MARTIN HENRY STRONG
Real Name: Martin Henry Strong
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Occupation: Head of Strong Industries (and its
subsidiaries Foundations lab, Hannigan Electronics and StrongH.O.L.D.)
Group Membership: Strong Industries (Dr.
Crispin, Dr. Emilio Licciardo, presumably others)
Affiliations: Freddy (Frederick), Neurotap
(Michelle Balters), Strong Industries (Dr. Emilio Licciardo, presumably
others), Verschlagen Industries (Hanna
Verschlagen, others), the Vershucts (V-3, V-4); formerly X-Treme (Adam Neramani)
Enemies: Hanrasha (Asahi), X-Force
(Boomer/Tabitha Smith, Cable/Nathan Summers,
Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Domino/Neena Thurman, Feral/Maria Callasantos,
Danielle Moonstar, Rictor/Julio Richter,
Shatterstar/Gaveedra-Seven, Siryn/Theresa Cassidy, Sunspot/Roberto
DaCosta, Warpath/James Proudstar), X-Treme
Known Relatives: Unidentified daughter, son
Aliases: "Marty" (nickname from X-Treme), "Stupid Cueball Piecea' Beef" (insult from Feral)
Base of Operations: Denver, Colorado, USA
First Appearance: X-Force I Annual#2 (1993)
Powers/Abilities: Martin Henry Strong's mutant
body originally had arms and legs that resembled fish fins and he had
the ability to form a sympathetic symbiosis with any weak-minded
sentient form he encountered. He also had a genius
intelligence, which he used to design a
synthetic body using cybernetic parts to house his true, frail form.
This synthetic body was larger than a typical human and superhumanly
durable, able to withstand a combined attack from the mutant powers of
every X-Force member simultaneously with only minor damage. According
to Strong himself, his skin was "impervious to all but an Adamantium
knife" yet Feral was able to rend the flesh of Strong's artificial body
with her claws, suggesting that Strong oversold his own
invulnerability. When damaged, the artificial body could repair itself
Height: (true form): 4'2"; (in false body): 7'5" (by
Weight: (true form): 80 lbs.; (in false body): 300 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Hair (although his facial hair was black)
History: (X-Force I Annual#2 (fb) - BTS) - A mutant with fish-finned limbs, Martin Henry Strong was cast out from society due to his appearance.
(X-Force I Annual#2 (fb) - BTS/X-Force I 1999 Annual
(fb) - BTS) - Unable to walk due to his mutant limbs, Martin Henry
Strong spent a decade designing a cybernetic, perfect body that he
could attach himself to in order to walk.
(X-Force I Annual#2 (fb) - BTS) - Sufficiently disguising his mutant nature, Strong's brilliant mind won him acceptance in society and he opted to find a way to spare other mutants the pain he had previously endured. Founding Strong Industries, a corporate conglomerate that owned Foundations, a genetic research lab in Denver, Colorado, Strong sought to find a way to eliminate the genetic DNA helix that caused mutations, ensuring that no one would ever become a mutant again. Funded by the government agency Project: Wideawake, Martin Strong took out an ad in the Denver, Colorado newspaper offering paid research help for young people with special gifts and abilities. The ad garnered the attention of new mutant Michelle Balters, who ultimately began working for Strong Industries, who provided free room and board in exchange for paying Michelle and other young mutants to be research test subjects. Realizing that he could get his mutant agents to do the dirty work for him through manipulation, Strong played his mutant agents against one another, making them think they had no other choices except the ones Strong himself gave them and promised to give each of them what they needed in exchange for service, promising to pay the medical bills of Michelle's comatose parents. At some point, the partially-amnesiac Adam Neramani agreed to hunt down mutants for Martin Henry Strong in exchange for Strong providing information about Adam's recent past, which Adam had no recollection of. Knowing some of Adam's past, Strong began calling Adam by his true first name.
(X-Force I Annual#2 (fb)) - Strong made Adam a "bloodhound," tasking him with hunting down potential mutants as well as hunting down any mutants that escaped Strong Industries.
