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The original X-men presented so that the modern audience can enjoy them

  • Feb 5, 2009
When I was young, my parents shopped at a small urban grocery store. We went every Friday and the owners graciously allowed me to read the comic books on the shelves. One of my favorites was the X-Men and so I was able to read the ten issues in this book when they first came out. Even though that was over 40 years ago, the stories made such an impression on me that I could still remember scenes and lines from the stories as I read this book.
Stan Lee is truly an imaginative genius; his creations of superheroes were so distinctive and entertaining that they are even more popular today than they were back in the sixties. I opened this book and did not put it down until I had finished the last caption. Even though I have long since passed the days when I could be awed by campy dialog and simplistic plots based on never-ending conflicts with the super villains, I must admit that reading this book willingly took me back to a time when I could.

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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: 0785108459
ISBN-13: 978-0785108450
Author: Stan Lee
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Comic
Publisher: Marvel Entertainment Group
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