The youthful original X-Men encounter a teleporting tyrant!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

In November of 1963, Jack Kirby’s art featured in eight different comics from Marvel! Hank Pym transitioned from Ant-Man to Giant-Man in TALES TO ASTONISH #49, Molecule Man debuted in FANTASTIC FOUR #20, and the merry mutants faced off against The Vanisher in UNCANNY X-MEN #2! Today we’ll focus on that last one, an issue written by frequent Kirby collaborator Stan Lee. The issue began with Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Marvel Girl, and Beast splitting up to make their way to Professor X after he mentally called for them.

Once the students gathered before Xavier, their mentor told them that he sensed the presence of an evil mutant called The Vanisher. The telepath then showed them how this new rogue robbed a bank at gunpoint and then teleported away without much fuss. To prepare for this new kind of foe, Professor X sent his students to the Danger Room where they trained. Meanwhile, Vanisher struck again, this time popping into the Pentagon to let the chief of staff know that he would steal the continental defense plans in a few days! After word of his exploits spread, the vanishing villain became a huge figure in the underworld, with hoodlums clamoring to work for him.

Having trained up until the last possible moment, the team lit out from the Xavier mansion to Washington, D.C. to put a stop to the baddie’s brazen operation. They didn’t arrive in time, though, to stop Vanisher from grabbing the plans. The X-Men did show up during the ne’er-do-well’s escape though and started giving him trouble, but the whole thing turned into a super-powered version of keep away as everyone went after the case holding the defense plans. Still, Vanisher wound up making his escape, marring the mutants’ reputation with the public in the process.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #2

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #2

  • Published: November 10, 1963
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Rating: T+
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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After beating themselves and each other up a bit, Xavier’s students listened as their teacher laid down a new plan of attack to stop Vanisher blackmailing the government out of $10 million in exchange for returning the plans. This lead to a standoff in front of the White House with the X-Men on one side and their opponent on the other, backed by his army of crooks. Professor X then appeared and offered the chance to surrender. The Vanisher scoffed and soon learned the true power of the man he faced as his memories completely fell away, leaving him confused and tired.

The angry mob only felt anger, though, and attacked our heroes, but ultimately stood no chance. Professor X ended the issue with a nice message for everyone: “The greatest power on Earth is the magnificent power we all of us possess…the power of the human brain!”

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more throughout Kirby Month and beyond! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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Artist Phil Noto introduces a new take on Charles Xavier!

Series writer Charles Soule keeps throwing curveballs at his ASTONISHING X-MEN team. And they might not be ready for the latest twist heading their way.

When Part One of the new storyline “A Man Called X” begins with ASTONISHING X-MEN #7, the merry mutants must reckon with a resurgent—and slightly unfamiliar—Charles Xavier. Written by Soule with art by Phil Noto, this epic tale starts with a bang.

We caught up with Noto to discuss teaming up with his POE DAMERON partner on a different series, getting to know a few mutants better, and developing a new look for Professor X.

Marvel.com: There has been an all-star lineup of artists contributing to this run of ASTONISHING X-MEN so far. What most appealed to you about joining in on the fun?

Phil Noto: I was flattered to be included with those artists in the lineup. It’s also been awhile since I’ve worked on an X-book, so that appealed to me.

Marvel.com: This book contains a pretty eclectic group of X-Men. Did any of them offer a surprising challenge when you started digging into the issue?

Phil Noto: Well, I’ve drawn most of them in one form or another—except for Bishop. I think this might be my first official Bishop work, which has been fun because I’ve been a fan of the character since the old X-Men cartoon. Other than a few costume changes with Gambit and Rogue, I felt like I had a pretty good handle on them.

Now, creating a young Xavier definitely felt like a bit of a challenge. He’s more cocky and laid back than his future self. He’s also walking around. I just tried to make him read as X as much as I could, and I think it worked.

Marvel.com: What’s it like shining the spotlight on Professor X this way?

Phil Noto: It was fun to do a Professor-centric issue. I’ve never really spent much time drawing him. And the way Charles has written this new incarnation of Xavier is very cool!

