According to Ozymandias, Jeb Lee was a Confederate spy marching behind enemy lines disguised as a Union drummer. After the war he made the mistake of returning home in his union garb. Believing him to be a traitor, the Confederate townsfolk burned his family alive in front of him. The mental duress unleashed his latent mutant powers. From then on Jeb marched from battle to battle, killing all in his wake. Impressed with his powers Apocalypse ordered Ozymandias to collect him as one of his Final Horsemen, a contingency plan for bringing on the Age of Apocalypse when all other plans have failed.
Jeb Lee was created by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena and first appeared in Uncanny X-Force Vol.1 issue 1 (2010).
Major Story Arc
Dark Angel Saga
Famine battled X-Force several times alongside the other Final Horsemen of Apocalypse. He first fought Archangel on the Blue Area of the Moon and caused him severe damage. Though Apocalypse is defeated Warren recruits him as part of his own Horsemen. Fantomex, Deathlok and Deadpool managed to kill Death and capture Famine. Deathlok tortured him enucleating his eyes and making him to confess location of Archangel´s headquarters. He managed to escape by tapping his fingers against his chair causing an "audible cancer" to E.V.A., then he killed Blob (Earth 295) while he was trying to affect Deadpool but Wolverine appeared and amputated his forearms with his claws. Finally wolverine pushed him over a building.
Powers and Abilities
Famine has the ability to create an "audible cancer" using his drum as a conductor that causes the flesh of those that hear it to be eaten away.