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Uncanny X-Men (1963) - #153
"Kitty's Fairy Tale"

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Danny Fingeroth
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Cover Date: January 1982
Cover Price: US $ 0.60

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

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The X-Men are cleaning up the grounds at the Xavier estate following the recent battle with the White Queen. While the others are hard at work, Kitty Pryde decides to tell Illyana Raspution a bedtime story. She entitles her story, "Kitty's Fairy Tale"

Kitty's Fairy Tale
In the Caliphate of Nhu Yorkh, the local constabulary seeks to apprehend two notorious brigands known as Pirate Kitty and her first mate, Colossus. Colossus uses his massive strength to open up an escape route, and Kitty and she make for the docks. They come upon a group of strangers. One is an ancient wizard sitting upon a flying carpet, and the other is a blind prince who can shoot fire from his eyes. The Wizard, Xavier, explains to Pirate Kitty that they are seeking a missing princess known as Jean. Jean is the inheritor of a great power that has corrupted her, turning her into an entity known as the Dark Phoenix.

Even as the travelers speak, Dark Phoenix arrives and attacks the troupe with massive star bolts. Xavier drives her away by way of a magic sphere, containing the pure and good aspect of Jean's soul.

As Phoenix flies off, Xavier convinces Kitty and Colossus to help them track her down. Kitty summons her pet, a gigantic black dragon named Lockheed. Everyone climbs on the dragon’s back and Lockheed flies across the western ocean. They eventually come upon a grassy, peaceful island and they stop for a rest. A species of small, blue elves named Bamfs appear before them and begin hanging around Kitty.

Colossus meanwhile, walks to the beach where he finds a bottle floating on the edge of the shoreline. He opens the bottle, releasing a powerful genie named Wind-rider. Wind-rider reveals Jean Grey and she were once close friends, but Dark Phoenix imprisoned her inside the bottle.

Rounding out the cast is a strange, hairy man known only as the Fiend-With-No-Name. The Fiend manages to offend everyone around him and gets into a scuffle with Colossus – a scuffle that comes to an abrupt end due to a burst of flame from Lockheed’s mouth.

Suddenly, Dark Phoenix appears and begins attacking everybody. Xavier uses his magic to grant Kitty and Colossus the gift of flight. Wind-rider and Prince Cyclopes concentrate their own energy powers on Dark Phoenix. While Phoenix concentrates her efforts on the assailants, the Bamfs appear and begin teleporting all about her, causing her to become distracted. This allows the wizard Xavier the opportunity to channel the good spirit of Jean Grey from the magic sphere back into her body, exorcising the malevolent Dark Phoenix for all time.

Reprinted/Collected in:
40 Years of X-Men (2005) DVD-ROM
Die Gruppe X Comic-Magazin (1988) #1
Essential X-Men (1999) TPB vol. 03
Essential X-Men (1999) TPB vol. 03 (1st Printing)
Essential X-Men (1999) TPB vol. 03 (Second Edition, First Printing)
Ihmesarja (2002) #8
Marvel (1988) 1988-03
Marvel Gold - La Imposible Patrulla - X (2011) #3
Marvel Limited: The X-Men Chris Claremont Collection (1994) HC
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men (2003) HC vol. 07
Marvel Milestones: Beast & Kitty Pryde (2006) #1
Marvel Visionaries: Chris Claremont (2005) HC
Uncanny X-Men (1963) Omnibus HC vol. 02
The Uncanny X-Men (2004) Vol 7
X-Men Classic (1990) #57
X-Men Visionaries (1996) TPB

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