The X-Men #123 [Direct]
(July 1979)

Marvel, 1963 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.40 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Barcode
0714860246107
Editing
Roger Stern (editor); Jim Salicrup (assistant editor); Jim Shooter (editor-in-chief)

Arcade's Murder World (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Terry Austin (signed as Terry Austin)
Inks
Terry Austin (signed as Terry Austin)
Colors
?
Letters
Danny Crespi

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops; Storm; Wolverine [Logan]; Colossus; Banshee; Nightcrawler]; Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Arcade
Reprints

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

"Listen--Stop Me If You've Heard It--But This One Will KILL You!" (Table of Contents: 2)

X-Men / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne (plot); Chris Claremont (plot, script)
Pencils
John Byrne (breakdowns); Terry Austin (finishes)
Inks
Terry Austin
Colors
Glynis Oliver
Letters
Tom Orzechowski (credited as Tom Orz)

Job Number
LG451
First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's springtime in New York.
Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops; Storm; Wolverine [Logan]; Colossus [Proletarian]; Banshee; Nightcrawler]; GUESTS: Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; Colleen Wing; Amanda Sefton; Betsy Wilford; VILLAINS: Arcade; Miss Locke; Mr. Chambers; Colonel Alexei Vazhin (fake); CAMEOS: Mariko Yashida; Chris Claremont; Roger Stern; Len Wein; Glynis Wein; Terry Austin; Bonnie Wilford
Synopsis
Arcade captures all of the X-Men and places them in Murder World, but Spidey is hot on their trail.
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Indexer Notes

Page 17, panel 1: Colossus shows up with a new outfit and calls himself ‘the Proletarian.’ Anchored in Marxist-Leninist philosophy, basis of communism doctrine, the proletariat represents the social class of workers, ‘the proletarians,’ opposed to the capitalist class. The proletarian designates a worker, a peasant, or an employee who lives only on his salary. The costume Colossus wears includes several explicit references and symbols to soviet communism: The worker’s red cap and overalls, the initials ‘ C.C.C.P.,’ Cyrillic acronym translated as ‘Union of Soviet Socialist Republics’, for U.S.S.R.; the face of Lenin, architect of communism and first Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Soviet Union, highest governmental authority; and the sickle and the hammer, ancient symbols of the U.S.S.R flag and Communist ideology (the sickle for agriculture, and the hammer for industry). When this comic was published in 1979, relations between U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. were still very tense due to the Cold War. Both countries ideologically and, therefore, politically, were wholly opposed. Recall that Colossus’ character, Piotr Nikolaievich Rasputin, is of Russian origin and was raised on a Siberian farm.

The character of Col. Alexei Vazhin is an android version created by Arcade. The real Colonel Alexei Vazhin appeared in Marvel Team-Up Annual #2, December 1979.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Bullpen Bulletins; Stan's Soapbox / in-house column / 1 page (report information)

The Thing and the Ultimate Weapon! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Hostess Fruit Pies; The Thing / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

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

X-Mail / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Chris Claremont
Letters
typeset

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Indexer Notes

Letters from Joan Ludlow, Susan Jaworowski, and Verde.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Fun Factory / 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) /

Sales Leadership Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Arcade's Murder World
    X-Men
  2. 1. ["Battlestar Galactica"]
  3. 2. "Listen--Stop Me If You've Heard It--But This One Will KILL You!"
    X-Men
  4. 3. ["Kryptonite rocks!!"]
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Bullpen Bulletins; Stan's Soapbox
  6. 5. The Thing and the Ultimate Weapon!
    Hostess Fruit Pies; The Thing
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    X-Mail
  8. 7. ["Super gifts & gimmicks"]
    Fun Factory
  9. 8. ["Daisy 840"]
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Sales Leadership Club
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