“Eff the 60s, When Does Wolverine Join the Team?” or Giant Sized X-Men #1

September 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm (How to Read X-Men) (, , )

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After being banished to several years of reprint limbo, Uncanny X-Men returned with a new direction, and a new look. This is where Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Thunderbird join the team. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know who Thunderbird is. This is a bit more difficult to collect, but you’ve pretty much got the same options. However, Essentials and Masterworks are still the easiest to get your hands on.

Chris Claremont pens this run, and remained on the book longer than any other x-scribe. His stories set the ground work for x-men for decades and are still explored today. Many stories from his run are considered the best x-stories around, and had a heavy influence on the film franchise. Dark Phoenix Saga, God Loves, Man Kills, Days if Future Past as well as a memorable stint in Australia :). These stories are not included in this initial starting point, but you will get a fabulous introduction to the characters, as well as the epic tale of Krakoa!

These stories do feel a bit dated, but in a weird way, it doesn’t really matter. They have a tendency to inspire a sense of nostalgia, even if this is the first time you’ve ever read a comic. All in all, a nice place to start and get a solid grounding in the X-Men world.

The Team:

Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Thunderbird, Professor X

Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman, and Angel join in issue

If you’re joining us from the “I Need to Start at the Beginning!” post, this will get a little repetitive:

40 Years of X-Men on DVD/CD-ROM:

This is a great opportunity to read scans of the actual books including letters pages and ads. It takes you all the way from #1 (1963) to just before House of M (a jumping on point I’ll get to later).
-Downside-it ONLY has X-Men issues (later to renamed Uncanny X-Men). You’ll get only partial stories regarding crossovers. You do however get all of the annuals which was a nice touch.
-Other downside-you have to read it on a computer.
-Third downside-it can be hard to come by, and for some reason is stupid expensive at the moment.
40 Years of X-Men on CD

Uncanny X-Men Essentials:

The fastest, easiest, cheapest way to go. Every issues, including tie-ins in a nice neat package. Best place to pick up Essentials is at cons.
-Downside-these are all black and white. However, if you look at some of the coloring from back then, B&W may be the way to go.

Uncanny X-Men Essentials vol. 1 Giant Sized X-Men #1 & #94-119

Marvel Masterwork TPB (softcover):

Full color reprints that are very affordable in the softcover (as linked). These start up with a new vol. 1, The Uncanny X-Men Marvel Masterworks that start with Giant Sized X-Men #1.

The Uncanny X-Men vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks)  Giant Sized X-Men #1 & 94-100

The Uncanny X-Men vol. 2 (Marvel Masterworks) #101-110

The Uncanny X-Men vol. 3 (Marvel Masterworks) #111-121

The Uncanny X-Men vol. 4 (Marvel Masterworks) * preorder*  #122-131 & Annual #3

**Special Note-vol. 4 contains the start of the Dark Phoenix Saga, so I will duplicate it in the next jumping on point – The Dark Phoenix Saga

or, you can opt for the hardcover which are furtter along in the line–but out of print, and can be expensive. *OOP links will take you to the 3rd party sellers on Amazon that have them available. Still a decent price in most cases. In my opinions, this may not be the most economical way to collect.

Uncanny X-Men vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) HC Giant Size X-Men #1 & #94-100 *OOP

Uncanny X-Men vol. 2 (Marvel Masterworks) HC #101-110 *OOP

Uncanny X-Men vol. 3 (Marvel Masterworks) HC  #111-121 *OOP

Uncanny X-Men vol. 4 (Marvel Masterworks) HC #122-131 & Annual #3 *OOP

**Special Note-vol. 4 contains the start of the Dark Phoenix Saga, so I will duplicate it in the next jumping on point – The Dark Phoenix Saga

 Omnibi:

Full color reproductions of every issue AND essential tie-in issues.
-Downside-expensive. Even for the number of issues you get, these babies are pricey. Also, some are out of print. I would recommend waiting for them to be but out in another format if you can’t get your hands on them for cover price.

Uncanny X-Men Omnibus vol. 1 CRAZY expensive, Out-of-Print
Uncanny X-Men Omnibus vol. 2 – no link, doesn’t exist yet. Will be updated when announced

 
The complete Start with Giant Sized #1 store: When Does Wolverine Join the Team?

This takes us to the next place to jump on-

The Dark Phoenix Saga

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