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Vote for the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll for the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories this month!

The X-Men have had many great stories over the years, from one-shot issues to multi-issue stories to, well, sagas. So here you will be casting your vote for who you feel are the greatest X-Men stories!

You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 Pacific time, July 18th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the top 50 beginning July 21st.

Okay, here are the guidelines!

1. Vote in the comments section below, making sure to include that classic word “ACBC” somewhere in your comment so your vote will be marked invisible.

2. Vote for your TEN favorite X-Men stories.

3. Rank your ten stories from #1 (what you think is the greatest story) to #10 (what you think is the 10th greatest). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. On that note, please also avoid listing them like this “1) 2) 3) 4),” because 8 with a ) after it transforms into a smiley face in the comments section (this one 8) ). Just plain ol’ “1. 2. 3.” works best. Really, just use this template:

ACBC
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.

5. Ultimate X-Men stories count, because, well, I counted Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimates stories so it only seemed fair.

6. Now for the most annoying part of the rules. What is the definition of a particular story? First off, runs are not stories. To wit, you can’t pick, say, Byrne and Claremont’s X-Men and call it a story. It is not. That is a rune made up of a bunch of different stories, like the Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past. Or you can’t just say Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men or Grant Morrison’s New X-Men. You have to vote for the individual arcs.

7. House of M and Onslaught can count as an X-Men story (and obviously, Inferno and Avengers vs. X-Men are X-Men stories), but otherwise, company-wide crossovers do not count as X-Men stories.

8. Mini-series count as one story. Like X-Men: Children of the Atom or X-Men Fairy Tales.

9. Unlike Avengers, we’re specifying only book starring the main X-Men teams here, so no New Mutants or New X-Men (the one with X-23 on it) or X-Force or Uncanny X-Force or Uncanny Avengers or X-Statix or Generation X or Generation Hope or Wolverine or X-Factor or Excalibur or XTC or Xena the Warrior Princess or X-Files. Except, of course, when these titles are parts of crossovers involving the X-Men, like X-Cutioner’s Song, Second Coming, etc. We’re talking just X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, X-Treme X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, New X-Men (Morrison’s run), Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Legacy, All-New X-Men and that’s it.

9. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

10. If you have questions and/or requests for clarification, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. If you’re unsure of something, probably better to ask BEFORE you vote. You have two weeks to vote, ya know?

11. I’ll list notable rulings in this section here as we go along:

A) Mike Carey and Christos Gage’s X-Men Legacy counts, but not Si Spurrier’s X-Men Legacy.
B) Co-headline books like X-Men/Micronauts, X-Men vs. Fantastic Four, etc. count.
C) Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One can count as co-headline books.
D) “From the Ashes,” the trade collecting most of Paul Smith’s X-Men run, is not one story. Vote for the stories in that volume individually.
E) An issue of X-Men spotlighting a single member still counts as an X-Men story for this voting.
F) The Asgardian Wars counts as one story, not two (the X-Men/Alpha Flight mini-series and the New Mutants/X-Men one-shots)
G) Lifedeath counts as one story
H) God Loves/Man Kills is eligible.
I) Claremont/Byrne’s World Tour storyline is broken into its composite stories (Savage Land, Japan, fight versus Alpha Flight)
J) For Dark Phoenix Saga, the Hellfire Club storyline with the classic Wolverine scene counts as part of it.

Remember, please include the following word: ACBC – on your ballot. It will make it so your ballot appears invisible to other readers, so only I can read it (and count your vote secretly).

Most importantly, have fun!

Now vote! :)

218 Comments

Not that I expect it to actually come up, but does Onslaught count? It started as an X-Men story, at least.

Yes.

Aw man, I was holding out hope that the next one would be The 50 Greatest Champions Stories.

How about original (pre Peter David) X-Factor ?

Any of the X-Force versions?

“no New Mutants or New X-Men (the one with X-23 on it) or X-Force or Uncanny X-Force or Uncanny Avengers or X-Statix or Generation X or Generation Hope or Wolverine or X-Factor”

Ah not read the rules properly/ My bad. But I think you could make a good case for the original X-Men X-Factor

I dunno, I think the early days in particular were spent trying to differentiate them as much as they could. I think early New Mutants (back when Claremont was writing it) has a better case than early X-Factor.

Quick question: Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga will count as it also features what remains of the AoA X-Men, right?

Nope, no Uncanny X-Force. Captain America’s Secret Empire Saga featured the actual X-Men and I wouldn’t count that, either, ya know? Just vote again and I’ll delete your first vote when you’re finished.

What about co-headlined miniseries with X-Men in the title? X-Men/Micronauts, X-Men/New Teen Titans, X-Men/Star Trek, X-Men/Avengers, et al.

I guess I should have said “…or one-shots” there, because some of those aren’t miniseries.

Yes, co-headline books count.

That was tough – it was very hard to eliminate about 5-6 great storylines from my favorite period, Giant-Size X-Men #1 through Uncanny X-Men #173 or so, and no room for anything from the wonderful Neal Adams era (with which I’m not as familiar). Curious to see how many of the top 10, if any, are from the last 25 years.

Does “Marvel Team-Up” featuring the X-Men as co-stars (such as Annual #1) counts as co-headline?

Okay, you can count Marvel Team-Up as a co-headline book.

Is Wolverine VS the Hellfire Club (Uncanny X-Men #132-134) a separate story from the Dark Phoenix Saga (arguably limited to Uncanny X-Men #135-137.)

Is E For Extinction (New X-Men #114-116) just a three part story, or is it considered part of the larger Cassandra Nova storyline from New X-Men #114-126.

If one of Claremont’s Classic X-Men back-up stories is one of my ten favorites, is that eligible?

I’m assuming that the answer to this is a “yes”, but just to be 100% certain… What If? stories starring the X-Men, yes or no?

Welp, I /had/ the magic word. Then I accidentally deleted it. My bad. No peeking.

@Brian: its ok, count my vote without a number 10 in there. I’ve voted for what I want.

joe the poor speller

July 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

can I vote for the two ‘brood’ storylines as one thing?

I’ll be shocked if Claremont doesn’t take at least fifteen of the Top 25. There have been some surprises in these lists before, but for this one, I think once we see the bottom half, the top half will be known pretty much unequivocally.

