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Top Five Characters Retroactively Empowered by Apocalypse

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Top Five Characters Retroactively Empowered by Apocalypse

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve one over the years.

The X-Men villain Apocalypse was introduced in 1986. However, his backstory soon established that he was actually an ancient mutant who had simply been operating behind the scenes for years. Therefore, over the years a number of writers have chosen to retcon Apocalypse into the backstory of various characters, revealing that Apocalypse was the one who gave them their powers. Here are the top five such characters…

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Wolverine

This one doesn’t really count, since it never actually made its way into official continuity, but originally, in the famous Weapon X storyline, where we see where Wolverine got his adamantium skeleton, writer/artist Barry Windsor-Smith intended for Apocalypse to be behind the Weapon X project. He’s who is on the phone in this scene…

You can read more about it in this Comic Book Legends Revealed, but suffice it to say that it never actually was made an official part of Marvel history.

5. Moses Magnum

After appearing in Giant-Size Spider-Man #4 in 1974 as a villain for Spider-Man and the Punisher (and seemingly killed), Moses Magnum was picked up by writer Chris Claremont as a foe for Power Man in the Power Man Annual in 1976. Drawn by Lee Elias and Dave Hunt, the annual is an interesting affair, as Luke Cage is hired to bring Moses Magnum down and rescue a scientist he had kidnapped. Magnum, at the time, was just a guy with weapons. At the end of the issue, he seemingly dies…

Two years later, Chris Claremont brought him back in Uncanny X-Men #118 (drawn by John Byrne and Terry Austin) and now he had superpowers…

A decade later, when the storyline was reprinted in Classic X-Men #25, Claremont explained where the new powers had come from in a new interlude interjected into the story as a flashback, drawn by Kieron Dwyer and Terry Austin. They had come from Apocalypse!

4. Stryfe

Interestingly enough, Cable’s nemesis Stryfe, head of the Mutant Liberation Front, actually debuted one issue BEFORE Cable, at the end of New Mutants #86 (by Louise Simonson, Rob Liefeld and Bob Wiacek)…

before appearing in his full over-the-top glory the next issue…

In the final issue of New Mutants, Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza revealed what Stryfe looked like under that mask and, well, it was Cable!

A few years later, in The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix #2 (by Scott Lobdell, Gene Ha and Al Vey), we learn that Stryfe, a clone of Cable (we knew that already from some X-Men crossover), was given his mutant powers early by Apocalypse in the future, as Apoclaypse believed that the boy WAS the actual Nathan Summers (Cable’s real name)…

Go to the next page for the top three!

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