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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Magneto is a Gypsy?

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Magneto is a Gypsy?

All throughout December, 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 if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we look at Magneto’s gypsy history.


When Chris Claremont first examined Magneto’s background, it seemed clear that Claremont believed that Magneto was Jewish. This, itself, of course, was a retcon for Magneto (as his Holocaust background was added to the character retroactively) but it was a retcon that didn’t NECESSARILY contradict Magneto’s earlier appearances (there is a strong argument to be made that Magneto’s Holocaust background doesn’t really fit with his earliest appearances, but it is not like there was ever a time when Magneto said he WASN’T Jewish, ya know?).

Here is a bit from Uncanny #150…

Here is a bit from Uncanny #199…

And here is a bit from Classic X-Men #19…

It all seems pretty clear that they’re going for Magneto as being Jewish.

But then 1993’s X-Men Unlimited #4 came out, making Magneto a gypsy…

A few years later, this was retconned in X-Men #72…

Those pages, of course, don’t explicit say that he IS Jewish.

I dunno if they established that anywhere before 2008’s Magneto Testament #1, where we both learn Magneto’s real name, Max Eisenhardt…

as well as get confirmation that he is, in fact, Jewish…

And he has been Jewish ever since.

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