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Essential Classic X-Men - Volume 1 [Paperback]

Stan Lee
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5.0 out of 5 stars Going back to the basics Nov. 18 2003
Marvel gets lots of flak for the format of their Essential editions: I can agree with the mid-stream format change - just like the Masterworks, you have to start over if you want a uniform set. I can also agree with the flimsy paper, to a degree, as it tears easily during the binding process. The ink bleed results in ghost images on facing pages. And the lack of color leaves out some of the visual appeal. Yet, with all of this, I still LOVE this line, as it is hands-down the cheapest way to educate yourself on the Silver Age of Marvel Comics. I will gladly pay the low price for these 500-page books!
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).
The Marvel Essentials line is one of the best bargains in comics. Why not fill your shelves with them?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The First and Original X-MEN Sept. 8 2003
I am a newcomer to the X-Men mythology, having discovered these unforgettable mutants through the Hugh Jackson films. The films incorporate (and take many liberties with) the 25+ years of the X-Men which has made reading the comics a vastly different (but enjoyable) experience. Here follows a summary of what to expect in volume 1 of THE UNCANNY X-MEN. (Possible spoilers.)
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the beginning for Marvel's merry mutants March 4 2003
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
"The Uncanny X-Men" were always my favorite Marvel Superhero group and it was not just because they were younger than the Fantastic Four and the Avengers the way Spider-Man was younger than Captain America and Daredevil. I mean, the FF were driven by the walking tragedy of Ben Grimm as the Thing and the great villains, why the Avengers started out as the Marvel version of the Justice League of America with the best of the best and then deteriorated into those superheroes who did not have their own comics. But the X-Men were victims of persecution and prejudice because they were mutants. The metaphor for teenage angst and the joys of puberty was just too obvious not to work. Plus they had a bald headed guy in charge.
"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.
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Published 10 days ago by shla
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic novels are great, but...
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 more
Published on March 29 2004 by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Find
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
3.0 out of 5 stars X-Men Issues 1-24
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but need help ...
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 more
Published on March 31 2003 by "estrella87"
5.0 out of 5 stars This book rocks!
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 more
Published on Feb. 23 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars The first X-men stories
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 more
Published on Nov. 15 2002 by "ravva"
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars instead of 5 only because of format - Great Value!!
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 more
Published on Nov. 11 2002 by S. Claeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Great Stories, Great Format.
First of all, I must say that the Essentials series is fantastic. I hear people saying that they hate the idea of no color and hate the pulpy paper. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2002 by Kathy Sievering
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. When are they gonna make a Volume 2?
I'm one of those few people that prefer the original X-Men over the new. This book which covers the first 24 issues, is awesome. Read more
Published on April 23 2002 by Kenneth McNeil
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