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Welcome to the four hundred and seventy-third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and seventy-two. This week, in one of the odder comic legends of all-time, is Nightcrawler’s anatomy more plentiful than normal? Next, did the British really keep a comic writer abreast of their battle plans during World War II so he could match his comic to the facts of the war? Finally, did EC Comics adapt their otherwise rigid writing rules for Bernard Krigstein on his art for Al Feldstein’s classic “Master Race”?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Nightcrawler has two penises.
I have a whole folder where I keep comic book legend suggestions that are just too weird to feature, mostly people’s odd conspiracy theories that are plainly false (like “Is Marvel killing off Wolverine to force Fox to give up the movie rights to the X-Men?”) but occasionally I will be surprised to learn that a weird suggestion is actually a legitimately believed legend. Hence, the tale of Nightcrawler’s multiple penises.
One of the more notable sequences in the last decade plus of superhero movies was the scene in 2003’s X2, the sequel to Fox’s hit X-Men film, where Nightcrawler makes his debut, teleporting into the White House to attack the President of the United States.
Alan Cumming’s Nightcrawler was a highlight of the film.
So when the DVD came out for the film, one of the extra features was an interview devoted just to Nightcrawler dubbed “Nightcrawler Reborn.” The interview was with Uncanny X-Men writer Chuck Austen.
Austen had taken over writing Uncanny X-Men in mid-2002, so he was currently the writer “in charge” of Nightcrawler…
And more specifically, Austen wrote the official comic book prequel to X2 featuring Nightcrawler…
Later in 2003, Austen would famously (infamously?) reveal Nightcrawler’s origin for the first time, as we meet Nightcrawler’s father, Azazel…
However, at the time of the interview, The Draco (the story with Nightcrawler’s father) was still in the future.
The interview was a pretty straightforward affair, except for a bit at the end when Austen reflected on a question that he had been asked by Wizard Magazine about a secret about Nightcrawler that only he (Austen) knew. Austen noted that since Nightcrawler had two fingers and two toes…
then he also had two, well, you know. Penises.
It was CLEARLY meant as a joke, but for whatever reason, it has been picked up over the years here and there as if it was something Austen was actually planning to do during his Uncanny X-Men run. Now Austen’s Uncanny X-Men run WAS filled with some outlandish ideas, like “Mutants cannot get AIDS” and “Exploding Communion Wafers,” so I suppose I can SORT Of see how some people might think that it was just another odd plot point from Austen’s run on the book, but that is not the case.
It was just a joke.
Thanks to a commenter for suggesting this one!
On the next page, did the British government keep a comic artist informed of their battle plans so that he could match his comic to the actual war?
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