2. “X-Men” No. 4 (1964)

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

2. “X-Men” No. 4 (1964)  Magneto is back – and this time he’s brought company, the non-too-subtly dubbed Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. His team includes the leaping Toad; telepathic illusionist Mastermind; and a pair of siblings: the super-speedster Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) and the hex-powered Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff). The X-Men defeat them, and Quicksilver shows he’s not all bad (he and his sister would soon go heroic and join the Avengers). So much in mutant history has its beginnings here: Magneto would be revealed to be Pietro and Wanda’s father; the Scarlet Witch’s power would be taken to terrifying extremes; Toad would become a janitor. But for now, there’s a one-year anniversary class party at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, and Cyclops cuts Marvel Girl a piece of cake using his optic blast. Aww. (Jack Kirby / Marvel)

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