Delgado of the Acolytes of Magneto (X-Men enemy) (Marvel Comics) lifting a wrecked car



Marco Delgado is a very minor enemy of the X-Men, and one of the first Acolytes of Magneto. He primarily appeared in the opening arc of the 1991+ volume of X-Men.

The first three Acolytes are famous waaaaaaayyyyy beyond their importance or actual number of appearances. Because of one simple reason – *everybody* back then bought the much, much-awaited X- Men vol. 2 #1 where they appear.

Many even read it.



  • Real Name: Marco Delgado.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None, although the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent could be a relative if you want to further confuse the issue. 🙂
  • Group Affiliation: Magneto’s Acolytes.
  • Base Of Operations: Asteroid M.
  • Height: 6’8” Weight: 240 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown

Powers and Abilities

Delgado could grow in size, strength and durability.

Rogue notes that as he grows in size he also seems to get faster. While this is usually just a cliché I’ve decided to make it stick in the stats this time around.

In DC Heroes RPG terms, Growth adds to his Initiative through Enhanced Initiative. Since his Initiative seemed to continue growing as he did even after his Growth Power was Enchanted by Fabian Cortez, his Enhanced Initiative is higher than his Growth.



Along with a small group of mutants lead by Fabian and Anne-Marie Cortez, Marco Delgado was trained in S.H.I.E.L.D. and military procedures. The team commandeered a S.H.I.E.L.D. space shuttle in a desperate bid to find Magneto. The Master of Magnetism was back then retired on his orbital base, Asteroid M.

The mutants convinced him to take up the mutant cause again. Thus, the small group around the Cortez siblings became the first Acolytes of Magneto.

Delgado fought along the Acolytes and against the X-Men twice, in Genosha and later on Asteroid M. A short time after that battle, Asteroid M was destroyed and plunged into the atmosphere, disintegrating.

Delgado was reported dead in the catastrophe, but if you really want to bring him back it should be trivial.

Who’s on first base ?

As noted in the Anne-Marie Cortez entry, there’s confusion about Delgado. Many people thought the was one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents pursuing the soon-to-be Acolytes, and was brainwashed by Anne-Marie Cortez.

However, he’s not. If you re-read and pay attention to him, he’s clearly among the soon-to-be Acolytes. In fact he appears in the same panel as his S.H.I.E.L.D. namesake.

The confusion was further heightened when Nance Winters, the copilot of the S.H.I.E.L.D.’s agent Delgado, was mind controlled to become one of the Acolytes. Which may have been spurred on by the confusions about the two Delgados.


See illustrations.


A disciplined brute of few words, most of them threats. One gets the impression that his first language is not English, given his odd diction. I assumed in the game stats his first language was Spanish.


“Too late, flatscan, for weasely words to save you.”

“Had your chance, gooder. Made your choice.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Uphold Magneto
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Acolyte
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 011+ HP: 015

Enhanced Initiative: 13, Growth: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
Active APs of Enhanced Initiative cannot exceed active APs of Growth.

None displayed.

Language (Spanish).

Early Acolytes (Low).

MIA toward the Mutant Cause.

BODY ARMOUR [/BODY/ 06, Radio Communications: 13, R#2. This suit of Acolyte body armour is able to grow with him, and is superseded as his RV as soon as he start using Growth].

Cortez the killer

With the presence of Fabian Cortez, there is no reason to assume high APs for any of the early Acolytes, including Delgado. Since here is no reason why Fabian would not enhance their powers with his 8 APs of Enchantment. This explains how Delgado was able to engage Rogue with such ease.

Note that between the boost from Fabian Cortez and Chrome manipulating his density, Delgado could go through the roof on his RV. An atypical example of a MMORPG -like group work, with casters piling buffs  on the group’s tank .

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: X-Men v2 #1-3.

Helper(s): Gareth Lewis, Peter Piispanen.