When was it changed from Erik Lehnsherr to Max Eisenhardt ?
@khan_noonien_singh: It's little things like this that annoy the living hell out of me. Could not care in any way about Doc Ock be comeing the new spiderman. Find out that magnetos real name was changed almost 6 years ago and has no real impact on the story, and I'm all annoyed.
I honestly always forget his other name is Max Eisenhart. I don't think I've ever read a story where he's referred to as Max. It's always Erik, which I think is the better name, and the name they use in all movies and TV shows. Now I'm questioning my knowledge of X-Men…he's only been Max since 2008? I don't think they've used it since then either..
@z3ro180: As I understand it, the name change was done to be more "40s German-Jew", but that's just what I heard.
This would make the most sense. And like the majority mentioned on this thread, I think he is still called Erik by the majority of people in Marvel U.
Given how great Magneto Testament and how much research went into that story and the holocaust by Pak, I would say its a very clever and good name. It also explains why Magneto calls himself well Magneto, it sets up a running theme. Also its the characters real name, as opposed to adopted name, not everyone will always use their real name, especially when it comes to having to issues of security, safety, trust and all that. Its a bit like Wolverine and Logan and James. Depends on the character and how close and intimate they are with the person to refer to them as either names.
I can understand people opposed to change, but all of Magneto's and depth and character came many years after the character was created by Stan, so should we just dismiss all of it because thats not what the character originally was?