“U” Is For …
… Uncanny X-Men! (1963)
The X-Men have kind of gotten short-shrift here at Longbox Graveyard, but c’mon — Uncanny X-Men is one of the greatest series in comics history.
I haven’t written a lot about the X-Men not out of some contrary disinterest (as is sometimes the case with Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four), but mostly because I have so little to add. Uncanny speaks for itself. The Claremont/Cockrum/Byrne era might be the best extended series run in superhero comics history. The book was a pretty much perfect mix of action, characterization, myth-making, and high drama. Along the way, Uncanny X-Men spawned an avalanche of spin-off books and developed such a densely-layered narrative that the X-Men have come to feel like a fandom unto themselves.
That’s probably another reason I’ve never gone too deep on X-Men — there’s just too much to follow. But I do love Uncanny X-Men, and I re-read the series in omnibus form once every couple years. (That I financed purchase of those collected volumes by selling off a couple issues of the original run suits me fine).
Tell me about your X-Men experiences in the comments section, below … or help me find a more worthy “U” comic. (U can’t!)
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