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Classic X-Men
Classic X-Men #1 art cover
Art by Art Adams.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateSeptember 1986 – August 1995
No. of issues110
Creative team
Created byStan Lee
Jack Kirby
Written byChris Claremont and various others

Classic X-Men, originally titled X-Men Classics and later retitled X-Men Classic, is a reprint comic book series published by Marvel Comics. The first volume was a limited series which collected stories from the Thomas/Adams/Palmer run on X-Men (originally published in 1969). The second volume was an unlimited series and reprinted stories from the post–Giant-Size X-Men era (originally published in 1975). Both volumes frequently supplemented the reprinted stories with new material. The series lasted 110 issues.

Publication history

The first volume was three issues published in 1983. Each issue was 48 pages with no ads (as compared to the industry standard of 32 pages with 9 pages of ads) and printed on high-quality Baxter paper instead of the standard newsprint. The series reprinted X-Men #57-63 (necessitating that the stories from issues #59 and 61 be split across two issues) with new gatefold covers, opening pages which served to summarize the events of previous issues, and a foreword by John Byrne. The new material reunited original writer Roy Thomas and original inker Tom Palmer, but penciller Neal Adams was replaced by Mike Zeck.

The second volume was launched in 1986, reprinting the "All-New, All-Different" era of X-Men. Specifically, it reprinted Giant-Size X-Men #1 and Uncanny X-Men #94-206, with the exceptions of #106, 110, 141 and 142. The first 27 issues have various edits and new pages added to tie in with then-current continuity. The new material is often drawn by artists other than those who drew the original story but always written by the writer of the original stories, Chris Claremont. The first 44 issues have new backup stories further delving into and explaining the original 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.

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), Mike Mignola (#57-70), and Adam Hughes (issues #71-79).

Collected editions

Trade paperbacks

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
X-Men Classic Omnibus Back-up stories, new pages and edits from Classic X-Men 1-44; Material from Marvel Fanfare (1982) #60 December 2017 ISBN 1-3029-0811-1
X-Men Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 Back-up stories, new pages and edits from Classic X-Men #1-23 December 2018 ISBN 1-3029-1367-0
X-Men Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 Back-up stories, new pages and edits from Classic X-Men #24-44 December 2019 ISBN 1-3029-2058-8