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Appearing in "In the Shadow of...Sauron!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #60.

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Synopsis for "In the Shadow of...Sauron!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #60.

Continued from last issue....

Following their battle with the Sentinels, the X-Men leave Larry Trask and Judge Chalmers to free the other captured mutants, Chalmers noticing that Larry has lapsed into a state of shock puts the power blocking medallion back on Larry in the hopes of restoring him to normal and making him forget everything that has transpired. As the X-Men return home to get Alex medical treatment, Lorna decides that her place is to be with the X-Men in light of recent events and she is accepted into the group.

Upon returning to New York City, Scott and Jean turn Alex over to Dr. Kyle Lykos, a doctor who uses hypnosis to help deal with patients mentally and physically. Needing to work in private, Scott and Jean leave Lykos to do his work and return to the X-Mansion. There they are almost blasted with lasers when the safety door to the Danger Room swings open. Inside, Lorna is watching Beast, Warren and Iceman go through a training session. When the session gets out of hand, Cyclops steps in and things end with Iceman once more tossing snow in someone’s face. With the session over, the X-Men comment on the mutants that were captured during their battle against the Sentinels and Hank points out the absence of both Magneto and the Changeling.

While at the office of Dr. Lykos, after treating Alex's physical wounds, Karl sends his nurse home and struggles with some strange addition that has come over him. He recalls back to when he was a young boy and was on an expedition with his father, his associate Mr. Anderssen and his young daughter Tanya in the Antarctic regions of Tierra Del Fuego. When Tanya goes missing, a search party is sent out and young Karl finds her in a cave being attacked by strange pterodactyls that live within the icy cavern. Although Karl saves Tanya from the creatures, one of them manages to wound him. Given medical attention right away, the young Karl was near death and in a fever state for a long time before recovering. When he did, he was greeted by his dog Jagger. To his horror, upon touching the dog, Karl began siphoning the dog’s energy and realized that he has become some kind of energy vampire. Growing up over the years, Karl would keep this need a secret, and as a young adult he and Tanya would fall in love and begin talking of marriage. However, Mr. Anderssen would not consent to their marriage unless Karl learned a profession that would allow him to provide for Tanya and so he went on to medical school. Determined to make a fortune, the obsessed Lykos vows to do anything to marry Tanya.

Lykos hooks Alex up to the machine. He is aware that Xavier had opened a school for mutants prior to his death and correctly deduces Alex to be a mutant. Lykos had helped Xavier in the early days in hope of feeding off mutant’s life energy. Trying this for the first time, Lykos feeds off Alex's mutant energy and it has a strange effect, Lykos transforms into a humanoid pterodactyl that is the embodiment of evil. Recalling his human persona's love of the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, the creature christens itself Sauron and flies off into the night.

When reports of a winged being, suspected to be a mutant, causing robberies, the X-Men contemplate investigating the situation. Furious that a winged being is giving him a bad name, Warren storms out of the room and returns later wearing his old Avenging Angel costume and decides to go and investigate the situation on his own fly off before anyone can stop him. With Warren potentially flying into even more trouble, Cyclops orders the other X-Men to get ready to follow after him. Warren manages to track down Sauron, however he tries to attack the creature, Sauron unleashes a hypnotic gaze that enthralls Warren into obedience.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Monsters Also Weep"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #61.

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Synopsis for "Monsters Also Weep"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #61.

Continued from the last issue...

While going out to investigate reports of a reported winged mutant, Angel runs into Sauron, the pterodactyl man who was once renowned scientist Karl Lykos. Confronting the creature, Warren falls prey to his hypnotic gaze and is made to see phantom images of gigantic flying monsters. Realizing that they are only illusions, Warren manages to shake off the effects and resume his attack on Sauron, however, the creature flees.

This flight is short-lived when the other X-Men catch up to Warren and Cyclops strikes Sauron with an optic blast and held in place telekinetically by Jean. However, Sauron uses his hypnotic gaze to make Marvel Girl see the other X-Men as monsters. Sauron laughs at this, leaving him open to an attack from both Angel, Beast and Iceman. Only Iceman's ice powers seem to have much of an effect on Sauron. Back at Lykos' office a phone rings which starts to make Alex begin to stir. While back at the battle, Sauron begins to change back into his human form. Catching Warren in his hypnotic gaze once more, the rapidly changing Sauron orders Angel to take him back to his office. As Warren sprints off with the now human Lykos in hand, the X-Men call out to Warren to stop helping their enemy escape, and Lykos vows that the X-Men will see Sauron again very soon.

