Real Name: Jean Grey
First Appearance: X-Men #1 (September, 1963)
Powers: Telepathy and Telekinesis (Phoenix Amplifies This Power)
Affiliation: X-Men, X-Factor
Enemies: Most X-Men Enemies
A Little History
Jean Grey first arrived at the X-Men Mansion while the other students trained. She was the newest student in an all-male school. Initially, Jean didn’t understand how Charles Xavier had convinced her parents to in roll her in his school. At this time, Xavier revealed to her that he was a mutant that could control the minds of others. Seeing that she had tremendous potential and an even greater amount of power, he identified her as a perfect fit for his school.
He then went on to explain that she was to become a member of his newly formed team, the X-Men. After meeting the other students and learning that each had a codename, she too was given one. Jean’s took the form of Marvel Girl.
He then told them of their first mission…to fight the evil Magneto and his mutants. On their first mission, it was Jean that stopped Magneto using her powers of telekinesis. Jean’s largest change came after a mission in which she and her team were trapped in space. As their ship made its way back to Earth, the cockpit was exposed to radiation. To shield her fellow members, she sacrificed herself so that they were given a chance to make it back home.
As a result of the exposure, Jean’s full power manifested and she became the Phoenix.