That was really tough. There have been so many great X-Men stories, and I had to leave off some favourites. Four of my top 5 ended up being Claremont (and three of those were Claremont/Byrne – let’s face it, it was an amazing run they had). I’m going to go out on a limb and predict a metric assload of Claremont in the top 50. I also figure Morrison’s guaranteed to pop up, probably in the top 15. He might even make it to the top 10. I hope so; he deserves it. His New X-Men run was stellar stuff.

What I’m wondering is whether any of Bendis’ stuff will make it even into the top 50. It’s great stuff, no question there, but it’s also very new, and I don’t think he’s yet had a real Story. I didn’t include it on my list, though I did include some other recent stuff.

I wonder if Chuck Austen will make it in! Let’s hope not.

I heavily nominated Whedon’s run myself, and the Age of Apocalypse. I’ll admit I have never enjoyed Clairmont’s heavy handed morality plays, even though he’s a heck of a writer. I’m expecting not to do well on my list in the rankings.

On one hand the “nothing without X-Men in the title and no books about the X-Kids” part makes it easier to pick (I’ve read almost every X-Men story ever written, so this will be quite the challenge for me), but on the other hand there has been so much cross-pollination of the books that it really isn’t fair. For instance, Uncanny X-Force was based around Wolverine, Angel, and Psylocke, all classic X-Men. And the most recent New Mutants series was explicitly a specialized X-Men strike team. So many characters have gone back and forth between the teams and sotrylines have jumped from one book to another that the entire X-Family seems like one giant web of stories to me.

can I vote for the two ‘brood’ storylines as one thing?

The one from the Cockrum run and the one from the Silvestri run? No.

I’m assuming that the answer to this is a “yes”, but just to be 100% certain… What If? stories starring the X-Men, yes or no?

Yes.

Does the first Wolverine mini count? I know other Wolverine solo stories don’t, but that first one was an X-Men spin-off.

Does the first Wolverine mini count? I know other Wolverine solo stories don’t, but that first one was an X-Men spin-off.

No.

Final count:

Claremont (4)
Whedon (3)
Fraction and company (1)
Brubaker and company (1)
BMB (1)

Sorry, Grant. I tried but I couldn’t.

Two rules questions:

Will you be counting From the Ashes as a single story, or is the Morlock 2-parter one story, Rogue joining one story, Wolverine’s marriage one story, etc.? It’s really only one story in the sense that Paul Smith’s run was reprinted in trade with that title, so wasn’t sure which direction you’d go there.

And what about solo stories that took place within an X-Men title? I’m thinking things like Lifedeath, the Wolverine/Lady Deathstrike issue by BWS, etc.

I’m splitting From the Ashes up. Clearly, that was just “Hey, we want to get Paul Smith’s stuff into a trade,” ya know? And not exactly “Here is a complete story.”

So yes, submit them all individually.

Secondly, solo stories are okay if they took place in the pages of X-Men.

every x-men story is the best. nuff said

@chakal: Tell that to Chuck Austen. And Chris Claremont in the new millennium. And Matt Fraction. And most of the ’90s X-books. And… I think you get the point.

argh! most of the x-men stories that matter to me happened in the spin-off books! oh, the pain!

@Brian

I agree about from the ashes- clearly not one story. But I didn’t want to waste 2 or 3 spots on my ballot if I could vote for it all together.

Is Whedon’s run four stories or one?

*Prays that the most obvious thing ever doesn’t happen again #1 because in all reality as a story it was meh and the book was a thousand times better once it happened and the two annoying characters were that it effectively wrote out were gone.

*One man’s opinion

Not trying to whine, but if ‘differentiating as much as possible’ is a thing, New X-Men and Wolverine and the X-Men would be as controversial as pre-David X-Factor. It’s the X-Men!

Seven out of my ten choices were written or co-written by Chris Claremont. In any case, I look forward to seeing the results.

Four of my ten were Claremont, which is more than I expected.

Mike Loughlin

July 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm

8 out of my 10 were Claremonted.

Is the “Mutant Massacre” crossover eligible to be voted on for this poll?

How about Phoenix: Endsong and Phoenix:Warsong?

Wait. Crap. Is it too late to make a quick change to my list? I just realized I left something off that I really wanted to include.

Aargh! But I just want to include From the Ashes and The Apocalypse Solution! These lists are stressful!

I picked Whedon’s run as four stories. It was collected in graphic novels in 6 issue arcs and the book reads as six issue arcs with the Breakworld overarching theme.

Also, even in individual issues each issue was helpfully titled Dangerous Part 5, Dangerous Part 6, Torn Part 1, etc. Hard to mistake for anything other than 4 distinct 6-issue arcs.

I had seven Claremont stories with one each from Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and Grant Morrison.

On the art side, John Byrne got two votes with a bunch of others getting one each.

The biggest shock was that the Sentinels were featured in four different stories that I voted for. I had no idea that I cared about the Sentinels.

Asgardian Wars: Does the X-Men Alpha Flight stuff count with the NM Special Edition and X-Men Annual #9?

Is Whedon’s run four stories or one?

Four.

Is the “Mutant Massacre” crossover eligible to be voted on for this poll?

Yes.

How about Phoenix: Endsong and Phoenix:Warsong?

Yep.

Wait. Crap. Is it too late to make a quick change to my list? I just realized I left something off that I really wanted to include.

Just re-do your list and I’ll delete the first one.

Asgardian Wars: Does the X-Men Alpha Flight stuff count with the NM Special Edition and X-Men Annual #9?

It’s probably best if we just count it as all one story. It’s a lot simpler that way. So yes, Asgardian Wars is one story. If folks had them separated, I’ll combine them myself. If you really feel like re-voting if you had both, feel free.

Do the Life-Death issues count as one story or two?

Does the Claremont/Byrne world tour issues count as one story? Or would it be like the savage land episode counts as one, Tokyo, Canada, etc

Oopsie, I forgot all about it when I voted, but does the “God Loves, Man Kills” graphic novel count?

Don’t worry, Greg, I’m not going to change my votes (I don’t want to make things more difficult for you), but I thought I should ask so that people who haven’t voted yet would know whether or not they can include it.

Why couldn’t they include it? And how would it make things any more difficult (at least to a significant degree) for you to revote?

