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The Nasty Boys were Mister Sinister’s second group of mutant thugs and mercenaries. Why he chose to temporarily replace the Marauders with this new group was never explained. Strangely enough, the Nasty Boys featured more prominently in the X-Men cartoon than they ever did in the comics.

Working for: Mr. Sinister

Membership: Slab, Gorgeous George, Hairbag, Ruckus, Ramrod
Associates: Ricochet, Multiple Man II

First appeared: X-Factor (1st series) #74 [Slab; team is mentioned], #75 [whole team]

  • The renegade Madrox first tried to assert his independence during Fallen Angels #1-8.
  • None of the other characters appeared before.
  • The storyline which introduced the Nasty Boys began in X-Factor (1st series) #71, when Quicksilver's own power was slowly killing him because his metabolism and his aging speeded up, and X-Factor (1st series) #72-73, when the second Madrox showed up to battle X-Factor’s Multiple Man, claiming to be the real Madrox.

  • Chronology
    X-Factor (1st series) #74: Strong Guy is challenged to a battle at the Washington Monument by an evil mutant named Slab. Slab claims to be a Nasty Boy when introducing himself.
    X-Factor (1st series) #75: The whole team is seen together. Madrox and evil Madrox merge, but the real Jamie re-asserts his dominance inside their shared body, re-absorbing the renegade dupe and learning the Nasty Boys’ plans. X-Factor’s political nemesis, Senator Steven Shaffran, is revealed to be a mutant named Ricochet and is behind Quicksilver's health problems. X-Factor defeats the Nasty Boys at the capitol building, taking them into custody. Inside, Havok and Multiple Man confront “Senator Shaffran” (really a disguised Sinister), who acts like a maniac before fleeing. His reputation ruined and outted as a mutant to the public, the real Shaffran tries to shoot Sinister for betraying him, only to catch a bullet in the head on the “ricochet” when his shot bounces off Sinister.
    X-Factor (1st series) #77-78: Ramrod is mentioned as being deported from the US; Slab and Hairbag are rescued from prison by the MLF. Sinister takes Hairbag back from MLF. Slab is revealed to be Thumbelina's brother.

    In between
  • Slab, after being rescued from prison by his sister Thumbelina, works with the MLF during the X-Cutioner's Song crossover. He is captured by an X-Posse in X-Men (2nd series) #15.

  • Chronology continued
    X-Factor (1st series) #104-105:The Nasty Boys team is fully re-assembled. They hunt down the former Marauder Malice, who went after Polaris again. Her intent is to kill Lorna, because she fears that Sinister would want to permanently bond them again. A fight breaks out: Sinister and the Nasty Boys versus Malice versus Havok and Polaris. Since both Lorna and Alex try to absorb Malice to prevent the other from being possessed, Malice is torn apart and perishes. The conflict has no meaning anymore, and so Sinister and the Nasty Boys take their leave.

  • Much later, Ruckus attended one of presidential candidate Kelly's speeches in disguise, trying to kill him, but the X-Men put him into custody. [X-Men Forever #1]
  • None of the other Nasty Boys have not appeared since 1994. Mister Sinister has returned to using the Marauders as his primary henchmen.

  • Members

    Slab (Kris Anderson)
    First appearance: X-Factor (1st series) #74

    All Nasty Boys appearances: X-Factor (1st series) #74-75, 77, 104-105

    Powers: Superhuman strength, endurance, and resistance to physical harm. He draws on a limited source of extra-dimensional bio-mass to expand his body and muscle, increasing his size and strength to a certain degree.

    Fact: Slab's sister is Thumbelina of the Mutant Liberation Front.

    Gorgeous George (George Blair)
    First appearance: X-Factor (1st series) #75

    All appearances: X-Factor (1st series) #75, 104-105

    Powers: Physical structure is composed of tar-like ooze that he can stretch and expand at will, adhere to solid material, reduce to a formless puddle, and use to encase or constrict around solid objects.