(X-Force I Annual#2 (fb) - BTS) - Learning of
Strong's torturous experimentation on mutants despite being a mutant
himself, Cable and his X-Force sent their teammates Cannonball, Siryn
and Feral to investigate Strong's Foundations laboratory, with
Cannonball and Siryn posing as interns and Feral posing as a mutant
seeking to join Strong's organization. Soon realizing someone was
investigating him, Strong ordered Michelle Balters (now codenamed
Neurotap) to fake an escape from his service then sent his other agent,
X-Treme, out to recapture Neurotap in an attempt to flush out whoever
was investigating his actions.
(X-Force I Annual#2) - Three weeks later, when X-Treme tracked down and confronted Neurotap, who was rescued by X-Force, he warned that Strong wanted Neurotap to return, explaining that Strong always got what he wanted before promising to renew his search for Neurotap later. When X-Treme escaped in a personal aircraft, X-Force followed, hoping that X-Treme might give them more information on Martin Henry Strong and help take down Strong's torture chambers. As X-Force continued their pursuit, Siryn and Cannonball were still posing as interns within Foundations, a scientific research facility outside Denver, Colorado, where Siryn attempted to learn what was inside the only lab they had yet to visit. Dr. Licciardo informed them that the lab was top secret and wouldn't interest the two interns but eleven hours later, Cannonball and Siryn broke into the off-limits lab and found numerous mutants in stasis tubes, as well as their teammate Feral. The following morning, after Cannonball and Siryn had left Feral behind to keep their cover, the two X-Force members were confronted by Martin Henry Strong himself, who admitted his knowledge of their interference in his research. Revealing themselves, Cannonball and Siryn attacked Strong, who easily shrugged off Siryn's sonic scream and hurled Cannonball by the tie into Siryn, knocking them both down. Admitting that he had physical confrontations, Strong picked Cannonball and informed him that he would enjoy what he was about to do if Cannonball did not talk. Refusing, Cannonball revved up his kinetic blast field, destroying much of the room around him, only to surprisingly find that Martin Strong was not damaged at all. Strong then promised they would talk later after Cannonball awoke and hurled Cannonball hard into the wall, knocking the young mutant unconscious. Strong then ordered his assistant Emilio to place Cannonball and Siryn with the other captive mutants and, after learning that Feral had been moved, tranquilized and awoke, decided to visit Feral in an attempt to learn why the three mutants were trying to disrupt his operations. A short time later, Strong visited Feral and the still-unconscious Cannonball and Siryn, requesting Feral tell him everything he needed to know or risk hurting her teammates. When Feral refused, Strong revealed his knowledge of Feral's past and explained how his attempts to eradicate the mutant gene were an attempt to save mutants for their persecuted life. Continuing, he revealed that his ex-wife had taken his children away from him, afraid that they would become mutants like Strong himself. When Strong got too close to Feral while explaining how hard it was for anyone to know he was a mutant, Feral slashed Strong's chest, revealing that she sensed two separate heartbeats within Strong's body. Feral then demanded to know what Strong was but he only claimed to be mutants' salvation, unaware that X-Force, as well as Neurotap and a reformed X-Treme, were planning to storm the Foundations lab. As part of X-Force's plan, X-Treme used his powers on Boomer and Rictor then carried them into the Foundations lab, claiming he had captured them. Once inside, X-Treme informed Strong that he had failed to retrieve Neurotap, claiming she was aided by X-Force but he had captured Boomer and Rictor. Boomer and Rictor then revealed themselves and attacked Strong alongside X-Treme, who was surprised at X-Treme's betrayal. The rest of X-Force teleported inside the Foundations lab moments later and a battle broke out between the mutants and Strong's guards while Strong himself and Emilio attempted to flee behind a security access door. X-Force followed with help from X-Treme and his security access, soon running right into an ambush from Martin Strong, who punched Cable. Cable immediately retaliated