Jack Kirby cvr; origin & 1st app. of the Juggernaut, origin Professor XPicking up where issue #11 leaves off, X-Men #12 tells the tale, in flashback, of Professor Xavier's brother and their strained relationship. After Cerebro warns the X-Men of the approach of a super-powerful mutant, the team readies their defenses, during the preparations, Professor X regales his students with stories of his youth, and his family drama. It seems Charles Xavier's father died under mysterious circumstances, and his mother remarried a man named Kurt Marko, whose son Cain was both a brother and an antagonist to Charles throughout their formative years, after discovering a mysterious cave during the Korean War, Cain is endowed with superpowers before being buried under rubble. It turns out Professor X's brother is back, and boy is he mad, once he arrives to take on the X-Men's hastily prepared defenses, Charles utters his brother's new name, one that will become legendary in the Marvel canon, Juggernaut! This issue features pencils by Kirby, Alex Toth, and inks by Vince Colletta.
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This copy of X-Men #12 earned an astounding 9.4 CGC Universal Grade with off-white to white pages. Only a dozen CGC copies exist in a higher grade than this. The iconic yellow and blue X-Men outfits pop against the red background of this classic Kirby cover. This issue introduces the world to the Juggernaut, Cain Marko, as well as reveals the origin of Professor X. Only very minor stress is visible on this cover, making it seem almost as pristine as it did on newsstands nearly sixty years ago. The X-Men have been a perennial fan-favorite for decades and Juggernaut is one of their most iconic enemies. They've appeared together in endless comics, cartoons, movies, video games, and more. With the X-Men confirmed to be joining the MCU soon, all X-Men keys have been on the rise recently. Collectors and investors will be eagerly watching this book for years to come.
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Overstreet Guide 2021 NM- (9.2) value = $3,500.