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Welcome to the four hundred and seventy-seventh 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 seventy-six. This week, was Madrox originally going to be a member of the All-New, All-Different X-Men? Was the story of the All-New, All-Different X-Men originally going to continue in the pages of Giant-Size X-Men? Did Don Rosa hide insulting portrayals of Mickey Mouse in his comics?
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COMIC LEGEND: Len Wein originally intended to make Madrox a member of the All-New, All-Different X-Men.
Coming a few months before Giant-Size X-Men #1 and the introduction of the All-New, All-Different X-Men, Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4 introduced Madrox the Multiple Man (who we learned last week was originally going to be called Zerox the Multiple Man!) and ended the issue with Madrox being taken in by Professor X of the X-Men.
So Professor X takes him but when it came time to debut a new team of X-Men, Madrox was nowhere to be found…
Reader Third Man wrote into the comments to ask:
Brian- I emailed you a few years back about another legend involving Madrox’s first appearance, and how he was (allegedly) also set to appear in Giant Size X-Men #1 before being left out. I’d love to see that one featured!
The issue turns on the fact that while Giant-Size X-Men #1 came out after Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4, Len Wein and Dave Cockrum had been working on the book since 1974, developing characters for the new X-Men team (with help from Roy Thomas, who was the one who came up with the idea of doing an international X-Men team in the first place). When I asked Len about whether he ever considered Madrox for the X-Men, he said not at all and he noted that he had already developed the X-Men before he invented Madrox. So Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4 ended up PUBLISHED before Giant-Size X-Men #1, but the characters for Giant-Size had already been set before Wein got around to creating Madrox the Multiple Man.
Thanks for information, Len and thanks for the question, Third Man!
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