Debut: X-Men #1 (1963)
Origin: The X-Men where formed by Professor X after his encounter with Lucifer, the alien responsible for crippling him. In order to protect the world from Lucifer’s alien invasion, Professor X starts recruiting a young team of mutants like himself. His first X-Man was Cyclops, followed by Iceman, Angel, Beast, and finally Marvel Girl. He opens the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters and secretly trains his students to be super heroes.
Members and Relationships
Cyclops– Team Leader, secretly in love with Marvel Girl, jealous of Angel
Beast– resident scientist, best friends with Iceman
Angel– millionaire playboy, romantically interested in Marvel Girl
Iceman– Youngest member, best friends with Beast
Marvel Girl– Only female member, secretly in love with Cyclops
Professor X– Mentor and Head of the X-Men
Their Deal: The Original X-Men acted more like super heroes than any other iteration. Made up of one Mentor, 4 men, and 1 Woman, they fit the mold of other adventurers of the time, such as The Fantastic Four and Doom Patrol. Most of their adventures had them dealing with a villain of the month, some being actual monsters or horrible alien. They faced a handful of notable mutant villains, such as Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. They were also the first team to face the Sentinels. However, the now central themes of prejudice and racism wouldn’t become prominent until the All-New, All-Different X-Men era of the 1970s. The Original X-Men were momentarily cancelled after issue 66 in 1970, and a new X-Men story wouldn’t be released until 1975.
Fun Fact: Professor X was meant to be killed off at many points during the Original X-Man run, resulting in many instances of comas, faked deaths, and cliff-hangers.