The X-Men #56
(May 1969)

Marvel, 1963 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Management Co.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

What Is... the Power? (Table of Contents)

X-Men / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Neal Adams; John Romita (see notes)
Inks
Neal Adams; John Romita (see notes)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Neal Adams (“POWER?”); Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Beast [Henry McCoy]]; The Living Monolith [Ahmet Abdol]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

There's been some dispute on Adams inking credit until Bruno Andreacchi found Roy Thomas' statement of Adams inks in X-Men # 60 letters section. The original indexer credited Neal Adams along with Carl Gafford and Michael Evans. Steve Whitaker and Bob Ford credited Tom Palmer.

Romita alterations on Cyclops figure per Nick Caputo.

Sources for letters credits are (Rosen only) The Marvel Comics Index (Olshevsky 1981); (Adams and Rosen) The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Olshevsky 1987), The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men (Ward 1994), and Official Index to the Marvel Universe (Vandal et al. 2009).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

What Is...the Power? (Table of Contents: 2)

X-Men / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Pencils
Neal Adams
Inks
Tom Palmer
Colors
Neal Adams
Letters
Herb Cooper

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Archaeological diggings below, crew...
Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Marvel Girl [Jean Grey]; Angel [Warren Worthington III]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]; Beast [Henry McCoy]]; Alex Summers [Havok] (origin continued); The Living Monolith [Ahmet Abdol] [also as Living Pharaoh] (villain)
Synopsis
In the Egyptian desert, the X-Men battle the Living Pharaoh and his men. The Pharaoh takes off with Alex and siphons off his mutant powers to turn himself into the Living Monolith. As the X-Men battle the Monolith, Alex turns the tables by taking back his power and more, stopping the Monolith and destroying the ancient temple where he has been trapped. Alex warns his friends to stay away as he has no control over the destructive powers coursing through his body.
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Two More Triumphs For Marvel...! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Spider-Man; Doctor Doom / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

The Flying A-Bomb! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Origins of the Uncanny X-Men! / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Pencils
Werner Roth
Inks
Sam Grainger
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Grainger

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Professor X to Cyclops and Iceman!
Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Angel [Warren Worthington III] (origin conclusion); Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Iceman [Bobby Drake]]; Professor X [Charles Xavier]; Fred; Alma; Tom
Synopsis
Cyclops and Iceman tries to convince a reluctant Angel to join the X-Men.
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Awe-Inspiring Announcements to Yawn With! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Marvel Bullpen Bulletins / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Mutant Mail-Box / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Pencils
Werner Roth; Don Heck (illustrations)
Inks
Vince Colletta (illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset; Sam Rosen

Characters
Angel; Cyclops; Marvel Girl; Living Pharaoh
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Indexer Notes

Letters from readers - George D. Schaetzle, M. Brogdon, Michael Fortier, Kent Roberts, Greer Watson, John Monhomme and Todd Freeman, Jr. Includes three panels reproduced (sans dialogue and captions) from #54.

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advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. What Is... the Power?
    X-Men
  2. 1. ["Famous name prizes or cash...from Olympic"]
  3. 2. What Is...the Power?
    X-Men
  4. 3. Two More Triumphs For Marvel...!
    Spider-Man; Doctor Doom
  5. 4. The Flying A-Bomb!
    The Origins of the Uncanny X-Men!
  6. 5. Awe-Inspiring Announcements to Yawn With!
    Marvel Bullpen Bulletins
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Mutant Mail-Box
  8. 7. ["Tired of being 'skinny'?"]
  9. 8. ["We're looking for people who like to draw"]
  10. 9. ["Make money get prizes with fast selling American seeds"]
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