25 – COLOSSUS

23 Mar

Subject: Colossus
Real Name: Peter Rasputin
Height: 6’7″ Weight: 275 lbs.
Group Affiliation: X-Men (Gold Strike Force)
First Appearance: Giant Size X-Men #1, May 1975

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 1/7
  • Strength: 6/7
  • Fighting Ability: 4/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

Let’s get this out of the way: Peter looks mentally challenged in his headshot in the back. I guess when your hero form is a hulking mass of metal, it’s easy to overlook what you look like when you’re not chromed out.

Lee gives Colossus a good sense of power and momentum in his charging-at-you pose, but portraying him crouched down obscures his silhouette, which is problematic when his chrome and ribbed body already makes him look so busy. It might’ve been more appropriate to pose him hoisting a massive weight. That said, I’ve always liked Lee’s portrayals of Colossus; the man draws chrome muscles well (and his crew cut is always glinting).

Colossus’ power ratings may be the most appropriate yet, with low Energy and Mental Power ranks (though seriously, the graph makes room for “0” so shouldn’t it be okay for Colossus to have 0 ratings for Energy and Mental?). His 6 for Strength and 5 for Fighting Ability are also apt.

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2 Responses to “25 – COLOSSUS”

  1. Drew March 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Do you have the card that actually defines what the different ratings mean? If I recall correctly, that was the back of the last official card in this series, somewhat like a filler card.

    • admin March 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

      Actually sadly in this case there is no Power Ratings card, like there were in the Marvel Universe cards. The final card is the checklist, with an entry on Cerebro in the back.

      I guess they realized at the end that there was no way to reconcile the ratings and just decided to forget about it :)

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