Uncanny X-Men Issue #34 (July 10, 1967)
Story By: Roy Thomas Art By: Dan Adkins
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: Cobalt Man has been taking prisoner by the mysterious Tyrannus, but what does this villain want with Ralph Roberts? Here’s a hint: giant robots!
Characters Introduced in This Issue:
*Tyrannus (Romulus Augustus): Tyrannus is an immortal villain who gains his unending life from the Fountain of Youth. Tyrannus is a brilliant scientist and he lives beneath the earth in a place called Subterranea.
-Powers: As long as Tyrannus continues to drink from the Fountain of Youth, he will live forever and remain youthful. Other than that, he uses his inventions to battle with enemies.
*Mole Man (Harvey Rupert Elder): Mole Man is an American nuclear engineer and explorer. After being shunned by his peers because of his ubnoxious personality and bizarre appearance, he retreated to Subterranea. In the underground nation, Mole Man is blinded by looking directly at highly reflective diamonds and decides that he will spend the remainder of his days underground.
-Powers: The Mole Man has no powers, but he is a genius and uses his brains to create inventions that he uses for evil.
Recurring Characters in This Issue: Cobalt Man, Ted Roberts, Factor Three, Jean Grey, Professor X, Cyclops, Angel, Iceman, Beast
In this issue, Ted Roberts asks the X-Men for help when his brother is kidnapped by Tyrannus and is brought to the villain’s underground kingdom. Jean, Angel, And Iceman travel underground to rescue Cobalt Man while Cyclops and Beast stay behind to fix Cerebro.
When they reach the underground nation of Subterranea, the mutants encounter and battle Mole Man. The X-Men appear to be winning, but then Mole Man lures them into the Mists of the River Lethe. The mists give the X-Men amnesia and Mole Man makes the mutants his slaves.
While this is happening, we see that Tyrannus has kidnapped Cobalt Man so that his prisoner can make him a giant robot made out of cobalt. Tyrannus needs this robot to combat a giant robot made of diamond that Mole Man has been using to attack Tyrannus’ kingdom.
After the robot battle, Cyclops and Beast come to Subterranea and are able to defeat Mole Man and Tyrannus, as well as freeing their teammates from their mind control. The issue ends with the X-Men leaving the two villains in the middle of the Mists of the River Lethe.
Unfortunately, Uncanny X-Men issue #34 was another terrible issue. Mole Man and Tyrannus were both extremely lame and this issue was somehow even able to make a giant robot battle seem lame. Angel’s plan to defeat the cobalt robot is to attack it with a rock covered in mud and that works for some reason.
I don’t have much to say about this issue because there was nothing that was really that intriguing about this issue. The issue felt like a placeholder issue that is putting off the X-Men’s big battle against Factor Three. At least Spiderman will be in the next issue!
A couple final notes:
1. The Professor has gone missing and Jean decides to go back to college? Really Jean? You need to get your priorities straight.