In comic books
published by Marvel Comics
, a mutant
is an organism (usually otherwise human) who possesses a genetic trait
called an X-gene that allows the mutant to naturally develop superhuman powers and abilities
. Human mutants are considered to be of the subspecies Homo sapiens superior
, an evolutionary
progeny of Homo sapiens
, and are considered the next stage in human evolution
Unlike Marvel's mutates
which are characters who develop their powers only after exposure to outside stimuli or energies (such as Hulk
, The Fantastic Four
, and Absorbing Man
), mutants are born with the genetic potential to possess their powers, although the powers typically manifest at puberty
Like mutates, the powers of the vast majority of Marvel's human superheroes are the result of genetic manipulation by the Celestials
millions of years in the past.
A March 1952 story in Amazing Detective Cases
#11 called "The Weird Woman" tells of a woman describing herself as a mutant who seeks a similarly superhuman mate.
Roger Carstairs, a mutant who can create illusions, is shown in Man Comics
#28, dated September 1953.
A character with superhuman powers, born from a radiation-exposed parent, was seen in "The Man With The Atomic Brain!" in Journey into Mystery
#52 in May 1959; although not specifically called a "mutant", his origin is consistent with one.
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