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1034: X-Men #58 (v1)

" Mission: Murder! "
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X-Men #58 (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: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: July 1969
Release Date: May 1969
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 517                 Times Rated: 285
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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X-Men #56a (v1)
X-Men #57a (v1)
X-Men #58 (v1)
X-Men #59 (v1)
X-Men #54b (v1)
1032: X-Men
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1033: X-Men
#57a (v1)
1035: X-Men
#59 (v1)
1036: X-Men
#54b (v1)
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Issue Blurb
The Sentinels begin taking captives all across the world in order to imprison them. Judge Childers takes a gambit in order to stop the Sentinels once and for all.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Cyclops last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Cyclops next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
  Marvel Girl
Marvel Girl last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Marvel Girl next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
Angel last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Angel next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
Beast last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Beast next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
Iceman last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Iceman next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Havok last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Havok next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
  Lorna Dane
Lorna Dane last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Lorna Dane next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
Banshee last appeared in X-Men #39a (v1). Banshee next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
  Living Monolith
Living Monolith last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Living Monolith next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
Mesmero last appeared in X-Men #52a (v1). Mesmero next appears in X-Men #60 (v1).
  Larry Trask
Larry Trask last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Larry Trask next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
  Judge Chalmers
Judge Chalmers last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Judge Chalmers next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
  Magneto (Robot)
Magneto (Robot) last appeared in X-Men #52a (v1). Magneto (Robot) next appears in Captain America #368a (v1). Destroyed.
  Number 2
Number 2 last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Number 2 next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
  Number 7
Number 7 last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1).
  Number 8
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Number 8 in the mainstream continuity. Number 8 next appears in Avengers #102 (v1).
  Number 9
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Number 9 in the mainstream continuity.
  Sentinel A3 (Mark II)
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Sentinel A3 (Mark II) in the mainstream continuity. Sentinel A3 (Mark II) next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
  Sentinel 6R
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Sentinel 6R in the mainstream continuity.
  Sentinel Z2
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Sentinel Z2 in the mainstream continuity. Sentinel Z2 next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
Group Appearances
Sentinels last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Sentinels next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
X-Men (Roster III)
X-Men last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). X-Men next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Cyclops' Visor
Cyclops' Visor last appeared in X-Men #57a (v1). Cyclops' Visor next appears in X-Men #59 (v1).
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-28 10:14:48  
  X-Men have definitely improved the last couple of issues - now handing out my first 5-star rating for them, as far as I can recall at least.  

  Gram91 Says:    
  2012-08-07 13:37:49  
  Okay, this one definitely deserved 5 stars for both art and script.  

  poj-poj Says:    
  2012-12-22 03:12:08  
  how can anyone give this 1 star!?  

  juanito Says:    
  2013-03-05 08:28:14  
  For once an X-Men plot outline that is coming on strong. Including the art that's my first 5 stars for an issue of the X-Men.  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-05-13 23:39:58  
  Oh this issue was good enough to make up for many of the stinkers that came before in this series.  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2013-08-17 22:17:42  
  Hands down one of the greatest X-Men issues I've ever read! This one is on my top five and actually prefer this issue over "Days of Future Past"!! (Can you believe that!?) Both plot and script are so ahead of it's time that I wouldn't be surprised that Chris Claremont based his whole entire run on this issue alone! I could write essays on how the talents of Roy and Neal combined made this dying series a underrated sensation! But I'm not! My goodness even the cover is a freakin masterpiece! Yes, that's all I can say about this issue...a freakin masterpiece!  

  fragsel Says:    
  2013-08-18 03:15:39  
well, to tell You the truth the title has two words, two "m" & two punctuation marks in it, but number of vowels is an odd numer. Morover orange is dominating color on the cover (and no brown or cerulean blue). It's quite clear that gunslinger had to give * (especially since he already gave ***** twice in the past 3 order issues)

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-21 13:02:17  
  Beautifully rendered art. Terrific story with a surprise ending. Full length, no filler origin.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-08-29 22:33:44  
  I think some of the comments for this one are rebound comments. It's a fine issue, but not fantastic, it just feels fantastic compared to the dreck that has preceded it.

  ultimoastros Says:    
  2013-11-07 21:18:13  
  Really good story and Neal Adams artwork is AWESOME!  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-05-19 01:56:14  
  Good times.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-08-11 19:31:50  
  I like that we are finally getting to Havok, but I think I liked the introduction of Polaris better.....  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-09-22 16:22:15  
  I love how dramatic the comic is getting. I'm glad the side stories are gone too. It leaves room for much more detail in the main story.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-26 13:36:40  
  Best issue of X-Men to date with unexpected twists and turns. Love the way this is going, and may be the first X-Men issue I gave 5 stars.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-15 11:12:58  
  First X-Men comic in a long time to actually feel like an X-Men comic. I just started reading the Ultimate series, and this story feels very modern.  

