Excalibur
Excalibur No 1, Oct 1988.jpg
Cover to Excalibur #1 (Oct. 1988).
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatOngoing series
GenreSuperhero
Main character(s)Excalibur

Excalibur is the name of several comic book titles featuring the team Excalibur and published by Marvel Comics, beginning with the original Excalibur comic book series which debuted in 1988.

Publication history

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.

Excalibur (vol. 4, 2019)

Excalibur
Excalibur (vol. 4) 1 cover.jpg
Cover to Excalibur (vol. 4) #1 by Mahmud Asrar & Matthew Wilson.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
ScheduleMonthly
GenreSuperhero, Fantasy
No. of issues24 (as of October 2021)
Main character(s)Apocalypse
Captain Britain
Gambit
Jubilee
Rictor
Rogue
Creative team
Written byTini Howard
Artist(s)Marcus To
Wilton Santos
R.B. Silva
Phil Noto
Mahmud Asrar
Stefano Caselli
Covers
Mahmud Asrar
Matthew Wilson
Colorist(s)Erick Arciniega
Nolan Woodward
Phil Noto
Sunny Gho
Rachelle Rosenberg
Editor(s)Editor
Jordan D. White
Assistant Editor
Chris Robinson
Head of X
Jonathan Hickman

Excalibur was relaunched as a part of Dawn of X in October 2019. The initial roster comprised includes Betsy Braddock as the new Captain Britain, Gambit, Rogue, Jubilee, Rictor and Apocalypse.

Roster

Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Captain Britain Betsy Braddock “Excalibur #1” (October 2019) Presumed dead in Excalibur #14, revived in Excalibur #20
Captain Avalon Brian Braddock
Apocalypse En Sabbah Nur Leaves in X of Swords: Destruction (November 2020)
Gambit Remy LeBeau
Jubilee Jubilation Lee
Rogue Anna-Marie LeBeau Leaves in Excalibur #21 to join the X-Men
Rictor Julio Richter “Excalibur #3” (December 2019)
Gloriana Meggan Braddock “Excalibur #16” (December 2020) Appeared as a supporting character prior to officially joining the team

Supporting characters

Prints

Issue Publication Date Writer Artist Colorist Comic Book Roundup Rating[3] Estimated Sales to North American Retailers (First Month) Notes
#1 October 30, 2019 Tini Howard Marcus To Erick Arciniega 7.6 by 25 professional critics 83,023[4] None
#2 November 20, 2019 7.3 by 14 professional critics 55,828[5]
#3 December 4, 2019 8.3 by 10 professional critics 47,253[6]
#4 December 18, 2019 8.1 by 6 professional critics 46,022[6]
#5 January 8, 2020 8.1 by 8 professional critics 48,887[7]
#6 January 22, 2020 8.6 by 10 professional critics 45,374[7]
#7 February 12, 2020 Wilton Santos 7.5 by 8 professional critics 40,131[8]
#8 March 4, 2020 Wilton Santos & Marcus To 8.2 by 4 professional critics 35,429[9]
#9 March 18, 2020 Marcus To 7.6 by 6 professional critics 36,259[9]
#10 June 10, 2020 7.8 by 8 professional critics Data not yet available
#11 August 19, 2020 7.9 by 6 professional critics
#12 September 16, 2020 8.2 by 6 professional critics
#13 October 21, 2020 R.B. Silva Nolan Woodward 7.7 by 8 professional critics X of Swords tie-in
#14 November 11, 2020 Phil Noto 7.3 by 11 professional critics
#15 November 25, 2020 Mahmud Asrar
Stefano Caselli
Sunny Gho
Rachelle Rosenberg
7.6 by 4 professional critics

Collected editions

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
Excalibur by Tini Howard – Volume 1 Excalibur #1–6 April 22, 2020[10] ISBN 978-1302919917
Excalibur by Tini Howard – Volume 2 Excalibur #7–12 December 1, 2020[11] ISBN 978-1302921460
Excalibur by Tini Howard – Volume 3 Excalibur #16-21 September 15, 2021 ISBN 978-1302924843
Excalibur by Tini Howard – Volume 4 Excalibur #22-26 March 1, 2022 ISBN 978-1302927905

Epic Collections

Volume Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
1 Excalibur Epic Collection: The Sword is Drawn Excalibur vol.1 #1–11; Excalibur Special Edition; Captain Britain (1976) #1–2; Excalibur: Mojo Mayhem; material from Mighty World of Marvel (vol. 2) #7, 14–15; Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #31–38 March 2017 978-1302904340
2 Excalibur Epic Collection: The Cross-Time Caper Excalibur vol.1 #12–30 June 2018 978-1302910129
3 Excalibur Epic Collection: Girls' School From Heck Excalibur vol.1 #31–41; Excalibur: Weird War III; Excalibur: The Possession; Excalibur: Air Apparent; Sensational She-Hulk #26; material from Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #75 February 2019 978-1302916527
4 Excalibur Epic Collection: Curiouser and Curiouser Excalibur vol.1 #42–58; Excalibur: XX Crossing; material from Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #110 February 2020 978-1302922764

References

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  11. ^ "Excalibur by Tini Howard Vol. 2". Amazon. Retrieved August 27, 2020.