Real Name: Peter (full name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Karen Blake, Sheila Blake, Tammy Blake, Eliot, Leech, Lost Boys (and Girls) (Big Top, Bonzo, Monitor, Shatterbox (Gailyn Bailey & Joseph Bailey), Speedfreak), Artie Maddicks, Matthew, Nanny, Franklin Richards, Santa Claus, Stephen, Nathan Summers, Whiz-Kid
Enemies: Mr. Abbott, Mrs. Abbott, Captain (Steve Rogers), Mr. Gallo, Mrs. Gallo, Gambit, Generation X (Banshee, Chamber, Husk, Jubilee, M, Skin, Synch), Gilgamesh, Invisible Woman, Jubilee, Mr. Fantastic, Mr. Sinister, Reavers (Donald Pierce, others), Ricochet (Johnny Gallo), Right, Cartier St. Croix, Shadow King, Trance, Wolverine, X-Factor (Archangel, Beast (Hank McCoy), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Iceman, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), X-Men (Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Havok, Psylocke, Storm)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: X-Factor I#31 (August, 1988); (identified) X-Factor I#33 (October, 1988)
Powers/Abilities: Orphan Maker was reportedly a mutant, with unknown powers, though they were said to be particularly uncontrollable; the status of these supposed powers post-M-Day is unrevealed, though they seem to be still active. Orphan Maker has controlled two sets of armor with varying capabilities, including force-blast guns, repulsor fields, a jet pack, a screening unit (that can disrupt the powers of others), "clouds of glory" dust (that froze its targets), and shattering bone bullets. The armor is specially reinforced and very little can break through it, and it is capable of reflecting Cyclops' optic blasts and is screened against telepathic attacks. The armor also provides him super-strength. Orphan Maker has also carried guns that fire energy blasts. In addition, Orphan Maker has utilized Nanny's technology, including a specially-equipped ship and a teleporting unit. Orphan Maker often tossed Pixie Dust, a chemical that helped its targets become more susceptible to Nanny's telepathic powers. Nanny's ship contains technology capable of deaging mutants, creating powerful suits of armor, pulling others behind it in a tractor beam (or vortex), firing offensive weaponry such as missiles.
Height: (in armor) 7'6"
(X-Factor I#35 (fb) - BTS) - Determined to save all the specially-powered children of the world and make them into her "salvation army", Nanny first saved young Peter and other children to follow. She kept them in a cold sleep, determined to waken them when they were needed.
(X-Factor I#40 (fb) - BTS) - Nanny claimed that she'd liberated Peter from Mr. Sinister because Peter's powers, too dangerous and uncontrollable, would have made him one of the Marauders. She claimed that the armor she designed for him helped him stop from going down that path.
(Slingers#9 (fb) - BTS) - Not long after taking in Peter, Nanny located young mutant Johnny Gallo and hoped to take him in as her second "Lost Boy".
(Slingers#9 (fb)) - Tracking Johnny to a Food Lion supermarket, a trigger-happy Orphan Maker murdered Johnny's mother before they could procure Johnny. As a crowd drew close, Nanny and the Orphan Maker left before they could take Johnny.
(X-Factor I#35 (fb) - BTS) - Nanny captured young Joey and Gailyn Bailey, mutant children with no parents.
(X-Factor I#30 - BTS) - Nanny descended her ship onto the roof of a house in a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska.
(X-Factor I#31) - At Nanny's orders, Orphan Maker killed the parents of a child in Omaha, Nebraska.
(X-Factor I#33) - In a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, Nanny tracked undeveloped mutants Tammy and Sheila Blake, whose parents were home. She woke Orphan Maker up and, though he was sad the kids would be scared of him again, sent him inside, where he froze the children with the "clouds of glory" dust Nanny had given him and then murdered their parents, including Karen Blake. Nanny and Orphan Maker flew away with their new appraisals, determined to get more children. Nanny had Peter go back to sleep.
(X-Factor I#34) - Learning that the Right had provided demons with a list of young mutants to sacrifice, Nanny went on a faster quest to rescue as many mutants as she could. She sent Peter to save a baby in Hong Kong, and he was pleased because babies weren't scared of him. Peter killed the mother and retrieved the baby, and they rushed off to save another child.
