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Kurt Marko (Marvel)

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Kurt Marko is a nuclear scientist who worked alongside Charles Xavier's father Brian Xavier during an explosion at a nuclear facility at Alamogordo, New Mexico. Brian was killed, and Kurt subsequently provided comfort to Brian's widow Sharon Xavier, eventually convincing her that Charles needed a father to take care of him. Against Xavier's wishes, the two were wed, Kurt suddenly becoming a very wealthy man, due to the vast amounts of money left to Sharon by her late husband. Kurt spent most of his time away from his new wife and stepson. It was not long before it was discovered that Kurt only married Sharon for the money, admitting that he was jealous of Brian's wealth. The day after, Kurt's son from a previous marriage, Cain, moved in to the Xavier-Marko household. Sharon died shortly thereafter of a broken heart, leaving Xavier to live with only his stepfather and abusive stepbrother.

During an argument in Kurt's private laboratory, Cain accused Kurt of having a hand in Brian Xavier's "accidental" death at the disaster at Alamogordo. Kurt was quick to be steadfast in defending himself, taking Cain by the collar of his coat and yelling at him to "never say that again." Xavier was stationed outside the door, however, and overheard the conversation. When Cain realized, he intended to cause a ruckus by destroying some of his father's chemical experiments, throwing a vial of green liquid that caused similar containers to shatter, spilling the chemicals throughout the laboratory. The collision of the different substances caused a violent explosion that left the lab aflame. Kurt made his last act possibly the most unselfish one of his life, carrying his son and stepson to safety before dying of his own mortal wounds. In his dying words, Kurt begged forgiveness for not saving Brian Xavier when he had the chance, and telling Charles to keep his powers secret from Cain. Cain was standing over, however, and heard of Charles' gift. Although dying for a noble cause of saving Charles and Cain, with the knowledge of Charles' ability, a violent rivalry would be strong between the two stepbrothers for many years.


First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #12

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Issue Appearances:
Fear Itself: The Worthy (2011)
New X-Men (2004)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
X-Men Forever (2001)
X-Men Legacy (2008)
X-Men Unlimited (1993)

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