Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutant (Morlocks)
Occupation: None; former mutant terrorist, refugee, artist/painter
Group Membership: Morlocks (Bliss, Litterbug, Marrow/Sarah, unrevealed others);
formerly Drain Dwellers (Annalee, Ape, Beautiful Dreamer, Leech, Piper, Tar Baby), the 198 (Arclight/Philippa Sontag, Beautiful Dreamer, Caliban, Collective Man (Han, Chang, Lin, Sun and Ho Tao-Yu), Diamond Lil/Lillian Crawley, Empath/Manuel de la Rocha, Fever Pitch, Jazz, Johnny Dee, Karma/Xi'an Coy Manh, Leech, Lorelei, Magma/Amara Aquilla, Mammomax/Maximus Jensen, Mister M/Absolom Mercator, Outlaw/Inez Temple, Peepers/Peter Quinn, Sack, Scalphunter/John Greycrow, Skids/Sally Blevins, Toad/Mortimer Toynbee, various unidentified mutants)
Affiliations: Adam X (Adam Neramani), Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur), Anole (Victor Borkowski), Bling! (Roxanne Washington), Dragoness (Tamara Kurtz), Dust (Sooraya Qadir), Bob Fisck, ForgetMeNot (Xabi), Frenzy (Joanna Cargill), Gorgeous George (George Blair), Ink (Eric Gitter), Horsemen of Apocalypse (Famine/Shiro Yoshida, War/Gazer), Leech, Artie Maddicks, Morlocks (Berzerker/Ray Carter, Bliss, Blowhard, Caliban, Callisto, Chicken Wings/Jakub Kurczak, Cybelle, Delphi, Healer, Litterbug, Marrow/Sarah, Masque, Mole, Plague, Qwerty, Scaleface, Skids/Sally Blevins, Sunder/Mark Hallett, Tommy, Zeek), Neophyte (Simon Hall), Outlaw (Inez Temple), Power Pack (Energizer/Katie Power, Gee/Alex Power, Lightspeed/Julie Power, Mass Master/Jack Power), Random (Marshall Stone III), Stinger (Wendy Sherman), Sun Girl (Selah Burke), Toad (Mortimer Toynbee), X-Factor (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Henry McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Iceman/Robert Drake, Marvel Girl/Jean Grey), X-Force (Domino/Neena Thurman, Shatterstar/Gaveedra Seven), X-Men (Beast/Henry McCoy, Bishop/Lucas Bishop, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Emma Frost, Lockheed, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Wolverine/James Howlett);
Enemies: Dark Avengers (Ares, Hawkeye/Lester, Iron Patriot/Norman Osborn, Ms. Marvel/Karla Sofen, Sentry/Bob Reynolds, Spider-Man/Mac Gargan), Dark X-Men (Black Queen/Emma Frost, Cloak/Tyrone Johnson, Dagger/Tandy Bowen, Dark Beast/Dr. Henry McCoy of Earth-295, Mimic/Calvin Rankin, "Professor X" (actually Mystique/Raven Darkholme), Namor the Sub-Mariner/Namor McKenzie, Omega/Michael Pointer, Wolverine/Daken), Evolutionaries, H.A.M.M.E.R., Hellion (Jullian Keller), Horsemen of Apocalypse (Caliban, Famine/Autumn Rolfson, War/Abraham Kieros), Lights (No-Girl/Martha Johansson, Pixie/Megan Gwynn, Primal/Teon Macik, Hope Summers, Transonic/Laurie Tromette, Velocidad/Gabriel Cohuelo, Zero/Kenji Uedo), Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), Marauders (Arclight/Philippa Sontag, Blockbuster/Michael Baer, Harpoon/Kodiak Noatak, Prism/Robbie, Scrambler/Kim Il Sung, Sabretooth/Victor Creed, Scalphunter/John Greycrow, Vertigo), Mr. M (Absolom Mercator), Onslaught, Sapien League (Grady, Leper Queen, unrevealed others), Sentinel Squad O*N*E (Valerie Cooper, General Lazer, Miguel Reyes, unrevealed others), Shadow King, Simon Trask, X-Men (Hepzibah, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Warpath/James Proudstar);
formerly Power Pack (Energizer/Katie Power, Gee/Alex Power, Lightspeed/Julie Power, Mass Master/Jack Power)
Known Relatives: Unidentified uncle
Base of Operations: Krakoa;
formerly Madripoor, South-East Asia;
formerly Utopia (X-Men base), California;
formerly Internment camp at Xavier's School;
formerly X-Factor Headquarters;
formerly The Alley, Morlock tunnels, Manhattan, New York
First Appearance: (behind-the-scenes): Power Pack I#11 (June, 1985); (seen): Power Pack I#12 (July, 1985)
Powers/Abilities: Erg possessed the mutant ability to absorb various forms of ambient and directed energy. His cells housed and focused this power, which he then metabolized into blasts of electrical current that he could fire from his left eye called his "electric eye." Though his right eye had been covered with an eyepatch for several years, it apparently was also able to discharge the electrical energy beams. Erg was proficient in the use of bladed weapons and carried a large knife. Though he apparently had only one functional eye, his depth perception appeared relatively unhindered. He also had very little trouble making his way in the dimly lit sewers where the Morlocks lived. As an inhabitant of Krakoa he's able to speak Krakoan and has access to the many Krakoan portals granting him access to the corners of the world and beyond.
