X-Men (Vol. 1) #6

Credits:

Cover Date: July 1964

Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Chic Stone

“Sub-Mariner Joins the Evil Mutants!”

Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scripter: Stan Lee

Penciller: Jack Kirby

Inker: Chic Stone

What’s Going On?

The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and X-Men race to recruit Namor, the Sub-Mariner, to their cause. It…does not go as planned.

Details:

  • Eager to gain a powerful ally, both Professor Xavier and Magneto want to find the Sub-Mariner and have him join their respective teams!

  • While projecting his mental image (to better search the oceans for Namor), Professor X laments his disability.

  • Magneto locates Namor’s underwater base first. Rather than approach the fiery Atlantean directly, Magneto tries a sneakier approach:

  • It turns out that Xavier let Magneto make first contact, so he could track Magneto back to his secret base.

  • Magneto’s plan, still in its early stages, looks like its working. Namor is intrigued by the possibility of a new ally that is not just another human, so he sets out to find Magneto.

  • Namor finds Magneto’s secret island base, but doesn’t have much time to form a first impression before Angel attacks the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Namor opts to defend the Brotherhood.

  • The rest of the X-Men soon arrive at the island, and they are able to capture Quicksilver.

  • Magneto plans to destroy the X-Men with a weapon, and doesn’t seem to care that Quicksilver would be harmed, as well. When Namor sees how rude and dismissive Magneto is to the Scarlet Witch’s plea to save her brother, he destroys Magneto’s machine and earns the villain’s ire.

  • Namor is saved when the X-Men counterattack. Magneto, Mastermind, and Toad flee, but the Scarlet Witch will not abandon her brother, Quicksilver.

  • With Magneto gone, that leaves the X-Men to face the Scarlet Witch and Namor. Wanda demands that the X-Men release her brother, and Namor supports her demand.

  • After a short scuffle with Namor and the Scarlet Witch, Professor X enters and releases Quicksilver.

  • Upset at the notion of being a pawn in the power games of land-dwellers, Namor leaves in a huff. To ensure that Namor doesn’t join Xavier, Magneto tries to kill Namor with a magnetic device; Namor is able to withstand and destroy Magneto’s weapon. He then leaves, without saying a word.

  • Xavier allows Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to escape with Magneto.

Is It Good?

This issue leaves me with several questions, but I enjoyed reading it. Was it great? No, there were too many bizarre logic moments to be legitimately good —- but Namor was pretty awesome, and that made up for this issue’s problems.

So, what kind of questions did this issue leave me with? Here are a few:

  1. If Xavier is unwilling to force Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into the X-Men or go to jail, why did he let them rejoin Magneto instead of wiping their memories? That’s how he handled the Blob and Vanisher.
  2. How many lethal accidents has Scarlet Witch caused?
  3. Can someone explain Magneto and Xavier’s “mental projections”? I get the concept of projecting an image into someone else’s mind, but this looks like they are sending their ghosts on a pleasure tour.
  4. How secret is Professor X’s identity? He keeps showing himself to people.
  5. Whatever happened with that Atlantean that was plotting to overthrow Namor?

Continuity:

  • Namor’s trunks are colored red on the cover of this issue, but are colored green inside.
  • Namor, the Sub-Mariner, last appeared in Fantastic Four #27.
  • The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants last appeared in X-Men #5.
  • This is the first time Namor has met Professor Xavier, the X-Men, Magneto, and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
  • Magneto once again displays some telepathic abilities. Here he is, projecting his mental image to search the world in his body’s stead.

  • The X-Men “graduated” last issue, but it is unclear what that means. They are still practicing in the Danger Room, per the Professor’s instructions.

  • Marvel Girl has swapped out the cowl of her uniform for a pointy mask.
  • When Magneto and Professor X mentally project themselves, they are not doing so in the astral plane, but instead are sending a specter-like figure into the real world.

  • This is the first acknowledgment (since the launch of X-Men, anyway) that Namor is a mutant.

  • This is the first time we’ve seen the Scarlet Witch have difficulty controlling her powers.

  • The Beast is faster and more agile than Namor, but Namor is substantially stronger.

  • Namor’s divided allegiance is presumably why Xavier doesn’t try to get him to join the X-Men ever again.

  • Professor X has been seen by Namor, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch. It is unclear whether or not the rest of the Brotherhood knows what he looks like.
  • We have our very first X-Men pin-up!

Comics Are Goofy:

  • A minute later, Bobby reaches for another slice of pie, his previous one left uneaten, soaking under a pile of snow.

  • Narrator: He thought wrong.

  • Birds: a sure sign of not being near land.

  • Oh, look! The Sub-Mariner has a submarine! That’s adorable!

  • Loyalty! BAH!

Well, That Aged Poorly:

  • Is Magneto trying to…pimp out Wanda to Namor? Is that what’s happening here? Gross.

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