Uncanny X-Men 94
Uncanny X-Men #94 is a comic book starring the X-Men that was published by Marvel Comics in August 1975. From 1970 to 1975, the Uncanny X-Men title consisted of reprints due to lack of sales. In May 1975, Giant-Size X-Men was published, in which Professor X recruits a new international team to save the X-Men. With issue #94, the magazine was revived, and all of the original X-Men quit, save team leader Cyclops, and are replaced by such "All-New, All-Different" X-Men as Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Banshee, and Colossus. Sunfire returns to Japan in this issue, and Thunderbird dies in issue #95.
In the 1970s, comics began to feature multi-issue story arcs, and Uncanny X-Men #94 is especially significant for the beginning of writer Chris Claremont's 16-year run on the title. Under his guidance, Uncanny X-Men would become the industry's top title, and, along with Spider-Man, the driving force behind Marvel Comics for the next 20 years.
Professor Xavier gathers the 13 new X-Men together at the school, but as he does Sunfire instantly quits, flying out on the team once more. Xavier asks the rest of his new students if they will remain, and the rest of the new X-Men agree. As they do however Angel breaks the news to the Professor that he, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Havok, and Lorna Dane will all be leaving. Cyclops wants to leave with Marvel Girl, but realises with his mutant eyes he would never have a chance at living a normal life. The two of them share a good bye kiss as the old team leave and Cyclops finds himself in a mansion full of strangers. He leads the new X-Men to the Danger Room for their first training session, Thunderbird immediately arguing, resenting being ordered around by someone younger than him. In the training session he stumbles into a laser beam, cutting his leg, and Cyclops sends him to the bench. Meanwhile, in the Colorado Rockies a group of Ani-Men attack the military base in mount Valhalla at the bidding of Count Nefaria. Back at the school, Professor Xavier calls the remaining X-Men to the war room where he shows them video foorage of Count Nefaria before contacting Beast at the Avengers Mansion for more details. Cyclops agrees to take the X-Men to Valhalla but demands that the injured Thunderbird remains behind, who refuses to stay and Professor X allows to go. All of the X-Men piling once more into the new Blackbird and head to Valhalla, but as the Blackbird draws near however Count Nefaria looses a volley of missiles destroying the ship carrying the X-Men.
- Writer - Chris Claremont
- Plot - Len Wein
- Pencils - Dave Cockrum
- Inker - Bob McLeod
- Colourist - Phil Rachelson
- Letterer - Tom Orzechowski
- Editor - Len Wein
Uncanny X-Men #94 was reprinted in Essential X-Men Volume 1 along with Giant-Size X-Men #1 and issues #95-119. It was also reprinted in Marvel Masterworks Uncanny X-Men Volume 1 along with Giant Size X-Men #1 and issues #95-100. In 2006, Giant Size X-Men #4 reprinted issue #94 along with other Thunderbird related issues and a new Thunderbird story by Chris Claremont. In 2004, Marvel released a CD containing issue #94 called SNAP! X-Men. Issue #94 was also reprinted in Classic X-Men #2 (1986), Marvel Masterworks #11, and Essential X-Men #1 (1996).
There are no issues of Uncanny X-Men #94 that rate higher than a 9.8 on the Comic Guaranty LLC grading scale. As of June 1, 2013 there were 18 copies that had been graded at 9.8. A copy with a 9.6 rating was sold for $4,450 on eBay in 2004.
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