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Foundationed Deep – Cable and Vulture

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at particular odd/strange/interesting instances of retroactively connecting different comic book characters (for instance, Uncanny X-Men #268 retroactively established that Wolverine knew both Captain America and the Black Widow from World War II). Here is an archive of all of the past pieces.

Today we reveal the surprising connection between Cable and the Vulture.

If you thought Cable and SUNFIRE was a random connection, wait until you see what happened when Cable first traveled from the future (as depicted in 1999’s Wolverine/Cable #1 by Joe Casey and Stephen Platt). He ended up in our past and one of the first people he encountered was none other than the Vulture, BEFORE he fought Spider-Man for the first time!

How has no one explored this connection since this issue?!?! The Vulture should totally become, like, a Cable rogue! The Vulture HAS to at least show up in a future issue of X-Force! Come on, Si Spurrier, I have faith in you! You worked the exploding wafers from Holy War into an issue of X-Men Legacy, you can work the Vulture into an issue of X-Force!


So in the one encounter between Cable and Vulture, Vulture totally kicked Cable’s ass? That is fantastic.

Also, Vulture was on the New Mutants cover of Cable’s technical first appearance, NM 86 (they showed him at the very end). This beef runs deep.

Cable and Vulture: Grumpy Old Supermen

Hmmm, I don’t know how to draw an old man, so I think instead I’ll just draw a 25 year old world champion body builder and cross hatch the shit out of his face. It’ll be totally cool, no one will even notice.

About New Mutants #86:

That was a tie-in with ACTS OF VENGEANCE – so, the random villains “assigned” to appear in New Mutants book were Nitro, Vulture and Tinkerer.

As Ryan has already said, Cable made his first cameo in the last page, but there was absolutely no connection with Vulture.

I’m going with a real coincidence here, or Joe Casey just used the coincidence to develop a connection. Figures… hehe

Points for making it purely random encounter–no big deal, Cable’s just some annoying loser whose butt Vulture might vaguely remember kicking.
But yes, Cass, about the body.

I agree with Toozin. Having the Vulture hand Cable his ass almost makes up for Platt trying to do Liefeld one better.

But only just. Cable still looks like that Joseph dude that everyone thought was Magneto.

In fairness, those three villains had a theme: the bitter old guys of the supervillain set. It made a kind of sense to pit them against the two youngest, least experienced X-character of the time, namely Rusty and Skids.

was going to say cable in that appearance looks more like the Magneto clone Joesph . not to mention can’t believe his first butt kicking by a bad guy when he first arrives in the mu and its the vulture.

Cable is the Kevin Bacon of the Marvel universe.

I thought Cable’s first journey into the past was shown in one of -1 issues in 1997. Does this one fit with that one in any way?

So does this mean Sony is going to get into trouble showing those Vulture wings in the new Amazing Spider-man 2 trailer, since the Vulture is obviously an X-character reserved to be used by FOX….

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