Erg. X-Men: The 198 #5
Art by Jim Muniz
|First appearance||Power Pack v1 #12 (July, 1985)|
|Created by||Louise Simonson
|Abilities||Absorb nearby energy (including kinetic impacts) and release it as electricity from right eye|
The character subsequently appears in The Uncanny X-Men #195 (July 1985), X-Factor #10 (November 1986), Power Pack #27 (December 1986), X-Factor #11-12 (December 1986-January 1987), #15 (April 1987), Decimation: House of M - The Day After #1 (January 2006), X-Men: The 198 #1 (March 2006), X-Men: The 198 Files #1 (March 2006), X-Men #183 (April 2006), X-Men: The 198 #2-5 (April–July 2006), and The Uncanny X-Men #487-491 (August–December 2007).
Erg appeared as part of the "Morlocks" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #9.
Fictional character biography
Erg was a member of the Morlocks, and was one of the few Morlocks to survive the Marauders' attack during the 'Mutant Massacre'.[volume & issue needed] He was also one of the first mutants to seek a safe haven at the Xavier Institute following M-Day, when most mutants lost their powers.[volume & issue needed] Erg, Mammomax, and Peepers were running from members of the murderous Sapien League. They had the institute in sight when they were taken down by a shock grenade and tasers. The Leper Queen orders her men to kill them. The League members set up three St. Andrew's crosses (which are "X" shaped) with braces to keep the crosses upright. Erg is tied to one of the crosses. Gasoline was poured on and a lit match tossed. Erg regains consciousness when the lower legs of the cross were blazing. He would have died if he hadn't been yanked off by Wolverine. The X-Man had been sitting in the Xavier estate woods, letting Colossus sketch him.
Erg remained at the Xavier Institute with many other mutants, some unwillingly, becoming something of a ringleader for the non-X-Men members of the 198. It was Erg's idea to raise a "198" flag, the number representing what was originally thought to be the number of mutants left in the world after the Decimation. He was also one of a few mutants who attacked Sentinel Squad O*N*E (Office of National Emergency) because they want to leave the Xavier estate.[volume & issue needed]
Erg was also one of the unfortunate mutants who accepted having an electronic tag inserted in order to be allowed to go out on a supervised group trip to Salem Center. Dr. Cooper told the mutants that the tags were "...a harmless tracking device, inserted under the skin with a simple and painless surgical process." That was not true, as Erg later discovered, as the tags had the ability to generate disabling electronic pulses. Later, Mister M freed the chipped mutants of their devices.[volume & issue needed]
During "The Extremists" arc, Erg reappeared alongside some of his fellow Morlocks under the leadership of Masque. Besides Erg, this group consisted of Bliss, Litterbug, the undercover Skids, and the captured Leech.
Powers and abilities
Erg is a mutant who is able to absorb all forms of energy and project them in blasts from his right eye, which he calls his "electric eye".
In other media
Erg has appeared in a few episodes of the X-Men: The Animated Series with his fellow Morlocks and fought the X-Men.
- "House Of M: The Day After" #1 (Jan. 2006)
- "X-Men: The 198" #1
- Uncanny X-Men 488-491 (2007)
- Dark Avengers #7
- New Mutants #14
- Erg at the Marvel Universe