Membership: Burner, Lifter, Peeper, Shocker, Slither
Purpose: To serve the interests of whomever has hired them, be it a super-villain or the United States government. At times, to further the cause of the mutant race.
Affiliations: Harridan, Leviathan (Edward Cobert), Mad Dog, Mandrill, Professor Power, Red Skull (Shmidt), the Resistants, Secret Empire, Seraph
Enemies: Captain America (Rogers), Defenders (Angel, Beast, Gargoyle, Hellcat, Hulk, Iceman, Moondragon, Nighthawk, Son of Satan, Valkyrie, Wasp, Yellowjacket), Mister One and Mister Two. New Warriors (Aegis, Bolt, Namorita, Nova, Speedball, Turbo). S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention and Espionage Logistics Directorate), the Tribunal, Joshua and Beatrice Walker
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: (as
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants) Captain America Annual#4 (1977)
(as Mutant Force) Defenders I#78 (December, 1979)
History: (Captain America Annual#4 (fb)) - Magneto organized a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants by recruiting five previously unknown male mutants. He trained them in the use of their powers, and prepared them to serve him in various missions.
(Captain America Annual#4) - Magneto found a miniature spacecraft that he wished to exploit, and hoped to use the diminutive Mister One (who controlled the larger Mister Two) to do so, but his efforts failed. Magneto sent the Brotherhood to apprehend Misters One and Two. The team attacked Misters One and Two in a park and had to battle Captain America . The mutants were doing well in their battle until several SHIELD agents showed up. After a brief battle, the mutants escaped in a hover-van, and Magneto apprehended Mister One himself. The Brotherhood demanded information from Magneto. Soon, Captain America and Mister Two attacked, and the villains almost won, but they had to flee when Mister One blew the tiny spaceship up.
(Defenders I#78 (fb)) - The five mutants were abandoned by Magneto and hired by the Mandrill. The Mandrill christened them the Mutant Force, a name the team kept.
(Defenders I#78) - The Mandrill used his powers to create a female army, which the Mutant Force took advantage of in the off-times. The villains attacked an air-force base in Colorado , and battled the military and the Defenders (Hellcat, Valkyrie, Wasp, Yellowjacket). Burner, Lifter, and Peeper escaped with a pile of gold and an unconscious Yellowjacket, leaving Shocker and Slither behind.
(Defenders I#79) - The three members of the Mutant Force attacked the other three Defenders, rescuing their teammates. The Mandrill used his powers to make the female Defenders join his army. Valkyrie was put in charge of the Mutant Force, making them angry. Later, Wasp escaped and she and the military attacked.
(Defenders I#80) - After a long battle, the Mutant Force holed up all the surviving military men in one hanger, holding them there with an electrical field made by Shocker. After Nighthawk arrived, the field was shorted out and the Mutant Force was defeated.
(Defenders I#83) - The Mutant Force, still in custody, was brought before a special United States Intelligence Services branch. They agreed to become special government operatives in return for full presidential pardons.
(Defenders I#87 (fb)) - After the Hulk invaded a baseball stadium, the Mutant Force was sent in to apprehend him. The stadium was evacuated and the team, plus the military, did battle with the Hulk. When Valkyrie and Hellcat intervened, the Hulk escaped.
(Defenders I#87) - The team was called before what they thought was a government inquisition (but was actually the alien Tribunal) against the Defenders. Lifter testified about their recent battle with the Hulk.
(Defenders I#125 (fb)) - No longer working for the government, the Mutant Force (minus Peeper) was recruited by the Secret Empire along with several other operatives. Mad Dog was put in charge of the Mutant Force.
(Defenders I#125) - The four mutants and Mad Dog were sent to attack the Defenders at the wedding of Hellcat and the Son of Satan in Greentown, Ohio. The villains were quickly defeated.
((New) Defenders I#126) - The
Force and Mad Dog were held in SHIELD null-fields for questioning.
The Secret Empire arranged for their release
while Leviathan caused a distraction.
((New) Defenders I#128) - Alongside Harridan, Seraph, and Leviathan, and equipped with special strength-sapping devices, the villains quickly defeated the attacking Defenders.
((New) Defenders I#129) - Mad Dog and the Mutant Force attacked the Defenders while the Secret Empire launched a satellite that they hoped would start a new world war.
((New) Defenders I#130) - The satellite exploded and the Defenders quickly defeated the villains.
(Captain America I#343) - Months later, the Mutant Force (minus Slither) changed their codenames and worked as mutant rights activists in the terrorist group, the Resistants. They changed their codenames and received funding from the Red Skull. ( see the profile on the Resistants for details on this group).
(New Warriors II#6) - All five villains were reunited and going by the Mutant Force name again. They attacked an armored truck and were quickly defeated by the New Warriors.
Comments: Created by Jack Kirby.
The Mutant Force was the first team of mutants to become government operatives in special assignments, a theme later used by Freedom Force and X-Factor.
The five Mutant Force members have, for the most part, appeared solely together. Slither has been a part of the Serpent Society and the Fangs under Viper; Shocker has appeared on his own, and as a minion of Magneto’s on class="SpellE">Genosha; and Peeper has been a supporting character in Wolverine and Weapon X briefly. The members all received their real names in their Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe entry. The team’s appearances as the Resistants are also of great interest, so be sure to see Patrick D. Ryall’s profile on them, linked at the top.
Mutant Force/Brotherhood of Evil Mutants should not be confused with other incarnations of the Brotherhood/Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and has no known connection to
Captain America Annual I#4, cover
Defenders I#130, p7, pan 3
Defenders I#78-80 (December, 1979 - February, 1980) - Ed Hannigan (writer), Herb Trimpe & Ed Hannigan (#79) (pencils), Mike Esposito (#78-79) & Dan Green (#80) (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#83 (May, 1980) - Ed Hannigan (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#87 (September, 1980) - Ed Hannigan (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#125-126 (November-December, 1983) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (#125) & Alan Kupperberg (#126) (pencils), Kim DeMulder (#125) & Paul Becton (#126) (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Defenders I#128 (February, 1984) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Mike Mignola (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Defenders I#129-130 (March-April, 1984) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (#129) & Mike Zeck (#130) (pencils), Kim DeMulder (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Captain America I#343 (July, 1988) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
New Warriors II#6 (March, 2000) - Jay Faerber (writer), Jason Armstrong (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
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