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the threat Professor X and his team find themselves up against as “A Man Called X” begins?

Phil Noto: After the defeat of the Shadow King, London remains swarming with psychic zombies, with Bishop being one of them. Suddenly, a young Xavier appears—dressed as Fantomex—and tells the team that it’s cool, that he’s got it under control. Next thing you know, there’s a crazy green sun, which can’t be good. Don’t want to spoil more than that!

Marvel.com: You’ve worked with Charles Soule before—how has your collaborative relationship evolved over time?

Phil Noto: Charles and I go way back. We did a THUNDERBOLTS issue together years ago. Working on POE DAMERON with him has been a delight. From planning out the initial story and characters to doing the book together, we definitely have a good rapport. It’s nice to have that kind of relationship with a writer. I usually instinctively know what he’s going for on the page. If I have any questions about something, I can just text him. I think we make a pretty good team!

Writer Charles Soule and artist Phil Noto’s ASTONISHING X-MEN #7 drops on January 3!

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Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Alex Toth join forces to tell Charles Xavier's story!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

When first we met Professor Charles Xavier, he already exhibited immense power and lead a group of young mutants intent on protecting a world that hated and feared them. But, where did he come from? Writer Stan Lee, layout artist Jack Kirby and finisher Alex Toth answered that very question in 1965’s X-MEN #12.

Before getting any biographical info, though, the X-Men rushed to their teacher’s office after hearing an ear-splitting whine from Cerebro. Professor X warned them of an impending threat and sent them out to perform various tasks to protect against the incoming invader.

After building ice walls, booby trapped trenches and logs filled with grenades the teens returned to Xavier only to discover that his brother posed the impending threat! He then explained further remembering an atomic explosion in Alamagordo, New Mexico that claimed his father’s life. In stepped Brian Xavier’s colleague Dr. Kurt Marko to watch over Charles and his mother.

Though Charles never trusted the man, his mother did and Marko soon became his stepfather. Soon, they both realized that Marko only wanted Mrs. Xavier for her money! Just then, the household got far worse when Marko’s son Cain showed up and proved a real jerk.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #12

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #12

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Just when Xavier came close to explaining how a teen bully became powerful enough to garner all of these defenses, the ice wall came crashing down, nearly followed by the mansion as well!

Realizing that Cain planned to toy with him and his students, Xavier continued his verbal memoir, picking up with the death of his mother. Cain’s hotheadedness, and an ignorance of chemical reactions, lead to Dr. Marko’s death and also a relationship that would remained strained and complicated for the foreseeable future between stepbrothers.

As young Charles’ mutant mind powers developed, he realized that competing against humans proved too easy. Still, Cain grew more and more jealous of his stepbrother’s achievements to the point where he even tried to drive Charles off a cliff!

Later, when they both served during the Korean War, Cain ducked into a cave and discovered the Lost Temple of Cyttorak and its fabled ruby which transformed the greedy, jealous man into the unstoppable Juggernaut!

The actual battle took place in the following issue by Lee, Kirby and finisher Werner Roth who was going by Jay Gavin then. The kids put up a gallant fight against the one man wrecking crew and even got some help from the Human Torch to finally put Juggernaut out of commission to return another day.

While X-MEN #12 might not offer full-blown Kirby interior artwork, it is fascinating to see his work combined with that of Toth, a master of the form in his own right. Both artists worked in the comic strip medium for a time, established themselves in cartoons and eventually moved on to animation.

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Stephen joins with other heroes to save the world from behind the scenes!

The idea of a group of people running the world from the shadows goes back centuries. In the Marvel Universe, however, it can be traced back to the days of the Kree-Skrull War as seen in the NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI one-shot from 2006.

That’s about when Doctor Strange, Professor X, Mister Fantastic, Iron Man, Namor, Black Bolt, and Black Panther met to figure out if a behind-the-scenes alliance between them and their respective groups might benefit the world. Panther immediately saw the potential problems with such an idea and quit, but the others stuck together to banish the Hulk to space and branch into a five issue limited series called NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI by Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed and Jim Cheung.

