a few friends. My question to you is, how?

Creed has a softer side somewhere. Don’t ask me where because every time I’ve seen him he’s been a maniac even when he was with X-Factor. As for friends he has very few anyway. Allies like Constrictor and such only hang around for their own goals. Sinister and the Marauders are the same. Birdie he needed though. I’ll explain that in the next question’s answer

Birdie: I mostly know her from the Marvel Vs Capcom fighting games and from a brief pic where she senses another mutant nearby. So she’s something of a female Caliban. What would make any sane woman want to team up with Sabertooth? I hear she got killed by ‘tooth for her troubles. Is this true?

Birdie was more of a telepath. She was helping him get over parts of his childhood and the like. But Sabretooth did not kill her. His son Graydon Creed did, and only because he hates his father.

Blink (or Blinx, not sure of the name): Purple skinned elf clad in green who created blinking holes for teleportation (or something close to that). A distant cousin of Nightcrawler for all I know. I ask because I once opened up an issue of Exiles and saw Blink meet Sabertooth face to face and jumping into his arms, as if it were a long lost reunion. Are they related???

Ah you’ve got a technicality. Blink (member of the Exiles) is from an alternate universe known as Age of Apocalypse. Saber-toothed (the one you saw in the issue of Exiles) is also from that universe and leader of Weapon X (group of time travelers like the Exiles). These two where lovers/allies in the Age of Apocalypse. They were both X-Men in the AOA universe also.

Wild Fang: I’m not sure about the name, cuz I only saw him once in the Age of Apocalypse series and was wondering if there were a regular counterpart in the 616 reality. He looks like the mini-me version of Sabertooth, except skinnier. Has he made an appearance in the normal timeline (he should, because if he exists in one timeline then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t exist in another where Xavier stays alive. But if he doesn’t exist in the regular timeline… why? Mind you, I never saw the guy anywhere else). If he does exist, please tell me if he’s still alive, what’s he doing, does he have a respectable job, and so forth. Thanks.

Would it help if I told you his name was Wild Child? In Marvel Universe (616) he’s a former member of Alpha Flight, Omega Flight and X-Factor. Right now he’s a member of Weapon X. In 616 universe this Weapon X is the group that made Wolverine the man he is today. He’s more of a freak now then he was with Alpha Flight and X-Factor

My other series of questions (yes, series) involve a time where I met a mini-Rhino back in Exiles. The original Rhino, as shrunk to 3 or 4 inches tall.

1. Who’s responsible for this crap??? Smart money says Rob Liefeld, but I want confirmation.

Actually mini rhino was from an alternate universe. This Rhino was shrunk by Pym particles. The writer I’m betting was Chuck Austin.

I’m gonna have to call a foul on this play *whistes*. I’ve read every issue of Exiles since Chuck come on board till now, and I never saw a shrunken Rhino, I would guess that this story took place with the title’s original writer/creator at the wheel Judd Winick. I’m sure someone out there can confirm this for me”¦ – The Overlord

2. Seriously, I heard Deadpool did it and it involved pym particles, which only serves to strengthen my case that Rob is responsible. As all I’ve heard was rumors, can you confirm that Deadpool is responsable for this atrocity?

Close enough. Deadpool was responsible for it yes.

3. So, is the big lug feeling better now? Has he grown back to full size?

In the 616 universe he’s fine. In that universe it’s likely he’s normal again.

4. On a tangent topic, I always heard that the man who became Rhino was a cheap Russian/East European immigrant who agreed to the experiments because he knew he wasn’t any special in a city filled with available muscle-bound flunkies. Then I look around the Marvel Directory and read that his real name is Alex O’Hirn. Are you telling me that the Rhino is IRISH???

Yep it’s likely he’s Irish. Also the bio is correct about him being an immigrant and more.

5. Back on topic, they (the guys who tell me Deadpool is responsible for this travesty) also told me that Deadpool had pierced the Rhino’s horn and turned him into a living key chain. True or false? Because if I know my Pym particles they basically work along the principle of “you get shrunk, but all other things remain equal to when you were big”; that means that the diamond hard horn of Rhino still retains its properties. If the key chain thing is true, did they explain how they pierced Rhino’s horn? Should I account it to Liefeld stupidity? Is the horn all better now? This may sound stupid, but a Rhino fan has gots to know!

