X-MEN (1963-2011) #1
CGC VF: 8.0
Stan Lee once explained that his original title for this series was "The Mutants" but publisher Martin Goodman didn't like the sound of it. Lee, in a stroke of genius, named the newly formed group after its founder, Professor X, and thus the X-Men was born. They were a motley band of outcasts hated and feared by the human world. The title was almost canceled due to lagging sales but was reborn with a new cast of characters in the 70s which went on to make them a perennial favorite ever since. Everybody can relate to what it is like being an outsider, and that is what draws us to the X-Men. With a staggering number of comic spinoffs, blockbuster movies, and a variety of TV shows and cartoons, the popularity of this first issue has proven to be a strong investment in the marketplace.
For those seeking an X-Men #1, this is a high-grade copy, with minor chipping and blazing bright colors, that is sure to make some X-fan very happy. The reds on this cover are robust, and the yellows are glaring, the iconic image of the young mutant team batting thing their primary antagonist, Magneto, is clean and free of damage, a pretty impressive copy that comes in at a grade high enough to demand respect, and a price low enough to appeal to a wider swath of bidders. With Dark Phoenix set for a 2019 release date, now is the time to grab this key before the price shoots up once again.
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