"It isn't fair, Illyana! I've earned my place among the X-Men. All of them say so -- why won't the Professor listen?!"
Kitty Pryde
"Professor Xavier is a Jerk!"
Uncanny X-Men 168
Uncanny X-Men
Title: "Professor Xavier is a Jerk!"
Volume: 1
Number: 168
Cover price: .60
Cover date: April, 1983
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Writers: Chris Claremont
Pencilers: Paul Smith
Inkers: Bob Wiacek
Cover artists: Paul Smith
Cover inker: Paul Smith
Colorists: Glynis Wein
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski
Assistant editors: Danny Fingeroth
Editors: Louise Simonson [1]
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"Professor Xavier Is a Jerk!" is the story title to the 168th issue of the superhero fantasy series Uncanny X-Men, published by Marvel Comics. It is the twenty-sixth issue of the series released under its current title. The story was written by Chris Claremont with artwork by Paul Smith. Smith also composed the cover art illustration and embellishment for this issue. The story was inked by Bob Wiacek with coloring by Glynis Wein and letters by Tom Orzechowski. It was edited by Louise Jones. This issue shipped with an April, 1983 cover date and carried a cover price of 60 cents per copy (US).

This issue is a Kitty Pryde spotlight story. Enraged at having been demoted to the "b-team", the New Mutants, Kitty sets off to prove her worth to Professor Charles Xavier. Alone in the mansion, she encounters three members of the alien race known as the Sidri. Professor Charles Xavier deals with overcoming the physical symptoms of his new clone body with some help from Lilandra Neramani. Meanwhile, Scott Summers is down in Shark Bay, Florida taking some time off where he reunites with his old flame, Lee Forrester. Later, he meets a woman who is a dead ringer for his late love, Jean Grey.

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  • UPC barcode: 7148602461.
  • There are two different cover variations of this issue, with only minimal differences between them. Some covers show a rectangular cover price box, while others show an M-shaped cover price box. The M-shaped cover price box issues show an image of Spider-Man in place of the UPC scan. There is no difference between the two versions in terms of distribution ratio or collector's value. The reason behind the two versions is that one is the direct market edition (m-shaped) and the other is the newsstand edition (rectangle).
  • In the United Kingdom, this issue originally sold for .25 GBP. In Canada, this issue originally sold of .75 CAD.
  • There is no letters column for this issue.
  • This issue includes a one-page feature called "Kitty's Kostume Korner", which includes fan-submitted costume designs for Kitty Pryde's new costume.
  • The title to this issue, "Professor Xavier is a Jerk!", is also the first line of dialogue in the story as spoken by Kitty Pryde.
  • Cyclops temporarily leaves the team beginning with this issue.
  • Wolverine temporarily leaves the team to explore matters of personal importance. If you wanna see what Wolvie does next, go check him out in Wolverine #1 - the Canadian Canucklehead's very first #1 issue! (one of many to come).
  • This is the first appearance of Madelyne Pryor, who bears a strong resemblance to Jean Grey. She makes a cameo appearance at the end of this issue only. Madelyne will become a prominent figure in issues to come and she will eventually be revealed to be a clone of Jean Grey.
  • This is the first and only known appearance of Paolo, who is a member of Lee Forrester's crew.
  • Professor X is seen smoking a pipe in this issue - a habit he has not engaged in since the early days of this series.
  • The Sidri appeared last in Uncanny X-Men #154. Professor X makes a comment about how they destroyed the mansion at that time.

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  • This is Chris Claremont's seventy-eighth issue of Uncanny X-Men as writer (not including annuals and special editions). It is his seventy-seventh consecutive issue on the series. It his seventy-seventh issue of the title featuring the "All New, All Different" X-Men. It is his twenty-sixth issue of the series under the title of The Uncanny X-Men. [12]
  • This is Paul Smith's fourth issue of Uncanny X-Men as penciler. It is also his fourth issue of the series as cover artist and cover inker.

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  1. Editor Louise Simonson is credited as Louise Jones in this issue.
  2. Kitty Pryde and Illyana Rasputin only.
  3. Six members of the X-Men appear in this issue. The count goes up to seven after Kitty is brought onto the team as a probationary member.
  4. Charles Xavier has a new cloned body, which he developed following the X-Men's last battle with the Brood.
  5. Madelyne Pryor is a clone of Jean Grey, though this information will not be revealed for some time to come yet.
  6. Lilandra Neramani is the only Shi'ar present in this story.
  7. The Sidri can project blasts of energy.
  8. This is Kitty Pryde's main mutant power. It is canceled out after she is hit by a Sidri energy blast.
  9. Represented by Colossus as he deflects the Sidri energy beam.
  10. Demonstrated as flame-breath from Lockheed.
  11. Charles Xavier maintains telepathic contact with Kitty Pryde.
  12. Prior to Uncanny X-Men #142, the series was just known as X-Men.