All properties do remain the same. But when your dealing with an alternate reality where Rhino was shrunk and more you’ve got the ability to alter the features on the suit, including the toughness of it. It’s also possible Chuck just plum forgot.

*Whistles Again* Let’s make sure we have our facts straight before we slam people who likely had nothing to do with this story”¦ – The Overlord

Ahem. On another topic. I’m a pretty big fan of the “Marvel vs Capcom” fighting games. These also include such games as X-Men Vs Street Fighter. What I want to know is did Marvel ever return the favor in a crossover comic: as in Marvel vs Capcom, the comic book? If the answer is yes, I would be very seriously interested in these comics, so a link to a store might be helpful. thanks.

No actual issues where made called Marvel vs. Capcom. Nor did Marvel have any books with the characters from Capcom in them.

Finally (yes, finally), I wanted to ask you if Wolverine floated. Bear in mind, I was discussing manners by which Wolverine could be killed and realised that since Wolverine’s skeleton is made of adamantium, and adamantium is certainly NOT a buoyant metal, it stands to reason that the Wolverine should not be able to float or even thread water!!! Seriously, I read your last column: you made a profile on Wolvie where you stated he weighs 195 pounds… Allow me to disagree. With the adamantium, it’s much closer to 300 pounds and this is supported by many stories when the body of Wolverine must be carried around and everyone always remarks that he’s MUCH heavier then he looks. Dear Jim Trabold (and the other guy), can you give me but one explanation as to why the Wolverine should be able to swim with all that adamantium in his body? More importantly, have you ever read a story where the Wolverine swam/floated?

Ah the weight if you look right is off the Marvel.com site. My theory is the weight posted was without adamantium of course. With adamantium he is likely to be 300lbs and also can’t float. He would sink. As you say he can sink because he’s way to heavy.

Okay, I tend to disagree here. Yes the adamantium makes him heavier, but I don’t think it’s THAT much heavier. Think about it, his bones are laced with Adamantium, they weren’t replaced with adamantium bones. Again, I’ll concede that he’d be heavier, but not so dramatically that he couldn’t swim. Would he float if not treading water, maybe not (I’ll give you that one”¦it would make for an interesting science project don’t you think?) but if Wolvie was swimming I think he’d be fine. It’s not like he’s got a rock tied to his legs, or wearing cement shoes. The adamantium is proportionately spread throughout his entire body, so he would have full use of his strength to keep him above water. And think about it this way, if the adamantium does make him heavier; think how strong he must be to be able to maneuver the way he does. By now, Wolverine’s body has compensated for the extra weight with muscle, I’m sure he’ strong enough to keep himself above water. – The Overlord

Thank you for your help and patience

Your welcome.


Leland emails again

Thanks for answering my question from a couple weeks ago, and for the record, the more I’ve been reading of the Onslaught stuff, I tend to agree with you Overlord, it’s really tired, really quickly. And as for AOA, simply the best X-Men story I’ve ever had the privilege of reading.

*Blushes*

Can I suggest reading Days of Future Past and the Phoenix Saga. Those two stories are also great in the their own right. Although I do agree AOA was one of the best ever.

Onto the question of the day, I’ve always been really intrigued with Mr. Sinister as a character, but I’ve never been able to find out too much about him, I know he’s got an obsession with mutations, and the Summers bloodline in particular, but what are his other motivations, powers, early history, ect.

Mister Sinister

Real Name: Dr. Nathaniel Essex
Occupation: Professional criminal, geneticist
Other Aliases: Dr. Windsor, Mr. Sinister, Dr. Nathan Milbury, Mike Milbury, Lefty
Place Of Birth: Victorian England
Marital Status: Widowed
Known Relatives: Lord Grey (father-in-law), Rebecca Grey-Essex (wife), John Grey (possible great-grandson), Jean Grey (possible great-great granddaughter)
Group Affiliation: Marauders, Nasty Boys
Source Of Powers: Injected with serum (own invention)
Identity: Secret
Legal Status: As Essex, citizen of England during the 1800s in poor standing with his scientific peers
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #221
Base of Operations: Secret
Height: 6 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 285 lbs.
Eyes: Shining red, no visible pupils
Hair: Black

Powers: Super-strength, teleportation, powerful blasts of energy from his hands, telekenisis, telepathy, healing, can re-grow limbs is almost indestructible, and immortal

Some interesting history tidbits

Mr. Sinister was a human doctor living in Victorian England who was augmented by Apocalypse.

