Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Vol. 1

Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Vol. 1

by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

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Overview

See the X-Men from the very beginning with the debut of Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Iceman and Marvel Girl, Professor X's teen team with a mission of peace and brotherhood for man and mutant, in their first battle with the Master of Magnetism, Magneto. Written by Stan "The Man" Lee and illustrated by Jack "King" Kirby, it's super-hero adventure at its very best! Collects Uncanny X-Men (1963) #1-10.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785171447
Publisher: Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: X-Men: Marvel Masterworks Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 239,560
File size: 121 MB
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About the Author

Stan Lee was the former head writer, editorial and art director, publisher, and chairman of Marvel Comics, where he created or co-created enduring characters including Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four and many others. As the defining editorial voice for Marvel he introduced a generation to a new, more humanized approach to superheroes.

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Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Vol. 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Jonathan_Hellerman More than 1 year ago
The original X-Men series under the simple title, 'The X-Men,' is a perfect addition to any collector's library. It is also perfect for up and coming comic fans to enjoy. While the collection is superb for history and origin, the price is the only let down. The price a few years ago was twelve bucks a pop, which makes me wonder what the hike up was for, because there was no additions, the paper was the same texture. All in all though, a good collection.
Anagarika-Sean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was great! The cheesiness was a 12 out of 10. Stan Lee is a hoot. It was a good time reading the first issues of the X-Men.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So I was a little worried about this being just too corny to put up with but it ended up being a lot of fun. There was some ccol stuff that I never knew about the x-men - prof x was in love with Jean Grey (Marvel Girl/Phoenix), a villian named Lucifer was responsible for prof x being in a wheelchair. But probably even better than that was all the cover blurbs. They are just hilarious. Boasting about how great the comic is, how "strange" the x-men are. Definitely recommended for any fans of the x-men.
schteve on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
About 2 years after Stan Lee threw away the superhero team rulebook and created - with Jack Kirby - The Fantastic Four, Lee returned to the team idea with 2 new collectives making their debut in the same month: The Mighty Avengers and The Uncanny X-Men.While The Avengers were initially a knock-off of The Justice League of America with a few Marvel touches thrown in, The X-Men were another new concept a la The Fantastic Four. While the FF were meant to be a kind of superhero 'family' with all the rivalry, bickering - and love - that one might expect in a family, Lee's concept for The X-Men was to base the action around Professor X's School for Gifted Students, essentially a School for Superheroes.The stern discipline Professor X imposed contrasted sharply with the loose structure of the FF but elements of other Marvel titles appear here: Iceman, as a superhero the Human Torch's 'polar opposite', has a rowdy teenage personality much like Johnny Storm's while the erudite Beast was even more prone to using big words than Mr Fantastic. Marvel Girl, like the Invisible Girl, would suffer somewhat from the sexism of the era - why is she a 'girl' while Iceman is a 'man' and why does she have to do the cooking at the school on top of her superheroine tasks? Meanwhile Cyclops adopts the loner personality of Peter 'Spider-Man' Parker and The Angel has some of the suaveness of Tony 'Iron Man' Stark.Some false steps are made in these early issues too. Professor X's unspoken love for Jean Grey would be dropped quickly, perhaps the Comics Code looked unfavourable on romance between a teacher and a student. Another strange thing is that while Marvel had by this stage filled New York with costumed heroes mostly revered by the general public, The X-Men are depicted as mutants who would cause public panic if their existence was known. Hard to explain since a number of Marvel's heroes were basically mutants themselves. The school setting also limits some of the plot devices on offer. Having the X-men going through their paces in their high tech training room under the terse direction of Professor X before proceedings are interrupted by the evil mutant alarm going off is an idea that wears off quickly.Of course you can't have superheroes without supervillains and Kirby and Lee bring us some good ones here. Magneto is probably the greatest first issue baddie in Marvel history and The Blob is the sort of bizarre concept only Jack Kirby could have conceived of. Creating a team of evil mutants to oppose the good guys is an obvious idea but The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants led by Magneto includes some inspired characters in Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch who would later renounce their (maybe not so) wicked ways and end up as Avengers.Speaking of The Avengers, it only takes until issue 9 for Kirby and Lee to bring their 2 newest teams together and issue 10 sees the 'introduction' of Ka-Zar.Wolverine is a long way from even being a pencil line on art paper in these stories but this is where one of Marvel's great success stories begins even if it takes 20 years for them to overtake The Fantastic Four and The Avengers. The X-Men would enjoy cult status in the Marvel Universe before their title was briefly suspended and then resumed as the Silver Age drew to a close.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw the X-Men on the TV and then the big screen. Then my Dad told me how he read the comics as a kid and he bought the Marvel Masterworks for me. It was outstanding, the characters really grabbed me. I can't wait until Volume II comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: X-MEN, VOL. 1 is a great book! It is enough comic to get you interested and keep you interested. If you are just discovering X-Men this is a must because it is the first 10 issues of the original comics.