Here begins the “bad run” of issues that made this book such an underseller by the early 1970s. In #20-21, we get the story of how Professor X lost his legs and it’s a bad, confusing story about an alien named Lucifer who basically dropped a shelf on the Prof. Lame. Then, in #22, we get the first appearance of Count Nefaria, but he’s hardly the cool dude he would later become. Thomas’ early issues were drawn by Jay Gavin, Then, with issue #23, Werner Roth signed on. He wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t anyone’s favorite either. He did a really good job with Banshee, though, who first appeared in issue #28 as a villain (but by the end of the issue he was a hero)
That look, above, where he almost is a ghost, was abandoned later–but I really like it. This look is kind of a well-known panel…
…for begin terrible.
Despite the fact that these issues were very poor quality, an early fan was future artist Carlos Pacheco. Cool!
Creators: Stan Lee, Werner Roth
First appearance: Banshee
Grade: C (elevated from a D because it debuts a major character)