Each issue took place around a major event in the history of the Marvel Universe. The first saw our heroes captured by the Skrulls after they tried to invade as a way of keeping the aliens from return trips to Earth. This ill-advised operation actually gave the shape shifters the information they needed to invade during Secret Invasion completely undetected.

In the second installment, Strange attempted to acquire one of the missing Infinity Gems alongside Namor and Professor X. The mission proved a success and between them, they gathered all the stones along with the Infinity Gauntlet. To keep them safe, each member of the Illuminati gained their own, with Strange keeping the Soul Gem.

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1

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From there, they encountered The Beyonder during Secret Wars II and got him to stop playing with the laws of nature, at least for a bit and then tried to deal with Marvel Boy and his desire to destroy the Earth.

In the fifth and final issue, Tony Stark called another meeting that everyone attended even after World War Hulk and Civil War tore the hero community apart. Strange only appeared in his astral form saying, “I thought it best if there was a barrier between us. All things considered.” Tony wanted to explain to the others about the Skrull invasion as evidence by a Skrull posing as Elektra. As it happened, Strange traveled with the New Avengers when they headed to Japan and encountered the being.

Though he separated from Tony on the Registration Act, Strange returned to the Illuminati as seen in Jonathan Hickman’s NEW AVENGERS and AVENGERS runs that lead up to Secret Wars.

Opening the Book of Vishanti

NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI #4 kicked off with Doctor Strange telling Iron Man that Clea left him to rule the Dark Dimension. At that point, she had studied with him to become a mage herself and also discovered that Dormammu’s sister Umar birthed her. She took over in a story from DOCTOR STRANGE #7174 that ended with her in power and Stephen unwilling to stay on as her consort. In the original comics, this lead into Secret Wars II tie-ins whereas the timing gets reversed in ILLUMINATI.

Next, J. Michael Straczynski, Samm Barnes and Brandon Peterson offer an updated origin for the Master of the Mystic Arts in the Marvel Knights limited series STRANGE from 2004.

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Charles Xavier brings his mental might to the mobile game, and D3Publisher's Joe Fletcher has all the details!

Who expected the mutant leader of the X-Men would be the next to join the growing roster of “Marvel Puzzle Quest”? That’s right folks, Professor Xavier enters the fray this week and D3Publisher Producer Joe Fletcher dropped by to give us the details!

Marvel.com: A Phoenix-empowered Cyclops killed Professor Xavier in the Marvel Universe we know, but he’s still kicking it in the “Puzzle Quest” U right?

Joe Fletcher: Correct. Scott still went off and formed his own school and fights the—usually—good fight for mutant rights, but he doesn’t carry the guilt over Xavier’s death in “Marvel Puzzle Quest.”  This isn’t really a huge change in lore in any case, as after all the other events of Avengers Vs. X-Men, Scott would still definitely have a bit of a difference of opinion compared to Xavier/Storm/Wolverine’s stance. That’s not to say that they wouldn’t see eye-to-eye on some things; just that, much like Magneto and Charles, there’s a bit of a philosophical rift going on there.

Marvel.com: For someone who’s always been more a behind the scenes kinda guy, what was the thinking behind putting Charles out on the front lines?

Professor X in 'Marvel Puzzle Quest'

Professor X in ‘Marvel Puzzle Quest’

Joe Fletcher: One of the great things about MPQ is that it allows players to tell their own stories about the combats that are occurring in the game. We never actually show one character striking another, and sometimes, it’s pretty obvious that’s not what’s happening. The hit point values and the like are abstracts for what’s happening in-game. Shutting down Xavier with Iron Man’s Repulsor Blast doesn’t mean that Tony shot the poor Professor in the face. It could mean that he knocked out a power linkage to Cerebro, or that he fired shots near Xavier, forcing him to take cover and break his concentration, thereby weakening his contribution to the team. Agreed, it would be pretty nuts for Professor X to get out there and start punching people.  

Marvel.com: As one of mutantkind’s most powerful telepaths, Charles Xavier can literally get into his enemy’s head. Did you guys build his kit around direct telepathic attacks, or will he also be able to inspire courage in his teammates and offer other, more support type skills?

