The X-Men started in 1964, and became “The Uncanny X-Men” decades later.  Here’s a look at the original X-Men book, throughout Marvel history…


By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  Grade: B+
1 (first Magneto), 2, 3 (first Blob), 4 (first Brotherhood of Evil Mutants), 6 (Sub Mariner meets the X-Men), 7 (first Cerebro), 8 (first Unus the Untouchable, Iceman new look),  9 (vs. Avengers) 10 (first Ka-Zar and the Savage Land), 1112-13 (first Juggernaut and Professor X’s origin), 14-16 (first Sentinels), 17

Stan Lee and Jay Gavin.  Grade: C+

17-19 (first Mimic)

Roy Thomas and (mostly) Werner Roth and Don Heck.  Grade: D


Gary Friedrich and Heck/Roth.  Grade: B


Arnold Drake and Heck/Roth/Steranko/Smith.  Grade: B+

49-54 (first Polaris)

Roy Thomas and Heck/Roth.  Grade: B


Roy Thomas and Neal Adams.  Grade: A+

56, 57-58 (first Havok in costume), 59-61 (first Sauron), 6263 (first Lorelei), 64 (first Sunfire), 65-66

New Stories End; # 67-93 reprint earlier issues

Len Wein and Dave Cockrum.  Grade: A+

Giant Size #1, 94-95 (first appearance of the new X-Men)

Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.  Grade: A

96 (1st app. Moira McTaggert), 97, 98-101 (first appearance of Phoenix), 102-103 (first time Nightcrawler can hide in dark, first “fastball special”), 104-107, 108-110 (first app. of Vindicator as “Weapon Alpha”), 111-113

Chris Claremont and John Byrne.  Grade: A+

114115118-121 (first Alpha Flight),  122-123124-128 (first appearance of Jean Grey as “Black Queen”), 129-130, 134-137 (Dark Phoenix saga), 138 (Jean’s funeral), 139 (first Wolverine in brown costume, first time he’s called Logan), 141-142 (Kitty joins), 143 (last John Byrne issue)

Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.  Grade: A

139 (first time Wolverine is called “Logan,” first time he wears the brown costume), 141-142 (Kitty Pryde joins), 143147148149 (Kitty’s new rollerblade costume), 150153 (Kitty’s Fairy Tale), 154-158 (with Starjammers), 160-164 (first Binary)

Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz.  Grade: A+

159 (Dracula)

Chris Claremont and Paul Smith  Grade: A

165-67168 (Professor X is a jerk!), 169-170171-173174

Chris Claremont and John Romita, Jr.  Grade: B+

175 (Scott Summers wedding, half Paul Smith, half JR Jr.), 177178179, 182183184 (first appearance of Forge), 185-188, 189-191193 (first appearances of Warpath and Firestar), 194, 195200-201202-203204-205206-209210 (new Rogue costume), 211 (Colossus kills), 212-217


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