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-02-08 23:49:59  
  I would put this comic up against nearly any issue from the 60s. And that has nothing to do with the overall crumminess of this title.

-The art is excellent, with far more expressive faces and dynamic action poses than a typical comic. Bobby Drake's face on the bottom of page 12 is a powerful reminder that he's ultimately just a kid in over his head.

-The use of Marvel history is much more extensive here than in almost any other 60s story, and the references both to the original Sentinels story and the Polaris story fit in well with the plot (even Banshee was brought back!).

-The narration is very sophisticated, with almost none of those awkward long yellow captions to explain the story (the use of TV news broadcasts to move the story along is clever and effective).

- The dialogue isn't the typical cornball Stan Lee fare (which Roy Thomas usually mimics). There's no attempt to be lighthearted, it's straight-up melodrama all the way.

This issue is one of the highest rated on this site, and from what I just read, that's completely justified.

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2015-05-28 09:49:38  
  Iceman has seriously stepped up in the past couple of issues. I agree with jwerth, this or the issue prior are definitely strong contenders for the best issue of the 60s.  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-08-24 21:17:21  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-09-07 22:50:32  
  5 stars for pretty much what everybody has already said. This finally feels like a X-Men comic!!!

Cover Me - Awesome image! For pretty much what everybody has already said...

Threads - Neal Adams designed an iconic costume for Havok! I can't wait till he revamps Angel!!!

Booby Trap - I think Bobby's really mad at Alex because he was talking about Lorna's breasts!!! (p10,p3)

Stay Golden - The Sentinels were spraying a liquid adhesive on the Living Monolith...yeah...that's it...

Angry Bird - It serves Angel right for getting captured. He flew from Egypt to New York!? And, what was he hoping to do when he got there? Poop on the Sentinels heads!??

King Kirby - I take it all back...Neal draws "U" shaped magnets as well...

Lair Built On Lies - I actually felt sorry for Mesmero!!

'Nuff Said - "A deal? With that lying mutant-baiter?"-Iceman

  metsguy Says:    
  2016-01-15 19:15:56  
  That was freakin' awesome. Neal Adams is on fire! Everything about this issue felt so... modern. Or at least peak Claremont. Does anyone know who colored the issue? The colors are so far ahead of their time. Great great issue.  

  g2thet Says:    
  2016-03-03 03:04:21  
  As almost everyone has stated, this has been one of the best X-Men comics to date. 5 Stars!  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-09-12 06:49:18  
  Hulk fights a giant robot a couple of issues ago, I struggle to get through. The X-Men fight giant robots and it's one of the coolest things to happen so far in the Order!  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-12-03 12:44:43  
  This is the original X-Men finally living up to their potential. And we're seeing that potential unleashed in increasing doses with this story arc. I knew you five had it in you! You too, Roy Thomas; this arc probably helped make your career.

I also agree with the other commenters (as usual) about the modern feel of the story. There were hints of the future sprinkled in this series here and there, but this issue is where the mutant world takes shape and convalesces into its own. Roy and Neal have captured perfectly what it feels like to be a mutant in the Marvel Universe, and the risks and prejudice contained therein. This is probably the first time we feel true danger for just being born different; surprising this story and title didn't resonate more with people in the civil rights-minded late 60s and early 70s.

And we're seeing the stakes ratcheting up along with the intensity. Neal Adams's artwork conveyed the tension and anxiety nicely. It was a great touch to see the Sentinels going after X-Men foes as well as the X-Men themselves. Mesmero especially I felt sorry for as well; how do you use mental powers against a robot? It was like seeing Ant-Man taking on a bunch of Galactuses. (Forget about the Professor's powers against robots in the past; Mesmero is nowhere near Xavier's power class).

And the first appearance of Havok in his costume. Those circles on his chest I thought at first make him look nutty, but they actually serve a functional purpose. Who'd have thought? And that was fun to see him cut loose against that one Sentinel.

