X-Men: The Hidden Years

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X-Men: The Hidden Years
Cover art for X-Men: The Hidden Years #1
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateDecember 1999 – September 2001
No. of issues22
Main character(s)X-Men
Creative team
Written byJohn Byrne
Penciller(s)John Byrne
Inker(s)Tom Palmer
Letterer(s)John Byrne
Colorist(s)Gregory Wright
Editor(s)Bob Harras
Jason Liebig
Lysa Hawkins
Joe Quesada

X-Men: The Hidden Years was a comic book series set in the Marvel Comics universe, which starred the company's popular superhero team, the X-Men. It was written by John Byrne, with illustrations by Byrne and Tom Palmer.

Publication history[edit]

The series was intended to fill in the team's chronology during the early 1970s when the original X-Men comic (#67–93) was publishing only reprints of earlier issues. According to Byrne, the series "was clearly finite, since [Giant-Size X-Men #1] was out there as an "end point" for my series, but the way I had it worked out, I could have easily done 100 issues or more before I had to send the team off to Krakoa."[1] However, as part of a retooling of the X-Men line, X-Men: The Hidden Years was cancelled, prematurely ending its run with issue #22.

Hidden Years featured the cast of the original X-Men and their villains, with a few appearances by characters who had not otherwise appeared at that point in time, such as Storm and the Phoenix Force.

See also[edit]


  • X-Men #94 (November, 1999) (10 page story set between UXM #66 and THY #1)
  • X-Men: The Hidden Years #1-22 (December, 1999 – September, 2001)
  • X-Men: The Hidden Years - The Ghost and the Darkness (contains X-Men: The Hidden Years #1-7) ISBN 1-84653-155-1
  • X-Men: The Hidden Years - Volume One (contains X-Men: The Hidden Years #01-12 and excerpts from X-Men #94) ISBN 9780785159698
  • X-Men: The Hidden Years - Volume Two (contains X-Men: The Hidden Years #13-22) ISBN 9780785159698


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)