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WARREN WORTHINGTON JR.

Real Name: Warren Kenneth Worthington, Junior

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Owner of Worthington Industries

Group Membership: Hellfire Club

Affiliations: Emerson Bale, Council of the Chosen (Edward Buckman, Paris Seville, unrevealed others), Curtis (butler), Hellfire Club (John Braddock, Ronald Parvenue, Sebastian Shaw, Howard Stark, various others), Matilda (maid), Shinobi Shaw, Candy Southern, Senator Thompson;
possibly Dr. Stuart (Worthington family doctor), Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club/Lords Cardinal (Black King/Sebastian Shaw, Black Bishop/Harry Leland, White Bishop/Donald Pierce, White Queen/Emma Frost, Tessa)

Enemies: Dazzler (Burt Worthington), Magneto (Max Eisenhardt)

Known Relatives: Warren Kenneth Worthington, Sr. (father, deceased), Burtram "Burt" Worthington (Dazzler, brother), Kathryn Worthington (wife, deceased), Warren Kenneth Worthington III (Angel, son), Wallace Worthington (ancestor), Elizabeth Shaw-Worthington (ancestor)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Hellfire Club, 840 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan's East Side, New York, U.S.A.,
                                  Worthington family estate, Centerport, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.

First Appearance: X-Men I#14 (November, 1965)

Powers/Abilities: Warren Worthington, Jr. possessed no superhuman abilities. Born independently wealthy, he used his family's fortune to become one of the most influential industrialists in America. He also enjoyed a friendly game of golf and cricket.

Height: 6'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 175 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Grey (Brown while young)

History: (X-Men: Hidden Years I#13 - BTS) - Warren Worthington, Jr. was born the son of Warren Worthington, a wealthy and successful industrialist who was considered one of the five most influential people in the United States.

(X-Men I#14 - BTS) - Warren inherited the family fortune and control over the company after his father died. Assuming his new role as head of Worthington Industries, Warren married his sweetheart Kathryn. Eventually, she bore him a son that, in keeping with the family tradition, was named Warren as well.

(X-Men: Hellfire Club I#4 - BTS) - Worthington's position got him noticed by the New York branch of the Hellfire Club, who extended a membership invitation to him.

(X-Men: Hellfire Club I#4) - Together with fellow businessmen Howard Stark, Sebastian Shaw and John Braddock, Warren was initiated into the Hellfire Club by Edward Buckman, leader of the Council of Chosen.

(Uncanny Origins I#3) - In his spare time, Warren frequently enjoyed playing a friendly game of cricket with his wife and son.

(Logan: Shadow Society) - When his son Warren was still young, Worthington took him for his first official visit to the Hellfire Club. When the child wondered what the club was about, Warren told him he would learn that in due time and that tonight, he should simply enjoy the party and company of others of their standing.

(X-Men II#29 (fb)) - As Warren's visits to the Hellfire Club became more frequent, he usually took his son with him so he could have playdates with Shaw's son, Shinobi. During these visits, Warren also befriended Ronald Parvenue.

(X-Factor I#47 (fb)) - Worthington grew angry with his son when the boy preferred to stay in his room watching a bird when his father had thrown him a big birthday party. He came to get Warren, yelling: "What the devil are you doing in your room, this party is for you! Get down there right now!"

(X-Men I#54/2) - While his son was still young, Warren III once tracked one of Warren, Jr.'s golf balls to a bird's nest nestled in a twenty foot tall tree. Warren and Kathryn could do nothing but look on as their son fell out of the tree, hitting branches before landing in the family pool. Worried about his strange behavior, the Worthington's considered sending him to an expensive boarding school.

(Angel: Revelation I#3) - After he was sent to boarding school, Warren would frequently call his parents. However, their busy social lives often got in the way, one of the calls was cut short because Warren and Kathryn had to get ready to attend a holiday fund raiser Warren was chairing at Lincoln Center.

(Angel: Revelation I#5) - Warren and Kathryn attended their son's graduation ceremony although the couple didn't seem all that interested in his achievement.

