Nasty Boys

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Nasty Boys
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceX-Factor #75
Created byPeter David
In-story information
Member(s)Former members
Gorgeous George
Hairbag
Ramrod
Ruckus
Slab

The Nasty Boys, sometimes referred to incorrectly as the Nasty Boyz, are a fictional group of supervillain mutants appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. This group exists in Marvel's shared universe, known as the Marvel Universe.

They are the personal strike force of X-Men and X-Factor nemesis Mister Sinister. The Nasty Boys should not be confused with the Marauders, who were a group of mercenaries brought together by Mister Sinister to specifically kill the Morlocks.

Fictional team biography[edit]

Self-proclaimed "Nasty Boy" Slab faced X-Factor member Strong Guy before the full team appeared.[1] The full team battled X-Factor in the next issue seemingly led by U.S. Senator Steven Shaffran. Senator Shaffran (also known as Ricochet) was a mutant who could alter probability in his favor. The Shaffran that appeared with the Nasty Boys was a disguised Mister Sinister who had taken the Senator's form in order to publicly discredit him as a mutant terrorist. Sinister tells Shaffran he did it because of the harm that would come to mutants if he became President of the United States. He also tells him that he has a personal interest in the safety of Havok and Polaris.[2]

The Nasty Boys were taken into custody following their first appearance and battle in Washington D.C. Ramrod is subsequently deported from the U.S. due to his immigrant status. Both Hairbag and Slab are rescued from prison by the Mutant Liberation Front (MLF). Sinister collects Hairbag from them, but Slab stays with the MLF for several weeks to spend time with his sister, the MLF's Thumbelina.[3]

The five members of the Nasty Boys are reunited when Sinister orders them to capture and kill former Maurader Malice. Malice interrupts the Hawaiian vacation of Havok and his girlfriend Lorna Dane (a.k.a. Polaris) in order to kill the latter mutant, whom she fears (at Sinister's request) she may be forced to bond to permanently. The Nasty Boys have a hard time controlling the situation, as Malice continues to jump back and forth between Alex and Lorna. She uses their considerable powers against anyone in her way. Both Alex and Lorna are willing to die in order to end Malice once and for all, and their combined willpower forces Malice to be stuck between them. This allows Sinister to trap her. The Boys get away, as their battle does not draw the attention of the local authorities until after their getaway.[4]

Later, Ruckus appears at a speech given by Senator Kelly in an attempt to assassinate the senator. The X-Men stop Ruckus, and he is placed in custody.[5] Ruckus was apparently able to evade custody as he was seen attending the X-Cise clinic as a client in the hope of receiving the mutant cure, however this was all a scheme by the Red Skull. Joined with Ramrod, Ruckus later travelled to England and attempted to rob banks but both were arrested[6], and saved by the X-Men from a Terrigen Mist cloud about to hit their prison.[7]

Meanwhile Slab, Ruckus and Gorgeous George established a drug lab, harvesting and selling mutant growth hormone, until Psylocke attacked their lab, defeated the three in combat and shut down their operation.[8] The Nasty Boys were later hunted down and killed by the Upstarts, in order to lure out Cyclops and his ragtag team of X-Men to Washington Heights. After a brief moment of words, the two groups engaged each other in battle with the X-Men gaining the upperhand.[9]

Members[edit]

There are five Nasty Boys:

Ruckus[edit]

Ruckus (Clement Wilson) is the field leader who possesses the mutant power to absorb ambient sounds, amplify them in his body and scream them back with great force. The resulting sonic attack (a nearby police siren amplified a thousandfold, for example) can be released in the form of a concentrated blast or with a larger area of effect. Ruckus believes himself to be above the law, and tries to show off this superiority at every chance he gets; he once hit a grocery store, severely wounded the store clerk and blasted his way through police just to get some free beer.

Gorgeous George[edit]

Gorgeous George (George Blair) is a mutant whose body is composed of an unidentified semi-solid, tar-like substance. Effectively, George possesses limited shape-shifting powers enabling him to elongate, inflate, or open holes into his body at will. His semi-solid form gives him a certain degree of resistance to physical harm, as he can allow projectiles to pass harmless through his gelatin-like body. Like the other members of The Nasty Boys, little has been revealed about him.

Hairbag[edit]

Hairbag (Michael Suggs) was recruited by Mister Sinister and possesses a feral mutation that grants him enhanced strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, resistance to injury, superhumanly acute senses, fangs, claws, fur covering his body and flexible hair follicles. During altercations with X-Factor, Hairbag often fought against Wolfsbane. In the Nasty Boys' final fight, Hairbag was captured along with his teammate Slab and taken to a holding cell by X-Factor. While waiting for his lawyer to negotiate bail, Hairbag and Slab were broken out of prison by the Mutant Liberation Front and returned to the Nasty Boys shortly afterwards. In the animated series X-Men, Hairbag has poisonous breath.

Ramrod[edit]

Ramrod (Patrick Mahony) can psionically control wood and plants. He always carries with him a wooden staff with which he can use his powers offensively. He is also an undocumented immigrant in the United States. Unlike the other Nasty Boys, Ramrod did not appear in the TV series.

Slab[edit]

Slab (Kris Anderson) is the team's resident powerhouse, able to increase his size and thereby boost his strength, stamina and resistance to injury to levels similar to those of Strong Guy. Slab was the first of the Nasty Boys to appear, after calling out Strong Guy in X-Factor #74. His sister is the villainous Thumbelina, once a member of Stryfe's Mutant Liberation Front.

In other media[edit]

The Nasty Boys as shown on the X-Men animated series

While the Nasty Boys make few appearances in comics featuring "X" teams, the villainous team was featured prominently in FOX's 1992 X-Men animated TV series with Ruckus voiced by Dan Hennessey and Gorgeous George voiced by Rod Wilson. Appearing first in the episode "'Til Death Do Us Part, Part II", the cartoon featured four of the Boys: Gorgeous George (the Boys' field leader), Hairbag, Ruckus, and Slab. Ramrod never appeared in the series. The X-Man Morph, who had been resurrected by Sinister, had an "evil" side to his personality. "Evil" Morph was often a part-time member of the Nasty Boys, but Sinister increasingly lost control of him. The Nasty Boys reappeared in both parts of "Reunion" where, teamed with the Savage Land Mutates. They proved to be quite imposing to the X-Men, whom Sinister had rendered powerless. The X-Men eventually regained their powers, freed Morph from Sinister completely, and defeated Sinister and the Boys. After leaving the Savage Land, the Boys reappeared with Sinister in all four parts of "Beyond Good and Evil". Vertigo apparently accompanied them (Sinister had given her a Magneto-inspired energy boost in "Reunion") and was made into a member, despite her female status. In the comics, Vertigo was originally a member of the Savage Land Mutates, but then ended up joining the Marauders and helped to annihilate most of the Morlocks during the "Mutant Massacre".

References[edit]

  1. ^ X-Factor #74
  2. ^ X-Factor #75
  3. ^ X-Factor #77–78
  4. ^ X-Factor #104–105
  5. ^ X-Men Forever #1
  6. ^ X-Men Legacy (2nd series) #11
  7. ^ Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1
  8. ^ Uncanny X-Men (4th series) #15
  9. ^ Uncanny X-Men (Vol. 5) #20

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