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Quote1 Mister, the X-Men have been threatened by experts! Ever hear of a guy named Magneto? Quote2
-- Cyclops

Appearing in "The Living Pharaoh!"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

  • Unnamed NY policemen




  • X-Men Jet-car

Synopsis for "The Living Pharaoh!"Edit

Continued from last issue...

While escaping the police and wanted for murder, Cyclops has run into the Living Pharaoh, the man he has been accused of murdering. The Pharaoh claims that he is immortal and attempts to destroy Cyclops by channeling his powers through an Ankh weapon. As the two mutants battle, the other X-Men are scouring the city, trying to find Cyclops before the police do. Marvel Girl picks up Scott's location with her mental powers and the X-Men speed toward their leader in their jet-car. However, the battle between Cyclops and the Living Pharaoh ends with the Pharaoh easily defeating Cyclops and knocking the mutant hero unconscious.

Carried away by the Pharaoh's men, Cyclops has a special skin tight hood put over his head and is placed in a trunk and smuggled aboard a plane to Egypt through New York's JFK airport. In flight, Cyclops is allowed out of the trunk and is told that he is being taken to Egypt and left alone in the cargo hold. Hearing a faint knocking sound, Cyclops realizes his brother Alex is trapped within an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus and is being smuggled out of the country as well. Detecting Scott's thoughts on the airplane, the X-Men chase after the plane but are shot out of the sky by the Living Pharaoh. The X-Men barley avoids a crash landing in the ocean by Angel's quick thinking. Stuck afloat in the water, the X-Men watch as the plane flies away, Jean vowing to find out where Scott's abductors are going.

Arriving in Egypt, the Pharaoh takes Cyclops and Alex to his pyramid headquarters where he leaves the two to drown in a room that is slowly filling with water. Cyclops manages to use his visor to smash open the sarcophagus, freeing Alex. Alex in turn helps remove the hood from Cyclops' face allowing him to use his optic blasts to free them. Attacking the Pharaoh and his men, the two brothers are soon aided by the arriving X-Men who help turn the battle in the hero’s favor. In the battle, the Pharaoh gains the high ground and attempts to use his ankh against the X-Men when suddenly Alex fires energy bolts from his hands that shatters the Pharaoh's weapon, sending him toppling off the top of the pyramid. Saved from a nasty fall by the Angel, the defeated Pharaoh orders his minions to flee the scene until he summons for them again.

Allowing the Pharaoh's men to escape, the X-Men are shocked to realize that Scott's brother Alex is also a mutant.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Where Angels Dare to Tread!"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Alma (First appearance) (Warren's landlady) - (Only in flashback)
  • X-Men


  • The Grady Gang
  • Unnamed hoodlums

Other Characters:


Synopsis for "Where Angels Dare to Tread!"Edit

Continued from last issue...

Having developed a taste for adventure and heroics, Warren Worthington III has relocated to New York City where he has taken up the costumed identity of the Avenging Angel. Armed with a specially made gas gun, Warren goes out on patrol and manages to prevent the Grady Gang from robbing a warehouse by knocking them out with his gas gun and calling the police. When the authorities arrive they find the Grady Gang all knocked out and the Avenging Angel's calling card, a halo painted on a nearby brick wall. However, news of Warren's exploits are discounted as a fabrication as the member of the gang who gave testimony is known to be a pathological liar.

While at Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, young Scott Summers and Bobby Drake are watching the news coverage on television. Bobby finds it fascinating, however Scott is less than convinced in the existence of a winged human. Summoned by Professor Xavier, he sends Scott and Bobby out to investigate as Cyclops and Iceman.

The following night, the Avenging Angel is out on another patrol when he witnesses a robbery happening at the Atomic Institute. Attacking two crooks who are stealing a strange cylinder, Warren douses them with gas, however a stray bullet knocks Warren's gas gun out of his hand. Swooping down to recover his weapon and relinquish the cylinder from the crooks, Warren gets a whiff of his own gas mixture. Deciding to return the cylinder to the Atomic Institute the next day, Warren then returns to his apartment.

He finds Cyclops and Iceman waiting for him, who reveal to the Avenging Angel that he is a mutant and would like him to join their group, the X-Men. Surprised to find the two other mutants there, Warren tells them that he operates as a loner and tells them that anyone attempting to push him around will get pushed back…and hard!

This story is continued next issue...

  • This issue is reprinted in many other comics and books, see references for more info.[1]

  • credits for Story 1:
    • Stan Lee Meditates Over A Mutant Masterwork By:
    • Roy Thomas, Writer
    • Don Heck, Layout Man
    • Werner Roth, Penciller
    • Aided By: Vince Coletta, Inker
    • Abetted By: Jean Izzo, Letterer
  • credits for Story 2:
    • Another Time-Was Triumph By:
    • Stan Lee, Editor
    • Roy Thomas, Writer
    • Werner Roth, Artist
    • Inked And Lettered By Sam Grainger

See AlsoEdit

  • None.


  1. The first story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's: The second story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:

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