X is for X-Men

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The Xmen: a team of superheroes from Marvel Comics created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby debuted in The Xmen #1, published in September 1963.
The comic book series Uncanny X-Men, Xmen and Ultimate X-men were among the earliest and most influential at including a multicultural main group.Throughout the 1970s, the roster was adding characters from all over the world, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, and the then Soviet Union. Characters from many more ethnicities and cultural backgrounds have continued to be added right up to the current issue. The story arcs have included themes relating to issues of minorities, including assimilation, tolerance and personal beliefs, all sides get the time to tell their tale in these pages.

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The X-Men each have foibles and faults in abundance as do the members of the Brotherhood of Mutants, no character is purely good or evil all are conflicted at points in their lives.
Founded by the paraplegic telepath Professor Professor Charles Xavier a.k.a. Professor X.The story begins when he gathers the Xmen under the guise of Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters at 1407 Graymalkin Lane in a small town in Westchester County, New York. The original Five Xmen were teenagers each of whom the professor trained to control their powers they were: Angel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Hank McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Iceman/Bobby Drake & Jean Grey. Early on Jean Grey had no alter ego name until later The Phoenix emerged having always been there held tightly in check.

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Each of us at one time or another has felt the angst,the otherness of an outsider that the X-Men encounter every moment and still provide their readers and fans with examples to emulate and to beware of all at once. I think this very deep humanity is what makes the X-Men so popular and keeps it fresh with new issues being published monthly to this day.
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5 thoughts on “X is for X-Men

  1. Hey Janis! I posted right after you. I knew you would do X Men, and do them up right!

  2. I used to sell, and ow, comic books. Still have my Marvel Masterworks with both the early X-Men, and the Claremont/Byrne issues from the 1980s. I even edited a magazine about the X-Men. 30 years ago it was a complete bibliography; now it’d be a tome!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Once upon a time, I wrote a research paper on the value of comics. And YES, they do have literary and educational value.

    Leslie
    abcw team

  4. Gosh, that is a lot of information Janis. Have never been a comic book fan so it is all new to me, and interesting. I was one of those mother’s who didn’t allow comic books in the house 😦 and so the children had to go to friends’ places to read them. Misguided Mom I think.

  5. Perfect for the letter X. Never was into super heroes except one summer when I indulged in Batman. My speed was Little Lulu, Archie and Veronica, and Scrooge McDuck. What a wuss I was.

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