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Giant-Size X-Men #1 was a special issue of the X-Men comic book series, published by Marvel Comics in 1975. It was written by Len Wein and illustrated by Dave Cockrum. Though not a regular issue, it jump-started the series after a five-year hiatus. The issue serves as a link between the original X-Men and a new team. Chronologically it is placed before The Uncanny X-Men #94. The 68-page issue was published with a May 1975 cover date and distributed to newsstands in February of that year.
Following the May publication of Giant-Size X-Men #1, Marvel published one more issue of Giant-Size X-Men later in the year. The second issue had nothing to do with the preceding one, instead featuring reprints of stories from X-Men #57 and #58, written by Roy Thomas and illustrated by Neal Adams.
The story opens in medias res, with Professor X recruiting a new team of X-Men, to rescue the original X-Men (minus Beast), disappeared on a mission to the island of Krakoa, with only their leader Cyclops escaping. The new team consists of Sunfire and Banshee, who had been introduced in earlier X-Men comics; Wolverine, who had made his first appearance in the Marvel Universe in The Incredible Hulk #180 (Oct. 1974); and the newly created Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Thunderbird.
The team soon learns that Krakoa is not just an island, but a giant mutant as well. The new team succeeds in rescuing the old X-Men as well as destroying the island by shooting it into outer space with Lorna's power, despite hiccups in their first time working together. The issue ends by posing the question of the future of the 13 X-Men.
- Cover artist(s) — Gil Kane (pencils) and Dave Cockrum (inks)
- Plotter(s) — Len Wein
- Scripter(s) — Len Wein
- Penciler(s) — Dave Cockrum
- Inker(s) — Dave Cockrum & Peter Iro
- Letterer(s) — John Costanza
- Colorist(s) — Glynis Wein
- Editor(s) — Len Wein
The "Second Genesis" story was reprinted in Classic X-Men #1 in September 1986, with substantial editing to reduce its length, and a new backup story by Claremont and John Bolton bridging the gap between this and the following issue, Uncanny X-Men #94.