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623: X-Men #31 (v1)

" We Must Destroy...the Cobalt Man! "
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X-Men #31 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Dan Adkins
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Werner Roth
Inkers: John Tartaglione
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1967
Release Date: February 1967
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 577                 Times Rated: 320
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
The X-Men are given the weekend off, but a peaceful evening isn't to be as the night turns into a battle against Cobalt Man.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Cyclops last appeared in X-Men #30 (v1). Cyclops next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
  Marvel Girl
Marvel Girl last appeared in X-Men #30 (v1). Marvel Girl next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
Angel last appeared in X-Men #30 (v1). Angel next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
Beast last appeared in X-Men #30 (v1). Beast next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
  Professor X
Professor X last appeared in X-Men #30 (v1). Professor X next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
Iceman last appeared in X-Men #30 (v1). Iceman next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Theodore Roberts
Theodore Roberts last appeared in X-Men #28 (v1). Theodore Roberts next appears in X-Men #34 (v1).
  Zelda Kurtzberg
Zelda Kurtzberg last appeared in X-Men #27 (v1). Zelda Kurtzberg next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
  Vera Cantor
Vera Cantor last appeared in X-Men #27 (v1). Vera Cantor next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
  Bernard the Poet
Bernard the Poet last appeared in X-Men #14 (v1). Bernard the Poet next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
  Candace Southern
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Candace Southern in the mainstream continuity. Candace Southern next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Strange Tales #156a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #89a (v1).
  Cobalt Man
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Cobalt Man in the mainstream continuity. Cobalt Man next appears in X-Men #34 (v1).
Group Appearances
The X-Men (Roster I)
The X-Men last appeared in X-Men #30 (v1). The X-Men next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Cyclops' Visor
Cyclops' Visor last appeared in X-Men #30 (v1). Cyclops' Visor next appears in X-Men #32 (v1).
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Issue Notes

This issue sees the introduction of two new characters, Candace Southern, who will feature in upcoming X-Men stories, and Cobalt Man.
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  green_flame_616 Says:    
  2011-12-20 03:11:51  
  I gave this four stars, which it probably didn't deserve, but this is the first X-Men story that I felt like serious effort was put into character development, and that has to be worth something.  

  Mr. M. Says:    
  2012-07-25 20:13:35  
  Good first half of a story. It was looong time since we could read smth interesting about personal lives of merry mutants. But Cobalt Man?  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2013-03-24 21:16:43  
  Finally something on X-Men's personal life is explored, but I still can't read Beast's talks.  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2013-08-12 02:29:35  
  Cool! This was a fun Iron Man issue, oops I mean X-Men issue! I have to give Roy Thomas credit for making each of these mutants so fun and human! Yes, the action scenes were weak during Roy's tenure but he makes up for it by having these humorous interactions between the mutants! However I can not say the same for the plot and villain. I think the Cobalt-Man was never even a threat to begin with while the plot was rushed.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-13 09:14:00  
  Good character development for the team, but the overall story was lousy.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-03-10 14:51:31  
  Could have been a decent story if they hadn't relied on the "Bump to head creates crazed madman" trope. Glad to see Angel and Scott get things out in the open, and to see Angel move on. Could this Ted kid truly be the smartest man in the Marvel universe? Can he truly be able to tell that the girl he has a crush on and the superhero that showed up out of nowhere with the same hair, body, lips, and voice is the same person? Tune in next time!  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-09-05 09:58:57  
  Character development and a decent plot in a 60s issue of X-Men? Who'd a thunk??? In deducting a star for a rushed ending... 3 stars overall.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-09-10 17:08:28  
  A pretty decent ish. I'm glad everyone is getting a little personality boost. I'm also glad Angel found an old flame. Maybe now Jean and Scott will stop playing footsy and hook up already.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-10-01 09:19:12  
  Character development aside, this was a very weak issue. Interesting that they created a villain specifically for Iron Man, and then had him fight the X-Men.  

  kaste Says:    
  2014-10-27 10:37:28  
  The funny thing about crossovers is that they never happen when the story fits. They only happen when two heroes randomly bump into each other. It was a perfect opportunity for Tony Stark and Iron Man to appear in this issue. But no. Let's wait until he randomly fights the angel or whatever.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-10-27 11:34:48  
  Jean's costume is hardly concealing. All her facial features are showing, plus her hair, and all she has is a funky eye-piece. And she thinks Ted MAY know her secret identity?  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-12-21 18:16:26  
  3 stars for the 1st app of the Cobalt Man, and Candy Sothern/Southern!!!
I like the look of the Cobalt Man, but like others have said, the bump on the head makes my head hurt!!!