by ordering X-Force to combine their powers against Strong, who shrugged off the attack and admitted his regret at X-Treme's betrayal, claiming that he had always intended to help X-Treme as he had helped Neurotap. Revealing that Strong had used her and an unknowing X-Treme to flush out X-Force, Neurotap attacked X-Force, announcing that Strong had promised to cure Neurotap of being a mutant. Angry that he had been manipulated by Strong, X-Treme ordered Cable to take Strong down and a fight broke out between the two leaders. When Strong bragged that his skin was impervious to all but an Adamantium knife, Cable pulled out his Ionic Molecular Blade and stabbed Strong in the chest, drawing blood and allowing X-Treme to use his "flash-fry" abilities on Strong, whose artificial body exploded, leaving only Strong's fin-limbed true form behind. Weakly revealing that his mind had gotten him accepted into society, Martin Strong explained that not all mutants knew the pain of being an outcast and he had only wished to spare other mutants the pain he had been forced to endure. Cable explained that Strong couldn't decide what others should be but Emilio, with the freed Cannonball, Siryn and Feral, asked Cable not to destroy Foundations, as the lab had done some good work regardless of Strong's ambitions. Cannonball then questioned whether or not X-Force should stop Strong, reminding Cable that while they could stop Strong, the mutants he could potentially save would be lost, while at the same time, Strong could potentially kill mutants if left to his research. After a moment of silence and learning from Emilio that Strong had promised to pay the medical bills of Neurotap's comatose parents to force her servitude, Cable ultimately agreed to allow the Foundations lab to continue their research, warning Martin Strong to fulfill his promise to Neurotap. X-Force and X-Treme then teleported outside, where the mutant group parted ways with X-Treme, who picked up one of Strong's newspaper ads off the ground and pinned it to a tree with one of his blades.
(X-Force I#35 (fb) - BTS) - X-Force's Domino received information from one of her international contacts that several scientific research firms including Hannigan Electronics, a Houston, Texas facility owned by Strong Industries, was awarded a government contract regarding the advancement of self-actualizing computers, which sent a red flag to the mutant group.
(X-Force I#35) - Two weeks later, Domino and her
teammate Shatterstar stealthily infiltrated Hannigan Electronics, where
Shatterstar accidentally tripped an electronic security beam that
opened a hidden laboratory in the facility. Inside the lab, Shatterstar
and Domino found Martin Henry Strong, still in the fin-limbed form
following his previous battle with X-Force, in a stasis tube.
Confirming that Strong was barely alive, Shatterstar deduced that
Strong must be in stasis until a new synthetic body could be completed
for him. Domino quickly began to suspect that they had visited to
correct facility, as the technology to construct Strong's synthetic
body would certainly confirm the information she had been previously
given. The head of Hannigan's Tomorrow Agenda research team, Dr.
Crispin, interrupted the two heroes' investigation, revealing that she
had designed a computer chip for Hannigan that was years ahead of its
time and admitted that she had no hope of fighting the two X-Force
members. Domino confirmed that they were searching for such a computer
intelligence chip and following a brief confrontation between
Shatterstar and Dr. Crispin, the two heroes returned to X-Force's Camp
Verde headquarters with several Hannigan files to inform their
teammates of their discovery.
(X-Force I 1999 Annual (fb) - BTS) - Martin Henry
Strong, his fish-finned limbs apparently now severed, spent two years
searching for a suitable candidate to form his sympathetic symbiosis
with in order to become mobile once more. Eventually finding the
severely autistic mutant Freddy, whose body had taken an arachnoid
form, Strong developed a symbiosis with Freddy, providing Freddy a new
sensory awareness while Freddy's form provided Strong mobility. Soon
after, the German pharmaceutical company Verschlagen Industries made a
research agreement with Martin Henry Strong's StrongH.O.L.D. company.
As part of the agreement, they remanded two of their Vershuct
experiments into StrongH.O.L.D.'s custody.
