Classic X-Men

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Classic X-Men
Classic X-Men #1 art cover
Art by Art Adams.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Publication date September 1986 to August 1995
No. of issues 110
Creative team
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Written by Chris Claremont & various others
Artist(s) Various
Penciller(s) Various
Inker(s) Various
Colorist(s) Various

Classic X-Men, later retitled as X-Men Classic, is the Marvel Comics comic book series within the X-Men franchise that reprints classic X-Men stories. The first issue was a partial reprint of Giant-Size X-Men #1 of the All-New All-Different X-Men era (originally published in 1975), and the other issues reprinted Uncanny X-Men #94-206, with the exceptions of #106, #110, and the "Days of Future Past" story from issues #141 and #142. Classic X-Men initially printed additional back-up stories further delving into and explaining the original stories. The series lasted 110 issues.


Created by writer Chris Claremont, the series was launched in 1986, reprinting classic stories from Claremont's run on the X-Men. The first 27 issues have various edits and new pages added to tie in with then-current continuity. The new material is often easy to identify since the artwork is drawn by artists other than those who drew the original artwork in the 1970s. The first 44 issues have new backup stories, mostly written by Chris Claremont or Ann Nocenti and drawn by John Bolton. After Classic X-Men #45, the series was retitled X-Men Classic and from then solely reprinted material from the original Uncanny X-Men series with no edits or additional new material.

The series also included new covers and frontispieces produced by artists such as Art Adams (issues #1-16, 18-23), Steve Lightle (#30-42, 44-52), and Mike Mignola (#57-70).

Collected editions[edit]

Trade paperbacks[edit]

Title Material Collected Publication Date ISBN
X-Men: Vignettes, Vol. 1 Back-up stories from Classic X-Men, #1–13 March 2002 ISBN 0-7851-0812-2
X-Men: Vignettes, Vol. 2 Back-up stories from Classic X-Men, #14-25 August 2005 ISBN 0-7851-1728-8
X-Men: Proteus (Marvel Premiere Classic) Back-up stories from Classic X-Men, #32-33 & 36, plus Uncanny X-Men #125-128 May 2009 ISBN 0-7851-3768-8
Marvel Visionaries: Jim Lee Back-up story from Classic X-Men, #39, plus Uncanny X-Men #248, #256-258, #268-269, and #273-277. October 2002 ISBN 0-7851-0921-8
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga Back-up story from Classic X-Men, #43, plus Uncanny X-Men #129-138, Phoenix: The Untold Story, Bizarre Adventures #27 & What If? (1977) #27 August 2010 ISBN 0-7851-4913-9

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