  Russ Says:    
  2016-12-03 12:45:00  
  Probably one of the weakest issues I'd give a full 5 stars to, but I think it's earned it. The ending was a twist I doubt ANYONE saw coming. That one little logic flaw is probably why other villains haven't called on the Trasks to build their robot henchmen for them (I'm looking at you, Mandarin, Maximus, Red China, and a few others).  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-05-31 09:25:05  
  Larry, do you see what xenophobia in a comic universe will get you? You're about to be killed by your father's invention.

I truly enjoyed this issue, it makes me understand for the first time how difficult it would be living in this world as a mutant. I could be hunted down soon after puberty simply for living. Frightening idea.

  mormegil4 Says:    
  2018-03-16 21:12:26  
  This was REALLY good. How can Roys writing be so good here and so weak on other issues around this time.

The double page spread on page 3 is easily in my top five scenes of the silver age. The idea of the fight with the TV narrarsting certain facts about the fight is brilliant. The first half of the issue is almost on par with Sterankos level of creativity (only I can actually understand what's going on in this X-men issue.)

I've skipped most of the xmen in the order. This makes me want to go back and read those.

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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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Issue Letters Page

Dear Stan,

      Roy Thomas is back at the helm — and Marveldom Assembled breathes a sigh of relief! At lost, the X-Men are as great as they used to be! It's almost as though Stan himself had taken a hand in the mutants' affairs. At long last, five real people, not five Shakespeare-spouting weirdos, have regained dominion of a book that was rapidly becoming a laughing stock.

I was seriously considering discontinuing my reading of the X-MEN and even Marvel, but now the once-lost Marvel madness has made a miraculous pull-through . . . and all such thoughts were driven from my mind. Roy is writing a tremendous and superbly scripted) amount of issues these days, so can't you Stan, or Gary, or maybe the underworked Archie give the poor co-editor a hand by taking over duties on the AVENGERS or DD yourself? My thanks for your time — and the X-MEN renaissance.

Nits Osmar, 1504 N. 85th St.
Seattle, Wash. 98103

And Rascally Roy said to thank you for the kind words, Nils ... but, if it's okay with you, he says he'd just as soon keep turning out the DAREDEVIL and AVENGERS yarns as well. (Or didn't you know that, in addition to his associate-editor chores, the ol' rapscallion is paid by the page?) In fact, now that nefarious Neal Adams is at the artwork helm, we kind'a suspect that Smiley himself would have to Indian-wrestle Mr. T. in order to hand over the writing of X-MEN to anybody else. Anyway, it looks from here as if, at long-awaited last, our merry, misunderstood mutants have found the team supreme in Roy, Neal, and terrific Tom Palmer ... and we hope it stays that way till Bobby Drake has a long, frosty board!

Dear Stan, Arn, and ?,

I was displeased by X-Men #53 for two reasons. First, the artwork of Barry Smith simply doesn't hold a candle to Steranko or Roth. Second, the X-Men did not even take off their masks during the entire story. Is this Marvel, the company famous for featuring the troubled alter-ego?Marvel is famous for having tons of thought balloons showing the inner feelings of the hero (or the villain, or even the supporting character) but in X-Men #53, there were only two of them! Make Lorna Done on X-Man!!! The Reasons:
  1. She has a power none of the others has.
  2. When the Prof started the school for good mutants, he intended to search out other mutants and convince them to use their Powers for good. (See the issues in which they try to get Wanda and Peitro, the Blob and Spidey to join.)
  3. She looks like a swinging chick!
  4. My favorite color is green.
  5. Marvel Girl would have another girl to talk to.
  6. If Cyclops con have Jean, why can't Iceman have Lorna?

Jerry Sinkover, 4020 North 25th St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209

All good and sound reasons for making Lorna an X-Man, or X-Lady, or whatever! But now, what about Scott's super-charged sibling Alex — otherwise hereinafter known as Havok? What say you, Marvelites? Should the X-Men make the jump from five members to six, or even seven? (As a matter of fact, we've already got some ideas on the subject ourselves that may shake and surprise you — but we can't resist still throwing the subject open to debate, if only to see how many of you outguess. us again!)

