Episode 61 - X-Men 05

August 23, 2017

We continue our discussion of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's original X-Men comics with issue #5. Picking up directly after the events of the previous issue, this comic boasts lots of action with a crowded busy plot. Despite the messy and sometimes confusing events, Issue #5 continues to lay the foundation for what will become standard tropes and themes in future X-Men comics. We see the first appearance of Magneto's Asteroid M and Stan and Jack also start to lean into the Civil Rights allegory that the X-Men have come to embody and represent throughout the years.