Stevie Hunter (Marvel)
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Stevie Hunter was a professional dancer, but an injury to her knee ruined her career and forced her to discontinue her dancing full time. As an alternative, she began teaching dance classes at a studio in Salem Center. Her most notable student being Kitty Pryde. She later began classes with the rookie New Mutants as well. With them she focused more on ballet. She would continue these sessions over the years.
Stevie quickly became a best friend to Kitty, and on occasions made Storm, who had unofficially taken up the mantle of Kitty's surrogate mother, slightly jealous of the attention that Kitty gave to her.
Stevie Hunter was, shortly after her first appearance, captured by Arcade, but was rescued by the X-Men. Though, at this time, Kitty was ill and did not participate in the mission.
Stevie has long been an ally of the X-Men, knowing their full secrets. At one time she cautions Kitty Pryde not to get into a fight, as Kitty knows so much of the martial arts, she is a danger to the average civilian.
Stevie has tried to stay out of the fights the mutants get in but has become involved in a few. In one case, she and the New Mutants were involved in a fight against the demon S'ym, who attacks them inside the X-Mansion. In trying to get a rattled Magick away from the fight, she ends up face to face with the demon. Her life was saved only by the magical might of Illyana herself turning the demon's loyalties. Even then S'ym offers to kill Stevie, for knowing too much. The incident visibly overwhelms Stevie and she asks what Illyana has become.
In a later incident, the Shadow King had taken over the mind of Peter Rasputin, Illyana's brother. Stevie helps Professor X stay one step ahead of Peter, until they can get to the mansion's Danger Room. This allows them to subdue Peter without harming him.
Stevie was present when forces from Genosha attacked the X-Mansion. She made it through a trapdoor to safety below, but unfortunately Warlock, Rictor, Boom-Boom and Wolfsbane, one of her original students, were kidnapped. Stevie did not go with on the rescue mission.
Stevie Hunter is a Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.
Although unable to continue professionally dancing, Stevie fit in very well with the X-Students, contributing not just to their dance instruction, but as someone willing to help despite her lack of powers. Her genuine affection for the students and its faculty has remained constant.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #139
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Magik (Illyana and Storm Limited Series) (1983)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
#5 Marvel Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue (1991)
- 'X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills'
#1 Special Edition X-Men (1983)
- 'The Swimsuit Issue'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The New Mutants (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Uncanny X-Men Annual (1992)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#16 X-Men (1991)
- 'Jack Lighting'#17
- 'Sleeping With the Enemy'#19
- 'The Open Hand'
- 'Fingers on the Trigger'#30
- 'The Ties that Bind'
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