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Uncanny X-Men - The Key Books
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby the X-Men first appear in X-Men #1 in September 1963, originally they were going to be called the Mutants but Marvel publisher Martin Goodman felt most youngsters would not know what a mutant was and so the name X-Men was settled on. Surprisingly the X-Men where never one of the most popular titles amongst the Marvel series, in fact the title was even put on hiatus between issues 67 (December 1970) and 93 (April 1975 ) with only reprinted X-Men stories appearing in these issues. All that changed though in the summer of 1975 with the release of a book that would change the face of the Marvel universe forever, Giant Size X-Men # 1. This book introduced us to a new team of X-Men and today the X-Men are arguably the most popular characters in comic books. Below i will list some of the most important and valuable X books to collect, not necessarily in any order, these are the books the collector needs to own.
X-Men Issue 1
Easily the most valuable of all the X-Men books and increasing in value all the time. This issue includes the first appearance of the original X-Men, Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Iceman, Angel and Beast as well as Professor Xavier and the teams chief nemesis Magneto.
Incredible Hulk # 181
Although this book is not an X-Men title it does feature the first ever full appearance of Wolverine , Wolverine who had appeared in a cameo role in this titles previous issue would go on to be a member of the X-Men and become one the most popular characters in comics. This book also holds the title of the only book from the 1970s to achieve a price of over $100,000 with a high grade 9.9 copy being sold for $150,000 in 2012!
Giant Size X-Men # 1
This is the book that really got the ball rolling for the X-Men, a new team is introduced featuring Mutants from outside of the USA, Storm from Kenya, Colossus from the USSR, Wolverine from Canada and the German former circus acrobat Nightcrawler. The new team were an immediate success and were introduced into the mainstream X-Men comics in issue 94.
Uncanny X-Men # 129
The inclusion of this book in this list may surprise a few people however i believe this to be a very important book in the history of the X-Men. Now over 30 years old this issue includes the first appearance of Kitty Pride who is particularly well loved amongst X-Men readers and also Emma Frost as the White Queen of the Hell Fire Club, it also begins the Dark Phoenix Saga one of the most well known and referenced comic book stories ever.
Uncanny X-Men # 101
In this issue Jean Grey (Marvel Girl) first encounters the Phoenix force a storyline which becomes so important to X-Men books and movies from then on.
Iron Fist # 14
Once again not an X-Men title but a book that features the debut of a character who will become central in the X-Men stories, the nasty, feral, nemesis of Wolverine , Sabretooth.
Uncanny X-Men # 141 and 142
One of the better known X-Men stories The Days of Future Past is told in these two issues, soon to be made into a sequel to the movies X-Men Last Stand and X-Men First Class these two issues are becoming very important books.
Ms Marvel # 18
Although an easy affordable a book this issue is the first full appearance of the shape shifting character Mystique. Mystique is now a well established villainess within the Marvel universe and is now well known to film watchers with her appearances in the X-Men movies.
Avengers Annual # 10
Once again not an expensive book but a great one for anyone with an interest in the X-Men to own. Released in 1981 one of the most recognizable X-Men, Rogue makes her debut. Although quite a youngster compared to the fictional lifetime of other X-Men characters, Rogue has appeared in more X-Men films, animation and games then any other character.
Uncanny X-Men # 266
A very recent book compared to some already mentioned and still available at an affordable price, issue 266 sees the full first appearance of Remy LeBeau or Gambit as he is better known as.
Other Important X-Men Books
- X-Men # 4 First Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
- X-Men # 3 First Blob
- X-Men # 12 First Juggernaut
- X-Men # 14 First Sentinels
- X-Men # 28 First Banshee
- X-Men # 54 First Havok
- X-Men # 94 First New Team In On Going Series
- X-Men # 96 First Moira Mactaggart
- X-Men #100 Old versus New X-Men
- X-Men # 107 First Starjammers
- X-Men # 121 First Alphaflight
- Uncanny X-Men # 244 First Jubilee
- Uncanny X-Men # 282 First Bishop
- Wolverine Limited Series #1
- Wolverine Ongoing Series # 1
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