A PANEL FROM EVERY X-MEN: Issue #12-13: The Origin of Professor X and the First Appearance of Juggernaut! (1965)

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I was really surprised I hadn’t read these issues before!  In these two issues, we meet Juggernaut, Cain Marko, for the first time and we see Charles Xavier’s childhood.  Issue #12 is a great issue—we don’t see Juggy until the very end of the issue, in the panel above.  Instead, we get a something-wicked-this-way-comes story with an almost horror vibe.  The team are in the mansion, fortified, and they watch as a dark figure keeps looming forward, breaking through each area of security…

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Stan Lee didn’t usually borrow much from the horror genre–but Jack Kirby had done quite a few horror and sci fi books by this point in his career, so I suspect Kirby had a lot to do with the storyline and pacing on this issue.

We also get some classic Lee/Kirby teen angst: As a boy, Professor X’s father died and he went to live with the Markos, where Cain was a bully…
IMG_0714That’s classic Kirby, drawing the classic face-slap trick.  Incidentally, Jack Kirby hung with it for eleven issues, but he’s now doing just layouts.  For this issue, Alex Toth did the finished pencils, but it would be different bullpen artists here on out.  I’m still considering this part of the Stan-and-Jack run, but Jack’s artistic influence is less present.

IMG_0720Creators: Stan and Jack

First appearance: Juggernaut

Grade: A

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