Real Name: Billy Briggs

Identity/Class: Human, mutant

Occupation: Homeless man

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: X-Men

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York

First Appearance: Classic X-Men#39 (November, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Billy Briggs can release powerful blasts of energy from his hands. His eyes glow when he uses his power.

History: (Classic X-Men#39/2)- Billy Briggs was living homeless on the streets of Manhattan when he beheld Storm of the X-Men fly through the air, and land nearby the alley he was scrounging in. Believing that he had found a kindred spirit, Billy set after her and tried to introduce himself to her, but Storm found him annoying and brushed him off. When he tried to chase after her, he was struck down by a well-dressed man. When Billy saw Storm smile at the man, he decided that she was just like all the other people who had been prejudiced towards him.

Billy followed Storm back to the X-Mansion, and observed her friendship with Wolverine and Colossus, deciding to use this against her. He appeared before the three X-Men and demanded that Storm decide which of them should die-- Colossus or Wolverine. Believing that Wolverine's healing factor would protect him, Storm chose Wolverine. Billy struck Wolverine down, but it allowed Colossus an opportunity to grab a tree and smack Billy with it. Storm then held him aloft in the air with winds, and Wolverine, recovered, helped Colossus subdue him. Wolverine nearly killed Billy, but Storm felt responsible for his plight, and determined that they should see Phoenix, hoping she could help him. Storm asked Wolverine if he understood why she chose him and he replied that he did, but his feelings had clearly been hurt. Billy took this as a sign of victory.

Comments: Created by Ann Nocenti, Jim Lee and Joe Rubenstein.

by Prime Eternal




Billy Briggs should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Classic X-Men#39, page 20, panel 2
Classic X-Men#39, page 24, panel 1

Classic X-Men#39 (November, 1989) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Jim Lee (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)

Last updated: 09/12/04

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