Mr. Sinister saw the coming of mutants.

Mr. Sinister plotted the course of certain genepools for over a century, and found that the combination of Scott Summers’ and Jean Grey’s genes would generate a mutant of incredible power.

Mr. Sinister created Madelyne Pryor the clone of Jean Grey.

Scott was raised for a time in Sinister’s orphanage in Nebraska

Cyclops and Phoenix where once sent back in time to stop Sinister from becoming Sinister.

Mr. Sinister was the one who sent the Marauders after the Morlocks in Mutant Massacre. Hiring Gambit to find them.

During WWII he joined the Nazi scientists. He also got a hold of Namor and created a clone of him called N2.

Mr. Sinister helped influence the man known as the High Evolutionary.

Currently Mr. Sinister is helping run the Weapon X program.

I really appreciate it guys, keep up the damn fine work.

I’ll do my best.

And I’ll make sure he does 🙂

Thanks for the email, Leland – The Overlord


Graham emails

A couple of questions:

1) One of the emails from the previous edition mentioned
“Since 1961, there has only been 22 weddings between notable characters… That’s one wedding every two years or so”

Any chance you could list all of those?

I can remember a few (Spider-Man & MJ, dead Swordsman & that celestial woman, Hawkeye & Mockingbird, Vision & Scarlet Witch, Cyclops & Madelyn Pryor), but I don’t think I could name 22 of them.

Actually there’s a nice list of 24 weddings above. I can always post it twice but I figure you read it the first time.

2) As a follow-up, how many superheroes have gotten divorces in the comics?

Also got that list above. Boy this saves a lot of time when I cover it twice.

3) Are there any known/practicing Muslim heroes/villains?

I think Dust is. Other wise I’m not sure.

I’m guessing there are probably more, but she’s the most high profile since Grant created her not long after 9/11. – The Overlord


Bill emails

Jim

Thanks for the answers to my questions. One of my favorite authors says that the reward for a job well done is another job, usually much harder. So I have a new question.

The entry about the Serpent Crown reminded me that Marvel comics pretty much accepts that Robert E. Howard’s Conan and the Hyborian age are part of its official chronology. I was wondering if there were any other famous literary or pulp heroes that have worked their way into Marvel’s official timeline.

And has Conan ever appeared in modern Marvel time?

Have you ever read Conan the Barbarian a Marvel title in the 70s-80s. Also Conan had a few other series. He never came to the present in a regular Marvel book. Although in an issue or two of What If he did come to the present of the Marvel Universe.

Look for:

Conan the Barbarian
Conan the King (King Conan)
Savage Sword of Conan
Conan Saga

Also a few other books came out as well.

Marvel no longer holds the rights to Conan of course so any Conan books now are done by other companies. Keep you eyes out for back issues of Conan in your local comic shop.

Also look for

What If # 13 (What If Conan Walked the Earth today?)
What If # 43(What If Conan where stranded in the 20th century?)
What If # 39 (What If Conan battled Thor?)

All from volume 1.

What If # 16 (What If Wolverine battled Conan?)

From Volume 2.

Keep up the good work!

I will do that just to keep the readers happy.

Also if you’re not reading it the new Conan series being put out by Dark Horse is quite good. It’s written by one time Avengers & Marvels writer Kurt Busiek, and drawn by (in my mind) the quintessential Daredevil artist, Cary Nord. You should check it out. – The Overlord


BL emails

Got a stupid question for you:

What would happen if Gambit charged up one of the X-Force trading cards that came with the five different edition of X-Force Vol. 1 #1, and threw it, connecting with X-Force creator and all-around d*ck head Rob Liefield. I will expect your answer in the forthcoming Marvel Handbook

It would hit Liefield’s head and blow it off, killing Rob, and thus ending the horrible art and writing of one of creators of X-Force.

It would make everything right in the world”¦ – The Overlord


Rickey emails

hey, about the new avengers and your theory about wanda being the foe, if you check out the wallpaper section of marvel.com, they have a wall paper of the “new avengers” which includes, captain america, iron man, scarlet witch, spider-man, wolverine and two others I cannot make out (one possibly quicksilver)

i have attached the wall paper

Actually you would be wrong on those pictured. Allow me

New Avengers

Spider-Woman I (Jessica Drew)
Cage (Luke Cage)
Iron Man (Tony Stark)
Captain America (Steve Rogers)
Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
Sentry
Wolverine

Bendis and Marvel have confirmed those members to everyone. Wanda and Peitro are both not there.

also I must say I enjoy your column, keep up the good work!

