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Origin of Polaris
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Origin of Polaris

Real Name: Lorna Dane

First Appearance: X-Men #49 (October, 1968)

Powers: Polaris can manipulate metal (as long as that metal can be magnetized) and magnetic fields of all kinds. Through this she can fly, create forcefields, and manipulate the natural magnetic field of the Earth.

Affiliation: X-Men, X-Factor, Starjammers, Acolytes, Horsemen of Apocalypse

Did You Know? Polaris is the daughter of Magneto and sister of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

A Little History

The origin of Polaris is pretty straightforward. 

Polaris first appeared in X-Men #49 back in 1968. She was created by Arnold Drake and Jim Steranko.

Polaris (Lorna Dane) is the byproduct of an affair between her mother and an unaware of her existence Magneto. Just weeks after her birth tragedy struck her family. As an apparent result of her early power manifestation, her parents were killed in a plane crash. Now an orphan, Lorna was put up for adoption and later adopted by the Danes.

Sometime later, Samuel Saxon (robotics expert) managed to create a robotic replica of Magneto. Saxon then used the robot to persuade and recruit the mutant Mesmero to his evil cause. With Mesmero by his side, Saxon had the mutant use the “psyche generator” to bring many mutants with undeveloped mutant abilities to San Francisco. As a mutant with undeveloped abilities, Lorna Dane answered the call. Upon landing in San Francisco, she befriended the X-Man, Iceman. The two were quickly captured by Mesmero with Lorna being placed inside a genetic simulator. Once inside the simulator, her powers were brought to the surface and she was shown to possess a power set similar to Magneto’s. Seeing this, Mesmero then hypnotized Lorna into believing she was the daughter of Magneto.

Now under Mesmero’s control, Lorna and the robot Magneto began to attack the X-Men. Unwilling to hurt his friend, Iceman learned of Lorna’s adoption and convinced her that she wasn’t (although history proved that she was) Magneto’s daughter. She then joined the X-Men and together they beat Mesmero.

And that’s it. The origin of Polaris.

Title Image © Marvel

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