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Long before X-Men: First Class came out (and before some of the actors were born, just to make me feel old), Classic X-Men was reprinting old X-Men comics with an extra story at the back. There were two about Magneto - "Fire in the Night" which has been posted here before, and this one, "I, Magneto".

Warnings for Nazis, Claremontian foreign language use, fridging and massage. Seven pages from a 35-page comic.



I couldn't help thinking it's an inspiration for early scenes of the movie, but as I re-read it, I realised that there's a scene at the end of this comic where Magneto declares himself an "Ubermensch" which rather closely matches the scene near the end of the movie where Magneto agrees with Shaw's ideology.

This is set after Magneto has met Charles in Israel, but before the X-Men are formed.

At a dusty fortress in South America, a group of Nazis are confused but not scared when a man with magnificent fashion sense walks up to their gate. They shoot at him.

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This does not go very well, and Magneto goes after their boss by throwing a tank into their building.

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Later, in Rio de Janeiro...

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They meet up in a hotel room and kiss, but Magneto can only think of his wife, Magda. Isabelle is a bit cranky about this, as he did say that Magda abandoned him. He explains that he killed people in front of her, gets a bit worked up and his nasty headache comes back. She decides to give him a massage.

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Turns out they have a vest with a device that throws Magneto's powers back at him, and now they're going to kill him.

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So, just like the movies, the CIA messes it up. Magneto doesn't care about the Cold War - only about mutants. I found it really interesting that he identifies as Jewish (and as an agent of Israel) at the start, but by the end, he's not looking to the past crimes of the Nazis but the future he will make for mutants.

Date: 2011-06-25 03:14 pm (UTC)
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In X1, his goal to literally wipe away a genetically identifiable species (flatscan humans) by forcibly mutating ALL of them, and in a way which means a goodly number of them will probably not survive the crude conversion process. That's pretty close to genocide IMHO.

Date: 2011-06-25 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Just the leaders at that UN conference, he mentioned how he'd witnessed how people have been killed by those in power, so he seemed to think that by turning the people at the conference into mutants they'd be less likely to persecute mutants in the future.

This is kind of a naive plan, as it's likely that the leaders would be ousted from power before their alternated genetics caused them to melt, which would mostly likely start a global anti-mutant extermination campaign faster than if Nightcrawler's attack on the White House had been real and not a ploy by Striker.

Date: 2011-06-25 08:04 pm (UTC)
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They were his primary targets but they weren't his only ones as I recall. The effects of the mutater thingie didn't seem to be directional but radial.

Date: 2011-06-25 08:07 pm (UTC)
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True, he was mostly after the people on the island a little way aways from the Statue of Liberty island, rather than the entirety of New York City, for example. The distance of a mile or less rather than global.

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