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1032: X-Men #56 (v1) [A Story]

" What is...the Power? "
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X-Men #56a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Neal Adams, Sam Rosen
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Neal Adams
Inkers: Tom Palmer
Letterers: Herb Cooper
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1969
Release Date: March 1969
Story Arc: -
Pages: 15
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 475                 Times Rated: 257
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Universes:   Earth-616  
Go to Issue #55a Go to Issue #57a

X-Men #54a (v1)
X-Men #55a (v1)
X-Men #56a (v1)
X-Men #57a (v1)
X-Men #58 (v1)
1030: X-Men
#54a (v1)
1031: X-Men
#55a (v1)
1033: X-Men
#57a (v1)
1034: X-Men
#58 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
The Living Pharaoh escapes the custody of the X-Men and heads to a new temple where he absorbs Alex's powers and becomes...the Living Monolith.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Cyclops last appeared in X-Men #55a (v1). Cyclops next appears in X-Men #57a (v1).
  Marvel Girl
Marvel Girl last appeared in X-Men #55a (v1). Marvel Girl next appears in X-Men #57a (v1).
Angel last appeared in X-Men #55a (v1). Angel next appears in X-Men #57a (v1).
Beast last appeared in X-Men #55a (v1). Beast next appears in X-Men #57a (v1).
Iceman last appeared in X-Men #55a (v1). Iceman next appears in X-Men #57a (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Alex Summers
Alex Summers last appeared in X-Men #55a (v1). Alex Summers next appears in X-Men #57a (v1).
  The Living Monolith
The Living Monolith last appeared in X-Men #55a (v1). The Living Monolith next appears in X-Men #57a (v1).
Group Appearances
Cult of the Living Pharaoh
Cult of the Living Pharaoh last appeared in X-Men #55a (v1). Cult of the Living Pharaoh next appears in Supernatural Thrillers #9.
The X-Men (Roster III)
The X-Men last appeared in X-Men #55a (v1). The X-Men next appears in X-Men #57a (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Cyclops' Visor
Cyclops' Visor last appeared in X-Men #55a (v1). Cyclops' Visor next appears in X-Men #57a (v1).
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-01-25 09:29:42  
  I've always liked Havok, especially his costume. But man, is his origin story weak! This "Egyptian" villain is just plain silly.  

  fragsel Says:    
  2012-04-04 23:47:35  
  "Oh, Angel, one more thing. If You want to be X-man You have to change that fancy Avenging Angel costume for that shitty yelow uniform"  

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-10-24 10:43:33  
  A tremendous leap forward in the art!  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-08-06 08:22:28  
  Why is that "the Living Pharaoh" is a stupid name, but "the Living Monolith" is kinda cool? They are both living, they are both ancient culture flavored. And yet...  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2013-08-16 16:35:06  
  And thus begins one of my favorite creative runs of all time! Roy Thomas along with super-star-master-of-art Neal Adams (My personal fav comic book artist of all time) gives the readers a series of comics that offer great script, plot and (do I have to say it?) ART! And wow the Living Monolith! Perfect name for a giant villain! Did Roy come up with a monster like that!? 1969-1970 is probably the most underrated era of the X-Men ever! What a shame!  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-20 10:51:50  
  Neal Adams!! The art quality in the stories increases tenfold.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-05-11 13:13:07  
  Finally, some great art in x-men. The writing was better than the beginning of the arc, but it's still held down by the stupid premis.  

  gmonkey Says:    
  2014-05-30 16:38:48  
  4 stars just for the art. Absolutely outstanding  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-08-12 23:08:35  
  This automatically gets an extra star for the Marvel debut of Neal Adams!!!  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-09-21 11:22:19  
  Wow, this story and art were awesome! That was a really great read. Looking forward to more art from Adams. Thomas is upping his game too.

Side story: this was amusing, but there wasn't much to it. Not really a lot of room for depth in five pages. Still, it was a fun read.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-20 11:49:31  
  Ladies and gentleman, Havok is born! 4 stars for his origin. Pretty decent story, horrible villain but great art.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-11 19:36:30  
  Shockingly lame villain, but I liked the Havok origin, and the art's great. Also, I'm ashamed to admit that I laughed at Iceman's idiotic "who cares, as long as he doesn't moult!" joke at the end of the Angel story.  

