Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men, Vol. 1 by Stan LeeFive youths gifted with an extra power that set them apart from ordinary homo sapiens and charged to protect a world that feared and hated them because of their genetic gifts. They were the first class of X-Men.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were trying to create an entirely different comics formula in The X-Men to distinguish them from the other team book that debuted in the same year, The Avengers. In the Silver Age of Marvel Comics, the duo of Lee and Kirby were responsible for earlier hits like the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man and they were still experimenting with potential story ideas for another blockbuster to add to their nascent comic book line.
The first ten issues have everything Lee and Kirby could squeeze into twenty pages and though some of those were rehashed concepts like carnival freaks, diabolical villains, a spy plot and a jungle man, some of those ideas became part of the X-Men mythos that future writers would reuse like Magneto, mutant gang warfare with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, an Avengers crossover and a prehistoric adventure in the Savage Land. The duo tried out concepts fit for the nuclear age. The origin of the X-Men’s leader was an example of exploiting interest in nuclear power by making a son of nuclear scientists, whose exposure to atomic energy contributed to their son’s mutation.
This title was an antithesis of The Avengers, all American heroes adored by their public with the X-Men in contrast as outcasts. The Avengers were lead by the golden haired thunder god Thor, whereas Professor X was a quadriplegic whose disability hid a powerful mind. The Avengers were powerful individually and could overwhelm their foes with raw strength, but the X-Men performed better as a team, their reflexes and teamwork honed by simulated battles and deathtraps in their Danger Room.
The page size of this collection is larger than the modern trade paper backs, the better to fit the larger pages of a Silver Age comic. My bargain copy has an obviously creased cover, but still durable to stand more than few more rereads. Like my earlier review my earlier review on the Silver Age Fantastic Four, these are classic stories that are worth your while to read and reread.
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