Excalibur (comic book)
Cover to Excalibur #1 (Oct. 1988).
Excalibur (vol. 1, 1988–1998)
Excalibur's original creative team, writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer Alan Davis, incorporated elements of two Marvel properties: the X-Men and Captain Britain. The resulting superhero team Excalibur first gathered together in Excalibur Special Edition #1 (1988) and were soon featured in a monthly series.
Davis left with Excalibur #24 (1990) and Claremont with Excalibur #34 (1991), leaving a number of various plot points unresolved before his departure. A year later, Davis returned as both writer and illustrator with Excalibur #42. He rejuvenated the series, returning to the (mostly) lighthearted tone of his original run, while resolving many of the plotlines Claremont had left dangling.
After Davis left again in 1993 (issue #67), Uncanny X-Men writer Scott Lobdell filled in for over a year (issues #68-82). Lobdell stated one of his key goals was to create a foundation for the series beyond being another X-Men spinoff, something both he and editor Bob Harras felt the series was lacking. In addition, the tone of the series changed as well, from a lighthearted, fun comic to a more grim and depressing series.
In 1994, Warren Ellis assumed writing duties (issue #83) and, using his dark sense of humor, helped the book gain its own voice once again. Ellis left in 1996 (issue #103) and Ben Raab, his replacement (issue #106), failed to find a voice for the series, often borrowing plotlines from other X-books. Sales fell and Marvel canceled the series, which ended with issue #125 (1998).
Excalibur (vol. 2, 2001)
In 2001, a four-issue limited series titled Excalibur was published, written by Raab. Originally solicited as Excalibur: Sword of Power, the subtitle was absent from the published issues, and, due to an error, the indicia described it as Excalibur volume 1. In addition, the solicited cover to issue #1 was unused.
Excalibur (vol. 3, 2004)
In 2004, Marvel Comics launched a new ongoing series titled Excalibur. Aside from the name and the writer (Claremont), it had no connection to Marvel's previous Excalibur titles. The series' last issue was #14, released in May, 2005.
The letters page of the final issue of Excalibur (vol. 3) announced a relaunch of the title as New Excalibur in November, 2005.
|Title||Material collected||Publication date||ISBN|
|Excalibur Classic, Vol. 1 - The Sword is Drawn||Excalibur #1-5; Excalibur Special Edition||November 2005||978-0785118886|
|Excalibur Classic, Vol. 2 - Two-Edged Sword||Excalibur #6-11; Excalibur: Mojo Mayhem||August 2006||978-0785122012|
|Excalibur Classic, Vol. 3 - Cross Time Caper, Book 1||Excalibur #12-20||February 2007||978-0785122029|
|Excalibur Classic, Vol. 4 - Cross-Time Caper, Book 2||Excalibur #21-28||November 2007||978-0785122036|
|Excalibur Classic, Vol. 5||Excalibur #29-34; Excalibur: Weird War III||May 2008||978-0785131229|
|Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis, Vol. 1||Excalibur #42-50||June 2009||978-0785137405|
|Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis, Vol. 2||Excalibur #51-58; Excalibur: XX Crossing||February 2010||978-0785144557|
|Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis, Vol. 3||Excalibur #59-67||July 2011||978-0785155430|
|X-Men: Fatal Attractions||Excalibur, vol. 1 #71; X-Factor, vol. 1 #92; Uncanny X-Men #304; X-Men, vol. 2 #25; Wolverine, vol. 2 #75; and X-Force, vol. 1 #25||August 2000||0-7851-0748-7|
|X-Men: The Phalanx Covenant||Excalibur, vol. 1 #78-82; Uncanny X-Men #306, 311-314, 316–317; X-Men, vol. 2 #36–37; X-Factor, vol. 1 #106; X-Force, vol. 1 #38; Wolverine, vol. 2 #85; Cable, vol. 1 #16||February 2014||0-7851-8549-6|
|Origin of Generation X: Tales of the Phalanx Covenant||Excalibur, vol. 1 #82; Uncanny X-Men #316–317; X-Men, vol. 2 #36–37; X-Factor, vol. 1 #106; X-Force, vol. 1 #38; Wolverine, vol. 2 #85; Cable, vol. 1 #16; and Generation X #1||June 2001||0-7851-0216-7|
|Excalibur Visionaries: Warren Ellis, Vol. 1||Excalibur #83-90||May 2010||978-0785144564|
|Excalibur Visionaries: Warren Ellis, Vol. 2||Excalibur #91-95; X-Man #12; Starjammers #1-4||August 2010||978-0785149293|
|Excalibur Visionaries: Warren Ellis, Vol. 3||Excalibur #96-103; Pryde and Wisdom #1-3||December 2010||978-0785149521|
|Excalibur: Forging the Sword||Excalibur vol. 3, #1-4||November 2004||978-0785115274|
|Excalibur: Saturday Night Fever||Excalibur vol. 3, #5-10||June 2005||978-0785114765|
|House of M: Excalibur - Prelude||Excalibur vol. 3, #11-14||August 2005||978-0785118121|
|New Excalibur: Defenders of the Realm||New Excalibur #1-7||August 2006||978-0785118350|
|New Excalibur: Last Days of Camelot||New Excalibur #8-15||March 2007||978-0785122210|
|New Excalibur: Battle for Eternity||New Excalibur #16-24||December 2007||978-0785124559|
|X-Men: Die by the Sword||X-Men: Die by the Sword #1-5 (epilogue to New Excalibur)||March 2008||978-0785127918|