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Gladys L. Knight, author of Female Action Heroes:

A Guide to Women in Comics, Video games, Film,

and Television (2010) wrote that "two defining

aspects of her persona are her racial identity and her social status as a mutant." The X-Men have symbolically represented marginalized minorities and the debut of the X-Men series coincided with the Civil Rights Movement, in which their plight as mutants mirrored that of African Americans Storm's creation in particular "was during the heyday of blaxploitation films."

Storm has won many awards and rankings over the

years such as the Glyph Comics Awards in 2007,

Ororo was the most successful comic and was the

winner of the best comic of the year, by Eric Jerome

Dickey, David Yardin & Lan Medina, and Jay Leisten &

Sean Parsons. 2006 IGN placed her #8 of the Top 25

X-Men. In the Comics Buyer's Guide, Storm ranked

30th on the 100 Sexiest Women in Comics List. Storm

also was ranked the 89th greatest comic book character

of all time by Wizard Magazine. In 2011 Storm won first

place in Rank on Comic Vine best superhero of the

year, was stated to be one of the bravest and strongest

women of all time by Marvel Studios.

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Reading Recommendations:The Uncanny X-Men #102, 113, 117, 145-147, 151-152, 185, 201, 253 & Annual #19, Marvel Team-Up #100, X-Men Classic #2, Storm v2 #1-4, Black Panther v4 #4 & 18. Also, check out Storm's Top 10 costumes.

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Debuting in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975), Storm is the first major female character of African descent in comics. She is regarded by some as being Marvel Comics' most important female superhero, having drawn

favorable comparisons to DC Comics' most

famous female lead Wonder Woman. Storm

was created by writerLen Wein and artist

Dave Cockrum and perfected over the years

by writer Chris Claremont

Origin: Born Ororo Munroe to a tribal princess of Kenya and an African-American photojournalist father, Storm was raised in Harlem, New York, and Cairo, Egypt. She became an orphan after her parents were killed in the midst of an Arab–Israeli conflict. The same incident also traumatized Ororo, leaving her with claustrophobia that she would struggle with into her adult life but eventually overcomes.

Storm is a member of the X-Men, a group

of mutant heroes fighting for peace and

equal rights between mutants and humans.

Under the tutelage of a master thief an

adolescent Munroe became a skilled

pickpocket, the means of which she meets

through coincidence the powerful mutant

Professor X. Professor X later convinces

Munroe to join the X-Men and use her

abilities for a greater cause and purpose.

Possessing natural leadership skills and

formidable powers of her own, Storm has

led the X-Men at times and has been a

member of teams such as the Avengers and

the Fantastic Four as well. Storm married

childhood sweetheart and fellow superhero

Black Panther, the ruler of the fictional African

nation of Wakanda, Storm was made queen consort through marriage. The title was lost

however when the two later divorced. After the terraforming of planet Mars, Storm leaves the Marauders and becomes the regent of Arakko and Voice of the Sol System..

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Spotlight Reason:Storm is the greatest black superhero and arguably the greatest woman superhero, for at least three decades. She has probably inspired more people than any other black character. She was the

most popular black character for longer than

anyone else. Thereigning Queen until 2016.

The most popularcomic title hit tv shows and

hit video games.She went from a weary 

B-character to aGODDESS! She was the

leader of the greatestteam (that she won

without powers), worthy of her own hammer

like Thor, fans voted her to beat Wonder Woman

in a one-on-one fight, made Black Panther kneel

in the dirt before her and now she rules Mars.

Black Comic History: Storm 

Fun Facts

-Storm was originally conceived by Dave Cockrum as "the Black Cat," a character who could transform into a feline creature or a house cat. The character was shelved for a time, along with the rest of the new X-Men project, and ultimately

made redundant by a large number of cat-themed

characters that had been introduced in the interim.

When the project resumed, it was decided that the

team needed another female character and Roy

Thomas suggested replacing the weather-controlling

Typhoon with a female equivalent. Cockrum then

quickly outlined the idea for Storm, leaving the Black

Cat costume unchanged but changing the character's

hair from brunette to white.
-Ororo is a worshiper of Gaea.
-Storm lost her virginity to T'Challa, at age 12.
-The name "Ororo" means "Beauty".
-Ororo is best friends with Jean Grey. She learned

from Jean to dress regularly in clothing (Ororo was

a partial nudist, due to her time being worshipped as a

-Storm was the third mutant that Professor Xavier met before founding the X-Men (the first being Magneto, followed by Sage).
-Storm is currently one of the only people on Earth-616 who has been a member of the X-Men, Avengers, and Fantastic Four. The others are Spider-Man and Wolverine.

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