The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide and trade reading order on collecting Excalibur and Captain Britain comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Collecting X-Men: A Definitive Guide. Last updated November 2018 with titles scheduled for release through April 2019.
Captain Britain is unique in all of Marvel Comics as the only major character to originate from the Marvel UK imprint to not only be imported to the US but to thrive across multiple teams and titles. Marvel UK’s first original superhero would later be woven inextricably into the X-Men universe via Excalibur.
Brian Braddock was introduced in 1976 in Captain Britain Weekly, the creation of artist Herbe Trimpe and a young X-Men writer named Chris Claremont. While Claremont would only last 10 issues as author, it was he who first wrote Captain Britain for American audiences in 1978 in a Marvel Team-Up story with Spider-Man.
Despite that introduction to the main Marvel Universe, Captain Britain stayed sequestered to Marvel UK through the mid-80s aside from a brief appearance in Marvel’s first Event Book, Contest of Champions, and guest-starring in Captain America in 1985.
However, on British shores his profile only continued to increase with the Marvelman team of Alan Moore and Alan Davis taking his reigns in 1983. It was this pair who introduced many of the characters and concepts that would drive Excalibur.
It was his creator Chris Claremont who brought Captain Britain (and his sister Betsy Braddock, AKA Psylocke) to the X-Men universe in 1985 via New Mutants Annual #2. Shortly thereafter, he introduced Psylocke as a member of the X-Men and exported fan favorites Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, and Rachel Summers to Excalibur where they were joined by Captain Britain and his longtime lover, Moore/Davis creation Meggan.
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