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|First appearance||Captain America Annual Vol.1 #4 (1977)|
|Created by||Jack Kirby|
|Alter ego||Ned Lathrop|
|Team affiliations||Mutant Force
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
|Abilities||Can manipulate gravity, increasing his density, strength, and endurance, and levitate matter.|
The fictional character Lifter first appeared in Captain America Annual #4 in 1977, and was created by Jack Kirby. Lifter subsequently appeared in Defenders vol. 1 #78-80, 83, 87, 125-126, and 128-130. As Meteorite, he appeared in Captain America vol. 1 #343, 346, 368, 394, and 426. He appeared once again as Lifter in New Warriors vol. 2, #6.
Lifter appeared as part of the "Mutant Force" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #9.
Fictional character biography
Ned Lathrop was discovered and recruited by Magneto to become a member of his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, taking the code-name Lifter. After being abandoned by Magneto, Lathrop and his teammates become known as Mutant Force. Under this name they work for the United States government, and, later, the Secret Empire.
Lathrop changes his code-name to Meteorite when the Mutant Force become the Resistants. The Resistants' protest against the United States' Mutant Registration Act was cut short by a clash with John Walker, the then-current Captain America.
Powers and abilities
Lifter's mutant power gives him the ability to lift heavy objects by canceling the effect of gravity upon them.
His name has been included on a list of mutants who have been depowered by the events of House of M and "Decimation" that was printed by Wizard Magazine. However the accuracy of the list has been disputed  and Lifter has not yet been listed or shown as depowered in any Marvel Comics publications.
Civil War: House of M
- Captain America Annual #4
- Defenders vol. 1 #78-80 (December 1979-February 1980)
- Defenders vol. 1 #83 (May 1980)
- Defenders vol. 1 #125
- Captain America #343
- Civil War: House of M #4
- Lifter at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
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