Saturday, February 24, 2007


Ororo Munroe known as Storm in the X-Men first appeared in 1975 in Giant Size X-Men #1. She was created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum. She is one of the first black female superheroes. Storm is a mutant who has the power to control the weather and fly at high speeds. In an interview Cockrum said that they were going to have her called the Black Cat. However, before they did more cat like heroes like Tigra and The Cat were popping up. So he made some changes to her appearance and they called her Storm. While Len Wein created her it was the next writer of the X-Men, Chris Claremont who took her to the next level. It was his vision that made Storm an important member of the team. He started by telling us of her history before she joined the X-Men. Her mother was a princess of a tribe in Kenya. She fell in love with photojournalist David Munroe and moved to New York City with him when they married. While in New York she gave birth to Ororo. When she was 6 years old they moved to Egypt. It is there that both her parents were killed leaving her an orphan. In order to survive she becomes a thief. When her powers manifest themselves she is worshipped as a goddess. Professor X finds her and knows she is a mutant and recruits her for the X-Men. She has trouble adjusting to her new home but the soon become the family that she needs. In later stories it is shown that she and the Black Panther have been friends since childhood. In 1980 Storm is given a position of leadership in the X-Men and has pretty much held on to it ever since. As a result she is a respected woman in the superhero community. In 1996 Storm was given her own four part mini-series. Sadly this did not result in an on going series. Recently during the House of M storyline most of the mutants lost their powers. Storm was one of the few who kept her powers. Her story continues on a happy note as she and the Black Panther just got married. I have even heard rumors that in 2007 both will be in the line up of the Fantastic Four with the Human Torch and the Thing.

1 comment:

Becca the Promo Mami said...

i'm profiling Black Female Superheroes on my blog ... Storm being one of them... I've got about 90 so far from comics, movies, and television.