(X-Force I 1999 Annual) - Martin Henry Strong had
himself lowered into Freddy's carapace, providing sensory input into
Freddy via their symbiotic relationship in order to move around. While
Neurotap found it disgusting, Strong admitted he could sense Freddy's
happiness at the new sensory input, shortly after receiving a
communication from Verschlagen Industries' Hanna Verschlagen, who
informed Strong that her Mexican facility had experienced an incident
and questioned the security at StrongH.O.L.D. Assuring Verschlagen that
his security was of the highest caliber, Strong informed Verschlagen
that he had assigned an extra level of security to ensure the security
of the two Vershucts that Verschlagen Industries had remanded to his
custody. Almost immediately upon ending the conversation with Hanna
Verschlagen, Martin Strong found his facility under attack from
X-Force's Shatterstar, Rictor and the former Vershuct known as
Hanrasha. While fighting off numerous monstrous agents of Strong,
Hanrasha was warned to ease off the monsters, as they had all been
duped into serving Strong. During the ensuing fight, Shatterstar cut
off two of Freddy's legs, causing Martin Strong pain due to their
symbiosis before putting a sword to Strong's head. Fortunately for
Strong, X-Force's Cannonball, Moonstar and Warpath arrived shortly
after and prevented Shatterstar from killing Strong. X-Force then
explained that Neurotap had contacted X-Force during Hanna
Verschlagen's conversation with Martin Strong, worried that things
might get out of hand. Sufficiently calmed, Martin Strong confronted
Hanrasha and asked if his anger had caused him to lose control of his
powers. When Hanrasha insisted that was not the case, Strong revealed
to all present that the Vershucts' bodies systematically deteriorated
after leaving the Verschlagen Industries facilities and that Hanrasha's
had done just that since his escape from Verschlagen's German facility.
Martin Strong then revealed the Vershucts known as V-3 and V-4 in
stasis tubes, explaining that they were in an induced catatonic state
due to their powers breaking down and killing them. Further explaining
that all of the Vershucts were bred with a dependency on a neural
cortical enzyme to allow Hanna Verschlagen to control them, Martin
revealed that Hanrasha's flux in power was due to not having received
the enzyme. When Shatterstar and Rictor opted to take the fight
directly to Hanna Verschlagen, Martin Strong warned that Verschlagen
had plans to use the Vershucts as living batteries to jumpstart her own
Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza, Tony
Daniel, Mark Pennington, Bob Wiacek, Brad Vancata, Keith Williams and
Profile by Proto-Man.
Martin Henry Strong has no KNOWN connections to:
images: (without ads)
X-Force I 1999 Annual, p18, splash page (Martin Henry Strong, true form w/finned limbs severed, main image, & Freddy image)
X-Force I 1999 Annual, p25, pan4 (Martin Henry Strong, headshot)
X-Force I Annual#2, p24, pan5 (Martin Henry Strong in synthetic body with normal clothes)
X-Force I Annual#2, p27, pan4 (Martin Henry Strong in synthetic body, headshot)
X-Force I Annual#2, p29, pan1 (Martin Henry Strong in synthetic body with blue costume & Dr. Emilio Licciardo)
X-Force I Annual#2, p40-41, pan8 (Martin Henry Strong in synthetic body with ambush costume)
X-Force I Annual#2, p46, pan2 (Martin Henry Strong, true form)
X-Force I 1999 Annual, p19, pan2 (Martin Henry Strong, true form riding within Freddy)
X-Force I#35, p4, pan4 (Dr. Crispin)
X-Force I Annual#2, p29, pan1 (Dr. Emilio Licciardo)
X-Force I Annual#2 (1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tony Daniel (pencils), Mark Pennington, Bob Wiacek, Brad Vancata, Keith Williams, Kevin Conrad (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#35 (June, 1994) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tony Daniel (pencils), Jon Holdredge, Harry Candelario, Kevin Conrad, Dan Green, Keith Champagne, Joe Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I 1999 Annual (1999) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Chris Renaud, Ken Lashley (pencils), Rod Ramos, Scott Elmer, Rich Perrotta (inks), Jason Liebig (editor)
Last updated: 03/24/17
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