Samuel Zachery "Sam" Guthrie
Mutant Rights Activist
|Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Cumberland County, Kentucky|
Mutant Liberation Front
|Base of Operations|
Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York
Mutation resulting in ability to generate thermo-chemical energy from the skin that when directed enables an ability to fly and generates a force field rendering him nearly invulnerable.
New Mutants Vol. 1
X-Force Vol. 1
Marvel Graphic Novel #4 (1982)
Subtitled: The New Mutants
|Chris Claremont & Bob McLeod|
A Kentucky coal miner, Sam Guthrie's mutant power first manifest itself when he and his fellow workers were trapped by a cave-in.
Recruited by the Hellfire Club he was sent into battle against Professor Xavier's new class known as the New Mutants. During their battle, Guthrie refused to kill and was in turn threatened with death by his team leader.
Rescued by Xavier, he recognized that the young mutant was not evil, just misguided and offered him membership in the group. Adopting a codename indicative of his rocketing powers he became known as Cannonball.