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The X-Men are a superhero team in the Marvel Comics Universe. They were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963). Under a cloud of increasing anti-mutant sentiment, Professor Xavier created a haven at his Westchester mansion to train young mutants to use their powers for the benefit of humanity, and to prove mutants can be heroes. Xavier recruited CyclopsIcemanAngelBeast and Jean Grey, calling them "X-Men" because they possess special powers due to their possession of the "X-Gene", a gene normal humans lack but which gives Mutants their abilities. Early on, however, the "X" in X-Men stood for "extra" power which normal humans lacked. It was alluded to that the mutations were incurred as a result of radiation exposure. All five original X-Men, including Professor Xavier were stated to be the children of parents who worked on atomic weapons for the United States military.

Early issues introduced the team's arch enemy, Magneto and hisBrotherhood of Mutants, who would continue to battle the X-Men for decades throughout the comic's history. The X-Men comics have been adapted into other media, including animated television seriesvideo games, and a successful series of films.

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ISBN-10:  0785109838
ISBN-13:  978-0785109839
Author:  Stan Lee
Genre:  comics, Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher:  Marvel Entertainment Group
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review by . February 22, 2009
When I was young my parents shopped at a grocery store where the owner was kind enough to allow me to read comic books while my parents shopped. This allowed me to read the comics in this collection when they originally appeared. The X-Men was one of my favorites and I walked around with my eyes squinted, trying to be Cyclops and jumping feet first onto things trying to mimic the Beast.    Therefore, this book was a very pleasurable trip back to my childhood and the world of fantasy at …
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