Marvel character highlight #04: Juggernaut

NAME: Cain Marko

AFFILIATION: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, X-Men

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Unstoppable force once moving, superhuman strength, endurance and immortality through the gem of Cyttorak.

BACKGROUND: Cain Marko became part of Charles Xavier’s family through the marriage of his father and Xavier’s mother. Cain bullied Charles at any opportunity because of several factors, including the fact that his father was abusive and because Cain was jealous of Charles’ success and intelligence. Later, Cain joined the army and was sent to Korea. It was here during an expedition that Cain stumbled upon the Gem of Cyttorak, an artifact of a lost civilization. Upon reading the inscription, Cain was transformed into a living avatar of the gem. He was lost in a cave-in shortly after that took years for him to dig his way out of. The gem, however, sustained him. He has no need of food, water or oxygen. He is immortal and once moving is an unstoppable force through the magic of the gem. He is not, however, a mutant. According to classified documents on the X-Men adversaries, Cain is a mystical being and avatar of a god. He has menaced the X-Men since though in alternate universes such as the Age of Apocalypse, he has been part of the group that he hates with all of his being. Juggernaut is also known as a freelance worker for hire, sometimes teaming with Black Tom Cassidy or working with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

RELATIONSHIPS: Charles Xavier, stepbrother. David Heller (Legion), uncle.

FIRST VERSUS GAME APPEARANCE: X-Men vs. Street Fighter

APPEARANCES IN OTHER MEDIA: Marvel vs. Capcom (arcade), Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (arcade), X-Men Legends (PlayStation 2/Xbox), Marvel Ultimate Alliance (Wii/Xbox 360/PlayStation 3), X-Men the Animated Series (television), X-Men: The Last Stand (film), X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PlayStation 2/Xbox), X-Men: Next Dimension (Xbox/PlayStation 2/GameCube), X-Men: Evolution (television), Wolverine and the X-Men animated series (television), Spider-Man & The X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge (SNES), Uncanny X-Men (NES), X-Men (arcade), Marvel Super Heroes (arcade).

Strip Talk #01: True Believer

Thanks, Beeb, for making a ‘true believer’

Lyndsey Mosley, editor-in-chief

If comic book experiences were the barometer of my maturity as a person, I would be a late bloomer. I didn’t get into the print animated side of life until I was 8 years old. I was a youngling interested in getting away from the monotony of the grocery store with my mother when I discovered Archie comic books in the checkout line. I soaked up the adventures of Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and the gang.

From there, I jumped into early Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tales. Already a huge fan (and still am) of the original cartoon series, the four green dudes with attitudes captivated my reading attention for years. It wasn’t until I discovered that my artist uncle held the comic book world in his domain that anything like Marvel or DC caught my attention.

My uncle Beeb is a phenomenal artist. He is one of the few people I know that can look at something and reproduce it without trouble. He doesn’t trace; he draws it by sight. He works with all kinds of materials, be it paints or pencils or even crayons. Comics are his favorites, really. He can recreate almost any panel he sees with ease.

So as a small child you can imagine my delight when I realized he had a comic stash tucked away for his own reading enjoyment. When I visited my grandmother, which was nearly everyday, I was free to read his comics as long as I didn’t damage them. It was through him that I learned that the art of comic book storytelling was a sacred thing, something to be revered and respected with the utmost care.

It was also through him that I learned that visiting comic book shops were almost like going to church. My philosophy: You take everything in when you get there and there is always a lesson to be learned. With his guidance I began learning about the X-Men, Superman and Batman. Out of those, the X-Men intrigued me the most. And it’s because of Beeb that I am blessed with the immense knowledge of comics that I have acquired over the years.

Thanks, Beeb.

Lyndsey Mosley is the editor of Gaming Insurrection. Contact her at gicomics@gaminginsurrection.com