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Katherine Anne Summers
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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The X-Men #108 (Dec. 1977)
Created by Chris Claremont
John Byrne
In-story information
Team affiliations Corsair (husband)
Cyclops (son)
Havok (son)
Vulcan (son)

Katherine Anne Summers is a fictional supporting character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Katherine Anne was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne and first appeared in The X-Men #108 (December 1977). Katherine is the mother of the superheroes Cyclops, and Havok, and the supervillain Vulcan, and also the wife of the spacefaring hero, Corsair.

Publication History

Katherine first appeared in The X-Men #108 - Armageddon Now!.

Fictional character biography

While vacationing with her husband (Christopher) and two sons, Scott and Alex, their plane was attacked by a Shi'ar spacecraft. Katherine gave her only parachute to Scott and pushed him out of the plane while he held on to his younger brother, Alex.

While it was believed by both siblings their parents had perished in the plane crash, both had, in fact, been abducted and taken aboard the star cruiser. While her husband was imprisoned, Katherine was forced to join the ranks of D'Ken's harem as a pleasure maid.

When her husband escaped the slave pens to reclaim his wife, he was captured at the palace. He was then forced to witness the death of his wife at the hands of D'Ken, who fatally stabbed her. D'Ken then harvested the baby by ripping it out of her body. Following this, he would incubate the body of the child, which would grow up to be Katherine's and Corsair's third child, Gabriel.

In other media

Television

  • Katherine Summers had an appearance in the 1992 X-Men television series. She was featured in the flashback of Corsair as he explained to Cyclops what had happened to him and his wife following their abrupt exit from the airplane. Both were shown to have been teleported aboard the Shi'ar space vessel, where they were treated as biological specimen of their captors. Although Corsair was sprung loose by the Starjammers, Corsair informs Cyclops that Katherine was "destroyed before his eyes".
  • Katherine Summers appeared briefly in flashbacks of Cyclops' character in the 2000 animated series X-Men: Evolution.
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