Author: Robert Diehl
Updated: Version 1.3, last modified August 7, 2001
Index to X-Men: The Hidden Years Version 1.3, last modified August 7, 2001 by Robert Diehl (email@example.com) Introduction: In March, 1970, the X-Men were cancelled. For the next five years the team made sporadic appearances in other Marvel comics (Amazing Adventures 11-17, Hulk 150, 172, Marvel Team-Up 4, 23, Avengers 110-111, Capt. America 172-175, Defenders 15-16), but their own book was just reprints of earlier stories, till the relaunch with the new team in Giant-Sized X-Men 1. And Claremontıs run began. So, wouldnıt it be great to write canonical stories to fill in the gap? And wouldnıt it be great to have Claremontıs partner, John Byrne, write them? It could run for, say, 27 issues, one for each of the reprints (iss. 67-93), and it could end with the old team being captured by Krakoa. But, instead of seeing Scott and Jeanıs romance deepen, we saw Xavier play with the affections of a Midwestern widow woman. Instead of learning how Lorna and Alex became archaeologists, we watched them fly aimlessly around Antarctica for months on end. Instead of the story of Fred Duncanıs death, we had the battle of the circus clowns. Instead of sitting with Zelda at Harryıs Hideaway, we spent numberless pages with a mute bird-lady. Instead of seeing how Lorna got her codename, we were in a coma with her and the Promise. Instead of watching Hank leave to join the Brand Corporation, we spent 8 issues with the Fantastic Four and 4 with Mole Man. It wasnıt a complete disappointment, of course. It was nice to see a young Ororo, and the death of Warrenıs mother filled a continuity gap, and the Dark Phoenix saga was foreshadowed nicely. But it could have been excellent. Anyway, Enjoy the index. Let me know if you find any mistakes. Also, Thanks to Peter Luzifer for observing: each cover art contains a hidden number that would fit if the original X-Men had continued in the 70s. I may have some wrong: this is a regular Rorschach test. 1 / 67 on the rock next to Cyclopsı left thumb 2 / 68 on the rock to the right to Cyclopsı head 3 / 69 on the bench in the boat, below the N of "ALONE!" 4 / 70 in Jean's hair over her right shoulder: 0 is below the 7 5 / 71 sideways in Angelıs left wing, next to his shoulder? 6 / 72 next to upper right corner of "RISING!" 7 / 73 below the R of "STORM,² upside down 8 / 74 Hankıs leg (bent like a 7), plus the 4 on Reed Richardıs chest? 9 / 75 the two darker stripes in Phoenixıs left wing? 10 / 76 in the rubble below the B in ³REBORN²; the 7 is elongated? 11 / 77 on Aviaıs right wing, below the spike 12 / 78 on Icemanıs ice sled 13 / 79 on the grass straight up from Jeanıs head 14 / 80 on Dazzlerıs left boot 15 / 81 in the clouds on the lower left 16 / 82 on the gray gatepost in the snow in the background 17 / 83 on the branch below Kraven, next to Hankıs left cheekbone 18 / 84 on Icemanıs left armpit 19 / 85 On the background between Hankıs right foot and left hand 20 / 86 On the background above Hankıs right leg. 21 / 87 On Hankıs left glove. 22 / 88 On the ground between ³FADE² and ³TO.² Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 1 Date: Dec-99 Story: Once More the Savage Land (38 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. Charles Francis Xavier, Scott Summers (Cyclops), Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), Warren Kenneth Worthington, III (Angel), Henry Phillip McCoy (Beast), Robert Drake (Iceman) Regular Characters: Alexander Summers (Havok), Lorna Dane Guest Stars: Changeling, Ka-Zar (Kevin Plunder), Sunfire (all in flashback), Hulk Villains: Grotesk, Mesmero, Living Pharaoh, Sentinels, Larry Trask, Sauron, Lorelei (all in flashback), Magneto, Amphibius Other Characters: Savage Land natives Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Assistant Editor: Lysa Kraiger Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this series covers the reprint years, X-Men vol. I: 67-93 (1970-75, real time). Epilogue (reprise of X-Men I:66): the X-Men fight the Hulk long enough to take a device from his lab that brings Xavier out of his coma. Prologue: Bobby leaves, angry and no longer trusting Xavier, who let the Changeling take his place (39) and faked his own death (42) while he prepared to fight the alien ZıNox (65). Xavier mentally summons the team, ignoring Bobbyıs departure. He scans their minds to learn what happened while he was in seclusion: Grotesk (41), Mesmero (49), Magneto trying to get Lorna (50), the Living Pharaoh getting Alex (54), Larry Traskıs Sentinels (57), Sauron (60), Magneto in the Savage Land (62), and Sunfire (64). Whew! Xavier is angry that they didnıt verify Magneto was killed and orders them back to the Savage Land. The X-Men are worried that he still isnıt quite himself, but they go. Bobby returns, still angry, hoping that Lorna will go with him. But sheıs Alexıs girlfriend, now; the boys fight, trees are demolished, and Bobby accidentally hits Lorna in the head. She tells him off; he stalks off. The X-Men hit a storm in Antarctica; Cyclops clears a landing path with his optic blast, but they still crash. Jean uses her TK to protect them and is knocked out; natives hit the rest with drugged darts. They awake; the natives say they were just being cautious, and that Jean is dead. In his citadel, Magnetoıs ghost plots revenge with Amphibius. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 2 Date: Jan-00 Story: The Ghost and the Darkness (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Zelda, Vera, Candy Southern Guest Stars: Lorna Dane (in flashback) Villains: Magneto, NhuıGhari ³priests² Other Characters: Savage Land natives including Avia (see iss. 4) Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Scott, distraught over Jeanıs death, blasts innocent jungle and angers a T-Rex. Hank and Warren rescue him and bring word that Jean is alive! Bobby has crashed on Zeldaıs couch, after being out of touch with her for months. Vera is her roommate now and asks him about Hank. Just then he intercepts a distress call from Xavier to Alex and Lorna and runs off to help. Vera, curious, asks Candy about Xavierıs school. Warren has shown her his wings, but she keeps his secret. The Savage Land natives have actually put Jean in ³Paradise², their version of a nursing home, under the care of the NhuıGhari, which are winged creatures in league with Magneto. The X-Men, violating native taboos, fight their way in. Scott takes an arrow in the chest, but upon entering he is suddenly healed, then caged with Hank. Warren tries to fly in but the wind knocks him around and he falls, unconscious. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 3 Date: Feb-00 Story: On Wings of Angels (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane (Magnetrix) Guest Stars: Ka-Zar, Zabu Villains: Magneto, Amphibius, NhuıGhari Other Characters: Savage Land natives including Sakaa, Linak, NhuıAbdar, Avia Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Xavier guides Alex and Lorna to Antarctica, and they hit the same storm (iss. 1) but land safely. They find the X-Menıs crash-site; Ka-Zar and Zabu find them; Lorna takes the name ³Magnetrix,² for some reason. Hank and Scott elude the NhuıGhari and learn that their paradise is actually a labor camp. They overcome a guard and find a blimp-powered airship. Warren wakes, and the natives take him to paradise. NhuıAbdar explains: his ancestors found that place of miraculous healing, but over time were changed into weak, winged things, so they tricked other natives into slavery. Jean breaks out of her cell and sees Magneto but canıt detect his mind. She fights through the interference, but Magneto (³the second most powerful mutant mind on earth²) fells her. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 4 Date: Mar-00 Story: Escape to Oblivion (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Ka-Zar (in flashback) Villains: Magneto, Amphibius, NhuıGhari, Lorelei (in flashback) Other Characters: Savage Land natives including NhuıAbdar, Avia Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Magneto has Jean. He recalls their last meeting (X-Men I:63), when he used his mutate Lorelei to enthrall the X-Men and Ka-Zar, but Jean, immune, lifted Scottıs visor and brought down the house. Magneto fell into a subterranean river and washed up in the NhuıGhari land. In astral form, he intimidated them into his service and learned that radiation from volcanic vents there stimulates the brain, causing miraculous healing and telepathy, but a major eruption is due. He rejoins his body and plans to escape. Bobby charters a plane to take him to Antarctica, but it is grounded in Tierra del Fuego by the storm (iss. 1). Jean telepathically tells Scott and Hank everything. They burst in, and Hank knocks out Magneto just as the eruptions and a slave revolt begin. Jean telepathically warns the natives, Scott blasts an escape tunnel, exhausting himself into unconsciousness, but the natives get out. The X-Men escape in the NhuıGhari airship but then hit the storm. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 5 Date: Apr-00 Story: Riders on the Storm (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Candy Southern, Havok, Lorna Dane Guest Stars: Ka-Zar and Zabu; Ororo Munroe Villains: Magneto, NhuıGhari Other Characters: Avia Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Candy drives up to the X-mansion and is captured by G-3, a security robot. Bobby decides to ice his way across 700 miles of rough seas to the Savage Land. Jean barely holds the airship together while arguing with Magneto, who says the blimps are filled with radioactive gas from the Savage Land paradise, with which he planned to control the world. Expecting imminent demise, he throws himself from the airship; Avia follows him; Warren follows her; Hank ties a rope around himself and jumps after Warren and pulls him back in. The X-Men, desperate, lash themselves to the remaining blimps, abandoning the NhuıGhari, and are soon separated by the winds. Hank falls to earth in a jungle, at the feet of Ororo. