Fabian Cortez organized the original Acolytes, who pledged themselves to Magneto and his cause. Cortez was always goading and manipulating Magneto into combat with humanity and the X-Men at every turn. This would lead to the destruction of Magneto's space-station Asteroid M and the deaths of the other Acolytes including Cortez's own sister Anne Marie .
Fabian Cortez was created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee in 1991 and first appeared in X-Men # 1.
With the belief that Magneto was dead, Cortez then recruited a new group of Acolytes to follow him in Magneto's name. Now worshiping Magneto as the Acolytes god. They launched several strikes on humanity, ranging from attacks on a military base where new Sentinels were being built, to slaughtering helpless humans in a hospital. However Magneto eventually resurfaced, sending his chosen heir Exodus, to inform the Acolytes of Cortez's betrayal. The Acolytes welcomed Exodus as their new leader, and Cortez was left behind.
Cortez fearing Magneto's wrath fled to Genosha. Still claiming to speak in Magneto's name, he incited the nation's mutate population into starting a civil war against the humans, the world's first instance of the long-threatened genetic war between man and mutant. With the aid of the mutates, Cortez kidnapped Magneto's granddaughter Luna, intending to use her as a shield to protect himself from Magneto, the X-Men and the Avengers. Cortez was unaware that Magneto had recently been mind-wiped by Charles Xavier and Exodus came to Genosha in his place with plans to kill Cortez.
Cortez reappeared months later claiming to have been badly injured yet not actually killed despite all appearances. He manipulated Joseph into posing as Magneto, pitting him against Exodus in an attempt to regain control of the Acolytes. Despite his scheme's failure, he was allowed to return to the team. Months later, at a time when Exodus had briefly been imprisoned, the Acolytes split into two groups, each searching for Magneto. Cortez led one group, but they abandoned him during a battle with the X-Men, upon realizing how he had been using them for his own purposes.
Alone again, Cortez was surprised to be recruited by Magneto himself, who was given control of Genosha, by the United Nations. Seeing as how Fabian Cortez had betrayed him earlier, Magneto had only let Fabian Cortez serve him on Genosha because his powers had been reduced and Cortez's mutant power was to heighten the abilities of other mutants. After Magneto was restored to full power by one of the Genegineer's machines he no longer needed Cortez and pulled him from a prison in Hammer Bay fifty miles to Carrion Cove in less than 20 seconds. The impact seemingly killed Cortez instantly, although this is not the first time he has been believed dead, and a connection between Cortez and Mr. Sinister had just been revealed.
Cortez returned to life via Selene's mystical powers and Eli Bard's control over the Transmode virus in Selene's attempt to seek revenge on the X-Men for standing in her way of her becoming a goddess.
Alongside fellow revived Acolytes Seamus Mellencamp and Delgado, Cortez attacked X-Men's student Loa, demanding to know the whereabouts of their former leader (and current X-Man) Magneto.
Deadpool, who had invited himself to stay on the mutant island of Utopia, heard Loa's cries and came to her aid. Remembering Cyclops rule of "no killing", Deadpool threw Loa at the Acolytes, who were disintegrated via her ability to "swim" through solid matter. While most revived mutants were unable to be killed, Cortez survived.
Recently, the Upstarts reformed and battled the X-Men. He along with Trevor Fiztroy and Siena Blaze were killed by the Sentinels, however Cortez was resurrected by The Five and later joined Krakoa nation.
Powers and abilities
His principal ability was to enhance other mutants powers, even to the point of going out of control. He was highly intelligent and an able military strategist. Cortez was also a skilled martial artist, but often carried a gun.
Fabian Cortez was one of the few people on Earth not turned into a zombie. He was the leader of the surviving Acolytes and led them back to Earth to find Magneto. They instead find Black Panther and bring him back to Asteroid M. Years later the survivors return to Earth after the Zombie Galactus left.
Shortly after the X-Men escaped the destruction of Asteroid M, Nick Fury enlists the X-Men in helping him find and capture him, despite the X-Men managing to capture him he very nearly defeated them.
X-Men : The Animated Series
He first appears in the two-part episode Sanctuary, Cortez was the leader of the Acolytes and used his powers to boost Magneto’s own abilities. However he was eventually led to betray Magneto and try to kill him, in the process framing The X-Men. Cortez threatened to destroy Earth but was stopped by the X-Men and Amelia Voght, who revealed Cortez’s betrayal to the other Acolytes and the entire mutant population of Asteroid M. He was trapped in Asteroid M by Magneto, but was rescued from its destruction by Apocalypse. Apocalypse boosted his ability so that Cortez could alter the mutations of other mutants. Cortez then appeared in the episode The Fifth Horseman, now turned into a servant and worshiper of Apocalypse . Cortez assembled a cult worshiping Apocalypse as well as the Hounds, in an attempt to find a new body for Apocalypse. Cortez captured Jubilee and turned Beast into a feral monster but was stopped by Caliban. After being defeated, Apocalypse was not angry at Cortez, for he still had a host body to reincarnate in, Cortez’s own.