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Nasty Boys
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceX-Factor #75 (February 1992)
Created byPeter David
Larry Stroman
In-story information
Member(s)Former members
Gorgeous George

The Nasty Boys are a group of supervillain mutants appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. This group exists in Marvel's shared universe, known as the Marvel Universe.

These characters are the personal strike force of X-Men and X-Factor nemesis Mister Sinister. The Nasty Boys should not be confused with the Marauders, who were a group of mercenaries brought together by Mister Sinister to specifically kill the Morlocks.[1]

Fictional team biography

Self-proclaimed "Nasty Boy" Slab faced X-Factor member Strong Guy before the full team appeared.[2] The full team battled X-Factor in the next issue seemingly led by US Senator Steven Shaffran. Senator Shaffran (also known as Ricochet) was a mutant who could alter probability in his favor. The Shaffran that appeared with the Nasty Boys was a disguised Mister Sinister who had taken the Senator's form in order to publicly discredit him as a mutant terrorist. Sinister tells Shaffran he did it because of the harm that would come to mutants if he became President of the United States. He also tells him that he has a personal interest in the safety of Havok and Polaris.[3]

The Nasty Boys were taken into custody following their first appearance and battle in Washington DC. Ramrod is subsequently deported from the US due to his immigrant status. Both Hairbag and Slab are rescued from prison by the Mutant Liberation Front (MLF). Sinister collects Hairbag from them, but Slab stays with the MLF for several weeks to spend time with his sister, the MLF's Thumbelina.[4]

The five members of the Nasty Boys are reunited when Sinister orders them to capture and kill former Marauder Malice. Malice interrupts the Hawaiian vacation of Havok and his girlfriend Lorna Dane (a.k.a. Polaris) in order to kill the latter mutant, whom she fears (at Sinister's request) she may be forced to bond to permanently. The Nasty Boys have a hard time controlling the situation, as Malice continues to jump back and forth between Alex and Lorna. She uses their considerable powers against anyone in her way. Both Alex and Lorna are willing to die in order to end Malice once and for all, and their combined willpower forces Malice to be stuck between them. This allows Sinister to trap her. The Boys get away, as their battle does not draw the attention of the local authorities until after their getaway.[5]

Later, Ruckus appears at a speech given by Senator Kelly in an attempt to assassinate the senator. The X-Men stop Ruckus, and he is placed in custody.[6] Ruckus was apparently able to evade custody as he was seen attending the X-Cise clinic as a client in the hope of receiving the mutant cure, however this was all a scheme by the Red Skull. Joined with Ramrod, Ruckus later travelled to England and attempted to rob banks but both were arrested,[7] and saved by the X-Men from a Terrigen Mist cloud about to hit their prison.[8]

Meanwhile, Slab, Ruckus, and Gorgeous George established a drug lab, harvesting and selling mutant growth hormone, until Psylocke attacked their lab, defeated the three in combat and shut down their operation.[9] The Nasty Boys were later hunted down and killed by the Upstarts, in order to lure out Cyclops and his ragtag team of X-Men to Washington Heights. After a brief moment of words, the two groups engaged each other in battle with the X-Men gaining the upper-hand.[10]


There are five Nasty Boys:

Member First appearance Description
Gorgeous George X-Factor #75 (February 1992) George Blair was a mutant whose body is composed of an unidentified semi-solid, tar-like substance. Effectively, George possesses limited shape-shifting powers enabling him to elongate, inflate, or open holes into his body at will. His semi-solid form gives him a certain degree of resistance to physical harm, as he can allow projectiles to pass harmless through his gelatin-like body. Like the other members of The Nasty Boys, little has been revealed about him.
Hairbag X-Factor #75 (February 1992) Michael Suggs was recruited by Mister Sinister and possesses a feral mutation that grants him enhanced strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, resistance to injury, superhumanly acute senses, fangs, claws, fur covering his body and flexible hair follicles. During altercations with X-Factor, Hairbag often fought against Wolfsbane. In the Nasty Boys' final fight, Hairbag was captured along with his teammate Slab and taken to a holding cell by X-Factor. While waiting for his lawyer to negotiate bail, Hairbag and Slab were broken out of prison by the Mutant Liberation Front and returned to the Nasty Boys shortly afterwards. In the animated series X-Men, Hairbag has poisonous breath.
Ramrod X-Factor #75 (February 1992) Patrick Mahoney was a mutant who could psionically control wood and plants. He always carried with him a wooden staff with which he could use his powers offensively. He was also an undocumented immigrant in the United States. Unlike the other Nasty Boys, Ramrod did not appear in the X-Men TV series.
Ruckus X-Factor #75 (February 1992) Clement Wilson was the field leader who possesses the mutant power to absorb ambient sounds, amplify them in his body and scream them back with great force. The resulting sonic attack (a nearby police siren amplified a thousandfold, for example) could be released in the form of a concentrated blast or with a larger area of effect. Ruckus believed himself to be above the law, and he tried displaying his superiority at every opportunity; he once hit a grocery store, severely wounded the store clerk and blasted his way through police just to obtain free beer.
Slab X-Factor #74 (January 1992) Kris Anderson is the team's powerhouse, able to increase his size and thereby boost his strength, stamina and resistance to injury to levels similar to those of Strong Guy. His sister is the villainous Thumbelina, once a member of Stryfe's Mutant Liberation Front.

Other versions

During the "Sins of Sinister" storyline, an unnamed reality's versions of the Nasty Boys are Chimeras that were made by Mister Sinister who spliced the DNA samples of Cyclops and other mutants. They consist of an unnamed Multiple Man/Cyclops Chimera, an unnamed Hairbag/Cyclops Chimera, an unnamed Ramrod/Cyclops Chimera, an unnamed Gorgeous George/Cyclops Chimera, an unnamed Slab/Cyclops Chimera, and an unnamed Ruckus/Cyclops Chimera.[11]

In other media

The Nasty Boys as they appear in X-Men: The Animated Series

The Nasty Boys appear in X-Men: The Animated Series, initially consisting of Gorgeous George (voiced by Rod Wilson), Hairbag, Ruckus (voiced by Dan Hennessey), and Slab. Additionally, Morph appears as a temporary member while Vertigo joins the group later in the series.


  1. ^ Hill, Brad. "Who are The Marauders? Marvel relaunches mutant team with new members". Retrieved 2022-07-28.
  2. ^ X-Factor #74. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ X-Factor #75. Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ X-Factor #77–78. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ X-Factor #104–105. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ X-Men Forever #1. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ X-Men Legacy (vol. 2) #11. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Uncanny X-Men (vol. 4) #15. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Uncanny X-Men (vol. 5) #20. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ Immoral X-Men #1. Marvel Comics.