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CANNONBALL
Earth-92131

Real Name: Sam Guthrie

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-92131) human mutant

Occupation: Adventurer, former mineworker

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Avalanche (Dominikos Petrakis), Blob (Fred J. Dukes), Boom-Boom (Tabitha Smith), Lila Cheney, Rusty Collins, Colossus (Peter Rasputin), Fabian Cortez, Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Delgado (Marco Delgado), Destiny (Irene Adler), Firestar (Angelica Jones), Fitzroy of Earth-121893 (Trevor Fitzroy), Forearm (Michael McCain), Frenzy (Joanna Cargill), Havok (Alex Summers), Iceman (Robert Drake), Lumberl and Anthracite Mining Facility (Rick Jenkins, Ed Guthrie), Multiple Man (Jamie Madrox), Cassandra Nova (used by the Shadow King), Polaris (Lorna Dane), Pyro (St. John Allerdyce), Reaper (Pantu Hurageb), Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Siryn (Theresa Cassidy), Strong Guy (Guido Carosella), Toad (Mortimer Toynbee), Toby, Vertigo, Warpath (James Proudstar), Wildside (Richard Gill), X-Men (Cyclops/Scott Summers, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Jean Grey, Jubilee/Jubilation Lee, Professor/Charles Xavier, Rogue, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/Logan);
formerly Mr. Girkland

Enemies: Kenny Jenkins, Chad Prince, US Army (Mr. Girkland, Unit One, robots, unidentified general)

Known Relatives: Paige Guthrie (Husk, sister), Ed Guthrie (father), Ellen Guthrie (mother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
   formerly Clear Mountain Institute, Westchester domain, Battleworld;
   formerly Cumberland, Kentucky (place of birth)

First Appearance: X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Night of the Sentinels - Part I" (October 31, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Cannonball is a mutant with the ability to generate thermo-chemical energy which he can thrust to be propelled through the air like a rocket. Using his powers grants him a level of invulnerability.

Height: 6'0" (presumably same as his 616 counterpart)
Weight: 181 lbs. (presumably same as his 616 counterpart)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond, formerly Brown

History:
(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas" - BTS) - Born and raised in Cumberland, Kentucky, Sam became a mineworker like his father. Hitting puberty Sam manifested the mutant ability which earned him the name Cannonball. Unable to keep anything a secret in the small town, the people accepted Sam for what he was.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Night of the Sentinels - Part I") - While flying, Cannonball was accidentally caught on camera by a local news station. The story was played in the X-Men's control room alongside similar stories about Domino and Sabretooth as the X-Men would keep track of all mutant sightings.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Repo Man") - When Jean Grey used Cerebro to search for the missing Charles Xavier she telepathically reached several mutants, amongst them were Cannonball, Domino, Nightcrawler, Archangel, Psylocke, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas" (fb) - BTS) - Having become aware of Sam's mutant nature the United States Army planned to recruit Sam for a secret operation, turning mutants into living weapons, controlling their minds. To do so they sent Mr. Girkland offering Sam a so-called government scholarship to have his pick of colleges and even join a Peace Corps for mutants. Unsure whether or not to leave Cumberland, Sam asked for more time.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas") - While working in the mines alongside his father and his colleague Rick, they experienced a dangerous cave-in causing Sam's father to be trapped under a heavy beam. A gas-leak soon followed, turning the cave into a fiery deathtrap, determined to save both men Sam used his mutant powers to save them. Having successfully escaped the cave, Sam was cheered on by his fellow mineworkers.
   Later that day Sam and his father were recapping the day's events with Sam's mother and younger sister Paige. Sam's mother was quick to express her worries urging Sam to think of his future. Mere moments later Mr. Girkland entered the Guthrie household urging Sam to reconsider his offer to accept their government scholarship. Once again Sam explained he hadn't made up his mind and asked for more time to consider the opportunity, Mr. Girkland accepted.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas" - BTS) - Unbeknownst to the Guthries, Mr. Girkland quickly called in the US Army urging for a less subtle approach to convince the boy. To do so, the US Army sent several undercover agents into Cumberland to spread rumors of mutants giving off radiation to raise anti-mutant sentiment in the town.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas" - BTS) - The story of how Sam had rescued the men from the mine was picked up by the Philologist's Quarterly magazine who wrote an article about the event. Loyal follower of the Philologist's Quarterly, Hank McCoy of the X-Men, learned of the mutant boy after which X-Man Rogue decided to go and help the boy.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas") - The following day, Rogue arrived at the Guthrie household, introducing herself as Mrs. LeBeau. Revealing she worked with mutant children she and Sam went for a walk to talk. As the two became more familiar Sam revealed Girkland's offer to join a mutant Peace Corps, raising Rogue's suspicion who informed the X-Men about it.

