Appearing in "The Power and the Pendant"Edit
- El Tigre (Juan Meroz) / Kukulcán (First appearance)
- Ramon (First appearance)
- Toloc (First appearance)
- Timmy & several unnamed orphans & faculty
- Sam & unnamed firemen & policemen
- Charlie & several unnamed New Yorkers
- Abercrombie Orphanage
- New York City
- Metro College
- Unknown city museum (possibly Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- Mayan ruins
- Pyramid of Kukulcán
- Professor X's Rolls Royce
Synopsis for "The Power and the Pendant"Edit
Professor Xavier and the rest of the X-Men are driving Jean Grey back to Metro College after a visit. Along the way they happen by an orphanage that has caught fire. Changing into their X-Men costumes, the mutant heroes work together to save the orphans within from the flames before fire crews can arrive on the scene. With everyone safe and fire fighters putting out the blaze, all gathered try to thank the X-Men for their help but the heroes have disappeared as quickly as they appeared. When they arrive at Metro College, both Scott and Warren take note of Jean's classmate, Ted Roberts, obvious interest in her. Scott deals with the idea of trying to get over her while Warren has decided to seek romance elsewhere.
Far away in Central America, a man known as El Tigre, leads some men to find a long lost Mayan pyramid that is a shrine to the Mayan god Kukulcán. His guides, two mercenaries named Toloc and and Ramon make no attempts to hide their contempt toward their employer. While searching the pyramid, El Tigre comes across part of an ancient Sacred Pendant of Kukulcán. Unaware of it's true power, El Tigre stows it in his shirt pocket to have it examined later. That night as El Tigre sleeps, Toloc and Ramon tie up El Tigre in the hopes of making off with all the gold that is found. However, El Tigre is feigning sleep and catches them off guard when he surprisingly shows the ability to mental bolts from his mind. Binding the two would be thieves, El Tigre has them swear their loyalty to him or face death by machete. Later while stoking the flames of their camp fire, the fragment of the amulet falls out of his pocket and El Tigre realizes that this is the source of his power. Returning to the pyramid, the amulet imparts it's origins: That it is but part of the Sacred Pendant of Kukulcán and that when the two fragments are rejoined it will give whoever wears it the power of Kukulcán. The power hungry El Tigre decides that he will get this no matter what.
Back in the United States a few days later, the X-Men are studying when suddenly the Cerebro alarm goes off prompting the group to investigate. The Professor decides to go downstairs by using his leg braces, but the power supply fails when the Professor attempts to go downstairs and has to be rescued from a bad fall from special coils that he installed into the wall to prevent such an injury. Returned to his wheelchair, the Professor and the X-Men check Cerebro and learn of the coming of a powerful force that is arriving in New York City.
Cyclops, Beast, Angel and Iceman then travel out to the city to investigate further, as El Tigre and his men are arriving in New York. El Tigre uses his amazing mental powers to compel a cab driver to take them to a nice hotel. As they are being dropped off Scott spots them and finds the strangely garbed men suspicious. When Scott returns to the hotel room that he has taken out with his fellow X-Men, he learns that they were just as fruitless as he was in finding the source of Cerebro's alarm. Deciding to check the newspapers, Scott goes back outside and while reading and walking, he accidentally bumps into someone, causing his glasses to be knocked askew. Quickly getting his optic blasts under control, Scott has to flee from a group of mutant haters.
Returning to the hotel room, Scott arrives just in time to hear a news report about a strange brawl that broke out in a nearby restaurant. When the report identifies three individuals who did not participate in the brawl, Scott recognizes them as the men he saw earlier. Confirming Scott's suspicions that El Tigre is responsible, the Professor telepaths instructions to his charges on how to deal with the threat. He explains that he was using his mental powers to track El Tigre and his minions after they left the hotel, fleeing ahead of the police who had tracked them back to their hotel. El Tigre however would detect the Professor's probes and block him out. This didn't prevent the Professor from learning their location however and sends the X-Men in uniform to confront El Tigre.
The X-Men arrive at a nearby museum where they decide to split up and search for El Tigre and his men individually. The Beast runs afoul of animated suits of armor until he is caught up in one of Ramon's bolo's and is knocked out. Iceman, while searching an arctic exhibit is similarly tripped up by rope that is tied across a staircase and crashes into a brick wall. In a ice age exhibit, Angel is also downed when he is struck by a blow dart fired by Toloc.
Cyclops meanwhile tracks down El Tigre, however before he can stop the crook both are spotted by the museum security guard. El Tigre then uses his mental powers to command the guard to keep Cyclops at gun point until El Tigre can retrieve the missing half of the pendant. Finding it in a display case, El Tigre smashes through the glass, liberating the fragment he has sought out. Combining the two together, El Tigre is suddenly enveloped in a bright flash of light. When the light fades, he is El Tigre no more, as he is now garbed in ancient Aztec clothing. He announces that he is now the living embodiment of the Mayan god Kukulcán!
This story is continued next issue....
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