I can tell you right now, that I am already thinking of making February, Lockheed Month. I envision it being new issue reviews when I do those, and between those, more reviews!
Onto my collection :
Adding Lockheed’s one appearance in Mutant X and his one appearance in the X-Men Animation Special, comicbookdb only has three listed characters under Lockheed. So I threw those other two appearances into his total.
The little purple alien who just so happens to resemble one of our dragons, has 277 appearances! I am missing … only six of them!
Which is super annoying!
Those missing issues are :
Venom : Dark Origin 3
Captain Britain and MI13 Annual 1
Avengers vs. Pet Avengers 3
Avengers vs. Pet Avengers 4
Wolverine and the X-Men 3
Wolverine and the X-Men 32
That’s it! If I ever get a chance to do another back issue spurge, I will make a point of just getting these. I can only imagine it wouldn’t cost much. The problem in the past has been that they were not available at the website I was given a gift certificate too. Which my former employer and my mother-in-law have both gotten me cards from Mile High Comics, which was extremely nice of them.
I was really thinking, before I got on this quest, that he had at least 300 appearances. Poor guy just doesn’t show up as often as I am under the impression of. You would think he would be an artist’s favorite as how often do they get to draw dragons?
This whole next section, I am mostly typing so that I can reference the numbers when I need too. It doesn’t read as the most exciting information, but I find it interesting.
His first appearance is in Uncanny X-Men 166, and then he doesn’t show up again until 168. He gets back to back appearances but then is missing from 170 and 171. Two issues.
He is there from 172 – 175.
He appears in the first and last issue of X-Men and the Micronaunts, so two on and two off.
Missing from 176 – 179. Four issues.
He is lucky enough to be included in the Secret Wars story, but only for parts 1, 2, and 12 (thankfully, someone remembered to bring him back!) So ten issues of missing time.
He is missing in 182 but is in 181 and 183.
He is missing from 184 – 188, five issues.
He guest appears in New Mutants 18 and 21, so he isn’t really missing from those in-between issues.
Appears in 189, but goes missing from 190 and 191, two issues. Then has a nice run 192, 193, 194.
He practically guest stars in Nightcrawler’s first miniseries, as he is in all four issues of that.
From 195 to 209, he is missing before showing up again in 210. That’s 15 issues! His longest break! At least he is in Mutant Massacre, 210 and 211, and missing 212 and back for the conclusion in 213. He leaves when Kitty leaves Uncanny.
Of his first run (and only true run) on Uncanny, he is missing :
1+2+2+1+5+2+15 = 28 missing appearances!
He has 18 proper appearances in Uncanny, more off than on!
He misses out on the first two issues of Fantastic Four vs. X-Men, but shows up in the final two issues.
He appears in New Mutants 46, 63, and 65.
Then we come to his second title, Excalibur.
He is in the original Sword is Drawn graphic novel but then misses out on the first two issues! 2 issues.
Nice run from 3 – 6, four issues but misses out on 7 and 8, two issues.
Appears in 9, but not 10. One issue.
Nice run 11 – 22, 12 issues! Missing in 23, one issue.
Within there, he appears in Marvel Comics Presents issues 31, 32, and 37, 38.
He appears in Excalibur 24 through 30, 7 issues.
Missing in 31 and 32, two issues.
He appears in all three issues of Thor with Excalibur, 427, 428 and 429.
He appears in Excalibur 33 and 34, and is missing in 35 and 36. Two more issues – both ways.
He appears in Sensational She-Hulk 26 with the rest of Excalibur.
He appears in 37 but not 38, one issue both ways.
He appears in 39 – 41, three issues. Missing in 42, one issue.
Appears in 43 – 45, three issues. Missing in 46 and 47, two issues.
Appears in issues 48 – 51, four issues. Then Missing in 52 and 53, two issues.
Appears in 54 – 56, three issues. Missing for 57 and 58, two issues. Starting to notice a trend.
Appears in 59 – 61, three issues. Missing in 62 and 63, two issues.
Appears in 64, but not 65, but in 66 – 68. Four issues and missing in one.
Then he has a break from 69 – 73, five issues! His biggest yet but not the longest.
