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HARRY TABESHAW

Real Name: Harry Tabeshaw

Identity/Class: Human, citizen of Canada

Occupation: Pilot, wilderness guide, tracker

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Cable (Nathan Dayspring Summers), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Jean Grey, Guardian (Heather Hudson), Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), Ronald Parvenu, Vindicator (James MacDonald Hudson), Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)

Enemies: Hunters in darkness, Phalanx (Egon, Larisssa, Nkotha and unnamed others)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
     formerly mobile across Canada;
    formerly Bad Herzfeld, Germany

First Appearance: Wolverine II#48 (November, 1991)

Powers/Abilities: Harry Tabeshaw possesses no known superhuman abilities. A skilled pilot and an expert tracker, Tabeshaw isn't easily scared. Somewhat of an expert on mystical or mythical creatures, he is sceptical yet specialized in tracking them down. Tabeshaw has received military training and is proficient in the use of hand weapons.

Height: 6'1" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Wolverine II#83 (fb) - BTS) - Harry was born to members of the Ojibwa aboriginals living in Canada. His father served in the military and Harry was born in Germany where his dad was stationed at Bad Herzfeld.

(Wolverine II#48 (fb) - BTS) - Harry joined the military where he first met Wolverine as soldiers on the battlefield (see comments). They struck up a friendship and stayed in touch over the years.

(Wolverine II#83 (fb) - BTS) - After the war, Harry went to work as a pilot and a wilderness guide. He soon became known as the best guide in Canada's North country.

(Wolverine II#83 (fb) - BTS) - Wealthy businessman Ronald Parvenu contacted Harry and hired him to track down the mythical Hunter in Darkness for a substantial amount of money. Afterwards, he used that money to buy himself a vintage Dakota C-47 cargo plane. Harry then managed to get a contract with the Canadian government which put him in charge of ferrying supplies to the remote Arctic research stations that dotted Canada's North Country.

(Wolverine II#48) - Harry served as guide to Wolverine and Jubilee when Logan wanted to uncover the truth about his past. Tabeshaw led them to the abandoned Weapon X facility he'd discovered back when he was tracking the Hunter in Darkness. He refused to accompany Logan and Jubilation inside because he sensed the place was "bad medicine". Even though he didn't necessarily believe in forest spirits or other ghosts, he did notice how all animals gave the place a wide berth. He said goodbye to the two mutants even as they headed inside.

(Wolverine II#83) - Harry was contacted by Wolverine and agreed to give him a lift when he made a cargo run to a remote research base in the Arctic where Logan's longtime friends Vindicator and Guardian were stationed. Harry found himself forced to stay the night when his plane's oleo strut and ski was damaged during landing. The prospect of having to spend the night in the wild visibly spooked him, which led to the research facility's resident biologist DeLong to mock Harry. However, when Harry spotted mysterious claw marks on the cargo bay doors, he correctly deduced the place was being prowled by a Hunter in Darkness. Inside, Harry and Wolverine were shown footage of Vindicator and Guardian locating and retrieving a mysterious creature from a nearby ice sheet. When it thawed, it vanished. This confirmed Harry's suspicion even as night fell and the beast managed to enter the facility, gravely wounding base geologist Simpson and killing physicist Sverdrup, despite his protective suit of armor. Harry could do nothing to save them and watched as the Hunter even held Wolverine at bay long enough to call out for the other members of his pack.

(Wolverine II#84) - With the dying Simpson in dire need of medical assistance, it was decided to reach the satellite bounce transmitter in the base's main lab to call a medi-vac. However, the Hunters were in the lab, feasting on Sverdrup's remains. It was decided that Wolverine and Guardian would charge the lab while Harry and DeLong would stay behind as guards. Even though Logan and James managed to retrieve the satellite phone, Simpson died. While Wolverine was taking care of the body, Harry remarked that he didn't understand where all those Hunters were coming from since he believed the one he'd tracked for Ronald Parvenu was the last of its kind. Tabeshaw felt the creatures were somehow displaced in time. Harry and DeLong theorized that because the Hunters acted like pack animals, their leader would be out there coordinating the effort. That led Wolverine to fight his way through to Sverdrup's now empty, but still functioning power suit. Using its enhanced strength, Wolverine battled his way to the Hunters' leader who he happened to have saved once before. Out of unspoken gratitude, the Hunter made the others vanish from existence.

(Wolverine II#84 - BTS) - After the damage to Harry's plane was fixed, he flew Logan to his next destination: visiting the grave of his old love Silver Fox.

(Wolverine II#85) - Harry was on hand to fly Wolverine to Muir Island when he received a telepathic summons from Charles Xavier, asking him and Cable to spearhead the rescue of the X-Men who were recently kidnapped by the Phalanx. Once they were over the island, the Phalanx's control over technology began to short-circuit even the outdated plane's systems, forcing Harry to retreat even as Logan parachuted down. Harry circled Muir from a safe distance and proved instrumental in airlifting Logan, Cable and the visiting Cyclops and Jean Grey to safety when they rigged the Muir facility to explode in order to destroy the Phalanx infestation. Now aware that the Phalanx headquarters was near Mount Everest, the four mutants decided to rescue their teammates. Wolverine told Harry they were commandeering his plane to get them there, promising Tabeshaw that Charles Xavier would pay to have the craft replaced.

(Wolverine II#85 - BTS) - Harry set course for Tibet and left the plane at the first fuel stop along the way.

Comments: Created by Larry Hama (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks)

Harry and Logan served together during what had to be the Korean conflict, considering he was in his early to mid 50s by the time he was introduced in 1991. Vietnam could also work, but if we go by the idea he's Canadian that's a little hard to explain because Canada didn't fight in Vietnam (though Tabeshaw could still have conscripted, but that's not been established). Also, the sliding timescale naturally makes this topical reference unworkable. Let's just say they met sometime during an armed conflict. Possibly in Asia.

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Harry Tabeshaw should not be confused with:


images: (without ads)
Wolverine II#83, p1, pan2 (main image)
Wolverine II#84, p3, pans3,4,5 (fights the Hunter in Darkness)
Wolverine II#85, p5, pan2,3,4 (drops Wolverine off on Muir)
Wolverine II#85, p37, pan4 (gets his plane commandeered)


Appearances:
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olverine II#48 (November, 1991) - Larry Hama (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#83 (July, 1994) - Larry Hama (writer), John Nadeau (pencils), Bud LaRosa & Keith Champagne (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#84 (August, 1994) - Larry Hama (writer), John Nadeau (pencils), Bud LaRosa & Keith Champagne (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#85 (September, 1994) - Larry Hama (writer), Adam Kubert (pencils), Mark Farmer & Josef Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)


Last updated: 11/20/16

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