The X-Men #11, May 1965
X-traordinary script by: Stan Lee
X-travagant art by: Jack Kirby
X-ceptional inking by: Chic Stone
X-emplory lettering by: Artie Simek
This is a pretty lame issue. You can tell that there’s still a lot of the influence of earlier, pre-superhero sci-fi comics in Stan Lee’s writing with stuff like this. I mean, you can’t blame the guy or anything, it’s just interesting to see the slight differences between the two styles. One always had goofy twist endings about aliens, and the other had mutants who can read people’s minds. Very, very different styles of writing.
Cerebro detects a new mutant… one so powerful it blows it up before it can show his picture! The X-Men blindly take to the streets in search of anything weird, but by pure chance Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants finds him first. He’s a weird, white-haired guy who just calls himself “a stranger”, but his powers appear to be many and far more powerful than even Magneto’s. A fight takes place between the two mutant groups, but the Stranger absconds with Magneto and Toad (after turning Mastermind into stone) back to where he came from… OUTER SPACE! Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch decide they’re done with this shit, and go join the Avengers.
Obviously this issue comes before The Avengers #16, where Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join the Avengers. I guess I should explain my system for reading these comics in “more or less” chronological order. See, I just start with the first comic, that has an issue (with superheroes, or in the case of Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, characters which would eventually get folded into the main Marvel superhero continuity), then put that in a column on my big ol’ Excel spreadsheet. As new comics come in, they get added in as new columns, and I just go across horizontally by publication date. Now, this isn’t a perfect system because publication dates are only on a month by month situation, and they come out at different points during the month. Also, half the time, they actually come out the month BEFORE the date on the issue, because of some weird publication thing I don’t understand and probably never will. Anyway, I just wanted to explain why sometimes these comics aren’t going to be in strictly chronological order, but it’s good enough for me.