Dear Stan,

X-MEN— — — —

BEST SINGLE STORY: #34 . . ."War . . . in a World of Darkness!"
BEST SERIAL: #37-39 — "X-Men vs. Factor 3"
a) X-Men #51
b) X-Men #31
C) X-Men #26
BEST ARTIST: Werner Roth
a) Magneto
b) Sentinels
BEST INKER: John Verpoorten
a) Cyclops
b) Angel
a) Ted Roberts
b) Mimic
BEST ANNUAL: Guess What ?????
a) X-Men #45
b) Avengers #53
a) Iry Forbush
b) Non-Believers

So, waddaya think, Bullpen?
RFO, TTB, KOF Bruce Smith, 111-27 143 St.
Jamaica, New York 11435

We think your choices are well taken, chum — although, naturally, probably every mutant-lover in Marveldom (and there are obviously quite a few) would differ with you on one or more points! But, if we may permit ourselves to return only momentarily to the supposed immodesty of which we've oft been accused by uncomprehending souls, may we state that we think you yourself may soon throw away that list of favorite stories — when you've seen what lies ahead! Bet, Bruce?

Dear Stan and the Gang,

I am completely disappointed in you as for as the X-Men are concerned. No. 53 was a flop. Nowhere. Nothing. (You get the idea? I didn't like it!) Despite all the changes in the X-Men I still considered it to be my favorite mag.

To start with, Arnold Drake just can't capture the X-Men the way Roy Thomas could. The humanism is gone. Once, one could distinguish the differences in the personalities. Now these differences ore lacking. I won't go into this because you know what the differences are yourselves. There were several discrepancies in Blastaar's little soliloquy. For instance, Blastaar said he was exiled to an empty cosmos, the Negative Zone. Well, I've got news for you; he originally come from the Negative Zone, which is populated with monsters and intelligent people, as depicted in the FFI Blastaar also said, "Before me hangs the green jewel called earth, taunting me like some beckoning bauble." As I recall, he said in the FF that earth was a very primitive planet. Now why would he call earth a green jewel when he thought it was primitive?

Now to get down to the art, if you can call it that. It seems that with the overload of so many new mugs, the newcomer's potentials can't be tested. I never heard of Barry Smith before and I hope I don't hear of him again. If he was trying to imitate "King" Kirby he did a bad job of it. I never saw the X-Men look so bad. Jean's arms and ankles were toothpicks. Likewise with Angel and iceman.

Nobody draws Bobby and the rest the way "Wondrous" Werner can. It seeems to me that if a combination of Don, Werner and Jim Steranko could be Used on the X-Men the artwork would be mind-shattering. There were only two items that pleased me in ish #53. The mention that the new logo on the cover is being kept and the X-Men are back together again for keeps.

Janet Blair, 26 Stafford St.
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
You know it, Jan!

Bashful Barry Smith, who (as we've said before) produced that one and only X-MEN ish under the worst of possible circumstances, is since doing much better work on THE AVENGERS . . . and we have other big things in store for him as his penciling prowess grows by leaps and bounds.

Now, let us know what you think of the brand new team of Thomas, Adams, and Palmer? And, y'know what — we've got a hunch that you're gonna dig ‘em, maybe almost as much as we do!

Dear Stan and Don,

Magneto has appeared in so many X-Men Comics, why don't you put him up in the 'corner with the X-Men? He has appeared in X-Men #1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 17, 18, 43, 44, 45, 50, 51, 52; all in all, 14 issues, about 11% of the all time total. The next closest menace is probably the Evil Mutants. Don't think I'm trying to tell you how to run your business, but Magneto is not anywhere as pretty as Marvel Girl. I would also like to know when you are going to print an X-Men annual. I think they deserve one.

David Tatum, 4400 Sunrey Ave.
Bowershill Chesapeake, Virginia 23321

So do we, Davy, and one of these years now they're just likely to have one. In the meantime, if you want to relive some of those hallowed hallmarks of yesteryear, we suggest you pick up current issues of MARVEL SUPER-HEROES, which are reprinting some of the early and acclaimed Lee-Kirby X-Men and Avengers epics( If you can't have an annual just yet, friend, they're the next best thing!

Dear Stan and Jim,

X-Men #49 — WOW!
X-Men #50 — DOUBLE WOW!
X-Men #51 — ZOWIEI
X-Men #52 — couldn't be better! Daughter of Magneto! And we never suspected! As a matter of fact I didn't even think Magneto was alive! But tell me, is Eric the Red an old villain or new? Jim's artwork is different and at first I didn't like it but I'll get used to it! I miss your witty and delectable answers! Please bring them back!! 'Til the Angel grows tailfeathers ... I'm yours.

RFO, KOF Doug Earl, 186 Main Street
Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

And since you are, Doug, you're in even better position to appreciate the return of our nutty answers to the more interesting letters we receive. Only thing is, all of the questions — stated or implied — in your letter were already answered in issues of X-MEN which you've already seen by now, so we'll merely take our leave...!

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