(X-Factor I#35) - Seeking to liberate a whole floor of mutant children from an orphanage in Nebraska, Nanny woke Peter up and put five of her kids, calling them her Lost Boys (and Girls), in costumes to help tem. The ship tore through the roof as she recited nursery rhymes to her children. At the same time, demons sought the children and Cyclops and Marvel Girl of X-Factor were looking for his son, Nathan Summers. Nanny, Orphan Maker, and the children broke through to find the babies in containment units. Nanny ordered the children, who she called Shatter-box, Speed-freak, Monitor, Big Top, and Bonzo, to retrieve the babies while Orphan Maker handled the adults. Cyclops' optic blasts bounced off Peter's armor. Nanny opened fire on Marvel Girl, but she blocked the blast with a telekinetic shield. When Cyclops covered Peter in gas from a pipe, Nanny flew over to help him, but an optic blast sent her flying. Furious, Orphan Maker tossed pixie sand at Marvel Girl, but she blocked it, then pulled him outside telekinetically when he opened fire. Nanny defended herself with rockets as the mutants tried convincing her to let them take and protect the children. Orphan Maker tried throwing a section of the roof on the mutants, but Cyclops collapsed it on them. When Nanny heard that the babies were being stolen by demons, she pulled her children back on the ship, pulling the others behind them the vortex the ship generated, escaping.
(Avengers I#299) - Nanny sent Orphan Maker to obtain a young mutant in Connecticut. Peter disconnected the alarm system, then dosed the family with pixie dust. He took the boy, then shot at the parents, but a force field blocked the shot, causing Peter to panic. Orphan Maker rushed the boy back to the ship and they flew to New York. While questioning the strong young mutant, she learned he was Franklin Richards, son of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman. She called Peter in and scolded him with an electric prod for lying to her. She quickly put Franklin in a suit of armor when the parents and the Captain (Steve Rogers) attacked. Orphan Maker hit the Captain while Orphan Maker's screening device prevented the Invisible Woman from wrapping a force field around him. Mr. Fantastic grabbed the Captain, who destroyed Peter's gun with his tossed shield, then hit Peter below the chin, knocking him backward. Falling on his rear, Orphan Maker cried for his Nanny while Franklin, in his red armor, attacked the heroes. When another hero, Gilgamesh, arrived, Nanny came out in frustration, just as the heroes realized Franklin was in the armor.
(Avengers I#300) - Nanny comforted Peter while Franklin held off the heroes. Nanny finally ordered Franklin to stop when Mr. Fantastic threatened to harm Orphan Maker, wrapping himself around the crying Peter tightly. They left Franklin behind and tried escaping, but the Invisible Woman stopped the ship, causing it to explode. Nanny and Orphan Maker presumably teleported to safety.
(X-Factor I#40) - Nanny lowered her ship over the members of X-Factor, wanting to track them back to where the babies from the orphanage were being kept. Orphan Maker was eager to attack them, to steal young Nathan Summers, but Nanny encouraged him to wait. They tracked X-Factor, seeing even more mutant kids (Whiz-Kid, Leech, Artie Maddicks), but Nanny still wanted to focus on the babies. Once the babies were aboard X-Factor's ship, Nanny lowered the ship over theirs and caught it in binding, quoting a nursery rhyme while she did so. She opened the hatch and sent Peter down to apprehend the babies. After Cyclops blew a hole through the ship, Orphan Maker and Nanny moved in and Cyclops blasted Nanny back with an optic blast. Orphan Maker fired on Cyclops, but Archangel moved him out of the way, then shot metal feathers at Orphan Maker, but his armor protected him. Beast attacked Nanny, but she activated a repulsor field, sending him sprawling into her ship, where he broke her console. As the ship vibrated, Nanny worked to fix things and Archangel grabbed Peter, who pushed a button to repel him. Archangel slashed Nanny's armor open, however, thinking she was a robot, and was horrified to find out she was human. As Marvel Girl landed the ship with her telekinesis, Orphan Maker rushed to help Nanny, telling the mutants of her origins. Marvel Girl then found her nephew and niece, Joey and Galen, behind the ship's walls asleep. She woke them up and found them brainwashed. Nanny and Orphan Maker teleported away to safety, but had to leave the ship behind.
(Uncanny X-Men#247) - Nanny and Orphan Maker watched on a screen as Donald Pierce and the Reavers planned to take down the X-Men. They determined to save the X-Men themselves.
(Uncanny X-Men#248 (fb) - BTS) - Using the Reavers' tech, Nanny tracked the X-Men to a small town in the Australian outback. She could see them with her eyes, but not on her technology.
