15 Jun

Subject: Black Tom Cassidy
Real Name: Tom Cassidy
Height: 5’11” Weight: 155 lbs
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #101, October 1976

Power Ratings:

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

Since Black Tom and Banshee’s characterization were much owed to British Chris Claremont, it wasn’t surprising that Tom (and Banshee, as had been noted) didn’t get much play during the Jim Lee era (though he was a supporting player in the first few issues of X-Force).

He’s a villain that’s been around basically forever and has that recognizability cachet, though most would have a hard time identifying his super powers (he could channel energy blasts through any piece of wood, usually his shillelagh, though at some point he also actually BECAME part plant matter). He’s got one of the more unique names in supervillainry (maybe its cheesiness lends to that), and he sets himself up even more by having a close working relationship with Juggernaut.

The art is pretty decent here, though the scruffy muttonchop look makes him look too Wolverine-ish (it was a favorite look of Lee’s as you can see). Half the time they make me think of Bruce Springsteen. Black Tom wasn’t too prone to using his powers much, preferring to be a behind-the-scenes kinda guy, so the posing works for me, and hey we see his wood stick right there too. Not bad.

The Power Ratings are sufficient, I wouldn’t have minded a higher Energy Projection rating to make him less boring, but I guess I have to keep perspective.

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One Response to “61 – BLACK TOM CASSIDY”

  1. Drew June 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    It is interesting, in retrospect, how many of the villains don’t compare to the majority of the X-Men’s power ratings. It almost feels unfair to have them ganging up on these relative low-level threats. I guess it comes down to Fighting Ability being the main factor in whether you were popular during Jim Lee’s run.

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