Published January 3, 2017

5 Massive Monsters the X-Men Have Fought

See the monsters the mutants have squared off against!

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X-Men history is littered with instances of colossal creatures crashing their parties. Below, we take a look at a few of our favorite instances of the mutants squaring off against monstrous opponents.

When the young mutants traveled to the Savage Land, a tropical throwback in the middle of Antarctica, they encountered the world’s original giant monsters: dinosaurs! Cyclops and the gang avoided a phalanx of pterodactyls to rush right into the arms of the not-so-friendly Swamp Men, who in turn introduced them to a hungry tyrannosaurus. Needless to say, the X-Men made their escape to return more than once to the prehistoric playground.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #10

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When the original team disappeared, a new group of X-Men banded together to investigate. That search led them to a strange encounter with Krakoa, a literal living island mutated by atomic energy and able to walk like a man. Up against incredible odds, the new crew won the day with guts and gusto, a great beginning for a historical collection of heroes.

Cyclops’ heavy guilt over the death of teammate Thunderbird dredged up a horrifically large demon named Kierrok. The X-Men opposed the creature’s advance, but soon began to succumb to its immense powers until Professor X got wise and directed Storm to the demon’s point of origin, which she destroyed.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #96

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A gigantic dragon returned with the X-Men from the first so-called Secret Wars and immediately began to lay waste to Tokyo. The team tried their best to contain the creature, but when the damage and destruction grew too great, it fell to Kitty Pryde’s dragon companion Lockheed to sway the towering serpent away from its lethal path.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #181

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Years later, Wolverine and Cyclops battled another dragon in and around Tokyo—a legendary one by the name of Fin Fang Foom! They learned the great beast operated under the tight mental control of the villainous Mentallo, a situation which eventually led them to Monster Island and into the waiting jaws of, yep, you guessed it: more giant monsters.

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