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 6 Date: May-00 Story: Behold a Goddess Rising (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Candy Southern, Havok, Lorna Dane Guest Stars: Ororo Munroe, Ka-Zar Villains: Sauron (Karl Lykos); Deluge; Magneto (in flashback) Other Characters: Mkumba, Sigurd Jarlson, Arnstrom, Avia Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Bobby collapses, exhausted, on the shore of the Savage Land. Lykos saves him from a pterodactyl and fights off the impulse to consume his life energy. Candy confronts Xavier. Ororo introduces herself to Hank, who realizes she is a mutant. She started the storm (iss. 1-5), to fill a dam, but it was stolen from her. Jean finds Scott unconscious in the jungle, with Deluge investigating him, lifting his visor and actually holding his hand in the eye-beam. Ororo and Hank see the beam and come swinging through the vines, but Deluge easily bests them all. He ties them up and drowns them behind the dam. Alex, Lorna, and Ka-Zar investigate the fiery remains of Magnetoıs base; Lorna stops calling herself ³Magnetrix,² and Alex uses the word ³forestation.² Natives attack them. Warren and Avia are caught in the net of a fishing trawler. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 7 Date: Jun-00 Story: Power Play (22 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane Guest Stars: Ororo Munroe, Ka-Zar; The Fantastic Four: Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Crystal, Ben Grimm (the Thing), Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) Villains: Karl Lykos, Deluge Other Characters: Sigurd Jarlson, Arnstrom, Avia Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Jean telekinetically lifts Scottıs visor and telepathically opens his eyes, bursting the dam; Hank recovers enough to break them all free of their restraints. Lykos has rescued Bobby and taken him to a ruined camp. He has amnesia. Lorna, Alex, and Ka-Zar talk to the freed slaves of the NhuıGhari. The fishermen plan to sell Warren and Avia to a circus. Deluge still controls the storm; he was born albino, rejected by his village, captured by scientists, and rushed to the city with appendicitis. Angry that his people were being secretly isolated for study, his mutant power manifested. Now he wants to destroy the world. Jean mind-links Hank and Ororo, then takes off Scottıs visor to let Deluge absorb all his energy. He overloads and explodes. Ororo quells the storm and flies off; Scott finally wakes. They return to Westchester, find the mansion dark, and scuffle with the Fantastic Four, inside. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 8 Date: Jul-00 Story: Shadow on the Stars (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast; Iceman (in flashback) Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane, Candy Southern Guest Stars: The Changeling (in flashback); The Fantastic Four; Ka-Zar Villains: Sentinels, Grotesk (all in flashback); Krueger, the Phoenix force, the ZıNox Other Characters: Sigurd Jarlson, Arnstrom, Avia Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Inks: Joe Sinnott Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Four weeks ago: Jean, Scott, and Hank, disguised as the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, infiltrate a Sentinel base, fight them, and escape. Present: Jean dons her original uniform, and realizes Xavier is not right in the head. The FF want to know why Xavier was reading their minds; so he explains. Changeling took his place and was killed by Grotesk (X-Men I:42; already dying of cancer, he wanted to redeem himself). Meanwhile, Xavier united all humanityıs minds, channeled it through Jean, Alex, and Scott, and overwhelmed the invading ZıNox with our alien-ness, driving them away (X-Men I:65). Reed points out that they are still out there marauding the universe and takes them aboard his backward-engineered Skrull spaceship. They reach the ZıNox planet and attack. Just then the Phoenix force scans and enters Jean. Candy enters the mansion, but G-3 stops her in the foyer. Alex, Lorna, and Ka-Zar, having accomplished nothing in the Savage Land, come across Bobby. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 9 Date: Aug-00 Story: Dark Destiny (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Candy Southern Guest Stars: Agatha Harkness, Sue Richards, Franklin Richards, the Fantastic Four Villains: the Phoenix Force, the ZıNox, Karl Lykos, a Sentinel Other Characters: Ashley Martin Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Reed sent Sue and the baby to Harkness for safety. Sue is frustrated that sheıs no longer an active team member. Phoenix tries Jeanıs body and is impressed with its power. She attacks Reed, so Scott blasts her but holds back. She fries him, so Hank and Crystal try to stop her but canıt. Scott shakes her: it was a vision, which quickly fades from memory. They are still fighting the ZıNox. Hank says theyıre outnumbered, so Reed crashes into the main base on the surface. While the others battle a monster, he takes Ben and Hank to the main gravity drive, which reaches to the planetıs core. He wants to shift the entire world into the distortion zone on the edge of negative space, and Ben is the only one who can go deep enough. The ZıNox notice and activate the drive; Hank uses Reed like a rubber band to snatch up Ben before heıs trapped. They get away in time and congratulate themselves on tying up loose ends: the ZıNox will have energy, but no planets to destroy. Candy demands to speak with Xavier. Bobby is with Lykos. A Sentinel grabs a little girl in Illinois. