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451: X-Men #20 (v1)

" I, Lucifer... "
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X-Men #20 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Werner Roth
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Werner Roth
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1966
Release Date: March 1966
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Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 732                 Times Rated: 388
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Lucifer uses a diversion to discredit the X-Men, while he attempts to maneuver a machine into place the will enslave Earth.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Cyclops last appeared in X-Men #19 (v1). Cyclops next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
  Marvel Girl
Marvel Girl last appeared in X-Men #19 (v1). Marvel Girl next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
Angel last appeared in X-Men #19 (v1). Angel next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
Beast last appeared in X-Men #19 (v1). Beast next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
Iceman last appeared in X-Men #19 (v1). Iceman next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
  Professor X
Professor X last appeared in X-Men #19 (v1). Professor X next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
Lucifer last appeared in X-Men #9 (v1). Lucifer next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
  The Blob
The Blob last appeared in X-Men #7 (v1). The Blob next appears in X-Men #37 (v1).
  Unus the Untouchable
Unus the Untouchable last appeared in X-Men #8 (v1). Unus the Untouchable next appears in X-Men #37 (v1).
  Supreme One
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Supreme One in the mainstream continuity. Supreme One next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
Group Appearances
Quist last appeared in X-Men #9 (v1). Quist next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
The X-Men (Roster I)
The X-Men last appeared in X-Men #19 (v1). The X-Men next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Cyclops' Visor
Cyclops' Visor last appeared in X-Men #19 (v1). Cyclops' Visor next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
Cerebro last appeared in X-Men #18 (v1). Cerebro next appears in X-Men #25 (v1).
X-Men Stratojet
X-Men Stratojet next appears in X-Men #21 (v1).
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  Shark Says:    
  2012-03-25 19:11:21  
  Typical Prof. Xavier in this mag: "Well, im totally paralyzed, I may be dying if I can't breathe... time to tell someone the story of my life!"  

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-06-13 18:33:59  
  Probably the worst X-Men issue in the order to this point. A far cry from what it will become.  

  Duhhaag Says:    
  2012-06-15 09:14:41  
  Lucifer and Magneto got the same tailor  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-06-14 11:44:52  
  Why the hell would Lucifer attract attention to himself with Unus and Blob. Nobody would have known anything was up until too late had he not set them out to get Xavier's attention.  

  deke0042 Says:    
  2013-07-23 14:54:00  
  This one took awhile to read. I think there were pictures behind all those word balloons.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-07 11:23:58  
  The deserts of southwestern US are about as active as New York in the MU.
I wonder if Lucifer's mesa base is anywhere near the Leader's mesa.

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2013-08-08 13:19:54  
  There's a few things I have to say about Roy Thomas. Mr. Thomas in my opinion was one of the greatest writers in Marvel. He's one of my personal favorites especially his fantastic work during the 1970's. His early work or as I like to call it "Thomas's early years" are a pain to get through and his stories drag to unbelievable degree! As in this issue, everything just sucks! Bringing back the Blob and Unus (I hate Unus) was lame! And the story of how Xavier lost the use of his legs was disappointing and quite depressing for me. Yep, this is the beginning of the downfall for our favorite mutants. The X-Men comics would only get better during 1969...with Roy Thomas mark II!  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2013-12-28 14:35:40  
  I absolutely love the X-Men....... This issue however leaves a lot to be desired.......  

  niksteve70 Says:    
  2014-04-23 21:10:01  
  Lucifer is a very stupid villain, it's sad to think he is the villain responsible for Xavier being paralyzed, and his costume has the same color scheme as Magneto's  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-05-11 17:02:15  
  Talk about a letdown. What a waste of a backstory for Xavier and how he became crippled...  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-05-11 17:03:50  
  Also, what was up with Scott quitting the group out of nowhere at the beginning of the issue?  

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-18 08:47:10  
  Roy Thomas amps up anti-mutant sentiment some more, and has Scott do a 180 on his feelings of intense responsibility towards his training / team leader duties by silently quitting at the beginning of the issue; of course, it lasts about seven pages and mostly seems to be a way to get Scott into a solo confrontation with Blob and Unus (who make pretty great partners in crime).
Charles chooses a silly time to explain his backstory, which is shockingly mundane; Jean can't wait to get that mental-wave amplifier off her head, probably because having amplified Charles in your thoughts is no picnic.
Lucifer's people may come from a planet where heads are shaped like upside-down turnips; one can only hope.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 19:55:26  
  This has taken a weird and boring turn...

  gloomyharvester @ metasynthie (original post):    
  2014-07-26 12:23:17  
  I believe Lucifer may be the Human Top's father.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-05 12:50:03  
  Is it wrong that I sometimes wish the X-Men would snap and just start smacking some humans around when they're randomly attacking them? If the humans in these comics are as stupid as they're being written, then maybe the X-Men should have listened to Magneto from the beginning.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-08-18 15:05:52  
  The fate of humanity rests in our hands, better tell you my life story. Xavier seems pretty pathetic in these earlier issues. I'm not liking Lucifer much either. And Cyclops was being a jerk to Jean. I'm sure it because, shock shock, he's trying to hide his feeling for her. Great logic there Cyke.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-19 11:08:29  
  Go professor! Our lives are in danger, so now is the best time to give you my past and history. Sit back and relax... Pop some hot poppin popcorn and grab Jamie Redfern and listen up.... Oh lawd! I still gave it 3 stars for a decent story.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-09-07 14:52:11  
  2 stars for the Blob & Unus! 0 stars for Lucifer the Lame...

Cover Me - That is one busy cover!

Gadgets - I think what hurt Roy on this issue besides using Lucifer. Is all the gadgets that he throws in there. It should be about mutants using their powers, and not Reed type devices!!!

Creepy - I still don't like Werner Roth not drawing eyes with the masks!

Scenic - Although, I do love his detail on page 11, panel 1.

A Step Up - Glad to see the X-Jet back in action. the X-Copter is painful to look at!

'Nuff Said - "No matter what happens, we're going to catch us some mutants!"-Copper

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-22 01:54:20  
  Maybe I misinterpreted, but Bobby is watching the boob tube...  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-05-25 14:46:06  
  Ugh, what a fragmented, barely coherent tale. I hated all of that wasted setup of Blob and Unus only to have them dispatched at the halfway mark, and far too easily I might add, with Lucifer hiding in the shadows taking credit for everything, with no real proof given, either.  

  go2shaw Says:    
  2015-06-21 13:00:40  
  Did anyone else think the name "lucifer" was misleading for this villain? I kept waiting for some hellfire and brimstone to rain down from above...  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-15 01:52:08  
  Lucifer stole his map from Hydra.  

  Big Frank T Says:    
  2015-10-29 14:31:29  
  Man. I think Stan really wanted Lucifer to be a big time villain but his stories have all been brutal. It appears this also was a time that goatees were a sure fire sign of villainy.  

  Aldous Says:    
  2015-11-12 22:17:12  
  "Rubble? Lolz no problem" -The Subway Train  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-08-14 03:28:21  
  Bad signal... not thumbs-upping... But yeah, like a couple of you indicated: Blob+Unus=kickass team up. Lucifer+aliens= the lame train has pulled into the station...  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-08 13:37:33  
  Blob and Unus as a team ended up being the only way these villains (Unus at least) could be even half-way interesting. Lucifer is your typical cookie-cutter wanna-be alien conqueror who also has his sights on our humble little planet. (What makes Earth so special that so many aliens wanted to claim it? Must be the view of the Milky Way from Yellowstone Park at night).  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-03-16 07:30:37  
  Magneto was right!  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2017-04-04 22:11:57  
  "I'll teach that rube to bring his circus into the same town that MY carny's playin'!"
That's inspirational, folks.

  Allencthulhu @ leisch (original post):    
  2017-06-25 22:52:01  
  I agree. I was wondering if the Hulk was going to show up.  

  Allencthulhu @ At The Gates of Dawn (original post):    
  2017-06-25 22:53:25  
  Yeah, I'm a bit surprised by the writing. I first read RT in All-Star Squadron and Captain Carrot and this is a bit leaden for him.  

  philvt101 Says:    
  2017-12-26 11:38:15  
  It never fails that any time people decide everyone in a certain group is bad, they manage to only attack the ones who are actually good. Angry mob declares all mutants are evil and promptly attack only the real X-Men, leaving the Blob and Unus alone.

Same crap happened in the Transformers comics in the 80's with Circuit Breaker killing off only Autobots. Man that pissed me off when I was a kid.

  RobinHoodMtl @ At The Gates of Dawn (original post):    
  2018-01-10 20:00:43  
  Agreed. It is a shame that Roy Thomas's early stories with Marvel look like an attempt to impress readers with intricate subplots and sophisticated narratives, which instead confuse the readers. Too bad we have to wait that long until he realizes that less is more.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-01-10 20:01:22  
  • That's my line "I'll get that ray gun! It may still prove efficacious!" "Yeah... Maybe it'll even work!" (Hank and Bobby) Good one! But who speaks like Hank in real life?

  • Since Xavier will not do it, the X-Men should designate an official spokesperson to address the press whenever their reputation is on the line.

  • I wonder why Professor X was not aware of Scott's intention to leave the team before he acted on it.

  • Funny, I was wondering how a fight between Blob and Unus would turn out. No surprise actually, except that it makes a very boring confrontation! They do, however, work very well together. I hope to see more of that.

  • Everything in these recent X-Men stories seems to contribute in giving humans more reasons to hate mutants. Excellent move, from a long-term plot perspective.

  • OK. I may have missed something, but I fail to see the point in using Blob and Unus, or discredit the X-Men, for that matter, as part of his master plan to conquer Earth. There were so many other ways to expose Xavier.

  • So basically, this turns out as yet another alien invasion story with too many random and useless subplots that shoot in all directions. For this and for reasons brought up by other readers, this story gets an average 3-star score.

  Calion Says:    
  2018-03-26 08:40:38  
  1. Pn. 4-5: So Professor X has a TV receiver in his head? I wonder if it’s in stereo?
  2. 7-4: How in the world can he identify Unus (what a name!) in that getup?
  3. I’m not sure how I feel about Xavier’s paralysis story. It seems kind of contrived.
  4. 18-6: It’s really annoying that Lucifer’s getup looks so similar to Magneto’s.
  5. 20-4: Why is Beast carrying a bunch of empty boxes?

This was fairly interesting. This Lucifer character is intriguing. Who is he? What is he doing? Even though he’s apparently an alien (ugh), I’m curious to see what his deal is. I think they’ve made me want to read the next issue, even though it’s not on my list. ★★★

References: X-Men #18, X-Men #8, X-Men #9, X-Men #7


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   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added X-Men Stratojet listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Cerebro listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Cyclops[appost] Visor listing.
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   September 28, 2014 fragsel Added Quist to the issue.
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