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Uncanny X-Men (1963) #14

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For the first time, the Sentinels walk the Earth! To protect humanity from mutantkind, they've decided to conquer the world - and only the X-Men can stop them!
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First of all: Marvel Unlimited is really acting up on me lately. The comment section is regularly not working, unless I sign out and sign back in again, and sometimes the site tries to do me a favor by signing out already, without me saying it. Which is quite bothersome in the middle of an issue...

Back to the comic. Splash-Page: Cyclops is happy, his powers are coming back, having feared they might have vanished after he used them so much against the Juggernaut. I...always thought he hoped they would vanish. Also, what kind of newspaper is Professor X reading? Some guy says a certain group of people is a menace, and they actually have someone draw a picture of humanity enslaved by them and put it in the newspaper. Imagine them trying that with Soviets!

Random pedastrian: "I never even heard of him! I'll bet he's a communist!"

Anyway, this marks a big change in the X-Men-stories. Before this, they were basically an alternate Fantastic Four: A group of heroes, battling certain menaces, mostly adored by the other people. Now Stan finally acts on the "mutants are mistrusted"-angle and has someone openly fueling the fear of them. It also introduces the sentinels...although they behave more like typical robots in stories of the sixties: "We are tasked to protect humanity. The worst enemy of humanity is humanity itself. So let's enslave them and protect them that way." So logical...

And why do they misbehave? "Trask (the creator) was an anthropologist, not a robotoc expert!" Hey, you recognize different scientific fields! And...you kinda forget to say, why he still was able to build such a sophisticated machine...

"Follow that guy! He tried to kill the cab-driver and has some kind of death-dealing eyes!" - "...why should we follow him then? I'd rather run away as fast as I can!" Surprisingly, this actually seemed to happen in the story.

Anyway, all joking aside, this story is a nice setup for a new kind of menace, and a great turning point for the X-Men...although it does hurt to have the Sentinels so 60es-robot-like.