Welcome to the five hundred and eighty-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, what other classic X-Men member was going to be a founding member of Excalibur? Did Marvel really sue Dave Stevens and Disney over the name “The Rocketeer”? And did Marvel call Venom’s current book “Venom: Space Knight” so that they could trademark the name “Space Knight”?
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COMIC LEGEND: Colossus was originally going to be a member of Excalibur.
STATUS: Basically True
The British-based superhero team by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis debuted in late 1987 ahead of it getting its own ongoing series the following year…
There was a bit of a delay in getting Chris Claremont and Alan Davis together on what was to be a follow-up of Captain Britain’s British series, a series created by Claremont but had been worked on for a number of years by this point (to the point where he was drawing AND writing the book) by Davis. When the British series ended in December 1985, it was announced that Davis would be doing an American follow-up series, but that series, Excalibur, did not come about until late 1987, so two full years. In that time, various plans came and went for what that follow-up was going to be.
Meanwhile, during the Mutant Massacre in 1986, Chris Claremont pointedly had three X-Men injured during the battle with the Marauders. First Nightcrawler in Uncanny X-Men #211…
Then Kitty Pryde later in the issue…
And then the next issue, we learned that Colossus was messed up, as well…
In Uncanny X-Men #215, the three injured X-Men were removed from the team and left on Muir Isle to recover…
Initially, Chris Claremont planned to put the three X-Men on a new team, in part because he knew other writers would be quick to snatch them up if they were made officially available. So he had to get them for himself. However, when the new X-Men began to merge with the long-awaited Captain Britain follow-up, Claremont realized something, something he explained to Amazing Heroes in 1988 – Colossus was redundant on a team with Captain Britain on it. By the way, the “basically” part of the true for this one is that you could argue that there was never a time that Colossus was going to be on Excalibur specifically, as it seems more likely that there was the idea of the new team book and the idea for the Captain Britain book and then they got merged together and Colossus was omitted at that point. But I could be wrong, perhaps there was a brief point in time when Colossus was going to be on Excalibur proper.
So in Uncanny X-Men #225, Colossus returned to the X-Men…
Amusingly enough, Colossus eventually ended up joining Excalibur years later, at the tail end of the original Excalibur series.
He then came back to the X-Men along with Kitty and Nightcrawler…
Colossus didn’t exactly get a whole lot of plotlines during that time period in the X-Men, so I wonder if things really would have been all that different had he remained with Kitty and Kurt. Maybe he and Kitty would have gotten back together sooner?
Thanks to Chris Claremont and Amazing Heroes for the information!
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