She may have been big during the '80s, but she was entirely absent from the big '90s popularity boom, as well as the cartoon (the only character in the entire X-lore at that point who didn't make an appearance) and her role was completely taken over by Jubilee, who became the de facto young X-Man. She was in a fringe book that virtually never crossed over like the other X-books and when she finally returned to the X-Men she became a bit player, who was quickly booted out again. From then on she only appeared in minis and one-shots. Even in X-Men Evolution where she had a big part they greatly altered her appearance and character.
By the time 2004 rolled around she was a bit player, comparable to some of the lesser known New Mutants like Sunspot and Magma. I don't even think Kitty was at Jean and Cyclops' wedding, even though the rest of Excalibur was there.
The 90's and adaptations hard to gage. I love most of them even though most of them have always been a touch awkward. The 90's cartoon in particular, even though I love it with super nostalgia goggles. It tended to focus on who were the hot mutants at the time which is why so many of the stories were about Wolverine, Rogue, and Gambit. I always found it amusing that Psylocke was supposed to be the "it girl" for the 90's X-Men but only appeared in two episodes of the show.
Evo is a different kettle of fish since most of the core cast were teenagers. Their representations came close but of the kids I think Scott was the only one who was spot on more or less the whole show.
The best Kitty adaptions are the WatXM cartoon and Ellen Page.
She needs a beef injection from a 6'6" Russian. I like both characters so much more when they're together.
Last time she did that she upgraded to a bigger model and went joyriding through space for a couple years.
Well it didn't end well, but she punched pretty much everyone in the face until blast off.
I didn't mind Kitty and Peter, but for me it just never moved beyond her crushing on the hunky older guy. Looking back on it now requires more nostalgia goggles then doing the same even for Jean and Scott does.
Hear me X-men! No longer am I the woman you once knew! I am fire and life incarnate! Now and forever...
I AM PHOENIX!
How is it hard to say factually? If she doesn't appear in the issue, then she most certainly factually isn't in the issue.