    Fact: Gorgeous George once drank so much he forgot how long his arms were supposed to be. George’s real name was only listed in the Marvel Handbooks, and did not appear in in-continuity text.

    Hairbag (Michael Suggs)
    First appearance: X-Factor (1st series) #75

    All Nasty Boys appearances: X-Factor (1st series) #75, 77-78, 104-105

    Powers: Animal mutation gives him heightened strength, speed, agility, stamina, and reflexes, hyper-acute senses, razor sharp fangs and talons, and body hair that can be flexed into pointed quills.

    Note: In the cartoon, Hairbag could exhale a poisonous cloud from his throat. In the Mutant Empire novels, he could fire his quills as projectiles. Neither ability has ever been seen in the comics.

    Ruckus (Clement Wilson)
    First appearance: X-Factor (1st series) #75

    All appearances: X-Factor (1st series) #75, 104-105

    Powers: Psionically records all sound waves in his environment, and can then amplify them a thousand-fold to transmit through his vocal chords as high-decibel echoes.

    Fact: Ruckus’s real name was only listed in the Marvel Handbooks, and did not appear in in-continuity text.

    Ramrod (Patrick Mahoney)
    First appearance: X-Factor (1st series) #75

    All appearances: X-Factor (1st series) #75, 104-105

    Powers: Manipulates wooden fibers, allowing him to summon forth roots from beneath the ground and direct them how he wishes or alter his shillelagh to increase its length or extend sharpened spikes.

    Equipment: Ramrod carries a shillelagh so he always has something he can use his powers on.

    Facts: Ramrod was an illegal immigrant, and was deported for his crimes. He has since returned, again probably illegally. Ramrod’s real name was only listed in the Marvel Handbooks, and did not appear in in-continuity text.

    Nasty Boys associates

    Ricochet (Senator Steven Shaffran)
    First appearance: X-Factor (1st series) #72
    Last appearance: X-Factor (1st series) #75 [shot by a stray bullet he himself fired]

    All Nasty Boys appearances: X-Factor (1st series) #72-75

    Powers: Generates a psionic probability matrix that guides events in his favor and against his opponent. This ability is rather nebulous, but it has been used in the past to cause people to make rash, uninformed decisions and create situations where a mutant's power will work against itself.

    Ricochet first used his powers on Quicksilver, then Madrox and Strong Guy, as part of a plan to destabilize and discredit the new X-Factor team before it could become properly established. After X-Factor Ricochet planned to take on the Avengers, wanting to kill the Scarlet Witch, as she was the only one with powers similar to his. Sinister, disguised as Shaffran, battled X-Factor, with a public display of power that discredited Shaffran as a mutant villain. Shaffran confronted Sinister and shot him in the back. The bullet ricocheted off him, killing Shaffran himself.

    Multiple Man II
    First appearance: Fallen Angels #2 [presumed]
    First Nasty Boys appearance: X-Factor (1st series) #72
    Last appearance: X-Factor (1st series) #75 [re-absorbed by Madrox]

    All Nasty Boys appearances: X-Factor (1st series) #72-75

    Powers: Utilize the kinetic energy released upon impact as a catalyst agent to initiate a complete and total replication of his body’s cells, splitting off exact duplicates of himself with whom he shares an empathic link and can absorb back into himself later.

    - This rogue duplicate somehow developed a sense of self separate from the real Madrox, and joined the Fallen Angels, while the original Madrox stayed behind at Muir Island. When exactly this dupe split off from Madrox Prime is unclear, but it seems that the Madrox who went to New York with Siryn and Moira in Fallen Angels #2 was this renegade duplicate, and he was the Jamie seen throughout the rest of the series. This follows with the later conversation between the real Madrox and Siryn in X-Force (1st series) #17, when he claimed the man she had a relationship with in the Angels wasn’t really him.


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