Professor X in 'Marvel Puzzle Quest'

Professor X in ‘Marvel Puzzle Quest’

Joe Fletcher: Charles’ skills are a bit more towards the team support role, although he does do a bit to get under his enemy’s skin and alter their perceptions. Our envisioning of Xavier has him in touch with the team psychically offering tactical support at critical moments and altering opponents’ perceptions so that his team can get in strikes at the perfect moment. As well, knowing that there are powerful psychics possibly out there on the other side of a conflict, he does his best to cloud perceptions of his influence, essentially staying off the enemy’s radar.

Marvel.com: And his abilities are…?

Joe Fletcher: First up, we have his Blue Passive, Master Plan. This ability represents Xavier’s training sessions with his protégés, building them into the team that they are. In battle, he can communicate with them and allow them to live up to their full potential, creating opportunities for critical strikes. What this amounts to in-game is that whenever a character on the Professor’s team makes a Match-5, it will deal additional damage as well as, at later levels, generating AP for the team. This overall makes the big strikes pack even more of a punch to opponents.

Professor X in 'Marvel Puzzle Quest'

Professor X in ‘Marvel Puzzle Quest’

The second ability is one that definitely ties into the idea above that the mechanics are somewhat of an abstract. With Xavier’s Purple ability, Blind Spot, Charles warps the enemy’s minds and essentially makes himself invisible to them. While this is represented in-game by an Invisibility tile—much like Invisible Woman’s—the way that it’s done is a bit different. While the tile exists, Professor X is unable to be targeted, keeping him out of the way of attacks. At later levels, the ability also makes it so that when he matches tiles while invisible, he also strengthens existing Attack, Strike, and Protect tiles, making the ability have a bit of double jeopardy for the opponent.

Lastly, we have another passive, the Yellow ability Psychic Convergence. Here, in a flip from the offensively tilted Master Plan, Xavier helps the team by creating Protect tiles to help shield the team whenever an ally uses an ability. This allows Xavier to help reduce incoming damage while keeping himself hidden from the enemy by staying out of the limelight. After all, why attack the guy in the back when someone else just threw a shield at you? At later levels, Xavier starts also placing down Strike and Attack tiles, lending a little bit of indirect offensive support on each ability usage.

Professor X in 'Marvel Puzzle Quest'

Professor X in ‘Marvel Puzzle Quest’

Marvel: How do you see him being used on teams?

Joe Fletcher: Charles Xavier very much leads from the rear, but in the best way possible. He’s no shrinking general, sending the troops out while sipping fine wine. Instead, he’s back there doing his absolute best to help his team with a clear tactical mind that is open to the entire field of battle. So while he’s definitely playing a role in combat, he’s just not exactly in the front lines is all; support in the most literal way.

Marvel.com: And when do we get a chance to place Xavier into battle?

Joe Fletcher: Professor Xavier will be leading teams starting with his inclusion as a prize in this next run of The Hunt, which also features a cameo by our favorite giant red Devil Dinosaur. He’ll be available in The Hunt Comic Packs as well, so players looking to get lucky can add the venerable Professor X to their teams a little early. Good luck to everyone in protecting Fury from the encroachment of the Dark Avengers!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more awesome “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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This group of super hero masterminds takes risks every month in New Avengers!

Most super heroes have to keep a secret identity intact, but a select handful of Marvel’s most powerful individuals have chosen to add another layer of secrecy on top of their already complicated lives.

The members of the Illuminati—originally Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Doctor Strange, Namor, Black Bolt, and Professor X—all chosen to keep their involvement in the covert group of movers and shakers a secret from their super hero allies. But what could these good guys possibly want to hide? They still have Earth’s safety in mind, but—as you’ll see—that safety comes with a heavy moral price.

Here are five of the most controversial actions taken by the Illuminati, presented in chronological order!

1. Secret Skrull War

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1

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Soon after the Illuminati’s formation (which can be seen in flashback in NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI), the Avengers found themselves caught between the warring Skrull and Kree empires. When the dust settled, the members of the Illuminati wanted to say “get out and stay out!” directly to the Skrull empire. Their small raid on the throne world didn’t go as smoothly as planned, and the Illuminati left behind enough genetic material to give the Skrulls the scientific advantage they would need to make SECRET INVASION possible.

