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The X-Men #19

May 31, 2010

Stan Lee // Werner Roth
April 1966
This one-off hangs entirely upon a villain who mimics the X-Men’s superpowers. The result makes for a good visual (esp. his kooky cubist visor) but a pedestrian plot that never gains energy. Roth, the new regular penciller, lacks a discernible personality & doesn’t diverge from the path Kirby’s laid.
[last issue: X-Men #18]
[next issue: X-Men #20]

The X-Men #14

May 26, 2010

Stan Lee // Jack Kirby & Werner Roth
November 1965
Maybe inspired by the new monthly status, the mag has its strongest ish. Lee finds a strong plot-engine in Cold War paranoia. There’s social tension—even political commetary—in the contrast btw. our team’s ordinary lives & the mob’s hysteria, fanned by large racist robots (Sentinels) & the media.
[last issue: The X-Men #13]
[next issue: The X-Men #15]

The X-Men #7

May 19, 2010

Stan Lee // Jack Kirby
September 1964
After running bi-monthly for a year, The X-Men celebrates by presenting its teens w/ diplomas. Prof X bows out, leaving behind a marvelous piece of  Kirbytech: Cerebro, a mutant detector. And happily, before yet another brawl w/ Magneto & the Blob, the gang visits a kooky coffeeshop in the Village.
[last issue: The X-Men #6]
[next issue: The X-Men #8]