Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Android (LMD)

Occupation: Crimelord

Group Membership: Zodiac (LMDs)

Affiliations: Krona, Quicksilver;
    as a Cancer, he/it/they presumably has/have some association with Set;
    see also the Catalogue of Correspondences for Set from Ian McNee's reading of the First Tarot

Enemies: Avengers (Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Captain America, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Hercules, Wasp), Defenders (Hellcat, Hulk, Nighthawk, Valkyrie), Jack Norriss, S.H.I.E.L.D., Zodiac Cartel

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Living Arsenal

Base of Operations: The Ankh Dimension
formerly, Houston, Texas
the Theater of Genetics, Belleville, New Jersey

First Appearance: (In shadows) Defenders I#49 (July, 1977);
    (full) Defenders I#50 (August, 1977);
    (second version) West Coast Avegners Annual#1 (1986);
    (third version) West Coast Avengers II#26 (November, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: In its original form, Cancer possessed an armored shell and enhanced strength, with blades attached to each of its wrists.

In its second form, Cancer possessed an armored shell, and could release powerful jets of water from its hands. It also had pincer-like hands.

In its third form, Cancer possessed an armored shell and had pincers in place of its hands.

History: (Defenders I#48 - BTS) - Cancer was created in the "Theater of Genetics" by Scorpio, who wanted him to serve as a member of his Zodiac, and to be his friend.

(Defenders I#49 - BTS) - When the Defenders invaded the Theater of Genetics, Scorpio was forced to activate the LMDs prematurely.

(Defenders I#50) - Cancer engaged the Defenders in combat, but was smashed into pieces by the Hulk.

(Defenders I#51 - BTS) - The Cancer LMD's remains were taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody as they cleaned up the Theater of Genetics.

(West Coast Avengers II#26 (fb) - BTS) - Scorpio created a new Cancer using the Zodiac Key.

(West Coast Avengers Annual#1) - Cancer joined the Zodiac under the leadership of Quicksilver in his attempt at gaining revenge against the Avengers. Cancer joined Gemini and Quicksilver at Avengers Mansion. Cancer fought the Wasp, but was shorted out when the Wasp's bio-sting reacted with his water vents.

(West Coast Avengers II#26 (fb) - BTS) - Scorpio created a new Cancer using the Zodiac Key.

(West Coast Avengers II#26) - After being set free from prison, Cancer joined the Zodiac LMDs in an attack on the human Zodiac Cartel in Dallas, Texas. They managed to kill all of the Cartel members except for Cornelius Van Lunt, and assumed their roles in the criminal underworld.

Later, Cancer joined the LMDs in an attempt to rob businessmen at a cattle auction in Wichita, but they were interrupted by the West Coast Avengers. Cancer fought Moon Knight, but when Hawkeye accidentally slew Sagittarius and Pisces panicked, he believed her claims of a prophetic dream and fled. Afterwards, Cancer was reprimanded with the others by Scorpio, who was disappointed in them for having run.

(West Coast Avengers II#27) - Later, Cancer aided the LMDs in ambushing Hawkeye, who Scorpio replaced with his new Sagittarius LMD. Later, Cancer attended a meeting with the LMDs as they bickered over how to defeat the Avengers.

(West Coast Avengers II#28) - Cancer joined the LMDs in robbing the Denver Mint, but were interrupted by the Avengers, though Scorpio managed to teleport them to Death Valley along with their loot. When the Avengers caught up to them once more, Cancer clashed with Moon Knight. When Scorpio brought the Avengers and LMDs to the Ankh Dimension, hoping to have an advantage, the LMDs were all shut down instead, leaving them immobile in the Ankh Dimension.

(JLA/Avengers#4) - Cancer (last incarnation) was among the villains pulled forth from time and space by Krona to guard his stronghold from an onslaught by the Avengers and the JLA.

Comments: Created by David Kraft, Keith Giffen, Mike Royer, John Tartaglione and Dave Cockrum.

I'm assuming that the Pisces and Cancer LMDs were destroyed in West Coast Avengers Annual#1 because the human Cancer identifies two as having been destroyed in that encounter when he does a recap in West Coast Avengers II#26, and those are the only two who suffered serious damage.

by Prime Eternal

Cancer should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Defenders I#50, page 2, panel 7
West Coast Avengers Annual#1, page 14, panel 1
West Coast Avengers II#26, page 20, panel 2

West Coast Avengers Annual#1 (1986) - Steve Englehart & Mark Bright (writers), Mark Bright (pencils), Geoff Isherwood (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#26-28 (November, 1987-January, 1988) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Mike Machlan (#26-27) & David Hunt (#28) (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
JLA/Avengers#4 (February, 2004) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort & Dan Raspler (editors)

Last updated: 03/07/05

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