2. Nothing’s Wrong With S.H.I.E.L.D.

New Avengers (2004) #10

New Avengers (2004) #10

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Readers learned of the Illuminati’s existence in the second arc of NEW AVENGERS, when Iron Man confronted the rest of the secret society with the existence of a mysterious man called the Sentry. Most of the gathered Illuminati members gave Tony Stark their blessing for forming the new Avengers team, and they trusted the billionaire to keep a close eye on the Sentry as well. Tony flinched, though, when asked about the super spy agency’s increasing shadiness. Iron Man lied about what he knew, as he had encountered rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the Savage Land just a few days earlier.

3. Bye Bye Hulk

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006)

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006)

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After the jade giant destroyed Las Vegas, Iron Man had to come up with a hard solution to the planet’s Hulk problem. That fix: blasting Bruce Banner into space towards an uninhabited planet. Stark brought the solution to his Illuminati teammates, receiving votes of approval from all of them except for Namor. This one decision set the stage for Planet Hulk and—much to the Earth’s dismay—World War Hulk.

4. Playing Infinity Gem Keep Away

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #2

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #2

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Mr. Fantastic thought he had figured out the perfect way to destroy the incredibly dangerous Infinity Gems once and for all. With the help of the Illuminati, Reed Richards gathered all six Gems together and tried to use their combined power to erase the objects from existence. The plan backfired and forced Richards to reconsider his options. He gave the members of the Illuminati one Gem each to protect, but that decision just made them easier for The Hood to later steal.

5. Mind Wiping Captain America

New Avengers (2013) #3

New Avengers (2013) #3

  • Published: February 06, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 05, 2013
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Jock
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Faced with the threat of incursions—contractions within the Multiverse that causes parallel Earths to collide—literally hanging over their heads, the Illuminati reformed to save the planet once again. This time, though, they would have to destroy the alternate Earth in order to save their world. Captain America would not condone this course of action, even as the rest of the team began constructing a planet-destroying weapon. Illuminati member Doctor Strange then used a spell to erase Cap’s memories of his time with the covert group.

The Illuminati make even more extreme decisions in October’s NEW AVENGERS #25!

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Read up on Charles Xavier's past as a headmaster before learning his secrets in UNCANNY X-MEN #25!

It’s Monday, and that means that you’ve had to find the strength to shake off the after effects of a weekend well spent just to get back into shape for the weekday work-athon. It’s tough, sure, but it’s a fact of life – one that isn’t lost on super humans either. Yep, Mondays mean back to work for super heroes too, as they trade in their uniforms for something more business casual.

Very few super heroes have their job title right there in their code names, but that didn’t stop Charles Xavier from choosing—or perhaps getting stuck with—the moniker Professor X. As the headmaster and namesake of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters (and later the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning), Chuck tasked himself with teaching mutants how to cope with their super powers and realize their full potential. He also probably taught classes that didn’t involve killer robots and the Danger Room, but those rarely made it onto the printed page. Professor Xavier may not be around anymore, but his sprit lives on in the form of two mutant schools run by Wolverine and Cyclops.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #1

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #1

  • Published: September 10, 1963
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Rating: T+
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Charles Xavier’s unique school made its debut alongside the rest of the X-Men way back in 1963. Back in the old days, Xavier used souped-up gymnastic equipment to put his students through their paces; he wouldn’t receive the modern Danger Room technology until much later on, after an encounter with the alien race known as the Shi’ar.

New Mutants (1983) #1

New Mutants (1983) #1

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With his team of X-Men presumed dead, Xavier took in an all-new batch of teenage mutants in desperate need of his instruction. This new class—consisting of Cannonball, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, and Karma—had to tackle hazardous holograms in the Danger Room in addition to their homework. Xavier would eventually hand off his headmaster duties to Magneto, a decision that did not sit right with the teens at first.