   Later that night after Sam and his younger sister Paige were confronted by Kenny Jenkins and his friends near Dan's Diner, Kenny, the son of the man he'd saved from the mine had falsely learned that Sam had been dating his girlfriend Shelley. Enraged at the fact mutant trash would even touch his girlfriend, Kenny and the boys beat up Sam. Upset, Toby, one of Kenny's friend urged them to stop, taking Paige inside Dan's Diner. Fed up with the bullys Sam used his mutant power to steer their pickup truck towards a cliff only letting go when Kenny apologized for his behavior. Sam quickly returned home to call Mr. Girkland, asking for his help, content their plan had worked Mr. Girkland sent his troops to secure Sam.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas" - BTS) - Meanwhile the full force of the X-Men arrived in Cumberland to save Sam, having learned of the army's secret operation to turn mutants in mindless weapons. The X-Men had arrived just in time as the Guthrie household had come under attack by the angry townsfolk of Cumberland, falsely believing Sam to be guilty of many of the town's problems.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas") - In a helicopter Sam had joined the army's general, who assured the boy they would keep his family save from criminals, showing Sam a picture of the X-Men. Clearly recognizing the X-Men as heroes, Sam suspected foul play and was shocked to learn he had to help the army bring them in after which the general released a chemical gas to subdue Sam. Sam, however, activated his mutant powers which protected him from the gas after which he blasted off, hoping to warn the X-Men. Determined to stop the boy, the general activated the army's special robots to fight the mutants. Arriving back home in the midst of a heated argument between the angry townsfolk and the X-Men, he pleaded them to flee after which the powerful robots appeared, attacking all in sight. The general watched as the X-Men fought his robots and ordered the immediate activation of Unit One, their first mutant weapon. The powerful mutant weapon unleashed a powerful blast, destroying a nearby shed after which his volatile makeup backfired and the mutant weapon fell unconscious. Understanding he couldn't win, the general recalled his robots and left. Enraged, Sam used his abilities to follow the US Army train, turning into a living cannonball to wreck it.

   When Sam returned to the Guthrie household the Guthries decided to pack up and move, no longer believing in the goodness of the Cumberland townsfolk. Upset about the Guthries' decision, Professor Xavier offered Sam a place at their school, Sam, however, didn't accept, determined to help his family build a new home.

(Secret Wars#1 - BTS) - When the Multiverse was destroyed following the incursions of planets, Doctor Doom, using the Beyonders' powers, created Battleworld a patchwork of different realities. Among those domains was Earth-92131, now called the Westchester domain, ruled by former President Kelly who was appointed by Doom to become the domain's Baron.

(X-Men '92 I#2 - BTS) - Following the Westchester Wars, the Bureau of Super-Powers established the Clear Mountain Institute, a rehab facility designed to help mutants re-enter society. The institute was led by Cassandra Nova, a female clone of Charles Xavier, who was used as a host by the Shadow King. The Shadow King had become aware of other X-Men inhabiting Battleworld's domains who were plagued by hardship and catastrophe, fearing that their domain was too fragile he set out to ensure their survival by changing the X-Men and other dangerous mutants into proper role models as to not attract the wrath of Doom and replace Kelly as Baroness of Westchester in the process.

(X-Men '92 I#2 - BTS) - Cannonball was one of the many mutants to join the Clear Mountain Institute to live in harmony in their isolated community. Cannonball supposedly went through the institute's psychotherapy "The Mind Field".

