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Drawing Crazy Patterns – The X-Mansion Is Destroyed!

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

Today, based on suggestions by readers Jim R. and James C., we take a look at the X-Men and the surprising frequency of their home base of the X-Mansion being destroyed.

Enjoy!

(NOTE: Click on any of the double-page spreads below to enlarge the image)

The X-Mansion was originally Charles Xavier’s family estate in Westchester Country, New York. It eventually became the home to Charles Xavier’s School for Mutants and the home base of the X-Men.

While it saw some damage over the years (perhaps most notably when the Juggernaut attacked it) it would not be until Uncanny X-Men #154 (by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, Bob Wiacek and Joe Rubinstein) that the mansion was first destroyed by some alien bounty hunters searching for Corsair…

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By #163, the mansion was being rebuilt…

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And by the next issue, everything was finished…

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In Uncanny X-Men #243 (by Claremont, Marc Silvestri and Hilary Barta), the combined forces of X-Men and X-Factor track Mister Sinister back to the then-abandoned X-Mansion. As it turns out, it was a trap by Sinister, who lured them there just to do the following…

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The Mansion was rebuilt in time for X-Men #1 in 1991.

The next destruction of the Mansion is a weird one.

When Xorn is revealed to be Magneto in New X-Men #146, we never actually see him destroy the mansion (now dubbed the Xavier Institute)….

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But in X-Men #155 (by Chuck Austen, Salvador Larroca and Danny Miki), we see that Magneto DID destroy the mansion off-panel…

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In Astonishing X-Men #9 (by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday), the Danger Room coems to life and uses her ability to control other X-Men machinery to send the X-Men’s own plane, the Blackbird, barreling through the mansion, destroying it (or close enough to destroying for Wolverine to hang a lampshade on the whole cliche a bit)….

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Finally, at the end of X-Men #205 (by Mike Carey, Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend), Chapter Five of the Messiah Complex storyline, the X-Men’s Sentinel bodyguards turn on the X-Men and destroy the school…

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Ed Brubaker, Billy Tan and Danny Miki continue the destruction in Uncanny X-Men #493(Chapter Six)…

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This time around, the X-Men leave Westchester period and set up shop in San Francisco. Wolverine later rebuilt the school as the Jean Grey School. It has yet to be destroyed…but it is only a matter of time!

Okay, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed ‘em! If you have any ideas for future editions of Drawing Crazy Patterns, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

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X-Mansion, Avengers Mansion, Baxter Building, Four Freedoms Plaza…

It’s become a tired cliche by now. Has the Parker family house ever been razed? ‘Cause that’s the only one that doesn’t spring to mind.

Over at DC, anything the Justice League, Justice Society, Titans, Legion, or Outsiders have ever occupied have suffered similar fates, some of them several times over.

In the pages taken from Uncanny X-Men 243, what the heck is going on with Havok’s costume? Is it supposed to look like that, with bare midriff and a cleavage window! On a man! Or is that battle damage?

I feel like the X-mansion has been destroyed at least 15 different times. At least the first time it was destroyed it took 9 or 10 issues to rebuild. Every time the city is destroyed by an alien threat, civil war or whatever it takes 1 issues to rebuild the entire thing. It’s pretty silly.

The first couple times is was OMG! shocking! Now it’s ‘meh, the mansion blew up again…’

@Clutch
Yes, the Parker family home was destroyed during JMS’ run. Some former classmate of Peter destroyed it. Ironically it was because of him being Peter Parker, not Spidey. Afterward, Tony Stark put up the money to rebuild it. It was right around the time Peter was being groomed as Stark’s protege leading up to Civil War.

@Clutch, yup, the Parker house was destroyed during JMS’s run.

Wasn’t the X-Mansion destroyed (or at least cleaned out of all signs of life) during Operation: Zero Tolerance?

It’s interesting that stuff like this starts happening with a greater & great frequency as the years go on.

We actually DID see Magneto destroy the mansion in a double page splash towards the end of New X-Men #147.

