Monday, April 28, 2014

A to Z: Letter X

The X-Men
In the 1960's Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are given credit for producing many of the Superheroes!

WIKI: The X-Men are a team of mutant superheroes in the Marvel Universe. They were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963). The basic concept of the X-Men is that under a cloud of increasing anti-mutant sentiment, Professor Xavier created a haven at his Westchester mansion to train young mutants to use their powers for the benefit of humanity, and to prove mutants can be heroes. Xavier recruited Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, and Marvel Girl, calling them "X-Men" because they possess special powers due to their possession of the "X-gene," a gene which normal humans lack and which gives mutants their abilities. Early on, however, the "X" in X-Men stood for "extra" power which normal humans lacked. It was also alluded to that mutations occurred as a result of radiation exposure. The comic was partially inspired by the African American civil rights movements of the 1960s.
The first issue also introduced the team's archenemy, Magneto, who would continue to battle the X-Men for decades throughout the comic's history, both on his own and with his Brotherhood of Mutants (introduced in issue #4). The X-Men universe also includes such notable heroes as Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Rogue, and Shadowcat. 
The X-Men comics have been adapted into other media, including animated television series, video games, and a commercially successful series of films.

There have been many X-Men movies adapted to this comic book series. The first came out in 2000 starring the famous Hugh Jackman and a catalog of talented actors.

I'm looking forward to the new X-Men movie being released soon.

Trivia: Who makes a cameo appearance in all his movies?


  1. Stan Lee does cameos in all films based on his comics!

  2. Stan Lee - and it's awesome that he does so! I love his part in the Mallrats movie, too.

    X-men movies are great, as was the cartoon in the 90's (and, obviously, the original comic books).

    Why is it that when people see Xavier written in conjunction with the X-men, they'll pronounce it "X-ay-ve-er" but when they see it elsewhere, they'll pronounce it "Zay-vee-yer" or "Hay-VE-ar" ?

    Stopping by from the #atozchallenge !

  3. I am looking forward to the new moving, too!

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  5. I love the Xmen movies. I'm such a fan! Is the answer Stan Lee? I can't remember seeing him in the Xmen movies. Oh well!

  6. We don't get The X Men here. pity it sounds good.

  7. Love, love, love X-men. Did I mention that I love that movie? Love it. Okay, enough out of me.

  8. I've never seen an X-Men movie. Is that unusual? Probably so!

    1. Not really. Everyone isn't enamored with these type of films.

  9. I love these X-men movies! I cannot wait for the upcoming one!! :D