Saturday, June 11, 2011

Super Saturday: Rogue's First Kiss

Trivia Question: Who was Rogue's first kiss in Marvel publication history? Hint: It's the most awesome possible character, of course. (Scroll down to see who it is...)

Hell yeah, it's ROM THE SPACEKNIGHT!!! (Fooled ya, maybe?)

This is Rom #32, which I believe is just Rogue's third appearance ever as a character. She first appeared in Avengers Annual #10 (August 1981), then Uncanny X-Men #158 (June 1982), and then here in Rom #32 (July 1982).

Of course, the kiss doesn't really do anything because Rom's an alien cyborg -- although the follow-up panels give Rogue a stunned expression, with a caption that says it's her first experience with true decency, and, "She finds that she... likes it." Which leads Siskoid over at Blog of Geekery to conclude: "There you have it, folks: Rom is so The Man that one kiss from him turned Rogue to the Light Side of the Force."

Man, I love me some Rom. (I mean, not in that sense. Not that there's anything wrong with it.) Big thanks to Siskoid for the Rom retrospective and scans.

Edit: Fooled you again! Via the comments, poster Agent of W.E.R.Q., points out that Rogue actually did kiss someone in the earlier Avengers Annual -- Captain America, while unconscious, successfully stealing his powers. Mea culpa. Well, it was nice to think about!


  1. Didn't see kiss SOMEONE in that Avenger's Annual #10? That comic was my FAVORITE issue for many, many a year, mostly for the scene of Pyro creating the giant flame beast, and the Scarlet With throwing hex bolts at it to turn it to stone. The pool scenes at the end didn't hurt the adolescent mind either. 8)

    (verifitcation word: chara. BLOGGER IS BIASED TOWARDS THE BRUINS! 8)

  2. Yeah, I wish I had complete knowledge but I don't have that issue of Avengers to be 100% sure. I read a synopsis online and it didn't seem to mention anything like that. If someone dug up confirmation that would be great. :)

  3. Rogue kissed Capt. America in that Avengers Annual. He's unconscious (because Rogue had kicked his butt), but she does plant a big one on him and takes his powers. I've read that issue many times and it's one of my all time favorites.

  4. Dangit! Thanks for the update, Agent. Good to know the facts.

  5. But kissing Cap didn't turn her to the Light Side!

    In other words: Rom forever!

  6. Yeah, that's more like it. :)