81 – SUNSPOT

1 Aug

Subject: Sunspot
Real Name: Roberto DaCosta
Height: 5′ Weight: 130 lbs.
First Appearance: New Mutants Graphic Novel, 1982

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 2/7
  • Mental Powers: 1/7
  • Strength: 5/7
  • Fighting Ability: 4/7
  • Intelligence: 3/7

Wow, 5 feet tall and 130 pounds? That’s borderline littleperson, and in the world of comics, it’s virtually unheard of for an otherwise normal superhero to be shorter than 5’8″ (notable exception is our favorite 5-foot-3 razorblade bowling ball). Even Marvel’s resident scrawny nerd Peter Parker is a full 10 inches taller and 30+ pounds more massive.

Since The New Mutants were just slightly before my time, I didn’t really know much about Sunspot’s history with the other members of X-Force. In fact, my earliest vivid memory of Sunspot was in X-Force #15, when he was rescued by X-Force along with other former New Mutant Rictor (who does not get his own card, apparently).

I still never figured out why Liefeld couldn’t find room for Sunspot in X-Force, same with Rictor and Wolfsbane, whom, I’d mentioned before, was replaced with Feral, who was basically the same character. It seems as though Sunspot’s strongman role was replaced by Warpath, who certainly looked the part much more. I guess Liefeld just couldn’t process a 5-foot-3 Brazilian kid being the team’s heavy.

Of course Liefeld couldn’t help but disgrace him before his dismissal by donning him in one of the lamest costumes in X-Men history, with a bright red shirt with matching Zorro eyemask. Seriously, didn’t the Ninja Turtles bury that wardrobe element as a serious piece of fighting costume forever? You’ve got a guy with one of the more visually unique looks out there (being jet-black and radiating… black power), he really doesn’t even need a costume.

I almost forgot to review the Power Ratings, it had been so long since we’d done them. Roberto’s fares pretty well, with a powerful 5/7 rating for Strength, and even respectable Fighting Ability and Intelligence ratings, neither of which sound out of the ordinary, but I certainly can’t remember specific instances that would support or contradict such a claim.

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2 Responses to “81 – SUNSPOT”

  1. Drew August 2, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    This is not really related to Sunspot, but I think Richter makes a guest appearance in Boom-Boom’s card. A man with a brown-haired mullet who looks similar to him is in the background with a pool stick.

    • admin August 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

      Yeah, that’s definitely Richter. Yet another character with a cool power that got forsaken by Liefeld during the X-Force launch!

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