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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 79

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a cool moment from Roy Thomas and Neal Adams’ X-Men run.


To set up the scene in X-Men #62, Angel is in rough shape (seemingly dead, even) in the Savage Land.

The rest explains itself…

The “moment” would definitely be the reveal that this was Magneto on the last page.

It’s quite interesting to note how long it was before we actually saw Magneto’s full face!!

Great scene by a great creative team (and we musn’t forget to mention Tom Palmer’s awesome inks).


Brilliant moment, absolutely awesome! In fact, I haven’t read this one for a while, and re reading it now I realize how a gem of a moment it is.

So the X-Men had never seen Magneto’s face before this? Were those cyborg arms also a part of his disguise, or was there actually something wrong with his arms?

And why is Angel’s suit red on the first page and blue on the following ones?

The moment’s kind of ruined for future readers though because the whole time reading I was wondering what the moment was and who the Magneto-looking guy was. And I was also thinking, “Damn, who draws like THAT anymore!”. Neal Adams is the MAN!

It’s even more ruined if you knew Magneto created the Savage Land mutates. You’re just left wondering why Angel didn’t figure it out…

I think that was Angel’s third costume in three issues.

Awesome choice, This was my first comic book ever (Part of the X-Men classic line) and it’s still just as awesome.

oh FLICKERING spark!!! love old school lettering

nice moment interesting to learn the original x-men did not know what Magneto looked like without his uniform. and to cross paths in the savage land. and not know cool momement

Like another first-time X-Men moment involving Prof X a few issues after this one, it was a great moment because it was the “first” time. If it’s been cheapened at all, it’s because of how many times the same “revelation” has been repeated. How many times can the same character return from the dead?
If you’re worried about doing too many cool moments from comics drawn by Neal Adams, don’t be! Keep ‘em coming!

Tuomas, I believe Angel was put in the blue suit by Mangeto when he rescued him.

“And why is Angel’s suit red on the first page and blue on the following ones?”

Sudden Costume Change?


Also, Magneto is wearing that cybernetic get-up to restrict his magnetic powers, to prevent them from harming his delicate machinery in the base. He explains that in the next issue, which I just read for the first time about a week ago. Weird coincidence that this would be a “moment” so soon after. :)

Hey, Brian… just a little creative criticism… It would be helpful if you included the date of these comics. Some of us aren’t as well-versed in when these stories take place.

Oh, and it’s nice to see an X-Men moment that actually occurs before we meet the New X-Men.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

March 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Angel’s blue suit is Magneto’s creation because his red one was torn up. An Avengers issue down the way a few years (naturally) reveals that it’s some kind of Magneto-boosting energy siphon put into place for a future scheme.

Also, this wasn’t just the first time the X-Men saw Magneto sans helmet and costume; it’s the first time the readers did, too!

[…] and it’s in a very subtle manner that I think has a lot of potential. This is a lot like something Brian Cronin pointed out back on the 20th, when he highlighted X-MEN #62 in his A YEAR OF COOL COMIC BOOK MOMENTS entry for […]


a question: when did marvel’s mutants switch from being caused by radiation to evolution?

[…] of Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, Angel and particularly the villain Magneto (as I noted awhile back in one of my Cool Comic Book Moments, it would be years before we would ever see Magneto’s FACE, let alone an origin for the […]

“a question: when did marvel’s mutants switch from being caused by radiation to evolution?”

It’s a timeline problem. In the 80s it was made clear that Prof X and Magneto were born before the war and before nuclear tests. So the whole idea of mutants are natural evolution came up.

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