- The Original 5... ✖️✖️✖️
Jack is often recognized for his many creations in the 60s Marvel Universe... but one particular creation that he is often overlooked for is the X-Men! Jack did the pencils and covers for issues 1-10, and continued to contribute pencil layouts and cover designs well into the 20s of the run.
My favorite issue of the early ones that Jack designed is #Issue5
from May of 1964. Which opens with this beauty of an opening splash page that features Charles Xavier and his five member team of Super teens!
Fresh off a battle with Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the team is heading back to the X Mansion to recoup. This stunning splash features the whole original squad: Angel, Beast, Iceman, Marvel Girl And Cyclops! ✖️✖️✖️
The team is so full of power and prestige in this shot... Iceman looks more like Ice and less like a snowman, Angel looks majestic swooping in from on high, Marvel Girl has her awesome original hood (which I love), Beast is putting his best (huge) foot forward... but the star of this page is Cyclops!!! ✖️✖️✖️
Probably my least favorite X-Men in terms of actual characters, this image of Cyclops is just amazing to me. I think it’s probably the fact that Jack gave him two glowing eyes in this shot as opposed to the general glowing visor we usually see in the comics. ✖️✖️✖️
This image reminds me of Charlie the Robot (the eyes!!!) from the Opening Credits of Scooby Doo (pic 2)... maybe the lead character designer on Scooby Iwao Takamoto was a fan of the King!
What is really sad here is many of the original penciled pages from Jack’s X-Men (including this one) run are lost... some say they were destroyed by staff as ordered by management, lost in that mysterious “fire” that Marvel claims happened in the late 60s... or possibly they are in the private collection of some lucky Marvel office staffer!!! It’s a shame, I would love to see this page pre color & inks!
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