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X-Men appearances: 1970-1971

November 19, 2012

The X-Men ended in 1970, but there were still some appearances here and there. I’m going to start going through them quickly. First up, 1970.

The X-Men themselves didn’t show up anywhere. But Magneto did. In Fantastic Four #102, in September 1970, by Lee and Kirby, Namor is in a ship tracking a shockwave. He finds a hidden entrance to the Savage Land (though it goes unnamed), and finds Magneto unconscious in some debris. He beats off some dinosaurs about to eat Magneto, then takes him back to Atlantis. The Human Torch is flying around, and the top of a building suddenly flies after him. He manages to destroy it. Then the whole sky fills with junk flying around. In Atlantis, Magneto’s thinking about how the devices in Atlantis are amplifying his power. He’s brought to see Namor, and suggests they team up. Back at the Baxter Building, Reed had whipped up a Magna-tracer that tracked the source of the magnetic disturbance to Atlantis. Reed also sends a sonic probe to check it out, and explains that a concussion missile is primed to send them a message. They’re attacked by electric cables. The Thing sends the missile, and we cut to Atlantis, where Namor catches a falling arch knocked over by sonic waves. Magneto says the sonic wave came from the Fantastic Four, and then the missile is spotted. Namor doesn’t realize it’s harmless, and stops it. He decides to start a war against the surface. This was actually Kirby’s final issue on the Fantastic Four. 102 issues, plus annuals – it was a pretty amazing run he and Lee had.

Fantastic Four#102, in October 1970, by Lee and John Romita. Namor’s preparing for war, and the Fantastic Four are hoping it can be stopped. Magneto uses his power to fire a missile from Namor’s ship at the approaching FF, and Namor flies out to stop it, but it’s all misunderstood. While Namor’s busy, Magneto takes over his flagship. The Invisible Girl’s on her way to the fight after dropping Franklin off with Agatha Harkness, and Magneto decides to take her hostage. Which was the proper role for a woman in comics of the time. Namor and the FF fight, until Magneto interrupts to show that he has the Invisible Girl, and Namor’s beloved Lady Dorma, as hostages. He says Namor and the FF will have to serve him.

Finally, Fantastic Four #104, in November 1970, by Lee and Romita. Magneto’s leading the Atlantean fleet against New York, with Namor and the FF unable to stop him. Reed convinces Namor to pretend to serve Magneto, and Magneto buys it, because he was a delusional moron back in those days. Magneto takes over New York, and plans on making it his base of operations. The Invisible Girl goads him and tries to escape, but he effortlessly catches her again. He puts her and Dorma into cylinders to show his power. Magneto gets impatient for the FF, and sends the Atlanteans to the Baxter Building. Reed finishes off a gizmo, and the team heads to Central Park. He uses the weapon on Magneto, and reveals it’s an electronic converter. The more energy Magneto throws at it, the stronger it holds him. Magneto’s beaten and captured.

And that was it for 1970. In January 1971, Iceman appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #92, by Lee and Gil Kane. Spider-Man wants to explain to Gwen Stacy that her father’s death was an accident (and to make sure she never thinks Peter Parker is Spider-Man), and he does so by grabbing her from a meeting with a District Attorney candidate who’s corrupt but great at hiding it. Bobby sees Spider-Man swinging away with her, and switches to Iceman to chase after him. They fight. A police cordon starts up, and Spider-Man escapes. Iceman takes Gwen down to the street, and the politician – Sam Bullit – makes it seem as though Iceman was working for him. Later, Spider-Man’s trailing a couple of Bullit’s thugs who’ve grabbed Robbie Robertson, and Iceman comes after him again. They fight some more, with Spider-Man getting increasingly annoyed at the distraction. He manages to web Iceman up, and keep up with the car until it reaches a warehouse. As he watches the thugs threaten Robbie, Iceman shows up again, and sees what’s going on. The pair team up to take down the thugs.

Amazing Adventures #9, in November 1971, by Gerry Conway and Mike Sekowsky, has Magneto show up again. The Inhumans are attacked by some weird guys, but fight them off. Black Bolt, suffering a case of amnesia, is ambushed and knocked out, and wakes up chained to a chair by Magneto. The Inhumans follow one of Magneto’s freaks to Magneto’s base, and beat up his goons, until Magneto beats them himself.

Amazing Adventures #10 came out January 1972. Magneto is using Black Bolt’s power to make monsters. He also drains Black Bolt’s will, taking control of his mind. Magneto uses Black Bolt to assault a government research installation that’s uncovered a new source of cosmic energy. Magneto grabs a cylinder he needs. He returns to find the Inhumans have freed themselves. Before he can attack them, though, Black Bolt punches him. Turns out Black Bolt had been faking it the whole time. While Black Bolt is distracted by a monster, Karnak knocks out Magneto, then destroys Magneto’s machines. Then Magneto’s cylinder explodes.

All of these comics were pretty bland, to be honest.

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