Rob, I thought we saw in #147 too, but on review it’s a shot of Magneto trashing NYC .

Ah, wait! There it is! I’d forgotten that issue had *two* red-tinted splash pages.

@kapit – yeah it was stripped of all technology by Bastion. During the Kelly/Seagle run they had a danger room made out of swinging logs and stuff.

I always got a kick out of how superhero headquarters like Avengers Mansion and X-Mansion always had framed photos and portraits of the team in costume hanging on the walls everywhere.

Even once the mansion is destroyed and rebuilt, they’ve always got fresh new photos back up on the walls.

Who are these photographers that gets these superheroes to pose for these shoots, and does Prof. X mind-wipe them after he pays them? (kind of blows the school’s cover, one would think).

@bengrimm – During Inferno, Havok initially sided with Madelyne Pryor/Goblin Queen and was transformed into the trashy, midriff-baring “Goblin Prince”.

The mansion wasn’t destroyed during Zero Tolerance, but Bastion did steal all their stuff. Like, right down to the wallpaper.

Ahhh. Thanks for the clarification Michael P

The fact that the mansion gets destroyed so often might, similar to the many deaths of Professor Xavier, be a good reminder to future creators just not to bother with it. It’s harder to see the X-Men as outlaws on the fringes of society when they live in a posh mansion and have an unlimited budget from Xavier’s inheritance.

I chronicled and cataloged every instance of the destruction and rebuilding of DOCTOR STRANGE’s SANCTUM SANCTORUM in a series of blog posts…

You can find the links to them all here:

http://sanctumsanctorumcomix.blogspot.com/2008/11/housing-crisis-sanctus-interruptus-part_30.html

I dare say the Sanctum has been destroyed more times than the Baxter Building or the X-Mansion (well… maybe more than the X-Mansion. We’ll have to have a count to see. But I’ll bet it’s close).

~P~

Oops… that’s the LAST entry (the INFINITE entry – which chronicled “alternate reality versions” of the Sanctum).
The FIRST entry of the series can be found here:

http://sanctumsanctorumcomix.blogspot.com/2008/11/housing-crisis-sanctus-interruptus-part.html

There are links to each subsequent entry at the end of each entry, so you can follow along.
(The first is merely a set-up to the idea, and the [wrecking] ball gets rolling in entry # 2)

~P~

I remember the New X-Men issues where Magneto seemingly takes down half of New York City and then wondering why no one else in the Marvel Universe seemed to notice this apocalyptic event. Of course, New York is destroyed more often than the X-Mansion and Avengers mansions combined, so its probably just another day for New Yorkers.

It’s a cross media pattern, as the mansion also got leveled in an explosion set by Mystique (masquerading as Xavier) in X-Men: Evolution.

after all the times the xmansion has been destroyed one would think the x-men would just say enough and either try and build it out of admantium or maybe just go live in the savage land or an island.

In Uncanny #243 there was some demon influence going on (long story). You can see it in Storm’s appearance as well.

Regarding the Parker house, its destruction and replacement in the Ultimate Spiderman cartoon was rather amusing.

They should just “kill two birds with one stone”‘ and crash a SHIELD Helicarrier on the X-mansion already.

who’s the guy who identifies himself as “the Indian” in the last image????

How did the X-men survive the mansion being blown up with them inside it I. Uncanny 243?

Charlie X, they survived the same way that superheroes regularly get knocked out without any lingering brain damage. You know, comics stuff.

Since he wanted them alive, I imagine it was a controlled explosion by Sinister.

who’s the guy who identifies himself as “the Indian” in the last image????

James Proudstar, also known as Warpath.

@Drew G.: Xorn actually addresses why the other heroes aren’t stopping him. He gave them a false, misleading space threat to chase after. A flippant remark, and doesn’t address more street-level heroes, but it’s in there.

@Rollo Tomassi & @Jason McNamara: Thanks for the info, guys. Much appreciated.

@dhole said:

“I always got a kick out of how superhero headquarters like Avengers Mansion and X-Mansion always had framed photos and portraits of the team in costume hanging on the walls everywhere.

