The X-Men's Best Fastball Special Didn't Involve Wolverine

Colossus and Wolverine’s fastball special is an iconic X-Men tag-team move, but the best display of the maneuver saw Logan replaced by another mutant.

As far as superhero tag-team moves are concerned, the X-Men boast one of the most recognizable maneuvers in comics with Colossus and Wolverine’s “fastball special.” Despite these two mutant heroes bringing the attack to fame, however, the best instance of the move in action didn’t involve Wolverine at all.

The fastball special is a fairly simple attack that sees a super-strong hero hurling their teammate toward a target. Superboy and Robin were actually the original duo to execute the move in Dave Wood and Al Plastino’s Adventure Comics #253 in 1958. Wolverine and Colossus were the first to give it a name though, and in 1976’s X-Men #100 by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, Bonnie Wilford, and Annette Kawecki, the fastball special truly got its start. The two X-Men have repeated the maneuver several times over the years, with other heroes and even some villains having adopted or given their own spin on the attack. In fact, one of the most destructive uses of the move involves Colossus teaming up with Magneto instead of Wolverine.

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