A thread dedicated to the New Mutants first graduate...
Sam Guthrie(Cannonball) was created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod
Samuel Zachary Guthrie generates a thermal/kinetic field around himself which renders him invulnerable and allows him to fly. Though it usually emanates from his lower body, he has been able to extend it outwards as a shield and channel it to his fists for added punch. The eldest of ten children from a Kentucky coal mining family, Cannonball is one of a few X-Men from a southern, rural background and has maintained the values of civility, hard work, and a strong commitment to his beliefs throughout his career as a superhero. When his father died in a mining accident Cannonball took role of the father figure till leaving to learn to control his powers. Several of his siblings are also mutants and have joined X-Men-related teams, including Paige (Husk), Jay (Icarus), and Melody.
Cannonball was a founding member of the X-Men's junior team, The New Mutants. Here he met his best friend Roberto DaCosta (Sunspot) and two long time girlfriends, Lila Cheney and later Tabitha Smith (Boom Boom/Boomer/Meltdown). The New Mutants were co-lead by Cannonball and teammate Dani Moonstar (Psyche/Mirage/Moonstar). Cannonball was with the New Mutants for historical X-Men battles such as: Mutant Massacre, Fall of the Mutants, Inferno, and X-Tinction Agenda. During his time with the New Mutants he was trained by Xavier and Magneto until Cable took control of the team turning them into a mutant rebel militia known as X-Force. The X-Men disapproved of X-Force's ways and once Cable was believed dead Cannonball took the role of leader and stood up to Xavier. Along with X-Force, Cannonball participated in famous X-Men battles: X-Cutioner's Song, Fatal Attraction, and Phalanx Covenant. Because of his dedication to Xavier's dream he joined the X-Men, becoming the first member of a secondary team to "graduate". During his initial run with the X-Men he became a sidekick to Wolverine - most notably battled the Dark Riders when they tried to replace Wolverine's adamantium, he defeated Gladiator on his own, helped fight against Onslaught, went undercover during Graydon Creed's Presidential Election with new pal Bobby Drake (Iceman), and fought Bastion during Operation: Zero Tolerance. His tenure was complicated by clashes with superiors and he eventually left to rejoin X-Force.
Later Cannonball joined the X-Corps in Europe where he worked with some former New Mutants and X-Force teammates. After his teammate Darkstar was killed in battle Cannonball decided to leave X-Corp and rekindle with his ex-girlfriend Lila Cheney. Once he saw what was happening at Xaviers he could no longer stay away. He contacted Storm and she invited him to join her X.S.E. team where Cannonball would become an official government officer. Cannonball was no longer the X-Men newbie. He remained with the X.S.E. X-Men through Emma Frost and Cyclop's take over of the school. After getting injured in battle he left the team and briefly reunited with members of X-Force. Cannonball returned to the mansion to join Rogue's X-team. With a team full of mostly "former" villains Cannonball stuck close to his friend and former teammate Iceman. During their first battle Cannonball was mentally attacked by Serafina, a member of Children of the Vault. Cannonball hurt by her manipulation and blasted Serafina into their ship; leaving her lifeless body. After most of his team would betray the X-Men he would battle Mr. Sinister and the Marauders where he would sustain grave injuries but would recovery in time for the final battle of the Messiah Complex.
Cannonball moved to San Fran with the rest of the X-Men, soon after he defended the city against a Secret Invasion by the Skrulls. He took the lead in reuniting with his original teammates the New Mutants to battle Xaviers son Legion. He has become a go to solider and leader in Cyclops army of X-Men. Cyclops believes Cannonball might be the next generations leader of the mutant race. Cannonball assisted the X-Men in battling Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers/X-Men and the creation of Utopia. Where he helps take care of all the farming needs on the mutant island. During Necrosha Selene resurrected the New Mutants former school rivals, the Hellions. Then the Second Coming of Hope had Cannonball lead a team of X-Men in a Hellbound mission to limbo. Bastion was defeat but not without the loss of Cannonball's former leader/mentor Cable. Sadly there is no rest for Cannonball are quickly taken back to limbo for one of their hardest battles yet in the Fall of the New Mutants. The New Mutants won the battle with many costs; as last result Cannonball kills some of their enemies, and Legion (freed to defeat the elder god) changes reality... Age of X. After reality changes back Cannonball kept his memories of the other world and asks Emma Frost to remove them. Due to these events Cannonball steped down as leader and asked to be put under observation, not being able to process the recent events. During this time he and Moonstar find an attraction torwards one another.
Post Schism Cannonball leaves Moonstar, Cyclops, and Utopia and joins Husk, Wolverine, and the new Jean Grey School for Higher Learning back in New York.
Cannonball was a playable bonus character in X-Men Legends 2 for PSP. In the animation side he was featured in one episode of the 90s X-Men: The Animated Series. And had a small reoccuring role with the "New Mutants" in X-Men: Evolution. He did not appear in the first season (and only) of Wolverine and the X-Men. One day we can hope for a New Mutants animated series, X-Men animated series where he is a main character, and an appearance in a feature film!
Discuss the past/present/future and share photos of your hayseed turned hero... Cannonball!