Sunday, March 13, 2011

The X-Men Comics Gallery

The X-Men Comics Gallery
Despite the philosophical concepts which appeared in The X-Men, Lee has said he invented genetic "mutants" to find a way to create a number of super-powered characters without having to come up with a separate and interesting origin for each one.

The X-Men #1 also introduced the team's arch-nemesis, Magneto, who controlled magnetism and who felt that mutants should rule over or kill all normal humans. Magneto's character would later be fleshed out to reveal that he once shared a friendship with Professor X, and that his decree that mutants must conquer or be conquered grew from his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. The X-Men #4 introduced Magneto's team, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, including Mastermind, the Toad, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Other villains were also introduced during this era who would loosely become affiliated with the Brotherhood over time, including Unus the Untouchable, the Vanisher and the Blob, the latter having the most longevity with the group, joining or aiding nearly every incarnation.

Uncanny X-Men is the granddaddy of all the X-Titles, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The series debuted in September of 1963 as The X-Men. It added the "Uncanny" to the title beginning with Issue #142.

Many all-time comic greats have worked on this series at one point or another, including Werner Roth, Neal Adams, Dave Cockrum, Roy Thomas, and, perhaps the best-known team outside the creators of the X-Men themselves, Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The series has also served as a launching point for many of comics biggest stars, including Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, John Romita, Jr., and Joe Madureira.

The title will be receiving a new creative team, team lineup, and direction with July's Issue #475, courtesy of Ed Brubaker (Gotham Central, Sleeper, and X-Men: Deadly Genesis) and Billy Tan (X-23 and Marvel Knights Spider-Man). The new lineup will consist of Nightcrawler, Marvel Girl, Havok, Warpath, Professor X, Polaris, and a mystery character. The story will spin out of events in X-Men: Deadly Genesis and take the X-Men into space.


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