(X-Men I#54 (fb) - BTS) - Warren III was a mutant who, unbeknownst to Warren, Jr. and Kathryn, started fighting crime as the Avenging Angel. In this guise, he was eventually noticed by Charles Xavier, who invited him to join his School for Gifted Youngsters and the X-Men.

(X-Factor I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Senator Thompson was a friend of Warren Worthington Jr.

(X-Men I#14) - Warren and his wife were visited by their son, who had decided to spend some time away from Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Just as he was about to sit down for supper, Warren III received a telepathic message from Professor X, telling him to return. Sympathetic, Warren, Jr. and Kathryn told him they understood and to contact them if he needed any help.

(X-Men I#17) - During a visit to Xavier's School, Warren and Kathryn happened to bump into Magneto, the X-Men villain who had taken over the school at the time.

(X-Men I#18) - Magneto used his powers to put the Worthingtons in a trance. They slept the day away, missing the return of the X-Men, who defeated Magneto. Professor X altered their memories, erasing any knowledge of their experiences with Magneto. None the wiser, Warren and Kathryn continued their visit with their son.

(X-Men I#36 (fb) - BTS) - Warren and Kathryn went on a Caribbean cruise.

(X-Men I#36 - BTS) - In need of money to travel to Europe in the hopes of tracking down Factor Three, the Angel called the Worthington family estate. When butler Curtis answered the phone, Angel remembered that his parents were still away on their cruise. He thanked Curtis and hung up.

(X-Men I#43 - BTS) - Warren sent his son's monthly allowance, which he used to book the X-Men passage a cargo ship as they tried to locate Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

(Marvel Tales II#30 (fb) - BTS) - Warren's brother Burtram had served an extended prison sentence for unrevealed crimes. Upon his release, he asked Warren to help him turn a new leaf. Unknown to his brother, Burt also started an illegal diamond smuggling syndicate, planning to use this operation to eventually conquer the world. Burtram also took on a costumed criminal identity, using his many inventions to become the Dazzler. He hired several down on their luck vagrants as his henchmen, outfitted them with special costumes, and embarked on a crime spree. When he discovered Burt's underground diamond smuggling ring, Warren was so shocked he threatened to inform the authorities. Afraid to go back to jail, Burt decided his brother had to die.

(Ka-Zar I#2/2) - After a failed robbery that was stopped by Warren's son, the Angel, Burtram decided to kill his brother, preferably using his most recent invention: the ray-blaster. Warren was unceremoniously killed by two of Dazzler's henchmen.

(Ka-Zar I#2/2 - BTS) - Sensing his father's death, the high flying Angel used his mutant sense of direction to locate the murderers. They unsuccessfully tried to escape using Jet Pogo Sticks and after the enraged Angel pounded one of the killers, the FBI and police took them in. FBI agent Fred Duncan informed Angel that the men belonged to the Dazzler's gang, which made the young mutant swear revenge on the criminal, unaware he was actually his uncle Burt.

(Champions I#5 - BTS) - Emerson Bale served as the Worthington family lawyer and considered himself a close friend of Warren and Kathryn Worthington and their son Warren the III. When Warren's parents died, Bale decided to step up and make sure their son would not be cheated out of his sizeable inheritance. Bale fought claims of the other Worthington family members that Warren would never have been made his parents' beneficiary if they'd known their son was the mutant known as the Angel. Apparently succesful in his legal dealings, Bale invited Warren to his LA office to show the teenager a partial list of his parents' holdings. Looking over the financial statements, Warren realized he was now a very wealthy man.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jay Gavin and Vince Colletta.

Although Warren seemed like the perfect father and husband in all of his original appearances, modern flashbacks pulled a bit of revisionist history, having him come off as cold, uninterested and distant.

In Uncanny X-Men I#417, Maximus Lobo claimed he was the one who killed Warren Worthington. If this was just a ruse to rattle Angel or if Lobo was actually one of Dazzler's henchmen remains to be seen.

Warren and his wife also appeared in X-Men First Class II#12, but Marvel editorial's current policy is that the First Class series were not in Reality-616. Hopefully that changes at some point.

