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The Vanisher
250px Xforce69 Vanisher
Cover to X-Force #69
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Men #2 (November, 1963)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Telford Porter
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations X-Force
Designer Gene Corporation
Brotherhood of Mutants
New Enforcers
Fallen Angels
Factor Three
Notable aliases El Hombre que Desaparece
Abilities Teleportation.

The Vanisher (Telford Porter) is a fictional character, a mutant supervillain of the Marvel Universe, and an opponent of the X-Men. The Vanisher is one of the X-Men’s oldest enemies having first appeared in X-Men #2 (November 1963). The Vanisher was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.


  • 1 Fictional character biography
    • 1.1 X-Teams
    • 1.2 X-Force
  • 2 Powers and abilities
  • 3 Bibliography
  • 4 Other versions
    • 4.1 Age of Apocalypse
    • 4.2 House of M
    • 4.3 Exiles Vanisher
    • 4.4 Ultimate Marvel
  • 5 Other media
    • 5.1 Television
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

[edit] Fictional character biography

Much of the Vanisher’s life remains a mystery, aside from his career as a professional criminal and subversive, though he was apparently born in Milton, Massachusetts. He is a mutant with the ability to teleport to any place he can think of. In his first appearance, he committed a series of spectacular crimes, built a large criminal organization, steals continental defense plans from the United States government, and then attempts to extort millions of dollars from the U.S. government by publicly threatening to sell the plans to communists unless he receives 10 million dollars. The Vanisher, with a large group of non-mutant followers, then goes to the front lawn of the White House to await his payment. Professor Xavier and the X-Men are able to intervene when Xavier induces amnesia upon the Vanisher. Forgetting he has mutant powers, the Vanisher is taken into police custody and the rest of the X-Men defeat the unruly followers.[1]

The Vanisher eventually regains his memory and joins Factor Three, a subversive organization of mutants who seek world domination. Factor Three is opposed by the X-Men when they attempt to start World War III between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Vanisher met the X-Men again, but this time as allies, when the Mutant Master, leader of Factor Three, is revealed to be an alien of the Siris race. The Mutant Master had a plan to conquer Earth. The rest of Factor Three, including the Vanisher, team up with the X-Men to defeat him.[2] The Vanisher was later held prisoner by the Sentinels, and was released through the X-Men’s intervention.[3]

The Vanisher disappears for a while but eventually comes out of hiding to fight the Champions. To do so, he becomes a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and uses reprogrammed Sentinels. He is defeated by the Champions and is trapped in mid-teleportation by Darkstar.[4] He also joins a group of villains to challenge the Fantastic Four, but is defeated.[volume & issue needed]

After traveling in another dimension with Nightcrawler, and returning to Earth,[5] the Vanisher returns to Earth to lead a group of young mutant thieves known as the Fallen Angels. Eventually they disband, and the Vanisher is left to his own devices.[6]

The Vanisher then kept to himself for a long period of time, until he was mentally controlled by Asylum to attack the New Warriors and other super heroes. Darkling, a superhuman who also uses energies from the Darkforce Dimension, is defeated and the Vanisher regains his free will.[7] Later, the Vanisher joins a second incarnation of the Enforcers, called the New Enforcers. The New Enforcers were a consortium that operated in obscurity. Along with Eel and a woman named Blitz, the Vanisher is part of the Outer Circle of the Enforcers, and becomes involved in a clash between the criminal organizations A.I.M. and HYDRA. The New Enforcers are confronted and eventually defeated by Spider-Man.[8]

[edit] X-Teams

At some point, the Vanisher seeks to understand his powers in greater detail. He visits the Darkforce dimension but is captured by its inhabitants. They force him to read them stories. He is rescued by X-Force’s Warpath, who had been manipulated into performing the mission.[volume & issue needed]

The Vanisher resurfaces as a leader of a South American drug cartel which was producing and distributing drugs that gave superhuman powers (possibly MGH), throughout the Americas. Stacy X, Iceman and Archangel were instrumental in stopping his North American operations.[volume & issue needed]