Wasn’t going to vote for it, but if anyone else wants to, does Ultimate Comics: X count? I know you said Ultimate X-Men counts, and that one was sort of its replacement, but it’s pretty different.

Also, I’d love to do one of these that was JUST spin-offs. I could’ve filled up my top 10 X-Men stories with Peter David’s X-Factor and various Young X-Men books alone if they’d been allowed.

So my edited list has 5 Claremont stories, along with a Gillen, a Morrison, a Lobdell, and two crossovers. Three stories from the past 15 years, two from the ’90s, the rest from the ’80s (mostly 1980-1983 – that was a pretty spectacular period).

Would have thought long and hard about including the Asgard Wars and the Astonishing X-Men Whedon stories if I’d remembered them. But it was hard enough making my list, so it’s probably a good thing I forgot about them.

God Loves/Man Kills counts. And sure, go ahead, change your votes, I can always delete the original vote.

Let’s go one story for Lifedeath.

Does the Claremont/Byrne world tour issues count as one story? Or would it be like the savage land episode counts as one, Tokyo, Canada, etc

Separate.

The no X-Force/Statix/Factor rule is making it harder… but I’ve got a decent list anyway.

I just have to try and rank them all in order now… haha

The Crazed Spruce

July 7, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Oh, man,lose my internet for a few days and I nearly miss out on a good poll. Gonna have to make a point of getting a list together for this one.

Are X-Men:First Class stories eligible?

Brian, the “world tour,” AKA The Odyssey, from early in Claremont/Byrne’s run, should in fact count as one story because they structured it intentionally after Homer’s “Odyssey.”

Also, the entire “Brood Saga” from Uncanny issues 156-167 should count as one story as well. Even the three in the middle focusing on Rogue, Dracula and Baron von Strucker, because they all continued the “Xavier in a coma because of the Brood egg inside him” plot element, and the von Strucker issue itself ends with Xavier waking up and the X-Men getting kidnapped by the Brood.

I don’t get the complaints about not being allowed to use X-Factor or X-Force. There’s enough great stuff from Claremont, Thomas and Morrison alone that there should be no need for the non X-Men mutant spinoffs to come up.

My votes to follow in next post.

>I’m splitting From the Ashes up. Clearly, that was just “Hey, we want to get Paul Smith’s stuff into a trade,” ya know? And not exactly “Here is a complete story.”

Er, NO! 30% of Smith’s run happened before the “From the Ashes” issues. And nearly 30% of the “From the Ashes” trade features art by other artists.

“From the Ashes” is clearly the story of Cyclops meeting Madelyne Pryor. It starts with her first appearance, climaxes in her apparently turning into Dark Phoenix, gives us a happy ending with Scott and Maddie’s marriage, and then gives us an afterwards with Scott and Maddie on a boat together.

If “From the Ashes” doesn’t count as one story then I’m not even going to bother voting. Things are already thrown off at this point.

How are you breaking up Whedon/Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men, if at all? I consider the 25 issues to be all one story, since the whole thing was mapped out from the beginning.

Just curious Brian. I know it’s not what this list is about, but have you ever considered doing one of these including media adaptations? I ask because I wonder where people would rank things like The Dark Knight and the Fleischer Superman films among the best Batman/Superman stories.

I see you just answered my question above.

Why does Carey and Gage’s run count as one story but Si Spurrier’s Legacy doesn’t? I’m not necessarily going to vote for any of them but it does strike me as strange? So far Spurrier’s run has been one long story. Carey and Gage’s run had several stories contained within.

This was tough, but I picked stories that made me an X-Men fan, so a lot of my picks are old school. Left out a lot of the great modern stuff, but we’ll see how it all goes. Can’t wait to see the results!

Not including x-family related titles like x-force, x-factor, new mutants is a crime. You know Dark Angel saga would’ve made it high up there. I also loved Angels and Demons and Childhoods End and many of Peter David’s run. But I get that there are SO many stories. Enough that you should do a separate list for spinoff series!!

i do think/realize there are some breaches in the rules… feel free to exclude those you deem compromised.

@Derek – I believe he means that individual stories in the Carey X-Men Legacy run count, but not stories in the Spurrier X-Men Legacy book, as it isn’t an X-Man comic per se.

it’s kinda nuts to not include x-factor, especially the run with the original 5 considering all the mythology that added and the death of candy southern is still one of the saddest moments in all of comics.

how about if I only want to give 1 story and not 10

I forget the INVSIBLE code…

Diogo Luque accidentally screwed up the ACBC code – Brian. You may wish to nab that.
(Although, by the time I write this and post it, it’ll probably be gone.)

I actually had to double check the code myself. I thought *I* had screwed up.
lol

dang… a LOT of screwed up or missing codes here.
Anyway, I’m sure Brian will snatch them.

As for my votes… not surprisingly NONE of mine were from later than the mid-late 1980’s.
With the exception of one of Roy Thomas/ Neil Adams run ALL of mine were CLAREMONT. (1 Cockrum, 1 Paul Smith, 1 other artist [can’t tell since it’s a dead give-away], and a whole lot of Byrne!)

Some close runner-ups were Morrison, Whedon and Gillen.

~P~

OOps… forgot to mention the 1 JRjr arc, and it turns out I actually nominated that “mystery artist” for 2 stories. Still can’t reveal either one. Dead give-away there.

Dang.. now I want to go re-read my top 2 choices.
Awesome stuff there!

~P~

What do you MEAN no PAD and Dark Angel Saga? You’re killing me here :(

AC. Effin’. BC.

Ugh…

Dang, I messed up.

For #10 I wanted X-Cutioner’s Song.

People… people… the INVISIBLE CODE needed to vote is:

A – C – B – C (all together, with no spaces or dashes)

sheesh.

And to further prove how ridiculous you all are, I will state, emphatically, that MY choice for # 1 story is RIGHT, while ALL of yours are WRONG.

LOL

(oooh… I’m going to get it for that.)

;-p

~P~

Jesper Christiansen

July 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

What do you call the first Morlock encounter in 169-170?

Since I disagree with a lot of the votes cast by the people who can’t seem to read or understand the repeated directions about including ACBC in their posts, I’m happy to see those votes disqualified.

