Originally created by Stan Lee (writer) and Jack Kirby (artist), ‘X-Men’ is a graphic novel or comic book series that has spanned many decades. ‘X-Men’ first appeared in September 1963 and has since gained a large following and spread to multiple forms of media including film and TV. Published by Marvel comics, the series focuses on a group of ‘mutants’ who suffer a large amount of prejudice from the general population, finding salvation together in the mansion of a character named Professor Xavier. Released in a time of large social discrimination, but also a time of increasing views of equality, ‘X-Men’ was a true sign of the times. ‘X-Men’ was aimed at the population of America and the west, promoting equality and the concept of not letting others get you down, a message especially valued by the belittled youth of the time. ‘X-Men’, as previously mentioned, is based around a group of people who have mutated due to the presence of the ‘X-Gene’, giving them super-human powers. These ‘mutants’ are discriminated against by society, and find refuge with Professor Xavier in his Westchester Mansion. Many mutants come to the mansion to learn how to control their powers, and also to get a standard education as they are not able to go to a normal school for fear of the prejudice they would experience. Some of the older mutants are recruited by Xavier as the ‘X-Men’; a group designed to show the world that mutants aren’t a threat to society and can even be heroes. However, there are a group of mutants who make creating this image a challenge as this group, led by ‘Magneto’ (a survivor of the holocaust), use their powers to exact revenge on humans for their discrimination, even believing themselves as better than humans. Thus the eternal struggle between Xavier’s X-Men and Magneto’s ‘Brotherhood’ continues. ‘X-Men’ is an obvious example of the concept of Belonging; it is a story about a group of people excluded from society, even...
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