Jeffries is not quite so clever as he thinks

X-Men #6
Feb 2011

The vampiric storyline Curse of the Mutants comes to its conclusion in this issue. Dracula, having been resurrected in issue #3, delivers the final blow to Xarus and, after a tense stand-off with Cyclops, ends the vampire threat. Mister Jeffries appears in a single panel cameo as a regular member of the X-Men Science Team, having joined up in issue #505.

The stand-off centers around Dracula’s position immediately after defeating Xarus: he’s got a vampire army on Utopia’s doorstep, held back only by the slightest hint of a sense of honor generated after Cyclops defends him by taking out Blade during an attack with an optic blast. Cyclops gives Dracula something to think about: during the time that he had the vampire lord’s body and severed head in his possession, he claims to have implanted some sort of device, as depicted by a spikey gadget.

Jeffries appears in a single panel showing the severed head, which is of course floating in a bubbling glass jar, the headless body, the spikey gadget (also floating in a bubbling glass jar) and the rest of the X-Club, as narrated by Cyclops:

Your dismembered body was in my care for seventeen hours. That’s a long time. Especially for people as clever as Nemesis and Rao, who, you’ll remember, Trojan horsed Wolverine in on your son…”

Victor Gischler meant to use “decapitated”, which means “head cut off”, not “dismembered”, which means “limbs cut off”, a clear error since one can see the body in that image and in other issues. It’s questionable whether or not Mister Jeffries ought to have been included in the list of clever X-Club members, as he’s been depicted in a wide range: as a brilliant scientist in some issues and a distracted bumbling redneck in others, and everywhere in between. In previous issues of this run, he’s been manning highly complex display terminals and talking fairly smart-ish but apparently, he’s not in the same league as Drs. Rao and Nemesis. The image is blue-toned to indicate a flashback to events taking place behind-the-scenes in issue #3, but it’s not known if these events ever actually took place or if Cyclops is bluffing.

Note: there is a variant cover by Paco Medina, taken from one of the teaser “We are the X-Men” promo images released in April 2010.

X-Men #6 – Paco Medina variant

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5 Responses to “Jeffries is not quite so clever as he thinks”

  1. Flightpath07 Says:

    “the severed head, which is of course floating in a bubbling glass jar, the headless body, the spikey gadget (also floating in a bubbling glass jar) and the rest of the X-Club”

    Nope. All I see are the boobs.

    • rplass Says:

      Oh yeah! When I cropped the image, I was careful to include Dr. Rao’s boobs, intending to make a comment about Paco Medina’s unfortunate hypersexualization of the character (not as bad as Clayton Crain giving her a sexy bare midriff on the cover of Smoke & Blood but still pretty bad), but when I wrote the text, I got caught up in Dracula’s body parts instead. Thanks for pointing them out!

  2. Ahab Says:

    And why were you more interested in Dracula’s body parts (undead) than Dr.Rao’s boobs? I had no idea you…into that sort of thing…

    • rplass Says:

      For the chronology. I could tell the panel was a flashback. One can place this one rather cleanly within issue #3: it’s after Cyclops hands off the head to Gambit but before the impaled stake is removed. As lovely as Rao’s boobs are in that panel, they don’t give much clue to the chronology.

  3. Flightpath07 Says:


    oh, the pleasure was all my mine!

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