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mutant known as Apocalypse
recruited four superhuman mutants to serve as an elite team
of warriors that he called the Horsemen. The Horsemen and
took their names from the Biblical Four Horsemen of the
Apocalypse, War, Pestilence, Famine, and Death, who appeared
in the final book of the New Testament, known as Apocalypse
or the Book Revelations.
Apocalypse first recruit was Morlock known as Plague, whom
he rescued from being killed by the Marauder Harpoon during
the notorious "mutant massacre" of the Morlocks.
Apocalypse gave Plague her new name of Pestilence.
Apocalypse next enlisted Abraham Lincoln Kieros, a mutant
who been severely injured as a soldier during the Vietnam
War, resulting in his paralysis from the neck down. Kieros
was confined to an iron lung in a Veterans Administration
Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Apocalypse restored Kieros
to health and gave him the name War.
Then Apocalypse enlisted an anorexic girl named Autumn
Rolfson, to head the mutant power to turn food and to dust.
He gave her the name Famine.
Finally, Apocalypse recruited Warren Worthington, at that
time a member of X-Factor known
as the Angel,
from death aboard an exploding plane. Worthington had become
suicidal following the amputation of his wings, which should
been severely injured during the "mutant massacre."
Apocalypse used his advanced scientific knowledge to cause
Worthington to grow new wings, which gave him greater speed
in flight. The feathers of the new wings were sharp and
resembled metal in hardness, and hence they could be used
as weapons. Worthington agreed to serve Apocalypse, who
gave him the new name of Death and made him the leader of
Except for Death, the horse and flew through the air by
riding special vehicles supplied to them by Apocalypse.
Apocalypse had Death and the other three Horsemen in an
attack on New York City that was intended to provoke a war
between normal human beings and superhuman mutants. Their
attack through Manhattan into chaos. However, the other
founding members of the X-Factor battled and finally defeated
the Horsemen. Famine was teleport away from the battle to
the American Midwest, where she began laying waste to the
grain fields until she was stopped by the original Captain
America and his allies, Demolition-Man, the Falcon,
and Nomad. The members of Power Pack joined in the struggle
against the Horsemen in Manhattan. One of the Power Pack
members, Starstreak, was in flight while holding onto Pestilence,
but was forced to drop her when flying debris shot to close
to them. Pestilence's fell to her death. Death battled his
former extract her colleagues and was briefly tricked into
thinking he had killed one of them, the Iceman.
The shock caused Death to renounce his allegiance to Apocalypse.
Apocalypse finally escaped with War and Famine. Death eventually
rejoined X-Factor under the name Archangel. In future encounters
with X-Factor, the Horsemen's roster had been reconfigured
joining the team as the new Death. The team also had a new
leader for a brief period, in the form of Mr.
Sinister who had assumed Apocalypse's visage at the
time. However, after a number of defeats, the Horsemen disbanded.
Caliban went into hiding in the Morlock tunnels with his
intelligence being reduced into that of a child, War somehow
reverted into his paralyzed form, while the fate of Famine
has yet to be revealed.
Not having abandoned the concept of a team based on the
Biblical Horsemen, Apocalypse recently revived the team
with four new members: the X-Man Wolverine
being Death, the Shi'ar warlord Deathbird
being War, Caliban being the second Pestilence, and (presumably)
the time-traveling mutant-hunter called Ahab being the
latest Famine. This new incarnation of the Horsemen aided
Apocalypse in his attempt to achieve an ascension into
godhood, but were ultimately thwarted by the X-Men
and their allies. Wolverine was freed by Apocalypse's
control, but the rest of Horsemen escaped, their subsequent