(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
You thought this was going to be a perverted post didn’t you ? Well first, shame on you and second, it involved a piece of paper. Kitty Pryde, young member of Professor Xavier’s X-men and thanks to artist John Bryne‘s 1978 letter to writer Chris Claremont, the then ‘Sparrowhawk’ was born. Thankfully, we now know her, depending on who you ask, as Sprite and Shadowcat.
While her debut was in Uncanny X-Men #129, the creation of her character took place a year and a half before when Byrne sent an illustrated letter to Claremont explaining the powers of the new superhero and suggested that she, at the time, not one of the X-Men, but the first member of what would eventually become known as the New Mutants.
“MY CONCEPT HERE IS THAT ARIEL SHOULD BE NOT SO MUCH A NEW MEMBER OF THE X-MEN PER SE, BUT RATHER THE FIRST MEMBER OF A SECOND TEAM, A KIND OF “X-MEN·IN·TRAINING” TEAM”
She wasn’t even called Kitty at the time, what the hell! That’s just an injustice.
Jonathan Mueller, the man that now owns the letter, paid $1,625 for this piece of comic history back in 2004. If I were him I’d lock this in a box, in a safe, in an underground bunker.