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Fitch was one of the heads of the organization known as Arms of Salvation. Arms of Salvation specialized in the black market organ trade. They were willing to find a proper donor organ for someone who was willing to pay for it. The survival of the possibly unwilling donor patient was unimportant to Fitch or Arms of Salvation.
On a standard snatch and grab operation, Fitch's partner and fellow head of Arms of Salvation, Cross, was defeated by the superhero known as Firestar. Firestar wasn't the intended target, her friend Meg Fallon was, but Firestar happened to be with her. Defeated, Cross returned to the organization, angry and empty handed.
In the meantime, The White Queen, having sworn vengeance on Firestar for escaping her grasp and her plans to train her as an assassin for The Hellfire Club, sent Firestar's file to Freedom Force, who at the time was capturing powerful mutants and forcing them to register with the government. Mystique, who led Freedom Force, thought maybe Firestar could become a powerful member of the team.
Disguising herself as Firestar's friend Meg, Mystique, Avalanche and Spiral went to Firestar's house, where they attacked her. The battle spilled into the streets and Spiral severely injured Firestar's father Bart Jones. Firestar defeated and humiliated Spiral, which caused her to be incredibly angry and hold a grudge.
The hospital that Firestar took her father to happened to have a member of Arms of Salvation working there, Malcolm. When he realized the entire situation, that Firestar had foiled their operation earlier that day and that her father, now mortally wounded needed transplant organs, he called Fitch. Fitch made Malcolm relay that they could get the organs Firestar needed if she could get them Mystique. They had seen Mystique's shape shifting abilities and figured it could be vital to their organization. They failed to tell Firestar how they would secure the organs.
Fitch dispatched his mercenaries to get what they needed when Firestar agreed. The matching donor organ would actually turn out to be the father of Firestar's friend Meg Fallon.
Firestar in the meantime was able to capture Mystique and delivered her to Arms of Salvation. When they asked her to join their operation, she refused and Cross tried to kill her. Freedom Force busted in just in time to save Firestar, and teaming up, even though Spiral still wanted to kill Firestar, managed to destroy the operation and take down Cross. Fitch, in typical villain cowardly fashion, betrayed Cross and helped Freedom Force and Firestar.
Everyone was freed, Firestar's father recovered through legal means and Mystique, grateful to Firestar, entered her into the government systems as deceased, so that she could hopefully live a normal life. One that didn't last long as she joined The New Warriors almost immediately after.
*The names of Fitch and his partner and fellow head of Arms of Salvation were mixed up at least a few times during the Firestar storyline, "Life During War Time" that ran through six issues of Marvel Comics Presents. The names were thankfully stated correctly enough times to properly identify each character.
First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #83
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Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'First Scent/Fire In The Hole/Professor!/...The Dude In The Really Rad Armor!'#87
- 'Three Scents/Sacrifice/If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium/To Touch The Darkness'
Arms of Salvation
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