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875: X-Men #51 (v1) [A Story]

" The Devil Had a Daughter! "
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X-Men #51a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jim Steranko
Writers: Arnold Drake
Pencilers: Jim Steranko
Inkers: John Tartaglione
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: December 1968
Release Date: October 1968
Story Arc: -
Pages: 15
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 502                 Times Rated: 275
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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X-Men #49a (v1)
X-Men #50a (v1)
X-Men #51a (v1)
X-Men #52a (v1)
Silver Surfer #2a (v1)
873: X-Men
#49a (v1)
874: X-Men
#50a (v1)
876: X-Men
#52a (v1)
877: Silver Surfe...
#2a (v1)
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Issue Blurb
The X-Men battle Magneto and his new-found loyalists, while Lorna Dane decides where her loyalties lie.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Cyclops last appeared in X-Men #50a (v1). Cyclops next appears in X-Men #52a (v1). Appearance on last page as Erik the Red.
  Marvel Girl
Marvel Girl last appeared in X-Men #50a (v1). Marvel Girl next appears in X-Men #52a (v1).
Angel last appeared in X-Men #50a (v1). Angel next appears in X-Men #52a (v1).
Beast last appeared in X-Men #50a (v1). Beast next appears in X-Men #52a (v1).
Iceman last appeared in X-Men #50a (v1). Iceman next appears in X-Men #52a (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Lorna Dane
Lorna Dane last appeared in X-Men #50a (v1). Lorna Dane next appears in X-Men #52a (v1).
Mesmero last appeared in X-Men #50a (v1). Mesmero next appears in X-Men #52a (v1).
Magneto last appeared in X-Men #50a (v1). Magneto next appears in X-Men #52a (v1).
Group Appearances
The X-Men (Roster III)
The X-Men last appeared in X-Men #50a (v1). The X-Men next appears in X-Men #52a (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Cyclops' Visor
Cyclops' Visor last appeared in X-Men #50a (v1). Cyclops' Visor next appears in X-Men #52a (v1).
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Issue Review
   May 16, 2014
First of all I gotta say Jim Steranko is the biggest artistic revolution I've witnessed so far in the Complete Marvel Reading Order (CMRO)... and so far I like him a lot. The previous X-Men issue didn't quite feel "Steranko" to me, but this one is probably the best art I've seen in a X-Men issue, although it could be used better. I give the following examples:

- 2nd panel of page 3: Cyclops and Iceman's faces show their emotions in way I don't remember seeing in any other comic in the order so far. But the panel occupies less than a quarter of the page.

- 4th and 7th panels of page 7: in my opinion each of these two panels deserved a full page, particularly the Cyclops panel, so it would emphasize the raw power each of these characters possess.

Had these issue had a few more panels like these and had they been properly highlighted, this could be a remarkable achievement. But, as it is, most of us will probably just glance through those panels and put this book down as an average quickly forgetful issue.

All in all Steranko is able to transmit the characters emotions like no other artist so far, and that alone is quite an achievement this far in the order.

I gave this issue 4 Stars just because of Jim Steranko. Had it been drawn by any other artist I would hardly give it 3 Stars, because the story is really below average despite all the action.
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-16 09:28:20  
  Artwork got quite a bit better all of a sudden, and the plots are improving too. Let's hope it keeps up!  

  poj-poj Says:    
  2012-08-11 05:25:06  
  even though i hate the old "snowman"-iceman, they should have gone with it in the second story..  

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2012-09-27 11:46:08  
  The...dialogue...is a little...bit...stilted...in parts...of this...issue. But otherwise I have few complaints, the weakest part of the issue is the "Origin" backup; but that's so short it doesn't really detract from the issue overall.  

  zweineuf Says:    
  2012-11-06 16:25:28  
  Wait ... who the hell is the villain on the cover?!  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-04-20 11:01:04  
  I think it's supposed to be Cyclops disguise Erik the Red...  

  andyzh Says:    
  2013-08-01 13:07:56  
  They put a character who shows up once in the very end on the cover?  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2013-08-15 14:43:25  
  Another amazing issue that continues the awesome Polaris storyline! Both the art and plot are top notch here! Jim Steranko's art is tasteful all the way (And I have yet to read his run on Nick Fury!) I only wish he would have stayed longer in the series. And Arnold Drake's script was excellent! The scene Bobby had the argument with Scott was well done! I'm not going to mention the action here because It's pretty obvious it was epic! However I felt Magneto was downplayed along with Mesmero, I actually forgot about him!  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-18 15:29:01  
  Why would you have Erik the Red on the cover of a comic where Magneto and Polaris are the stars?  

  sbcolt15 Says:    
  2014-07-02 20:30:36  
  Would have given this issue 4 or 5 stars but the last page and the Beast origin with the lame villain killed it for me.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-09-02 10:54:33  
  This is finally getting good.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-06 07:49:24  
  I almost gave this 4 stars, but the wishy-washy ness of Lorna plus the Beast side story brought it down a notch.  

  jwerth Says:    
  2014-10-12 21:15:58  
  It's a shame this Drake-Steranko pairing is destined to be so brief - these last two issues have been fantastic. Even with the ellipses epidemic and the weird Erik the Red ending, this is one of the best issues so far. Interesting to see that even pre-Claremont, it was possible to tell a good X-Men story.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-01 20:12:48  
  Another great cover, which sadly doesn't make much sense, given the actual story.

