One might think that as much as I spotlight the “All-New, All-Different” X-Men that I don’t have any love for the Original 5! However, that simply isn’t true! I am a big fan of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s X-Men! What a quirky team with visually unique characters! As you can see below (click on the image for a larger version), our mutant heroes were significantly different to how we know them now.
Professor Xavier looks a bit creepy in this image if I may say so. He’s just sitting there, rigid as a corpse, eyes forward, not paying attention to any of the X-Men as they come bursting into the room. Gotta love Iceman’s fireman’s pole and Beast swinging in through the window.
Of course, as soon as the boys get together, they have to start bickering. What other way to give the reader a taste of their personalities? That’s so Stan Lee.
Cyclops tries to make friends with the military while Jean Grey, oops, I mean, Marvel Girl, makes her costumed debut in on this page! Love how she’s just telekinetically lifting army men out of her way.
Magneto serves up a heavy helping of self righteous indignation. What a diva! The X-Men sure have come a long way from these times, but there’s a lot that’s still the same. It’s fun to compare and contrast the different eras of adventure!