Episode 74: The Uncanny X-men -- or is it the V-Men? (X-men #1) -- September 1963

  
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the most super-powered individuals to appear on the scene in a single day. Are they truly super-powered, or is this a case of more advanced technology? Is Magneto truly a villain, or is he trying to make the public aware of nefarious dealings within the US Military? Where are these super powers coming from? Are these our first Floridian super heroes? What is Magneto’s motivation? Also, what does the “X” stand for if not “10”?

In this issue:

We are introduced to the X-Men: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, and Iceman, as well as their leader Professor X. They all have strange and unusual powers which they were born with. Professor X trains them in the use of their powers at his school for these gifted youngsters, who are all in their teens. Meanwhile, Magneto, the master of magnetism, plots his next move against humanity from his secret laboratory near Cape Citadel in Florida. He has been using his amazing control over metal to cause military missile launches to misfire. And he then amps up the pressure by demanding the US military turn over the Cape Citadel base, failing which he will take it by force. The military do not capitulate, and as a result, Magneto follows through on his threat and takes the base by force. The X-Men spring into action and do battle with Magneto, working alongside the US military. They eventually defeat Magneto using their marvelous abilities, working together as a team.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are keen to learn more about America’s newest superhero team.

This episode takes place:

After the X-Men have defeated Magneto.