Storm is one of Marvel’s most recognizable heroines and the most prominent woman of color in superhero comics (though the definition of “color” varies from artist to artist). She’s never had her own ongoing series, but she’s been a headliner in the X-Men franchise for decades. Since her introduction in 1975, Storm has assumed many roles: mutant, superhero,  African goddess, pickpocket, claustrophobe, knife-fighting enthusiast, team leader, Black Panther’s arm candy, and fetish-fuel for Chris Claremont. This post is a visual summary of how artists portrayed Storm during the past three and a half decades.

1970s

Cover by Dave Cockrum and Irving Watanabe (1977)

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Cover by Dave Cockrum, Terry Austin, and Gaspar Saladino (1979)

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Cover by John Byrne, Terry Austin, and Dan Crespi (1979)

1980s

Cover by Dave Cockrum, Josef Rubinstein, Tom Orzechowski (1981)

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Cover by Bob McLeod (1981)

Are they … scissoring?

Cover by Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek (1983)

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Cover by Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek (1983)

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Cover by John Romita, Jr. and Dan Green (1984)

Great ideas in comics: Storm as a punk rock bitch with a mohawk. 

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Cover by Barry Windsor-Smith (1984)

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Cover by Rick Leonardi and Whilce Portacio (1986)

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Cover by Marc Silvestri, Dan Green, and Alex Jay (1988)

1990s.

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Cover by Andy Kubert and Joe Rosen (1990)

So there was this plot where Storm was turned into a kid … it didn’t make much sense.

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Cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Tom Orzechowski (1991)

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Cover by Whilce Portacio (1992)

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Cover by Joe Madureira (1995)

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Cover by Terry Dodson and Karl Story (1996)

A four issue mini-series.

Cover by Scott Clark (1997)

2000s

Cover by Andy Kubert (2001)

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Cover by Salvador Larroca (2003)

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Cover by Greg “Pornface” Land (2004)

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Cover by Mike Mayhew (2006)

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Cover by Leinil Francis Yu (2006)

Storm and Black Panther were married in 2006.

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Cover by Alan Davis (2008)

In Wakanda, only men get chairs.

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Cover by David Yardin and Jacob Keith (2009)

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Cover by Phil Jimenez, Frank D’Armata, Travis Charest, and Justin Ponsor (2009)


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