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Welcome to the four hundred and eleventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and ten. This week, what future member of the X-Men was created due to a mix-up between two X-Men writers who both had plans for the same character? Was Victor Fox really DC’s accountant when he decided to start his own company? And what’s he deal with hairless Wolverine?
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COMIC LEGEND: Was Lady Mastermind invented because two X-Men writers were using the first female Mastermind at the same time?
In the mid-1990s Wolverine/Gambit mini-series, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale introduced a new character…
she was then revealed to be the daughter of and successor to the X-Men villain Mastermind…
Fast forward a few years and Joe Casey has taken over writing Uncanny X-Men while Chris Claremont was given his own title, X-Treme X-Men.
Both Casey and Claremont work Mastermind into their story arcs. However, this was not communicated to both writers so when they realized what had happened, someone needed to change their story. Likely deciding he didn’t want to lose ANOTHER character to an editorial mix-up (more on that one in a later edition of CBLR!) Claremont instead invented a SECOND daughter of Mastermind named Regan who was LADY Mastermind!
So Casey had Mastermind in his X-Corps story…
While Claremont had Lady Mastermind in his own…
Mike Carey later made Lady Mastermind a member of the X-Men (it was short-lived. She is a villain at heart). And she only existed because of a continuity mix-up! Hilarious!
Thanks to reader Chris C. for the suggestion and thanks to Joe Casey for the confirmation!
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