Seems to be quite a few people going with AoA for #1. Of course, we’re only seeing that from the people who clearly weren’t smart enough to read the instructions, ahem. AoA actually didn’t make it onto my list. It was on my shortlist, but in the end, I had to cut it.

Also on my shortlist: Poptopia. I feel like that’s the oddest one I event considered. I just liked the story of a pop star using Chamber for publicity.

I think the toughest cut I had to make, though, was The Passion of Scott Summers. I put a different Gillen story instead, but man, that was an awesome issue. I wish I could’ve included it. Shame that it’s probably not going to make it into the top 50. Actually, the Gillen story I did include might not make it, either.

And there’s a chance one of my single-issue votes might not make it, either. It’s a Lobdell issue, ranked #4 – the only non-Claremont story in the top 5. It’s one of the most heartbreaking comics I’ve ever read, but I don’t know how many people will think of it.

I’m sure I typed the code in right, but my post is still showing. Oh well.

Don’t worry, Dave B, looks like you did get it right. I’m not seeing your list. It’s probably only showing up for you. It should say it’s awaiting moderation.

Is the code thing not working or something?

No, if the code wasn’t working we’d be seeing posts with the code clearly typed. The ones we’re seeing are the peoplethat didn’t type it at all or typed a different letter combination instead.

Are X-Men:First Class stories eligible?

Yes.

Just curious Brian. I know it’s not what this list is about, but have you ever considered doing one of these including media adaptations? I ask because I wonder where people would rank things like The Dark Knight and the Fleischer Superman films among the best Batman/Superman stories.

It’s definitely an interesting idea. Maybe someday!

@Derek – I believe he means that individual stories in the Carey X-Men Legacy run count, but not stories in the Spurrier X-Men Legacy book, as it isn’t an X-Man comic per se.

Correct.

how about if I only want to give 1 story and not 10

You can’t. If you really can only come up with six, I’ll allow six, but I’d really prefer 10.

No, if the code wasn’t working we’d be seeing posts with the code clearly typed. The ones we’re seeing are the peoplethat didn’t type it at all or typed a different letter combination instead.

Correct. But really, whenever this happens, it looks worse because people aren’t seeing the many more posts that DID get it right, so it looks worse than it actually is, ya know?

What do you call the first Morlock encounter in 169-170?

I’d just put those numbers, because the story name options are really poor. When I did it on the Greatest Storm Stories list I went with “Dancin’ in the Dark,” which is a really weird name.

I’m sure I typed the code in right, but my post is still showing. Oh well.

You did it correctly. As others note, you should be able to see your own post. I honestly don’t know for sure since I’ve never done it myself. But yeah, so long as you put ACBC in there, you’re fine.

“From the Ashes” is clearly the story of Cyclops meeting Madelyne Pryor. It starts with her first appearance, climaxes in her apparently turning into Dark Phoenix, gives us a happy ending with Scott and Maddie’s marriage, and then gives us an afterwards with Scott and Maddie on a boat together.

Does “From the Ashes” cover their courtship and marriage? Sure.

It also has a whole bunch of stories people would vote for on their own that have nothing to do with Maddie Pryor. People aren’t voting for the Japanese story because of Maddie Pryor. People aren’t voting for “Professor X is a jerk!” because of Maddie Pryor. People aren’t voting for Rogue joining the X-Men because of Maddie Pryor. People aren’t voting for the Storm/Morlocks story because of Maddie Pryor. To lump all of those stories in as a Maddie Pryor story would be foolish, so we’re not doing it.

if I could, I would make X-Men Legacy: the Rogue years (226-275) my final vote, but it’s not a single storyline. Too bad, because it totally salvaged Rogue as a character. Another casualty of the rules (but you’ve got to have rules) was the Claremont and Romita Jr run; it had a lot of great small stories, but not the epic storyline feel this list calls for.

Yeah, that’s why we had a 100 Greatest Runs last year, to reward the runs that everyone liked but didn’t have that landmark single story (runs like Giffen/Dematteis on JLI and Claremont/JRjr).

That said, I think a few short stories will do quite well on this list. Days of Future Past was only two issues, ya know?

@Tiamatty If the heartbreaking Lobdell issue you speak of is what I think it is, it’s on my list as well.

I already submitted my vote, but Brian I’ve been reading with interest your thoughts/rulings on some of the stories LIKE From the Ashes, etc. Here’s one I like but didn’t vote for: The Factor Three Saga. I always considered it as running from “X-Men” 28-39. What would you have counted?

Does “Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix” count? (It even says “An X-Men Book” on its cover.)

No supporting title arcs? I don’t think I can make a Top 10 without Uncanny X-Force’s Dark Angel Saga. Have fun without me. ;)

I already submitted my vote, but Brian I’ve been reading with interest your thoughts/rulings on some of the stories LIKE From the Ashes, etc. Here’s one I like but didn’t vote for: The Factor Three Saga. I always considered it as running from “X-Men” 28-39. What would you have counted?

Yeah, that sounds accurate.

That was hard. Narrowing over 40 options down to 10? OUCH.

@Tiamatty, Bry – Manly tears, in at #10. Only non-Claremont book on my whole list.

Have a Great Day,
Gary

“The biggest shock was that the Sentinels were featured in four different stories that I voted for. I had no idea that I cared about the Sentinels.”

What an interesting thing to learn, and such an odd way to learn it. Great character design, though, and the way they talk out loud about how many seconds it will take before they overcome your defenses and kill you… kind of chilling, on my recent reads. Good stuff.

“And to further prove how ridiculous you all are, I will state, emphatically, that MY choice for # 1 story is RIGHT, while ALL of yours are WRONG.”

You picked the same story I did?! Good call, Sanctum Sanctorum Comix!

I never asked, are Claremont’s “X-Treme X-Men,” Byrne’s “X-Men: The Hidden Years” or the “Classic X-Men” Claremont backups eligible? Again, I’ve already submitted my vote but others haven’t that might include them.

X-Treme X-Men should definitely count. It was 1 of 3 operating X-Men squads. Morrison’s was home, Austen’s was field, and Claremont’s was globe hopping. It was still a team calling itself the X-Men.

I don’t know if it’ll count (I’m guessing not) and if it does not enough people will think to put it, but the “World Tour” stretch that started with Mesmero and went through Magneto under the volcano, the Savage Land, Japan & Canada for Alpha Flight’s debut is straight-up elite and really deserves mention, even if they defeat individual threats along the way.

