THE X-MEN #59-61: First Appearance of Sauron

Sauron’s first appearance, but first, a Danger Room sequence…

…With the girls messing with the boys.

The Sentinels are on the warpath, trying to capture all mutants.  In the course of this issue, we learn that their creator, Dr. Trask, is a mutant.

Meanwhile, the X-Men seek medical attention from one Dr. Lykos who, of course, turns out to be the mutant criminal Sauron, who hypnotizes Angel.


Sauron is introduced as a mad, torturing doctor who later turns into a human dinosaur and (spoiler alert) dies at the end.  So is it really a spoiler if this comic came out 40 years ago?  I don’t think so.

Anyway, it’s amazing to compare this run to Roy Thomas’ first run on X-Men, which was terrible.  What a difference having one of the best artists of all time can make.

Creators: Roy Thomas and Neal Adams
Grade: A

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