Between this time, he has been in two swimsuit specials (Marvel and Amazing Heroes) and a Marvel Holiday Special in 1992.
He appears in Excalibur 74, not 75, but in 76. Two issues on, one off.
Then he is missing from 77 – 95, 19 issues! They at least have the good sense to explain it away with the Bamfs have kidnapped him but not why no one else noticed. I suppose we are led to believe in hindsight that he disappears from time to time and having his own adventures that we don’t get to see. That’s the in-story reason.
He then appears in 96 and 97, so two issues. Missing from 98 and 99, so two issues off again.
Appears in 100 – 102, three issues. Missing from 103 to 112, 10 issues.
Appears in 113 and 114, two issues. Missing in 115 and 116, so two issues.
He shows up for the last two parts of Kitty Pryde : Agent of SHIELD, but misses out on the first.
Appears in Excalibur 117 – 120, four issues.
He appears in both parts of the X-Men / Alpha Flight back in 1985 and the quasi-sequel in 1998.
He also appears in Wolverine 125 and 126.
He is missing from Excalibur issues 121 – 123, three issues.
Then he is around for the final two issues of Excalibur.
Of the 125 issues of Excalibur :
He is missing from 63 issues and appears in 62 of them.
Nowhere close to the numbers I was expecting to see!
Excalibur 125 comes out in October 1998 and no one sees the guy, at all, until November 1999 when he shows up in Mutant X as one of Cyclops’ Starjammers. But that’s not even the real Lockheed.
He shows up in a memory in the second Excalibur title (a miniseries for Captain Britain, essentially) and that is in February 2001. So from Oct 1998 to Feb 01, that is over two years. And that’s not even a real adventure!
He shows up in X-Men Unlimited 35, showing what happen to him after Excalibur 125, in July 2002. So between his two actual adventures, it is three and a half years for him. And during this entire time, Kitty is enjoying her second term on that team, and not even one line of dialogue about where he is at all. Apparently, there was suppose to be a story between the two issues where you find out that the other believes the other is dead but that never got printed.
Then he shows up in X-Men Unlimited 43 in April 2003, and that is the story after Colossus dies and Kitty spreads his ashes, this is the first time they have been reunited. With no dialogue about when they finally met up. From Oct 98 to April 03, that is five years for the two characters to be separated and I can see why Marvel was just like, hey, let’s not address that at all.
He then shows up for X-Treme X-Men’s final issue, 46 (june 2004), he does not go to college with Kitty, or at least, we don’t see him. He appears in two issues of X-Men, Uncanny 444 and X-Men 157. Both issues pretty much catch up with several characters, and in the same month, July 2004.
He is part of a training procedure in New X-Men 3 and 4.
Then he starts his would be third title, Astonishing X-Men.
He makes an awesome entrance in Astonishing X-Men 2 (missing out on the first issue), and misses out on the 3rd as well.
He is there for 4, 6, 8 but not 5 and 7.
He appears in the Christmas issue, X-Men 165.
We get Future Lockheed in X-Men: The End: Book 2: Heroes & Martyers 1 – 3, missing out on the last three.
His Astonishing appearances next are 9 and 11, so not 10 or 12.
He journeys with Kitty to Japan in X-Men: Kitty Pryde – Shadow and Flame (the series that sparked the name for this here blog!), appearing in all five issues.
He appears in the first three issues of New Excalibur along with Kitty and Rachel.
Future Lockheed continues to appear in X-Men: The End: Book 3: Men and X-Men for issues 1 and 6. So his luck has not changed at all.
He misses out on the first two issues of X-Men: The 198 but shows up for the final three issues.
Astonishing X-Men, is there for 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22 – 24, and Giant Sized.
Missing out on issues 14, 16, 19 and 21.
Of the 25 issues of Astonishing X-Men :
In 15 and Missing from 10
His best to date!
He was in the first issue of Deadly Genesis, was in the Decimation aftermath (missed out completely on House of M – now I realize), Nightcrawler issue 12, Uncanny X-Men 468, Marvel Team-Up 21, he is there to see Storm get married in Black Panther 18. Also there for the first issue of Civil War : X-Men and all three issues of World War Hulk : X-Men.
He did a decent job of appearing in X-Men Forever, Claremont’s second chance with the X-Men.