Thanks. I’m glad you enjoy it.


Clinton emails

Questions…

Since when did Nightcrawler start clinging to walls ala Spidey? Is this a new Claremont innovation or an old one that was dropped long ago? I knew he was agile, but now in both his own series and Uncanny he’s doing Spidey impersonations.

It’s something Kurt has always had. He’s been doing it since his first appearance and most writers just forgot the ability.

Is it me or has the quality in the X-books just gone completely downhill recently? I know they were on a downward slide, but I think the bottom fell out with “Reloaded”. The only two books that are at least consistent are the Buffy version (Astonishing) and the WB version (New X-Men).

It’s been going down a good amount. Uncanny has gotten a tad better but Chris is losing it. I admit that. Chuck Austin to me is not a great X-Men writer either. Josh in Astonishing is doing the best with the book. I also blame Morrison for helping screw up the books. Chuck will be replaced soon and Chris hopefully will retire soon. Until then read Astonishing.

I agree completely, the only X book I’m really enjoying at all is Astonishing. Everyone was expecting this big upturn with Reload, but save for Joss, Marvel didn’t inject any new (writing) blood into the core X-titles. Some of the periphery titles we “overhauled” but the core is still as bland as it’s been for about 5 years now. Marvel really needs to bring in some of these new high profile writers and put them on these core books”¦just my opinion”¦ Brian K Vaughan anyone??? – The Overlord

Feedback…

Do you guys proof your own submissions? So many spelling errors, and all too frequently I see …”quot;” when I think it’s supposed to be …”"”. I thought editors were supposed to fix things like that? (This goes for Daron at WWitDCU and ‘B.) Aside from that I still read the column and enjoy it every week.

I’ll let Daron handle this. I’m known to make errors so I let my editor handle it. Also I don’t fix readers emails. I’m not sure that’s Daron’s job either so let’s find out.

Hey Clinton I’m going to be 100% honest with you on this. First off the “quot” thing is a “site formatting error.” I’m sure everyone has noticed them in many different articles around the site. We have a problem that the webmasters still haven’t been able to fix whereas the site can’t read certain symbols like quotation marks and such and thus transforms them into these stupid errors you see sometimes. Now there are ways around it, but it’s a long complicated story. Trust that we know about it, and it annoys us as much as you, we’re working on”¦I promise.

As to the editing of the emails”¦First off, I don’t edit WWitDCU that’s Ben. Secondly, this is something I talked about some time ago in this very column, but am more than happy to discuss again. As much as we’d like to edit all of the reader email”¦there’s just not enough time. It takes a good amount of time just to edit our writers, code, and post these feedback columns (as well as our other site duties). Trying to fix all the reader email would take FOREVER, literally. If they were just little errors here and there, I’d be happy to do it, but you’ve seen some of these emails, it almost seems like some people try to make as many errors as possible”¦none of us have time to completely rewrite these emails, just so the emailer looks better. As I said in the past, if the emailer doesn’t care if he/she looks illiterate, then neither do I. I know if I were going to send an email or letter to a publication that was most likely going to publish the letter, I would damn well make sure it looks its best.

Sorry if that came across as a bit harsh (and it’s not aimed at you), but it’s the truth of the situation. All of us have lives outside of the site, and as much as we all enjoy doing it there’s only so much time in the day (hell this very edition of the handbook is over 22 pages in WORD!). My advice again to anyone who wants their emails to look good is spend just a little bit of time cleaning them up before sending them in. – The Overlord (earning his title”¦)


Now, to continue the X-Men The End project. We’ll cover in this column X-Men The End issue 2. We’ll do all the new characters that did not appear in issue 1 only. I’ve covered all the issue 1 stars so far.

