X-MEN (1963-2011) #1
CGC NM-: 9.2
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.
Careening onto the comics scene, the X-Men achieved immediate popularity with their varied cast and complex themes and that is all introduced perfectly on the cover of the first issue. This 9.2 QES copy encapsulates the bold graphic styling of Kirby's original X-Men run. The minimalist design is a bit different from the typical look of this comic's Silver Age contemporaries. Everyone can find an X-Man (or woman) that they identify with and that's what keeps their popularity and value rising over the years.
Overstreet Guide 2019 NM- (9.2) value = $57,000.
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