X-Men Legacy (2008) #208

X-Men Legacy (2008) #208

  • Published: February 27, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 29, 2008
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Mike Carey
  • Cover Artist: David Finch
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After taking a bullet to the head, Xavier needed all the help he could get reconfiguring his fractured psyche. This issue features a number of flashbacks to the X-Men’s early days, including a few of Charles’ altercations with his professional partner Moira MacTaggert and a teenage Cyclops about the well-being of the newly formed team.

What’s in Professor X’s last will and testament? Find out this Wednesday in UNCANNY X-MEN #25!

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The X-Men's mentor becomes their greatest foe in this mid 90's classic!

It’s time to face facts, true believers – the ’90s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome!

With that in mind, we’ve pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one tubular fact at a time! This week we’re singling out ONSLAUGHT: X-MEN #1 by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Adam Kubert, and Pasqual Ferry. Here’s “Traitor To The Cause” by the numbers!

Onslaught: X-Men (1996) #1

Onslaught: X-Men (1996) #1

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52 months between this footage’s first appearance in UNCANNY X-MEN #287 (April 1992) and its creation in ONSLAUGHT: X-MEN #1 (August 1996)

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

 

At least 30 points on Onslaught’s armor

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

 

21 word balloons detailing Xavier’s descent into Onslaught-hood

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

 

11 footnotes

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

 

9 X-Men rushing into Professor X’s study (with 2 footnotes)

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

 

7 pouches on Cyclops’ belt

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

 

6 hints that Onslaught’s more than just Xavier’s bad side

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

 

3 ominous events leading up to Onslaught remembered by Jean Grey (with footnotes)

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

 

1 Juggernaut paperweight

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

Art from Onslaught: X-Men #1

Unearth more of Xavier’s dirty deeds in “The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier,” kicking off in UNCANNY X-MEN #23!

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The Professor contemplates his mortality before penning his last will and testament.

Doctor Charles Xavier is a male of average height and weight. Due to prior physical trauma, the client is a highly functional paraplegic. It does not appear that paralysis spreads beyond the client’s legs and this is reflected by his medical information. The client is a self-identified mutant who is viewed by many as the father of the doctrine of peaceful co-existence and, to that end, has founded such initiatives as the Xavier Institute and the mutant rights group known as the X-Men as well as several of its sister organizations.

It should be noted that the client’s mutant gift is powerful telepathic abilities and while, as in times past, Xavier has contracted not to utilize said powers within session to manipulate or obfuscate, it is important for any staff dealing with him to maintain self-awareness and question any behaviors they may engage in around the client that seem uncharacteristic of themselves.

The client has a history of seeking therapy with this writer and typically presents as well-mannered and well-educated. Xavier clearly enjoys discussing the complexity of psychology and sharing what he learned while pursuing his own degree in the field, but it never comes across as condescending or an attempt at one-upmanship with the writer. He is comfortable in conversation with the writer, but measured. Every response offered to a question is typically preceded by a long pause and is clearly well thought out. As such, it is often difficult to elicit spontaneous reactions from the client.

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While this became less the case over the course of our last treatment, some of this guardedness has returned. However, this is an understandable reaction to a break in the therapeutic relationship and thus not of great concern unless it continues without abatement over time.

In our previous work, the therapy was focused on interpersonal dynamics and possible personality disordered behaviors. Xavier returns now, however, with more existential concerns. Although he has suffered tremendous bodily injuries in the past, injuries that seemed to have killed him and has also faked his own death, the client seems to be struggling confronting the reality of his mortality in a more purposeful manner. Evidently, Xavier has begun the process of putting his affairs in order and found himself dealing with emotions and thoughts that he has generally never experienced or successfully ignored or suppressed unit now.

He is, as typical, staid in his presentation on these matters, but nonetheless admits to anxiety, sadness, anger, guilty, and shame, amongst other emotions. He finds himself confronting not only the question of if there is something beyond this life but also what this life has meant. He has concerns about his legacy and if he used his gifts to their greatest effect.

