Magneto is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, the character first appears in The X-Men n.1, September 1963.
The character is a powerful mutant with the ability to generate and control magnetic fields. Magneto regards mutants as evolutionarily superior to humans and rejects the possibility of peaceful human-mutant coexistence. He is a friend of Professor X, the leader of the X-Men, but their different philosophies cause a rift in their friendship at times. Magneto’s role in comics has varied from supervillain to antihero, occasional ally and even a member of the X-Men at times.
Magneto was ranked number 1 by IGN’s Top 100 Comic Book Villains, number 17 in Wizard’s Top 100 Greatest Villains Ever list, and was ranked as the 9th Greatest Comic Book Character Ever in Wizard’s list of the 200 Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time.