Real Name: Jonathan Mauro Camden
Identity/Class: Human mutate (techno-organic entity)
Occupation: Phalanx operative
Group Membership: Phalanx
Affiliations: None (technically Harvest was part of
all the other Phalanx members like Stephen Lang, Cameron Hodge and Sara
Enemies: Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Blink (Clarice Ferguson), Husk (Paige Guthrie), Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), M (Monet St. Croix), Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Skin (Angelo Espinosa), Synch (Everett Thomas), White Queen (Emma Frost)
Known Relatives: Unidentified wife and son
Base of Operations: An abandoned navy vessel in San
formerly Saint Louis, Missouri
First Appearance: (Pre-transformation) Uncanny X-Men
I#308 (January, 1994); (as Harvest) Uncanny X-Men I#317 (October, 1994)
Powers/Abilities: Harvest possessed all the
standard powers of Earth "born" Phalanx, including the ability to infect
living organisms with the techno organic transmode virus. Once infected,
Harvest could either absorb his victims' "lifeglow" to sustain himself
or add their biomass to the Phalanx collective, effectively turning them
into his mindless underlings. Harvest could only infect non mutant
organisms, but wasn't picky: on one occassion even "recruiting" a family
of rats to meet his desired bio mass quota. Harvest could absorb
inorganic matter to enhance his own form, using it for instance to
increase his size, replace lost limbs or even turn parts of his anatomy
into weaponry. Despite possessing superhuman strength (at least class
25), he rarely engaged in physical combat, choosing to let his
underlings fight. Convinced of his own superiority and fuelled by a
hatred for all mutantlife, the man who would become Harvest gladly
sacrificed his humanity in order to keep his family safe.
Height: 7'2" (variable)
Weight: 1250 lbs. (variable)
Eyes: Yellow with red pupils
Hair: Bald (black pre-transformation)
(Uncanny X-Men I#308 (fb) ) - Concerned about the
mutant threat and determined it should be dealt with it head on, Mauro
joined the Phalanx initiative. Kissing his wife and son goodbye, Mauro
left their Saint Louis home and entered the Phalanx recruitment van that
had come to collect him. As a sign he was about to leave his old life
behind, he tossed out his packed briefcase soon after driving off.
(Uncanny X-Men I#316 - BTS) - Mauro was exposed to the techno-organic virus that created the Phalanx and abandoned his humanity completely. Reborn as Harvest, he was tasked by the Phalanx's leader Stephen Lang to investigate why the Phalanx was unable to absorb mutants into their collective.
The Phalanx managed to invade Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, kidnapping and replacing the X-Men in an attempt to acquire as much information on mutant nature as possible. They also managed to decrypt Cerebro's files on young mutants. After the visiting Banshee (Sean Cassidy) realized the X-Men had been replaced by Phalanx clones, he rallied Emma Frost, Sabretooth and Jubilee (the only actual mutants left at Xavier's) to join him in stopping the Phalanx's plans.
Harvest meanwhile used Cerebro's files to have his henchmen kidnap Monet St. Croix (see comments), Angelo Espinosa and Clarice Ferguson. Taking them to an abandoned naval vessel in San Diego Bay, he had them imprisoned along with Gregor, a techno-organic construct pretending to be another kidnapped mutant designed to infiltrate and gain further information.
(X-Men I#36 - BTS) - While Banshee and the others managed
to prevent Everett Thomas from being captured by the Phalanx
(encountering Stephen Lang along the way who kept them distracted long
enough for Sabretooth to escape), Harvest's forces
successfully retrieved Paige Guthrie from her Kentucky home. Delivered
to Harvest in San Diego, he successfully infected her with the
transmode virus, before putting the unconscious girl with the others.
(Uncanny X-Men I#317) - After watching the young mutants' shock at Paige's condition, a gloating Harvest made his presence known to the slightly intimidated teens. Sharing parts of his origin with them, he assured his enemies he would not rest until all organic life on the planet had been culled as chaff from the wheat. This greatly angered Clarice Ferguson, who lashed out with her mutant abilities, instantaneously disrupting his form by teleporting parts of it out of sync. Gregor, claiming Harvest was about to retaliate, interrupted Ferguson's attack thereby allowing the villain to retreat. After Monet St. Croix deduced Gregor was part of the Phalanx, she managed to take him out and then freed the others by breaking through the wall of their cell.
(X-Men I#37) - Instantly aware the young mutants had
broken free, Harvest sent some of his most recent recruits to engage
them as soon as they came on deck. They proved no match for Blink's
abilities, forcing Harvest to get involved himself, while complaining
about the fact the Phalanx under his command were ill-formed.
(X-Men I#37 - BTS) - Meanwhile, Banshee, Emma Frost, Jubilee and Everett Thomas had learned of Harvest's location and were en route to rescue their fellow mutants, unaware that the recently escaped Sabretooth was also nearby.
