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X-Men Vol 1 123


X-Men Vol 1 123

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Quote1 How do, Cyclops? Welcome to my "lady or the tiger" room. You have three doors -- one's a way out -- the other two lead to horrible deaths. The choice is yours Quote2
-- Arcade

Appearing in "Listen -- Stop Me if You've Heard It -- But This One Will Kill You!"Edit

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Other Characters:


  • Japanese Consulate



  • Arcade's sanitation trucks
  • Arcade's helicopter

Synopsis for "Listen -- Stop Me if You've Heard It -- But This One Will Kill You!"Edit

The Amazing Spider-Man is swinging through New York's Greenwich Village, lamenting over his personal finances and fretting about his date with Cissy Ironwood when he recognizes Colleen Wing[1] and Scott Summers[2] and stops in to say hello before continuing on their way. Scott and Colleen are unaware that they are being watched by one of Arcade's minions, Mr. Chambers, who uses a specially rigged garbage truck to capture them. Overhearing this, Spider-Man recognizes the noise[3] and realizes Arcade must be after his friends and arrives too late to stop the kidnapping. Considering the fact that the Arcade might be after the X-Men, Spider-Man decides to try to get in touch with them.

The Wall-Crawler's hunch proves to be true, as Nightcrawler, Colossus and their dates Amanda Sefton and Betsy Wilford are all gassed and taken prisoner by Miss Locke. When Wolverine ends another date with Mariko Yoshida, he too is captured by Mr. Chambers. While Arcade takes care of Banshee and Storm personally by breaking into the X-Mansion and taking them out with tranquilizer darts. When Spider-Man calls into the school, Arcade answers the phone and tells Spidey that he's too late to warn his friends, angering the Wall-Crawler so badly, he smashes the phone booth he's in.

When the X-Men come around they find themselves in uniform and placed in giant glass pinballs. Arcade introduces himself and sends them off through his gigantic booby-trapped pinball machine. After bouncing off a number of electrified bumpers, each ball goes down a separate slot sending each X-Man into a different room. Cyclops lands in a room where he has to make a choice between three doors, with only one leading to safety. In order to force him to make a decision a moving wall threatens to crush him. Colossus ends up in a room where he is confronted by a robot disguised as a KGB agent named Alexi Vazhin who begins interrogating Colossus over his loyalty to Russia while powerful hypnotic lights confuse him. Wolverine ends up in a hall of mirrors that create distorted robotic duplicates of him to battle. Nightcrawler is trapped in a room where remote control cars chase after him with cutting buzz saws. Banshee, still unable to use his mutant powers, has to make it through a holographic simulation of a World War II battle, where some of the model jets are real. Lastly Storm finds herself trapped in a dark room that is filling with water. With her claustrophobia setting in she tries to blast her way trough the roof with a lightning bolt onto to have it reflected back at her.

Cyclops meanwhile decides not to choose any of the doors and instead blasts through one of the walls with his optic blast. This clears a passage into the hall of mirrors, damaging the replicating mirrors. After helping Wolverine dispatch of the last of them, the two X-Men head for the exit door only to be attacked by Colossus who has been brainwashed into thinking that he is a Russian loyalist called the Proletarian. From Arcade's control room, Colleen, Amanda, and Betsy, restrained in present shaped harnesses can only watch helplessly from the control monitor. Arcade howls with laughter that with Colossus under his control, the X-Men are finished.

This story is continued next issue....

  • This issue is reprinted in many other comics and books, see references for more info.[4]

  • No trivia.

See AlsoEdit

  • This is the start of a two-part story that concludes next issue.


  1. Spidey met her in Marvel Team-Up #64
  2. Whom he recently worked with in Marvel Team-Up Annual #1
  3. Since Arcade sprung a similar trap on him and Captain Britain in Marvel Team-Up #65
  4. This story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:

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