X-Men #13 (1965, September)
Ah, now we get to the meat. By Lee, Kirby (layouts), “Jay Gavin,” a pseudonym of Werner Roth (pencils), Sinnott and Rosen, “Where Walks the Juggernaut!”
The Juggernaut’s threatening Xavier, and easily resists Xavier’s mental attack, so the X-Men go after him. Marvel Girl still sometimes confuses telekinesis with teleportation, but oh well. Cyclops and Angle keep Juggernaut distracted while Beast, Iceman and Marvel Girl help Xavier build a device to strengthen his mental powers. Cyclops can’t hurt Juggernaut, and Angel is characteristically useless, getting grabbed by Juggernaut and used as a shield.
So Beast and Iceman rush off to help out. Iceman freezes him for a few seconds, and then gets hurt by ice chunks hitting him when Juggernaut breaks free. Beast distracts him by bouncing around the room, but gets grabbed and injures his leg trying to remove Juggernaut’s helmet. Beast lures Juggernaut into the Danger Room and activates all the devices there.
A ten-ton steel roller is repelled and sent back at the Beast, who’s knocked out when he fails to jump high enough. Xavier manages to convince the Human Torch to come help, and the Torch distracts him until Angel can recover enough to swoop in and pull off Juggernaut’s helmet.
Then Xavier knocks the Juggernaut out with his mental powers, wipes the Torch’s memory and sends him on his way. It ends with all the male X-Men laying in bed with injuries, while Nurse Jean takes care of them. And this ends the first story of the Juggernaut . . . bitch. (I tried not to do it. I really did.)
It’s a good issue. Full of fighting and excitement and more fighting. Everyone gets a moment to shine. Even Angel gets to do something useful, for a change. Not much, mind you, but it’s something. The Juggernaut’s bare legs are distractingly silly, but not a big deal. One thing I will say is that Roth’s pencils aren’t as good as Kirby’s. And I say that as someone who’s never much cared for Kirby’s pencils (though most of my dislike comes from his ’70s Marvel work).
Meanwhile, Fantastic Four Annual #3, for October 1965, had the X-Men show up for the the Wedding of Sue and Reed. The X-Men beat up Mole Man and his Moloids. Angel also takes on the Black Knight to save Daredevil, but gets stunned by the Mandarin. Beast catches him while Iceman goes after a bunch of villains. He’s losing when Cyclops lets loose with an optic blast that causes a huge explosion when it hits the beams of the villains. Then it just becomes a big brawl between a bunch of heroes and villains.