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Winged mutant caused by parents being exposed to fields from high voltage

And, looking up Asimov's Young Mutants just to be sure that it wasn't the one I was thinking of, it is in the book, Edmond Hamilton's 1938 "He That Hath Wings", summary from here: The story ...
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The Aquanauts, series of books in a post-apocalyptic future

This is the YA book series The Hydronauts by Carl Biemiller. The first book was published in 1970. From the back of book 1: "The range was not the entire world. But it was more than 80% of it, ...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

In the original Frank Herbert books, the Guild Navigators had been mutated over millennia by living and breathing in supersaturated spice gas, seemingly over many generations - in fact, it seemed they ...
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What are the earliest instances of a virus causing large-scale mutations?

I will put forward the April 1938 "Hyperpilosity" by L. Sprague de Camp. In the Great Change of 1971, a virus infects humanity that causes everyone to grow fur all over their bodies. Initial ...
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60's or older story about two kinds of mutant telepaths

This is the plot of A.E. Van Vogt's 1940 novel Slan. There are two types of "Slans": one type has golden antenna-like "tendrils" that they try to hide, but not always successfully, the way that you ...
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Movie/TV show about people living in a fortress-like city, surrounded by a wasteland populated by violent, mutated humans

Island City (1994) In this wasteland, there were mutated humans who were violent. In the future, humanity develops a "fountain of youth" drug, but as many people around the world begin to ...
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X-Men who died because of their powers

In Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #91 we find the mutant Unus the Untouchable recuperating from a recent fight with the Hulk. It would appear that this encounter (and the exertion of his ...
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Trying to remember title of a book about people on an asteroid/comet

Indeed this is Heart of the Comet, a 1987 book by David Brin and Gregory Benford. I've read this book so many times and it never loses its appeal... A group of spacers and scientists land on Halleys ...
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Where do Lady Deathstrike's blades go when not extended?

Much like Wolverine, they go into her forearm. You can see the x-ray in the movie. Much like Wolverine, they really don't make any sense as far as how they're controlled. When extended, there is a ...
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Chinese mutant who can absorb a tiny fraction of every Chinese person's lifeforce?

As noted by TheLethalCarrot, Collective Man matches what you're looking for. The Collective Man (Sun, Chang, Ho, Lin, and Han Tao-Yu) is a Chinese superhero appearing in American comic books ...
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How many mutants were there on Earth at one time, in Marvel comics?

In New X-Men #116, immediately following the Genosha attack, we actually see an answer to this: Genosha's population was about 16 million, and the news reports that it contained "over half" of the ...
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Who is the oldest mutant (in-universe) in marvel universe?

I'm going to assume you mean the oldest character in-universe. I believe this is Selene. To quote the Wikipedia: Selene was born over 17,000 years ago somewhere in what is now Central Europe, "...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

This is based entirely on Frank Herbert’s Dune and sequels: Guild Navigators have been living in vats full of spice for years (possibly centuries). The spice in large quantities alters physical ...
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Old SF short story where Solarians have evolved into a separate species who eat humans

This sounds very much like "Blood Bank" by Walter Miller, first published in Astounding in 1952. The story follows very closely the plot given in the question. The protagonist, Commander Eli ...
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Which mutants are owned by Marvel Studios?

As far as we know, none. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are special cases: they are mutants, and always been associated with the X-Men, but they were also key figures in the Avengers since its ...
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Short story: post nuclear holocaust, the human race has mutated into an ape-like being and old style humans are viewed as an abomination

I'm trying to identify a short story I read (probably in the 80s) "The Monster", a 1970 short story by R. Chetwynd-Hayes, also the answer to the question Short Horror Story in which ...
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What are the earliest instances of a virus causing large-scale mutations?

The Colour Out of Space is a 1927 story by H.P. Lovecraft where a meteorite crashes into a small town. The presence of the alien particles poison crops and cause animals and people to descend into ...
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Why is Gambit a valuable member of the X-Men if his powers are very limited?

Gambit is extremely powerful and useful He doesn't use his full power on every throw of his cards, and he doesn't currently have access to his full power either. But by all accounts he has the ...
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2000's comic book - policeman on day off takes down several mutants, including a giant, possibly in Chicago

Found it! Dominion (2007), by Keith Giffen. Well, what I thought were mutants were actually alien microbes. That happens. Back cover summary, which is more accurate than the ComicVine one: An ...
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Movie about an island of mutants

It's not from the 1990s, but this sounds a lot like Island of the Fishmen (1979); apparently it was also released in English under the title Screamers. Per Wikipedia: It is the year 1891 and a ...
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Has J. Jonah Jameson ever accused Spider-Man of being a mutant?

As far as I know, Jonah never published any articles accusing Spider-Man of being a mutant. However, in Amazing Spider-Man #282, he suggested Spider-Man was a mutant while hiring X-Factor to capture ...
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Is there an internal reason for Mutants being disproportionately European-descended and/or American populations?

Marvel has not officially stated why mutant populations APPEARED to be greater in the European and Western world than they do in the rest of the planetary populations. The answer could be as simple ...
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Series about mutants and humans living and fighting around Richmond, VA

I'll take a stab at the Horseclans novels by Robert Adams Wikipedia The books mainly concern the doings of the "Horseclans", a nomadic people originating from the "Sea of Grass" —the Great Plains ...
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What are the earliest instances of a virus causing large-scale mutations?

If you're looking for a more monstrous transformation, Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, written in 1954, features a pandemic of bacterial origin (technically not viral, admittedly) that is transforming ...
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Is Scarlet Witch a Strange-level sorceress, or an Omega-level mutant?

As far as I know, both Wanda and Pietro aren't mutants anymore (and actually never were), instead they were revealed to be experiments conducted by the High Evolutionary in Uncanny Avengers #4 (2015): ...
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What was that movie? (Creepy children edition)

It sounds like The Gamma People (1955) British-American production. A train passenger car carrying a reporter and his photographer mysteriously breaks away from its locomotive, accidentally ending ...
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Book involving banished mutants teenagers: strong male, green girlfriend and friend with four arms

I just stumbled across this, I read the same book as well about 15 years ago. Its called Planet of the Gawfs by Steve Vance. It was a great sci-fi read, however. Don't get your hopes up. He never ...
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Why is Gambit a valuable member of the X-Men if his powers are very limited?

I don't think the X-men are assembled like a basketball team where the one with the best skillset in each area is chosen, and the rest are "benched." Most of them grew up with Prof X and the ...
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Why are only X-Men called mutants?

The existing answers cover Marvel well, but don't mention DC. DC does have characters who would be considered mutants - people who have natural powers due to their genes, as opposed to people who ...
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