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Issue Details

Issue #-1
Published July 1997
Cover Price 1.95 USD; 2.75 CAD
Pages 36
Editing Kelly Corvese; Bob Harras (editor in chief)

Cover Details

Characters Mr. Sinister; Alex Summers [Havok]
Genre superhero
Pencils Jeff Matsuda

22 page X-Factor story "A Summers Tale"

Characters A narrator [Stan Lee]; Havok [Alex Summers]; The Blandings, Alex's adoptive family [unnamed parents; Haley, his older sister; Todd, the older brother (dead)]; Vince, a local bully; Vince's gang; Mr Sinister; Cameos: Forge; Mystique; Polaris; Shard; Wildchild
Synopsis Alex's early life is explored in flashback. He is adopted by the Blandings to replace their older son, Todd. Todd was an excellent athlete and scholar, and despite trying his best, Alex doesn't ever quite measure up. Some local bullies and Mr. Sinister want to make sure Alex never fits in, however.
Genre superhero
Script Howard Mackie
Pencils Jeff Matsuda
Inks Art Thibert
Colors Glynis Oliver
Letters Richard Starkings; Comicraft
Notes The narrator in this story bears a passing resemblance in both looks and speech to Stan Lee.

2 page Marvel Bullpen Bulletins; Stan's Soapbox; The Mighty Marvel Checklist promo (ad from the publisher) "Marvel Bullpen Bulletins"

Synopsis Includes one letter, from Bobby Harras.
Script Stan Lee
Letters typeset
Notes Between pages 11-12 of the story.

2 page X-Factor Reactor letters page "X-Factor Reactor"

Synopsis Letters from readers with answers, and explantion of several Marveldom acronyms.
Script Kelly Corvese; Jason White; Bob Harras
Letters typeset
Editing k

3 page X-Men text article "Zero Tolerance"

Characters Charles Xavier; Bastion
Synopsis A discussion of the upcoming Zero Tolerance story line for the X-Men.
Script Scott Lobdell
Letters typeset