Throwback Tuesday Presents: Uncanny X-Men #266 – Gambit!



For today’s throwback I din’t have to dig too deep in my stash to pull this one out – this one is a classic….Uncanny X-Men #266 is one of those books that a collector MUST HAVE in their collection.

The *debut of everyone’s favorite red-eyed mutant – Gambit!

(Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Jim Lee)

This story was mainly about Storm – who was recently turned into child by Nanny and Orphan-Maker. Child Storm is on the run from the Shadow King, one of the deadliest and most ruthless mutants on earth. Shadow King has a thing for Storm – he wants her for  her weather-controlling abilities to add to his own powers.

While Storm is being pursued by Shadow King –  she eventually bumps into a thief,  catching him in the middle of his act. The young thief is –Remy Etienne LeBeau – a mutant with the power to manipulate potential energy in an object – and charge it into explosive kinetic power! He also has some persuasion ability – he can make people ‘see things his way’.

Remy quickly gains ‘Stormys’  trust [maybe using his charm powers?] and helps her escape from Shadow King. The two soon form an unlikely bond and become a thieving duo. Remy -or GAMBIT – soon joins the mutant superhero team called The X-Men.

The rest is comic book history…

Due to Gambit’s popularity – this book has skyrocketed in price and value – selling for upwards to $75 for a non-graded, Near Mint copy! Not  bad for a thieving Cajun. 😉

* Gambit’s actual uncredited debut cameo was in Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 as a yet, unnamed character!


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