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Real Name: Gary Walsh

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Student

Group Membership: Xavier Institute student body

Affiliations: Xavier Institute student body (Choir/Irina Clayton, Contact/Frida Rivera, Glob Herman/Robert Herman, Imp/Anders Nobel, Keratin/Dave Finn, Kid Omega/Quentin Quire, Mentat/Robert Zepheniah, Polymer/Dana Holmes, Redneck/Vincent Stewart, Stalwart/Adewale Ekoku, Stepford Cuckoos (Celeste, Esme, Mindee, Phoebe, Sophie Cuckoo), other unidentified students), Special Class (Angel/Angel Salvadore, Beak/Barnell Bohusk), X-Men (Beast/Henry McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Emma Frost, Phoenix/Jean Grey, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett, Xorn/Kuan-Yin Xorn)

Enemies: Cassandra Nova

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Salem Center, New York

First Appearance: New X-Men I#126 (July, 2002)

Powers/Abilities: Spike possessed bright red skin and had extended spikes from his body.

Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 129 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown


(New X-Men I#116 - BTS) - After Professor Charles Xavier (secretly Cassandra Nova who had switched minds with her twin brother) came out as a mutant on live TV, the Xavier Institute was opened to the public. Gary was one of the many young teenagers that enrolled at the Xavier Institute. Because of his mutation, he took the codename Spike.

(New X-Men I#126) - Refusing to hide like a common human, Spike and most of the students decided they wanted to join the fight against Cassandra Nova who at that point had fully manifested herself as a Mummudrai. Nova effortlessly used her psionic abilities to mind control Spike and the other students, sending them to fight Beast and Wolverine. Spike and the others were eventually freed from Cassandra's control by the Stepford Cuckoos.

(New X-Men I#134) - When news broke of mutant fashion designer Jumbo Carnation's murder Spike met up with his classmates Glob Herman and Quentin Quire who had brought a page from the Daily Bugle from the day he was born. The page was from around the time the first mutant started showing in public and they had an image of a mutant in striped outfit with a whip, Spike found the image pretty wack.

Comments: Created by Grant Morrison (writer), Frank Quitely (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks).

Spike was most likely one of the many millions mutants who lost their powers when a reality altering spell cast by the Scarlet Witch reduced the number of gene active mutants to a mere 300 worldwide.

Since all Xavier Institute students were selected to join special training squads mentored by members of the X-Men, Spike could have been a part of the Excelsiors (Iceman's squad), the Exemplars (Beast's squad) or the Paladins (Shadowcat's squad) whose rosters have never been revealed.

Spike's real name has been revealed in the Xavier Institute entry of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC#13 (2010).

Profile by MarvellousLuke

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New X-Men I#126, p9, pan4 (main image)
New X-Men I#134, p6, pan5 (closeup)
New X-Men I#134, p6, pan4 (with Quire and Herman)

New X-Men I#126 (July, 2002) - Grant Morrison (writer), Frank Quitely (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Mike Powers, Mike Marts, Pete Franco, Mike Raicht (editors)
New X-Men I#134 (January, 2003) - Grant Morrison (writer), Keron Grant (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), Mike Marts, Mike Raicht (editors)

First Posted: 04/28/2016
Last updated: 04/28/2016

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