1978 letter reveals how the X-Men's Kitty Pryde was born

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Dec 14, 2012

The X-Men's Kitty Pryde has also been known as Sprite and Shadowcat, but if one of the suggestions in artist John Bryne's 1978 letter to writer Chris Claremont was followed, we might instead be referring to her today as Sparrowhawk.

A year and a half before the character made her debut in Uncanny X-Men #129, Byrne sent an illustrated letter to Claremont explaining the powers of the new superhero and suggesting that Kitty Pryde be, well, not one of the X-Men, exactly, but the first member of what would eventually become known as the New Mutants.

Byrne wrote:

MY CONCEPT HERE IS THAT ARIEL SHOULD BE NOT SO MUCH A NEW MEMBER OF THE X-MEN PER SE, BUT RATHER THE FIRST MEMBER OF A SECOND TEAM, A KIND OF "X-MEN·IN·TRAINING" TEAM
Check it out below.

Jonathan Mueller, who owns the letter, paid $1,625 for this piece of history in 2004, which seems like a bargain to us.

(via Letters of Note)