Summers, better known as Cyclops, discovered his mutant ability to direct
and control his powerful optic blast, a powerful energy beam emitting from
his eyes, during his difficult childhood. Having lost his parents at an
early age and raised in an orphanage, he was eventually found by Charles
Xavier and became the first member of the original X-men. Cyclops is also
the father of Cable and husband of Jean
When Scott was a boy
growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, his father, USAF Major Christopher Summers,
took the family for a flight in their de Havilland Mosquito. It came under
attack by an alien Shi'ar spaceship. As the plane went down in flames, Scott's
parents fastened him and his younger brother Alex into a parachute and pushed
them off the plane, hoping that they would survive.
For a time Scott had
prolonged amnesia about his childhood. Parts of his memory returned when he was
unexpectedly attacked by the demon D'Spayre while on a leave of absence after
Jean Grey's perceived first death. Scott spent most of his childhood in an
orphanage in Omaha, Nebraska and was subjected to batteries of tests and
experiments by the orphanage's owner, Mr. Milbury, an alias for the geneticist
Mister Sinister, who also placed mental blocks on Scott.
When Scott is sixteen, he runs away from the orphanage, and while wandering the
streets is taken in by Charles Xavier. On a trip to New York with his orphanage
supervisor Scott walks across a construction site and his optic beam activates.
The blast damages a metal crane causing it to fall towards an onlooking crowd.
Scott thinks quickly unleashing a second blast that destroys the crane. The
crowd thinks this is an act of violence, and forms a lynch mob. Scott hops onto
a train and runs away. Wandering Scott encounters Jack O' Diamonds and battles
the villain. Scott is found by Charles Xavier, who erases the crowd's memories.
Xavier then asks Scott to join the X-Men, and he gladly accepts, as the first
In the X-Men's first
field mission, he battles Magneto.
With the X-Men, he battles the Blob. He also becomes romantically attracted to
Jean Grey. With the X-Men, he then clashes with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
for the first time. He soon becomes the team's field leader, a position he will
traditionally hold over the years.
Cyclops has a
relationship with Jean Grey during their time in the "original" X-Men.
For a long time, he refuses to admit, even to himself, that he has feelings for
her, afraid he would be hurt again or that his optic blasts would hurt her - or
anyone else he cared about for that matter - and also because he feels he is no
match for his wealthy teammate Warren Worthington III, a.k.a. Angel, who is at
first also romantically interested in Jean. What Scott doesn't know is that Jean
actually has a crush on him, but is too shy to make a move. Finally, on Bobby
Drake's 18th birthday, they reveal their passion for each other and begin to
When the X-Men are
defeated by Krakoa, Cyclops is the only member able to escape and return to
Xavier. He helps train a new group of X-Men, which includes Storm,
Banshee, Thunderbird, Sunfire and Wolverine
to rescue the others. When the other original X-Men (Angel, Beast, Iceman, Jean
Grey, and later additions Havok (his own brother Alex) and Polaris) decide to
leave in light of the arrival of the new X-Men, Cyclops stays, feeling that he
will never be able to lead a normal life because of the uncontrollable nature of
At first, Scott believes
that his parents died in the plane accident and is unaware that they, in fact,
had been captured and sold into slavery by the Shi'ar. As an adult member of the
X-Men, Cyclops meets his father, now known as Corsair, leader of the
Starjammers, a group of aliens opposing what they see as the tyranny of the
Shi'ar empire. Jean learns of Corsair's identity but keeps it from Scott and
several more years pass before he learns his father's true identity. He later
comes into contact with his grandparents, who he learns are still alive and own
a shipping company in Canada.
questions his relationship with Jean after Jean dies trying to pilot a space
shuttle through a solar flare, and then is reborn as Phoenix, feeling that this
reborn Jean was not the same Jean he had loved. Yet when he thinks her dead for
an extended period of time after a battle in the Savage Land, Scott is not able
to mourn her, and believes this meant he didn't really love her anymore. He
briefly dates Colleen Wing. However, when Scott and Jean are reunited on Muir
Island to fight Proteus, he rediscovers his love for her, and they share a
passionate kiss on the way home. A few days before Jean dies, Scott psychically
proposes, and she accepts. After her death, he quits the X-Men, unsure of what
to do anymore. He signs on as crew of a fishing boat, captained by Lee
Forrester. After an adventure in which Lee's father is possessed by D'Spayre,
and Cyclops and the Man-Thing must fight D'Spayre, Scott and Lee find themselves
shipwrecked in the Bermuda Triangle, where they stumble upon Magneto's new base
Scott soon returns to
the X-Men. He then discovers that Corsair is actually his father. Eventually,
Scott marries Madelyne Pryor, a woman who bears a strong resemblance to Jean.
Scott later battles Storm for undisputed leadership of the X-Men, and after
being defeated he retires from the X-Men. Madelyne bears him a son, Nathan.