X-Men (Vol. 1) #13

Credits:

Cover Date: September 1965

Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott

“Where Walks the Juggernaut”

Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scripter: Stan Lee

Penciller: Jack Kirby (layouts), Werner Roth (credited as Jay Gavin)

Inker: Joe Sinnott

What’s Going On?

The Juggernaut attacks, and the X-Men are outmatched.

Details:

  • Picking up from last issue, the Juggernaut has broken through the X-Mansion’s defenses and is now face-to-face with Professor X!

  • The Professor attacks with his mental powers, but it seems that the Juggernaut’s mystical helmet protects him psychic assaults.

  • The X-Men divert their foe for for a bit, while Professor X scrambles to build something that will amplify his powers.

  • Rather than use the amplifier to attack the Juggernaut, though, the Professor uses it to reach out for help. He reaches the Teen Brigade and Daredevil…

  • …before ultimately finding the Human Torch. The Professor uses his psychic powers to convince the Torch to come to the aid of the X-Men.

  • While that is happening, the Juggernaut slowly makes his way through Scott, Warren, Bobby and Hank. The Beast manages to distract the villain by trapping him in the Danger Room for a bit, but even that doesn’t hold the Juggernaut for long.

  • When Juggernaut breaks out of the Danger Room, it is just in time for the Human Torch to attack him —- to little avail.

  • But the Torch was only a distraction! It allowed the Angel to swoop in and remove the Juggernaut’s helmet —- which had apparently been loosened by the X-Men in their fight earlier. Now vulnerable to psychic attacks, the villain is easily defeated by Professor X.

Is It Good?

It’s kind of a fun issue —- I always like seeing heroes overmatched by their villains before pulling out an improbable victory —- but it’s not as good as last issue. It’s actually pretty dumb, but it is silly enough for that to not be much of a problem.

This is another story where Jack Kirby does the layouts and a “house-style” artist handles the detailed pencils. It’s not a great look, but the storytelling is clear enough.

Continuity:

  • This is the first full appearance of the Juggernaut. Last issue, he was mostly operating off-panel. This time, he is front and center.
  • Apparently, the Juggernaut exudes waves of force. I wonder if this is ever mentioned again.

  • This is the first appearance of Professor X’s mento-helmet. It is a device that amplifies his mental powers. It appears to serve the same purpose that Cerebro will in the Modern Age.
  • The Teen Brigade last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #116.
  • This is the first time Daredevil has interacted with the X-Men, even if they never directly meet each other.
  • The Human Torch last met the X-Men in Fantastic Four #28.
  • This is the first time Professor X has wiped someone’s memory since X-Men #3.

Comics Are Goofy:

  • I worry about the integrity of the soil beneath Xavier’s mansion.

  • Since when have Cyclops’ optic beams acted like he’s in Dig Dug?
  • Wow, Prof. Bloodthirsty much?

  • Wait…so the Professor just builds this menta-helmet on the fly?!?

  • “Hmm… if your optic blasts, which just punched a deep hole in the earth, can’t harm the Juggernaut, maybe my teenage fist can!” Idiot.

  • Thanks for all the help, Torch. Your reward is to have your memory tampered with!

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