(X-Men I#37) - Just as Harvest was about to kill the
frightened teens, he became aware of the X-Men's presence, but assured
the mutants they were too late. Despite the fact he picked up growling,
Harvest was unable to prevent Sabretooth from sneaking up on him and
tearing off his left arm. Allowing the crazed, feral mutant to tear into
him for a while, Harvest simply absorbed parts of his underlings to
repair the damage, while increasing his size in the process. Turning his
index finger into a gun, Harvest was getting ready to shoot Creed when
Banshee's wail ripped him apart. Briefly forgotten by the mutants
who enjoyed a happy reunion, Harvest absorbed all the techno-organic matter from
his followers, ending their lives but vastly increasing his own power in
the process. When he had adapted to Banshee's sonic scream, he pressed
the attack once again. Scanning Harvest, Emma Frost realized there was
nothing even remotely human about him he could affect with her telepathy.
Just when all seemed lost and Harvest was already tasting victory,
assuring the mutants he would exterminate their entire generation, Blink
became convinced she had no choice but to sacrifice herself in order to
stop him. Pushing her spatial shearing abilities to the limit, she
managed to cut Harvest, the Phalanx ship and its crew out of this
(X-Necrosha: The Gathering#1 (fb) ) - Aware of the fact
Blink had survived the fight with Harvest, Selene travelled to San Diego
where she used her abilities to retrieve Ferguson from the dimensional
void she'd condemned herself and the Phalanx menace to. Recounting her
final confrontation with the monster, Blink happily accepted Selene's
offer to teach her how to use her powers properly.
Strictly speaking, given the connected nature of the
Phalanx, Harvest merits a BTS credit for all the activities of the
collective before he was apparently killed by Blink. For clarity's sake,
I've left all those out. It's also not entirely clear if Harvest was
flying solo or if he acted as an actual part of the greater whole. In X-Men I#36, writer Fabian Nicieza
seems to allude that Harvest is connected (after all, head honcho
Stephen Lang shows up to supervise) while a month later in #37, he has
Harvest claim he was cut off from the greater collective. Guess
Clarice's initial "blink" attack caused more damage than we thought.
A full nine months before he showed up as part of the
Phalanx, Harvest was shown in his human form. Apparently caucasian and
with a full head of hair, his appearance after exposure to the techno organic virus was distinctly different. Now bald and with a skin tone
far darker than the yellowish hue of most of the other Phalanx members,
it's almost as if Harvest was originally intended to be African
And as for Monet: though unknown at the time, this wasn't the real Monet St. Croix, but rather her younger twin sisters Claudette and Nicole, merging together to replace her... In order to save their parents from grieving over losing the real Monet who, at the time, was trapped as Penance, and serving as the main food source for the mutant bone marrow vampire Emplate, better known around the St. Croix household as their older brother Marius... *sigh* Larry Hama's late 90s Generation X run often read like an episode of Jerry Springer... on crack.
Comments/insights from Snood:
Harvest, as per Uncanny X-Men#317, does not look convincingly similar to Mauro from Uncanny X-Men308 – they both have beards, but that’s about it...receding hairline vs. bald, very dark (black/African-American) vs. pink/white/whatever...other appearances don’t make Harvest seem to have such a dark complexion
BUT, the text from Uncanny X-Men#317 references Harvest as family man who underwent the transformation to help rid the world of perceived menaces, which is what is shown in Uncanny X-Men308...and then, as noted, X-Men II#37 confirms Harvest to be the guy from Uncanny X-Men#308.
The Uncanny X-Men#313 picture and text really seals this one up.
The guy in Uncanny X-Men#313 looks halfway b/t Mauro from 308 and Harvest from Uncanny X-Men317, both in terms of complexion and bald head.
And, the text does refer to him as Camden, M
As the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #8: Phalanx entry identified him as Jonathan Mauro, his name is apparently “Jonathan Mauro Camden” or “Mauro Jonathan Camden.”
The Star-Lord: Annihilation Conquest profile update to the Phalanx profile confirmed his name as Jonathan Mauro Camden.
Profile by Norvo.
Harvest should not be confused with
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Uncanny X-Men I#317, p9 pan1-2 (main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#308, p8, pan4-6 (pre-transformation)
Uncanny X-Men I#317, p10, pan1-2 (hurt by Blink)
X-Men I#37, p10, pan2 (versus Sabretooth)
Uncanny X-Men I#308 (January, 1994) - Scott Lobdell (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Dan Green & Al Vey (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#316 (September, 1994) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Joe Madureira (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men I#36 (September, 1994) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#317 (October, 1994) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Joe Madureira (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men I#37 (October, 1994) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Necrosha: The Gathering#1 (February, 2010) - Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost (writers), Gabriel Hernandez Walta (pencils & inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Last updated: 04/10/14
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