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Cockrum, Dave - X-MEN (1963-2011) #94 Interior Page
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SOLD ON:  Friday, 04/23/2021 4:07 PM
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COMMENTS: Dave Cockrum pencils/Bob McLeod inks; page 6; 1975; image size 10" x 15"
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Dave Cockrum pencils/Bob McLeod inks; page 6; 1975; image size 10" x 15"

This intoxicating page from the first issue of Chris Claremont’s reinvention of the X-Men followed hot on the heels of Giant-Size X-Men #1. This piece heralds the official relaunch of the title after years of reprints and cancellation scares. On this page, the original X-Men deal with the aftermath of confronting Professor X about leaving the reconfigured team, Cyclops is the lone holdout, while Wolverine, characteristically, is having none of their nonsense. This transcendent page defines the evolution of the old to the new, ushering in the beginning of Claremont’s decades-long relationship with the characters. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition, with glue staining professionally removed on the last panel.

The enduring appeal that these characters possess is a testament to the work Claremont, along with Dave Cockrum, gifted to the storied history of comics. They took an idea from Lee and Kirby that seemed to be their one Silver Age misfire and turned it into, quite possibly, the most-popular comic team ever. The X-Men went on to become the subject of countless spin-off titles, cartoons, video games, movies, and more. It all started here with a bunch of mostly unfamiliar characters that would connect with readers in a way no one could have anticipated. Pages from these early issues are in extraordinary demand, and rightly so.

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Artists Information

David Emmett Cockrum was an American comics artist known for his co-creation of the new X-Men characters Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus as well as the antiheroine Black Cat. Cockrum was a prolific and inventive costume designer who updated the uniforms of the Legion of Super-Heroes. He did the same for the new X-Men and many of their antagonists in the 1970s and early 1980s.

McLeod was a journeyman artist who worked at most of the comic publishers, he got his start in the industry thanks to a recommendation by Neal Adams, most notably know for his work on New Mutants, McLeod's collective body of work is impressive and far flung.