Weight: 192 lbs
Eyes: Grey (Erg wears a patch over his right eye)
History: (X-Factor I#10 (fb) - BTS) - Before the mutant who became known as Erg manifested his powers, he was an artist who worked as a painter.
(Power Pack I#11 - BTS) - Through unrevealed circumstances, Erg was cast out of regular society. He eventually found the Morlocks and joined their underground mutant community in the sewer tunnels of New York City. Erg befriended a group of Morlocks that stuck relatively close to the surface world, appropriately calling themselves the Drain Dwellers. This group had a somewhat antagonistic relationship with another band of Morlocks who called themselves the Tunnelers.
(Power Pack I#12 - BTS) - The empathic "Drain Dweller" Annalee experienced severe emotional distress after the loss of her children. Her misery subconsciously started influencing the mood of her fellow Morlocks Erg, Ape, Piper and Tar Baby. Feeling responsible for the kids' deaths, the band of Morlocks felt obligated to replace them. In the hopes of attracting children, the Piper controlled a cat. After tying a tin can to the cat's tail so it would seem in distress, Piper used his powers to force the cat to run around the streets of Manhattan in the hopes of attracting children.
(Power Pack I#11 - BTS) - Spotting the cat, the heroic preteens known as Power Pack decided to help and rescue the poor animal. It lured them into the sewers, undoubtedly thanks to the Piper's influence. When the super powered siblings were surprised and split up by suddenly rising water levels, Jack and Julie Power got attacked by alligators, who where under the Piper's control. Alex and Katie managed to track down their family and fought off the alligators so they could escape from the sewers with the cat in tow. However, during the chaos, the children lost their backpacks and text books. The Piper found them and figured the children would return to search for their belongings. He took the books and vowed to wait for their return alongside his fellow Drain Dwellers.
(Power Pack I#12) - When Power Pack realized their backpacks were still in the sewers, they decided to go back and collect them. Immediately upon returning to the sewers, they were approached by Erg and his fellow Morlock Drain Dwellers Ape, Tar Baby and the Piper. After a brief struggle, the Morlocks managed to capture Power Pack as Erg used his powers to absorb Energizer's energy blast and re-direct it through his electric eye at Gee, rendering the boy unconscious while the others captured the remaining Power children and took them to Annalee. She was thrilled to have new children to take care off. The Drain Dwellers summoned Masque to change the children's' features, turning them into full-fledged Morlocks. As soon as Masque arrived, Power Pack managed to escape and fought the Morlocks with the help of X-Men members Nightcrawler and Shadowcat, who happened to be visiting the Morlocks at the time. Erg aimed his energy blast at Nightcrawler but the smart little Energizer managed to save Nightcrawler by absorbing the energy herself. Erg was then knocked out by Nightcrawler. After the intense struggle, the children were freed. The Drain Dwellers begged the two X-Men not to tell Callisto what they had done, fearing what she might do to them. As a sign of good will, the school books were returned to the children as they were leaving.
(Uncanny X-Men I#195) - When Callisto was away from the Alley, Masque once again took charge in another attempt to force Power Pack to become Annalee's children. After Beautiful Dreamer had altered their parents memories, the Power children sensed Beautiful Dreamer to be involved and returned to the Alley to investigate. After entering the tunnels, the team was jumped by Ape, Erg, Tar Baby and Masque. Only little Katie Power managed to escape the Morlocks but not before her face was horribly disfigured by Masque. After Kitty Pryde saw a news report on the little girl being apprehended by local authorities, she recognized Katie and called on the other X-Men (Rogue, Wolverine and Rachel Summers) to help. As the X-Men and Katie Power managed to find Annalee, a big fight broke out between the X-Men and Morlocks. Erg, Ape and Tar Baby, however, were not seen during the fight. When Callisto returned, she forced Beautiful Dreamer to undo the effects of her powers and the Power kids were safely returned home.
