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Uncanny X-Men (1963) #2

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The master of magnetism has taken over a missile base, and only the strangest teens of all time stand between him and victory! It’s the X-Men’s first day of class, and Magneto wants to make it a memorable one — and their last!
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Prof X is mean.. and that was a sinister way of defeating a villain. He had no restraint on wiping everyone's mind. The Xmen seem so very weak (and stupid) for such powerful beings, but I suppose that is to make them fallible so they can grow in the future. 

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Well that was...something. Early X-Men, so they haven't quite found their format yet. A little "celebreties like the Avengers", a little "why do they keep their identities a secret like Spider-Man", good ties to the government, all this feels a bit wrong for them, considering their later history. The two main flaws of the story are of course the more laughable villain (Here's an idea, US government. If he announces to steal the plans - make fake ones. And guard one of them heavily, while locking the real ones up somewhere. Don't have them ready to transport in a bag. Also: What did the Vanisher need goons for? And why are they waiting on the White House lawn? He can't make all of them vanish at once, can he?) and the morally atrocious solution of: Let's mindwipe him. Oh, and it's very nice of all the crooks to not tell anyone, Charles Xavier declared himself a mutant...

Not the best story, but Stan and Co were still looking for their direction with the team.