Since 1975, anyone who's thrilled to the adventures of Marvel's merry mutants probably owes a lot to GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1.
But what makes the issue—which premiered more than a decade after UNCANNY X-MEN #1—so special? A giant among comic book creators, Jason Aaron, lists his reasons above, but keep digging below for more insights about one of the most influential comics in history.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby launched UNCANNY X-MEN #1 back in 1963 introducing the world to Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Beast, Angel, their leader Professor Charles Xavier, and their greatest nemesis, Magneto! Before long, though, Roy Thomas took over writing and other artists took over for Kirby. The series chugged along for seven more years, but in 1970 editorial turned it into a reprint series!
All that changed in 1975, though, when the first new X-Men story in half a decade came out in the form of GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1! Creators Len Wein and Dave Cockrum joined forces to not just bring the mutants back, but increase their numbers with characters from around the world! Now, they're some of the most popular X-folks around, but then, the new batch—Wolverine, Storm, Sunfire, Banshee, Warpath, Colossus and Nightcrawler—must have looked odd bursting forth on that classic cover for many readers! Though Banshee, Sunfire, and Wolverine had appeared previously, this cover marked the first look at the others.