Magneto's Origin


X-Men: Magneto Testament (2008): Greg Pak covers Magneto's origin in this 5 issue mini-series. See Magneto as a child growing up during World War II in Germany. Witness the events that forever scar the master of magnetism.

A Fire in the Night

Classic X-Men #12: The original story of Magneto's wife, Magda, and their child. Magneto first discovers his powers in this story and you will witness the event that forever turned him into the master of magnetism. Written by Chris Claremont with art by Art Adams.

The X-Men’s Arch-Enemy

First Appearance

X-Men #1 (1963): The first issue of the X-Men where Magneto appears as the main antagonist. Written by Stan Lee with art by Jack Kirby.

The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants

X-Men #4, X-Men #5, and X-Men #6 (1964): Seed the birth of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in these issues as Magneto and his Brotherhood battles the X-Men. Written by Stan Lee with art by Jack Kirby.

The Gentleman's Name is Magneto

X-Men #104, X-Men #112, X-Men #113, and X-Men #114 (1978): Most of the original X-Men are gone and have been replaced by a group consisting of Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Banshee, and Wolverine with Cyclops and Jean Grey from the original group remaining. In these issues the all new all different X-Men will face their greatest challenge as they fight the X-Men's oldest foe, Magneto.

I, Magneto

I, Magneto (1981): This story was a turning point for Magneto. Always portrayed as the "bad guy," you will discover that there is some good in him. Written by Chris Claremont with art by Dave Cockrum.

Reformed Era

God Loves, Man Kills

X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (1982): In this classic X-Men story, the X-Men and Magneto team-up against mutant hatred. For the first time the X-Men will as themselves, "is Magneto right?" Some fans may recognize some elements of this story, as they were used in X2: X-Men United. Written by Chris Claremont with art by Brent Anderson.

Gold Rush

Gold Rush (1982): The first story that tells us about the prior relationship that Magneto and Charles Xavier had. Written by Chris Claremont with art by Dave Cockrum.

Born Again

The Uncanny X-Men #199 - Born Again (1985): Seed Magneto as he lends his wisdom to the X-Men, as he has to deal with intolerance from humans. Written by Chris Claremont with art by John Romita Jr.

The Trial of Magneto

The Trial of Magneto (1985): After being arrested by Freedom Force, Magneto now has to stand trial for the events that took place in I, Magneto. Written by Chris Claremont with art by John Romita Jr.

Leading the New Mutants

New Mutants #35, New Mutants #38, New Mutants #39, and New Mutants #40 (1986): Professor Xavier's dying wish was that Magneto take his place. See Magneto as he struggles in the beginning when he has to deal with the Hellfire Club and the Avengers. Written by Chris Claremont with art by Bill Sienkiewicz.

The X-Men vs The Avengers

The X-Men vs The Avengers (1987): When Magneto discovers that a piece of his old base, Asteroid M, crashes on earth he tries to find it due to it containing weapons of mass destruction. Meanwhile, the Avengers also try to find the Asteroid, which leads to a battle with the X-Men due to Magneto still being a fugitive. Written by Roger Stern with art by Keith Pollard.


Magneto in the Savage Land (1991): The Uncanny X-Men #274 - Crossroads and The Uncanny X-Men #275 - The Path Not Taken. While Magneto was reformed for a long period, he will start to go down a darker path. Here you will see the beginning of Magneto's relationship with Rogue. Read as Magneto is joined by Rogue and Nick Fury as he attempts to battle evil in the Savage Land. Written by Chris Claremont with art by Jim Lee.

Modern Age

Mutant Genesis

X-Men: Mutant Genesis (1991): Another turning point in Magneto's history. Magneto returns to Asteroid M and once again finds himself doing battle with the X-Men. He will discover a secret from his past that will have him questioning if he was ever truly reformed. Written by Chris Claremont with art by Jim Lee.

Fatal Attractions

Fatal Attractions (1993): The X-Men battle Magneto as he returns to his evil ways. Contains one of the most epic confrontations between Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto, as Xavier decides to go to lengths that he has never gone before to stop his nemesis. Written by Fabian Nicizea, Scott Lobdell, and Larry Hamann with art by Andy Kubert, Greg Cupollo, Joe Quesada, and Paul Smith.

Legion's Quest

Legion's Quest (1995): This story is a prelude to Age of Apocalypse. This story mostly contains flashback stories of Magneto's relationship with Charles Xavier. When Xavier's son, Legion, travels back in time to kill Magneto, he and Charles will do everything they can to stop him. Written by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, and Jeph Loeb with art by Andy Kubert, Roger Cruz, Joe Madureira, and Ian Churchill.

Age of Apocalypse

Age of Apocalypse (1995): Following the events of Legion's Quest where Charles Xavier died, in this world ruled by Apocalypse. Magneto forms the X-Men instead of Charles Xavier. When Magneto meets the sole survivor of the Earth-616 reality, Bishop, Magneto will devise a plan that will put the world back to the way it was meant to be. Takes place on Earth-295. Written by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicizea, Lary Hama, John Francis Moore, Warren Ellis, Mark Waid, Jeph Loeb, Howard Mackie and Terry Kavanagh with various artists.


The Uncanny X-Men #227 - The Belly Of The Beast!(1995) Here you will see a younger Magneto with no recollection of who he was. He will be taken in by a nun and be set on the path to lean who he truly is. Written by Scott Lobdell with art by Roger Cruz.

Magneto War

The Magneto War (1999): Magneto will seek out a human, and use him to test whether or not the homo sabian race will live or die. Magneto will attempt to claim Genosha. A land that was once a slave state, where mutants were treated as slaves. Here you will also see Magneto attempt to rekindle his relationship with the X-Man, Rogue. Written by Fabian Nicieza and Alan Davis with art by Lee Weeks and and Mark Nelson.

Planet X

Planet X (2003): New X-Men #146-150

House of M

House Of M (2005): This storyline takes place in a alternate reality that was caused by Magneto's daughter, the Scarlet Witch. Here it will be the mutants who are the dominant species and the humans who are the minority. In a alternate reality where Mutants are the majority of society, Magneto rules. Written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Oliver Coipel.

Ongoing Solo Series

Magneto (2014): by Cullen Bunn. See a weakened Magneto act as a anti-hero in his own ongoing series. He will seek out redemption for those Murants who die at the hands of the humans, not being able to protect themselves.

Leading the X-Men

Uncanny X-Men (2016): by Cullen Bunn. The current run on Uncanny X-Men sees Magneto leading the X-Men as he searches for a way to save his people from the Terrigen Mist.


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