Magneto's first appearance in X-Men #1 (Sept. ...
Magneto’s first appearance in X-Men #1 (Sept. 1963). Written by Stan Lee & art by Jack Kirby. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The X-Men are a fictional team of mutant superheroes with special abilities, created by Marvel Comics writers Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

The original comic book series has been successfully translated into several films and an animated TV series, with no less than 5 films slated for release in the near (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and not so near future.¹

An American/Canadian science fiction TV show called Mutant X is also based on the original Marvel comic strip.

The idea of X-Men compels us to consider that genetic mutation and recombination need not be a bad thing. And the X-Men series now includes X-Women, although no definitive attempt has been made to rectify the all-male implications of the original series title.

In the fictional story arc, social condemnation of the X-Men and their genetically enhanced abilities is unfounded, even paranoid. And it parallels real, misinformed or downright nasty social discrimination toward those at the extremes of the so-called “normal” bell curve.

Quite possibly some of today’s “freaks, geeks and flakes” are a precursor to the next stage of human evolution.

It’s also been suggested that X-Men is a symbolic protest against the racism and discrimination that different religious, ethnic and status groups may exhibit toward one another.

¹ See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Men_%28film_series%29#Upcoming_and_potential_films

X-Men by sjmck via Flickr

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