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17 Who were the original X-Men? Who was the first X-Man? Who have been X-Men?




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This article is from the X-Men Comic Books FAQ, by Kate the Short (racmx@yahoo.com) with numerous contributions by others.

17 Who were the original X-Men? Who was the first X-Man? Who have been X-Men?

The original X-Men, in the oh-so-darling blue and yellow geek suits,
were Cyclops, the Angel, the Beast, Iceman, and Marvel Girl.

Deciding upon the first X-Man is a bit of a trick. While Xavier did
bring Scott to his mansion first to become the first X-Man, it was
revealed in the 1960's run of the title that he actually had already
been helping Jean Grey cope with her telepathic powers. Thus, Jean was
his first real mutant student, and, by extension, his first X-Man, even
though Cyclops was the first of his mutant students to don a costume and
call himself an X-Man.

It should be noted that Scott Lobdell retconned this simple origin, by
having Professor X planning the second team of X-Men (from Giant-Size
X-Men #1) back before he had picked Scott for the first team. While this
is an annoying anamoly, it doesn't change the answer to the question,
since none of the second team of X-Men were ever contacted by Xavier
until long after Scott and Jean became X-Men.

As far as people who have been "X-MEN"...there are a few technical
distinctions. The following have generally been considered X-Men, with
asteriks noting the "sort-of" members: Professor X (Charles Xavier),
Cyclops (Scott Summers), Marvel Girl/Phoenix (Jean Grey), Iceman (Bobby
Drake), Angel/Archangel (Warren Worthington III), Beast (Hank McCoy),
Mimic (Calvin Rankin), Havok (Alex Summers), Polaris (Lorna Dane),
Changeling (posing as Professor X)*, Thunderbird I (John Proudstar),
Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Wolverine (Logan, a.k.a
James Howlett), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner),
Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Phoenix Force (posing as Jean Grey)*, Shadowcat
(Kitty Pryde), Rogue (Rogue), Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Magneto (Erik
Magnus Lensherr; also posing as Xorn), Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Psylocke
(Betsy Braddock), Longshot, Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), Gambit (Remy
LeBeau), Forge, Bishop (Lucas Bishop), Revanche (Kwannon), Cannonball
(Sam Guthrie), Dark Beast (impersonating Hank McCoy)*, Marrow (Sarah),
Maggott (Japheth), Cecelia Reyes*, Joseph (a Magneto clone), Quicksilver
(Pietro Maximoff), Cable (Nathan Summers), Thunderbird III (Neal
Sharra), Sage (Tessa), White Queen (Emma Frost), Chamber (Jono
Starsmore), X-Stacy (Stacy X), Lifeguard (Heather Cameron), Slipstream
(Davis Cameron), Northstar, and Cannonball.

In the technicality department, Binary (Carol Danvers) was with the
X-Men during the Brood Saga, but apparently didn't consider herself to
be an X-Man. The New Mutants called themselves the X-Men in X-Men
Annual #10 when they donned their graduation suits. Team members were
Cannonball, Mirage, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Karma, Magik, Warlock and
Cypher. New Mutants teaching staff members Sharon Friedlander and Tom
Corsi just helped the team, and Stevie Hunter was a dance teacher who
regularly helped the kids. Maddie Pryor "died" with the X-Men, but did
not consider herself to be an X-Man (during the Australian stories);
likewise, Gateway was an associate of the team but not an official
member. There was a team of "Muir Isle X-Men" circa the mid-late 200s
of UXM, back when the X-Men were thought to be dead, including Forge,
Banshee, Siryn (Banshee's daughter), Legion (Xavier's son), Amanda
Sefton, Moira MacTaggart, Sunder, and Alysdane Stewart. The Eve of
Destruction team that Phoenix assembled circa UXM #392 included Dazzler,
Northstar (formerly of Alpha Flight), Sunpyre (Sunfire's sister Leyu
Yashida), and a bunch of other new characters that haven't been seen
since.

Other characters have operated with the three main teams of X-Men. Dani
Moonstar was allegedly a "part-time" affiliate of the X-Men as of X-Men
#102, but since she was only around for one or two issues, it doesn't
really count. Other characters such as Husk and Jubilee have shown up in
Uncanny X-Men, but Paige said in a thought caption that she hoped to one
day become an X-Man, indicating that she didn't have that status yet.
Other associated characters have shown up as members of X-Corp. Time will
tell whether these are full members or just associates.


 

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