Uncanny X-Men Issue #40 (January 10, 1968)
Story By: Roy Thomas
Art By: Werner Roth and George Tuska
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: Could it really be? In this issue the X-Men face off against Frankenstein’s Monster!
Characters Introduced in This Issue:
*Frankenstein’s Monster: In the Marvel Universe Frankenstein’s Monster is an alien android that was created to be an ambassador to Earth, but lost his way after being tinkered with by Baron Frankenstein.
-Powers: Frankenstein’s Monster has super strength and super stamina and can live forever while frozen. In this comic, he also has the power to project electricity out of his body.
*Living Diamond: Living Diamond is a villain who was coined the “first evil mutant”. Living Diamond tried to turn Cyclops into an evil mutant, but is unsuccessful in his quest. He is rarely in the comics.
-Powers: Living Diamond’s body is made of diamond, which makes him strong and durable. He also has the powers of telepathy and teleportation.
This issue begins with scientists unearthing Frankenstein’s Monster in the arctic, not knowing what it is that they have found. After unfreezing the Monster’s body, it comes to life and attacks his saviors at the museum which they brought him too.
The X-Men try to defeat Frankenstein’s Monster at the museum, but the monster overpowers them and escapes. The Monster goes to the docks with the intention of returning to the arctic.
Once again the X-Men attack the Monster, but once again the Monster seems to strong for the mutants. However after probing the Monster’s mind, Professor X realizes that Frankenstein’s weakness is ice. Bobby then freezes Frankenstein and the monster goes dormant.
The issue then shifts back to the origin story of Cyclops, taking place right where the last issue ended. The “first evil mutant” who we saw in the last issue is revealed to be Living Diamond.
Living Diamond tells Cyclops his origin story and reveals that he got his powers from a radiation accident where he worked. Living Diamond then began a life of crime. The Villain tries to convince Cyclops to join him, but Professor X intervenes. Living Diamond orders Cyclops to attack Professor X, but Scott refuses.
This issue was very silly, but I enjoyed it. It was great to watch the X-Men fight Frankenstein’s Monster and I found it hysterical that Frankenstein could shoot electricity beams out of his eyes for some reason.
My only major problem with this issue is that Living Diamond is called the first evil mutant. How can he be a mutant if he gained his powers from radioactivity? Wouldn’t that make Hulk, Spiderman, and a ton of other super heroes also mutants. I thought mutants had powers because of the DNA they were born with. I don’t buy Living Diamond as the first evil mutant.
The whole Frankenstein is an alien android is completely ridiculous, but I decided to just accept this fact and not question it.
Overall this issue wasn’t amazing, but it was enjoyable. Hopefully X-Men continues to improve from here.
A few final points:
1. Angel gets a bit sexist.