STITCH

Real Name: Jodi Furman

Identity/Class: Human mutant;
   citizen of Canada

Occupation: Adventurer/government agent

Group Membership: None; formerly the Flight (Groundhog/Sean Benard, James MacDonald Hudson, Walter Langkowski, Saint Elmo, Smart Alec/Alec Thorne, Snowbird, Wolverine/Logan)

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Egghead, Emissaries of Evil (Eel/Leopold Stryke, Porcupine/Alex Gentry, Power Man/Erik Josten, Rhino/Aleksei Sytsevich, Solarr/Silas King, Swordsman/Jacques Duquesne)

Known Relatives: Unidentified parents (only mentioned by Wolverine)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Flight compound, somewhere outside the Thunder Bay area, Ontario, Canada

First Appearance: Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1 (June, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Stitch possesses the mutant ability to mentally control small pieces of metal (e.g. a threaded needle) with precision. She appears to be somewhat autistic, and didn't speak.

Height: 5'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 100 lbs.(by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Light-brown/red

History:
(Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Stitch is largely unrevealed, but (as per Wolverine) about the time she reached puberty, she discovered she had the mutant ability to control small pieces of metal with amazing precision. Realizing she was different, she became scared to death of herself, and her powers, so she shut herself off from the world.

   Stitch was placed in the custody of Jim Hudson's Department H, to be trained as a member of The Flight, a team of super-heroes sanctioned by the Canadian government.

(Alpha Flight I#127/2 (fb) ) - Stitch was brutally attacked by Wild Child while training at Department H, which disfigured her face. Wolverine came to her aid, stopping the feral Wild Child from killing her.

(Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1) - After Sean Benard's first training exercise with The Flight as Groundhog, he overheard James Hudson and Wolverine arguing over Jodi's readiness for training. Investigating, Groundhog entered a barn, where he found Stitch in a corner, using her power to stitch thread through her outfit--she took an instant liking to him, rare for her, and hugged him. Wolverine explained that she was "ego-phobic" (afraid of her powers), and that her reaction to Groundhog was the first non-violent action she'd taken since arriving three months earlier.

   During all of this, Egghead and his Emissaries of Evil had arrived in Canada, with the intention of setting up a nuclear missile near the border, aimed at New York City. The Flight was called in to take care of the problem, and Stitch accompanied the team.

   Stitch confronted the Swordsman, who laughingly mocked her apparently limited power ("What do you intend to do--sew me to death?!"); but she managed to subdue Swordsman by commanding her threaded needle through his glove, and thereby forced him to use his weapon to incapacitate the Rhino.

   But the Flight's first mission went horribly awry, for Egghead triggered the missile's detonation sequence; Saint Elmo sacrificed himself to destroy the missile.

Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell, Simon Furman, Pat Broderick and Bruce Patterson.

This disastrous mission is what gave Hudson the idea to split up The Flight into different levels of combat-readiness (thus, Alpha, Beta and Gamma Flights).

Outside of an alternate-Earth version of Stitch that appeared in What If II#62 (see HERE), she's never appeared again, which is a shame. Obviously, she's listed here as being "formerly" of The Flight, because she left for one reason or another later on.

Stitch would later get one other "appearance," of a sort:
Wolverine: First Class#5 (September, 2008) - In a flashback before his joining the X-Men, Department H assigned Wolverine to handle a hostage situation at La Citadelle in Quebec, and Jim Hudson ordered him to chose some fellow operatives (whose faces were displayed on a video screen) to accompany him; the faces displayed were Snowbird, Groundhog (marked RESIGNED), Saint Elmo (marked M.I.A.), Marrina, Shaman, Smart Alec, Aurora, Stitch, and Wildchild.--however, Stitch was not among the ones he chose.--Ron Fredricks

Ever since I first posted the entries on the members of the Flight (Groundhog, Saint Elmo, Stitch) I have had several people point out that the group of villains featured are never called the Emissaries of Evil. To be fair, they weren't. However, at one point in the book, Egghead did refer to them as "my employed emissaries". To further bolster my argument, at the beginning of the book, the two duos of Swordsman and Power Man (partners in and out of the Lethal Legion) and Porcupine and Eel (partners once led by Count Nefaria) arrived in Canada at Egghead's bequest, but apparently, Solarr and Rhino, the two men who actually were members of another line-up of the Emissaries, were already there with Egghead. To me, at least, this is pretty much an unstated way of saying that he was just adding more muscle to his team. Should we get a Thunderbolts Handbook anytime soon, I will personally force Marvel to list the Emissaries of Evil as one of Atlas's former group memberships and make this canon.

Stitch's last name was revealed in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#1: Alpha Flight entry.

Additional images, new main and corrections by Ron Fredricks.

Profile by Madison Carter.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Stitch has known connection to:


images: (without ads)
Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1, p20, pan3 (Main Image - Stitch in barn, mentally manipulating needle)
Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1, p20, pan4 (Headshot - Stitch, mentally manipulating needle)
Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1, p21, pan1 (Stitch hugging Groundhog; Wolverine (right))
Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1, p28, pan3 (Stitch confronting Swordsman with needle and thread)


Appearances:
Alpha Flight Special Edition II#1 (June, 1992) - Scott Lobdell & Simon Furman (writers), Pat Broderick (pencils), Bruce D. Patterson (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
Alpha Flight I#127/2 (December, 1993) - Simon Furman (writer), Keith Pollard (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Janice Chiang (letters), Rob Tokar (editor)


First Posted: 11/5/2004
Last updated: 02/07/2021

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