Great Moments in Comics History: X-Men #111

“Oh my God!”
“Oh no, Mesmero. Oh no.”
“What’s wrong?”
“Mesmero, you didn’t… I mean, you didn’t expect…”
“I mean, you didn’t really think I’d do something like that!”
“Like what?”
“What do you think?”
“Well, I don’t know.”
“For god’s sake, Mesmero. Here we are. You got me into your house. You give me a drink. You… put on music. Now you start opening up your personal life to me and tell me your husband won’t be home for hours.”
“Mesmero, you’re trying to seduce me.”
“[laughs] Huh?”
“Aren’t you?”


  1. The first issue of X-men I ever read involved Mesmero killing Mastermind (who was already supposed to be dead), and then killing himself in an explosion. I still don’t really have any idea who he is, though.

  2. Next Panel. The Sentry walks in. Arms on his hips.

    Sentry: Nice belt. Mine has a “S” on it, see?

    Beast: Now’s not a good time to talk fashion, Robert.

  3. Mesmero = most awesome costume ever

  4. Mesmero, I think I better be leaving now.

  5. Does Mesmero wear a mask? Or is that his natural skin colour?

    If so, is he just wearing fabric that matches his skin tone exactly? Or is he actually half naked?

    These are questions that need to be asked, I feel.

  6. Crap, I remember buying this issue from a newsstand!

    This was probably the first time I saw the classic John Byrne character-sitting-on-the-desk-with-lots-of-word-balloons-explaining-things pose.

  7. We’d like to know a little bit about your for our files
    We’d like to help you learn to help yourself.
    Look around you all you see are sympathetic eyes,
    Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home.

  8. Oh my.

  9. Wow that not so subtle inner ass cheek Mesmero is hanging can not be unseen. How did someone draw that with a straight face?

  10. Mesmero is definitely the Mrs. Robinson of the X-Universe.

  11. This is … wow.

    The fact that he’s pointing to his junk makes the whole thing.

    And if that’s his skin, where are his nips? Not that I wanna see Mesmero’s nips. But c’mon Byrne. Might as well go all out.

  12. Mesmero to me was a very Cheesy Character. But he’s part of that time era that anyone can be a bad guy as long as you can go up against the X-men.

  13. Nice. I love these random X panels. Begin self promotion: We pull out a lot of funny (and some cool) panels of early X-Comics as a supplement to our weekly podcast Danger Room!

    It’s an x-men issue by issue commentary podcast starting from that #1 from 1963 (and presumably ending with #544.) It should be checked out, and shared with friends. End self promotion.

  14. June 1978.

  15. Looks like he thought about that pose a few seconds before Beast entered the room. Awkward!