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Comic Book Questions Answered: Was Jean Grey Naked in an Issue of X-Men?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Reader Derrick C. asked me whether there was an 80s Marvel comic that had Jean Grey nude in it.

I figure Derrick has got to be talking about the issue of Uncanny X-Men that I discussed in a recent Urban Legends Revealed installment.

It was in a tangent about the “nudity” craze during the speculator boom of the 80s and early 90s. Here is what I said:

This was during a time when people were searching for silly stuff like, “2nd Appearance of Cable” or “Hobgoblin’s first appearance WITH the tattoo.” Well, one of the things people would also look for, to the point where it would actually appear in price guides, was “nudity.”

By “nudity,” it simply met that there would be something that would appear to maybe be a nipple, or something like that. There was an early issue of Infinity, Inc. where the JSA die, and one of the JSA (Wonder Woman, perhaps? I do not recall) is in the morgue, and you maybe/kinda/sorta see a nipple.

Another one was Uncanny X-Men #245, the Invasion parody issue…


Pretty funny, eh?

But that’s what people were doing back then, while they weren’t searching for the issue where Kitty Pryde joined the X-Men or when Skyman died or Danny Chase’s first appearance. Okay…maybe not Danny Chase’s first appearance – everyone has limits, right?

Darn me for being so extra helpful that week! If I hadn’t used this back then, I could have used it as part of a future Urban Legends column in response to Derrick’s question!

Instead, I’m stuck using it here. Ah well, what matters is that we all got to sorta see Jean Grey’s breasts.

It’s the little things in life.

That’s it for this installment of Comic Book Questions Answered!! Thanks to Derrick for the question. As for you folks out there, if you have a comic book question, well, ask me! Maybe I can answer it for you!


Brian, Wonder Woman was shown with a kinda, sorta nipple in an early issue of Infinity, Inc that was part of the story line in which the JSA were under the influence of the river of ruthlessness (or something like that). She, along with the other JSAers, were believed to be dead, and a doctor was about to perform an autopsy on her, when she suddenly came to. She was, of course, naked under the sheet. Fanboys salivate! :-)

Jean was also naked when Prof X defeated her Dark Phoenix persona in Dark Phoenix Saga.

There actually was an issue where Jean was naked: Uncanny X-Men 273. Technically, the naked Jean in the Dark Phoenix Saga wasn’t really her.

[…] 23. Due to an artist’s error, Jean Grey appears completely naked in the 245th issue of Uncanny X-Men. – Source […]

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