(X-Men '92 I#2) - Cannonball was seen talking to Polaris and Firestar when the X-Men received a grand tour of the facility by Cassandra Nova.

(X-Men '92 I#6) - Cannonball, Polaris and Boom-Boom watched as X-Force infiltrated the Clear Mountain Institute.

(Secret Wars#9 - BTS) - Earth-92131 along with all other domains of Battleworld were returned to their former state after the defeat of Doom.

Comments: Created by Mark Edward Edens (writer) and AKOM Productions. (see Appearances list for full list of artists)

Cannonball was voiced by Adrian Egan.

On Earth-616, Sam's parents are called Thomas Zebulon and Lucinda Guthrie instead of Ed and Ellen.

The mutant weapon resembled Nuklo (Robert Frank Jr.).

Secret Wars saw the return of X-Men: The Animated Series reality as one of the forty-one domains of Battleworld. First released as an eight-part digital Infinite Comic the series was later reprinted as a four-issue printed series. Following it's success a second X-Men '92 series was released which saw the reality of Earth-92131 fully restored.

The Westchester Wars was a five-year long conflict when Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants declared war on humanity. Thanks to the X-Men's heroic actions the world finally learned not all mutants were a threat, realizing peaceful coexistence between homo sapiens and homo superior was possible. This coalition was more than Magneto could handle and as his anger grew so did his Brotherhood, until finally, total chaos erupted in Westchester.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

CLARIFICATIONS:
Cannonball has no known connections to


Ed Guthrie

Ed Guthrie, Sam and Paige's father had lived his entire live in Cumberland, Kentucky working in the Lumberl and Anthracite Mining Facility as a miner. Ed was proud of his mutant son and urged him to pursue a real career instead of remaining a miner. Ed was proud of the fact six generations of Guthries had lived in Cumberland.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"









Ellen Guthrie

Ellen Guthrie, Sam and Paige's mother had lived her entire live in Cumberland, Kentucky. Ellen was proud of her mutant son and urged him to pursue a real career instead of remaining a miner.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"










Lumberl and Anthracite Mining Facility

Cumberland, Kentucky's premiere mining facility. All of their employees were well aware of Cannonball's mutant nature and accepted him and the Guthries nonetheless.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"











Rick Jenkins

Rick was one of the miners at the Lumberl and Anthracite Mining Facility, who was saved alongside Ed Guthrie by Cannonball.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"











Kenny Jenkins

Kenny was one of the miners at the Lumberl and Anthracite Mining Facility, who was saved alongside Ed Guthrie by Cannonball.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"











Toby

Toby was one of Kenny Jenkins' friends, upset they would bully Sam he urged them to stop and took Paige inside Dan's Diner to keep her save.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"











Chad Prince

Chad Prince spread the rumor Sam was secretly dating Kenny Jenkins' girlfriend Shelley.

Chad Prince was most likely sent by Mr. Girkland

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"









Shelley

Shelley was Kenny Jenkins' girlfriend. Chad Prince falsely claimed she was secretly dating the mutant Sam.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas" - BTS


Dan's Diner

Based in Cumberland, Dan's Diner was an all-american diner where Sam and Rogue had a drink. Later that same day Sam was beatean up by Kenny Jenkins and his friends outside of Dan's Diner.



Note: Dan's Diner made an appearance in X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Weapon X, Lies and Video Tape" (June 11, 1995) where it was part of the Weapon X Program staging used to plant fake memories in their special black-ops unit Team X.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"





general

The general in charge of the secret US Army operation to turn mutants into mindless weapons. After seeing his first mutant weapon called United One fail in a fight against the X-Men he retreated. The general had secretly been working with Cameron Hodge, believing the X-Men had become their top priority for elimination.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"










Mr. Girkland

An employee of the US Army, Girkland was tasked with grafting Sam Guthrie unto the army's special operation to turn mutants into mindless weapons. After bothering the Guthries for weeks, promising a government scholarship, he eventually persuaded the boy after raising the town's anti-mutant sentiment.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"










robots

The army's special robots, equipped with laserguns and capable of flight.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"










Unit One

An unidentified mutant who became part of the US Army's secret operation to turn mutants into living weapons. The mutant was given cybernetic implants that put him under the army's control. His transformation, however, wasn't finished before he was field tested against Sam Guthrie and the X-Men. The powerful mutant unleashed a powerful blast, destroying a nearby shed after which his volatile makeup backfired and the mutant weapon fell unconscious.

