Originally created by artist Dave Cockrum as a character for DC’s LEGION OF SUPERHEROES, Nightcrawler made his way into GIANT-SIZED X-MEN #1 in 1975.

Blue, furry, and with a prehensile, barbed tail, German-born Kurt Wagner was a mutant who could never pass as a normal human. His outlandish appearance even drove a number of German peasants, seemingly drawn from FRANKENSTEIN, to try and lynch him before he was rescued/recruited by X-Men leader Charles Xavier. With his ability to teleport short distances and swashbuckling heart, he was a proud addition to the team.

I like Nightcrawler for his exuberance and refusal to give up in the face of adversity. A devout Catholic, he and his unlikely best friend Wolverine  would have long spiritual discussions. I always liked that the two men could disagree but had enough respect for one another to listen.

I hope you’ll be back for tomorrow’s regal installment of MIGHTY MARVEL MAY!


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