(Power Pack I#19) - Annalee sent Erg out to pass along a note to Katie Power explaining Annalee and Leech would gladly attend to the Powers' Thanksgiving party. As part of a little game between Erg and Katie they fired their electrical power blasts at each other to absorb them, Erg was impressed with Katie's level of control over her powers. As he gave her the note, he went his own way.
(X-Factor I#10) - When the Marauders were sent to the Alley by Mr. Sinister to murder the Morlock population, Erg and his friends Zeek and Beautiful Dreamer were attacked by Arclight, Blockbuster, Harpoon, Sabretooth and Scalphunter. Erg grabbed the weak Beautiful Dreamer and, together with Zeek, headed for one of the tunnels hoping to escape the massacre. However, Zeek fell victim to one of Harpoon's energy projectiles and died a horrible death. Erg continued on, still holding Beautiful Dreamer, when he tripped over another corpse. Fearing their end was near, Erg and Beautiful Dreamer were saved by X-Factor members Cyclops, Beast and Iceman, who provided protection from the Marauders as they continued to search for survivors. Next, the group managed to rescue Ape and Tar Baby from Blockbuster and Vertigo and lastly, the group encountered the Marauders Arclight, Prism and Scrambler but once again defeated them due to the timely arrival of Angel and Marvel Girl.
(Power Pack I#27) - Erg and the other surviving Drain Dwellers were taken to X-Factor's headquarters. Fellow Morlock Skids had already arrived and helped them settle into the base while X-Factor returned to the Alley in an attempt to find and rescue more survivors.
(X-Factor I#11) - Erg witnessed the arrival of their rivals, the Tunnelers (Berzerker, Blow-Hard, Masque and Scaleface) to X-Factor's base. Just like his fellow Drain Dwellers, he was not pleased to see them. Refusing to stay with their antagonistic rivals, the Tunnelers ignored the advice to remain with X-Factor and left. On the outside, most of them were eventually wiped out.
(X-Factor I#12) - Erg and the other Morlocks continued to live with X-Factor. Erg offered to help with breakfast, assisting Beast by using his electrical eye to make toast. However, breakfast came to a crashing halt when Leech accidentally canceled out the mutant powers of Ape and Tar Baby, who were using their abilities to serve breakfast. Both the food and the plates hit the floor, causing quite a mess. Stressed out, Beast asked Erg if it always happened when Leech was around. Erg responded that it happened every time when the power negating child came too close.
(X-Factor I#15) - Erg and the other Morlocks eventually decided to leave X-Factor and return to the Alley in the hopes of rebuilding their society and locating more survivors. Erg thanked Beast for their help but explained they belonged with their own kind.
(X-Men Legends I#11 - BTS) - Apocalypse's Horsemen Caliban brought Famine and War with him to show the Morlocks were worthy to produce a replacement Horsemen following the loss of Death and Pestilence.
(X-Men Legends I#11) - Erg, Healer, Masque and Feral were making their way through the Morlock tunnels when they were approached Apocalypse's Horsemen Caliban. However, when Caliban realized Famine and War were torturing several Morlocks to pass the time he quickly returned before actually talking to Erg and the others. Fearing the Marauders had somehow returned to the Tunnels, Erg and his group followed Caliban to find stumble upon the real situation; War and Famine had defeated several members of the New Mutants who'd arrived to help the Morlocks. Realizing the situation was in dire need of their help Erg opposed War while Feral jumped Famine. While Erg kept War busy, Masque gruesomely rearranging the Horseman's face which in turn freed Erg to defeat Famine with his electrically-charged eye-blast. Still loyal to Apocalypse, Caliban made his offer to the Morlocks and the New Mutants, but found no takers. Before Masque could turn against his former Morlock ally, Caliban teleported himself and the Horsemen back to the Ship where they found Apocalypse waiting for them. Healer then stepped in to revive his fellow Morlocks.
(House of M I#8 - BTS) - Erg was among the handful of mutants who retained their powers after the Scarlet Witch cast a reality-altering spell to shut off the mutant gene. In the aftermath, there were roughly 200 active mutants worldwide.
(House of M: The Day After I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Erg was among the mutants who flocked towards the Xavier Institute, figuring that now that they were a minority, the X-Men's school was the safest place to be. In his journey to Salem Center, Erg was joined by Mammomax and Peepers. However, they were hunted by the anti-mutant Sapien League.
