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Real Name
Samuel Zachery Guthrie
Current Alias

Sam, Samsun Guthry[1]



Currently X-Men, New Mutants, formerly X-Force, X-Corporation

Thomas Zebulon Guthrie (father, deceased), Lucinda Guthrie (mother), Josh Guthrie (Icarus, brother, deceased), Jeb Guthrie (brother), Paige Guthrie (Husk, sister), Melody Guthrie (Aero, sister), Lewis Guthrie (brother), Joelle Guthrie (sister), Elizabeth Guthrie (sister), two unnamed sister, Lucas Guthrie (uncle), Ray Jr (adopted brother)


Base Of Operations


6' 0"

181 lbs (82 kg)



Unusual Features
Cannonball's eyes have a greyish tint


Marital Status

Adventurer, former student and coal miner

College Graduate

Sam is a mutant, born with his amazing abilities that developed during puberty.

Place of Birth

First appearance

Marvel Graphic Novel #4
(December, 1982)




The New Mutants


Sam Guthrie was a young boy attempting to help out his family by working in a coal mine, after the death of his father, who had also worked there. Right on his first day, Sam and his father's friend, Lewis, were trapped in a cave-in. In his panic, Sam discovered his mutant ability, which allowed him and Lewis to escape the collapse. This incident led to Sam to be found by Donald Pierce, who used him in a plot to attack the New Mutants. Sam eventually came to his senses and turned against Pierce. Professor Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men, saw the good qualities inside Sam and asked him to join his New Mutants. Cannonball left his large farming family in Kentucky to join the team. In later years, several other Guthrie kids would be revealed to be mutants, including the future X-Man Husk).

While in the New Mutants, Cannonball remained with the team for its entire existence, forming close friendships with his teammates, Wolfsbane and Sunspot and a rivalry with Danielle Moonstar who, along with Cannonball, was the team's co-leader.

Cannonball saved the life of international rock star Lila Cheney, who he became romantically involved with. Due to the nature of Lila's career, their relationship went slowly. After an adventure in Asgard, the New Mutants found themselves under the guidance of a new teacher, Magneto. The mutants did not stay under the care of Magneto, as Sam and Danielle decided to move the team out from under Magneto's thumb.

During the his time with the New Mutants, Sam's team found themselves merging with the X-Terminators. One of the new members, Boom Boom, had a romantic relationship with him.

X-Force and the X-Men

Cannonball and the other New Mutants left the X-Men's supervision and joined forces with the mysterious War Hawk, Cable to become the hard-edged X-Force. Cable made Cannonball Second-In-Command of that team. It was early during this time that Sam was impaled and killed by the mutant Sauron during a clash with an incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. However, only a few minutes later, he was miraculously alive again. It was revealed that Cable had chosen to lead the New Mutants initially because he suspected Cannonball to be an External - a rare, particular type of mutant who is virtually immortal. Cable had come to train Sam to fight Apocalypse, another External who, in Cable's future time, had conquered the world. This aspect of Cannonball may have been retconned, as it has not been brought up in many years. Selene once claimed that Cannonball was not an External, though she is not a particularly trustworthy source and no alternate explanation has been given for his surviving the wounds Sauron had inflicted.

X-Force re-established ties with the X-Men and Cannonball accepted an offer to join the latter team. [2] Cannonball's character seemed regressed during this period. He played the role of the inexperienced rookie of the X-Men, despite the fact that he had been training under Xavier and Cable for many years and had been the team leader of the New Mutants and X-Force, when their mentors were absent. During this time, Cannonball even defeated the Superman-like Shi'ar agent, Gladiator in single combat--a feat no X-Man has ever matched (indeed, only the Hulk and Thor can claim an equal victory). Eventually, he felt uncomfortable with mutants outside his peer group.

During his time with X-Men, Cannonball found his relationship with Tabitha strained. It was so strained that Tabitha turned to Sam's best friend, Sunspot, for "support". Sam returned to the X-Men, for a brief period until he left the team to help his ailing mother. During his time with the X-Men, he also infiltrated the presidential campaign of anti-mutant candidate Graydon Creed, using the alias "Samson Guthry". Despite the rather transparent alias, Sam was able to remain undetected until Creed was assassinated on the eve of the election.

Cannonball rejoined X-Force, now independent of Cable and operating in San Francisco. Cannonball eventually became team leader again, after the injuries sustained to Siryn. The team eventually found a new mentor, by the name of Peter Wisdom, who introduced the team to the world of espionage. During this time, Sam and Tabitha had gotten back together. After Wisdom's alleged death, Sam led the team again and attempted to continue Wisdom's crusade. Eventually, Sam and other members of X-Force had to fake their deaths.

Life after X-Force

Cannonball in Wisdom's X-Force

After X-Force’s dissolution, Cannonball joined several of his former teammates and former members of X-Force and Generation X, in the Paris, France branch, of Professor X's international mutant task force X-Corporation. His time with the X-Corporation wasn't a pleasant one. En route to one mission later found to involve the Weapon Plus program, his teammate Darkstar poked fun at him for eating a sandwich that would have rather distasteful consequences for "everybody who went out without an umbrella in downtown Beauvais". This moment of levity at Cannonball's expense did not last, as on that same mission, Darkstar died. At the funeral of Darkstar, Xavier gave Cannonball a note, with the whereabouts of Lila Cheney. Sam decided to take time away from the X-Corporation, as the strain of his life began to get to him.

