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Name: Cain Marko Occupation: professional criminal Identity:
secret Legal Status: American citizen with no criminal record as yet
Other Aliases: none Place of Birth: Berkeley, Calif. Marital Status: single Known Relatives: Kurt Marko (father,
a deceased), Marjorie Marko (mother, deceased), Sharon Xavier (stepmother, deceased),
Charles F. Xavier (stepbrother) Group Affiliation: Excalibur, formerly X-Men, frequent
associate of Black Tom Cassidy Base of Operations: Mobile First Appearance:
History: Cain Marko is the son of Dr. Kurt
Marko, an atomic researcher. Cain's parents separated and Cain was eventually
sent to a boarding school. Kurt Marko's colleague, Dr. Brian Xavier, another atomic
researcher, died in an accident, and Kurt Marko eventually married Xavier's widow
Sharon for her great wealth. On marrying Sharon, Kurt Marko moved into her large
Westchester County mansion, where he lived with her and her young son Charles.
Cain, who had become a cruel and spiteful boy, came to live at the mansion as
Cain immediately began bullying his new stepbrother Charles. But Cain
was often secretly beaten by his abusive father. Charles' vast telepathic powers
were beginning to develop, and on one occasion he found himself experiencing the
anguished thoughts and emotions of Cain after Cain had been beaten by his father.
The inexperienced young Charles could not control or end his contact with Cain's
mind at this time. Somehow Cain sensed that Charles was reading his mind and had
discovered his secret shame. Cain believed that Charles had invaded his thoughts
deliberately, and from then on Cain regarded Charles as his enemy. Cain was abusive
to his stepbrother at every opportunity.
Getting into a disagreement with
his father over money, Cain accidentally upset some explosive chemicals and caused
a fire to engulf his father's home laboratory. Though Kurt Marko managed to rescue
both Cain and Charles from the fire, he himself died of smoke inhalation. Sharon
Xavier Marko had died sometime before, tormented by the lovelessness of her marriage
to Marko. Cain Marko continued to live in the Xavier
mansion, growing increasingly resentful of his stepbrother's scholastic and
athletic achievements as wall as of his telepathic powers, which Xavier mastered
as he grew older.
What happened to Marko after he left home is unclear.
However, it is known that he became a mercenary and was eventually imprisoned
in a Third World jail when the revolutionary forces he was fighting for were defeated.
In the jail he became friends with a fellow mercenary, Black
Tom Cassidy, who used his mutant powers to help them escape.
Marko and Xavier found themselves serving together in the same U.S. military unit
in Asia. Marko deserted under fire and Xavier went after him to bring him back.
Xavier followed Marko into a cave that housed the lost secret temple of Cyttorak,
a powerful mystical entity. Marko impulsively grabbed a glowing ruby from the
lap of an idol and read the inscription (which mystically appeared to his mind
to be in English): "Whosoever touches this gem shall possess the power of
the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak. Henceforth, you who read these words shall become
forevermore a human juggernaut." As Xavier watched, the gem's mystical power
transformed Marko into a larger, superhuman being. Just then enemy high explosive
bombardment caused a cave-in, and Marko was buried under several thousand tons
of rock. Xavier survived and returned to his unit.
Marko, now the Juggernaut,
eventually dug himself free with his newfound power and made his way to America
to use his power to kill Xavier. He was defeated by Xavier and his original team
of X-Men. Over the years the Juggernaut has
clashed with Xavier and both the original and new teams of X-Men repeatedly. He
has also formed a successful criminal partnership with his old friend Black Tom
recently the sentient psionic being known as Onslaught,
actually an amalgamation of the psyches of Xavier and Magneto,
would-be world conqueror and mutant Master of Magnetism, ripped the Crimson Gem
of Cyttorak from Juggernaut's body and imprisoned him within. Inside the jewel,
Cain learned he was an avatar for Cyttorak. As such, the otherworldly entity sought
to assume control of Juggernaut's form. But Cain, through sheer force of will,
destroyed the evil god and returned to Earth, stronger than ever, but unable to
fully control his amplified abilities.
