Real Name: Teddy Matson
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Tom Corsi, Dwayne, Sister Ignazio,
Sharon Friedlander, X-Men (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Lucas
Bishop, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Jean Grey, Storm/Ororo Munroe), other Mother
of the Sacred Heart students
Enemies: Acolytes (Frenzy/Joanna Cargill,
Eric, Harlan & Sven Kleinstock, Carmella Unuscione)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: St. Mary's Boys Home, New York;
formerly Our Mother of the Sacred Heart School, Middleborough, New York
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#298 (March, 1993)
Powers/Abilities: Teddy was a mutant, but his
powers were not revealed. In addition to being X-gene positive, Teddy
has Down Syndrome. In what manner this genetic, developmental disorder limits
him is not known.
Height: 5'2" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
(Uncanny X-Men I#298 (fb) - BTS) - Young mutant Teddy
Matson was born with Down Syndrome and cared for at the Our Mother of
the Sacred Heart School in Middleborough, New York. Through unrevealed
ways, the Acolytes learned of Matson's existence and decided to forcibly
recruit him, unaware he was developmentally challenged.
(Uncanny X-Men I#298 - BTS) - Teddy and his classmates were on their way back to the school, riding on the school bus driven by X-Men associate Tom Corsi who was working at the school, along with his lover Sharon Friedlander. The Acolytes attacked the school, fatally wounding Sharon and causing commotion that alerted Professor Xavier to their presence as well. He sent in the X-Men while the Acolytes figured out the mutant they'd come to find was about to return. The villains laid an ambush.
(Uncanny X-Men I#298) - Teddy and his friends Dwayne and others were unaware of what awaited them at the school, casually singing the classic Wheels On The Bus when Tom Corsi realized there was something very wrong when he approached Sacred Heart. He tried to back the bus away just as the Acolytes blew up the school. They then focussed their attention on the bus. The overeager new recruit Eric, one of the Kleinstock triplets, attacked the vehicle. Reaching for the energy weapon he carried with him, Corsi shot the Acolyte through the chest in self defense. Before the other Acolytes could kill Corsi, the X-Men arrived to engage Magneto's followers. As the fight raged on, Unuscione entered the bus and used her psionic powers to locate the mutant they'd come to collect. She was appalled when she found out about Teddy's condition, calling him "flawed even by human standards" and announced there was no place for him in their new order. Archangel, still recovering from getting blasted by the Kleinstocks, tried to reason with Unuscione was relentless and returned Teddy to his classmates still stuck in the vehicle before ordering the Kleinstocks to "purify them". The X-Men couldn't prevent the composite Acolyte from blowing up the bus, but did get Teddy and the other children to safety. Their mission a failure, though 14 school employees were killed in the explosion, the Acolytes teleported away.
(Uncanny X-Men I#299) - With the Sacred Heart destroyed, Teddy (and his classmates, presumably) were taken to St. Mary's Boys Home. There, he was briefly visited at night by Archangel, who came to check on the sleeping mutant boy. Amused that Matson had fallen asleep before the TV, Worthington thought to himself that whatever the boy's mutant powers were, they certainly didn't include the ability to stay up past his bedtime to watch the news. As he lifted Teddy up and put him to bed, wondering why the Acolytes deemed him unfit for their new world order. After all, as mutants they, more than anybody, should know diversity is something to be celebrated, not ashamed of.
Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell (writer), Brandon Peterson (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks).
Incidentally, the letters column of Uncanny
X-Men I#298 included a letter from one Jami Johnson who wrote
in complaining about a speech on tolerance and acceptance Charles Xavier
gave in #294. Johnson was outraged that Scott Lobdell had the professor
claim that everyone was equal: man, woman, black, Hispanic, Jew, Asian,
Native American, homosexual, mutant, everyone." Jami felt it was an
insult to every man, woman and minority to be "lumped in with the
learned cultural trait of homosexuality." Sigh... To complain about
embracing diversity when you're a fan of the X-Men is beyond ironic, and
a bit tragic as well. It also mirrors the Acolytes' stance when they
considered Teddy was an abomination by their misguided, narrow minded
standards. All in all, it's comforting to see the massive strides same
sex equality has made since 1993.
Profile by Norvo.
Teddy should not be confused with
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Uncanny X-Men I#298, p14, pan4 (main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#298, p16, pan3 (saved by Archangel)
Uncanny X-Men I#298 (March, 1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Brandon Peterson (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#299 (April, 1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Brandon Peterson (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Last updated: 07/08/15
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