Lifter (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCaptain America Annual Vol.1 #4 (1977)
Created byJack Kirby
In-story information
Alter egoNed Lathrop
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsMutant Force
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
Notable aliasesMeteorite
AbilitiesCan manipulate gravity, increasing his density, strength, and endurance, and levitate matter.

Lifter (Ned Lathrop) is a fictional mutant supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by Jack Kirby in Captain America Annual #4 (1977).

Publication history[edit]

The fictional character Lifter first appeared in Captain America Annual #4 in 1977, and was created by Jack Kirby. Lifter subsequently appeared in Defenders vol. 1 #78-80, 83, 87, 125-126, and 128-130. As Meteorite, he appeared in Captain America vol. 1 #343, 346, 368, 394, and 426. He appeared once again as Lifter in New Warriors vol. 2, #6.

Lifter appeared as part of the "Mutant Force" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #9.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Ned Lathrop was discovered and recruited by Magneto to become a member of his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, taking the code-name Lifter.[1] After being abandoned by Magneto, Lathrop and his teammates become known as Mutant Force.[2] Under this name they work for the United States government,[3] and, later, the Secret Empire.[4]

Lathrop changes his code-name to Meteorite when the Mutant Force become the Resistants. The Resistants' protest against the United States' Mutant Registration Act was cut short by a clash with John Walker, the then-current Captain America.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Lifter's mutant power gives him the ability to lift heavy objects by canceling the effect of gravity upon them.

His name has been included on a list of mutants who have been depowered by the events of House of M and "Decimation" that was printed by Wizard Magazine.[citation needed] However the accuracy of the list has been disputed [1] and Lifter has not yet been listed or shown as depowered in any Marvel Comics publications.

Other versions[edit]

Civil War: House of M[edit]

Lifter was seen as a member of Magneto's mutant army during his rise to power.[6]


  1. ^ Captain America Annual #4
  2. ^ Defenders vol. 1 #78-80 (December 1979-February 1980)
  3. ^ Defenders vol. 1 #83 (May 1980)
  4. ^ Defenders vol. 1 #125
  5. ^ Captain America #343
  6. ^ Civil War: House of M #4

External links[edit]

  • Lifter at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe