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548: X-Men #26 (v1)

" Holocaust! "
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X-Men #26 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Werner Roth
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Werner Roth
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: November 1966
Release Date: September 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 645                 Times Rated: 357
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Thor #135a (v1)
X-Men #25 (v1)
X-Men #26 (v1)
Thor #136a (v1)
Thor #137a (v1)
546: Thor
#135a (v1)
547: X-Men
#25 (v1)
549: Thor
#136a (v1)
550: Thor
#137a (v1)
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The team pursues a dominant new adversary to the exotic location of San Rico. They will need to overcome the absence of Jean, hostile natives, and friendly fire to prevent a devestating holocaust.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Cyclops last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). Cyclops next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
  Marvel Girl
Marvel Girl last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). Marvel Girl next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
Angel last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). Angel next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
Beast last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). Beast next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
Iceman last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). Iceman next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
  Professor X
Professor X last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). Professor X next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Theodore Roberts
Theodore Roberts last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). Theodore Roberts next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
Mimic last appeared in X-Men #19 (v1). Mimic next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
  El Tigre
El Tigre last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). El Tigre next appears in Ka-Zar #3 (v2).
  Ramon Dantas
Ramon Dantas last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1).
Toloc last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1).
Group Appearances
The X-Men (Roster I)
The X-Men last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). The X-Men next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Cerebro last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). Cerebro next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
Cyclops' Visor
Cyclops' Visor last appeared in X-Men #25 (v1). Cyclops' Visor next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-11-04 09:04:51  
  With issues like this, it's no wonder this title would eventually be cancelled. And I can't even blame Stan for this insipid mess.  

  Mr. M. Says:    
  2012-07-25 06:15:14  
  Hard to read. Thomas is really destroying the series. Better luck with 'The Avengers' though.  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-03-27 21:05:57  
  Very hard to read. It seemed incredibly long and pointless. The whole Angel-Cyclops "problem" is so annoying.  

  xx1293x Says:    
  2013-05-11 06:09:18  
  I think Thomas just added useless things to take up pages.. It took me 2 days to read this..  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-08 17:59:53  
  I love Thomas' other work, but the X-Men run is bordering on unreadable.  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2013-08-10 10:51:00  
  I wish I would have given this 0 stars! The conclusion to the "pointless Mayan epic" was another snore-fest. Once again Roy delivers another wordy issue that irritates the reader or bores them! The Cyclops-Jean-Angel love triangle stuff kicks into high gear here, however it's annoying and uninteresting. Man. no wonder this title was cancelled by the end of the 1960's!  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-11 15:44:46  
  @jfpj1991 - hard to say which is worst between el tigre and the locust, but they are deffinitly 2 of the worst......  

  TaoTaomona Says:    
  2014-07-18 21:00:18  
  Why is the Professor so worried about his secret identity? Can't he just wipe people's minds?  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-08-02 21:05:41  
  Excruciating. And next issue they bring back Mimic? How did this survive for 40 more issues?  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-08-11 00:57:50  
  The art is pretty good in these X-Men comics, but the stories are just horrible. And why are all the boring stories so darn long..?!?

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-14 23:29:02  
  I despise this stupid Cyclops/Angel/Jean crap. Whenever I see a thought bubble for one of them I cringe because it's usually an indicator of some sub-Twilight pining. I HATE THESE X-MEN COMICS SO MUCH.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-26 20:24:08  
  My mother taught me if I don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-09-05 11:20:30  
  I know Angel is a cocky pretty boy, but I'm actually surprised he thinks Cyclops shot him on purpose.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-10-04 07:12:25  
  I actually tried not reading the words and just looking at the art for this one, and it was considerably better.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-10-26 18:05:52  
  Just 1 star for that Kooky Kukulcan!

Amigos - Odd, that Ramon & Toloc attack El' Tigre when they saw his power and were afraid of it last issue!

Pimp My Ride - I do like the Solar Sphere of Kukulcan.

Abreast - Also, odd, that Jean didn't mention the Mimic to the others.

Jaguar By The Tail - I love the look of the jaguar as Angel is picking it up!

San Rico - I wonder if the good people of Santo Rico changed their name after the El' Toro incident way back in TTA 54?

Trinkets - So, did Beast keep the Pendant of Kukulcan? Also, I wonder which of the underground races will find the Solar Stone first?

'Nuff Said - "Alas, poor Kukulcan...I knew him, Bobby-O!"-Beast

  Bramwell Says:    
  2015-01-03 01:08:51  
  Death by verbiage  

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-05-10 17:59:30  
  Why was this titled "Holocaust?" This was woefully underwhelming for something with a title like that.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2015-05-19 14:48:43  
  This was definitely a holocaust .... I felt my brain cells shrivel and die.  

  Shocker Says:    
  2015-06-20 12:58:07  
  This is right down there with the solo Torch stories...  

  Beaustaff Says:    
  2015-07-23 10:57:58  
  Terrible. Stupid Cyclops, oh maybe i did shoot him on purpose. Come on. Also how is he the most powerful mutant on the xmen? Iceman seems to be way more powerful and useful. I hate these issues, I cannot wait till they get good... in like 25 years ugh.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-09-16 17:44:03  
  I guess I'm in the minority here, as I actually thought this one was pretty good. I thought the evolution of Kukulcan from El Tigre was cool, and liked that he actually did physically transform. Also, his desire to recreate the Mayan city was pretty cool, as well as how the current inhabitants were drawn to it beyond their control. Plus,I liked the change of scenery, in that the Mayan jungle scenes provided a chance to do some cool artwork. Nice job by Werner Roth.

I also thought Thomas' dialog had improved, and while it still drives me nuts that EVERY X-Man has to say something in every panel, at least what they're saying can pass for character development.

However, I will admit that "the super-endowed X-Men" sounds like a porn troupe.


  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-02-11 21:04:57  
  Comparing this issue to any given issue of the Ultimate X-Men, they use way too many words to describe what is going on and what people are thinking and not enough facial expressions, close-ups and story-telling images. You might as well be reading a children's book while looking at the exact same image over and over again. X-Men 1-23 was great and everything since has been crap!  

  Big Frank T Says:    
  2016-02-27 08:52:51  
  I just can't.....  

  rafalm Says:    
  2016-05-17 13:09:27  
  It's terrible, like said someone above, I've tried only to watch, but not read...  

  Urgat Says:    
  2016-08-17 05:27:47  
  It was not good (not even close) but better than the last 2 Issues...so 2* (would give 1&1/2* if possible)  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-24 07:33:03  
  "Holocaust" is right. This issue was like a concentration camp for my brain cells (with apologies to the Jewish contingent perusing the issues in the Order).

Roy does seem to have a penchant for Mayan gods. He did a very similar storyline a few years later in DC'so All-Star Squadron.

  Judassiah Says:    
  2016-10-16 19:06:01  
  + Change of setting.
+ Development of the Warren-Jean-Scott subplot. I for one am glad that it's going somewhere and not stagnating.
+ Jean stays away! That surprised me. I like her developing cast of supporting characters and until the 'Next Ish' blurb spoiled it, I was intrigued to see where Calvin Rankin would turn up.

+ Xavier's mind powers seem to have some limitations. First there was Blob, and now here we are seeing Mimic's mind wipe eroding. At the very least there are triggers that can set the corosion of the Prof's control/induced memories. This was interesting to me.

- Werner Roth. The panel layout on half of these pages made this book so hard to get through. Imagine if Kirby did this issue. It would've been pretty epic. The plot had some good ideas, and could have done very well with some nice artistic support. Not that Roth was 'bad', but he could've done a lot better here and it would have saved this issue. It was really no different than any other FF vs. Doc Doom in Latveria...

1 star. While I don't think that this was as bad as most do, it was still our average 60s X-Men mag - not good.

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-12-12 07:50:22  
  Sweet solar blasts of Kukulcan, that was a jaw-dropping accusation by Angel! Things just got interesting...finally.  

  Carlo Says:    
  2016-12-17 17:09:40  
  Did the Angel get super-strength when no one was looking? He picks up and throws a jaguar with no explanation.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-05-11 11:43:24  
  This is the worst comic that doesn't have 'Daredevil' on the cover, or star the Human Torch. It's a shame, because I feel like Kukulcan had legs as a villain, and a lot of the art was good (especially Kukulcan in the jungle, and Jean Grey). The good stuff was totally overshadowed by the terrible art elsewhere in the book, the completely unnecessary word count, the deus ex machina ending (Seriously, just letting bobby and hanks plan work could have produced the same results), and another @$#%~! love triangle plot (though to be fair, this seems to be evolving into some kind of love quadrilateral...).

Oh, and the fact that this breaks up an excellent Thor run is just adding insult to injury.

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-07-30 09:48:46  
  Good God how many times do we have to read "holocaust" in X-Men? I'm not counting Magneto being a Holocaust survivor either.  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-07-30 10:05:58  
  Wow Warren is worse than Foggy.  

  mrtc2003 Says:    
  2017-08-12 09:03:41  
  It's a shame because I quite last issue but this was quite weak. I hink it says something, though, that the best bits in both issues were the scenes that didn't involve the X-Men.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-03-08 13:38:27  
  • That's my line – "I hate to sound like a poor man's Hawkeye, but I can't seem to stop myself!" (Angel) – How on Earth does Warren know about Hawkeye's attitude? They barely met at Reed and Sue's wedding! Does he read the Avengers too?

  • On that note, if Warren and Scott had not mentioned it, I would have never noticed any form of animosity in their remarks. In order to properly set up the sub-plot that is being developed near the end of the story, Warren's snapping at Scott should have been demonstrated more instead of being talked about.Show, don't tell should have applied here. Now, it looks like Warren is apologizing for nothing.

  • Also, I thought Warren had decided to let go and forget about Jean. Too bad for us the writers backtracked on this, but this is consistent with teenage behavior so I can live with that.

  • I think it is the first time in the Order that a character in a love triangle opens up to his rival. I too was surprised at the accusation Warren made and I loved it, even it the guy may have been delirious.

  • I found it really was not as bad as the comments make it appear. Yes, the text is wordy and the villain was so-so. But I did not find any plot hole, and except for a few details, everything held together. The artwork has considerably improved in this two-part story. I liked the second part better storywise, mainly because of the character development, even if I did not care much for the main plot with Kukulcán. But all in all, I enjoyed so 4 stars.

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   March 9, 2018 fragsel Added Toloc to the issue.
   March 9, 2018 fragsel Added Ramon Dantas to the issue.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Cyclops[appost] Visor listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Cerebro listing.
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   March 14, 2014 TStarnes Updated the listing for The X-Men.
   February 28, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The X-Men.
   December 6, 2013 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for Professor X.
   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.
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