The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide on collecting the original Chris Claremont era of X-Men comic books via omnibuses and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Collecting X-Men: A Definitive Guide.Last updated April 2016 with titles scheduled for release through December 2016.
X-Men did not officially become Uncanny X-Men until issue #142. However, the cover bore the “Uncanny” adjective starting with #114. Ultimately, many fans and comics resources refer to the entire relaunch from issue #94 forward as Uncanny X-Men – a convention Marvel upholds with the titling of their Marvel Masterworks reprints.
This era is indisputable as the most classic era of X-Men, as well as generally considered as one of the best comic runs of all time. The vast majority of thematic material later expressed in other forms of X-Men media including films, games, and toys originated in this run.
It all begins in 1975 with Len Wein and Dave Cockrum on Giant Size X-Men, which introduced well-known characters such as Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, and Nightcrawler. Chris Claremont took over writing duties just a few issues later. Under his pen, the trio of Wolverine, Storm, and Colossus would persist throughout a historic 16-year run that saw X-Men go from a marginal book returned from cancellation to the most-popular comic in America.
The latter half of Chris Claremont’s landmark run on Uncanny X-Men begins with Storm usurping leadership of the team from Cyclops, who leaves the team for X-Factor. That means none of the original five X-Men star in this period of the book. Storm, Wolverine, and Colossus have seniority, and the team features some lesser-known characters such as Longshot, Dazzler, and original-body Psylocke, while introducing Jubilee, assassin-body Psylocke, and Gambit.
That period bears a distinctly more dark and rebellious tone, with 21 issues passing with no X-Men team in existence! It also introduces the idea of both X-book and Marvel-wide crossovers with Mutant Massacre, Fall of the Mutants, Inferno, and X-Tinction Agenda.
This is Marvel’s most-collected run of comic books, which is both a blessing and a source of great confusion. There are a few specific formats of books that cover large portions of this title, and I’ll cover those first – Essentials, Epics, Masterworks, and Omnibuses. [Read more…] about Collecting Uncanny X-Men #94 – 280 comic books as graphic novels