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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.


  • 1 Vertigo (Salem’s Seven)
  • 2 Vertigo (Marauder)
    • 2.1 Fictional character biography
      • 2.1.1 Marauders
      • 2.1.2 Marauders/Cloned
      • 2.1.3 Messiah Complex and Death
    • 2.2 Powers and abilities
  • 3 In other media
    • 3.1 Television
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Vertigo (Salem’s Seven)

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.

Vertigo (Marauder)

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Art by Marc Silvestri.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Fanfare vol. 1 #1 (March, 1982)
Created by Chris Claremont
Michael Golden
In-story information
Alter ego Unrevealed
Species Savage Land Mutate
Team affiliations Savage Land Mutates
Abilities Ability to induce extreme disorientation and unconsciousness

[edit] Fictional character biography

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.[1]

[edit] Marauders

Later, she joined the Marauders, a group of mutants working as assassins for the enigmatic geneticist known as Mister Sinister.[2] 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,[volume & issue needed] Thor,[volume & issue needed] X-Factor,[volume & issue needed] and Power Pack.[volume & issue needed] With the Marauders, she also attempted to kill Madelyne Pryor.[3]

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”.[volume & issue needed] She was apparently killed in battle with the X-Men.[4] Her alliance with Sinister was short-lived at that time, as she soon rejoined her Savage Land Mutate allies.[volume & issue 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.[volume & issue needed]

[edit] Marauders/Cloned

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.[citation needed][original research?]

[edit] Messiah Complex and Death

Vertigo later reappears as a member of the reformed Marauders.[5] 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.[volume & issue 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[6].

[edit] Powers and abilities

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.

[edit] In other media

[edit] Television

  • The second Vertigo also appeared in the X-Men Animated Series. She was one of the followers of Mister Sinister in the Savage Land. In the series, her powers were amplified after Mister Sinister genetically modified her with Magneto’s DNA. Later in the X-Men Animated Series she joins The Nasty Boys who were working for Mr. Sinister too.[citation needed]
  • The first Vertigo was among the Salem’s Seven that appears in The Avengers: United They Stand episode “The Sorceress’ Apprentice.”[citation needed]
  • Vertigo first appears in the Wolverine and the X-Men episode “eXcessive Force” voiced by Vanessa Marshall. She appears as a member of Mister Sinister’s Marauders. Vertigo and Blockbuster were pursuing Berzerker in the sewers only to run into Cyclops. She escaped to warn Arclight as Cyclops catches up to them. As Cyclops attacks Arclight, Vertigo escapes.[citation needed]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Marvel Fanfare #1
  2. ^ revealed in Uncanny X-Men #211
  3. ^ Uncanny X-Men #221
  4. ^ Uncanny X-Men #241
  5. ^ X-Men #200
  6. ^ New X-Men vol. 2 #46

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