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Ten Goofiest Moments in the First Ten Issues of the X-Men

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Today, let’s look at the goofiest moments from the very first ten issues of X-Men!

Here is a list of all the other goofy moments we’ve spotlighted over the years.

All ten issues were written by Stan Lee and penciled by Jack Kirby. The first five issues were inked by Paul Reinman and the last five issues were inked by Chic Stone.

As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).

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This bit from #1 is not really even all THAT goofy in comparison to the moments to come on the list, but come on, it’s Iceman dressed as a snowman! That’s hilarious!


I really don’t think this is how Iceman’s powers work…


Turning objects into ice cubes (like he does here in #2) seems more like something the Molecule Man would do, not Iceman.

I’ve spotlighted the next three earlier in a piece about the top lies and deceptions of Xavier, so even though a bunch of them are worthy of being in the top ten of this list, I’m holding them apart from the rest.

First off, in issue #1, Xavier being bold by actually trying to say with a straight face that the X-Men are not named after him but by their “eXtra” abilities…


Next, at the end of #4, Xavier has lost his powers…


At the end of #5, oops, nope, he was just messing with the X-Men…


Finally, note how Xavier hides stuff that he has no reason to hide at all – that’s how deceptive he is. What reason does he have for hiding the existence of Cerebro in #7 from the rest of the team?


Xavier has a real problem.

10. From you, Charles, I learned it from watching you!

Speaking of deception for deception’s sake, in #9, Beast briefly quits the X-Men to become a wrestler. Once there, he meets another mutant named Unus who has a force field. Beast returns to the X-Men to build a device to INCREASE Unus’ powers. Beast’s strategy is simple – he will make Unus’ forcefield so strong that Unus can’t eat or do pretty much anything. He will then trade turning off the increase for Unus’ promise to not become a villain. That’s kind of a messed up plan, but it makes sense. Beast, of course, though, learned from Xavier that you can never share your plan until AFTER it is over…



Reed Richards gave him some tips on how to do complicated plans without filling your teammates on what is going on.

9. An odd introduction…

In #1, Xavier tells his current students about their new classmate, only his pitch is a bit off…


Why would you open with the fact that she’s attractive? How weird.

8. X-Men, Guest-Starring the X-Men

Weirdly enough, the end result of #2…


AND #3….


is just Professor X saving the day by just taking control of the mind of the bad guy in the issue. Once is anti-climactic enough, but back-to-back issues? Yeesh!

I like Xavier’s bit at the end of #2, by the way…


“What, you don’t all possess powerful telepathy? Never mind, then.”

7. Seems like a new parlor game…

In #4, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants seem to make a game out not saying Magneto’s name. It’s awfully odd…



Even after Magneto shows up, they keep it up. So weird.

6. Stan Lee’s idea of what the kids are up to these days…

This extended bit from #7 is quite out there, man! Can you dig it?



Go to the next page for #5-1!

5. Pimp your kid…

In #6, Magneto really creepily pimps the Scarlet Witch to keep Namor in line…


4. Stan Lee’s in-depth knowledge of how ice cream is made…

In #6, Lee seems to be a bit confused exactly how ice cream is made…



Although it’d be pretty cool if Iceman’s secondary mutation was to produce cream and sugar!

3. So yeah, Magneto can do this now, okay?

In #6, Lee and Kirby deliver a brand-new power for Magneto…


I love this extended sequence where Xavier and Magneto’s mental images are searching the ocean for Namor…


Quite goofy looking. I want Magneto to use this power in a modern issue of Uncanny. Come on, Marvel!!!

2. Work that pole!

In #1, the X-Men report for duty…


What, though, is Iceman doing exactly? The pole isn’t like, reaching down from the upper floor like a fire pole, so, what, he just showed up, made an ice pole on the carpet and then hung from it?

That’s not exactly so much…well…you know, normal.

1. Stick with it, Charles, she’ll eventually go for you!

In #3, Xavier shares his thoughts about Jean Grey and they are less than appropriate…


Yee-ikes.