(House of M: The Day After I#1) - Just before Erg and the others could reach Xavier's, they were hit by a shock grenade. While they were unconscious, the Sapien League tied the mutants on wooden stakes . Just as they put the crosses on fire, Wolverine and Colossus arrived to save Erg and his companions. When Wolverine wanted to seek out the Sapien League, all mutants present were shocked at the arrival of a group of large Sentinels, who had come to keep the mutants safe.
(X-Men: The 198 Files - BTS) - General Demetrius Lazer of O*N*E made a threat assessment of the remaining mutants. In this report, he analyzed Erg too and stated his greatest ambition was to belong to a biker gang akin to the notorious Hell's Angels that he could defend whenever needed. Lazer figured that there was no significant opposition to be expected from him.
(Uncanny X-Men I#466) - The Xavier Institute was unable to cope or house the influx of dozens of mutant refugees. To house them, they quickly erected a makeshift refugee camp on the Institute's front lawn, where Erg and many others were guarded by the O*N*E Sentinels (see comments).
(X-Men: The 198 I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Inspired by a story he had once heard his uncle tell about a gang of Hell's Angels bikers who started wearing 1% badges when the media reported that only one percent of all bikers were troublemakers, Erg decided to create a 198 flag. He proudly let it wave over the encampments as a defiant signal to both the X-Men and the O*N*E Sentinels.
(X-Men: The 198 I#1) - Emma Frost and Cyclops realized Erg's actions were indicative of growing unrest within the mutant population and asked him about the flag. Erg also witnessed the arrival of Lorelei and Toad to the camp.
(X-Men: The 198 I#2) - Eager to make a stand against the O*N*E Sentinel Squad, Erg, Sack and Fever Pitch tried leaving the encampment to take "an afternoon stroll." The guards, knowing that Xavier's had over ten square kilometers of woodland to wander in, told the trio they would be safer inside the compound but Erg, looking for a fight, used his electric eye on one of the guards. When the Sentinels arrived to stop Erg, Sack and Fever Pitch, they were joined by Arclight and Mammomax. The fight was eventually broken up by the all-powerful Mr. X (Absolom Mercator), who didn't want to see either side getting hurt.
(X-Men: The 198 I#3) - Erg and the other members of the 198 listened to Valerie Cooper's announcement that the O*N*E would be keeping all mutants contained while they built more permanent accommodations. To keep closer tabs on the 198, they planned to implant all the mutants with a tag, claiming it was for their own safety and mandatory if they wanted to leave the premises for brief tours into the city. Despite their frustrations, most of the mutants in the camp agreed to the implants. Erg and his group subsequently took a "field trip" to Westchester and discovered the tags were more than mere trackers when Mammomax was taken down by neural feedback after trying to attack a civilian.
(X-Men: The 198 I#4) - Erg led a protest against the tag implants which were assumed to have killed fellow 198 member Jazz, and badly injured the elephantine Mammomax. When the X-Men and O*N*E officials Dr. Valerie Cooper and Colonel Miguel Reyes checked on the riot, Erg faced down the barrel of Reyes' gun before succumbing to his activated tag. Suddenly Mr. M used his power to disable and remove all the tags. After the mutants left the encampment with Mr. M, the group walked for hours until reading a remote island in the middle of a lake. There, the group was confronted by the X-Men, who hoped to retrieve them in piece. However, Erg was then mind- controlled by fellow mutant Johnny Dee, who forced him to attack Cyclops. When Cyclops tried to retaliate, Mr. M created a forcefield to protect Erg.
(X-Men: The 198 I#5) - Erg witnessed how Mr. M told Cyclops the mutants now fell under his protection. This infuriated Johnny Dee, who was working with General Lazer. He used his puppetry powers to force Fever Pitch into firing a blast but Iceman deflected it. As Fever Pitch shook off the effects of the manipulation, Erg was jumped by Beast. During the fight, Johnny Dee took command of several mutants and successfully ordered them to murder Mr. M. Demoralized by M's death, the renegade mutants were returned to their encampment. Not wanting the 198 to grieve for his death, Mr M sent them a message even as his body was transformed into a swarm of butterflies.
(Daily Bugle Civil War Newspaper Special#1 - BTS) - Daily Bugle political correspondent Bob Fisck wrote an article called Potential Criminals or Political Prisoners? for which he'd interviewed self-appointed spokesperson Erg. Erg commented "Our human rights are being violated on a daily basis," prompting Fisck to agree the 198's civil rights couldn't be ignored any longer. While leaving the estate with doors heavily guarded by armed troopers, Fisck's attention was drawn to the legend, sprayed in two-foot-high letters on the gray walls: "The 198 will rise again."