And it does suck that Dark Archangel Sage doesn’t count, that’s the best X-Men book since…Morrison at least.

Brian has ruled that “World Tour” is to be entered as the individual stories, not the full tour.

I never asked, are Claremont’s “X-Treme X-Men,” Byrne’s “X-Men: The Hidden Years” or the “Classic X-Men” Claremont backups eligible? Again, I’ve already submitted my vote but others haven’t that might include them.

Yes, all those count.

How are votes for the Cassandra Nova arc in NXM handled? Do we have to vote for each story (for instance, E for Extinction), thus sacrificing remaining slots for the rest of it (like Imperial)?

Also, what are the included issues for something like The Dark Phoenix Saga? Do we go by the TPB collection, or from the issue where she transforms to Cyclops leaving? There’s a Wolverine story in that saga that I need to know what to do with.

How are votes for the Cassandra Nova arc in NXM handled? Do we have to vote for each story (for instance, E for Extinction), thus sacrificing remaining slots for the rest of it (like Imperial)?

Individual stories, just like with the World Tour from Claremont/Byrne’s run.

Also, what are the included issues for something like The Dark Phoenix Saga? Do we go by the TPB collection, or from the issue where she transforms to Cyclops leaving? There’s a Wolverine story in that saga that I need to know what to do with.

The Dark Phoenix Saga trade has just become too ingrained in our culture to split it up, even if you would have a strong argument to be made for doing just that. So the famed Hellfire Club story is part of the Dark Phoenix Saga as a whole. This is a long way of saying #129-137.

I’m curious what’ll count as the Dark Phoenix Saga, as well. Personally, I count it as beginning with #129, the beginning of the Hellfire Club arc, as that leads directly into Jean becoming Dark Phoenix. #132, in particular, has Jean become the Black Queen, which is what led to her then becoming Dark Phoenix. I’m assuming that for the sake of this poll, though, the Dark Phoenix Saga will be #135-137.

Either way, the Dark Phoenix Saga is going to be number one. I mean, come on. It’s pretty obvious. The only real question is what order the rest will be in. Will Demon beat out Days of Future Past? Will Age of Apocalypse make it into the top 5? Will Motions be a dark horse that makes it into the top 10? How will Gillen’s run fare?

My guesses: DPS for #1. DoFP will probably be number 2. I’m guessing AoA at #3. The rest of the top 10 will probably include Demon, Kitty’s Fairy Tale, X-Cutioner’s Song (the epilogue issue just barely missed making my own top 10), God Loves, Man Kills, probably Lifedeath, and either House of M, Messiah Complex, or something from Morrison’s run (E for Extinction would be the obvious one, though I prefer Planet X myself).

I’m also predicting Chuck Austen doesn’t get anywhere near this list. I doubt Roy Thomas will do too well, though his Sentinel story with Neal Adams might get in the top 50. I’m not betting on any of Joe Casey’s run making it, though Poptopia was on my shortlist (I thought it was a really neat arc). I’m curious how well the Chris Claremont/Alan Davis stuff will do – Claremont’s obviously a popular writer, and Alan Davis has plenty of fans. If they can’t vote for his Excalibur, then his UXM might be acceptable instead. Though I will say I didn’t much care for Claremont’s writing during that collaboration. It wasn’t as bad as, say, X-Men Forever. But it wasn’t particularly stellar, either, I thought.

Actually, there’s a thought: Is X-Men Forever eligible? Not the crappy 2001 mini by Nicieza (I’m assuming that one’s eligible), but the two Claremont-penned volumes.

And Brian responded as I was typing all that up, so my curiosity about the Dark Phoenix Saga is already answered. Oh well.

Jesper Christiansen

July 9, 2013 at 1:33 am

I have always seen the Hellfire story as part of the Dark Phoenix saga. She begins her transformation in the Hellfire story. The issues where she is transformed, that is the 3. act.

Are the issues with Magneto and Rogue in the savage land and the rest of the team fighting “secret invasion” Shi’ar version one or two stories ?

NB : What is wonderful with Claremont is how some stories are just one-issue stories. (I won’t cheat and tell which but man, I’m thinking to somes in particular !)

Actually, there’s a thought: Is X-Men Forever eligible? Not the crappy 2001 mini by Nicieza (I’m assuming that one’s eligible), but the two Claremont-penned volumes.

Sure.

Are the issues with Magneto and Rogue in the savage land and the rest of the team fighting “secret invasion” Shi’ar version one or two stories ?

I’m counting them as two stories. That’s also how people have been voting for them.

Apparently I like other X books like X-Force, Gen X, X-Factor etc. more so than the core X books. A list for the other X books would be interesting. Probably too hard to do though, so many books and all.

Brian wrote:

“The Dark Phoenix Saga trade has just become too ingrained in our culture to split it up, even if you would have a strong argument to be made for doing just that. So the famed Hellfire Club story is part of the Dark Phoenix Saga as a whole. This is a long way of saying #129-137.”

CRAPITY-CRAP-CRAP!
I split those into TWO stories!

If I can re-do my list now, I can add a whole other selection and that would mean a bump for nearly every choice!

LMK

~P~

uh, oh… my code to end Italics must not have been typed correctly. Brian, SO SORRY…. (please fix if needed – and lmk about a re-do on my numbers).

Thanks.

~P~

The Rogue / Magneto/Savage Land thing is separate? I always saw that (and read that together) as one story, issues 273-277.

Is “Uncanny X-Men” 341-350 One story or two? I can see the argument for either two (“Where no X-Man has gone before,” issues 341-345/”The Trial of Gambit” 346-350) or one long arc.

Now I need to determine if the “VS MAGNETO : round 2: (issues #111 – 114) is separate or a part of the
“SAVAGE LAND/GARROK/SAURON” story from (#114-1116)

In my mind they are technically one story, but I split them because there IS a break between them (the escape from the Volcano and the splitting of the team into two sides who think the other is dead).

Damn, I LOVE those stories.

So, if they’re ONE story, LMK, and that clears up ANOTHER slot.

Sorry Brian.
This has got to be a huge headache.

~P~

Just have to say Magik’s mini-series would have been my number one choice if it had been allowed…

talmadge mcgulager

July 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

Does the collected version of the endangered species back ups count?