Cover Me - Marvel Girl does her best vogue! Strike a pose!!

Fade Away - Funny, that Mimic doesn't even make an appearance at Metro U!

White Bread - Yeesh, Ted & Ralph are so, so bland...

Puntastic - One thing that Roy Thomas does right is giving hip names to establishments!

Solid Gold - Playing at the Monkee's Paw are the Monkee's(naturally)"I'm a Believer", and Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"!

Cobalt Blues - Of course Ralph Roberts uses those powerful transistors, just like Tony Stark does!!

Drop The F Bomb - I've met some human C bombs before...

No Prize - The catwalk changes from plank boards to a ladder when the Cobalt Man blasts it! (p11,p4)

Rolex - I hope the Beast didn't have to give the cabbie his wrist watch with the Mento Call Signal Device!!!

Power Boost - Has it been established yet that Cyclops eye beam is a force beam, and not a heat ray? Like not being able to melt ice!??

'Nuff Said - "Here's your pole, brother mine! Still remember how to hold it?"-Ted Roberts

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2015-06-30 22:52:04  
  I found this issue boring, lengthy, poorly written and the art was bleh. I just wasn't feeling this ish. 2 stars.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2015-06-30 22:53:27  
  I found this issue boring, lengthy, poorly written and the art was bleh. I just wasn't feeling this ish. 2 stars.  

  Shocker Says:    
  2015-07-16 13:48:29  
  Hiw can Ted ever guess who Marvel Girl is? Her disguise is so very clever!  

  zengosm Says:    
  2016-01-15 08:58:14  
  This issue was a breath of fresh air after the lousy X-Men mags. I can't wait until I actually start looking forward to the X-Men.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-01-16 07:07:06  
  This was better than most of Roy's X-Men issues so far. The X-Men are also interesting out of costume, which helps get through these.

Hooray for the first appearance of Candy Southern! I want Candy!!

And hooray for the return of Xavier's secret dungeon laboratory!

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-03 17:19:28  
  I didn't think it was a bad story. It's definitely better than most of the X-Men run so far. And the character development was welcome. I'm not sure what made Warren give up his pursuit of Jean, but at least it did advance the Scott/Warren/Jean love triangle plot.

And going out on a limb here, re @Locust75's comment about Scott's optic blast being a force beam, it's possible the force hitting the ice created enough friction to melt some of it and get inside Ralph's suit. It doesn't take much water to short something out. Good grief, now I'm thinking like Stan! Somebody.....HELP!

  Urgat @ Russ (original post):    
  2016-10-19 08:18:09  
  *trying to help by throwing all the magnets and transistors I can find to you*  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-12-16 00:28:23  
  Lots of character development = good. Lots of bad character development = not good.  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-03-21 21:13:17  
  First appearance of Candy Southern! Always assumed she was a Champions addition. If y'all haven't read Terry Southern's Candy, it is worth a thumb. My dad had the book on his shelf when I was kid so I kind of knew what was up.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-06-01 19:25:15  
  I enjoyed this story. It kept a good pace, and fit in some character development. I was willing to overlook the old head trauma induced Face-Heel Turn trope, but the extremely abrupt ending was particularly jarring this far into the order. It'll be nice when they start adding a bit of denouement to these books  

  BillG2330 Says:    
  2017-07-14 08:22:45  
  This was one of the better X-Men from this run.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-07-17 10:45:12  
  Ah yes, this one has some of the magic Silver Age words: transistor and Cobalt! And we just had magnetism in the recent Spider-Man issues.  

  jakeisquite Says:    
  2017-11-19 21:35:27  
  I enjoyed cobalt man more than I thought I would. It's also great seeing the more human side of then X-men rather that just fighting.  

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   February 1, 2018 TStarnes Added Cyclops[appost] Visor listing.
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   November 14, 2016 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   March 14, 2014 TStarnes Updated the listing for The X-Men.
   March 2, 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 Iceman.
   December 6, 2013 Raistlin903 Added Iceman to the issue.
   December 6, 2013 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for Professor X.
   December 6, 2013 Raistlin903 Deleted listing of 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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