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Marvel Masterworks Presents...
The Uncanny X-MEN
Volume Three
Issues 22-31
by Roy Thomas & Werner Roth, et al
Hardcover: 224 pages
Marvel Books
ISBN: 0785108092
Dimensions (in inches): 0.78 x 9.50 x 7.96
The Uncanny X-MEN
Essential: Volume One
by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Alex Toth,
& Werner Roth
Paperback: 528 pages
Marvel Books
ISBN: 0785109919
These stories relate the genesis of the original X-Men (Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Iceman, Marvel Girl and Professor X), written in Stan Lee's flowing prose, with Jack Kirby's powerful artwork. The comics are absolutely amazing, with one great issue following another, from the Stranger's appearance on earth to Lucifer's threatening Antarctica. The X-Men are very human and likeable, especially Iceman. The stories themselves do not have the complexity and darkness of later issues and are much more good-humoured and complete in themselves. This collection loses nothing by being in black-and-white, and is a must for any X-Men (or actually any comics) fan.
Dimensions (in inches): 1.04 x 9.99 x 6.66
Click here to order THE ESSENTIAL X-MEN: Volume One Volume One
by Len Wein, Dave Cockrum, Chris Claremont,
John Byrne, & Terry Austin, et al
Marvel Books
ISBN: 0785102566
This amazing TPB features over 20 issues of Uncanny X-Men continuity in one incredible volume!

Featuring the works of legendary creators Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Dave Cockrum, this TPB presents Giant-sized X-Men #1 and issues 94 though 119 of Uncanny X-Men, all in glorious black and white!

by Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Dave Cockrum,
Terry Austin, &  Joe Rubenstein
Paperback: 528 pages
Marvel Books
ISBN: 0785102981
The UNCANNY X-MEN #'s 120-144
The Most Important Claremont/Byrne X-MEN Stories

These are the issues where the creative team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin really hit their stride. When these first came out, readers couldn't wait for each issue to reach the newsstand each month. There are some incredible stories in this budget volume, including the Dark Phoenix saga, the Hellfire Club, Days of Future Past... The stories that laid the groundwork for major storylines that have affected this series' continuity for decades! If you are an X-Men fan, this is one volume worth picking up, if only for the fact that you can read over twenty issues of continuity in a single volume! It is because of stories such as these that the X-Men are among the most popular comics around today.

Click here to order THE ESSENTIAL X-MEN: Volume Three Volume Three
by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, & Paul Smith
Paperback: 528 pages
Marvel Books
ISBN: 0785106618
This amazing TPB features over 15 issues of X-Men continuity in one incredible volume!

Featuring the works of legendary creators Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum, this TPB presents Uncanny X-Men issues 145 though 161 and Uncanny X-Men Annual 3 through 5 in glorious black and white!

Essential: Volume Four
by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, Paul Smith, John Romita, Jr., Dan Green, & Bob Wiacek, et al
Paperback: 528 pages
Marvel Books
ISBN: 0785107754
Featuring The Uncanny X-Men #'s162-179 plus X-Men Annual #6

Legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont and two of that title's best known artists, John Romita Jr. and Paul Smith, bring forth some of the mutants greatest adventures in this mammoth 528-page volume.

Hated and feared by a world they are sworn to protect, the phenomenally popular X-Men face off against some of their most unforgettable adversaries. The X-Men have surpassed the merely popular to become a franchise and an institution in the comics industry, and now with the success of the X-Men movie, one of the most popular film franchises going. As much about personal relationships as costumed adventuring, these stories have forged an unforgettable bridge across the latter decades of the 20th Century.
Dimensions (in inches): 0.88 x 9.98 x 6.64
Dark Phoenix Returns
Backpack Marvels
by Chris Claremont, Paul Smith, Terry Austin,
John Bolton, & Tom Orzechowski
Paperback: 160 pages
Marvel Books
ISBN: 0785107649
This book reprints Uncanny X-Men 174-179, as well as a short, cheesy "Classic X-Men" story about Storm meeting Jean Grey. It's a direct continuation of Target:Angel, which you should read to understand all the subplots.
The book is small and black-and-white, but it has some great stories for X-Men fans. These include the marriage of Cyclops and Madylene, Mystique trying to get Rogue away from the X-Men, a battle against the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants where Colossus gets deep-frozen, and the return of the Morlocks. A good extension of the Essential X-Men series.
The Uncanny X-MEN
Ultimate X-Men
by Peter Sanderson
Hardcover: 176 pages
DK Publishing
ISBN: 0789466937
Gorgeous, oversize, and well designed, Ultimate X-Men is also perfectly titled. It's a comprehensive overview of four decades of Marvel Comics's monstrously popular mutant superheroes--from their debut, in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's X-Men #1 (1963), to the terrific X-Men movie (2000). Ultimate X-Men includes the many major mutants who have appeared in The Uncanny X-Men and its spinoffs (Alpha Flight, New Generation, Wolverine, X-Factor, and numerous other series and miniseries).
Two-page spreads detail the most important characters' origins, powers, costumes, and relationships. In addition, every superhero and supervillain appearing in the movie receives a sidebar, with stills, that describes the onscreen incarnation. Also receiving detailed coverage are nonmutants important to the X-Men, including Ka-Zar, Longshot, and Dr. Moira MacTaggert; major alien groups and races, like the Starjammers and the Shi'ar; and important locations and technology, such as the Danger Room, Dr. Xavier's estate, and the Blackbird jets. The book also covers the best Uncanny X-Men story lines, the Dark Phoenix Saga, and Days of Future Past. A Summers family tree lays out clearly a tangle of relationships (between clonal and alternate-timeline versions of Cyclops/Scott Summers and Marvel Girl/Phoenix/Jean Grey) that could drive even an experienced genealogist crazy. Ultimate X-Men opens with an entertaining foreword by X-Men creator-editor Stan Lee and concludes with a two-page overview of the X-Men animated series (1992-1997); a four-page "Making the X-Men Movie" section with many great shots; and an insightful afterword by the series' best writer, Chris Claremont.

Ultimate X-Men is a book every X-Men fan will want. It's practically a necessity for the newcomer drawn to the comics by the movie, because Marvel's mutants multiplied like superpowered rabbits in the 1990s. Art-oriented fans, however, may be disappointed by Ultimate X-Men. While it contains a hefty amount of art, the original artwork (the preliminary character sketches, a lovely Dave Cockrum sketch of Nightcrawler and Ororo, etc.) is outnumbered by panel and cover reproductions. And if you're less than enamored with the nature of endless comic-book series, Ultimate X-Men will prove that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
--Cynthia Ward

This book is purposely for fun and it accomplishes its purpose with aplomb.

Book Description
Ultimate X-Men gives the reader a comprehensive overview of the history of the X-Men comics, detailing the stories and characters that have appeared on their pages. Combining a fact-packed text with images from Marvel's archives, DK has created a unique volume that will prove essential for all comic book fans. Ultimate X-Men also contains specially commissioned art as well as images from the X-Men movie.

An action-packed new anthology of more than a dozen original tales featuring the X-Men follows the mutant super-heroes as they take on some of their greatest archvillains while coping with the ay-to-day problems of being a mutant. Original. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author
Peter Sanderson is a popular culture historian specializing in the American comic book. He is the author of Marvel Universe (Harry N. Abrams,1996) and has worked as an assistant editor and staff archivist for Marvel. He was also a contributor to Who's Who in the DC Universe, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and various magazines about comics. Sanderson earned a bachelor's and two master's degrees in English literature at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

Dimensions (in inches): 0.72 x 12.37 x 10.36

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