10. 1976: ‘X-Men’ No. 101

Aug. 28, 2013 | 3:11 p.m.

10. “X-Men” No. 101 (1976)  Jean Grey emerges as the Phoenix. But let’s back up a second. Yes, Jean left in No. 95 – that’s how Len Wein plotted it. But Chris Claremont, who has written that he’d been “smitten” with the character since 1969, was determined to bring her back. She was there in No. 97, and in 100 had sacrificed herself, piloting a space shuttle through a solar storm, to save the others. In this issue, after the shuttle crash-lands into water, Jean rises (in a new costume) and declares, “No longer am I the woman you knew! I am fire! And life incarnate! Now and forever – I am Phoenix!” before collapsing. What her words meant would turn out to be shocking. (Dave Cockrum / Marvel)

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