CYPRESS

Real Name: Unknown

Identity/Class: Human; conventional weapons user;
    possibly mutant or mutate; Russian citizen (see comments)

Occupation: Assassin

Group MembershipRoxxon Oil

Affiliations: Roxxon Oil

Enemies: Meggan, Mikhail, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Yuri

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile
    in this story: Excalibur's light house

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents I#75/3 (1991)

Powers/Abilities: He was a skilled assassin shown using a really big gun (see on the right) and a pistol.
    Although he showed no superhuman abilities it is possible that he had some (see comments).

History:
(Marvel Comics Presents I#75/3) - He was a Roxxon agent specialized in assassinations. He was sent after Mikhail and Yuri who had fled from a floating research station. He followed them with a boat until they were hit by a storm. Cypress found them again after the storm, but they were already brought to a light house by Meggan and Shadowcat. He called his superiors and told them that he would get the scientists soon. He drove to the light house and destroyed his own boat to get the scientists' attention. In the light house he first met Shadowcat who couldn't be hit by Cypress shots. Mikhail threw a box at Cypress, causing him to lose his big gun, but Cypress just pulled out a pistol and shot at the scientists. Kitty used her powers to protect them from the shots as well, but Yuri tried to get away and was in the process shot by Cypress. Meggan used a water hose to send Cypress to the ground and then Mikhail knocked him out with a piece of wood. The pistol he lost after Meggan's attack was then used by Yuri to kill Mikhail.

 

 

Comments: Created by Sue Flaxman, Gavin Curtis & Chris Ivy.

    His hair had the same color as his skin and the eyes didn't look human at all. This guy was most likely not human, but I don't know if he was just mutated by Roxxon (or somebody else) or if he was born a mutant. It stayed also unclear from where he came from, but IMHO he was from Russia like Mischa and Yuri. He wasn't from an English speaking country for sure. Nobody with English as native tongue speaks like Yoda from Star Wars: "Rescued they are...by children!"

Profile by Markus Raymond

CLARIFICATIONS:
Cypress has no known connection to:

Mikhail and Yuri have no known connection to:


Mikhail and Yuri

(Marvel Comics Presents I#75/3 (fb) ) - They were scientists working for Roxxon on a floating research station north from Excalibur's light tower. When they made an important discovery they realized that Roxxon could make it into a biological weapon. Roxxon wanted the formula and even destroyed their lab and killed their co-workers. So Mikhail and Yuri fled in a boat and saw Roxxon's assassin Cypress follow them until they came into a storm. There Cypress couldn't follow them, but they also had no chance to get through with their boat.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#75/3) - They were found by Shadowcat and Meggan and posed as fishermen. Shadowcat realized that they were Russian when Mikhail thanked her and they were brought into the light tower by the heroines. Yuri stayed quiet while Mischa tried to become friends with Shadowcat. Their lie became apparent when Mischa asked for guns. Yuri tried to save himself by threatening Meggan, but Meggan transformed and took away his knife. They told the heroines the truth and then Cypress arrived. Together with Shadowcat and Meggan they tried to stop Cypress, but Yuri got hit and after Mischa knocked Cypress out he was shot by Yuri who was too afraid that their discovery fell into Roxxon's hands.

Mikhail (nickname Mischa) (man on the left) and Yuri (on the right)

--Marvel Comics Presents I#75/3


images:
Cypress body shot: Marvel Comics Presents I#75, p22, pan4
Cypress head shot: Marvel Comics Presents I#75, p23, pan5
Mikhail head shot: Marvel Comics Presents I#75, p20, pan3
Yuri head shot: Marvel Comics Presents I#75, p17, pan1


Appearances:
Marvel Comics Presents I#75 (April, 1991) - Sue Flaxman (writer), Gavin Curtis (pencils), Chris Ivy (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)


Last updated: 01/29/05

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