Real name: Warren Kenneth Worthington III
Occupation: Chairman of the board and principal stockholder of Worthington Industries, adventurer
Identity: Publicly known
Legal status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Place of birth: Centerport, Long Island, New York
Group affiliation X-Men; formerly X-Factor, the Defenders and the Champions
Base of operations: Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York
First appearance: X-MEN (first series) #1
Weight: 150 lbs.
Known superhuman powers: Warren Worthington is a mutant who can fly by means of natural wings, which span 16 feet from tip to tip. Archangel's entire anatomy is adapted for flight: His bones are hollow like a bird's, his body is virtually devoid of fat, he possesses greater proportionate muscle than a normal human, his eyes can withstand high-speed winds, and a special membrane in his respiratory system allows him to extract oxygen from the air at extreme velocities and altitudes.
History: While attending private boarding school, Warren Worthington sprouted wings from his shoulder blades. Upon learning he could use them to fly, he came to enjoy the freedom they allowed. However, he was careful to keep his newfound abilities secret -- until fire stuck his dormitory, forcing him into action. Worthington donned a blond wig and long nightshirt to conceal his identity, and used his power to save the students inside -- appearing as an angel to eyewitnesses. Shortly thereafter, Worthington took up life as a costumed crimefighter in New York City under the guise of the Avenging Angel. Contacted by the X-Men, he became a founding member.
Eventually, Angel left the X-Men. Worthington inherited a vast fortune when his parents died, and he used part of the estate to found the crimefighting Champions. After that team folded, Angel joined the other original X-Men in founding X-Factor -- an organization that would seek out and aid mutants under the pretense of hunting down "menaces." Captured in battle as a member of X-Factor, Angel had his wings amputated. In despair, Worthington tried to commit suicide -- only to be thwarted by the mutant Apocalypse, who teleported him to safety and caused his wings to grow back in metallic form. Worthington became one of Apocalypse's warriors, the so-called Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, taking the name Death. After battling his former X-Factor teammates, Worthington broke free from Apocalypse's control. He then rejoined X-Factor as Archangel.
After Worthington returned to the X-Men, he underwent another transformation when his wings were injured. Archangel "shed" the metallic appendages, which gave way to his feathered wings.