11. “X-Men” No. 107 (1977)

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

11. “X-Men” No. 107 (1977)  Transported off Earth in a flash, the X-Men meet (and almost immediately fight) the Imperial Guard of the Shi’ar Empire. They also meet (and get help from) the Starjammers, whose American-accented leader, Corsair (just below the “E” of the logo on this cover), is Cyclops’ and Havok’s long-missing father, as Jean Grey learns from a mindscan (though she doesn’t reveal it until No. 108). Claremont and Cockrum had been building up to the X-Men-Shi’ar encounter, giving Professor X dreams of an alien princess, Lilandra (or, as the prof himself had put it upon meeting her in No. 105, “the figure from my nightmares!” – some way to talk about your future wife). The Shi’ar and Starjammers have figured into many X-stories since. (Dave Cockrum / Marvel)

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