“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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Posted on February 22, 2018, in Comics A-To-Z and tagged Uncanny X-Men. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
It’s obviously the Uncanny X-Men, though I still think of this title as the X-Men, as that what it used to be called. The only other U title worth a mention that I can think of is Uncle Scrooge.
Unknown Soldier, Unexpected Tales and Uncle Sam off the top of my head. Anyone read the criminally-underrated ’97 Garth Ennis Unknown Soldier 4-issue mini? Damn that was so good. Very confusing ending, but well worth the read.
It is surprising, but the letter U is one of the hardest choices for me. There are three titles starting with U that I’m torn between.
Obviously, Uncanny X-Men. One of the most popular super hero team books of all time. Maybe the best Bronze Age super hero comic. Ground breaking in the use of woman, people from other countries, people of different skin colors, and people with different religious beliefs.
Uncle Scrooge by Carl Barks and Don Rosa. Arguably the best comic book ever.
Usagi Yojimbo – One of the longest running B&W creator owned comics. I’m guessing that only Cerebus ran longer. It is sad that this masterpiece isn’t one of the best selling comics every month. Hopefully, the new animated series will raise its profile.
Good choices, and two titles that would rate higher if not for my sophomoric superhero bias.