(Uncanny X-Men#248) - Nanny told Peter about the X-Men (Colossus, Dazzler, Havok, Psylocke, and Storm) and put together a plan to capture them. Nanny found Psylocke swimming and, using her mental powers and pixie dust, mesmerized the telepath (against whose telepathy Nanny's armor was shielded) into following her and donning a suit of armor. Peter, meanwhile, placed the ship in the path Dazzler and Havok were running in, and knocked them out easily when they tried to investigate. Putting them in armor as well, Nanny sent the trio, with Peter, against the X-Men, and Peter grew jealous that he wasn't in charge. Nanny, meanwhile, tried apprehending wayward mutant Jubilee, who managed to evade her and blow the pixie dust back at her. Using fireworks, Jubilee knocked Nanny on her back, and Nanny couldn't stand, unable to access her jet pack. Orphan Maker rushed to aid her, but Colossus, projected by Storm's winds, bashed in to him, spinning Nanny around repeatedly. Storm managed to free the other X-Men while Peter rushed Nanny back to the ship.. She then rushed to escape, ensnaring Storm, who tried to blow the ship down, in her grapplers. Havok then tried to down the ship with a plasma burst and sent it plummeting to the ground. The X-Men soon seemingly found Storm's corpse inside.
(Uncanny X-Men#267 (fb) - BTS) - Nanny actually programmed a mechanical mannequin to mimic Storm's appearance and costume and deposited it for the X-Men to find. Nanny deaged Storm and tried making her loyal to Nanny, but Storm managed to escape. Only able to track Storm when she used her powers, Nanny struggled to find her over the following weeks.
(Uncanny X-Men#265) - Nanny and Orphan Maker tracked Storm to Cairo, Illinois, causing Peter to sulk because he felt Storm should be punished and not rescued.
(Uncanny X-Men#266) - When Orphan Maker ignored another tracking, Nanny was furious with his sulking. Nanny then saw that Shadow King was after Storm and she used holograms to help Peter realize how deadly the threat was, helping him realize how crucial it was that they save Storm.
(Uncanny X-Men#267) - Finally tracking Storm and her new ally Gambit, Nanny descended her ship over the plane the mutants were on. Nanny confronted the mutants with a hologram as Gambit hit Orphan Maker with an explosive blast, causing Nanny to let them go as she flew after Peter. Weeks later, they tracked Storm and Gambit to New Orleans, where Nanny disguised her ship as a parade float, and Orphan Maker grabbed Gambit by the foot. When Gambit started easing Nanny's mind with a seeming mutant power, Orphan Maker tossed him aside. Peter then heard Storm in the room full of armors, but couldn't find her. Storm put on the armor Nanny had prepared for her and she fired at the taunting Orphan Maker, blowing up the machinery behind him, then knocking him out with a punch. Gambit then hit Nanny with an exploding card. They left the villains in their sinking ship in the swamp.
(Generation X#2) - Nanny sent Orphan Maker to kill Cartier St. Croix in Monaco, but when he arrived, his armor began falling off. Peter panicked, calling for Nanny.
(Generation X#3) - Orphan Maker returned to Nanny and she explained that he was growing and needed new armor.
(Generation X#4) - In Maine, Orphan Maker went to rescue the disformed boy Eliot, who'd taken a schoolroom hostage and was surrounded by police. Nanny explained to Peter that, since they'd been forced to go independent, they had to use their resources carefully. Hiding out in an ice cream truck, Orphan Maker found members of Generation X (Banshee, Jubilee, M, Skin, Synch) and he rushed to attack Eliot's parents, but Banshee knocked him back with a sonic scream, then M punched him back before he knocked M back. Skin wrapped himself around Peter, causing his armor's conduit charges to fuse together, depleting his power. Orphan Maker fled in his truck.
(Generation X Holiday Special#1) - While Nanny baked cookies for Peter in their cottage, he wrote his Christmas list, but she reminded him they still had an orphan to make, their Christmas tradition. After putting aside Peter's insecurities, Nanny sent him out to find a new mutant, Matthew. On the way, he detected Generation X (Chamber, Husk, M, Skin, Synch) at a mall and he easily knocked them all out with pixie dust. Nanny was proud of him, but still sent him after Matthew. Orphan Maker captured young Stephen on accident, not realizing it was a neighbor, and he fled with the boy when Jubilee tried to stop him. Orphan Maker returned for Matthew, but grew ecstatic when he found Santa Claus inside. Santa told Peter he'd been a bad boy, and Peter soon rushed back to help Nanny, who'd seen Generation X escape with Stephen. Santa and Jubilee visited Nanny's cottage and reawakened the spirit of Christmas within her.