“Are the issues with Magneto and Rogue in the savage land and the rest of the team fighting “secret invasion” Shi’ar version one or two stories ?

I’m counting them as two stories. That’s also how people have been voting for them.”

Crap – I counted them as one story as issues 274-277 each have parts of both stories. Having to chose, I’d like my vote to then be for the Magneto/Rogue in the Savage Land story if possible. Thanks

Now I need to determine if the “VS MAGNETO : round 2: (issues #111 – 114) is separate or a part of the
“SAVAGE LAND/GARROK/SAURON” story from (#114-1116)

In my mind they are technically one story, but I split them because there IS a break between them (the escape from the Volcano and the splitting of the team into two sides who think the other is dead).

Damn, I LOVE those stories.

I think the breakdown on the World Tour stories is as follows:

-#111-113 …vs. Magneto
-#114-116 …Savage Land
-#117 ….Psi-War
-#118-119 …Japan
-#120-121 …Alpha Flight
-#122
-#123-124 …vs. Arcade
-#125
-#126-128 …Proteus

“Just have to say Magik’s mini-series would have been my number one choice if it had been allowed…”

WAIT… but isn’t MAGIK mini a direct continuation of events from UNCANNY X-MEN #160 ?
It’s the same story, it just fills in the events that happened between heartbeats of the single issue.

(And YES, I have #160 + Magik mini as one of my choices)

Gah!

~P~

Sounds like your vote will still count, Sanctum Sanctorum Comix, for #160 if not for the mini.

Man, all this talk about those Belasco stories reminds me all over again how bizarre it is that the Bruce Jones Ka-Zar series hasn’t been collected. That was a brilliant series. The first Belasco story is still far and away my favorite one.

She was a New Mutant and her story continued there so I just assumed. Ruling?

Total sideline here:

Those Belasco stories (KaZar, X-Men, Magik) were the perfect kind of bizarre for me.

This might offend some purists, but I was kinda intrigued by the “revelation” in the whole EarthX/UniverseX/ParadiseX of just WHO Belasco really WAS – and it tied into X-Men #160 nicely.

Hint: Aside from Belasco, which X-Man ALSO has a “demonic” looking tail, pointy ears and fangs?

Sure, that whole EarthX trilogy had some big problems, but it is a fave of mine for its pure Lee/Kirby style balls-to-the-wall creative energy.

OK.
Back to the X-Men voting, already in progress…

~P~

-#111-113 …vs. Magneto
-#114-116 …Savage Land
-#117 ….Psi-War
-#118-119 …Japan
-#120-121 …Alpha Flight
-#122
-#123-124 …vs. Arcade
-#125
-#126-128 …Proteus

Correct.

Crap – I counted them as one story as issues 274-277 each have parts of both stories. Having to chose, I’d like my vote to then be for the Magneto/Rogue in the Savage Land story if possible. Thanks

Sure, I’ll note that in your vote.

Does the collected version of the endangered species back ups count?

Sure.

Sounds like your vote will still count, Sanctum Sanctorum Comix, for #160 if not for the mini.

Yeah, exactly. Even if I decided not to count the mini-series (and I’m not saying that I will do that), the #160 vote would still apply. So everyone just vote for it however they want, just as #160 alone or as #160 and the mini-series and I’ll decide if I split them up later.

Is AoA as a whole ineligible? How about the individual titles? Are just Amazing X-Men and Astonishing X-Men (AoA) eligible?

Is AoA as a whole ineligible? How about the individual titles? Are just Amazing X-Men and Astonishing X-Men (AoA) eligible?

No, it is fine as a whole. Company-wide crossovers don’t count as X-Men stories, but crossovers among the X-books do. Just so long as the X-Men are involved in the crossover (Mutant Massacre, Fall of the Mutants, Phalanx Covenant, etc.).

The Rogue / Magneto/Savage Land thing is separate? I always saw that (and read that together) as one story, issues 273-277.

The issue really comes from how people are voting for it. Rogue fans want to support the Rogue/Magneto stuff. The Rogue/Magneto stuff ends with #275 when the space story is really just beginning. So it seems to make more sense to split them, so Rogue fans have their story and everyone else has their space story to vote for.

Is “Uncanny X-Men” 341-350 One story or two? I can see the argument for either two (“Where no X-Man has gone before,” issues 341-345/”The Trial of Gambit” 346-350) or one long arc.

Two.

i am going to go ahead and guess that 34 of the slots claimed by Claremont

CRAP! I forgot Mutant Massacre. I would have totally traded in my #10 for it. Oh well…

Stephen Conway

July 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

4 Claremont, 2 Whedon, 1 Gillen (could easily have been 2), 1 Morrison, 1 Lee/Kirby and AN Other.

That was a tough list to narrow down to ten. Re-reading rule #2 helped. Vote for your ten favorite stories. Not the most revered or classic or epic or objectively the best… just favorite. Of course, this now means that only one, maybe two of my choices will actually have a prayer of showing up in the top 50. Oh well.

Plus, now Brian is judgingly looking at my batshit insane list with a disapproving raised eyebrow, rubbing his eyes in disbelief.

Also, it occurred to me that the first sentence of this post could be construed to mean something else entirely: “…we’re doing a poll for the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories this month!” could actually mean that we are supposed to rank only the X-Men stories that Marvel is publishing this month. I haven’t done a count, but I’m guessing there are probably about 50 or so X-Men titles that are published each month by Marvel now. Er.. that is “Marvel, now.” Not “Marvel NOW!”

ooker: I count 20 X-Men stories for July. But some might be missing from my list.

Stephen Conway

July 10, 2013 at 5:18 am

I think 7/10 of mine will safely make the top 50, with two others probably making it and one of them all most certainly not going to get there.

I wonder if anyone other than me had a Lee/Kirby story on their list? (If you do don’t say which one, I want to be surprised if it makes it).

Brian, considering the number of people who’ve asked about including spin-off book stories, I think you could do a whole other 50 Greatest list just for story arcs from the spin-off books. Just figured I’d mention it in case you’re up to it lol

It’d require pushing some plans around, but I guess I theoretically could pull it off…we shall see!

