Real Name: Japheth
Weight: 350 lbs.
Group Affiliation: None
Previous Affiliations: X-Men
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #345
Known Relatives: Daniel, other brothers and sisters and parents (all
Known Allies: Magneto
Known Enemies: None (but is looking for Joseph for some reason)
Powers: Maggott has a very unique mutant ability. The slugs (Eeny and
Meeny) are his digestive system. Anything that they eat can be converted
into raw power that makes Japheth extremely strong and turns his skin
blue. The slugs are capable of devoring anything (including people,
psionic residue, etc...) and containing incredible explosions (as seen
in X-Men #70).
Origin: The young mutant who calls himself Maggott was originally
born in Ottoshoop, South Africa. As a child, he was diagnosed with
stomach cancer by doctors when he could no longer keep down solid
food. Everything seemed to taste bad to him after a while, and he
eventually gave up eating altogether. Because of this, he was very
small and underdeveloped for his age, and also a bit of a financial
burden on his family. They never complained, but one night he overheard
his mothers prayers to take her son soon and end all their suffering.
Deciding to give his mother her wish, he set out into the desert in
the family jeep, expecting to make a one way trip. When the jeep ran
out of gas, though, he was suprised to discover his younger brother,
Daniel, asleep in the back. Realizing that he had inadvertantly doomed
his younger brother to the same death he had intended for himself,
he tried desperately to get them back home. The blazing desert had
no mercy, though, and he had given them up for lost when suddenly,
the mutant called Magneto appeared from nowhere. Magneto comforted
Maggott, using his magnetic power to determine the nature of his illness.
They were all suprised when moments later, two slug-like creatures
sprang from Maggott's chest, leaving him miraculously alive, but drained.
Repulsed by the two creatures, it was only through Magneto's urging
that he came to accept them as part of himself, as his special mutant
power. Where Maggott could no longer eat, the slugs ate instead, imbued
with the ability to devour any matter with incredible speed. When
they finished feeding, they returned to his stomach and served as
his digestion system, imparting the sustanence that they absorbed
into his body. This "food" fueled Maggott's power, and he
found himself growing incredibly strong. Magneto returned them to
Maggott's village, only to find that it was under attack by the Apartheid.
At Maggott's urging, Magneto stopped the soldiers, killing each and
every one of them. Outraged by Magneto's lack of respect for human
life, he refused the Master of Magnetisms offer to join him. Magneto
left the invitation open when he departed, leaving Maggott with a
lot to think about. Years past and Maggott starts a search for Magneto.
He finds Sister Maria (the sister who helped Joseph) and asks where
he could have gone. Maggott makes it to New York, where Psylocke ambushes
him on the basis that she thought he was evil. Psylocke uses her psychic
knife on Maggott, which lets the slugs go unchecked. They nearly start
to feed on Betsy, until Angel knocks them out with a flagpole. Psylocke
then teleports herself, Angel and Maggott to Antarctica, where they
participate in the Trial of Gambit.
Upon returning to the Xavier Mansion, Maggott helps the X-Men make
Juggernaut leave. He becomes a member of the X-Men and almost blames
himself for the murders in Salem Center that involved victims being
completely absorbed. It turned out that the N'Garai were the culprits
and that Eeny and Meeny were very similar in shape of the N'Garai.
Since Cannonball has left the X-Men, there has been no sign of Maggott,
although he is supposed to appear at the Massachusetts Academy for