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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Why Did Magneto Join the Hellfire Club?

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Why Did Magneto Join the Hellfire Club?

In this feature we examine 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 an interesting retcon and counter-retcon regarding Magneto’s role with the Hellfire Club.

In Uncanny X-Men #200 (by Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr. and Dan Green), a severely injured Charles Xavier (at the time, it was thought to be a FATAL wound, but right after this, Lilandra shows up and reveals that they can still save him in outer space) makes Magneto promise to take over as the new headmaster of Xavier’s school…

Ten issues later, the Hellfire Club offers Magneto a spot in their Inner Circle…

In New Mutants #51 (by Claremont and Kevin Nowlan), Storm convinces Magneto to join and the two join together, in a plot point that no one, Claremont included, ever referenced again…

For instance, when Havok discovers Magneto is part of the Hellfire Club in Uncanny X-Men #219 (by Claremont, Bret Blevins and Green), it sure seems like it is JUST Magneto as a King…

In any event, early in his tenure with the Hellfire Club, the Mutant Massacre happened and the X-Men ended up being dispersed everywhere anyways. Notice why Magneto does not go with the X-Men to fight the Marauders…

The Hellfire Club part of Magneto’s life was really only present in New Mutants issues, and even there, not THAT often.

Okay, so everything now comes to a head in New Mutants #75 by Louise Simonson and John Byrne (the X-Men, at this point, have seemingly been killed in Dallas), where Simonson and Byrne retcon all of Magneto’s activities as the X-Men Headmaster up until this point. Check it out on the next page, as well as Claremont’s counter-retcon…

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