(X-Men II#183) - When Apocalypse appeared over the Xavier Institute, announcing he would provide hope and salvation for mutantkind, Erg joined other members of the 198 in confronting the X-Men. Later, he started suffering severe hunger pangs, courtesy of Apocalypse's Horseman Famine (formerly the X-Man Sunfire). Erg, along with many of the 198 were tempted to drink an elixir Apocalypse offered in exchange for allegiance to him. While Erg and the others were considering this, War and Apocalypse fought the Sentinels which only helped to increase his popularity among the 198.
(Civil War: X-Men I#1) - Erg participated in a riot led by Caliban against O*N*E* soldiers. This was just a diversion, however, allowing X-Force members Domino and Shatterstar to arrive and take down the Sentinels. The X-Men failed to stop them which led to the escape of Erg and others of the 198, who went with Domino and Shatterstar in a cloaked aircraft.
(Civil War: X-Men I#2 - BTS) - Erg and the other escapees arrived at a base in the Nevada desert that became their new home.
(Civil War: X-Men I#3) - Johnny Dee, still working with General Lazer, used his powers to take control of Erg to spy on the X-Force base. General Lazer, from his office, then activated the base's self-destruct protocol that locked down the Nevada facility, condemning everyone inside to die.
(Civil War: X-Men I#4) - Erg and other mutants tried to open the base's locked doors but failed. The X-Men, O*N*E* and Avengers eventually arrived. Working together, Bishop, Cyclops and others combined their powers to open the blast doors from the outside. They succeeded and Erg and the other mutants were able to escape before the base exploded.
(Uncanny X-Men I#487 - BTS) - Erg decided to return to his fellow Morlocks.
(Uncanny X-Men I#490 (fb) - BTS) - Many of the Morlocks that had returned to the tunnels, including a fair share of depowered ones, grew to believe in the prophecies of the deceased mutant Qwerty. These prophecies were collected and bound in a book. Most of the Morlocks followed the depowered Delphi, who functioned as head of a religious movement that believed a new age of mutants was coming. Erg, however, chose to once again follow Masque, along with Bliss, Litterbug and Skids in trying to help the prophecies come true. They put together a plot that would supposedly bring Magneto to their head.
(Uncanny X-Men I#487) - Their plans involved the capture of Leech, who was staying with Caliban. Erg and the others set explosive charges in the tunnels in preparation to overtake Caliban and Leech. Caliban was wounded in the explosion, allowing the gang to captured Leech. Masque then needlessly reformed Caliban's flesh. Leech was outfitted with a collar that removed his powers.
(Uncanny X-Men I#488) - Ordered by Masque, Bliss drained some of her paralyzing poisons into a tube that Masque attached to a bomb. Skids placed this explosive on a moving subway train. The bomb went off, disabling both the cart as the passengers. Erg then used his powers to absorb the electrical power from the metro's railway which he used to melt the car's wheels to the track. Now that their captives had no place to go, Masque climbed aboard the vehicle and hideously deformed the passengers.
(Uncanny X-Men I#489) - Erg listened as Skids questioned Masque's senseless cruelty and he angrily accused her of betrayal. Unbeknownst to the Morlocks, the agents of the Office of National Emergency had tracked down the rogue Morlocks and prepared an attack. They, however, were no match for Masque's team as most of the agents were killed in the subsequent battle. Masque left Skids behind in the wreckage, where she was later found by the X-Men, who were aided by Caliban. Skids then revealed she was an agent of SHIELD that had gone undercover in Masque's gang.
(Uncanny X-Men I#490) - When Masque's gang found out the X-Men were following them, they attacked Warpath and Hepzibah. Erg tried to shoot his electrical beam at Hepzibah, who was saved by Warpath and managed to escape. Although Masque's gang figured out how to track them down again, Erg didn't fair too well. Warpath pinned him against a wall with his knives. Luckily for Erg, Masque and Bliss intervened, defeating and capturing both X-Men. The gang then moved on to set off an explosion that killed many of their fellow Morlocks, which allowed them to capture Skids, Storm and Caliban as well.
(Uncanny X-Men I#491) - Trapping the X-Men in wooden coffins, Erg watched as Masque taunted his captives. Masque revealed that he had placed a bomb in an old cathedral, precisely above their present location. Although trapped in the coffin, Storm managed to summon lightning through the metal pipes of the building which allowed herself and the other heroes to go free. During the fight, Erg tried to hit Skids with his powers but accidentally shot his friend Litterbug just before the roof collapsed on him. Masque's plot was derailed with the Morlocks' defeat. Though, in a surprise twist, Skids later delivered Qwerty's book to Magneto.