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-01-28 20:31:16  
  I love the way Neal Adams draws Angel. He captures a sense of motion and flight that I hadn't noticed from previous artists. Also, his shadowed, anguished faces are awesome, especially in that panel when Cyke is holding Jean.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2015-03-21 13:33:15  
  Neal Adams! Shame he doesn't stick around, but he does for that blissful Chris Claremont debut coming up.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-08-01 22:18:55  
  3 stars for what everyone has already said about Neal Adams art!!! Its like night and day compared to past artists, especially Werner Roth!

Brer Bear - I think that air glider would've knocked Cyclops head clean off...

Ancient Art - Amazing backgrounds throughout, and I do love the Egyptian flair!!!

Inefficiently - The Living Pharaoh needs to find a new line of work! This is the third time that he has tried to kill Havok!!!

Tighty Whities - Funny image of the Living Pharaoh in the Living Monolith's underwear!!! (p15,p1)

'Nuff Said - "And, I'm still groggy as a gassed gosling!"-Angel

  metsguy Says:    
  2016-01-02 15:18:59  
  The swan song of the original X-Men run begins as Neal Adams comes to Marvel and instantly transforms what had been to this point one of Marvel's most inconsistent and directionless titles into a bonafide gem! The Thomas/Adams run might be short, but it sure is sweet!  

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2016-07-18 18:48:29  
  Love the interaction with the logo on the cover.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-08-29 07:58:12  
  Nice of Reed and Hank to make unstable molecules so readily available, otherwise the Living Monolith might have been running around in his birthday suit! And that is not something I need to see!  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-11-23 06:30:19  
  The Pharaoh/Monolith by himself is indeed a pretty lame villain, but I did like the twist that his powers were directly dependent on the incapacity of Alex. But what's unexplained is how he managed to figure out Alex was the cause of his loss of power. That had to have been like finding a tiny needle in a haystack the size of Montana!

Aside from that, I'm with everybody else about the debut of Neal Adams on this book. There are places where the influence of Jim Steranko peek through, but Adams has a style all his own! Such a shame his run doesn't last long, but let's savor it while he's here, shall we?

3 stars. The artwork and a decent script made this story more than it really was. And a creepy/cool cliffhanger with Alex's eyes sparking to top it all off. I think we're finally seeing hints of potential from this flawed but tight group here.

  davidmunday815 Says:    
  2017-03-20 15:02:06  
  Most of this Pharaoh arc has been weak with the development of Alex Summers the redeeming feature - this issue being the ultimate example of that.
Been handing out 2s and 1s recently but that pretty awesome ending earned this issue a rare (for an X-Men comic at this time) 3rd star.

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-04 14:35:51  
  What I like about the Neal Adams the most is you can see the genesis of Bill Sienkiewicz  

  ViktorG Says:    
  2017-05-09 00:22:11  
  I like this origin story for Havok. Although I didn't really understand how he "stole back" his powers from the monolith  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-05-22 15:13:38  
  I'm still amazed that people thing physical power will allow them to rule the world. We all know that you need an epic hairpiece to rule the world.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2017-06-09 05:44:48  
  The artwork, as everyone has said, is a huge step up. Adams' work in this is like a cross between Steranko and Colan.

The script on the other hand? Meh... Roy Thomas seems the have taken a step backwards from last issue in terms of comprehensibility. This whole Havoc origin sure is taking a long time to tell!

And I'm with Locust... there's no way Cyke would have survived that hit to the back of the head from the glider. No way.

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-09-10 19:13:17  
  Kudos to Neal Adams for pulling this story out of a tale spin.  

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Marvel Masterworks: X-Men, Volume 6
This collection includesX-Men #56a (v1), X-Men #57a (v1), X-Men #54a (v1), X-Men #55a (v1), X-Men #58 (v1), X-Men #59 (v1), X-Men #61 (v1), X-Men #60 (v1), X-Men #62 (v1), X-Men #63 (v1), X-Men #64 (v1), X-Men #65 (v1), X-Men #66 (v1)
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Date User Name Update
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Cyclops[appost] Visor listing.
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes
   November 26, 2017 TStarnes
   July 27, 2017 fragsel Moved this issue.
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Professor X.
   August 4, 2015 fragsel Added Cult of the Living Pharaoh to the issue.
   April 29, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   March 15, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The X-Men.
   March 8, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The X-Men.
   December 6, 2013 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for Iceman.
   December 6, 2013 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for Beast.
   December 6, 2013 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for Angel.
   December 6, 2013 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for Jean Grey.
   December 6, 2013 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for Cyclops.
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