THROWBACK TUESDAY PRESENTS: Uncanny X-Men #266 (1990)
For today’s throwback I din’t have to dig too deep in my stash to pull this one out – this one is a classic….Uncanny X-Men #266 is one of those books that a collector MUST HAVE in their collection.
The *debut of everyone’s favorite red-eyed mutant – Gambit!
(Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Jim Lee)
This story was mainly about Storm – who was recently turned into child by Nanny and Orphan-Maker. Child Storm is on the run from the Shadow King, one of the deadliest and most ruthless mutants on earth. Shadow King has a thing for Storm – he wants her for her weather-controlling abilities to add to his own powers.
While Storm is being pursued by Shadow King – she eventually bumps into a thief, catching him in the middle of his act. The young thief is –Remy Etienne LeBeau – a mutant with the power to manipulate potential energy in an object – and charge it into explosive kinetic power! He also has some persuasion ability – he can make people ‘see things his way’.
Remy quickly gains ‘Stormys’ trust [maybe using his charm powers?] and helps her escape from Shadow King. The two soon form an unlikely bond and become a thieving duo. Remy -or GAMBIT – soon joins the mutant superhero team called The X-Men.
The rest is comic book history…
Due to Gambit’s popularity – this book has skyrocketed in price and value – selling for upwards to $75 for a non-graded, Near Mint copy! Not bad for a thieving Cajun. 😉
* Gambit’s actual uncredited debut cameo was in Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 as a yet, unnamed character!