Spike (Marvel Comics)

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Spike is the name of several fictional characters in Marvel Comics. They are not to be confused with Spyke from X-Men: Evolution, nor with Spike Freeman, another character in the groups X-Statix and X-Force.

Spike (Darian Elliott) is a character in the series X-Statix from Marvel Comics.

Spike (Gary Walsh) is a character from New X-Men, who first appeared in issue #126 of that title. He was a student at the Xavier Institute before M-Day.

A similar character appeared in the film X-Men: The Last Stand, played by Lance Gibson.

Spike (X-Statix)[edit]

Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Force #121 (Dec. 2001)
Created by Peter Milligan, Mike Allred
In-story information
Alter ego Darian Elliott
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations X-Force
Notable aliases The Spike
Abilities Ability to generate bone spike projectiles

Publication history[edit]

The Spike (Darian Elliott) first appeared in X-Force #121, and was created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred. He is a mutant that could generate razor-sharp spikes from his body, which he could fire outward with deadly accuracy.

Fictional character biography[edit]

After watching video footage of independent hero the Spike in action, the Santa Monica, California-based mutant-superhero group X-Statix agrees to have him join the team. Almost from the first, his antagonistic nature creates fighting and tension among himself and team-members Vivisector, Phat, the Anarchist, U-Go Girl, and Lacuna.

During a battle with the mutant terrorist group the Brotherhood, the Spike aids the Orphan in killing one of the Brotherhood members by impaling her as she fell backwards from the Orphan’s punch.[volume & issue needed] In another battle, in Central America, the Spike and the Anarchist competed to kill as many militiamen as possible.[volume & issue needed] Sometime later, after seeing Vivisector and Phat holding hands, the Spike's homophobic reaction causes another rift with the team.[volume & issue needed] The Spike eventually is killed by an impostor, who is himself then killed.[volume & issue needed]

Spike (New X-Men)[edit]

Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New X-Men vol. 1 #126 (July 2002)
Created by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely
In-story information
Alter ego Gary Walsh
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations New X-Men
Abilities extends sharp, pointed protrusions from his body

Publication history[edit]

Spike (Gary Walsh) first appeared in New X-Men vol. 1 #126 (but did not receive a real name until eight issues later), he was created by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. He was listed as depowered during the M-Day event.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Spike is a young mutant enrolled at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. Spike has the ability to extend sharp, pointed protrusions from his body.

Other comic characters named Spike[edit]

  • A member of The People [1] was known as Spike. The youth had six arms but apparently perished in the destruction of her mansion. She first appeared (and perished) in Sub-Mariner vol. 1, #42
  • Spike is also the name of a Deviant mutant, who along with Coal and String, was sent by Ghaur to retrieve the Proteus Horn which could summon undersea monsters. He was mistaken for Sunspot by Namorita. He first appeared in New Mutants Annual #5
  • A member of Hellbent was also called Spike. He could fire spikes that caused delusions. He first appeared in Moon Knight vol. 3, #58.
  • An agent of Rainman is known as Spike as well. He was forced to give information about the Rainman by the White Tiger and first appeared in Crew #2.

In other media[edit]


In the movie X-Men: The Last Stand, a "Spike" character portrayed by Lance Gibson appeared in a battle with Wolverine, where he was depicted with the ability to extrude bony spikes from his flesh and hurl them with great speed and force. The battle culminates in a mutual stabbing.


  1. ^ New X-Men vol. 2 # 24