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Real Name: Joe ??

Identity/Class: Human mutant (Morlocks, post M-Day mutant)

Occupation: None

Group Membership: Morlocks (Ed and unrevealed others)

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Xraven

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Xavier Institute's Memorial Garden, Westchester County, New York (buried);
   formerly "The Alley", Morlock tunnels, Manhattan, New York

First Appearance: X-Men/Spider-Man#4 (April, 2009)

Powers/Abilities: Joe Bugs was a mutant with the physical appearance of a bug; like a bug he had compound eyes which likely consisted of thousands of tiny units which granted him a very large view angle and the ability to detect fast movement and, in some cases, the polarization of light. He also possessed a large scorpion-like tail, a segmented tail with a razor-sharp tip with which he could potentially poison people although this remains a theory. Joe Bugs had four insect-like wings which granted him the ability to fly and even carry others with him while doing so.

Height: 5'9 (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Red, no visible irises
Hair: Blond

(X-Men/Spider-Man#4 - BTS) - Shunned by society for being a mutant, the man known only as Joe Bugs eventually found his place among the Morlocks, an underground society of misfits and mutants. There he befriended another Morlock, Ed.

(House of M#8 - BTS) - Joe Bugs was one of the few mutants who retained his mutant nature when a reality altering spell cast by the Scarlet Witch reduced the number of gene active mutants worldwide to a mere few hundred.

(X-Men/Spider-Man#4 (fb) - BTS) - His friend Ed lost his mutant abilities and reverted back to his human form, nevertheless Joe Bugs never stopped looking out for his friend.

(X-Men/Spider-Man#4 (fb) - BTS) - Although most mutants had lost their abilities, those who wished them harm were still around. Xraven, a clone created by Mr. Sinister by using the DNA of Kraven the Hunter, the original X-Men and part of the Carnage symbiote was tasked with collecting DNA samples from every remaining mutant. As such he hunted Joe Bugs, Joe grabbed his friend and tried escaping the hunter.

(X-Men/Spider-Man#4 (fb) ) - Joe Bugs and Ed successfully fled the Alley, Xraven, however, quickly caught up and attacked the flying mutant disabling the use of his wings. Determined to keep his friend save Joe defended Ed, not realizing Xraven was only interested in him, as he was sent to collect mutant DNA. Joe Bugs attacked Xraven with his scorpion-like tail but wasn't prepared for the hunter's speed who managed to get in close enough after which he stabbed Joe in the heart with a knife. Standing over Joe's corpse Xraven told Ed he was insignificant, not worth getting his blade dirty and left. Ed then sought out the X-Men's help.

(X-Men/Spider-Man#4) - Believing Kraven the Hunter to be responsible the X-Men called in Spider-Man to help. The X-Men and Spider-Man then examined Joe Bugs' corpse after which Spider-Man put his corpse in a cocoon of webbing. Since Joe was homeless Cyclops decided he would be buried at the Xavier Institute's Memorial Garden.

Comments: Created by Christos N. Gage (writer), Mario Alberti (pencils, inks).

It's been unrevealed whether Joe Bugs joined the Morlocks before or after M-Day, when many millions of mutants lost their powers.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

Joe Bugs has no known connections to


Ed is a former mutant who lost his mutant abilities during M-Day, it's been unrevealed what his mutant powers were. He came to live with the Morlocks where he befriended Joe Bugs, a mutant who kept his abilities after M-Day.

After M-Day Ed and Joe Bugs were chased by Xraven who'd been tasked with collecting mutant DNA. Seeing Xraven, Ed was convinced he was Kraven the Hunter who he had once seen performing on TV. After his friend was murdered by the hunter Ed sought out the X-Men for help. Thanking the man for the information Nightcrawler took the man to get him some food. His friend was eventually buried at the Xavier Institute's Memorial Garden.


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X-Men/Spider-Man#4, p2, pan1 (main image)
X-Men/Spider-Man#4, p3, pan1 (death)
X-Men/Spider-Man#4, p4, pan1 (Ed)

X-Men/Spider-Man#4 (April, 2009) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Mario Alberti (pencils, inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)

First Posted: 02/13/2019
Last Updated: 02/13/2019

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