@Jeff, I had a Lee/Kirby story as one of my selections. There’s no way in the world mine will make it into the top 50 though. I think X-Men #1, X-Men #12-13, and especially X-Men #14-16 all have legitimate chances at making the top 50.

^ Although, Kirby had begun doing only the breakdowns by then.

One question and one expression of confusion at a decision.

How do you feel about “X-Men vs. the Adversary” as running through X-Men #219-227. The major parts of the story are 225-227, which is part of the “Fall of the Mutants” saga, but is barely connected to the side titles.

And despite you explaining this 5 times, I’m still unclear on how Crossroads is being split up. Are you calling 273-275 one story and 276-277 another?

In both cases, I’m accepting overlapping stories. So you can vote for “The Adversary Saga” as well as “Fall of the Mutants.”

Similarly, “Crossroads” will be counted as #269, #274-275 for Rogue and #273, 274-277 for the rest of the team.

Stephen Conway

July 11, 2013 at 7:35 am

Jeff- I had one, too.

What about the issues Marvel solicited back in the day as “Dissolution and Rebirth,” issues I believe 248-253, which was basically the story of the Australian X-Men breaking up? Is that one story or multiple?

[It led to that null period of the book where there were basically no X-Men, issues 254-272 (which were definitely multiple stories, no need to clarify those).]

Got my list down to 12. Now to make two tough calls. Non-Claremont stories have all been eliminated already.

Bet a countdown of best mini-series would be a lot of fun, don’t you?

Days of Future Past (#141-2) and X-Cutioner’s Song deserve honorable mention, and #188 was very special to me as a new fan. Such a great introduction to the status quo, and Xavier’s 80’s dream.

Days of Future Past is such a seminal concept, but the coolest part of the story are those few pages’ glimpse of Rachel’s time. First Freedom Force, too, which was also very cool.

And who can forget Juggernaut vs. Peter Rasputin…or that flipped-out story with the Avengers and Kulan Gath? But that never happened…oh, wait…did any of them?

Really liked Morrison’s issues but haven’t seen them in a decade. The ones for which I voted are burned into my brain :-D

AoA will be #2.

@Brian Cronin — Uncanny #122 is basically a prelude to #123-124. Marvel even reprinted it once (back in… I wanna say the 80s?) with all three of those issues billed together as one single story.

In short: Shouldn’t #122 be counted along with #123-124 as all being part of one story?

What about the issues Marvel solicited back in the day as “Dissolution and Rebirth,” issues I believe 248-253, which was basically the story of the Australian X-Men breaking up? Is that one story or multiple?

Multiple. I’d go #248, #249-250 (if you want to go to #251 on that story, then I can accept that), #251-252 and #253.

In short: Shouldn’t #122 be counted along with #123-124 as all being part of one story?

Sure, #122 can be counted twice.

There was a comic adaptation of the X-Men cartoon called X-Men Adventures (later retitled as Adventures of the X-Men) that ran in three separate volumes (or four counting the retitled one) with each running for a single year and basically just retelling a season of the cartoon (spread out over the course of the volume). At the end of each “season” the numbering would restart and they’d move on to detailing the next season of the show.

My questions are: 1) Is this eligible for voting, and 2) if so, should it be separated by volume/season or by individual issues for the purposes of the list?

Sure, it is eligible for voting. And it should be split up by various story arc in the series.

abcb

1) aoa
2) Lobdell Xmen
3) Xforce in the 90s (NOT milligans lol)
4) battle with Magneto
5) The xfactor psychiatrist issue cuz i like quicksilvr explaining abouta tm machines and slow ppl
6) new mutants gn (only good claremont story lol but i like phoenix ok lol)
7) infinity war
8) from the ashes
9) x-files #17

Good thing Chris N didn’t use the right code…

This way we can let him know that at least 6 of his choices aren’t eligible.

No “Creator-runs” (Lobdell X-Men)
No X-spin-off titles (No X-Force, X-Factor, New Mutants).
No mini-series that weren’t specifically “X” (Infinity War)
No “X” titles that are from another company about a different property (X-FILES -a TV show)

Unless, of course he was being totally facetious.
(tho I doubt it, since it wasn’t ALL wrong answers)

Poor, poor Brian.
He must have the patience of a saint.

~P~

Unless, of course he was being totally facetious.

He was.

voted , then realised I was 1 out on the issue number of a 2-parter (confident that Brian can handle it)

8 Claremonts & 2 Thomas
8 within the pages of the XMen series and 2 obviously XMen stories

Did wonder whether XMen 2099 or Dark XMen would count but none of those would have made my shortlist anyway

Brian wrote: Does “From the Ashes” cover their courtship and marriage? Sure.

It also has a whole bunch of stories people would vote for on their own that have nothing to do with Maddie Pryor. People aren’t voting for the Japanese story because of Maddie Pryor. People aren’t voting for “Professor X is a jerk!” because of Maddie Pryor. People aren’t voting for Rogue joining the X-Men because of Maddie Pryor. People aren’t voting for the Storm/Morlocks story because of Maddie Pryor. To lump all of those stories in as a Maddie Pryor story would be foolish, so we’re not doing it.

We have been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! But seriously, this is requiring stories from earlier eras to conform to the current write-for-trade style of storyline construction. Today’s storylines tend to consist of discrete stories told over six-issue spans designed to be repackaged in trade paperbacks. Earlier storylines were less often a series of discrete several-issue cycles and more frequently a tapestry of overlapping storylines and subplots of varying duration. That certain of these earlier storlyines took a more novelistic approach should not disqualify them from inclusion here.

There are albums that deliver a narrow, tightly constructed storyline – Tommy, Quadrophenia, A Grand Don’t Come for Free, undun, etc. At the other end of the spectrum, there are countless albums that are mere collections of songs. In between you have albums that, while not following a narrow storyline, strike me as inseparably of a piece. Examples include Sgt. Pepper, In the Aeroplane over the Sea, 36 Chambers, Exile on Main Street and …Endtroducing. These are albums that, however great the individual songs may be, I vastly prefer to experience as an album and listen to from start to finish. From the Ashes is the same way for me.

Meghan Ansbach

July 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

This was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed taking the time to think about my list.