X-Men I#14 was reprinted in X-Men I#68 and X-Men: The Early Years#14. X-Men I#17 & X-Men I#18 were reprinted in X-Men I#70 with X-Men I#18 also being reprinted in Magneto Ascendant.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

CLARIFICATIONS:
Warren Worthington, Jr. has no known connections to


Warren Worthington, Sr.


(Human Torch Comics 70th Anniversary Special - BTS) - On December 20, 1939, Worthington invited America's first superhero sensation, the Human Torch, to the opening of his new Jazz club. Other guests included Mr. Howard Stark. Later, after the public became aware that the Human Torch only looked human but was actually an android, Worthington appeared on national radio calling him a menace. He even suggested to dismantle him, seeing as the United States already had enough enemies to deal with without having to worry about a independent-minded machine.

(Human Torch Comics 70th Anniversary Special) - Worthington was on board his airship when it suddenly experienced a malfunction that sent the craft climbing towards the upper limits of Earth's atmosphere. Hearing about these shocking events on the radio, the Human Torch came to their rescue. Worthington feared the Torch and when he entered the ship, asked if he had come to finish them off. The Torch used all of his powers to rocket the airship back into normal airspace, rescuing all passengers on board despite their fear and hatred. As a result, the Torch received the key to the city and finally gained the public's acceptance.

Note: Worthington's Jazz club was probably called HighNote (the first letters are obscured by a text block in the comics)

--Human Torch Comics 70th Anniversary Special


Curtis


Curtis was the Worthington's personal butler. He was first seen fixing a cup of hot tea for young master Warren the Third, who had just dropped into the swimming pool after falling out of a tree, where he'd tried to retrieve one of his father's lost golf balls from a bird's nest. Curtis was seen years later preparing supper when Warren the Third returned home from boarding school, only to be called away at the last minute by the X-Men. Sometime later, Curtis answered the phone when the lord and lady of the house were away on a Caribbean cruise.


--X-Men I#14 (X-Men I#54/2, X-Men I#14, X-Men I#36,





Matilda


Matilda was the Worthington's housekeeper during Warren and Kathryn's later years. She was briefly seen answering a phone call from Warren III's girlfriend Candy Southern, who wanted to go on a date.



--Ka-Zar I#2/2





images: (without ads)
Logan: Shadow Society, p34, pan4 (main image)
X-Men: Hellfire Club#4, p11, pan2 (initiated into the Hellfire Club)
X-Men I#54, p16, pan1 (Warren finding a nest)
X-Men I#18, p3, pan5 (with Magneto)
Ka-Zar I#2, p28, pan2 (killed)
Human Torch Comics 70th Anniversary Special, p18, pan6 (Warren senior)
X-Men I#54, p17, pan5 (Curtis)
Ka-Zar I#2, p25, pan6 (Matilda)


Appearances:
X-Men I#14 (November, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer, editor), Jack Kirby, Jay Gavin (pencilers), Vince Colletta (inks)
X-Men I#17 (February, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer, editor), Jack Kirby, Werner Roth (pencilers), Dick Ayers (inks)
X-Men I#18 (March, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer, editor), Jay Gavin (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
X-Men I#54/2 (March, 1969) - Arnold Drake (writer), Werner Roth (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Ka-Zar I#2/2 (December, 1970) - Jerry Siegel (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Marvel Tales II#30 (April, 1971) - Jerry Siegel (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
X-Factor I#3 (April, 1986) - Bob Layton (writer), Jackson Guice (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#47 (November, 1989) - Kieron Dwyer (writer, pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#29 (February, 1994) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny Origins I#3 (November, 1996) - Matt Idelson (writer), Dave Hoover (pencils), Bill Anderson (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Logan: Shadow Society (February, 1997) - Howard Mackie (writer), Tomm Coker (pencils), Keith Aiken (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men: Hellfire Club I#4 (April, 2000) - Ben Raab (writer), Charlie Adlard (pencils, inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Angel: Revelations I#3 (September, 2008) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Adam Pollina (pencils, inks), Alejandro Arbona, Warren Simons (editors)
Angel: Revelations I#5 (November, 2008) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Adam Pollina (pencils, inks), Alejandro Arbona, Warren Simons (editors)


Last updated: 09/09/14

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