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 10 Date: Sep-00 Story: Home Is Where the Hurt Is (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane, Candy Southern, Dr. Moira MacTaggert Guest Stars: Ka-Zar Villains: Amphibius, Magneto, Karl Lykos, a Sentinel Other Characters: Ashley Martin, Edna McCoy; Tanya (in flashback) Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Amphibius fishes Magneto out of icy waters. Moira tests Jean: something happened to her in space, but thereıs no trace now. Xavier took her to Muir while telling the boys they were in Boston, and Jean is uneasy with the deception. Xavier says he can share secrets only with her, since the others canıt defend against telepathy. They return to Westchester; Cerebro detected a mutant in Illinois, near Hankıs hometown. He and Xavier visit his mother, while Scott and Jean use Cerebro to locate Warren. Candy shows up, saying Xavier gave her access to the mansion, and she wants to go with them. Alex, Lorna, and Ka-Zar zip around the Antarctic looking for Bobby, who is still camping with Lykos. Lykos remembers being tempted to kill his girlfriend and jumping off a cliff instead (X-Men I:61), landing on a ledge and getting to the Savage Land. He found the remains of a German expedition on an island and hopes to use their equipment to tap geothermal energies to feed on. Xavier sends Hank to scout around the mutantıs unremarkable house. He finds an old barn out back, and a Sentinel inside. Jean makes Candy wear her green costume, to hide her identity, while she uses her school uniform. They fly to the freighter (iss. 7) and are attacked by telepathically shielded freaks. They fight their way below-decks and find a feather and then Warren. Ashley, a mutant, comes home and talks to Xavier, waiting in the front yard. Hank crashes through the house chased by the Sentinel, which has completed repairs, gasses Hank, and grabs Ashley, intending to destroy all mutants. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 11 Date: Oct-00 Story: Destroy All Mutants! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Candy Southern Guest Stars: Villains: Larry Trask and his Sentinels, Judge R.C. Chalmers (both in flashback); Kreuger and his freaks including Remiped; Magneto, Amphibius; Karl Lykos (Sauron); the Blob (Fred J. Dukes), Mastermind (Jason Wyngarde), Unus (Angelo Unuscione, a.k.a. Gunther Bain) Other Characters: Teri (see iss. 14) and Ashley Martin; Avia Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Four weeks ago, Larry Trask ordered the Sentinels inherited from his father Bolivar (X-Men I:14) to destroy all mutants. Bolivarıs friend Chalmers is horrified and rips the medallion from Larryıs neck. Turns out Larry is a mutant (X-Men I:58), and Bolivar made the medallion to mask him from the Sentinels, who now turn against him. Two weeks later, after Scott tricked the Sentinels into flying into the sun (X-Men I:59), the fragments of five units reassemble themselves. Now the Sentinel has got to Dunfee and captured Ashley. She scolds it for damaging her house and tells it to release her; it obeys. Jean, Scott, and Candy find and free Avia. Scott blasts back the shipıs freaks till Krueger arrives; he simply waves the blast away. He knows of the X-Men and has his own team of ³natureıs mistakes.² Magneto, his powers partially restored by healing gasses (iss. 3), sends Amphibius to reconnoiter; he finds Lykosıs camp. Hank wakes and fights the Sentinel till Ashley makes it stop. Her mother returns to the ruins of her home and has many questions. Kreuger wonıt say where Warren is and insists Avia was being properly punished. He mistakes Candy for Jean, which Scott hopes will help. Then he uses his mutant power to put them all to sleep. He radios Blob and offers to sell the X-Men, to add to his collection. Xavier says Ashley is a mutant, and she has the Sentinel explain that it flew randomly until it detected a mutant but broke down again before it could destroy her. Now its original programming reactivates, and it attacks Ashley, who yells at it, saying she doesnıt want to be friends any more, and that the 5 robots it is made of should hate each other as much as she does. That works, and the Sentinel violently disassembles. Hank holds back Mrs. Martin, since Ashleyıs mutant power has manifested, and she is angry. Bobby, running from Magneto, touches Lykos, which transforms him into Sauron. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 12 Date: Nov-00 Story: And Death Alone Shall Know My Name (38 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane, Candy Southern Guest Stars: Atlanteans including Namor the Sub-Mariner; the Fantastic Four (in foreshadow) Villains: Magneto, Amphibius; Karl Lykos (Sauron); Kreuger and his freaks including Blunt; Unus, Mastermind, Blob Other Characters: Teri and Ashley Martin Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Magneto forms a replacement helmet and plans to attack Bobby and Lykos. Alex and Lorna finally get to the same island (trying since iss. 8). In Illinois, Ashley gets mad at Xavier for ruining her robot. Her mutant ability is to put her life force into inanimate objects. She destroys Xavierıs wheelchair, and Hank snatches him out of it in time. Aboard ship, Candy frees herself. Unus and Mastermind arrive by boat to buy the X-Men and point out that Marvel Girl isnıt Candy, who slams Krueger with a grappling hook, but that fails to release Scott and Jean, so she