In all of comic book history, you would be challenged to find a villain as well-established and detailed as Magneto. Ever since his debut in The X-Men #1 back in 1963, he's gone from one of the X-Men's greatest villains to become a villain on the world stage, an anti-hero, a world leader, a renegade, and everything else in-between.
Magneto stands as one of the greatest villains ever conceived in the medium, and over the years, he's appeared in tons of great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books, but it can be hard to determine which is the best Magneto story ever told.
This list attempts to do the impossible by ranking the 20 greatest Magneto storylines and adventures in comics as ranked by you, the reader! Make sure to scroll down and find your favorite of Magneto's stories and vote them up to see which one rises to the top!
- 134 VOTES
Story Found In: X-Men: Magneto Testament #1-5
For years, it was known that Magneto was a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust against Europe's Jews, but that story wasn't fully fleshed out until the five-issue miniseries, "Magneto Testament." In the story, Magneto is depicted first as a young boy just trying to survive the Nazi death machine in one of the bleakest stories Marvel Comics has ever published.
The book is deep, and it explores the nature of what made Magneto the man he is today. The story was somewhat seen in X-Men: First Class, but these books explore it in more depth, and this is one of the best Magneto stories ever written. If you want to understand the man, this is the book you need to read.
- 210 VOTES
Magneto In The Savage Land
Story Found In: Uncanny X-Men #274
Not only does "Magneto In The Savage Land" feature an iconic cover by artist Jim Lee, but the book also details one of the most interesting Magneto stories to come out of the mind of Chris Claremont, which is saying something.
The story kicks off in the Savage Land as Zaladane has emplaced six towers, which sync with the Earth's magnetic field. The effects of this are felt far and wide across the planet, and you know the Master of Magnetism is going to have something to say about it.
- 314 VOTES
Story Found In: X-Men #1-7
X-Men #1-7 tells the story of "Mutant Genesis," but the comics are important to the medium's history as well as to the X-Men and Magneto. The first book, which was written by John Byrne and Chris Claremont with illustrations by Jim Lee had a quad-fold cover, and it is the best-selling comic book of all time. The book sold an estimated 8,186,500 copies, which is a number that far exceeds books like Detective Comics #1000, the FCBD Edition of Ultimate Spider-Man #1, and many others.
The story, "Mutant Genesis" revolves around Magneto as he once again threatens the world, and it's up to the X-Men to stop him! Omega Red is waiting in the shadows as the confrontation looms between the Master of Magnetism and Charles Xavier's students, but who will come out on top in this action-packed tale?
- 423 VOTES
God Loves, Man Kills
Story Found In: Marvel Graphic Novel (1982) #5: X-Men – God Loves, Man Kills
You may be familiar with this story even if you haven't read it because it was used as the base premise for the film X2: X-Men United. In the story, William Stryker has managed to launch a scheme to rid the world of Mutants, and when Magneto learns of this while investigating the deaths of two Mutant children, he teams up with the X-Men.
This odd pairing has popped up numerous times in the books when Magneto and the X-Men's interests aligned. "God loves, Man Kills" is one of those stories that help establish Magneto's nature as someone who will do anything to protect the rest of Mutantkind, even if that means joining forces with his enemies.