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COMIC URBAN LEGEND: The woman who was the titular basis for Kitty Pryde has since changed her name due to unwanted comic book fan attention.

STATUS: True

Kitty Pryde made her debut in Uncanny X-Men #129, in late 1979. Her co-creator, John Byrne, has never hid the fact that her name was based upon a classmate of his at art school.

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But what’s interesting is what happened to the “real” Kitty Pryde AFTER the X-Men Kitty Pryde was introduced.

In a story from the Calgary Sun by Louis B. Hobson (courtesy of The Cat Box, which is now twice in one week that I have cited The Cat Box…freaky)

It all happened back in 1973 when she was a student at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary. One of her classmates was John Byrne who would go on to become one of the more prolific writer/artists for Marvel Comics.

“I first noticed John in our (still-life) classes. While the rest of us were drawing the nudes, John would be making sketches of Superman and Spiderman. One day he told me he loved my name and promised when he became famous at Marvel Comics, he’d name his first character after me.” Pryde thought nothing of the compliment.

In 1980 when when she was living and working in Toronto, Pryde received a package in the mail. It contained one page of Byrne’s original sketches for his Kitty Pryde character plus a signed copy of the comic book it eventually became. He’d signed it: “To Kitty, the real one. Thanks for the use of the name.” The X-Men comics became one of Marvel’s best sellers.

Kitty eventually morphed into an action figure like so many of her mutant friends. “Kitty started out as a young girl with superhuman powers. By the time they created her action figure, she’d become a major chick. She may bear my name, but she wasn’t modelled after me. I only wish I had knockers like that,” jokes Pryde.

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Ulimately, in the early 90s, in an attempt to regain her anonymity, Pryde began going by the name K.D. Pryde.

I will save you any horrible reference to her wanting to sometimes be able to walk through walls to get away from the attention.

On the next page, was Apocalypse originally meant to be the OWL?!

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Here’s a suggestion if it hasn’t been done yet, I just discovered this column and am going through it.

But there’s also a urban myth that Superman was clearly based on Jesus, Luthor the devil etc.

The AGE of OWL!

Daredevil woulda laughed his @$$ off.

There is also an urban legend that Jesus was based on Horus, and Epipus, … and Hercules, … and Odysseus, and so on……..

Captain Whitebread

May 29, 2014 at 7:10 am

Considering the Jewish heritage of Superman’s creators, it’s more likely that Supes was based on the stories of Moses (both sent away by their parents as infants in order to save their lives).

“The Owl is a compelling character to try to revamp, as many comic book writers have tried it since then, including most recently Mark Waid.”

I like how that part might be timelier now than when this legend was first posted!

the age of owl would have been in interesting xover. for as some one once said there are no really lame heros or villains in comics just no one has found what is needed like for the owl to make them really reach their potential. that plus the fact would if the owl had replaced apocalypse wound up with warren as arch angel?

When is this Apocalypse hype gonna die?

Huh, guess the Owl’s proposed mutant connection stuck enough to inspire the whole MGH business.

All true. Michael Nowlan is also introduced in that issue. I have MUCH nostalgia for that comic.

Darrin Kelley

May 29, 2014 at 10:44 am

I was an original X-factor reader when Apocalypse was first introduced. I hated the character and still do. He has no personality. No way anyone sane can relate to him. He’s just a big evil to be big and evil.

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