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- 1Professor Charles Francis Xavier, X-Men (vol. 1) #42 (1968, back-up story) (in flashback), Xavier is the founder of the X-Men, and original headmaster of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. Currently seen in Uncanny X-Men. Powers: World's most powerful telepath, capable of astral projection, mind control, illusion casting, memory manipulation, psychic blasts, as well as sensing the presence of other mutants in a limited radius.
- 2Scott Summers. Summers is the first of the team's founding members, and has been the longtime leader of the X-Men. He is the former headmaster of the Xavier Institute, and former leader of the original X-Factor. Cyclops is the current leader of the X-Men, and their X-Force squad. He is the widower of Jean Grey, but has been in a romantic relationship with Emma Frost. Currently seen in Astonishing X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men. Powers: Can project a beam of ruby-colored concussive force from his eyes, which act as inter-dimensional apertures between this universe and another.,
- 3Robert Louis "Bobby" Drake, X-Men (vol. 1) #46 (1968, back-up story) (flashback). Drake is the second founding member, and the youngest of the group. He is also a former member of the Champions, the Defenders, and X-Factor. Currently seen in Uncanny X-Men. Powers: Generates freezing temperatures to create and manipulate ice. Can also transform his body into organic ice.
- 4Warren Kenneth Worthington III, X-Men (vol. 1) #56 (1969, back-up story) (flashback). Warren is the third of the team's founding members, and the only member of the original team to have acted as a costumed hero even before joining the X-Men. He is a former member of the Champions, the Defenders, and X-Factor and is presently a member of the X-Force squad, and the X-Men as well. Currently seen in Uncanny X-Men, and Uncanny X-Force. Powers: Makes use of the large, feathered wings on his back for natural flight. Also has eagle-like vision, and blood with regenerative properties. Can transform into a blue-skinned monster with metallic, techno-organic wings, sharp metallic claws, and enhanced physical characteristics.
- 5Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy, X-Men (vol. 1) #53 (1969, back-up story) (flashback). Hank is the scientist on the team. He is a former member of the Avengers, the Defenders, and X-Factor. McCoy is currently on a leave of absence from the X-Men following their relocation to Utopia and his torture by Dark Beast. Currently seen in Astonishing X-Men, and Secret Avengers. Powers: Has physically enabled superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and mass. Ambidextrous with his hands and feet, and can write with hands and feet at the same time. Has minor pheromone manipulation, and feline-like form gives blue fur, night vision, and claws. Has the agility of a great ape and the acrobatic prowess of an accomplished circus aerialist.
- 6Calvin Montgomery Rankin, X-Men (vol. 1) #27 (1966), Rankin blackmailed his way to the X-Men's house. Then he stole their powers, used them against the team, and kidnapped Jean. When he tried to enhance his power with his dead father's machine, he lost them. Professor X then erased his memory. Current member of Norman Osborn's X-Men. Powers: Copies others mutants' powers and abilities, sometimes permanently. Retains the original five X-Men's powers indefinitely.
- 7Kevin Sydney, X-Men (vol. 1) #40 (1968) (as Professor X). Sydney was a member of the villainous Factor Three before he joined the X-Men in secret, known only to Professor X, and Jean Grey. He impersonated Professor X at Xavier's request in X-Men (vol. 1) #40 (1968) (behind the scenes). Deceased: Died impersonating Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men (vol. 1) #42 (1968), making him the first X-Man to die. Sydney has taken the name Morph in several alternate dimensions. Powers: Shapeshifter able to assume other humaoid forms. Also retained latent telepathy.
- 8Lorna Dane, X-Men (vol. 1) #60 (1969). Polaris is Magneto's daughter. She was active as Magnetrix in X-Men:The Hidden Years #3, and as Polaris in X-Men (vol. 1) #97 (1976). She lost her power on M-Day, but they were restored technologically by Apocalypse. Polaris is also Havok's on-and-off girlfriend. She is also a former member of X-Factor, the Acolytes, and the Muir Island X-Men. She is a current member of the Starjammers. Last seen in War of Kings. Powers: Can generate magnetic fields to manipulate metal, induce flight, create force fields, and harness energy blasts.