- Alas, it sometimes occurs to me that super-heroing is not the most tranquil of avocations!
- -- Beast
Appearing in "The Warlock Wakes!"
- Warlock (Main story and flashback)
- Warlock's henchmen
- Three unnamed unicorns
- Unnamed museum patrons (Only in flashback)
- Thor (Only in flashback)
- Factor Three (Mentioned)
- King Arthur (Mentioned)
- Queen Guinevere (Mentioned)
- Sir Lancelot (Mentioned)
- United States
- Negative Space
- Warlock's hidden cave
- Warlock's arena
- Warlock's one-man hovercrafts
Synopsis for "The Warlock Wakes!"
The X-Men are suddenly pulled from the danger room by a gigantic hand that grabs them (and more specifically Marvel Girl) across the sky toward a strange mountain range. Jean is pulled away from Angel and the others and when she arrives back to the ground, she is shocked to find the Professor there with her. They are confronted by a man calling himself the Warlock, a powerful man who claims to be immortal and he intends to take over the world. The Professor notes that the man has a keen interest in Jean, however he cannot do anything about it because the Warlock has somehow nullified his mental powers.
The Warlock invites both the Professor and Jean back to his home and calls fourth three flying steeds to carry them there. When Jean inquires as to if the horses are magical in origin, the Warlock tells her that they are really mutants of his own creation. Flying along, the Professor recognizes the region as the New England Hills and wonders where the rest of his charges are. As they fly toward the Warlock's base of operations, they are joined by Angel who has scouted ahead of the other X-Men to try and find Jean. Angel notices that Marvel Girl is under the Warlock's thrall and asks the Professor what to do. Xavier tells Angel to hold back and follow along to see what the Warlock has in store for them.
They arrive at a castle hidden within the mountains where the Warlock tells them his origins. He tells them that he was really Merlin the Magician, who unknown to those in Arthurian times was really a mutant. In hibernation for thousands of years, he was revived in modern times and do battle against the Thunder God, Thor. Thor convinced Merlin to go into hibernation for another thousand years. However, he tricked Thor by breaking free at the first sign of Thor being away from Earth.
Warlock asks Jean to join him on a tour of his castle, to which the enslaved girl agrees. When Warren attempts to stop Warlock, the supposed mutant uses his power of suggestion to convince Angel that his wings have caught fire. When dousing the "flames" Warren remarks how the Professor was able to know that there was a nearby stream, making him wonder if his leader truly is powerless. The Professor also remarks about how the flames on his wings were only the power of suggestion imposed on him by the Warlock.
When the Warlock finds Xavier again, he finds him on the ground,apparently fallen out of his chair and knocked out. Taking Xavier to the infirmary, he attempts to probe the Professor's mind, but finds no thoughts. Just then, Cyclops, Beast, and Iceman arrive and the Professor reveals his ruse to stall for time until the other X-Men arrived, and pulls them out of the "Negative Space" that Warlock had left them in. Before the other X-Men can attack, the Warlock uses his powers to root their feet to the ground. However, before he can do anything else, the Professor challenges the Warlock to a fair fight. Warlock agrees to an arena battle between the X-Men and his own minions.
The challenge begins and soon the X-Men easily defeat all the warriors that the Warlock threw against them. Attempting to rescue Jean and the Professor, the X-Men are repelled by Warlock who escapes with Jean. The X-Men follow after him, easily breaking through the various traps and defenses that the Warlock rigged into his castle. Catching up with the Warlock, the X-Men are almost crushed by a force bolt that destroys a castle parapet, however Marvel Girl manages to break free of the Warlock's mind control long enough to save them with her telekinetic powers.
When the Warlock attempts to reassert his will over Marvel Girl, the X-Men swarm the villain and cover his head with his cape. The Professor then uses his mental powers to force Warlock to return to his coma state and the X-Men round up and incapacitate all of his followers. With the battle over, the Professor orders his X-Men to return home so that they can continue to prepare to deal with the coming threat of Factor Three.
- The Warlock claims to be Merlin, but he isn't the "real" Merlin.
- Bulletin for Art Buffs: Since Wondrous Werner Roth is so Busy Working on our Next Scintillating Story, We Got Another Titanic Talent to Fill in For Him This Ish! (And Now, On With Our Customary Confusing Credits!)
- Stan Lee, Editor
- Roy Thomas, Scripter
- Jack Sparling, Designer
- John Tartaglione, Delineator
- Artie Simek, Letterer
- Irv Forbush, Manicurist
- references: Journey into Mystery #96 and Thor King-Size Special #2
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