Everyone Thought Storm’s White Hair Would Look Silly
Cockrum wanted to put the white hair on Storm, but everybody said that she’d “wind up looking like somebody’s grandmother.” He said, “Trust me,” and insisted that the artwork would keep everyone from seeing her as an old woman. He was right.
The Mohawk is a ‘Bad Joke’
In “Uncanny X-Men #173” (1983), writer Chris Claremont and artist Paul Smith gave her a new costume and a punk mohawk. Later, in “Marvel Spotlight: Uncanny X-Men 500 Issues Celebration,” Smith said it was “a bad joke gone too far … I knew that they were going to cut the hair, so as a joke I put a Mr. T mohawk on her … [editor] Louise Simonson said, ‘We’re gonna get hung [sic] no matter what we do, so let’s commit the crime!’ So we went with the mohawk … But once you get into the whole leather and stud thing it was a bad joke that got way out of hand.”