Cyttorak was merely one of a pantheon
of eight gods, all with earthbound avatars. These Exemplars enlisted the Juggernaut's
aid in constructing a machine that would enslave the human race. As the Exemplars
tended to in their final preparations, Cain withdrew deep into himself, where
he clashed with Cytorrak. Charles entered his stepbrother's mind to aid him in
the battle, but the Exemplar known as Bedlam sensed his presence and expelled
him. Still, Charles' short stay in Juggernaut's head had helped Cain regain control
of his psyche. After defeating Cyttorak, Juggernaut destroyed the Exemplars' God
Machine. He then turned his attention to the avatars themselves, defeating each
Juggernaut again was cast as a hero when the sentient spaceship
Prosh escaped the confines of a Celestial
prison, returned to Earth and dispatched a group of disparate
beings on a journey through time to uncover the keys to
preserving human evolution. Besides Cain, Prosh's task force
included Phoenix and Iceman,
members of the X-Men; and Mystique
and Toad, mutant terrorists.
Their mission: Save the human race from a threat that might
not manifest itself for millions of years. Juggernaut was
shown that for all his physical strength, he long has lacked
strength of character. Despite all his yearning for power,
he has squandered his supernaturally enhanced abilities.
When Prosh reassembled the members of his team in the present,
they fought and defeated the enigmatic alien entity known
as the Stranger, who sought to control the natural evolution
of humans and mutants. If not acquiring a newfound respect
for life and human dignity, at least Juggernaut gained a
better sense of understanding for the mutant plight.
6 ft. 10 in. Weight: 900 lbs. Eyes: Blue Here: red brown
Level: The Juggernaut possesses Class 100 strength,
enabling him to lift (press) over 100 tons. The Juggernaut
is said to be unstoppable, and the upper limit to his strength
is not known.
Superhuman Powers: The Juggernaut possesses untold power,
mystical in nature, which enhances his strength to an as
yet unknown degree and makes him a seemingly irresistible,
unstoppable being. Once he begins to walk in a certain direction,
no obstacle or force on Earth has been observed to be able
to stop him. Apparently, only he can stop himself. Some
obstacles (many tons of rock, for example) or forces (such
as plasma-discharge cannons) may slow his pace considerably,
but nothing has yet stopped him permanently from advancing.
Besides giving him vast superhuman strength,
the mystical energy of Cyttorak gives the Juggernaut an
extraordinary degree of resistance to all forms of injury.
The Juggernaut can shield himself even further from injury
by mentally surrounding himself with a force field. Enveloped
by his force field, the Juggernaut has survived the fiery
explosion of a truck transporting a huge quantity of oil
without any injury whatsoever. The Juggernaut can survive
indefinitely without food, water, or oxygen. He is sustained
by his mystical energies alone.
In the past the Juggernaut has temporarily
possessed telepathic abilities and certain mystical powers,
all of which he has since lost.
Limitations: The Juggernaut does have
certain vulnerabilities. He can be affected by mystical
forces of sufficient strength. Without his helmet and/or
skullcap, both constructed of an unknown mystical metal,
he is vulnerable to psionic attacks against his mind. Nimrod,
a robot from the future of an alternate Earth, successfully
attacked the Juggernaut's mind and nervous system with advanced
weaponry producing tight-beam high-frequency sound waves
and a synapse dislocate that jammed his neural impulses.
However, had the Juggernaut used his force field, perhaps
he might have proved invulnerable even to these futuristic
Juggernaut once attempted to transform Black Tom Cassidy
into a being like himself with the ruby of Cyttorek. The
result was that both Marko and Cassidy were Juggernauts,
but each had considerably less power than Marko had possessed
when he was the sole Juggernaut. (Marko and Cassidy each
claimed to have half Marko's previous power, but this is
inaccurate, considering that the Juggernaut's previous power
level was virtually immeasurable.) Marko finally regained
his full power, and hurled the ruby into orbit so that no
one else could ever use it.
Paraphernalia: The Juggernaut wears
a helmet fashioned from an unknown mystical metal found
in the dimension of Cyttorak. Wearing this helmet, the Juggernaut
is able to resist all forms of psionic attack on his mind
successfully. Recently, the Juggernaut constructed a skullcap
from scraps of the metal he used to construct the helmet.
He wears the skullcap under, his helmet. Hence, if his helmet
is somehow removed in battle, the skullcap will provide
him continued protection from psionic attacks on his mind.