Not putting Joker down like a rabid dog. Something that Rorschach would do in a heartbeat, because he realized the difference between common crooks and monsters.
I definitely agree with this, and this is why I don't respect Batman as a hero. Whereas most heroes face their monsters, and defeat them in a final battle, Batman keeps his around to justify his own existence.
@oldnightcrawler: I really liked this story; it's one of my favorite "Classic X-Men" issues since it features Marvel Girl and Storm, two of my favorite characters in Marvel. As you mention, Bolton's art has a more organic feel than the styles usually employed by comic artists. It actually feels more gritty due to how realistic they seem - Storm's image is surprisingly realistically proportioned. But compared to Byrne's very careful, but still rather realistic portrayals, Bolton's art can't help but feel a little dry. I think it's really good artwork for these more quiet, character driven stories, though. And the inking/coloring in that Storm image deserves some more appreciation - I've always liked how simple the layout is, yet you can tell the winds are blowing downwards via the shading of the rain, and the movement of the cape, while the flash of the lightning highlights the contours of Ororo's body by making the black material reflect the light.
And I forgot to note that in Classic X-Men #1, we get to see a nice image of interracial flirting in a time when dating outside one's race was still somewhat unusual in media portrayals of couples.
Emma is a teacher to boot. As much as I enjoy Psylocke and Rachel, Emma knows what it is to be a teacher, she ran a school, she trained GenX she had both incarnations of the Hellions, and she's the most skilled telepath, no not necessarily the strongest, but she definitely is the most skilled at what she does, so I think her training Jean makes sense.
Probably one of my favorite things ever when it comes to comics...especially in retrospect when you know all the things you do about the X-Men. Although a nitpick I have always had with this issue is characters like Nightcrawler, Colossus and Storm have a great degree of control of their powers and speak english rather fluently. It would have been nice to see these things develop in the proceeding issues as they do move to an actual school! But, they didn't really think about these, subtle, realistic things back in 1975 because super hero comics were just pure fun and fantasy, so whatever.
I was going to point out that Xavier was said to have taught them English telepathically, but I really agree with the rest of your points - his telepathic influence was described as a "crash course", so it would have been more interesting to see their linguistic knowledge advance while studying at the school. I think it's understandable that Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler would be so good with using their powers - it's actually Cyclops who points out to Charles that they aren't neophytes like the original X-Men in a later issue, and they knew how to use their powers and handle themselves. While I definitely agree that see them learn would be interesting, we do get to see them learn how to use their powers as a team and develop them to new heights in the Danger Room...it's like we simply skip over the trainee-black and yellow uniform w/mask phase the first team went through and got right to the superheroics.
@oldnightcrawler: Hmmm, perhaps - Storm's initial design was actually much more simple...seems like Len Wein disposed of the feline elements after settling on her weather powers (IIRC their were two characters that were combined - the feline character design, and the powers of a "Typhoon" character), Claremont seemed to have seized upon some original design elements to make her backstory more complex. I wonder if Storm's original design was perhaps re-used to create the character Catseye of the Hellions. I may have issues with the depictions of the African tribe, but I do like this version of the character the most - no leadership baggage nor emotional issues, just wonder, and unfettered independence. I have to admit though, that I never really liked her white hair, so Cockrum's contribution to keeping it was never something I ever appreciated lol.
@hysteria: Storm is definitely one of the breakout characters in this lineup. While her depiction and some of the character design choices for her have inspired criticism ranging from research papers, blog posts, and etc., there was something to be said for making the sole female character on a team black in a time when most female superheroes were much more passive and/or Caucasian. Claremont deserves a lot of kudos for really carrying her and Jean forward, but I think her depiction in this story inspired his earlier depictions of her personality. Def. one of my favorite X-Men issues of all time.