Monday, February 10, 2014

Historical Look at the Different X-Men Teams from 60s to the 90s

So how many different versions of team rosters did the X-Men have in the past 50 or so years that they have been in publication? Here's a quick reference to help you piece out the convoluted team history of Marvel Comics' merry mutants.

So without further delays, here's a trip back memory lane featuring the X-Men. Also do bear in mind that there are gaps in the source material and before you point it out yes, the second X-Men team consisted of Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine and Thunderbird with a very traumatized Cyclops.

First Team


Do we even need to discuss this???

Second Secret Team

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This is the team that 'debuted' in Ed Brubaker penned X-Men: Deadly Genesis. It's also the same team that got instantly killed in the original Krakoa. Later, Darwin and Vulcan aka Gabriel Summers were discovered to be alive. Darwin was last seen in X-Factor while Vulcan seemingly died in War of Kings.

Fourth Team


This was around the time of the Mutant Massacre and later Magneto joins the team while Xavier leaves for space. One of the missing members here is Dazzler and Psylocke. I dunno what happened. Oh and yeah, this was the first version of AVX or Avengers vs X-Men.

Muir Island X-Men


During the Muir Island saga this was the team. It's nice to see Legion and Polaris in his team.

Outback X-Men


While the Muir Island Saga was happening, the real X-Men were recuperating and living in the Australian Outback. They got a new leash on life thanks to passing through the Siege Perilous and now being undetectable by camera and such. This was also the time that Jubilee officially joins the team.

Space Opera Jim Lee X-Men


OK the official team is referred to as Post-Genosha team but c'mon, it's a lot better to call them the 'Space Opera Jim Lee' team. This is my Golden, golden age of comics when X-Men had Lee plus Andy Kubert on art duties.

Blue Team


This was one of the most famous iteration of the X-Men with Chris Claremont and Jim Lee 

Gold Team


Whilce Portacio straight up!

Combined Blue & Gold team


This was the team that took out Onslaught where the Avengers and Fantastic Four failed... well OK that's not entirely right. It was the bye-bye time for some of the creative team and the X-Men slowly drifted towards a unified team system up until Operation Zero Tolerance, then back again by Uncanny X-Men # 360.

I suddenly have the inspiration to go and create the teams for the succeeding years. I might do that. Yeah, sounds like a plan. That'll start from Uncanny 360 all the way to the present.

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