Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #78
This is the seventy-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous seventy-seven. Click here for a similar archive, only arranged by subject.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: Mr. Sinister was originally envisioned as the product of the mutant mind of a child.
With a name like Mr. Sinister, it can be a bit difficult to take the character seriously, and interestingly enough, his name was originally meant to be a hint as to the origin of this X-Men villain.
When Chris Claremont first introduced Mr. Sinister, the idea was that the character we knew as Mr. Sinister was actually a product of the mutant mind of a child. A child who could never age. Essentially, a twisted version of the relationship between Billy Batson and Captain Marvel.
Claremont first mainly laid these plans out in the pages of Classic X-Men, where he featured stories of Scott Summers’ upbringing as an orphan in an orphanage. There there was a boy who was fascinated with Scott, and whatever the boy wanted to have happen, suddenly Mr. Sinister would show up and do what the boy wanted to have happen.
The reveal would be that the boy WAS Mr. Sinister – which is why the name is so dorky – as this villain would be the product of the mind of a child.
The only problem is, this child would never grow up, leaving Mr. Sinister to become more and more his public persona.
Ultimately, though, after Claremont was no longer writing X-Men, later writers completely changed this plot point. The stories from the orphanage are now meant to be Mr. Sinister in disguise as a young boy.