Real Name: Daniel "Danny" Wiley
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Occupation: Ranch hand
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: X-Men (Ariel (Kitty Pryde), Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Storm, Wolverine); formerly Magneto
Known Relatives: Unidentified parents
Base of Operations: Dallas, Texas
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men at the State Fair of Texas (1983)
Powers/Abilities: Eques can transform by will from his normal human form to that of a winged centaur and is fully capable of flight.
(Uncanny X-Men at the State Fair of
Texas (fb)) - The man who would father Daniel Wiley was a government
scientist. After an unspecified accident, the man retired and moved to
the outskirts of Dallas, Texas, where he started a ranch. Daniel was
born and raised at the ranch. He grew up raising horses and felt a
kinship with them. When his mutant powers manifested, Daniel would
sneak into the fields to run with the horses and fly above them.
(Uncanny X-Men at the State Fair of Texas) - The
X-Men's leader Professor X (through Cerebro) and his rival Magneto both
learned of Daniel's existence. Magneto tracked the boy down first,
finding him tending stables at the State Fair. Magneto revealed he knew
Daniel's secret and plotted to coax the boy to join his Brotherhood of
Mutants. The X-Men arrived at the Fair and quickly located the two, but
Magneto led Daniel to believe the X-Men were the real threat and were
there to abduct Daniel. Daniel - dubbed Eques by Magneto - transformed
and the two engaged the X-Men in fighting until Magneto's apathy
towards endangering the animals in the stable convinced Eques that
Magneto was the true villain. Turning on his would-be master, Eques
joined the X-Men in striking down Magneto. Afterward, Professor X
invited Eques to join the X-Men, but he declined, wishing instead to
remain in Dallas with his beloved horses.
Created by Jim Salicrup (plotter), David Kraft (scripter), Kerry Gammil
& Alan Kupperberg (pencilers) and Chic Stone (inker).
This comic was included as an
advertising supplement in editions of the Dallas Times Herald and
possibly other newspapers.
At the end, Magneto was finally
taken down when Big Tex - the oversized mascot statue of the State Fair
- "kicked" him. The X-Men assumed it was the result of their powers
causing the statue to shift, but the story left doubt that perhaps
there was more to Big Tex than revealed.
Obviously, it's implied that the
unspecified accident that Daniel's father suffered is what resulted in
Daniel being born a mutant.
Despite being a promotional piece,
there is nothing in the story to keep it from being Earth-616.
Copyright indicia states that all characters are the property of Marvel.
Eques has no known connections to
Mr. and Mrs. Wiley
Daniel's father was a government scientist who
retired after an accident, and moved to Texas, where he and his wife
built a ranch and raised Daniel.
(Uncanny X-Men at the State Fair of Texas (fb))
Uncanny X-Men at the State Fair of Texas, cover (main image)
page 4, panel 6 (Daniel)
page 4, panel 7 (parents)
Last updated: 11/23/10
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