Storm Arcana

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Storm Sunday: Superstar Roundup!

Happy Sunday, dear reader!  Last night’s Dark heARTs opening was a spectacular array of amazing people, art and fashion!  I love the way folks really got into the spirit of the show and came dressed to the nines.  There were a lot of photographers at the event, so I expect to see images come trickling in the next couple of days and I will be sure to share them with you!

I was very happy to exhibit six of my new art pieces and a plethora of new Sacred Superhero candles, but the thing I was most excited about was the debut of Swankety Swank’s brand new ‘zine, SwankSpeak! In this issue, I have a full page comic of Galaxy Runway (spinning out of Princess Witch Boy), a column and an interview with gibbous fashion house!  There’s also great photography by Earth L. Goodwin, and a fun and informative article by Oliver Lowe on Steampunk!  Consider ordering an issue or a subscription. I think you’ll find it a great read!

Now regarding Ororo Munroe, an installment of Brian Cronin’s  Comic Book Legends Revealed (#246 on Comic Book Resources) was brought to my attention because it features Barry Windsor-Smith and Storm Anyone who claims to be a Storm fan needs to check this out!

Ok, so you read that CBR article, right?  Wasn’t that artwork simply awesome?!  Marvel was foolish to turn down that story.  I think it would have been great to have a Lifedeath trilogy.  What a shame.  At least BWS was able to get it published under a different character and we can buy the comic as Adastra in Africa.  But we all really know it’s Storm.

Barry Windsor-Smith X-Men 214 p20Page 20 of Uncanny X-Men #20 showcases Barry Windsor-Smith’s depiction of Storm, Dazzler, Rogue and even Psylocke.  This was around the time that the entity Malice (of the Marauders) was a threat.

lee weeks gambit klaus janson

I have no idea which issue of Uncanny X-Men this is from, but I wanted to share this art by Lee Weeks and Klaus Janson.  It’s a funny page to me because it seems like Storm and Wolverine’s dialogue has been reversed.  Usually it’s Logan that wants to be push people to their limits and Storm is more likely to give folks a break.  It’s also humorous to see Logan smoking before Joe Quesada’s smoking ban.  Lee Weeks is a great artist (as if you didn’t know).


I found this Munroe family tree on, which is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the X-Men.  Originally, Storm was simply an orphan whose parents died in the Suez Canal war (this was later retconned because placing the attack on a specific date made Storm too old for sliding Marvel time).  Most of this family tree was created by Reginald Hudlin when he took over Black Panther and shoehorned Storm into the title.  I preferred Storm not having all of these relatives all of a sudden.  It seems forced and heavy-handed (much like her marriage to Black Panther), and takes away her orphan status which I believe is a core component to the character.

Storm's Origin by John Romita

This is Storm’s origin.  This is the tragedy that is at the core of the character, the incident that will always haunt her and is the cause of her claustrophobia.  Adding long lost relatives simply cheapens this story.  Artwork by legend John Romita.

DAZZLER #1, PG 9  X-MEN by John Romita, Jr.

This page is from Dazzler #1, page 9 and is drawn by John Romita, Jr.  Many comics showed the X-Men in the Danger Room when they guest-starred.  It was the most expedient way to show the characters’ personalities and powers before they interacted with the titular character.


X-Men First Class: Stan Lee & Jack Kirby


Living the Lyrics: “For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton


  1. Ingonyama

    It took the better part of 2 years, but Marvel finally got me to be, if not approving, at least OK with the Storm/T’Challa ship with Worlds Apart, by proving her relationship with him, and her rulership of Wakanda, wouldn’t make her any less of an X-Man, or less of a powerful character on her own. If you haven’t read it, I strongly recommend it.

    IIRC, Claremont was the one who created Storm’s mad uncle and benevolent grandmother, and Ainet, her adopted godmother, was created by Joe Kelly during the Psi-War. The first time I remember seeing Shetani and her grandmother was in the annual where Ororo decided to accept T’Challa’s proposal. I may be wrong about this, though…that was the only issue I remember reading between House of M and Civil War, when my faith in Marvel was at a low point. (even Psylocke’s return didn’t help the books much, I’m sad to say, and she’s one of my favorite X-Men besides Storm!)

    For all the new family that’s cropped up in recent years, Storm remains an orphan, left without her parents by the horrific incident of her childhood. That won’t ever change, nor will the fact that her whole world was ripped away in that air raid and she was forced to grow up on her own on the streets of Cairo, and the plains of Kenya. She’s grown out of that, though, on her own. It feels to me like the fact that she’s got a family now is kind of a karmic reward for the struggles she’s gone through her entire life (rewards for any kind of benevolence being woefully rare in the MU).

    Obviously, your mileage may vary, but that’s MHO.

    • stormantic

      Thank You, Ingonayama, for a well reasoned and articulate post! I think you have made some good points about Storm and her family. I did read Worlds Apart and thought it was the best written Storm story in quite some time! Why can’t Storm have it all? I’d like to see more interaction with the X-Men or at least some semblance of leadership for Ororo with them. It frustrates me that she’s just added in the background with the other 200 some mutants in the pages of what was her regular book!

      Thanks for talking to the orphan aspect of Storm’s life (past and present). I think you have a great perspective!

      I really like what you say about “rewards for any kind of benevolence being woefully rare in the MU.” I think that is true. Perhaps this upcoming so-called “Heroic Age” will begin to address that?

  2. Ingonyama

    I’m not wild about the idea of Storm as background ethnic flavor either, I’ll be honest. Because she’s Marvel’s most recognizable ethnic hero (of either gender!), the implication is that they stick her on the team for the sake of political correctness, and not for the sake of her amazing character, and that leaves me with a horrible sense of unfairness.

    Her heritage provides a unique stamp on her character, a past that transcends the “tokenism” most black or African characters are labelled with. One thing about Ultimate X-Men’s Storm that left a bad taste in my mouth is that she lost that uniqueness and became a generic black girl. And no one seemed to notice.

    I don’t know anything about the Heroic Age, except that it seems like Marvel’s going to try and bring back the characters and dynamics they had before the craziness of the 2000s. One can only hope this means a step back towards the Bronze Age mentality…I for one am a little tired of buying a comic book and getting a soap opera instead.

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