Friday, June 29, 2007

Insane Comic Moments, Part 2

After reading as many Silver Age comics as I have lately, I could probably make this a weekly series in and of itself, but this one I read just a few hours ago, and it's the sort of thing that sticks in your head. (An appropriate phrase, as you'll soon see.)

In the original 'X-Men' #1, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, we open with a sequence of Professor X running the team through their training regimen. Beast has to do a difficult acrobatic routine, Angel must fly an obstacle course...then the young sixteen-year old Iceman gets a turn, but Professor X is "going easy" on him by merely requiring him to display his powers. Iceman frosts himself over with snow...and Professor X telepathically tells the Beast to chuck a bowling ball at his head while he's distracted, to "test his reflexes".

Three thoughts on that:

1) Best argument against vouchers EVER.

2) Anyone who doubts Xavier could ever become Onslaught, this is Exhibit A for the prosecution.

3) I think we know why the students all wanted a Danger Room. It was that, or Xavier just had them whip heavy objects at each other.


Reid said...

Hilarious! Great point.

"Beast, wait until Angel's asleep, then drop a cinderblock on him. His reflexes have to be tip-top to avoid evil!"

Paul O'Brien said...

The early X-Men issues have a lot of this sort of thing. It seems Xavier's philosophy can be summed up as: "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge an evil mutant."

Eric Qel-Droma said...

Yet another great post, Mr. Seavey. I just have one question: Why is there not an RSS or Atom feed for your blog? If there is, I'm missing it.

Tyson said...

Eric -

The RSS for this blog is here.

John Seavey said...

Oh, and I just thought I'd add: It happened again a few issues later. Only this time, it wasn't a bowling ball. It was a 75-pound weight.

At some point, you just have to assume he's secretly trying to kill Iceman, and the whole "training exercise" thing is just an alibi.

Benticore said...

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge an evil mutant."

Truer words have nary been spoken.



Anonymous said...

Xavier = Dick


I wonder if he secretly enjoys "X-ing" out the names of students he's killed.

"heh heh... another EX-X-man!"