How did Nathaniel Summers get the name Cable?

#1 Edited by Jayso4201 (594 posts) - - Show Bio

Cable #12
Just wondering if anyone knows did he get it from the future, if so who gave it to him?
#2 Posted by jordama (4225 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think it was ever explained

#3 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

I always felt that his was the weirdest code name.  
 
His and Sprite. 

#4 Posted by Psimitar (13 posts) - - Show Bio

http://www.comicsbulletin.com/features/116883849126986.htm 
 
That is an old (2007) interview with credited Cable creator Rob Liefeld.  I say "credited" because Liefeld is known for creating Cable but IMO Fabian Nicieza made Cable who he is.  In the interview Liefeld reveals the following: 
 
SGS: It's been requested that I ask you to come clean on the creation of Cable. Apparently, there's different versions. This controversy results from the fact that Louise Simonson and Bob Harras have different versions. Also, is there a definitive story about what the character called Cable was originally intended to be?
 
RL: In all honesty, I don't believe that if we all sat in the same room together that there would be discrepancies, especially between Bob and myself. I was given a directive to create a new leader for the New Mutants. There was no name, no description besides a "man of action" the opposite of Xavier. I created the look, the name, much of the history of the character. After I named him Cable, Bob suggested Quinn and Louise had Commander X. I stood my ground and 17 years later, he remains a prominent part of X-lore. There's nothing more to it. Anything else happened away from me. He looks like the way I designed him, which was for Marvel, very unique for its time. No one disputes that I named him. Again, it's just grist for the detractor mill, nothing more.
 
So there you have it.  There really was no rhyme or reason to Cable's name.  Of course, that can be said for most of the things Liefeld has hacked out.  I believe at some point a later writer tried to say that he called himself Cable to be a living link to the past and the future, but that's more than a little hokey.  Still,  Commander X?  I shudder to think....
#5 Posted by joshmightbe (24468 posts) - - Show Bio

Because Dish Network would be a silly name for a super hero 

#6 Posted by Aiden Cross (15559 posts) - - Show Bio
@Psimitar: Commander X?... wow...
#7 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (12412 posts) - - Show Bio

Cable's name is an allusion to his time traveling 
 
he serves as a cable between the past and the future

#8 Posted by joshmightbe (24468 posts) - - Show Bio
@Avenging-X-Bolt: Also his cybernetic eye gets Cinemax 
#9 Posted by Psimitar (13 posts) - - Show Bio

@joshmightbe: Which, contrary to popular belief is actually his right eye and not his left.  The scars around his right eye shows where the techno-virus entered his body then proceeded to spread across to the left side.  Cable's power actually manifests itself through his left eye (same as X-Man) just like Jean's manifest throught her forehead.  His left eye was constantly glowing because Cable was constantly using his power to stave off  the spread of the techno-virus.

#10 Posted by theicon (1797 posts) - - Show Bio

it was cabbage but  the typo is cable....lol

#11 Posted by markdienekes (9 posts) - - Show Bio
@Psimitar: @Psimitar said:

@joshmightbe: Which, contrary to popular belief is actually his right eye and not his left.  The scars around his right eye shows where the techno-virus entered his body then proceeded to spread across to the left side.  Cable's power actually manifests itself through his left eye (same as X-Man) just like Jean's manifest throught her forehead.  His left eye was constantly glowing because Cable was constantly using his power to stave off  the spread of the techno-virus.

The scars are Askani clan markings.
#12 Posted by xerox_kitty (15761 posts) - - Show Bio

What Avenging-X-Bolt said.  He's the cable connecting between the past (ie the present day) and the future in which the Clan Askani fight to destroy Apocalypse. 
 
Pretty tenuous attempt for the writers to justify a typical 90's codename, but they did the best with what was there.
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#13 Posted by fodigg (6130 posts) - - Show Bio

It's a terrible codename but at least it's not Commander X.

#14 Edited by Howlverine (62 posts) - - Show Bio

A "Cable" is something that combines the best qualities of a "Rope" (Organic) with those of a "Chain" (Metallic). That's why he was called Cable. It alludes to his innate Techno-organic lifeform-ness. At least that's what I thought way back in the day. (And I thought it was really cool).   I dunno if Liefield came up with the techno-organic aspect of the story. Far as I remember, all he did was draw a really old Rambo in 90's armour. 

#15 Posted by Psimitar (13 posts) - - Show Bio
@markdienekes said:
@Psimitar: @Psimitar said:

@joshmightbe: Which, contrary to popular belief is actually his right eye and not his left.  The scars around his right eye shows where the techno-virus entered his body then proceeded to spread across to the left side.  Cable's power actually manifests itself through his left eye (same as X-Man) just like Jean's manifest throught her forehead.  His left eye was constantly glowing because Cable was constantly using his power to stave off  the spread of the techno-virus.

The scars are Askani clan markings.

@mardienekes: At the risk of being being stubborn, I have to disagree.  I advise you go back and look at X-Factor #68 as well as the Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix mini-series.  In X-Factor #68, you see where on Nathan's body the techno-virus spread; this was prior to him being sent into the future.  In The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, you will see Nathan as a boy with the same scars.
#16 Posted by jordama (4225 posts) - - Show Bio
@Howlverine: That is the most elegant way of phrasing it. Cool
#17 Posted by CATPANEXE (9367 posts) - - Show Bio

Now i'm confused. I'm sticking with that he coined it himself because he thought the other boys in the battlefield would think it made him sound tough or something, only because I only see him doing something like that amidst chewing on live grenades and poking himself in the finger with a rusty sewing needle. Understandable of course, one needs to farm an image when going up against the likes of Thumbelina.

#18 Posted by joshmightbe (24468 posts) - - Show Bio

I got it, he got his name because he over charges for pay per view events 

#19 Posted by xerox_kitty (15761 posts) - - Show Bio

His codename has nothing to do with his techno-organic virus.
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#20 Edited by Howlverine (62 posts) - - Show Bio
@CATPANEXE: That's entirely possible.
@xerox_kitty: I know. His codename actually has nothing to do with anything, really. Just uber-cool hard-ass-ness. He's one of those characters on whom much sense has been imposed retroactively.
I just thought it linked to the half flesh-half metal thing. Seemed to make more sense than "Connecting the future with the past...".  
Why would the future be connected to the past with a cable?  
@jordama
: thanks, dude. 
Also, people in general, please stop making jokes about TV / Pay-per-view. It's all been done. (Woo-hoo-hoo...)
#21 Posted by jordama (4225 posts) - - Show Bio
@Howlverine: I agree that the jokes about Tv are kinda failing.

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