Welcome to the five hundred and fiftieth 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, did we almost see the Summers School of Mutants? Did Charles Schulz send secret messages to his mistress in Peanuts comic strips? And did the famous Spirit femme fatale Sand Seref almost debut in another comic strip entirely?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: The Xavier’s School for Mutants nearly became the Summers’ School for Mutants.
In his return to the X-Men, Chris Claremont had Cable (Nathan Summers) join the X-Men for the first time, working alongside his father (Scott Summers)’s wife, Jean Grey, who was kind of sort of his mom…
Meanwhile, in an early issue of his run, there was a mysterious bad guy…
That bad guy was going to be revealed to be Stryfe, the evil clone of Cable! This was going to lead to a storyline where, in effect, the Summers take over!
Claremont discussed his plans after he left the series on his Cordially Chris forum, speaking of the mystery man…
It was meant to be Stryfe, as a precursor to the arc that would close-out 2000, wherein the X-Men and Xavier would be “evicted” by the Summers Clan (Stryfe, Scott, Cable, Alex, Jean and Rachel), who would present the school to the public as the Summers Scool For Mutants. They would control X-Men and the fugitive team (think about it, how would you – COULD you – fight adversaries who comprise four of the most powerful psis in creation, plus two (Cyke & Cable) of the pre-eminent tactical and strategic strategists?) would be on the run in Uncanny (X-Men). And that would be the status quo until Uncanny X-Men #400, when things would get really squirrelly.
Claremont, of course, never got to see those plans come to fruition as his run was cut way short, but can you imagine how weird that would have been? One book the Summers clan is in charge and the other book having the rest of the X-Men on the run? It was a bold idea, at the very least!
Thanks to Claremont for sharing his plans on his forum!
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