(X-Men: Divided We Stand I#1/4 (fb)) - In the hopes of hurting the X-Men, former student Hellion tried to track down Magneto. During his quest, he fought Erg and Litterbug in the Morlocks tunnels, figuring they could tell him more about Magneto.
(X-Men: Worlds Apart I#2) - The Shadow King possessed a group of Morlocks including Erg, Bliss, Litterbug and Masque, using their hatred of beautiful people to goad them into attacking Cyclops when he arrived in the Morlock tunnels. Cyclops defeated the Morlocks but the distraction allowed the Shadow King to get in Cyclops's brain, exploiting his doubts and fears, leading him to plot his lover Emma Frost's death.
(Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia I#1) - Rallying against the increasingly violent anti-mutant sentiments, particularly those fomented by Simon Trask, Erg joined Adam the X-Treme, Lorelei, Meld and Litterbug in a protest against Trask's Humanity Now! movement at the Embarcadero in San Francisco. They were stopped by armed police forces. When a fight broke out, it was stopped within seconds by Hawkeye (secretly the assassin Bullseye), who threatened the crowd.
(X-Men: Legacy I#226) - Sometime later, Erg joined Avalanche in a protest on Castro street, where they faced off against Ares, god of War. Gambit tried to stop Ares but Erg was apparently taken prisoner.
(Dark Avengers I#7) - Erg was put in Osborn's prison on Alcatraz Island, now serving as the west coast headquarters of HAMMER.
(Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus I#1 - BTS) - Erg was rescued by the X-Men and joined them at their island Utopia.
(Dark Reign: The List-X-Men I#1) - When the X-Men were investigating the mass murder of the Atlanteans (Osborn's secret revenge plot on Namor involving his dead wife Marrina), Erg was seen alongside Anole at the market on Utopia.
(Nation X I#1/3) - After Iceman had dealt with a hostage situation involving the former villain Stinger, Erg was seen as one of the mutants walking around Utopia.
(New Mutants III#14) - During the events that became known as the Second Coming, Cyclops motivated Erg and several others to stand up and protect the future of mutantkind against a wave of Nimrod Sentinels approaching Utopia. However, Erg was one of the few mutants not seen fighting the killer robots, supposedly preferring to hide inside the X-Men's base.
(Generation Hope I#13) - Erg was seen hanging out with Dust, resting in the sun while Kenji Unedo sought out Martha Johansson, whom he felt was more than a little interesting.
(Generation Hope I#15) - On Utopia, Erg quickly gravitated towards fellow residents with a questionable reputation. He associated with Dragoness, Bliss and Random and, as a group, he approached the Lights (the first few mutants discovered following M-Day). Dragoness demanded to know why the Lights warranted such special treatment seeing as they were just a bunch of new mutants. Dragoness' group desired a place at the X-Men's table since they felt they had been fighting for mutantkind long before the Lights were even born. A fight between the two groups broke out when Transonic and Dragoness got into a fight after she said it was because they were terrorists and nothing more than schoolyard bullies. The fight was eventually brought to an end when Hope took over Kenji's powers, capturing their foes within her malleable body. Hope then released all of the fighters, ordering them to walk away.
(Generation Hope I#16) - As Erg's team debated what they should do next, they noticed Hope walking by. Random, still upset about the way their last encounter ended, wanted to fight Hope. However, Erg held him back, reminding his fellow mutant that they were still recovering from their previous fight with Hope and the Lights.
(Generation Hope I#16 - BTS) - Hope eventually left with Kenji, who then used his power over Martha Johansson to take control of all residents of Utopia, who he ordered to attack Hope.
(Generation Hope I#17) - Controlled by Kenji, Erg and the other Utopia residents attacked Hope but were stopped by the Lights. Hope eventually rescued the telepathic Martha Johansson, who then went on to kill Kenji, returning everyone afflicted by their mental tampering to normal.
(Uncanny X-Men III#16) - After the Phoenix Five had undone the Scarlet Witch's "no more mutants" spell and mutants started to reappear on Earth, Madripoor became somewhat of a mutant utopia. Erg, like so many of his kind, traveled to the island state to make a new life for himself. He made a living for himself, leading a band of thugs and dealing Mutant Growth Hormone (MGH) provided by Mystique's Brotherhood. When a seemingly powerless old man came to investigate Erg and his underlings, they tried to beat him down, only to discover the elderly individual was actually Magneto, mutant master of magnetism. Magneto threatened Erg with his own knife and gun if he didn't reveal what he knew about the MGH trade. Though Erg spilled the beans, Magneto still cut his face as punishment for his crimes.