[edit] X-Force

The Vanisher is one of the few mutants that retained their superhuman powers after the M-Day. He resurfaces again [9] and is seen in possession of a large stockpile of the long-thought destroyed Legacy Virus.[volume & issue needed] Cyclops has ordered X-Force to recover it at all costs. In a confrontation with X-Force, he is injured and given a terminal brain tumor by Elixir, in order to secure his co-operation in retrieving the Virus.[volume & issue needed] He transports the team to one of the bases, only to be attacked by soldier of The Right, under command of the resurrected Cameron Hodge.[volume & issue needed] During the battle, he teleports away.[volume & issue needed] He is later seen bound and gagged and is seemingly forcibly inducted into the ranks of X-Force, for use as transport and extraction.[volume & issue needed] He continues working with the team for some time, even following them into the future to help find what seems to the first and last mutant child.[10]

[edit] Powers and abilities

The Vanisher is a mutant that possesses the ability to teleport himself, his clothes, and an as yet undetermined amount of additional mass. Apparently the Vanisher traverses the Darkforce dimension when teleporting from one place on Earth to another. His power appears to be psionic in nature. The limits on the Vanisher’s teleportational range and the maximum amount of mass he can teleport with himself are unknown, but he can teleport himself and several others from southern California to New York State without any visible strain. The Vanisher has a subconscious extrasensory ability that prevents him from materializing part or all of his body within a solid object, even if he has never before been to the area he is teleporting to. This allows Vanisher to teleport with greater ease than Nightcrawler. His powers once interacted with those of Nightcrawler, sending them both into alternate dimensions.[11]

The Vanisher has used guns which shoot gas or fire energy beams. He also once reprogrammed Sentinel robots to do his bidding.

[edit] Bibliography

  • Uncanny X-Men #2, 26-39, 59-60, 96-100, 408-409
  • Uncanny X-Men Annual 2001
  • Avengers Vol. 1 #103
  • Champions #17
  • Bizarre Adventures #27
  • Fallen Angels #1-8
  • Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #335
  • Web of Spider-Man #98-100
  • New Warriors Vol. 1 #33-34
  • X-Force Vol. 1 #69-71, 81
  • X-Force Vol. 2 #7
  • Thunderbolts #55

[edit] Other versions

[edit] Age of Apocalypse

In the dark reality known as Age of Apocalypse, the Vanisher was part of Apocalypse’s supremacist rulership. He was ordered to retrieve Magneto’s child while Apocalypse kept the X-Men leader busy. The Vanisher was able to locate Charles Lensherr in the Morlock Tunnels, but he was in the possession of the robotic french maid Nanny who killed the Vanisher with close-range plasma precision fire to protect the baby Charles.[volume & issue needed]

[edit] House of M

Vanisher works with Pyro and under the authority of Exodus as part of the mutant supremacist rulership of Australia. They are opposed by the Hulk who is mad that his native friends have been harassed.[12]

[edit] Exiles Vanisher

An alternate reality Vanisher appeared in Exiles and demonstrated the ability to teleport from the Earth to a station in space.[volume & issue needed]

[edit] Ultimate Marvel

The Vanisher is a member of the Brotherhood terrorist cell raided by Captain America and the Ultimates in Ultimate War.[volume & issue needed] He later reappears as a member of the Brotherhood in The Ultimates vol. 3.[volume & issue needed]

[edit] Other media

[edit] Television

  • Vanisher has appeared twice in Wolverine and the X-Men voiced by Steven Blum. He is a member of Professor X’s future X-Men team. In his first appearance, he assists Berzerker in springing the Professor and other mutants from an MRD camp. Later, he aids in the retrieval of Master Mold’s data core from a Sentinel holding facility.

[edit] References

  1. ^ X-Men Vol. 1 #2
  2. ^ X-Men Vol. 1 #37-39
  3. ^ X-Men Vol. 1 #60
  4. ^ Champions #17
  5. ^ Bizarre Adventures #27
  6. ^ Fallen Angels #1-8
  7. ^ New Warriors #33-34; New Warriors Annual #3
  8. ^ Web of Spider-Man #99 – 100
  9. ^ X-Force (Vol. 3) #7
  10. ^ X-Force (Vol. 3) #14
  11. ^ Nightcrawler limited series[volume & issue needed]
  12. ^ Incredible Hulk vol. 3, #83-85

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