10 – LOCKHEED

16 Feb

Subject: Lockheed

Real Name: Unrevealed

Height: 1′ Weight: 55 lbs.

Group Affiliation: Excalibur

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #166, February 1983

Power Ratings:

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

Okay, this is just fucked up. Why is a non-mutant, non-human, non-SPEAKING comic relief of the most minor of X-Books, number 10 in this series? I admit I thought Lockheed was cool when I was a kid, being a pet dragon and all.

But even the card’s X-Tra Fact sums it up pretty well: “Shadowcat named Lockheed after the X-Men’s supersonic jet, the Blackbird, which was designed at Lockheed Aircraft.” In fact, why the hell does he come in the series BEFORE his owner?

Look, there just isn’t much to this guy other than being cute. He is a curious leftover from X-encounters with the Brood. And he’s only around as the pet of Kitty Pryde, who, as a member of Excalibur at the time, finally put Lockheed in more appropriate surroundings, being based in England and literally fighting weird happenings.

As far as the art, sorry Jim Lee, but cute little dragon pets do not have pecs and abs.

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3 Responses to “10 – LOCKHEED”

  1. Joe February 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Okay, I don’t recall Lockheed having mental powers. What’s the deal there?

    Also, how is an animal that can’t actually even talk as intelligent as Iceman?

    Energy projection at 3/7 also seems high.

    And for the record, I’ve never disliked Lockheed’s presence in comics.

    • Arvin February 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

      As I said, I thought Lockheed was cool as a kid… there’s always room for one dragon in any story (that’s probably as much as I’ll ever allow though), and the fact that he’s named after an aircraft manufacturer helps.

      Energy Projection might account for his being able to breathe fire. Also it turns out he’s a Nibbler (from Futurama) style intelligent creature from an intelligent race of intergalactic mini dragons.

  2. Lynn February 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Haha, wait, the pet dragon gets a card before Kitty Pryde? That’s pretty funny…were these cards marketed to mostly little kids?

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