It’s amazing that Roy Thomas can do so well on some books and then do this bad on X-Men. The book is totally running on fumes at this point, so, when you can’t think of a good way to tell a story, kill a major character: Yeah, they killed Professor X.
But first: A battle against the imaginatively-named Grotesk.
Then, as Professor X deploys the team for the next mission, he keeps Jean behind.
There he goes, being creepy again.
During the big battle, X dies.
Only it’s not really him, it’s Changeling. We don’t know that at the time, but that’s why he’s tagged for this post–in case you’re wondering. It’s actually like a big practical joke on the team. Hence, I’m posting it today.
Also, the book was experimenting with a new title: “The X-Men Featuring [character name].” This became the new masthead for #42-48. A few examples…
It didn’t make the comic any better. This is a horrid run.