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Opening Biography of Designate: Cannonball. . .
Code Name: Cannonball
Real Name: Samuel Jackson Guthrie
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Place of Birth:
Cumberland County, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: mother (name unrevealed) father (name unrevealed, deceased) Elizabeth ( sister) Paige (sister) Joshua (brother) Jebediah (brother) Joelle (sister)
Weight: 165 lbs.
Racial/Ethnic Background: Caucasian American
Distinguishing Features: None
First Appearance: Ultimate X-Men- Weapon X Storyline
Powers/Skills: Cannonball possesses the ability to bodily generate thermo-chemical energy and release it from his skin. Smoke, flame and condensation accompany this energy, released by an act of will he can only release this energy in one direction, beneath him. The equal and opposite reaction to this thrust causes his body to be propelled through the air like a human rocket. Cannonball becomes virtually invulnerable. Accompanying the release of energy is a half-inch thick energy field, which channels the explosion and protects his skin from the direct effects of the blast. While in flight, he is protected from nearly all types of injury.
History: Sam Guthrie grew up your typical farmboy in Kentucky. He went to school, played football and other sports. His father died when he was young, so Sam, being the eldest boy, had to juggle taking care of the family, school and other extra things. He eventually quit his outside interests and focused his time outside of school to help out his family. He took a job in the coal mines. His powers first manifested themselves when he was trapped with co-workers in a coal mine. The stress of trying to save his partner and himself triggered his propulsive power and enabled them to escape. His fellow coal-miners were astonished at what he had done and had sworn to Sam that they would not tell of what they had seen, not wanting to shame his family. The word of the miners wasn't very tight and many of Sam's co-workers began to spread the story until it eventually spread. Sam was approached by a women named Emma Frost who tried to recruit him for her new school that was starting up. Not wanting to leave his family he declined her offer, with Emma respecting his wishes. A week or two later Sam was attacked by Sentinels and captured. He was transported to the Weapon X facility along with a young mutant by the name of Kitty Pryde who seemed to be taking it very hard. The older brother instinct in him kicked in and he acted the part, trying to console her. A day after reaching the Weapon X facility, it came under attack and with the help of his fellow mutants, Sam escaped. Making a very tough choice, Sam decided to stay with the X-Men, as opposed to the Brotherhood.