X-Men: The First Seven Issues // artwork by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Joe Rosas (1991)

In the early 90’s the creative team of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee were such heavy hitters and an easy sell in the main Uncanny X-Men book as the on-off team that they were given a solo book for both of them. X-Men #1 was the single best selling comic book for many years selling 3 million copies on release, no comic book has reached that kind of numbers in present day. As good as the book was it had his fair share of troubles: Chris Claremont, the longtime X-Men writer ended his 16 year stint on the characters over creative differences with Jim Lee and Bob Harras with issue #3. His former collaborator John Byrne took over writing duties for four issues, until Fabian Nicieza and Scott Lobdell took over the book full time. Jim Lee himself left the book after issue #11 prompting the editors to take on an array of art clones to handle the book until they settled on Andy Kubert.

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    The first comic i ever got was X-Men #1 at the top of this photoset back in 1991, way back in 1st grade :)
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