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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Where Did Cyclops’ Ruby Quartz Glasses Come From?

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Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we look at the strange case of where Cyclops got his his ruby quartz glasses. You wouldn’t think that it’d be something that would change much over the years, but you’d be mistaken.

In X-Men #39, Roy Thomas provided the first origin for Cyclops, including the optometrist who gave Cyclops the ruby quartz glasses (Scott had just run away from the orphanage he grew up in at the time)…


Later on, Chris Claremont delved more into Scott’s time in the orphanage in Classic X-Men #42…




And soon after, in X-Factor #39, Louise Simonson (presumably with Claremont still being involved), we learn that Mister Sinister (who Claremont established in the previous Classic X-Men #41-42 was heavily involved in making Cyclops’ life a living hell in the orphanage) was involved with Cyclops right from the get go…


including providng the ruby quartz glasses…


However, in 2010’s X-Men Origins: Cyclops, Stuart Moore showed the most recent origin of Cyclops’ ruby quartz glasses, skipping the glasses all together and having them be introduced first as a visor….


Thanks to worstblogever for the suggestion!

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