X-MEN #3 (1964): 1st Blob

Let’s start with the creepy.  Professor X is in love with Jean?????  There’s hints about this over and over in the pages of X-Men and it’s yucky.  But on to the good stuff:

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Issue #3 introduces The Blob, a terrific Marvel villain. 

He’s a carnival freak.

It also shows us how Professor X scans the planet for mutants, then sends his team out to get them…

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No cerebro yet.  X is doing it all under his own power. 

Anyway, the X-Men go find Blob and offer him the chance to join their school.  Blob declines membership because he says he’s better than all of them combined.

But afterwards, he’s afraid that now that he knows their secret Mansion location, they’ll come after him.  He runs back to his circus, and it turns out, his circus is a criminal enterprise.  (Why didn’t X know that?). And returns to fight the team again.

So, the team fights a gorilla, an elephant and a bunch of performers.

And it ends with X mind-numbing him.  Professor X mindwipes Blob and the rest of the carnival, and sends them all on their way.

This is the second time Professor X has brainwashed an enemy.

It’s a deus ex machina that undermines the rest of the story.  I can’t wait until he develops better ethics and stops doing this.  It removes the stakes–he lets his students get beat up for a while but ultimately saves the day by doing what he could have done in the first place.

X continues to be a creep.

Between how gross he is about Jean and his brainwashing and general superior attitude, Professor X is…A jerk!

But the rest of the team kind of are too.

They’re kids, so they have an excuse for acting like bullies.

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