Meg Summers
Real Name: Meg Summers
Occupation: Student
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: Scott Summers (father, Cyclops of an alternate reality, deceased), Jean Grey Summers (mother, Phoenix II of an alternate timeline, deceased), Nathan Summers (Cable, half-brother), Franklin Richards (husband) Jonathan Reed Richards (son, Hyperstorm), David Richards (son), Tyler Dayspring (nephew, Genesis, deceased), Alexander Summers (paternal uncle, Havok), Christopher Summers (grandfather, Corsair), Katherin Ann Summers (grandmother, deceased), Philip Summers (great-grandfather), Deborah Summers (great-grandmother), John Grey (grandfather), Elaine Grey (grandmother), Madelyne Pryor (ex-stepmother, deceased), Emma Frost (stepmother), Alex Summers Jr. (brother), Rachel Summers (sister)
Group Affiliation: none
Powers: telepathy
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: blonde
Eyes: blue
First Appearance: X-Men The End # 2

Alex Summers Jr.
Real Name: Alexander Summers Jr.
Occupation: Student
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Scott Summers (father, Cyclops of an alternate reality, deceased), Jean Grey Summers (mother, Phoenix II of an alternate timeline, deceased), Nathan Summers (Cable, half-brother), Franklin Richards (husband) Jonathan Reed Richards (son, Hyperstorm), David Richards (son), Tyler Dayspring (nephew, Genesis, deceased), Alexander Summers (paternal uncle, Havok), Christopher Summers (grandfather, Corsair), Katherin Ann Summers (grandmother, deceased), Philip Summers (great-grandfather), Deborah Summers (great-grandmother), John Grey (grandfather), Elaine Grey (grandmother), Madelyne Pryor (ex-stepmother, deceased), Emma Frost (stepmother), Rachel Summers (sister), Meg Summers (sister)
Group Affiliation: none
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: brown
Eyes: unknown
First Appearance: X-Men The End # 2

unnamed twins
Real Name: unknown
Occupation: none
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: Scott and Emma’s children
Group Affiliation: none
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: unknown
Eyes: unknown
First Appearance: X-Men The End # 2

Stepford Cuckoos
Current Group Leader: None
Former Group Leaders: None
Current Members: Phoebe, two unnamed
Former Members: Sophie (d), Esme (d)
Occupation: students, adventurers
Place Of Birth: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Marital Status: single supposedly
Other Aliases: None
Powers: Telepathy
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
First Appearance: New X-Men #118

Cerebra
Real Name: Martha Johansson
Occupation: Student, adventurer
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: X-Men
Powers: telepathic
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: none
Eyes: none
First Appearance: New X-Men #118

Irene Merryweather
Real Name: Irene Merryweather
Occupation: soldier, former reporter for Daily Bugle
Other Aliases: none
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: unknown
Known Relatives: none
Group Affiliation: ally of Cable,
Powers: none
Base of Operations: Hindu Kush
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown
First Appearance: Cable # 48

Havok
Real Name: Alexander Summers
Occupation: Co-headmaster of Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, former US government operative, graduate student in geophysics, Adventurer
Other Aliases: Mutant X
Place Of Birth: Honululu, Hawaii
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Katherine Ann Summers (mother, deceased), Christopher Summers (father, Corsair), Scott Summers (brother, Cyclops), Philip Summers (grandfather), Deborah Summers (grandmother), unnamed maternal grandfather (deceased), unnamed maternal grandmother (deceased), Madelyne Pryor-Summers (1.sister-in-law, Goblin Queen), Nathan Christopher Summers (nephew, Cable), Tyler Dayspring (grandnephew, deceased), Jean Grey Summers (2.sister-in-law, Phoenix), Rachel Summers (niece from alternate future, Marvel Girl III), Mrs. Blanding (foster mother), Todd Blanding (foster brother, deceased), Helen Blanding (foster sister), Emma Frost Summers (3.sister-in-law, White Queen II), unnamed son (son), Carter Ghazikanian Summers (son-in-law), Meg Summers (niece), Alex Summers Jr. (nephew), two unnamed twins (unknown), Annie Ghazikanian Summers (wife)
Group Affiliation: X-Men. Former member of X-Factor, The Six, Brotherhood, Genoshan Magistrates
Powers: plasma blast
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Blonde
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men # 54