Even once the mansion is destroyed and rebuilt, they’ve always got fresh new photos back up on the walls.

Who are these photographers that gets these superheroes to pose for these shoots, and does Prof. X mind-wipe them after he pays them? (kind of blows the school’s cover, one would think).”

LMAO! You bring up an excellent point. I can see how Jarvis would keep copies of the Avengers’ various portraits since their existence as a team is public knowledge, but the X-Men?

Xavier would indeed have to mind-wipe the photographers unless one of the supporting cast (say, Moira) had taken all of those in costume shots. You’d think that a school would have students pose for portraits in standard uniforms or even civvies.

The pictures are taken by Xavier, or Jean, or someone, using their telekinetic powers to hold the camera up and mentally snap the picture.

Xavier always “accidentally” cuts off the tops of people’s heads (because he’s so ashamed of his own bald head). Jean always claims that Scott blinked and she has to take another one (“I’m wearing my ruby quartz glasses, how can you tell?!”). And Emma always takes pictures of the team and makes sure to get Wolverine looking in the wrong direction.

I always hated it that they made such a big deal about the destruction of the mansion, but then shortly had it back to status quo. By that I mean that they made a big deal about it in a way that indicated “now they won’t have the resources they used to” Kind of making them more limited. However then a few issues later, it was right back to normal. The same when Bastion emptied the mansion. They made a big deal about how they didn’t have all their stuff including not having a med lab. Wow they’re really going to need to struggle now, not having all the benefits of cool tech like they used to…… 2 issues later, they’re right back to the way things were. Let’s explore that new development for awhile. Maybe have them slowly build up again, and even perhaps use some more conventional versions as opposed to their superior tech.

They had no med lab and had to scrounge from the local pharmacy (though with Cannonballs super speed), so maybe have just a table and a first aid kit for awhile, then a regular med room without all the futuristic scanners and equipment. Maybe go back to a regular mechanical Danger Room for awhile instead of the reality altering/realistic holograms.

What I’m really saying is that if it’s going to be a BIG DEAL, then there really needs to be some effect for awhile at least.
“OH MY GOD! THE MANSION WAS DESTROYED” But we don’t really care, because everything is back to normal 2 issues latter. So what they really meant was “meh the mansion was destroyed……Yawn”.

Hey, I thought I gave you this suggestion in that last Drawing Crazy Patterns comment section!

I see how it is Brian

:(

Ha! Remember, I say to e-mail suggestions, so the people who e-mailed their suggestions get precedence!

Wasn’t there an issue of Damage Control where the mansion was trying to rebuild itself?

There was an Uncanny X-Men issue shortly after the Excutioner’s Song storyline where Hank McCoy and Warren Worthington put back together a bar that had recently been destroyed (Harry’s Hideaway (?) .. which now that I am older sounds a little like Plato’s Retreat … )

They discuss that since Forge had created all these wonderful tools they were able to repair the bar in the course of one night. Perhaps lends some reasoning to how they can put that mansion back in between disasters.

A Horde of Evil Hipsters

November 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

I’m just amused that one of the first comments here expressed shock (and possibly disgust) at Havok’s outfit, but Storm’s equally ridiculous one was just assumed to be par the course. My compliments to Claremont and Silvestri for a this rare case of equal-opportunity silliness.

I’m just amused that one of the first comments here expressed shock (and possibly disgust) at Havok’s outfit, but Storm’s equally ridiculous one was just assumed to be par the course. My compliments to Claremont and Silvestri for a this rare case of equal-opportunity silliness.

Its not really equal opportunity silliness though. Rightfully or wrongfully, such a costume does look sillier on a straight man than on a woman.

It wasn’t Tony Stark that rebuilt the Parker home after it was destroyed in JMS’ Spiderman run…it was Harry Osborn (off panel…after he forgot that he was dead).

And the lesson here is — if you’re a superhero, don’t have the superhero HQ be the place you keep your stuff, because chances are that HQ will be blown up more than a few times.

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