7 Feb

Subject: Nightcrawler
Real Name: Kurt Wagner
Height: 5’9″ Weight: 145 lbs.
Group Affiliation: Excalibur
First Appearance: Giant Size X-Men #1, May 1975

Power Ratings:

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

The back of the card specifically says “despite his frightening appearance, Nightcrawler is a swashbuckling comedian at heart, possessing a mischievous sense of humor and a wild, adventurous imagination,” and yet the most Jim Lee does with this is by giving him his signature pirate sword?

I guess it’s not surprising since Nightcrawler was already traded to Excalibur by the time Lee gained his X-foothold, but it really is a shame that we don’t get much more of that devil-may-care sense of fun that Kurt Wagner always brings with him. After all, his playfulness contrasted with his looks and tragic backstory (the unwanted bastard child of Mystique, he was feared as a demon in the German village in which he grew up) is what made Nightcrawler the crowdpleaser he is.

Sadly, even his back portrait shows him simply looking sullen, neither frightening nor mischievous.

At least the Power Ratings look accurate.

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