These are, of course, not unusual feelings to wrestle with for anyone and Xavier is hardly anyone. Still, years spent avoiding these common concerns have made them feel all the more overwhelming to him. Therapy will be centered on these existential struggles and finding peace with his mortality as well as radical acceptance of the way his life has progressed as opposed to becoming mired in questions of what might have been,

Charles Xavier is set to meet with Doctors Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo on July 16. Session notes will be available in file UNCANNY X-MEN #23.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens, MA is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Psychology intern at a small(ish) university in New York City. He believes that people with bald pates need to look out for one another.

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Learn about Professor X's hard life before you read his last will and testament in Uncanny X-Men!

Few X-Men have had it as rough as Charles Xavier – and that’s saying a lot. Every mutant that signed on to protect a world that hates and fears them ended up getting dealt a pretty bad hand. Yeah, Xavier’s luck’s so bad that one could argue that it reaches out and ruins the lives of everyone that even considers getting involved with him. But a bad luck streak has to be the price paid when you choose to fight for equal rights between humans and mutants.

Xavier’s life will be thrust into the spotlight one more time in this July’s UNCANNY X-MEN #23, the issue that kicks off the “Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier” storyline. To get readers ready for all of Xavier’s postmortem revelations, we’ve compiled a list highlighting the worst moments from Professor X’s life. Maybe once you see how he lived, you’ll be able to make a guess about what he put in the long buried document.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #280

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #280

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Charles Xavier lost the use of his legs as a young man, and he had already grown accustomed to life in a wheelchair by the time he debuted in UNCANNY X-MEN #1. Through the magic of Shi’ar cloning technology, Xavier regained the ability to walk in UNCANNY X-MEN #167. He had to learn how to push past the pain barriers he’d erected in his mind, but Chuck overcame all of those obstacles. And then, in the blink of an eye, his spine became irreparably damaged in a battle with the Shadow King on Muir Island. After years spent standing on his own two feet, Xavier found himself confined – once again – to a wheelchair.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #294

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #294

What is Marvel Unlimited?

At one point, anti-mutant hysteria became so heated that even non-mutants associated with homo superior could came under attack. That happened to Professor X at a peace concert in Central Park; even though the X-Men’s founder had yet to publicly come out as a mutant, protestors met his peaceful speech with hate. To top it all off, the villain called Stryfe chose that moment to try to assassinate Xavier, shooting him in front of the massive crowd. Charles would have died without the help of the united X-Men teams, as well as a few of their adversaries.

X-Men (1991) #54

X-Men (1991) #54

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Sometimes stress gets to even the best of us. Of course when you’re the most powerful telepath on the planet with a nagging bit of your archenemies evil hidden in your noggin, stress can lead to the creation of a world-threatening monster. That’s just what happened following Xavier’s decision to mind wipe Magneto in X-MEN (1991) #25. Together, the two influential figures’ spirits created the nearly unstoppable villain Onslaught. The psychic being laid initially used the professor as a puppet; he discarded him once he gained his own corporeal form. Only the combined might of every Marvel hero proved able to stop Onslaught’s plans for world domination. 

New X-Men (2001) #117

New X-Men (2001) #117

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Charles met his long lost sister and, in keeping with Xavier’s bad luck streak, she immediately ruined his life. Cassandra Nova took control of her twin’s body at the end of her first war with the X-Men and immediately revealed Xavier’s status as a mutant to the public. She then planted seeds of chaos and distrust all around the X-Mansion before hopping on a Shi’ar spaceship and enacting a reign of terror that would leave the alien empire in ruins and Xavier’s relationship with Empress Lilanda destroyed. Chuck can’t even have a family reunion without an astronomically high body count.

Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012) #11

Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012) #11

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Charles Xavier’s story came to an end in a most unexpected way at the end of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN. Possessed by the all-powerful Phoenix Force, Xavier’s surrogate son Cyclops murdered his mentor right in front of the Avengers and X-Men. Nearly every decision that the X-Men have made over the past few years all trace back to that very moment; Xavier’s murder turned Cyclops into a wanted criminal and left the X-Men without the man who inspired and started the team’s quest for peace.

Professor X continues to make an impact in this July’s UNCANNY X-MEN #23, the first chapter of “The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier”!

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