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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 reaction to the plague, dubbed "hyperpilosity" by the news media, is one of panic and horror. Various examples of the troubles resulting are told; the cast of the ...


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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 describe. Because of their psychic powers and their obvious difference, the main antagonist, world dictator Kier Grey, has the slans hunted to near extinction. ...


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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 madness. It isn't explicitly stated to be a virus infecting people, but a strange colour emanates from a well infecting people. Described as "that alien and ...


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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 people into vampires. Robert Neville appears to be the sole survivor of a pandemic that has killed most of the human population and turned the remainder ...


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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): In fact, House of X #4 (2019) explicitly lists her as a non-mutant: LOOK AT WHAT THEY’VE DONE MUTANT EXTINCTION EVENTS [...] DECIMATION: MUTANT ...


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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 him. Jonah later indicated that he didn't actually care whether Spider-Man was a mutant or not; it appears he just said what he did to get X-Factor to take the ...


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