Returning to his office, he finds that his fiancée Tanya has arrived at his office and is looking over the unconscious Alex Summers. Shocked to find her here after her father had forbidden her to see him, she tells him that she had a premonition that something was wrong and had to come and see him. Scott and the other X-Men soon arrive at Lykos' office in their civilian guises to check on Alex having given up searching for Warren for the time being. They arrive just as Alex awakes. He thanks Karl for his help and books a second appointment. The happy scene is shattered when Tanya's father arrives, furious that his daughter has disobeyed his wishes and has come to see Lykos, whom Mr. Anderssen believes to be nothing but a fraud and charlatan. Lykos agrees with Anderssen, that only money and power will make him worthy of Tanya's love and vows angrily to get it. Tanya storms out in tears with the elder Anderssen following after her. When the X-Men asks about the billing, Lykos tells them he will mail it to them and dismisses them and begins plotting to become Sauron once more.

Returning to headquarters, the X-Men find Angel waiting for them in some kind of trance. Snapping him out of it, Warren screams out Lykos' name and lashes out forcing Hank to knock him out. Realizing that there is some sort of connection between Karl Lykos and Sauron, the X-Men change into their costumes and decide to go and investigate, leaving Lorna to keep an eye on Alex and Warren. As the X-Men leave, Lykos arrives at the X-Mansion and breaks in, when overhearing Lorna trying to talk to a sleeping Alex, he overhears her say that she is a mutant. Serving his needs, Lykos sneaks up behind her and begins to absorb her energy, turning into Sauron once more.

Sauron attacks Anderssen in his home, and Anderssen recognizes Sauron's voice to be that of Karl Lykos. Suddenly, the X-Men arrive and attack Sauron, driving him away. Sauron momentarily regains the facilities normally maintained as Karl Lykos and realizes how evil he has become. When the X-Men ask Tanya where Lykos might go, she lies and tells them that she doesn't know, wanting to pursue him to provide support him through this time.

Karl travels to his father’s old home in Tierra Del Fuego where it's isolation will keep him away from human hosts in the hopes that he will eventually "starve" to death having been cut off from and human energy sources. Days later, Tanya deduced where Lykos had gone arrive, much to his horror. Realizing that he must end his life quickly, Lykos attempts to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff. The X-Men, having followed Tanya in secret, attempt to stop both lovers from going over the cliff's edge, with Iceman erecting an ice barrier. He is only in time to save Tanya from the lethal plunge.

With Lykos presumably dead, the X-Men comfort the grieving Tanya and take her away from the scene.

Appearing in "Strangers ...in a Savage Land"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #62.

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Synopsis for "Strangers ...in a Savage Land"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #62.

Having recovered from his battle against Sauron, Angel learns from Havok and Lorna that the X-Men went after Karl Lykos at the Anderssen residence. There, Warren finds Mr. Anderssen and learns that the X-Men subsequently went to Tierra Del Fuego, going after Anderssen's daughter Tanya who had foolishly gone after Lykos who went there to die. Finding Tanya, she explains that Lykos died and tells him that his fellow X-Men had gone down below the icy cavern to find the body. Warren flies down and finds that the cavern leads to the Savage Land, where he is attacked by Pterodactyls. Struck by one of the dinosaurs, Warren plummets to the prehistoric jungle below. The fall is near-fatal, and the dying Warren is found by a frog-like humanoid named Amphibious and his master, a silver-haired man called the Creator. The Creator pronounces that Angel is dead and believes that even death is not reversible by his own science.

Elsewhere in the Savage Land, the X-Men have their own dinosaur troubles while searching for the body of Karl Lykos. They are attacked by a Tyrannosaurus Rex which they easily fend off. They are then visited by their old ally Ka-Zar, who demands that they be silent. When Iceman annoyingly encases Ka-Zar's pointed hand with ice, this causes the lord of the Savage Land to lash out. Ka-Zar briefly spars with Beast until the fight is broken off by the arrival of Ka-Zar's trusted sabertooth tiger, Zabu. Deciding that his fight is with others, Ka-Zar darts off into the jungle with Zabu, with the curious X-Men following after him. The X-Men witness as Ka-Zar attacks one of the Creator's Mutates (Equilibrius) leading the Swamp Men with a number of captured members of the Water People Tribe. When the X-Men see that the Mutates have super-powers, they jump into the battle, lending Ka-Zar a much-needed hand.

While at the high tech base of the Creator, the Creator uses his cryogenic devices to attempt to revive Warren back to life while his other Mutates, Brainchild, Lupo, Gaza, Piper, Amphibius, and Barbarus watch on. The experiment is a success and Warren is brought back from the brink of death. When Equilibrius returns to the base and informs the Creator that Ka-Zar had attacked him with the X-Men's aid, the Creator tells Warren that Ka-Zar has become a killer who impedes his work. Owing to the Creator of his life, Warren agrees to help him fight off Ka-Zar's attacking forces even if it means fighting his own comrades in the X-Men.

