- X-Men! Big deal! They're just a bunch of cornballs, if you ask me! Who'd they ever lick?
- -- The Thing
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- United States of America
Synopsis for "We Have to Fight the X-Men!"Edit
As Alicia unveils a sculpture of the Thing, the Fantastic Four read the latest news reports of the X-Men. Coincidentally enough, the Puppet Master and the Mad Thinker have teamed up to get revenge on the Fantastic Four, creating a puppet of the X-Men's leader Professor X in order to use the X-Men as their tools of revenge.
Manipulating Professor X into ordering the X-Men to go and attack the Fantastic Four, they meet the FF at the Baxter Building under the pretense of making a visit to meet the group on friendly terms. A battle erupts between the two groups, however the X-Men are forced to flee, taking Sue hostage.
Tracking them back to the Mad Thinker and the Puppet Master's base, learning the truth the X-Men resist the Professors control over them until they can destroy the Mad Thinker's puppet of the Professor. The X-Men and the Fantastic Four then team up to fight off the Mad Thinker's Awesome Android, and with the help of Professor X's telepathic abilities deactivate the android. In the aftermath of battle the Mad Thinker and Puppet Master manage to escape, and the X-Men are ordered to return to base, leaving the FF to take the Awesome Android into their possession.
- Sue Storm's concern over the X-Men being mutants covers the overall underlying theme of prejudice that has been synonymous with the X-Men title for decades. Actual prejudice towards mutants was always implied in early issues of the X-Men but were not fully explored until later on in X-Men #8
- The Human Torch mentions his team-up with Iceman in Strange Tales #120 when they battled Captain Barracuda.
- The Puppet Master had previously been on the loose after his step-daughter Alicia convinced the Thing to let him go in Strange Tales #116. The Mad Thinker was last seen being turned over to the authorities in Fantastic Four #15. There is no clear explanation as to how the Thinker became free or recovered his Awesome Android.
- At the time the identity of Professor X was a secret that was not well known to the general public, hence why the Mad Thinker and Puppet Master appear unaware. Xavier kept the ties between his School for the Gifted Youngsters, the X-Men, and the fact that he was a mutant a secret until many years later in New X-Men #122.
- Sue Storm mistakenly refers to the X-Men as having defeated the Space Phantom. The Space Phantom was defeated by the Avengers in Avengers #2.
- Cyclops' thought bubbles reveal that he was aware of the Mad Thinker's involvement before the Mad Thinker reveals himself to the X-Men. This appears to be an error.
- The caption window states it was the Thing that destroyed the Puppet Master's puppet, when it was in fact Beast.
- In the letter column of this issue Stan Lee declares that Bruce Banner's real name is Robert Bruce Banner. This is in response to fans writing in and pointing out that he mistakenly referred to Banner as "Bob" in issues #25 and #26
- Written By.......Stan Lee (The Leader!)
- Drawn By........Jack Kirby (The King!)
- Inked By........Chic Stone (The Master!)
- Lettered By.....Art Simek (The Letterer!)
- references: Strange Tales #120 and Fantastic Four #15
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