Annie Summers
Real Name: Annie Ghazikanian Summers
Occupation: Co-headmaster of Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, nurse
Other Aliases: none
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Katherine Ann Summers (mother-in-law, deceased), Christopher Summers (father-in-law, Corsair), Scott Summers (brother, Cyclops), Philip Summers (grandfather-in-law), Deborah Summers (grandmother-in-law), unnamed maternal grandfather-in-law (deceased), unnamed maternal grandmother-in-law (deceased), Madelyne Pryor-Summers (1.sister-in-law, Goblin Queen), Nathan Christopher Summers (nephew, Cable), Tyler Dayspring (grandnephew-in-law, deceased), Jean Grey Summers (2.sister-in-law, Phoenix), Rachel Summers (niece-in-law from alternate future, Marvel Girl III), Mrs. Blanding (foster mother-in-law), Todd Blanding (foster brother-in-law, deceased), Helen Blanding (foster sister-in-law), Emma Frost Summers (3.sister-in-law, White Queen II), unnamed son (son), Carter Ghazikanian Summers (son), Meg Summers (niece), Alex Summers Jr. (nephew), two unnamed twins (unknown), Alex Summers (husband)
Group Affiliation: X-Men
Powers: none
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: black
Eyes: blue
First Appearance: X-Men vol.2 #118

Vargas
Real Name: unknown
Occupation: Adventurer, former villain
Other Aliases: none known
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: unknown
Known Relatives: unknown
Group Affiliation: X.S.E.
Powers: Strong and fast
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: black
Eyes: blue
First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men # 1

Domina
Real Name: unknown
Occupation: criminal (deceased)
Other Aliases: none
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: widowed
Known Relatives: Jaeger (husband, deceased), Daughter (unnamed, deceased), Ransome Sole (brother)
Group Affiliation: Neo
Powers: absorbing or manifesting the powers
Base of Operations: hidden location
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: purple
Eyes: white
First Appearance: X-Men Vol.2 # 99

Gambit
Real Name: Remy Etienne LeBeau
Occupation: Adventurer, former professional thief
Other Aliases: Le Diable Blanc, Robert Lord
Place Of Birth: New Orleans, Lousiana
Marital Status: Divorced, possibly remarried
Known Relatives: Jean-Luc LeBeau (foster father, deceased), Henri LeBeau (foster brother, deceased), Jacques LeBeau (foster grandfather, deceased), Bella Donna Boudreaux (ex-wife, Mercy LeBeau (sister-in-law), Theoren Marceaux (cousin), Etienne Marceaux (cousin, deceased), Marius Bourdeaux (father-in-law, deceased), Julien Bourdeaux (brother-in-law, deceased) Possibly Rafael (son), Rogue (possible wife), Raven Darkholme (foster mother-in-law, Mystique), Kurt Wagner (foster brother-in-law, Nightcrawler), Graydon Creed (foster brother-in-law, deceased),
Group Affiliation: X.S.E.., formerly X-Men, X-Treme Sanctions Executive, United Guilds and Thieves Guilds
Powers: Charges inanimate objects
Base of Operations: unknown
Height: 6’1
Weight: 175lbs
Hair: brown
Eyes: burning red
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #266

Rogue
Real Name: Anne?
Occupation: Adventurer, former mechanic, waitress, terrorist
Other Aliases: Anna Raven. Formerly Dr. Kellogg, Carol Danvers, Ace, Mutate #9602, Irene Adler, Miss Smith
Place Of Birth: Caldecott County, Mississippi
Marital Status: possibly married
Known Relatives: Unnamed father, unnamed mother, Raven Darkholme (foster mother, Mystique), Kurt Wagner (foster brother, Nightcrawler), Graydon Creed (foster brother, deceased), Possibly Rafael (son), Remy Lebeau (Gambit, possible wife)
Group Affiliation: X.S.E., formerly X-Men, X-Treme Sanctions Executives, Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants
Powers: power absorption
Base of Operations: unknown
Height: 5’8
Weight: 120lbs
Hair: brown with white streak
Eyes: green
First Appearance: Avengers Annual # 10

Dark Beast
Real Name: Henry “Hank” McCoy
Occupation: biochemist, criminal
Other Aliases: none known
Place Of Birth: Dunfee, Illinois
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: Norton McCoy (father), Edna Andrews McCoy (mother), Robert McCoy (uncle), Sandi McCoy (grandmother)
Group Affiliation: Sinister’s operatives, formerly Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Morlocks creator, Gene Nation creator.
Powers: superhuman strength, agility and speed
Base of Operations: hidden location
Height: 5’11
Weight: 400lbs
Hair: blue
Eyes: black
First Appearance: X-Men Alpha # 1

Divinity
Real Name: unknown
Occupation: criminal
Other Aliases: none known
Place Of Birth: Heroes Reborn Earth
Marital Status: unknown
Known Relatives: none known
Group Affiliation: Sinister’s operatives
Powers: Shape-shifting parasite
Base of Operations: hidden location
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: none
Eyes: white
First Appearance: Heroes Reborn: Ashema # 1