Back at the battle between Ka-Zar, the X-Men, and the Swamp People, the heroes defeat the Swamp People and Ka-Zar allows them to flee. Leading the X-Men onward, he overhears the music played by the Mutate the Piper, whose music calls forth a sea beast to attack them. While the X-Men keep the creature busy, Ka-Zar and Zabu locate Piper and silence him, while the X-Men easily defeat the monster.

Back at the Creator's base, the Creator explains Warren that using his technology he was able to mutate some of the Savage Land primitives into the beings that he sees before them, he introduces Warren to them and reveals their various powers and abilities as a result of their mutations. Warren is awestruck, and goes so far as to consider the Creator like a prehistoric Professor X. Once again directing Warren's attention to the fact that the X-Men and Ka-Zar are approaching his base, Warren tells the Creator that he will seek out his friends and try to talk them into joining the Creator's side.

When Warren leaves, the please Creator's true colors show. He is really an evil genius hoping to use his work here to try and take over the world. When Amphibious asks if the Angel suspects, the Creator scoffs at the notion, going to a secret room where he marvels about how Warren did not recognize him, putting his hand down on the helmet of Magneto, the Creator muses that clothes really do make the man.

Appearing in "War in the World Below!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #63.

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Synopsis for "War in the World Below!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #63.

Continued from the last issue...

Magneto has set up shop in the Savage Land, using his technology to create powerful Mutates out of the savages in the area. After reviving Angel from the brink of death, he has convinced the young mutant that he is being persecuted by Ka-Zar, who has teamed up with the other X-Men to stop him. Not recognizing the creator as his oldest foe, Angel flies off to try and get his comrades to switch over to Magneto's side, a plan that Magneto gloats over.

When Warren arrives, the X-Men are shocked to find their friend and in a modified costume to boot. When he mentions having met the Creator, Ka-Zar attacks him and demands answers, however, the X-Men try to break up the fight, prompting Ka-Zar and Zabu to flee to pursue the Creator on their own. Angel quickly explains how the Creator saved him from death and he claims that Ka-Zar is in the wrong. Following after the king of the Savage Land, they see the Mutate Gaza get the drop on Ka-Zar. Trying to break up the fight, the X-Men are attacked by Amphibious and an army of savages loyal to the Creator. With Amphibious ordering the X-Men and Ka-Zar's death, the X-Men realize that the Creator is not as benevolent as they originally thought and mount a counterattack.

Feeling guilty over almost siding with a murderer, Angel decides to face the Creator on his own and flies off into his citadel. There he is confronted by the Creator, who reveals that he is really Magneto. Shocked to find his old enemy alive and well, Warren learns how Magneto survived their last encounter. When his base was destroyed, he managed to escape a drowning death by using his magnetic powers to burrow through the Earth where he traveled to the Savage Land and decided to make it his home. With the story of how he cheated death revealed, Magneto turns Warren's attention to a glowing sphere, and something within shocks Warren.

Outside, the X-Men and Ka-Zar have finished off the last of their opposition and storm the Creator's citadel. They burst through the fence to find wolves on the other side waiting for them; however, they are fended off by Zabu. Entering the base, they are attacked by Amphibious and Brainchild, whom they easily defeat. Taking Amphibious as their hostage, Beast forces him to lead the way to their master, whom they are equally as shocked to find is Magneto, alive and well. The Master of Magnetism reveals his latest Mutate creation, Lorelei, a Mutate whose voice enthralls all the men in the room.

Lorelei's voice has no effect on Marvel Girl who attacks Magneto, putting the evil mutant at a distinct disadvantage because he is not able to use his full magnetic powers around his sensitive machinery. Magneto is forced to use high tech devices to defend himself. Marvel Girl keeps Magneto distracted with her telekinetic attacks and uses her telepathic powers on Lorelei to silence her long enough for the other X-Men to snap out of their trances. Free from Lorelei's control, Cyclops uses his optic blasts on Magneto's machines causing them to explode.

Too late to stop the exploding machines, Magneto is lost in the explosions, seemingly killed once more, while the X-Men flee the base with the Mutates. Once outside, the X-Men watch in surprise as the Mutates are restored back to their normal forms with the destruction of Magneto's devices. With the threat ended, Ka-Zar wonders who could live with such fantastic powers when they would potentially bring them nothing but fear and loathing from normal humans, the Beast responds for the whole group by saying the X-Men can.

Notes

  • This was a hardcover 'annual' published in 1981 by Marvel UK. A Captain America Collectors Edition was published at the same time in the same format.
  • Some pages of the original issues are ommitted due to space considerations, notably the scene in which Karl Lykos drains life energy from his dog by mistake.

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