|Posted: 26 May 2010 at 9:59pm | IP Logged | 4
Reading through the X-Men Companion II (Fantagraphics Books, Inc. 1882)...
JB on Caliban:
BYRNE: He was going to be an incredibly ugly Living Cerebro kind of character, whom we would never see entirely. We would only see bits and pieces of him. And he would live in this dark room in the back of the mansion and Kitty would relate to him for some reason. Chris defined the situation as being she can't stand Nightcrawler because he is "wrong" somehow, he is a human done sideways, but Caliban was so hideous and so deformed that he was a broken thing, like a bird with a broken wing, and she could relate to him on that level. And it was going to be a very trying thing for Nightcrawler, the fact Kitty could relate to Caliban and not him.
SANDERSON: Why would he be kept hidden away?
BYRNE: Because he's so ugly. Because the other X-Men don't like to look at him and he doesn't like to look at himself.
SANDERSON: Really. So even they are not immune from prejudices.
SANDERSON: But he is nevertheless a mutated human with normal human intelligence.
BYRNE: Oh, yes, everything about him inside his head is the same, except for the fact that he's a living Cerebro.
SANDERSON: Were you going to get rid of the Cerebro computer?
BYRNE: Yeah, they were going to discover the tap that the Hellfire Club had put on it, or at least figure out that there was something amiss, and he was going to fulfill the fuction of Cerebro for them.
SANDERSON: Had you worked out as yet how they were going to find him?
BYRNE: With Cerebro. It was going to be, "Oh, look! A new mutant!" And off they'd go.
SANDERSON: Now why is it that Caliban never got into the book?
BYRNE: Because Shooter killed the concept of a second team of X-Men, the X-Men in training, because he said it sounded too much like the Legion of Substitute X-Men, so it died right there and Kitty became the only one who ever made it into the book.
SANDERSON: Had any of the others been worked out?
BYRNE: No, Kitty, Caliban, and Willie Evans, Jr., that little black kid who was in the Fantastic Four about three years ago, who made the monstrous version of the FF, were the only ones we were sure were going to be in it.