Today, for my Women in Comics Post, I am going to talk about the X-Man Rogue. Rogue made her debut in Avengers Annual #10(November 1981). Rogue was originally set to debut in Ms. Marvel #25 in 1979, but due to that titles abrupt cancellation, her debut was put on hold.
Rogue is a mutant with the ability to absorb the powers and memories of anyone she touches. She originally debuted as a villain. After Rogue used her powers to absorb the abilities and memories of Ms. Marvel, Rogue gave up villainy and turned to the X-Men for help. Rogue initially had no control over her powers then. When ever she touched someone, she drained them of their powers and memories. This would often overwhelm Rogue, causing her to lose control. Through practice, Rogue learned to control her abilities, and determine how much power or memories she absorbed. Rogue has become one of the stalwarts of the X-Men, leading them on missions and often being the voice of reason.
Rogue’s history is shrouded in mystery. Not much is really known about her childhood. All that has really been revealed is the fact that she is from Louisiana, her real name is Anna Maria, and she was raised by Mystique. Not much else is known about her. She has had a on-off relationship with Gambit, and a relationship with her one time enemy Magneto.
Rogue has always been one of my favorite X-Men. She is a bad ass fighter, and always seems to tip the balance to her side. She is one of the leaders of the X-Men, and has been an influential force in many young mutants lives. You can learn more about Rogue here.