Technarx
Origin Galaxy: unknown
Star System: unknown
Planet: Host homeworld
First Appearance: Heroes Reborn: Doom # 1

Lilandra
Real Name: Lilandra Neramani
Occupation: Majextrix-Shi’ar
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: The Aerie
Marital Status: Once Engaged to Charles Xavier
Known Relatives: D’Ken Neramani (brother), Deathbird (sister), Blacklight (nephew), White Noise (niece), unknown son (son)
Group Affiliation: Starjammers, The Imperial Guard
Powers: strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility
Base of Operations: The Aerie
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 110 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Feathers: Black
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #97

Khan
Real Name: Khan
Occupation: Lilandra’s chancellor
Other Aliases: none
Place Of Birth: The Aerie
Marital Status: unknown
Known Relatives: unknown
Group Affiliation: The Imperial Guard
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations: The Aerie
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: Black
Eyes: blue
First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men #11?

Shaitan
Real Name: unknown
Occupation: criminal
Other Aliases: Storm
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: unknown
Known Relatives: unknown
Group Affiliation: Sinister’s operatives
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations:
Height: 5’11
Weight: 127lbs
Hair: blue
Eyes: blue
First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men #10

Shakti
Real Name: Shakti
Occupation: Criminal, former battle mage of the Enchanters Guild
Other Aliases: unknown
Place Of Birth: Heroes Reborn Earth
Marital Status: unknown
Known Relatives: unknown
Group Affiliation: Sinister’s operatives
Powers: sorceress
Base of Operations: hidden location
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: black
Eyes: brown
First Appearance: Heroes Reborn: Ashema # 1

Omega Red
Real Name: Arkady Rossovich
Occupation: Warrior
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: Russia
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Sinister’s operatives, Formerly The Hand, KGB
Powers: drain life forces
Base of Operations: secret location
Height: 6’11
Weight: 425 lbs.
Eyes: Red
Hair: Blonde
First Appearance: X-MEN Vol.2 #4

Unnamed child
Real Name: unknown
Occupation: student
Other Aliases: unknown
Place Of Birth: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: Katherine Ann Summers (grandmother, deceased), Christopher Summers (grandfather, Corsair), Scott Summers (uncle, Cyclops), Philip Summers (great-grandfather), Deborah Summers (great-grandmother), Nathan Christopher Summers (cousin, Cable), Rachel Summers (cousin from alternate future, Marvel Girl III), Emma Frost Summers (aunt-in-law, White Queen II), Carter Ghazikanian Summers (brother), Meg Summers (cousin), Alex Summers Jr. (cousin), two unnamed twins (cousins), Alex Summers (father, Havok) Annie Summers (mother)
Group Affiliation: none
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: unknown
Eyes: unknown
First Appearance: X-Men The End # 2

Lilandra’s unnamed son
Real Name: unknown
Occupation: student
Other Aliases: unknown
Place Of Birth: The Aerie
Marital Status: none
Known Relatives: Lilandra (mother)
Group Affiliation: none
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations: The Aerie
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: black
Eyes: blue
First Appearance: X-Men The End # 2

Khan’s assistant
Real Name: unknown
Occupation: Khan’s assistant
Other Aliases: none
Place Of Birth: The Aerie
Marital Status: unknown
Known Relatives: unknown
Group Affiliation: unknown
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations: The Aerie
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: unknown
Eyes: unknown
First Appearance: X-Men The End # 2

Other appearances:

Aliyah Bishop
Cyclops
White Queen II
Cable
Marvel Girl III
Nightcrawler
Shadowcat
Storm
Wolverine
Phoenix IV
Carol Danvers

Please check out The Marvel Handbook from last week for everyone in Issue #1.


That’s another action packed Handbook for everyone. What did you think Daron?

Another fine outing there, Mr. Trabold. I hope I didn’t offend TOO many people today 🙂

I’ll let you sign off old buddy.

Cool. As always I’d like to pimp the work over at 144Anima.com. This coming week we have the conclusion to our 2-part Halloween Special written by yours truly, I hope everyone enjoys it. We’re also taking requests for our next Movie Parody strip (the last one featured a spoof on Indiana Jones) so feel free to send in any requests.

Have a good week everyone, and see you on Thursday.

Reporting from the Marvel Universe I’m Jim Trabold. Have a good week and see you again next issue.