Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutant/mutate (see comments)
Occupation: Mutant rights activist
Group Membership: Resistants
Enemies: Battlestar (Lemar Hoskins), Captain America (John Walker), Fantastic Four, Guardsmen
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: The Resistant's base, formerly Cleveland, Ohio.
First Appearance: Captain America I#343 (July, 1988)
(named) Captain America I#346 (October, 1988)
Powers/Abilities: Quill's body was covered with sharp needle-like quills that he can fire at will.
Weight: 175 lbs.
History: (Captain America I#343) - In Cleveland, a young man was reported as an unregistered mutant and was chased by Captain America and Battlestar. Afraid of being locked up or even executed, he fought back but the government agents took him down. They promised that if there were no more incidents they would not report that he had resisted arrest. In transit, however, the helicopter carrying the young man and the heroes was attacked by the Resistants who demanded they turn over the prisoner. When Walker refused, the Resistants took the prisoner by force and asked him to join their cause, leaving the helicopter to crash.
(Captain America I#346) - Now using the name Quill, the young man joined Crucible, Metorite and Mist Mistress on a mission. The group attacked a prison truck bringing Marvin Flumm (AKA Mentallo) to the Vault. Freeing the prisoner, Quill and the rest of the Resistants welcomed him back to their headquarters.
(Fantastic Four I#335) - Quill was one of many villains to be mentally influenced by a device created by Dr. Doom that made him attack the Fantastic Four. In the audience while the heroes were testifying before Congress, Quill jumped up to attack them at the same time that Plantman did. The two bumped into each other, leaving Plantman full of quills and Quill being choked by a vine. Both were arrested.
(Avengers Spotlight#29/2) - Quill was among a group of criminals being locked up in the Vault after the so-called "Acts of Vengeance" had been halted.
Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Kieron Dwyer, Al Milgrom.
It's pretty likely that Quill was in Washington to attend the Resistants' demonstration seen in Cap I#368 but got influenced by Dr. Doom's device, though some villains did truck in from out of town just to attack the FF.
When Walker and Hoskins were pursuing Quill in his first appearance, he claimed to not be a mutant, but rather to have gotten his powers in an accident. He may or may not have just been trying to talk his way out of being arrested.
by Patrick D Ryall
Quill should not be confused with:
Images taken from:
Captain America I#343, page 2, panel 1
Captain America I#346, page 5, panel 5
First Posted: 01/23/2005
Last updated: 01/23/2005
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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