The Comic Speculator: The Death of Kitty Pryde
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X’fans everywhere are in mourning this week after the loss of a beloved X-Man, or X-Woman… Whatever, my point is (SPOILER ALERT!!!) ”Kitty Pryde”, also known as the X-Men’s Shadowcat, seems to have died this week in the pages of Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1. I say “seems to have died” because, like all great comic deaths, writer ”Joss Whedon” , of Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame, seems to have left a loop hole just in case another writer wants to bring her back. No comic character stays dead for long but for the time being The Comic Speculator will mourn Kitty’s loss by taking a look at her most collectible comic appearances.
If the stars align and the big brains at Worthpoint can figure out how to host an Excel file I may even post a Kitty Pryde checklist. Yes I’m calling you out Worthpoint-programmer guy.
Kitty Pryde was created by ”Chris Claremont” and ”John Byrne” first appeared as a new student enrolled at the ”Xaiver Institute for Gifted Youngsters” in Uncanny X-Men 129 ($80.00 in Near Mint condition). Kitty was the youngest mutant to be invited to the institute and would be the youngest to join the team in Uncanny X-Men #139 ($55.00 in Near Mint) under the codename Sprite.
Uncanny X-men 142, Marvel 1981 ($75 in Near Mint) was the first issue to carry the “Uncanny” title and has perhaps one of the most memorable covers in the series. See above. In the story, now known as part of the ”Days of the Future Past” storyline, robot ”Sentinels” commanded by the anti-mutant Senator Robert Kelley kill several of the X-Men. Kitty, then called “Sprite”, saves the Senator from an assignation attempt by a mutant terrorist named ”Destiny” showing him that mutants can be humane as well as human. Deep stuff, I know.
Uncanny X-Men #143, Marvel 1981 ($55.00 in Near Mint) was John Byrne’s last issue and told the story of Kitty home alone on Christmas night in the X-Mansion. Of course a demon shows up and she fights it off but it wouldn’t have been be a memorable issue if she just watched It’s A Wonderful Life and cried. This issue was also one of my favorite X-covers.
Uncanny X-Men #151-152, Marvel 1981 ($10.00 in Near Mint). Kitty’s parents make her leave the X-Men to join the ”Massachusetts Academy” run by the evil White Queen ”Emma Frost” and then is returned after Emma’s evil plot is exposed.
Uncanny X-Men #166, Marvel, 1983 ($9.00 in Near Mint). 1st appearance of Kitty’s pet alien/dragon ”Lockheed”. Second issue of artist ”Paul Smith”’s Uncanny run.
Kitty Pryde and Wolverine 1-6, Marvel, 1986 ($5.00 in Near Mint). Kitty goes to Japan in search of her Father who’s been kidnapped by Yakuza. During her search Kitty is captured, brainwashed and then turned into a ninja assassin by ”Ogun”, who was also ”Wolverine”’s mentor.
Excalibur vol. 1 #1, Marvel, 1988 ($5.00 in Near Mint). Kitty joins the British X-team ”Excalibur”. This was back when series penciler ”Alan Davis” was drawing my favorite version of ”Nightcrawler”.
Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #1, Marvel 2004, Cassiday Varaint Cover ($10.00 in Near Mint. Astonishing was the creation of writer Joss Whedon and artist ”John Cassiday”. The Cassiday variant cover of issue #1 has been valued as high as $50.00.
All in all I would say that Kitty had a pretty good run and, as stated earlier, it’s only a matter of time before she returns to the pages of an X-book. What did you think of Kitty’s death? Make sure to post your response below, there’s plenty to talk about. For more on Astonishing X-Men and other new comics check out my other blog, ”This Week in Geek” where I discuss the new comics of the week that could be tomorrow’s collectibles. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact me or post your question in the Comic Book community forum. Want to know what your comics are worth? Join Worthpoint for free and post your titles in the “Ask A Question” section.