Of the first 25 issues, he has 11 appearances and missing out on 14!
His issues are 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 19, 20, 22, 24 and Giant Size.
He joins the Pet Avengers! He is one of the bigger names in it, definitely the big three of the team. I wish it was called Lockheed and the Pet Avengers, we do get a new side of him here as well. When he isn’t being seen, we might assume that he is having adventures with his new team. Or this other team :
He gets his own miniseries in SWORD, appearing in all five issues. This is where we see him grieve for Kitty and a pretty awesome side of him. Also, now that he is a member of SWORD, when you don’t see him, he is probably having awesome adventures there. That’s what I tell myself.
Then he shows up in three of the four issues of the sequel to the first Pet Avengers mini. The second issue is a Throg solo issue.
He also appears in Thor and the Warriors Four, a Power Pack mini, the Pet Avengers show up for the first and last issue.
X-Men Forever was given a sequel series, X-Men Forever 2 (that’s right! – not X-Men More Forever, or something silly like that).
Of that series’ 16 issues, Lockheed shows up in 9 issues, missing out on 7. His track record remains!
His issues are 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, and 16. He is lucky enough to become friends with ‘Ro, as this second volume is mostly a love letter to Storm.
He then is a bit of a star to the third Pet Avengers mini : Avengers vs. Pet Avengers, where dragons are taking over.
He had a three issue arc in Astonishing, 38, 40 and 42 (that’s how they published it) teaming up with Kitty on a SWORD adventure involving the Brood. Which I love that the Brood fear Lockheed so much! We need some Pre Uncanny X-Men 166 adventures!
Wolverine and the X-Men would technically be his four ongoing but he is rarely in that as well, plus it is still ongoing. As of the most recent issue, issue 36.
He is in 13 issues, thus being not included in 23 issues. His worst stats yet.
Lockheed is in issues : 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 14, 17, 18, 29, 30 and 32. You would think with his actual history with the Bamfs, that there would be a scene with him and all of the Bamfs running around the Jean Grey School, but we don’t get any of that either (unless it is issue three, that I am missing). Then again, it has always appeared to be Marvel’s policy to completely ignore everything that has happen in Excalibur, including Nightcrawler’s leadership abilities, Rachel’s complete control over the Phoenix force and Alan Davis’ additions to the Days of Future Past.
While not showing up in that series, he has been in Wolverine 306, X-Men Legacy 266, Astonishing X-Men 51 (Norhtstar’s wedding), AvX: VS 6 (he doesn’t find anyone, just standing next to Ant-Man riding an ant). He has been in A+X issues 2 and 8, All-New X-Men 5 and 6 – you would think he would have a higher chance of being in this title as that has becoming Professor Pryde and the Original Five. Avenging Spider-Man 16, X-Men Legacy 6 and his latest appearance, Infinity 1. He has not appeared in issues 2 through 4.
I have plans to review some of these in the next three months, but expect several in February.
I am missing .02 percent of his appearances, that’s pretty dman impressive, I think. To whom, may be a different matter.
As luck and time will have it, Lockheed made it to the Comic Geek Speak Top Five Animals list!
Good job! Thanks to Murd – who may be my favorite host over there. He is very knowledgeable and is also a huge Kitty Pryde fan. And a huge Lockheed fan! Sometimes, the two don’t go hand in hand, which I don’t get how that is possible.
Speaking of Comic Geek Speak, I downloaded their app (as the Kindle wouldn’t let me download the episodes) and they only go as far back as episode 735, or some silly number like that. I was hoping to get their Dark Phoenix Saga Book of the Month, their Top Five Couples, Footnotes for both JLAvengers and Watchmen episodes. I sent an e-mail but who knows when I will hear back about process on that front.
Updated June 11, 2014 –
I made this list for easier reference :
Claremont’s X-Men (from 166 to 213) – He’s in 18 and out of 28
Excalibur (he does a better job in this) – in 62 out 63
Whedon / Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men – in 15 out 10
X-Men Forever 1 – in 11 out 14
X-Men Forever 2- in 9 out 7
So Claremont at least tried to correct his original mistake
Wolverine and the X-Men (the first 36 issues) – in 13 out 23
As it is a little hard to read above.