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873: X-Men #49 (v1) [A Story]

" Who Dares Defy...the Demi-Men "
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X-Men #49a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jim Steranko
Writers: Arnold Drake
Pencilers: Don Heck, Werner Roth
Inkers: John Tartaglione
Letterers: Herb Cooper
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: October 1968
Release Date: August 1968
Story Arc: -
Pages: 15
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 533                 Times Rated: 282
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Universes:   Earth-616  
Go to Issue #48b Go to Issue #50a

Sub-Mariner #5 (v1)
Sub-Mariner #6 (v1)
X-Men #49a (v1)
X-Men #50a (v1)
X-Men #51a (v1)
871: Sub-Mariner
#5 (v1)
872: Sub-Mariner
#6 (v1)
874: X-Men
#50a (v1)
875: X-Men
#51a (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Angel detects a message coming from Cerebro and gathers the X-Men to investigate the disturbance.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Cyclops last appeared in X-Men #48a (v1). Cyclops next appears in X-Men #50a (v1).
  Marvel Girl
Marvel Girl last appeared in X-Men #48a (v1). Marvel Girl next appears in X-Men #50a (v1).
Angel last appeared in X-Men #46a (v1). Angel next appears in X-Men #50a (v1).
Beast last appeared in X-Men #48b (v1). Beast next appears in X-Men #50a (v1).
Iceman last appeared in X-Men #47b (v1). Iceman next appears in X-Men #50a (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Lorna Dane
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lorna Dane in the mainstream continuity. Lorna Dane next appears in X-Men #50a (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mesmero in the mainstream continuity. Mesmero next appears in X-Men #50a (v1).
Group Appearances
The X-Men (Roster III)
The X-Men last appeared in X-Men #48a (v1). The X-Men next appears in X-Men #50a (v1). Team Reforms.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Cyclops' Visor
Cyclops' Visor last appeared in X-Men #48a (v1). Cyclops' Visor next appears in X-Men #50a (v1).
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-11-25 20:06:19  
  Sterankos art in this book is real improvement over earlier issues of x-men.  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-05-03 21:11:37  
  Lorna should ask for a refund on that hair dye that only lasted one shower.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-08-13 08:36:13  
  Not long till Adams run now. Not long.  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2013-08-14 16:12:36  
  The "hidden golden age" of the 1960's X-Men begins here! Everything starts off with that awesome Jim Steranko cover! The title of the issue is confusing "Who the heck is the Demi-Men?" but who cares anyway cause here we get the introduction of Lorna Dane, the Polaris! The Plot here was great but felt rushed. But it doesn't really matter cause this issue beats all the proceeding ones hands down and It only gets better from here!  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-18 14:49:09  
  Steranko cover on a slightly improved story. Lorna Dane arrives. X-Men may be ready to make a move.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-08-30 16:55:32  
  The X-Men issues were getting so bad I had to skip ahead to where everyone else said it started getting good. So far the art is leagues better and the newer costume designs are well done. As for writings it has improved too, idiosyncrasies not withstanding. Mainly odd decisions like Hank saying he missed Jean's first alert. How does he know if he missed it. Also, giant ice tongs, really? The Beast origin story was a bit weird. I thought mutants had an extra gene not the result of some radiation exposure. If that's the case they are no different than the other super heroes.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-05 20:34:03  
  Much better! 3 stars, and I'm actually starting to look forward to the next issue.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-01 19:20:46  
  Well, damn. This actually wasn't bad.  

  SmokyB Says:    
  2015-03-03 10:01:31  
  I actually enjoyed that though I'm not sure it was worth reading 48 issues of dreck to get there.

It seems this Drake guy actually did some research into how a nuclear power plant works. Makes a change from Unscientific Stan.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-05-11 20:13:44  
  4 stars for the 1st app of the lovely Lorna Dane!!! Also, the 1st app of Mesmero who, I have always liked!!!

Cover Me - Snazzy Steranko cover, and are those eyes trying to peek up Marvel Girl's mini skirt!?

Credit Due - @TStarnes: Steranko only did the cover. The inside art was done by the same artists that have done the last five issues...

Pretest - So, I guess Mesmero had already used the Psyche-Generator before. Since Cerebro already picked up a surge of mutants getting together earlier, and Lorna had travelled 12,000 miles to get there!!??

Hand Me Down - You'd think that the Avengers would of at least given the X-Men a jet with a windshield...

Curious- I wonder if Lorna's carpet matches the drapes...

Hunch - Cyclops thinks that Magneto might be behind it all. Right after two elite guard clearly talked about Magneto when they fought. Maybe the jet was too loud...

Sock It To Me - Funny scene of Baby Beast punching Uncle Bob!!

'Nuff Said - "Let's not count our chickens till we've got them all fried, my friend!"-Beast

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2015-08-17 02:28:08  
  Woo, a plot that doesn't feel like manure. The way this ish starts out feels like the beginning of a movie sequel. The team is getting back together and there's a new menace to fight. Stoked to see Steranko's take in the next ish!  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-09-24 21:01:31  
  Whoa, Polaris! You don't beat around the bush, do you? You just met Bobby, and you're already coming out of the shower in nothing but a robe?? This is 1968! "Hi there! Thought I'd shower because I was dirty. Do you ever feel dirty, Bobby? Well, do you?" Bowmp-chicka-bump-BOW!

And what's with Mesmero? I never heard Magneto mention him before. I get the feeling this is strictly a one-sided bromance.

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-28 17:01:05  
  Recommended listening for this issue: "Green-Haired errrrr, I mean Green-Eyed Lady" by Sugarloaf. Green-haired, green-eyed, whatever.

Ahh, the lovely Miss Lorna Dane. How nice to meet you. You have a wild time ahead of you so we'll have to skip the pleasantries. Looks like you already have your own fan club, judging by the ending.

I'm not real impressed with Mesmero so far; the name sounds typically Stan, but the overall storyline has become very intriguing right off the bat. Not sure who exactly the demi-men are, other than Lorna worshippers; I'm led to believe they're also latent mutants, since they pissed off Cerebro so badly?

And speaking of the storyline, this feels like a prototype version of the Acolytes from the early 1990's. A few differences, sure, but this is where the followers of Magneto seem to have gotten their start. It's always cool to see elements of the Marvel Universe in their earliest appearances.

Good old Hank. He always knows how to turn a phrase. I don't think he could've gotten away with saying "Don't count your chickens until they're choked!" @Locust75 would've really been all over that!

3 stars. I think the true X-Men legend starts here. Slowly, but surely.

  chademe Says:    
  2018-01-17 21:00:27  
  I'm confused. Where did Mesmero and his elite guard come from? I don't remember any mention of them before.  

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Date User Name Update
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Cyclops[appost] Visor listing.
   November 26, 2017 TStarnes
   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   October 9, 2017 TStarnes Added Werner Roth creator listing.
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Edna McCoy.
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Norton McCoy.
   April 27, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   January 5, 2015 fragsel Added Edna McCoy to the issue.
   January 5, 2015 fragsel Added Norton McCoy to the issue.
   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 The X-Men.
   November 18, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Beast.
   November 18, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Iceman.
   November 18, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Jean Grey.
   November 18, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Angel.
   November 18, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Cyclops.
   August 8, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
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