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I’ve Been Here Before: Stevie Hunter

I coined a term years ago that I like to call “nepotistic continuity,” which refers to the way that comic book writers sometimes bring back minor characters that they themselves created in the past as characters in their current work.

In every installment of this feature, I’ll spotlight an example of a character that did not appear in a comic for at least two years before then showing up in a comic written or drawn by the creator of the character.

Today we look at Stephanie “Stevie” Hunter, Kitty Pryde’s dance teacher!

We first met Stevie Hunter in 1980’s X-Men #139, when Professor X hooks her up with a dance teacher to give her a bit of normality in her life…

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She made occasional appearances over the next four years.

In 1984’s New Mutants #14, we see Stevie with the New Mutants kids…

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We don’t see her again for two years until New Mutants #38…

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It would be over four years until we see Stevie again in 1990’s Uncanny X-Men #270, where she shows up to help the X-Men with Storm’s training (she was turned into a teenager)…

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She made a couple of appearances over the next four years but I don’t believe she’s made an appearance since 1994.

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Isn’t she supposed to be the sister of Jean Paul Beauviers’s husband?

I was wrong, I don’t know why I was under such an impression

I dunno, not appearing for two years, and then re-appearing in the same comic she was last seen in doesn’t seem noteworthy.

Not like, say, Starlin including The Weird in multiple DC projects.

Her last appearance was actually 1994’s Uncanny X-Men Annual. You can get a list of her appearances here: http://marvel.wikia.com/Category:Stephanie_Hunter_%28Earth-616%29/Appearances

I don’t think that –?!? is the correct way to end that last sentence. Shouldn’t it be just an exclamation point? She’s not asking a question and she’s not being cut off. Oh, Claremont!

Did Claremont (or any other writer) ever return to the matter of her accident, mentioned by Kitty as soon as they met?

Boy. To think that it has been almost twenty years since her _last_ appearance already. Time seems to pass ever faster.

i was just rereading those jim lee/claremont comics and thought about how weird that was when popped back up again. in hindsight it looks like claremont was revisiting a bunch of old characters so he could say good bye to them.

i also love how back in the 80’s and 90’s marvel comics you’d have foot notes and asterisks explaining what SHIELD stood for telling you the x-men “died” in dallas, but then nothing telling you who the random characters from years ago were. its a good thing the internet came along otherwise i’d still be confused about a lot of this stuff.

Her last appearance was actually 1994?s Uncanny X-Men Annual. You can get a list of her appearances here:

And that would be correcting

She made a couple of appearances over the next four years but I don’t believe she’s made an appearance since 1994.

how?

Did Claremont (or any other writer) ever return to the matter of her accident, mentioned by Kitty as soon as they met?

No, but in Uncanny #270, Claremont makes a point of highlighting her knee problems.

Boy. To think that it has been almost twenty years since her _last_ appearance already. Time seems to pass ever faster.

I know. It’s kind of nuts.

I dunno, not appearing for two years, and then re-appearing in the same comic she was last seen in doesn’t seem noteworthy.

Not like, say, Starlin including The Weird in multiple DC projects.

That was just a technicality that I figured worth mentioning. The “real” gap, of course, is between New Mutants #38 and Uncanny X-Men #270, a gap significant enough to even merit a notice in the editorial box.

I don’t think that –?!? is the correct way to end that last sentence. Shouldn’t it be just an exclamation point? She’s not asking a question and she’s not being cut off. Oh, Claremont!

It’s a close call. I’m willing to give it to him. She’s speaking when Cable bursts through the door to complain about the X-Men hogging up the Danger Room training time (yes, it’s a conflict that is as stupid as it sounds), so I can see the argument being made that while she’s saying it, her voice turns up at the end like she’s asking a question, as if she is silently saying “What the heck?”

i also love how back in the 80?s and 90?s marvel comics you’d have foot notes and asterisks explaining what SHIELD stood for telling you the x-men “died” in dallas, but then nothing telling you who the random characters from years ago were. its a good thing the internet came along otherwise i’d still be confused about a lot of this stuff.

It’s funny, I was just rereading the X-Men/WildC.A.T.S crossovers, and they did exactly that. You had the footnote explaining what S.H.I.E.L.D. stood for when even Nick Fury apparently couldn’t remember, but we were never told the names of most of the heroes in the crossover itself. That was particularly glaring for me because I don’t know who the heck a lot of the WildC.A.T.S are.

I must say I did find Stevie Hunter rather confusing character, she was shown in a way that she would be somehow really significant and kind of “always there” but she never did anything much or appeared that often. A bit “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” case, like Claremont had some plans for her but somehow never got around to using them.

Stevie was definitely a character who deserved to be significant, and it felt like Claremont wanted her to be. She has a short but significant role in “God Loves, Man Kills,” and there’s another issue where she attends the ballet with Ororo that’s really telling. I’m kind of surprised that nobody used her during the period where the school was a big concern with hundreds of students. Having Stevie as the “voice of regular humans” would have been far preferable to, say, Nurse Annie. Heck, there’s no reason not to use her in the school’s current capacity; I’m sure Kitty would love to have her around again.

Of course, Claremont introducing a minor character and then never getting around to telling their full story is pretty much standard operating procedure for him. I suspect you could fill several editions of this feature just with his pet characters.

Something I always found weird with Stevie was the way that we were never shown on-panel the exact moment when she found out about the X-Men being mutants. One minute she was Kitty’s dance teacher, then BAM next issue she’s suddenly best buddies with all of the X-Men.

her last appearance was in 94 can’t believe almost twenty years have gone by since stevie was last hanging around and putting the x-men through their paces twenty years is a long time to be in comic limbo

>Did Claremont (or any other writer) ever return to the matter of her accident, mentioned by Kitty as soon as they met?
>No, but in Uncanny #270, Claremont makes a point of highlighting her knee problems.

Please check Uncanny X-Men#165 for Stevie’s story.

@Drax

Erm, Uncanny X-Men #145?

“That was just a technicality that I figured worth mentioning. The “real” gap, of course, is between New Mutants #38 and Uncanny X-Men #270, a gap significant enough to even merit a notice in the editorial box.”

Just to be more accurate, I think her last appearance was New Mutants #43…I’m surprised Claremont didn’t have her show up as support staff during the Mutant Massacre, I’m sure she could’ve helped out Moira and the others with the wounded but oh well.

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