Vertigo is the name of two separate characters in the Marvel Universe possessing similar powers. The member of Salem’s Seven, whose father is Nicholas Scratch, first appeared in Fantastic Four #186 while the more well-known character to be called Vertigo first appearance was in Marvel Fanfare #1 (March 1982) and was created by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden.
The first known Vertigo was a member of Salem’s Seven led by Nicholas Scratch. Aptly, she was able to induce sensations of extreme vertigo in her opponents. She is the daughter of Nicholas Scratch and granddaughter of Agatha Harkness.
Art by Marc Silvestri.
|First appearance||Marvel Fanfare vol. 1 #1 (March, 1982)|
|Created by||Chris Claremont
|Species||Savage Land Mutate|
|Team affiliations||Savage Land Mutates
|Abilities||Ability to induce extreme disorientation and unconsciousness|
Vertigo is a native of the Savage Land who obtained superhuman powers at a young age by genetic engineering. Her powers enable her to render a person severely dizzy and even unconscious. She was initially a member of the Savage Land Mutates, with whom she first battled the X-Men and Spider-Man.
Later, she joined the Marauders, a group of mutants working as assassins for the enigmatic geneticist known as Mister Sinister. Sinister wanted his assassins to destroy a large community of mutants, known as the Morlocks, who lived under New York City, as he had deemed them genetically useless. The Marauders did succeed in annihilating a large number of the underground mutants. While the Marauders were accomplishing this, they also clashed with the X-Men,[volumeÂ &Â issueÂ needed] Thor,[volumeÂ &Â issueÂ needed] X-Factor,[volumeÂ &Â issueÂ needed] and Power Pack.[volumeÂ &Â issueÂ needed] With the Marauders, she also attempted to kill Madelyne Pryor.
Soon after this, Sinister sent Vertigo along with the other Marauders to fight the X-Men in New York City just before the extra-dimensional incursion known as the “Inferno”.[volumeÂ &Â issueÂ needed] She was apparently killed in battle with the X-Men. Her alliance with Sinister was short-lived at that time, as she soon rejoined her Savage Land Mutate allies.[volumeÂ &Â issueÂ needed]
Vertigo encountered the Avengers in the Savage Land. Vertigo used her powers to render them all unconscious and they were all taken captive briefly.[volumeÂ &Â issueÂ needed]
Vertigo is a member of Mister Sinister’s Marauders as well as living in the Savage Land. As a Marauder, she has been killed and cloned various times. It is unclear whether the Vertigo that appears in the Savage Land is another clone or indeed the original Vertigo. It appears the Savage Land Vertigo never left the Savage Land and doesn’t have any ties with the Marauders. Also the Marauder Vertigo clones are much crueler.[original research?]
Vertigo later reappears as a member of the reformed Marauders. Whether this is the original or a clone has yet to be explored.
During Messiah Complex, she aids the Marauders in search of the new mutant baby.[volumeÂ &Â issueÂ needed] After coming into a confrontation with Bishop and finally getting her hands on the baby, she joins the others in the final fight between the X-Men and X-Factor and the Marauders and the Acolytes, only to be eaten by Predator X, who was teleported in by the mutant Pixie.
Vertigo is an artificially enhanced mutate who possesses the superhuman power to project waves of psionic energy into her environment which affect the nervous systems of other living beings, distorting their physical perceptions and sense of balance. This power induces effects ranging from mild disorientation and vertigo to unconsciousness. Vertigo can focus her power on one or more individuals, or project it outward from herself in all directions, affecting everyone within her range of influence (the limit of which has never been defined).
Vertigo is not immune to her own powers, as she was thrown off balance when Thor reflected her psychic waves back at her with Mjolnir.