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X-Men: The Early Years reprints
the classic Stan Lee
- Jack Kirby X-Men #1
At the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
, Professor Charles Xavier
summons his students; Cyclops
, The Beast
. He runs them through a series of training exercises. The exercises crumbles into the four X-Men
stumbling and fumbling over each other.
Professor X breaks up the wrestling match, and introduces the four boys to the Institute's latest student, Jean Grey
. The Professor explains to Jean that there are many mutants
like the X-Men in the world. His purpose in forming the team is to protect mankind from "the evil
One such evil
mutant is Magneto
. From his lair near Cape Citadel, Magneto causes a NASA missile to go off course and self-destruct. Magneto wreaks havoc across the Cape the next day using the weapons and tanks there. He uses magnetized dust particles to sky-write a message demanding the surrender of the base.
As Magneto goes about taking the base by force, Xavier gathers his X-Men to face this "master of magnetism". Magneto launches a missile stike against the teens, and they work together using their powers to neutralize the threat. Finally he traps them in a magnetic field and escapes.
Having saved the day, the X-Men are congratulated by both the base commanding officer, and Xavier, who calls them back to the Institute.