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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"Wolverine, call me 'professor', 'Professor X', 'Professor Xavier', or even, if you must, 'Charles'. But not 'Charley'. Is that understood?"

-- Professor X (aka Charley), pg. 6

Wolverine reminisces about the good times.

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X-Men #139
November 1980 22 pages

Script: Chris Claremont Letters: Tom Orzechowski
Pencils & Co-Plotting: John Byrne Inks: Terry Austin

Title: "...Something Wicked This Way Comes!"

Joins X-Men: Angel

First Appearance: Stevie Hunter, Heather Hudson, Parnall Family

Villain: Wendigo

Guest Appearance: Stevie Hunter, Heather Hudson, Vindicator, Shaman, Snowbird

Cameo: Joe Parnall, Tommy Parnall, Eileen Parnall, Hulk, Marie Cartier (all in flashback)

Death: Joe Parnall (in flashback)

Innovations: New Costume for Wolverine, Kitty adopts code-name "Sprite", Kitty turns down code-name "Ariel", Nightcrawler learns Wolverine's real name "Logan"

Letters Page: Page One

Synopsis: Angel gets used to working with his new X-Men teammates in the Danger Room, but his rustiness leads to trouble. He accidentally flies into Nightcrawler, knocking him out and sending him hurtling towards an open pit of flames. This sets up a chain reaction involving Nightcrawler having to be rescued by each X-Man before the furor finally dims down. Angel apologizes for his stumbling through the workouts, but his teammates encourage him to forget about it. Kitty Pryde enters with her costume, a variation on the original X-Men costumes from their first incarnation. They also try to figure out a code-name for her. Xavier suggests "Ariel"; Storm suggests "Sprite", and that is the name Kitty likes. Sprite it is!

Wolverine speaks up and tells the team he needs to attend to some personal business in Canada- to clear up with the Canadian Secret Service and mend fences with Alpha Flight. Xavier tells him that would be a great idea, and Nightcrawler decides to tag along to help keep an eye on him. Later, Ororo takes Kitty to her dance lessons in Salem Center, the nearest town to the school. Kitty is a certified genius intellect, she explains to Ororo, so she really enjoys taking dance lessons where she's able to be around her peers on something like an equal level. There, they meet dance instructor Stevie Hunter, and Ororo leaves Kitty in her care.

In Ottawa, Canada, Heather Hudson makes it home with her arms full of groceries. The wife of James MacDonald Hudson, the Canadian Secret Service agent code-named Vindicator, she realizes something is amiss in her kitchen. She busts in on the unknown guests brandishing a broom, but then she notices it's her old friend Wolverine, helping himself to her beer. After an introduction to Nightcrawler, Wolverine catches her up on why he is there- to make amends with her husband. She explains that James is up around Hudson Bay on a special mission.

At that moment, Vindicator has flown to a cabin to join his Alpha Flight teammates Shaman and Snowbird. They are planning a search of the dense forest for a missing woman and her infant child, who have been abducted by the giant wilderness abomination Wendigo. As they consider their next move, they are met at their cabin door by Wolverine and Nightcrawler, who have journeyed up to join them on their mission. They get their two X-Men friends up to date: Wendigo is on the loose and has killed the father of a family who were camping in the woods. The woman and her child are presumably still alive, but only as long as Wendigo isn't hungry.

Wolverine tells everybody that he already has had a personal experience with Wendigo, when he had to battle both him and the Hulk (see Incredible Hulk #181.) Nightcrawler goes out to the truck to get some supplies they will need, and unknown to him he is being sized up from a distance by the Wendigo! Finally, the monster makes his move and charges a startled Nightcrawler.

(continued in XMEN #140)

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- - letters page provided by Avengers Assemble

Issues Reprinted
X-Men #132-140, Annual #4, Phoenix #1
and Phoenix from Bizarre Adventures #27

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.

XM #132 XM #133 XM #134 XM #135 XM #136 XM #137
XM #138 Ann. #4 XM #139 XM #140 PHX #1 BA #27


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