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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

X-amining Classic X-Men #4 - Patreon First!

"The Big Dare"
December 1986

In a Nutshell
Wolverine dares Nightcrawler to walk through Salem Center without using his image inducer.

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: John Bolton
Letters: Tom Orzechowski 
Colors: Glynis Oliver
Editor: Ann Nocenti
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter

After a workout in the woods in which the loser is forced to buy the beer, Wolverine takes Nightcrawler into Salem Center, with Nightcrawler using an image inducer to mask his natural demonic look. After a few beers at Harry's Hideout, Wolverine dares Nightcrawler to walk through the town without the image inducer, believing Nightcrawler is ashamed of his true appearance. Remembering the mob that was chasing him when Professor X recruited him to join the X-Men, Nightcrawler is shocked by response he gets: Harry seems nonplussed, another townsperson assumes he's wearing some kind of makeup, a pair of kids waiting to see Star Wars excitedly think he's alien. When a few townspeople mock him for his accent and realize he's not wearing a mask, things threaten to turn violent and Wolverine prepares to intervene, but Nightcrawler simply teleports Wolverine and himself away. On a nearby rooftop, Nightcrawler thanks Wolverine for challenging him. 

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