Real Name: Ryan LaPorto
Identity/Class: Human mutate
patriotic volunteer/government test subjest
Group Membership: X-Force (Colossus/Lemuel Sullivan (later the Wall), Dazzler/Kimberly Schau, Havok/Bermuda Schwartz (later Bedlam), Longshot/Roger Welton, Psylocke/Matt Coris, Rogue/Victor Barlow, Storm/William Read (later Tempest)
Affiliations: Dr. Ilsa Moon;
formerly M Branch (Roland Blaisdell)
Enemies: M Branch (Roland Blaisdell)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Possibly Wolverina (see comments)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed:
formerly the Mid Town Hospital, Manhattan, New York City;
formerly an unidentified US government research facility.
First Appearance: Cloak and Dagger III#9 (December, 1989);
(mutated form) Offical Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update#2 (August, 2010);
possessed claws on his hands (three fingers with an opposing thumb,
apparently) and feet (three clawed toes). The claws seemed to make up
most of his digits, making it questionable whether he has signficant
manual or pedal dexterity. Certainly sharp, the nature of the claws are
unrevealed...they may be keratin (like normal fingernails), bone, or
He possibly possessed other feral powers and/or enhanced healing (if so, it didn't work so well).
Height: Unrevealed; approximately 5'5"
Weight: Unrevealed; approximately 150 lbs.
(Mutant Misadventures of Cloak & Dagger#10 (fb) - BTS) - During the Acts of Vengeance,
the US government was given reason to question the loyalty of Freedom Force,
their agents at the time. As a result, a fanatical faction of the government
(which was behind the failed super-powers registration act) formed a scientific
offshoot called M Branch.
M Branch head Roland Blaisdell handpicked eight recruits from the ranks of patriotic volunteers, eager to serve their country.
The scientists at M Branch subjected the enlistees to
cosmic rays, gamma rays, and combinations of both in an effort to produce
mutagenic changes like those which empowered the Fantastic Four and the
The group was christened X-Force, issued uniforms, and assigned the names of the X-Men (Colossus, Dazzler, Havok, Longshot, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, and Wolverine) who had recently seemingly died in battle against the demonic Adversary.
(Mutant Misadventures of Cloak & Dagger#10 (fb) - BTS) - However, during the training period, all began to exhibit
signs of radiation poisoning to various degrees. Blaisdell brought them
to Mid Town Hospital in Manhattan to receive care under Dr. Ilsa Moon.
Despite her efforts, the subjects continued to deteriorate, and Longshot and Psylocke died. Blaisdell then made it clear that he was no longer interested in trying to prolong the lives of the others, but instead wanted Dr. Moon to collect data on their progression and eventual death, so that he might make other attempts in the future.
(Mutant Misadventures of Cloak & Dagger#10 (fb) - BTS) - Wolverine was the third to die.
(Mutant Misadventures of Cloak & Dagger#10) - With Wolverine's recently perished corpse in covered by a sheet, Dr. Moon expressed her frustration to Blaisdell
Comments: Created by Terry Austin and Mike Vosberg.
There were not great images of the team and there were no images of some of the characters in the original stories. Mike Vosberg was kind enough to provide us with copies of original sketches of the characters, from which the main image was drawn for their entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update 2010#2.
The original picture of the first seven members showed
Wolverine, who was mentioned as the second to die. Psylocke was not shown
initially, but was mentioned in their origin, and was mentioned as the first
to die. Another time, Longshot was listed as the first to die. Longshot
and Psylocke were listed as the two dead on their hospital file, while Wolverine
was still listed as alive at that time.
Presumably, they are all dead. Although X-Force's handbook profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2 speculated that Wolverina (from Carnage: It's a Wonderful Life) was X-Force's Wolverine...somehow femizined)
Real names for Longshot, Psylocke and Wolverine were revealed in X-Force's profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2.
Profile by Snood.
Wolverine should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Mutant Misadventures of Cloak & Dagger#10, pg. 7, panel 4 (cadaver covered by sheet);
pg. 16, panel 2 (pre-mutation headshot);
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update 2010#2: X-Force main image
Mutant Misadventures of Cloak & Dagger#9-10 (December, 1989 - February, 1990) - Terry Austin (writer), Mike Vosburg (artist), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update 2010#2 (August, 2010) - Chris Biggs, Ronald Hugh Byrd Jr., Madison Carter, Jeff Christiansen, Kevin Garcia, Richard Green, Michael Hoskin, Rob London, Sean McQuaid, Mike O'Sullivan, Markus Raymond, Jacob Rougemont, Gabriel Shechter, Stuart Vandal, David Wiltfong (writers), Alex Starbuck (asssistant editor), John Denning (associate editor), Jeff Youngquist (editor), Mark D. Beazley, Jennifer GrĂĽnwald (editors, special projects)
First posted: 10/16/2019
Last updated: 02/13/2022
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
Non-Marvel Copyright info
All other characters mentioned or pictured are ™ and © 1941-2099 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved. If you like this stuff, you should check out the real thing!
Please visit The Marvel Official Site at: http://www.marvel.com
Special Thanks to www.g-mart.com for hosting the Appendix, Master List, etc.!
Back to Characters