Erik the Red I
The First X-Man
Mutant Rights Activist
|Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Base of Operations|
Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York
|Black (Glows Red)|
Mutation resulting in ability to project a beam of concussive force from eyes.
Invulnerable to his own power and the super-heated plasma of his brother Alex Summers (Havok).
Excellent hand-to-hand combatant with natural abilities of geometry used for controlling direction and force of eye beams.
Above average intelligence and a natural leader.
Ruby Quartz Visor: Eyewear used to control concussive eye beams.
Astonishing X-Men Vol. 2 & 3
Cyclops Vol. 1
Professor Xavier and the X-Men
X-Factor Vol. 1
X-Men Vol. 2
|X-Men Vol. 1 #1 (Sept. 1963)|
|Stan Lee & Jack Kirby|
The eldest of two sons of U. S. Air Force Major Christopher Summers, Scott Summers and his brother Alex (Havok) were separated from their parents when they were pushed with the only available parachute from their father's private plane by their mother, after the plane was attacked by a scout ship of the alien Shi'ar Empire.
Summers suffered a head injury from the rough landing and remained comatose for a year. The resulting brain damage caused by his fall prevent him from being able to control his mutant power to create force blast from his eyes.
Separated after the accident, his brother Alex was adopted, and Summers was placed in an Omaha, Nebraska orphanage after recovering from his injuries.
As he matured he began to suffer severe headaches and eyestrain. Diagnosed by an eye specialist it was discovered that eyeglasses with ruby quartz lenses corrected his vision problems, it was soon afterward that he developed his mutant power causing a major accident involving a construction crane. Although saving the crowd below from his accident by atomizing the crane, the crowd turned on him thinking his accident had been an intentional attempt on their lives.
Frightened and on the run, Summers became unwillingly associated with the mutant criminal known as Jack O'Diamonds (Living Diamond). Professor Charles Xavier with the assistance of F.B.I. agent Fred Duncan rescued Summers from Jack O'Dianonds, enlisting him as the first member of his team of young mutants as Cyclops.