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Philip Summers was born in Anchorage, Alaska where he met his future wife Deborah.[2]

At some point Philip joined the US Air Force and eventually became captain. During the World War II Philip was a pilot of P-51 Mustang.[2]

After the war he married Deborah and together they operated a cargo airline out of Anchorage.[2][4] Later on they had a son - Christopher.

Like his father, Christopher joined the US Air Force. He married and had two sons - Scott and Alex. Christopher with family often visited his parents on vacation.[5][6]

One day, when Christopher with family were returning from vacation, their plane was destroyed and entire family was believed to be dead. In truth, however, Christopher was kidnaped and spent subsequent years as space pirate Corsair, while Scott and Alex suffered traumatic amnesia and were separated from each other after the incident.[6][7]

Only many years later had Philip and Deborah learned that their son and grandsons were still alive. Christopher had reunited with his now adult sons and reintroduced them to their grandparents. Unfortunately, they came at the busiest season, so Philip and Deborah could not met them personally and sent their new employee - Madelyne Pryor - instead.[4]

Philip and Deborah attended Scott's wedding with Madelyne Pryor.[1] When Scott left the X-Men he, Madelyne and their newborn son Nathan settled down in Anchorage with Philip and Deborah.[8][9]

After Scott left to join X-Factor, Madelyne and Nathan stayed in Anchorage.[9] She continued to work in Philip's company until he sold it to Nathaniel Essex.[10]

Several months later Scott visited his grandparents to tell them that happened with Madelyne and their son.[11]

Philip and Deborah attended Scott's wedding with Jean Grey.[12]

In recent years Philip started to lose his eyesight. Realizing that soon he would be no longer able to fly a plane, he decides to fly for one last time. Unfortunately, he couldn't control the plane and it crashes down. Incidentally, Adam-X passes by that area and rescues Philip from the downed plane.[2]

Adam helps injured Philip and make a shelter for them. They talk about their past, and Adam eventually reveal that he is an alien from another planet. Philip is fascinated about how amazing it should be to travel among the stars and if he is going to die tonight and it can't be in the arms of his Deborah, then nothing would make more sense to him than passing on in the company of someone who's flown where he is only dreamed of going. With his last phrase, Philip loses consciousness due to hypothermia. Adam realizes that despite his best efforts Philip would die, so he uses his powers to warm Philip body for entire night.[2]

The next morning, a helicopter spots the shelter and Philip is hospitalized in Anchorage. Philip completely lost his eyesight, but due to Adam's help he managed to survive. Adam visits him in hospital where he met Jean Grey. Realizing that she is a telepath, Adam ask her to link him to Philip so he could share his memories about the days he served as a Shi'ar combat pilot.[2]




  • According to X-Men: The Exterminated #1 Nathan Summers was named "Nathan" in his honor. While it is possible that Nathan is Philip's second name, it is more likely a continuity error. As explained in X-Factor #37, Madelyne named her son "Nathan", because as a child Cyclops was bullied by a boy named Nathan and hated this name ever since.

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