(Slingers#9 ) - Nanny resumed her search for Johnny Gallo (who had since adopted the super heroic identity of Ricochet), reassuring a jealous Orphan Maker that he would always be special to her as her first foundling. Discovering Johnny's dual identity, Orphan Maker tracked him to Central Park, knocking Ricochet unconscious with "pixie dust" and bringing him aboard Nanny's air ship. As Ricochet woke, Nanny expressed her regret at not having come for him sooner while he was forced to endure a troubled relationship with his father following his mother's death. As Nanny revealed Orphan Maker was set to correct her mistake and kill Johnny's father, Ricochet freed himself and used one of his ricocheting discs to disable Nanny's ship. Preparing to murder Johnny's father, Orphan Maker was confronted by Ricochet, who fell to Orphan Maker's might and armaments. Telling Ricochet not to fight because he was only finishing what was started years earlier, Orphan Maker got angry when Ricochet asked if Nanny wanted him as her second orphan and returned to him years later because she got it wrong the first time around. Furious at the suggestion, Orphan Maker told Ricochet that he was Nanny's special boy and Ricochet wasn't good enough for them. Fighting past Ricochet, Orphan Maker made a quick exit in the Ice Cream truck.
(Wolverine: Killing Made Simple#1 (fb)) - Nanny and Orphan Maker attacked the Abbott's home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, to recruit one of the world's last mutants, Trance (Hope Abbott). Orphan Maker blew up the house, trying to convince Trance that her parents were bad and she'd be better off without them, but Wolverine slashed Orphan Maker just then. Orphan Maker batted Wolverine aside, then shot him repeatedly, blowing up the house further. Orphan Maker wanted to kill Wolverine, but Nanny ordered him to bring Wolverine in, seeing the potential to de-age and brainwash him.
(Wolverine: Killing Made Simple#1) - Wolverine and Trance were kept restrained aboard the ship, soon coming out with the intention to deage Wolverine. Trance released her astral form, freeing her ally, so Nanny ordered Peter to shoot Trance, but Wolverine stopped the shot, then shredded the side of Peter's armor. Wolverine then stabbed Peter through the chest, causing Nanny to shoot Wolverine, grab Peter, and run in an escape pod. She set the ship to self-destruct, but Trance stopped it.
Comments: Created by Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, and Bob Wiacek.
Thanks to G Morrow for his help with this profile. Orphan Maker had an entry in OHOTMU Update '89#5.
Profile by Chadman.
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Wolverine: Killing Made Simple#1, p7, pan4 (main)
X-Factor I#40, p16, pan4 (2nd)
X-Factor I#31 (September, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#33-35 (November, 1988-January, 1989) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Avengers I#299-300 (January-February, 1989) - Walter Simonson (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
X-Factor I#40 (May, 1989) - Louise Simonson (writer), Rob Liefeld (penciler), Allen Milgrom (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#247 (August, 1989) - Chris Claremont (writer), Marc Silvestri (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#248 (Early September, 1989) - Chris Claremont (writer), Jim Lee (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#265 (Early August, 1990) - Chris Claremont (writer), Bill Jaaska (penciler), Joe Rubinstein (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#266 (Late August, 1990) - Chris Claremont (writer), Mike Collins (penciler), Josef Rubinstein (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#267 (Early September, 1990) - Chris Claremont (writer), Lee, Portacio, Williams (pencilers/inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Generation X#2-4 (December, 1994-February, 1995) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Chris Bachalo (penciler), Mark Buckingham (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Generation X Holiday Special#1 (February, 1999) - Joseph Harris (writer), Adam Pollina (penciler), Morales, Faber, Leigh, Wong, Wiacek (inkers), Frank Pittarese (editor)
Slingers#9 (August, 1999) - Joseph Harris (writer), Chris Cross (penciler), Rob Stull & Don Hillsman (inker), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Wolverine: Killing Made Simple#1 (October, 2008) - Christopher Yost (writer), Koi Turnbull (penciler), Sal Regla (inker), John Barber (editor)
First Posted: 11/02/2008
Last updated: 10/29/2008
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