CGC VF: 8.0
As Stan Lee explained on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," his original title for this comic was "The Mutants" but the Editor-in-Chief at the time didn't like the sound of it. Lee, in a stroke of genius, decided to name the team after its founder, Professor X, and thus was born the X-Men. A band of outcasts hated and feared by the human world, this title was almost canceled due to poor 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 at one point or another in their lives, and that is what draws us to the X-Men. With a staggering number of comic titles, a slate of blockbuster movies, and a variety of TV shows and cartoons, the popularity of this issue will only increase over time.
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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