(New Warriors V#1) - Returning to the Morlock tunnels for no apparent reason and joining up with Marrow, Erg tried to save the Morlocks from the Evolutionaries who attacked them.
(New Warriors V#2) - As Sun Girl, who had found her way into the Morlock tunnels, fought the Evolutionaries, Erg and Bliss tried to escape with wounded Morlocks.
SECRET WARS III HAPPENED
(Hellions#1 - BTS) - Erg was one of many who accepted the invitation to live on the sovereign mutant island nation of Krakoa, ruled by the Quiet Council.
(Hellions#1) - Learning Scalphunter of the Marauders was also living on Krakoa, Erg met up with several resurrected Morlocks friends to confront the assassin on the the anniversary of the mutant massacre. However, during the confrontation, Scalphunter showed no remorse and assembled a large assault weapon prompting Callisto to send Erg and the others to kill him noting that whoever would fall would be reborn. Erg and the others were presumably killed and subsequently resurrected. To punish Scalphunter for his actions he was grafted onto Mr Sinister's Hellions team amongst other undesirables.
(Hellions#10 - BTS) - When the Hellions were captured by Arcade and Mastermind, Scalphunter was submerged into a scenario where he killed a group of civilians in a war. However, the civilians then changed into the Morlocks, Scalphunter was shocked to see Erg, Ape, Cybelle, Masque, Tommy and others dead. However, Tommy and Cybelle turned into blood-thirsty zombies who then fed on Scalphunter.
(Way of X#4) - Erg was enjoying a drink in the Green Lagoon alongside Ink, Gorgeous George an ForgetMeNot when they and other patrons came under the influence of the evil Onslaught. In an effort to contain his influence, Legion with help from Zorn (Shen Xorn) and Xorn (Kuan-Yin Xorn) killed all mutants present to have resurrected without his influence.
Comments: Created by Louise Simonson, June Brigman, and Bob Wiacek.
The X-Men: The 198 series erroneously showed Erg
firing electrical blasts from his right eye. Speaking of the 198, I've
always wondered why the dozens of gene active refugees were forced to
camp out in tents on the X-Men's lawn. Remember, shortly after M-Day
the depowered student body was shipped off (and killed by Stryker's
Purifiers), so there should have been plenty of vacant rooms.
Erg, as part of the Morlocks, was profiled in the
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition#9 and Marvel
Encyclopedia HC Vol. 2: X-Men.
100th profile by MarvellousLuke.
Erg has no known connections to
images: (without ads)
Uncanny X-Men III#16, p11, pan3 (main image)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition#9, Morlock entry (ohotmu)
Power Pack I#12, p16, pan4 (versus Power Pack)
X-Factor I#10, p5, pan4 (running from the Marauders)
House of M: The Day After I#1, p34, pan3 (running from the Sapien League)
X-Men: The 198 I#3, p7, pan4&5 (with the 198)
Uncanny X-Men I#488, p21, pan1,2&3 (stopping a metro in it's tracks)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia I#1, p24, pan 3 (with Adam X and Litterbug)
Generation Hope I#15, p6, pan 4 (against the Lights)
Power Pack I#11 (June, 1985) - Louise Simonson (writer), June Brigman (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Carl Potts, Pat Blevins (editors)
Power Pack I#12 (July, 1985) - Louise Simonson (writer), June Brigman (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Carl Potts, Pat Blevins (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#195 (July, 1985) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Power Pack I#19 (February, 1986) - Louise Simonson (writer), Brent Anderson (pencils, Scott Williams (pencils, inks), Terry Austin, Sam de la Rosa (inkers), Carl Potts (editor)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition#9 (August, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald, Peter Sanderson (writers), Josef Rubinstein (inks), Mark Gruenwald, Howard Mackie (editors)
X-Factor I#10 (November, 1986) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Power Pack I#27 (December, 1986) - Louise Simonson (writer), Jon Bogdanove (pencils), Al Gordon (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
X-Factor I#11 (December, 1986) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#12 (January, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#15 (November, 1986) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Robert Harras (editor)
House of M: The Day After I#1 (January, 2006) - Chris Claremont (writer), Randy Green, Aaron Lopresti (pencillers), Rob Hunter, Norm Rapmund, Don Hillsman (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#466 (January, 2006) - Chris Claremont (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Jonathan Holdredge, Jaime Mendoza, Victor Olazaba, Sean Parsons, Norm Rapmund, Tim Townsend, Al Vey (inkers), Mike Marts, Nick Lowe, Sean Ryan (editors)
