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His principal ability was to enhance other mutants powers. He could enhance a mutant’s powers to occasionally dangerous limits beyond their control (temporarily powering them up at the expense of burning out their bodies).
He was highly intelligent and an able military strategist. Cortez was also a skilled martial artist, and often carried a gun.
Thought to be royalty from Spain, Fabian Cortez organized the original Acolytes, who pledged themselves to Magneto and his cause, with Cortez goading and manipulating Magneto into combat with humanity and the X-Men at every turn, leading to the destruction of Magneto’s space-station, Asteroid M, and the deaths of the other Acolytes, including Cortez’s own sister Anne Marie.
Believing Magneto to be dead, and martyred for his cause, Cortez recruited a new group of Acolytes to follow him in Magneto’s name, now worshipping him as their god. They launched several strikes on humanity, ranging from attacks on a military base where new Sentinels were being built, to slaughtering helpless humans in a hospital, but Magneto eventually resurfaced, sending his chosen heir Exodus to inform the Acolytes of Cortez’s betrayal. The Acolytes welcomed Exodus as their new leader, and Cortez was left behind.
Fearing Magneto’s wrath, Cortez fled to Genosha. Still claiming to speak in Magneto’s name, he incited the nation’s mutant population into starting a civil war against the humans, the world’s first instance of the long-threatened genetic war between man and mutant. With the aid of the mutates, Cortez kidnapped Magneto’s granddaughter Luna, intending to use her as a shield to protect himself from Magneto, the X-Men, and the Avengers. Cortez was unaware that Magneto had recently been mindwiped by Charles Xavier, and Exodus came to Genosha in his place, seemingly killing Cortez.
Cortez reappeared months later, claiming to have been badly injured, yet not actually killed, despite all appearances. He manipulated Joseph into posing as Magneto, pitting him against Exodus in an attempt to regain control of the Acolytes. Despite his scheme’s failure, he was allowed to return to the team. Months later, at a time when Exodus had briefly been imprisoned, the Acolytes split into two groups, each searching for Magneto. Cortez led one group, but they abandoned him during a battle with the X-Men, upon realising how he had been using them for his own purposes.
Alone again, Cortez was surprised to be recruited by Magneto himself, who was given control of Genosha, by the United Nations. Seeing as how Fabian Cortez had betrayed him earlier, Magneto had only let Fabian Cortez serve him on Genosha because his powers had been reduced and Cortez’s mutant power was to heighten the abilities of other mutants. After Magneto was restored to full power by one of the Genegineer’s machines he no longer needed Cortez and pulled him from a prison in Hammer Bay fifty miles to Carrion Cove in less than 20 seconds, the impact killing Cortez instantly
First Appearance: X-Men (1991) #1
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#1 Avengers (1998)
- 'Abraxas to Batwing'
Heroes for Hire/Quicksilver '98 (1998)
#1998 M.A.X. Yearbook (1993)
- 'The Siege of Wundagore Part 5: The Final Conflict'
#1 Magneto Rex (1999)
- 'Return of the Messiah'#2
- 'Kill Zone'#4
#1 Magneto: Dark Seduction (2000)
- 'Into Darkness'#3
- 'Once We Were Kings'
#1 Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
- 'The Masada Maneuver'#2
- 'Rotten Apples'#3
- 'Something Worth Fighting For'#4
- 'By Right of Force'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Book of the Dead 2004 (2004)
#1 Stryfe's Strike File (1993)
- 'The Beast in Me'#4
- 'The Inhuman Race'#5
- 'Mad City'#6
- 'Mists and Tempests'#8
- 'Rescue Mission(s)!'#11
- 'The Siege of Wundagore, Part 2: Anon No More!'#12
- 'The Siege of Wundagore, Part 4: Heir of Magneto'
The Avengers (1963)
#367 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Voyeuristic Visions'#368
- 'Bloodties, Part One: Family Legacy'#369
- 'Bloodties, the Finale: Of Kith and Kin'
What If...? (1989)
#64 Wolverine And Deadpool (2010)
- 'What If Iron Man Went Public?'
#92 X-Force (2008)
- 'The Man Who Wasn't There'
X-Men Forever (2009)
#1 X-Men Unlimited (1993)
- 'LOVE--and LOSS!: Part 1 of 5'#5
- 'LOVE--and LOSS!: Part 5 of 5 - Bury My Heart!'#18
- 'Arctic Thunder!'#20
- 'Part 2: -- Can Also Set Us Free!'#21
- 'A Plague On Both Your Houses! , Into That Good Night Part 1'
X-Men: Magneto War (1999)
X-Men: The Movie Special Edition (2000)
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