Sad that X-Men apparently got good again before being shuttled into reprints.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-05-13 20:33:21  
  3 stars for the 1st app of Negative Energy Mutant!!!

Cover Me - I think Steranko was trying for the real Erik the Red. Although, to me, he looks like Cat Man from the Ani-Men!

Cool Cojones - Iceman's the man, standing up to Magneto like that! Plus, Cyclops shines as well...even when they later tussle!!!

No Prize - Beast mentions Mags throwing the grenade mines telepathically...of course, Mags isn't acting like himself...

Procol Harum - So, how could the Conquistador find so many men to follow him? Maybe illegals trying to get a green card through the local henchmen union...

'Nuff Said - "HO!!"-Erik the Red

  Durango55 Says:    
  2015-07-13 11:56:20  
  3 stars, barely. The story is awful, but more problematic is that none of our heroes are acting totally out of character throughout this entire 4 issue storyline. Meh.  

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2015-08-17 02:52:18  
  Daaaang, that title page. So good.  

  dpaone Says:    
  2016-01-30 07:41:09  
  Extra star for the Steranko art!  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-06-21 07:55:05  
  If you want to make adult decisions, you have to be prepared to solve an argument like an adult - with your fists!
Wait, what?

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-09-26 18:53:30  
  "Arnold Drake"... must be... a... pseudonym for... William Shatner! Holy "dot dot dot", Batman!!

Man, aside from the introduction of Polaris and the new X-Men logo, I think these last 2 issues have been a complete mess. Horrible scripting, and pretty rough art from Steranko, certainly not up to the standard he set with Nick Fury.

I get it... the title was going down the tubes, and they're trying a totally different thing to reinvigorate it. On that level, maybe they are succeeding. The problem is, I feel like I'm reading a different book with different characters, and I don't like 'em!

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-28 21:19:34  
  I'm still pleasantly surprised at the new direction this book is taking. Sure, I see some plot holes, notably the seeming disappearance of Mesmero and the demi-men. But it says something about the state this title was in, when a story that's about average to above average in any other book, is the best storyline in THIS book.

Watching Scott and Bobby sound off against each other was actually a cool little twist. These guys had to grow up fast, and for all the talk about being an adult, we have to remember that they're barely college aged at this stage. And they're going to have differences. Over the years these conflicts with other team members is something Scott will have to get used to.

So far, I'm not super-impressed with Polaris. But I'm cutting her some slack because she IS new to the game, after all, and the bombshell about her being Magneto's daughter probably has her completely befuddled.

3 stars. Still the best X-Men arc up to this point in spite of its flaws. If there are plans afoot to cancel this series at this point, at least the book was going to go down swinging for the fences.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-09-26 00:24:09  
  I do feel a little weird in reading these because Arnold Drake was absolutely sure someone at Marvel had read his first Doom Patrol script and used it to create the X-Men. I prefer to think of it as parallel evolution but whatever. Still, having him write the X-Men is interesting.  

  Urgat @ zweineuf (original post):    
  2017-10-27 09:53:27  
  I believe that is a foreshadowing of Erik the Red...nothing else makes sense  

  Urgat Says:    
  2017-10-27 10:00:43  
  The Steranko Art was way better in this Issue than in the Last. Not on par with his Nick Fury stories but still better than a lot of comics in this time!

The Story on the other hand was just soso, great action scenes don't get me wrong but overall not much happened really. X-Men fight, X-Men escape, they argue, they plan....Fin

I would have liked a depper explanation of Lorna Danes Powers because to me...they don't seem to be the same as Magneto's ... well hopefully they get explained later...

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   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Cyclops[appost] Visor listing.
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   November 26, 2017 TStarnes
   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Edna McCoy.
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Chico (Conquistador Lieutenant).
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Conquistador (Orlando Furio).
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Norton McCoy.
   August 12, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Professor X.
   April 27, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   January 5, 2015 fragsel Added Chico (Conquistador Lieutenant) to the issue.
   January 5, 2015 fragsel Added Conquistador (Orlando Furio) to the issue.
   January 5, 2015 fragsel Added Edna McCoy to the issue.
   January 5, 2015 fragsel Added Norton McCoy to the issue.
   August 3, 2014 fragsel Added Magneto to the issue.
   August 3, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Magneto.
   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 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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