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Appearing in "Odd Men Out"

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Synopsis for "Odd Men Out"

Retired FBI agent Fred Duncan is at home working on his computer when Professor X appears to him as a telepathic projection and asks to meet.  Duncan agrees, and Xavier says he will be there shortly as he and the X-Men are only a mile away in their car.  Upon their arrival, Beast and Xavier meet Duncan at the door while the other X-Men establish a security perimeter.  Once inside, Xavier says he wanted to visit after reading Duncan’s name in the newspaper.  He recalls their first meeting at the FBI years earlier when he convinced Duncan to help him recruit mutants for his school.  They proceed to reminisce about the original X-Men’s adventures and the formation of the second team.  Duncan recalls attending early meetings for the U.S. government’s anti-mutant Project: Wideawake and being overridden by the President in favor of Henry Peter Gyrich. After the X-Men erased all records of themselves in the government’s computers, Gyrich ordered Duncan to build a new database, but he refused and quit the FBI.  Xavier describes his romance with Shi’ar empress Lilandra, confronting Dark Phoenix, discovering later that she was not Jean and that Jean was still alive, forming the New Mutants, getting a new body cloned after being infected by the Brood, recovering in space with Lilandra after being beaten nearly to death, being impersonated by a Warskrull, and returning to Earth to defeat the Shadow King.  When Duncan reveals he is writing a book on the government’s poor handling of anti-mutant hysteria, Xavier expresses concern and advises caution.  Duncan pours them each another cup of coffee, and the two old friends toast Xavier’s return to Earth.

Appearing in "Think Again"

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Synopsis for "Think Again"

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Mad Thinker discovers a sophisticated underground lab with detailed records on X-Factor and the New Mutants.  Sometime later, the New Mutants are ice skating in Central Park when Boom-Boom convinces Wolfsbane to go shopping with her.  The Thinker monitors the two girls and activates an android resembling Apocalypse to go after them, but the android assaults him before leaving.  After colliding with Sunspot in the skating rink, Rictor sits off by himself.  The android finds him, embraces him, and replicates his powers.  Rictor joins the rest of the team as they watch it fly away, decide to chase it, and change into their costumes.  The android bursts into the store where Boom-Boom and Wolfsbane are shopping and chases them into the street.  The other New Mutants meet up with them and lead the android back to Central Park, away from bystanders.  Each member attacks it to no effect, and it replicates all their powers.  Rusty realizes they must work together and orders the New Mutants to attack all at once.  The android freezes for an instant then begs its master for forgiveness before flying away. The New Mutants decide to report the encounter to X-Factor and go get something to eat.

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  • This issue consists of two previously unpublished stories drawn by Dave Cockrum. He died in 2006, and this comic was published as a tribute to him.
  • "Odd Men Out" is reprinted in the X-Men: Legacy - Sins of the Father trade paperback published in 2009.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Ekstrom, Steve. "Roger Stern - Working with Dave Cockrum, One Last Time". Newsarama, June 20, 2008. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015.

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