Essential Classic X-Men - Volume 1 Paperback – Jul 21 2010
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Essential Classic X-Men - Volume 1
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Anyway, on to the meat of this volume: Uncanny X-Men #1 - 24, by Lee, Kirby, Thomas, Gavin, et al. I guess most folks today prefer post-Giant-Size-X-Men, but whatever your preference, check out this book, as this is where it all began! These stories are from the early '60s, so of course the dialogue is cheesy; of course the characterizations are stereotyped; but by gum, you just can't get innovative stories like this anymore. Here we have the original X-Men, as kids no less, setting the stage for the uneasy coexistence of humanity and mutants. It's super-hero action combined with teen angst, and some little oddities that, to my knowledge, were not carried into later issues (Professor X loves teen-age Jean Grey? Eeeugh!). Featured villains include, in their first appearances, Magneto, the Blob, the Vanisher, Unus, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Juggernaut, the Sentinels, Lucifer, Mimic, and the Stranger, plus a few others I won't mention. Plus, you get a great Kirbyesque cover by Bruce Timm (this guy should do all of the covers for Kirby's reprints).
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Our superheroes and their lives and powers are varied:
~Robert (Bobby) Drake, Iceman. The youngest member of the group with a sense of humor that compliments that of Hank McCoy's.
~Hank McCoy, Beast. The most intellectual, humorous, and athletic.
~Warren Worthington III, Angel. Wealthy, charismatic, and in love with Jean Grey. He is the one with wings.
~Scott Summers, Cyclops. The most tragic (because of the intense power of his eyes) and the most respected (the deputy leader of the X-Men) and in love with Jean.
~Jean Grey, Marvel Girl. Telekinetic (also telepathic, but that is not revealed in this volume), the only female member, and forced to choose between Scott and Warren.
~Charles Xavier, Professor X. A wheelchair-bound mutant whose telepathic powers make him one of the most formidable and most powerful of all mutants. He not only founded the X-Men and leads them, but created the school Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (where mutants go to learn to control and refine their powers and abilities).
Volume 1 contains issues 1-24. The X-Men fight several of their memorable villians:
~Magneto (The X-Men's archenemy, enough said.)
~Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Mastermind, Toad, and siblings Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) who work for Magneto.Read more ›
"The Essential Uncanny X-Men" presents the first twenty-four issues of the comic book, which starts with the creative team of writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby but ends with Roy Thomas and Werner Roth. Issue #1 provides one of the better foundations for a Marvel comic. We begin with Professor Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Children in Westchester County, where Jean Grey breaks the boy's only barrier as Marvel Girl (the all time worst name for a superhero Stan Lee ever came up with). The original roster of the group, for those who cannot remember back any farther than the rebirth under Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum, consisted of not only Professor X's power to read minds and project thoughts and Marvel Girl's telekinesis, but the agility and strength of the brilliant Hank McCoy, the Beast; the fully functional wings of rich boy Warren Worthington III, Angel; the walking snow cone Bobby Drake, the Iceman (who originally looked like a snowman); and the power means that shot out of the eyes of the group's field leader Scott Summer, Cyclops.Read more ›
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Worth it to have the complete collection and for the history, but the stories aren't good.Published 14 months ago by captaincanuck65
I love graphic novels as much as the next collector and have just about everything listed by Amazon. Not exactly everything, but a great percentage. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by John
I bought all of these to back track and read the previous things that had happened within the comic. This serves the purpose but was disapointed that they were not in color.Published on July 7 2003 by R Bounds
The Sept 1, 1963 X-Men #1 starts this book off and goes through issue #24. Featuring Angel, Iceman, Marvel Girl, Cyclops, and a very human looking Beast.Published on May 3 2003 by Barsinister
I bought this books because I had heard that this was the one that started it all. I had never really read the X-Men comics, but I was the cartoon's junkie for 5 years of my life. Read morePublished on March 31 2003
This book rocks! It's better than the essential x-men in my opinion. The whole point of the essential line is to start from the beginning isn't it? Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003
Describes the first genesis of the X-Men, with the original cast (Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Iceman, Marvel Girl and Professor X)- written in Stan Lee's flowing(and at times flowery? Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2002
If you are a fan of the X-men at all, or if you like comics, consider this book. The 25 issues covered here add up to pennies per comic, and the storyline is great. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2002 by S. Claeson