X-Men: The 198 I#1 (March, 2006) - David Hine (writer), Jim Muniz (pencils), Kevin Conrad (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men: The 198 I#2 (April, 2006) - David Hine (writer), Jim Muniz (pencils), Kevin Conrad (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men II#186 (July, 2006) - Peter Milligan (writer), Salvador Larocca (pencils, inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men: The 198 I#3 (May, 2006) - David Hine (writer), Jim Muniz (pencils), Kevin Conrad (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men: The 198 I#4 (June, 2006) - David Hine (writer), Jim Muniz (pencils), Kevin Conrad, Jonathan Glapion (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men: The 198 I#5 (July, 2006) - David Hine (writer), Jim Muniz (pencils), Don Hilsman II (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Daily Bugle Civil War Newspaper Special#1 (July, 2006) - J. Michael Straczynski, Peter David (writers), Mike Mayhew (pencils, inks), Tom Brevoort, Andy Schmidt, Warren Simons, Nick Lowe (editor)
Civil War: X-Men I#1 (September, 2006) - David Hine (writer), Yanick Paquette (pencils), Serge LaPointe (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Civil War: X-Men I#3 (November, 2006) - David Hine (writer), Yanick Paquette, Aaron Lopresti (pencillers), Serge LaPointe, Jay Leisten (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Civil War: X-Men I#4 (December, 2006) - David Hine (writer), Yanick Paquette (pencils), Serge LaPointe (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#487 (August, 2007) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Salvador Larocca (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#488 (September, 2007) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Salvador Larocca (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#489 (October, 2007) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Salvador Larocca (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#490 (November, 2007) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Salvador Larocca (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#491 (December, 2007) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Salvador Larocca (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Divided We Stand I#1/4 (June, 2008) - Christopher Yost (writer), David LaFuente (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Worlds Apart I#2 (January, 2009) - Christopher Yost (writer), Diogenes Neves (pencils), Edgar Tadeo (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia I#1 (August, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussaro, Eric Basaldua, Tyler Kirkham, Sheldon Mitchell (pencillers), Joe Weems, Marco Galli, Eric Basaldua, Rick Basaldua, Jason Gorder, Jay Leisten, Sal Regla, Jon Sibal, Ryan Winn (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Legacy I#226 (September, 2009) - Mike Carey (writer), Dustin Weaver (pencils), Edgar Tadeo (inks), Nick Lowe, Daniel Ketchum (editors)
Dark Avengers I#7 (September, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Luke Ross (pencils), Rick Magyar, Mark Pennington, Luke Ross (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: The List - X-Men I#1 (November, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Nation X I#1/3 (February, 2010) - Christopher Yost (writer), Michele Bertilorenzi (pencils, inks), Jody Leheup (editor)
New Mutants III#14 (August, 2010) - Zeb Wells (writer), Ibraim Roberson (pencils, inks), Lan Medina (pencils, inks), Nathan Fox (pencils, inks), Daniel Ketchum, Nick Lowe, Jeanine Schaefer, Axel Alonso (editor)
Generation Hope I#13 (January, 2012) - James Asmus (writer), Ibraim Roberson (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Generation Hope I#15 (March, 2012) - James Asmus (writer), Tim Green (pencils), Cam Smith, Rick Ketcham (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
Generation Hope I#16 (April, 2012) - James Asmus (writer), Takeshi Miyazawa (pencils, inks), Daniel Ketchum, Nick Lowe, Jordan White (editors)
Generation Hope I#17 (May, 2012) - James Asmus (writer), Takeshi Miyazawa (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men III#16 (March, 2014) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Tom Townsend, Al Vey, Mark Irwin, Victor Olazaba (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
New Warriors V#1 (April, 2014) - Christopher Yost (writer), Marcus To (pencils, inks), Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker (editors)
New Warriors V#2 (May, 2014) - Christopher Yost (writer), Marcus To (pencils, inks), Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker (editors)
Hellions#1 (March, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Stephen Segovia (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Annalise Bissa (editor)
Hellions#10 (March, 2021) - Zeb Wells (writer), Stephen Segovia (pencils, inks), Mark Basso, Lauren Amaro, Jordan D. White (editors)
Way of X#4 (July, 2021) - Si Spurrier (writer), Bob Quinn (pencils, inks), Jake Thomas, Shannon Andrews Ballesteros, Jordan D. White (editors)
X-Men Legends I#11 (February, 2022) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils, inks), Mark Basso (editor)
First Posted: 12/21/2014
Last updated: 06/18/2022
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