Episode 050, “City of Mutants”

X-Aspirations Episode 050
X-Men #50, November 1968
“City of Mutants”
Written by Arnold Drake, Pencils by Jim Steranko, Inked by John Tartaglione, Lettering by Herb Cooper, Edited by Stan Lee.

Also Included: “This Boy — This Bombshell!”
Written by Arnold Drake, Pencils by Werner Roth, Inked by John Verpoorten, Lettering by Herb Cooper, Edited by Stan Lee.

Steranko Brew — Killin What’s Inside of You.

In Which We Discover That Supervillains Are Irresistibly Drawn To Scandinavian Modular Furniture, That Magneto Likes To Spend His Downtime Cruising The Caribbean Mixing Fruity Drinks, And That The Only Dark Lord To Which Lorna Dane Will Bow Down Is His Royal Highness, The Blizzard of Oz!

Until Evil Mutants Recognize That Systems Of Meritocracy Vastly Outperform Those Founded On Hereditary Monarchy, They Are Doomed To Wear Those Silly Helmets.

Examples of Jim Steranko art — the covers to Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 and #7 — showing both elements of Op Art (optical illusions) and Surrealism.

Here is the panel sequence that was judged too edgy by the comic book code. This is the page as published. The original had the phone off the hook and the final panel was a passionate embrace. The picture of the gun that was published instead in the last panel was actually just grabbed off the first panel.

This is one of the concept art pieces Jim Steranko did for the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Spielberg ended up shooting an almost identical shot for the film.


If their eyes and fingers are normal-sized then what you have is an everyday human abduction, not an alien one.

Your anal probe mileage may vary.


Ah Jeez. They even have dudes begging at stop lights in surreal, futuristic mutant-scapes. Don’t make eye contact and show no interest in their citrus fruit!

Hey, it’s not cheating if its Mutant Energy Stimulation!

In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the X-Men.

Every time Jean had to make a tough moral decision, one of the better angels of her nature would beat the ever-loving crap out of a base demon of her desires. This usually left her more confused than ever.

Hey Kids! Don’t be the last on your block to get the new transparent Johnny Space Command Center! Act now and get a free Bag O’Glass!

Bobby was starting to suspect this day spa was non-accredited.

Even after a full day at the Trekkie convention, Lorna remained incapable of a proper “Live Long and Prosper”.

Lorna was still working out the kinks in her new home theater sound system.

Huddle up. Let me tell you a story about the Gipper… Ah screw it. Win or I kill your families.

One Response to “Episode 050, “City of Mutants””

  1. CLUCK KENT88 says:

    Great Book. But what is that green nugget really. On the first page to the right. I am sure it won’t be the last time that I don’t get whall reading the X-Men in the 60’s lol

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