While away, Sam rekindled his romantic relationship with Lila Cheney for a time. Sam couldn't find peace with his life so he was asked by Storm to join her X-Treme X-Men, a group of X-Men operating outside of Professor X's leadership. During his time with Storm's team, Sam found himself having a reunion of sorts with former teammates, Sunspot and Magma.

He and his teammates rejoined the central X-Men, after the events of Planet X. Sam eventually got injured on a mission and once again decided to break for some peace. He used the time to work on his own farm, that he bought with his X-Corporation paychecks. While on the farm, Sam found himself teaming up again with Cable and reformed X-Force against the threat of the Skornn.

Recently, Sam and former X-Force teammate, Siryn, went in search of Cable with the mercenary Deadpool[3], who could track the missing man via a unique teleportation bond the two shared. Deadpool derisively refers to Sam as "Cannonballs".

Sam has once more joined the active roster of the X-Men, whose team is co-led by Nightcrawler and Bishop. He has already participated in helping the 198 and fighting the Shi'ar Death Commandos. He soon suffers the death of his brother Icarus, who had been killed by William Stryker. Cannonball went with the X-Men to Central Park, where they fought the Foursaken[4], who then captured the X-Men and sent them elsewhere. After escaping, Cannonball accompanied the X-Men to Africa to help Storm.

Cannonball as a member of the X-Men

Cannonball served on Rogue's team of X-Men. After defeating the Children of the Vault, Rogue has announced the departure of her team from the mansion. In a conversation with Cyclops, Sam explains his personal feelings about leaving. He says that he feels he needs to leave because his brother Jay's death and says that every time he walks through the door, he feels he's stepping on Jay's grave. The teams next mission is to find a man called Pandemic. They find him and defeat him but Rogue is infected with Strain 88 which is a virus that Pandemic created. Cable takes the team to his island. While there they are attacked by a Shi'ar weapon called The Hetacomb. The team defeat it with the help of Cable and Rogue. In the chaos, Cannonball and Karima Shapandar had left Sabretooth in stasis but the Consiquator was destroyed and Sabretooth disappeared. Cannonball and Karima look for him but do not find him. The team returned to the mansion.

After leaving Providence, Cable hurled Sabretooth far into the ocean. Cannonball arrived with the rest of his team in Caldecott County to look after Rogue. There, he is attacked, alongside Iceman and the Astonishing X-Men team, by the re-formed Marauders, now including Karima, Lady Mastermind, and Mystique. With three members defected, Sabretooth gone, and Rogue and Cable seemingly dead, Cannonball and Iceman are the last two members of Rogue's squad.

Following the disbanding of the X-men, Sam returned home and was disgruntled and quickly left. He was the target of the Young X-men, Cyclops stating that Sam had joined the new Brotherhood.

Despite the Young X-men targeting Cannonball, he was present when the Secret Invasion began in San Franscisco. He assisted the X-men in defending the city from the Skrull invasion force.

Powers and Abilities


Cannonball charghing

Cannonball is a Alpha-Level mutant.

Thermo-Chemical Energy Field Propulsion: Cannonball possesses the ability to bodily generate thermo-chemical energy and release it from his skin. This energy is used as thrust to cause his body to be propelled through the air, like his namesake, at great heights and speeds with considerable maneuverability. He can control his speed and direction through sheer act of will. At first he could only release this energy from his feet, but now he can fire it from almost any part of his body, to a wide variety of affects.

  • Blast Field: This energy also manifests itself as an impenetrable and virtually indestructible “blast field”. He can use this blast-field to function as a personal shield or extending it to encompass others, shape the field around another person to imprison them, or absorb outside kinetic impact into his own energy supply and then re-channel it to increase the bludgeoning power of his blows or create explosive shock waves upon impact.
  • Metahuman Durability: possesses metahuman durability due to the energy field that forms around his body.
His power levels have varied over the years - but at his peak, he has been able to defeat the Shi'ar Imperial Guard leader, Gladiator (Kallark), and devastate several city blocks by plummeting to the ground from high altitude. It has been theorized that Cannonball may be one of the Externals, and therefore immortal (although evidence for this is somewhat questionable).

Strength level

Cannonball possesses the normal human strength of a young man of his age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise. However, when he uses his powers to apply thrust beneath him, the force thus generated enables him to bear aloft over a ton of weight in addition to his own.


  • When he is using his superhuman powers, Cannonball achieves metahuman durability due to an energy field which forms over his body.

Appearances in Other Media

A character by the name of Cannonball was seen on X-Men: Evolution


Discover and Discuss

  1. Used while undercover in the Graydon Creed presidential campaign, circa X-Men Vol 2 #59.
  2. During this time, he was also a supporting character in Wolverine's own comic.
  3. in the Cable & Deadpool title
  4. In the first part of The First Foursaken story arc

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