runs for it, but Mastermind traps her in an illusion of an endless staircase. He then pays Krueger with illusory money, as he did for Warren. Magneto climbs down a shaft and finds geothermal equipment, so he brings lava up to power it. Bobby is suspicious of Lykos, especially when he sees him feeding off the energy of a baby dinosaur. They are interrupted by Magnetoıs attack, and when Bobby touches Lykos, it triggers him to become Sauron. Alex and Lornaıs craft goes haywire and crashes onto the island. Sauron attacks Magneto, mesmerizing him so that he thinks heıs fighting X-Men and losing. Bobby, his memory restored, goes to rescue Lorna and Alex. Alex is for letting Sauron and Magneto beat on each other, but Bobby ices up to prevent Sauron from feeding on Magnetoıs energy. Sauron mesmerizes Alex so he blasts Magneto. Lorna senses something as Magneto uses his power, so she takes Bobby to find and destroy his antennae. Magnetoıs power is cut off, but he has already brought lava to the surface, and the ground melts. He offers Sauron a deal, but he wonıt serve, and Magneto falls into boiling lava. Bobby follows but loses him and returns just in time to save Alex and Lorna from Sauron. But he mesmerizes them all into thinking they never saw him or Magneto, but just picked up Bobby and returned home. Sauron has no geothermal energy to sustain himself; Amphibius reverts to human form; Magneto crawls up from the ashes, saved by leftover healing factor (iss. 3); Namor notices the warm waters in the Antarctic and investigates, taking the half-dead Magneto to Atlantis. Note: that story was told in Fantastic Four 102. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 13 Date: Dec-00 Story: Blood and Circuses (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman, Angel Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane, Candy Southern Guest Stars: Villains: Mastermind, Blob, Unus, Kreuger Other Characters: Teri and Ashley Martin; Burtram Worthington, Kathryn Worthington Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Mastermind tries to convince Jean that Blob is Scott, but she is a telepath. He realizes it would be a challenge to fool her. In Dunfee, Xavier tells Mrs. Martin that her daughter is a mutant. Ashley, meanwhile, reassembles her Sentinel. Xavier decides he has no choice and manipulates Ashleyıs mind, a delicate operation. They both collapse. In Antarctica, Bobby, Lorna, and Alex retrieve their aircraft and start home. They find no one in the mansion, but Cerebro has detected a mutant in the Himalayas. The Brotherhood have Warren, Scott, and Candy caged in a circus; they show them that Jean is on their side now and send them into the big top to fight wild animals and killer clowns, with their mutant powers suppressed. Scott realizes Mastermind is messing with their perceptions and that he has blasted a hole under Blob. Warren ignores his eyes and flies Candy above the fray, while Scott blasts everything that moves. Jean telekinetically picks the lock on her cell and escapes, but Kreuger renders her unconscious. On Long Island, Warrenıs uncle Burtram and widowed mother Kathryn prepare to marry. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 14 Date: Jan-01 Story: Yet No More Like My Father (23 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman, Angel Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane, Candy Southern Guest Stars: Villains: Mastermind, Blob, Unus, Kreuger and his freaks including Blunt; Burtram Worthington (the Dazzler), Dr. Stuart Other Characters: Avia, Teri and Ashley Martin; Kathryn Worthington Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Dedicated to the Memory of: Dick Sprang Synopsis: Scott fights clowns. Warren puts Candy on the acrobatıs platform for safety and helps him. Blob criticizes Mastermindıs illusions. Krueger has shut down Jeanıs mind. In Dunfee, Xavier successfully cut off Ashleyıs mutant power. The police arrive, astonished at the giant robot on the lawn. Xavier says it is a crashed Sentinel, and Mrs. Martin says everything is okay. In Westchester, Bobby uses Cerebro to find the other X-Men, in Florida. He has Alex and Lorna help him secure the mansion (damaged in iss. 7) before going after them. Mastermind, Scott, and Warren lose their mutant powers; Krueger has caught them. He is angry at being paid with illusory money (iss. 12 -- Federal Reserve notes?) and demonstrates that Blob is now a pushover. Scott and Warren realize theyıre in a small circus tent, and they easily scare off the pathetic roustabouts. Krueger has Jean hostage; Candy swings down and kicks him in the head. The police take Unus, Blob, and Mastermind and tell the X-Men to get out of town. The freaks release Avia and the X-Menıs aircraft and go to make new lives for themselves. Candy tells Warren his mother is about to marry his uncle, a.k.a. the Dazzler, who entangled his father in a scheme to conquer the world with a diamond laser and then killed him. He also kidnapped Candy; Warren rescued her; the Dazzler punched him in mid-air, and he dropped them, swooped to save Candy, and assumed the Dazzler was dead (see Ka-Zar Quarterly and Marvel Tales). A little more than kin, and less than kind (Hamlet I.2). They fly to Westchester and pick up Bobby but refuse Alex and Lornaıs help, which Bobby thinks was rude. Scott berates Jean for using telepathy to make Kruegerıs freaks turn against him. They arrive at the Worthington estate on Long Island in civilian attire and meet Warrenıs family doctor, who is in on his secrets. They confront the Dazzler, who has practiced his power and can fry their brains with his light. Warrenıs mother interrupts, and everyone tries to act normal. Dr. Stuart says they canıt tell her anything, or the shock would kill her. Frailty, thy name is woman! (Hamlet, ibid.). Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 15 Date: Feb-01 Story: Death Be Not Proud (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman, Angel Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane, Candy Southern Guest Stars: Villains: Tad Carter; Burtram Worthington (the Dazzler), Dr. Stuart Other Characters: Avia, Kathryn Worthington Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Assoc. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor: Jason Liebig Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: The X-Men return to Westchester from their various adventures; Warren gets Avia to the autodoc; Scott warns him thereıs something rotten on the estate of the Worthingtons. They get Warren to tell them about the Dazzler. Lorna puts on a blonde wig and goes into town. Carter arranges to bump into her and buys her coffee. Stuart mentions that Warrenıs mother has started attending church and reading the Bible. Burtram asks Warren to be his Best Man. Jean canıt read his mind, and they are stymied, unable to attack Burtram for fear of hurting Kathryn. Stuart has a private word with Burtram: they are poisoning her tea so she will die three days after the wedding. Lorna returns to the mansion; Alex says sheıs been gone for nine hours, but she doesnıt remember it being that long. He uses Cerebro to isolate the anomaly in the Himalayas, then drags her along: he wants to prove himself. On her wedding day, Kathryn collapses. Stuart says itıs just exhaustion, but Hank realizes something is up. Burtram drops all pretense, suits up as the Dazzler, says heıs after the money, and uses his light to attack their nervous systems. He realizes thereıs an X-Man missing; Scott blasts him out the window, and Warren, furious, beats him up. Scott and Hank have to restrain him. Burtram surrenders; Jean reaches into his mind and shuts off his mutant power. He implicates Stuart, who admits he always considered Warren a blight on the Worthington heritage. He says thereıs no way to save Kathryn, since Burtram overdid the poison. Her dying wish is for her Angel to take her home to heaven, so he flies her up to the clouds till she passes over. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 16 Date: Mar-01 Story: Echoes of a Lost Generation (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman, Angel Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane, Candy Southern Guest Stars: First Line: Yeti, Pixie; Inhumans: Black Bolt, Medusa Villains: Burtram Worthington (the Dazzler), Dr. Stuart, Kraven the Hunter Other Characters: Constable Barber, Avia, Teri and Ashley Martin; Rapunzel (in flashback) Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Assoc. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: The X-Men return to the mansion and find a message from Alex: he and Lorna took the Sentinel ship to the Himalayas. The X-Men are not pleased. Lorna wakes in the snow: the ship was knocked out of the sky, and she doesnıt see Alex. She takes shelter in a nearby temple and then screams. The police investigate the double-murder at the Worthingtons, but Jean manipulated Stuart and Burtramıs minds so they couldnıt denounce Warren as a mutant. A mysterious someone easily breaks into the mansion, invisible to its defenses. He knocks out Avia with a karate chop. The X-Men get to the Himalayas and get knocked out of the sky by a boulder thrown by Yeti. Xavier is with the Martins in their wrecked house with a broken Sentinel in the yard. He tells Mrs. Martin her daughter is not brain damaged, but sheıs still a powerful mutant. Yeti was a hero, one of the First Line, who vanished before the Fantastic Four were formed. He has gone feral, and the X-Men canıt stop him, but then he turns to stone. The Inhumans have arrived. Yeti was one of them, but he was too wild and left the Great Refuge. The Skrulls invaded earth, killing all the First Line but Yeti and Pixie, and Yeti took the dead body of his Skrull girlfriend Rapunzel into the mountains and never left. Lorna wakes next to Alex. The Inhumans fix the X-Menıs craft, and they all fly away. Jean is upset that no one remembers the First Line, who died as heroes. In the mansion they find Kraven, with Avia hostage. He wants to hunt one of the X-Men. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 17 Date: Apr-01 Story: Hunter and Hunted (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane Guest Stars: Agt. Fred Duncan Villains: Kraven the Hunter; (Tobias) Messenger, Tad Carter, Simon Other Characters: Avia, Teri Martin Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Assoc. