Appearing in "The Gentleman's Name is Magneto"
- Dr. Moira MacTaggert
- Multiple Man (Jamie Madrox) (Main story and flashback)
- Misty Knight
- John Grey
- Elaine Grey
- Magneto (Magnus) (Main story and flashback) (Re-aged)
- Eric the Red (Davan Shakari) (Main story and flashback)
- Havok (Alex Summers) (Main story and flashback)
- Polaris (Lorna Dane) (Main story and flashback)
- Unus the Untouchable (Angelo Unuscione) (Mentioned) (name in a cell)
- Dragonfly (Veronica Dultry) (Mentioned) (name in a cell)
- "Mutant X" (Kevin MacTaggert) (Mentioned) (name in a cell)
- Juggernaut (Cain Marko) (Mentioned)
- Vladmir Lenin (Invoked)
- Angus MacWhirter (First appearance)
- Unknown Scottish sailors
- Shi'ar Imperial Fleet
- Starjammers (First appearance)
- Lilandra (First full appearance)
Races and Species:
- Mutants (Main story and flashback)
- Abstract Entities
- Shi'ar (Main story and flashback)
- Unrevealed alien races
- Angus MacWhirter's hovercraft (Destroyed)
- Starjammer (First appearance)
- X-Men Blackbird (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Gentleman's Name is Magneto"
Cyclops has sent a message directing the X-Men to go to Muir Island off the coast of Scotland, which they are surprised to learn is owned by Xavier’s “housekeeper” Moira MacTaggert. In order to get there, the team must first persuade a reluctant local fisherman, Angus MacWhirter, to rent them his fishing boat. Their mission is to find out why Moira's assistant, Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man, has been out of contact for several days. Before they can dock on the island, however, the boat is disassembled by a massive bolt of magnetic energy, sending them all tumbling into the ocean. They all swim ashore but find that the island is surrounded by a magnetic force field.
Before they can figure out what next to do, the ground beneath them is pulled up into the sky and the are levitated into view of Moira's mutant research center. The X-Men are amazed at the enormity of the facility located there and they wonder aloud just who Moira MacTaggert really is. They are almost crushed against a wall, but launch a quick defensive attack in order to pummel through it. As they recover from a crash landing, the doorway ahead of them bursts open, revealing the X-Men's oldest enemy: Magneto the master of magnetism!
Elsewhere in the complex, the X-Men's blackbird lands, and Moira and Cyclops emerge. They find Jamie Madrox, who is just reviving after having been knocked out. He explains how he was attacked and immobilized by Havok, Polaris and Erik the Red. While Jamie was kept in stasis, they went to Magneto’s containment cell, where he had been kept since he was transformed into a small child. Erik then restored Magneto to his prime and tried to enlist him in his cause of destroying the X-Men. Magneto refused to be subservient to anyone else, but did vow that he would destroy the X-Men anyway.
Cyclops rushes off to join the rest of the X-Men, who are not faring well in battle against Magneto. His magnetic powers give him an advantage against both Wolverine's adamantium claws and Colossus's metal body. Storm’s lightning bolts have no effect on him either. Magneto covers Nightcrawler in debris and seals Banshee in a cocoon of metal particles. Fortunately, Cyclops arrives and manages to stun Magneto with the full power of his optic blast. Seeing as the group is clearly unprepared to battle Magneto, Cyclops orders them to retreat, much to Wolverine's chagrin. As they are leaving, Wolverine notes a monitor indicating that Dragonfly of the Ani-Men has escape from her containment cell.
While fleeing the scene in the Blackbird, Cyclops informs his team that the recent attacks on the X-Men orchestrated by Erik the Red are a diversion. Erik (who must be an alien, given the technology at his disposal) is really targeting Professor X because of his recent psychic rapport with an alien being. Cyclops says it’s imperative they return to Xavier immediately. Unconvinced, Wolverine dismisses Cyclops as a coward. Back on Muir Island, Magneto gloats about his victory over the X-Men and leaves to plot anew. He passes by a door labeled "Mutant X", which begins to glow.
Meanwhile in deep space aboard a starship known as the “Starjammer”, the space pirate Corsair tells his shipmate Ch'Od that nine stars are moving into the correct alignment, and so the “Emperor” must be planning to open a stargate. The Emperor’s sister Lilandra (the woman that has been haunting Xavier's dreams) is rushing toward the Earth in the hope that Charles and his X-Men might be able to help stop her brother. Before she can get to Earth, however, she is attacked by an Imperial cruiser.
In New York City, Jean Grey is reunited with her parents in the company of the Professor and her roommate, Misty Knight. They are unaware that their reunion is about to be cut short by an attack about to be launched by Erik the Red, Havok and Polaris.
Appearing in "A Fire in the Night!"
- Magneto (Erik Lehnsherr) (Main story and flashback)
- Magda Lehnsherr (Only in flashback)
- Anya Lehnsherr (Only in flashback) (First and only known appearance; dies)
- Unnamed Nazi soldier (Only in flashback) (Death)
- Unnamed Polish officers (Only in flashback) (Death)
- Unnamed innkeepers (Only in flashback) (Death)
- Professor X (Charles Xavier) (Name only)
- Unnamed Magneto's and Magda's neighbors (Only in flashback)
- Unnamed members of a French family
Races and Species:
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
Synopsis for "A Fire in the Night!"
Paris, France, present day: Past midnight, Erik Magnus Lehnsherr is having a restless sleep in a hotel room as he is dreaming about his past …
1945: After the end of World War II, Erik and Magda escape from Auschwitz and flee until they start a new life in the Carpathian Mountains. Surrounded by new friend, they married, and Magda gave birth to their daughter Anya. But the urge to accomplish more in his life, Erik brought his family to the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia. But even in the “socialist workers paradise” earning regular money was not easy. One day, his client wants to pay Erik only half of the agreed wage, and Erik’s anger causes a crowbar to fly and smash into the wall next to his client. With the full amount of money in his pocket, Erik returns to the Inn his family is staying. Shockingly, the building is engulfed by fire with both Magda and Anya still inside. Erik enters the building and finds Magda, but Anya is separated upstairs. Somehow, Erik can make a protective bubble around Magda and him, so that they are able to escape the fire unharmed. But as he wants to use his power to save his daughter as well, two policemen struck him down – obviously denounced by his client. Helpless, Erik must watch how Anya dies in the fire. Again, Erik has a tantrum and with his new powers he kills all the bystanders except Magda. But now his wife is afraid of him and runs away calling Erik a monster …
Present: Erik wakes up as there is a fire nearby. A mother with a child in her arms is screaming as the fire is closing in on her. At first, Magneto does not react as he does not care about the wellbeing of humans. But then he changes his mind and saves both woman and child. After she thanked him, he tells her to spread the word that she was saved by Magneto …
Appearing in "Magneto Pin-Up"
Synopsis for "Magneto Pin-Up"
Back cover pinup.