Sunday, September 25, 2011

Marvel History Post 129: X-Men # 4

Issue: X-Men # 4
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: March 1964

Professor X notes that this issue marks the one year anniversary since he began teaching the X-Men.  That whole 4 issues = 1 year pace is really not gonna cut it going forward.  

We meet the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants this issue, featuring Toad, Mastermind, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver, all of whom will have important roles in the Marvel Universe going forward, notably the the last two.  This is perhaps the biggest collection of villains we've had in a Stan Lee joint thus far.

Magneto tells the story of how he saved Scarlet Witch from being murdered at the hands of a large mob.  Professor Xavier saves Nightcrawler from a similar fate later on in Marvel history.

Oh, and Professor X loses his mutant powers.  This will be the only time in the history of Marvel Comics that this happens.  Yep.  Right.

Quick Thoughts:
  • Iceman's ice coating "melts" away
  • Scott cuts birthday cake with his optic blasts.
  • Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch seem less evil than the rest of the Brotherhood
  • Xavier and Magneto meet telepathically on a "mental plane"
  • Angel's attracted to Scarlet Witch
Favorite Quote: "Don't cry in your Ovaltine, junior!" - Angel

Favorite Panel:

The X-Men at their leisure before Professor X calls them to action.

Next: Amazing Spider-Man # 11