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Hank runs from Kraven while the other X-Men have Avia in the autodoc: Kraven poisoned her and offered them the antidote if Hank gave him a good hunt. He put traps all over the grounds, and Hank is subtly poisoned by each one. Messenger leads a secret organization (the Promise, see next iss.) which ages very slowly and has plans for Lorna. They contact her telepathically, distracting her. In Dunfee, Duncan helps out and sees that Xavier and Mrs. Martin are attracted to each other. The X-Men go to help Hank; Alex and Bobby bicker, and Jean has to separate them. Kraven attacks the weakened Hank, who chatters as he fights but is unable to vanquish his adversary. Kraven admits heıs using poison, so Hank has no reason to hold back and attacks furiously. Kraven blasts with the eyes on his vest, but Hank catches and pounds him; Scott arrives and has to blast Hank to make him stop. Kraven keeps his word and provides antidotes. The X-Men canıt turn him over to the police without revealing themselves, so Jean wipes his mind. Hank is ashamed he lost control. Alex is frantic: Lorna floated up into the air and disappeared. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 18 Date: May-01 Story: Promise of a New Tomorrow (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane Guest Stars: Villains: Claw (in flashback); Tobias Messenger and the Promise: Tad Carter, Craig, Gracie, Lucy Robinson (see iss. 21), Simon, Gene Other Characters: Teri Martin Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Assoc. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: On an autumn night, Warren flies over Long Island Sound toward Westchester, where he sees Lorna floating away. Bobby is angry with Alex for not stopping her, but he couldnıt blast her out of the sky. Hank and Jean left Kraven (last iss.) with a telepathic suggestion to turn himself in to the police. Lorna knows her mind is clouded; when she lands, Carter (iss. 15) greets her. Messenger, born mute, telepathically welcomes her. Warren flies ahead of the Blackbird to lead the team to Lorna. Alex tries to enter the building, but it has a telepathic shield that induces sleep, and Jean canıt read anything inside. Then a monster attacks. In Dunfee, Mrs. Martin questions Xavierıs methods. Her husband was killed in action (nuclear sub in the navy). Messenger explains: Claw formed the group to exploit their powers. After he was defeated, Messenger took over. They put themselves in suspended animation and emerge once a decade. Outside, the X-Men see illusions of each other as monsters and defeat themselves; only Alex is left standing (although Scott has always been immune to his power). Gracie takes Lornaıs form, kisses him, and then drains him into unconsciousness. Messenger accuses Xavier of indoctrinating his followers, like Magneto. He says neither oneıs vision will work, and the only resolution to the human-mutant conflict is war, before mutants start battling each other. They want Lorna and Alex to join them, and Lucy wants Warren, too, because heıs beautiful. The Promise found a vast network of tunnels, and they bring Lorna down to put her into hibernation with them. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 19 Date: Jun-01 Story: Broken Promises (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane Guest Stars: Villains: Mole Man; Tobias Messenger and the Promise: Tad Carter, Craig, Gracie, Lucy Robinson, Simon, Gene Other Characters: Teri Martin Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: Greg Wright Assoc. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Hank faces a giant beetle and judiciously runs; Scott finds him and blasts it. Jean and Bobby show up; they wonder if they were shrunk or transported back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. Hank realizes theyıre in a huge chamber; Scott finds a metal floor under the dirt; Hank says itıs ancient. Mole Man observes them on TV monitors. In Dunfee, Xavier is disturbed from his coziness with Teri: his telepathic bond to his students has been broken. Scott canıt blast through the metal, and Jean canıt sense anything. Messenger speaks mentally, saying he was born in 1859. Mute, he learned to use his telepathy to communicate and searched the world for mutants. They worked together to shorten World War I but slowly aged and died off, so Messenger put himself in suspended animation, emerging once a decade to check on things. He plans to leave the X-Men trapped in this environment for their safety, while he returns to hibernation with his recent recruits, including Lorna, Alex, and Warren. Scott is able to crack the floor; Bobby uses ice to widen it, and they start down a tunnel of machinery. Thereıs not enough humidity in the air, so Bobby deices before he dehydrates. They enter a chamber with a giant fan, and Jean telekinetically fights the air currents so they donıt get sucked in. She canıt hold on, and Scott blasts the fanıs engine, but they still get sucked into a net stretched over the fan, and then drop into a subterranean chamber. Mole Man is there, and he attacks. Lucy emerges from hibernation and wakes Warren; she wants his help getting back at the people who stole her life. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 20 Date: Jul-01 Story: Worlds within Worlds (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane Guest Stars: Namor (the Sub-Mariner); the Fantastic Four: Reed and Sue Richards, Ben Grimm, Johnny Storm, Crystal Villains: Magneto; Mole Man and his Subterraneans; Lucy Robinson Other Characters: Teri Martin, Mike Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: VLM Assoc. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: On the ocean floor lays Atlantis and the palace of Namor, its king. Magneto allies with him against the humans. Mole Man has the X-Men brought to him; they protest, so he proves his heightened senses and agility by thrashing them. When Jean lifts him, he pushes a button and reveals ³the mind-numbing glare of the Valley of Diamonds.² They are stunned, but Bobby ices it over. Mole Man pulls a cord to open the floor, and monsters attack. Warren takes Lucy home to Philadelphia. Sheıs been in suspended animation for the better part of 30 years, and her aged son is angry she deserted him and lashes out at all mutants. They leave, and Lucy tells Warren she chose not to use her power of suggestion on her own son. Warren asserts his will and returns to free Alex and Lorna. Xavier sees Reed on TV saying magnetic waves attacked from Atlantis, Ben shot a missile in response, and an Atlantean armada is approaching. In astral form, he investigates and confirms Magnetoıs involvement. Magneto is surprised he is alive (X-Men I:42) and refuses to call off the attack. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 21 Date: Aug-01 Story: Let Loose the Dogs of War (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane Guest Stars: Namor, Sue Richards; Eternals Ikaris and Pixie; Lady Dorma Villains: Magneto; Mole Man and his Subterraneans; Lucy Robinson Other Characters: Teri and Ashley Martin Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: VLM Assoc. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada President: Bill Jemas Synopsis: Magneto tricked the Fantastic Four and Namor into fighting each other (cf. Fantastic Four I:102). He magnetically grabs Sueıs craft, while Xavier in astral form warns him thatıll just anger both Reed and Namor. Warren tries to get Lucy to free Alex and Lorna from hibernation, but she says it would kill them. Xavier visits; heıs heard of Messenger and has them speed up the chronometer so the pods will open. Mole Man says his memory is back, and heıs angry at the X-Men (see iss. 34). He drops the team into a chamber that amplifies every sound to concussive force. Teri leaves Xavier unconscious and takes her daughter to school; Xavier has wiped Ashleyıs mind and turned off her power. Changing the clock has somehow accelerated time, and Alexıs power overloads. Boom. Heıs okay, and they quickly get him into his containment suit. Lornaıs pod is damaged, and Lucy has to use her power on Alex to make him go to New York and help the Fantastic Four, while she stays to stabilize her. Warren searches tunnels for the rest of the team and is frozen by pixie dust. Pixie and Ikaris want to keep the Eternals a secret, and they wonder what the rise of mutants means for them. Alex finds Manhattan crawling with Atlanteans and blasts them, but then the human mob attacks him. He blasts and runs to save himself. Xavier checks Atlantis and finds Magneto has kidnapped Dorma, and Namor is furious. Magneto orders him to attack the Baxter Building. Issue: X-Men: The Hidden Years 22 Date: Sep-01 Story: Friends and Enemies (22 pages) Feature Characters: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman Regular Characters: Havok, Lorna Dane, Candy Southern Guest Stars: The Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Crystal, the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), the Thing (Ben Grimm); Namor, Lady Dorma, Sue Richards Villains: Mole Man and his Subterraneans, Magneto, the Promise including Lucy Robinson, Tad, Simon, Craig, Tobias Messenger (deceased) Other Characters: Teri and Ashley Martin Credits: Writer, Art: John Byrne, Tom Palmer Colors: VLM Assoc. Editor: Lysa Hawkins Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada President: Bill Jemas Synopsis: The Fantastic Four brace against Atlanteans in the elevator. Xavier arrives in psi-form to help Reed make a device to defeat Magneto. Mole Man has the X-Men captive, but Hank breaks the bonds, so Mole Man triggers an avalanche. Warren wakes and carries Scott as he blasts the rubble. Reed zaps Magneto, and when he uses his power, the device grows stronger. He is trapped in a cone of magnetism. Dorma and Sue are freed. The X-Men climb to the surface. Bobby is ready to forgive Xavier, who didnıt foresee the Changelingıs death (X-Men I:42). They emerge onto the devastated remains of Monster Island (Fantastic Four I:1). Xavier floats over to Alex and keeps his path clear. Lucy revived Lorna and the Promise, but Messenger is dead. The rest are sick of hibernation and split up. Xavier returns to his body and finally leaves Dunfee, driving his own modified car all the way. He promises to return and remove Ashleyıs mental blocks when itıs safe. Heıs flattered by Teriıs affection, but thereıs no room in his life for romance. Hank and Warren returned Avia to the Savage Land. The team throws Hank a surprise 20th birthday party, and he blows the candles off the cake. Note: the series ends, 5 issues too early to lead into Krakoa.
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