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When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the X-Men, what was the inspiration and concept behind the superhero character Warren Worthington III? Why did they choose the idea of him being a wealthy billionaire playboy as well as his physical appearance?

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  • It makes him a better rival for Scott for Jean's affections, being rich and fun-loving.
    – Mary
    Jul 28, 2022 at 0:30

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While I don't believe that it was ever confirmed by the writers, I have often seen people claiming that Edmond Hamilton's "He That Hath Wings" was probably the basis of the character. Along with being a winged humanoid, there's the hollow bones and the altered blood to support flying.

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