--X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas"






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X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas" (main image)
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Repo Man" (seen by Jean Grey)
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas" (rescuing miners)
X-Men '92 I#2, p6 (Clear Mountain Institute)
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas" (Ed Guthrie, Ellen Guthrie, Lumberl and Anthracite Mining Facility, Rick Jenkins, Kenny Jenkins, Toby, Chad Prince, Dan's Diner, general, Mr. Girkland, robots, mutant weapon)


Appearances:
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Night of the Sentinels - Part I" (October 31, 1992) - Mark Edward Edens (writer), Kathi Castillo, Rick Hoberg, Louis Williams (model design), Thibault Descamps, Steve Olds (prop design), Steve Olds (layout design), Jeff Richards, Dennis Venizelos (background design), Flavia Mitman, Trish Medelson (color key design), Dan Gausett, Michael Swanigan, Romeo Francisco, Douglas P. Battle, Clint Taylor, Grey Garcia, Adrian Gonzales, John Ahern, Armando Carillo (storyboard directors), Fred Carillo, Pat Agnasin, Rudy Mesina, Cesar Magsombal, Steve Simone, Abel Laxamana (storyboard cleanup), AKOM Productions (animation studio), Eric Lewald (story editor)
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Repo Man" (November 20, 1993) - Lein Wein (writer), Frank Brunner, Mark Lewis (model design), Steve Olds (prop design), Alfredo Alcala, Cesar Magsombol, Claude Denis, Drew Gentle, Frank Squillace, Ric Chavez, Ric Quiroz, Ted Blackman, Tom Soman, Wayne Schultz, Charles Payne (layout design), Patricia Mendelson, Flavia Mitman, Tania Burton, Allyn Conley, Sparky (color key), Dennis Venizelos (color background), Armando Carillo, Dan Veesenmeyer, Don Manuel, Frank Squillace, Greg Garcia, John Fox, Keith Tucker, Larry Houston, Lewis Williams, Michael Swanigan, Pat Agnasin, Patrick Archibald, Romeo Francisco, Tenny Henson, Vic Dachele (storyboard directors), Alan Gibson, Del Barras, Romeo Lopez, Rudy Mesina, Cesar Magsombal, Steve Simone, Abel Laxamana (storyboard cleanup), AKOM Productions (animation studio), Eric Lewald (story editor)
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Hidden Agendas" (September 13, 1997) - Steven Melching, David McDermott (writers), Marcos Borregales, Vadim Sokolov (prop design), Roy Burdine, Mark Lewis (model designer), James Agnasin (model clean-up), Pat Agnasin (layout designer), Kelly Akins, Rey Zipagan (color backgrounds), La Donna Hanover (ink and paint), Patricia Mendelson (color key / ink and paint), Zhaoping Wei (layout designer), Joseph Dempsey, Romeo Francisco, Aleta Fritz-Kozak, Bob Fuentes III, Rick Hoberg, Tom Nesbitt, Danny Taverna, Tom Tholen, Danilo Tolentino Daniel Veesenmeyer (storyboard), Pat Agnasin, Ernie Chan, Vinton Heuck, Abel Laxamana, John T. Miller, Kirk Van Wormer (storyboard clean-up), Philippines Animation Studios Inc. (animation)
X-Men '92 I#2 (August, 2015) - Chad Bowers, Chris Sims (writers), Scott Koblish (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Heather Antos (editors)
X-Men '92 I#6 (August, 2015) - Chad Bowers, Chris Sims (writers), Scott Koblish (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Heather Antos (editors)


First Posted: 06/06/2020
Last Updated: 06/06/2020

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