A lot of my selections are older Claremont stories that center around my two favorite characters from my childhood, Kitty and Rogue. There are a handful of newer Whedon and Carey stories that actually ended up on my list as well, but again they are pretty large turning points for both Kitty and Rogue. I was actually a bit disappointed that I couldn’t include New Mutants #45.

Had I extended my list to a top 20 then some Morrison storylines may have made it on there, as well as some of the major crossovers, but I guess what this really taught me is that the reason I have loved X-Men for the past 20 years is that I love the character growth.

Won’t give any of my choices away but the stats were 1 Lee/Kirby, 1 Thomas, 1 Morrison, 7 Claremont (and of those, only three are Claremont/Byrne co-plots).

When I voted I just cleared my mind and thought about what stories I enjoyed the most and wrote them down. When I was very surprised I had no Whedon, no Lobdell, no crossovers and especially no Alan Davis, who I always thought was my favorite. Guess I was wrong.

As soon as I pressed “PUBLISH” I realize I had left a wonderful and heartfelt Lobdell one shot story off my list. Sad day.

Are you really sure on omitting the First Wolverine Mini given that it leads directly into Uncanny X-Men 171 and 172 – hell the last panel in the mini is the same image as the cover of Uncanny X-Men 171. The reason I ask is the the combined Wolverine in Japan storyline is the best x-men storyline for me. Not sure I can even think of submitting a list without this.

Before I vote, are the back-up stories in Classic X-Men eligible?

Wow lots of people not putting in the right code and voting for stories that have already been disqualified. I feel bad for Brian now.

A C B C guys.

Before I vote, are the back-up stories in Classic X-Men eligible?

Yes.

Man, I now realize I forgot AoA & Whedon’s.

Mine came out 4 Morrison, 2 Claremont, 1 Whedon, 1 Carey, and 2 crossovers.

So I followed the rules, but can I just say – I feel like Remender’s Uncanny X-Force should be included. I can understand not counting the other non-X-Men titles; but in UXF, 3 of the 5 core members were all full-on X-Men, and it felt much, much more like a core X-Men story than, say, anything in the Ultimate Universe, or even a lot of the Marvel Universe X-Men books (Astonishing after Whedon, or X-Men after the reboot, or even Legacy as much as I loved it). If it had it would’ve gotten at least three of my top ten slots, with Dark Angel Saga at #2.

[…] since I’ll be out of town for the new comics day, I’ll leave you with a link over to CBR in which you can vote for the Top 50 X-Men stories ever.  I tend to get bored with these lists myself since the top spots are always going to be some […]

Ha – my votes came out as 7 Morrison, 3 Millar.

I’ve never managed to enjoy Claremont’s X-Men and it’s not for lack of trying.

Stephen Conway

July 17, 2013 at 8:05 am

A couple more people unable to read the freaking rules.

After this is all said and done, I would love to see a poll of the 50 greatest non X-Men mutant stories. Would love to see where some of my favorites (Miller’s Wolverine mini, Wolverine #10 or any of Milligan’s X-Static stories) would rank…

@ Lue Lyron

I had Wrath of Kulan Gath, but then had forgot to include God Loves, Man Kills. I REALLY wanted it in there though, those two issues purchased simultaneously off a gas station spin rack were nt first comics EVER. What a great “snow day”….

Is AoA eligible?

My writer list: Claremont 6 titles, one each by Whedon, Morrison, Stern & Lee.

My list turned out to be 4 Claremont, 2 Whedon, 2 Parker and 2 Thomas.

@DaddyX

Glad to see someone else voting for the Kulan Gath story. I figured I would be the only one. Also one of my first comics ever. Fun stuff.

I voted for 7 Claremont, 3 Byrne, 1 Lobdell, 1 Nicieza and 1crossover. I’m suprised how much Colossus figured into my shortlist.

I also voted for the Kulan Gath story. Loved it when I was a kid.

Phew! Just made it. Definitely some tough omissions, but overall pleased with the list. Very Claremont heavy, not surprisingly.

Glad to see so many mentions of the Kulan Gath story – that was on my list as well!

Wow, so hard, and so many things making me wish it were a top 20. I voted for 3 Claremont, 1 Whedon, 2 Morrison, and 2 Lobdell. I’m sure one of my Lobdell picks will make it really high and surprise people because so many people assume they are the only one who understand how incredibe that issue is. I’m very curious to see where my Morrison stories rank, since I didn’t pick the big tentpole arcs. E is for Extinction, Riot at Xavier’s, and Planet X almost certainly would have made it into a top 20, but they just aren’t my favorite parts of the run. I also didn’t pick anything by Byrne or Cockrum. I love those stories, but Claremont was doing more emotionally hitting work later. Mine were drawn by Silvestri, Romita Jr. (2), Lee, and Anderson.

The above was meant to say 5 Claremont.

Man, I’m just gonna do what I usually do and wait to enjoy reading the results. Sometimes it’s because I’m not familiar enough with the franchise to vote. This time it’s the opposite. The X-Men have been such a huge part of my reading life since I was a kid that I know I would agonize over my list for at least a day, then, immediately after posting, go “Awww! I should have put (BLANK) instead of (BLANK)!”

Too much stress. I’ll just see what you guys come up with. All I’ll say is “Age of Apocalypse” better place high.

Glad he posted that reminder. Almost forgot…AGAIN.

Oh, here’s another theme I noticed: Half of my list are single-issue stories. Remember those? Good times, man. Good times.

I messed up on one of mine, Brian. In my head it seemed like Uncanny X-Men 175 and 176 were a continuation of the danger room/Mastermind story. As I think back, maybe it was a single issue. I’ll resubmit my choices in a bit.

Yay! Glad to hear An Age Undreamed Of/Raiders Of The Lost Temple(the Kulan Gath story) made other peoples lists, that and Earthfall(Claremont and Silvestri’s Brood story) are 2 very underrated pieces of 80’s goodness

Even with my dyslexia, I hope the vote counts. Dagnabbit.

Stephen Conway

July 19, 2013 at 3:21 am

Buttler: Four of mine were single issue stories, including my number one.

If you are voting for ANY Scott Lobdell special issues and you have not included the original X-Men vs FF mini on your list…words fail me.

Ok, it’s over.
So Duel is a great single issue story !

I put X-men annual 11 on my list and had recently re-read it. It’s one of the great unsung Wolverine stories of all time.

After seeing so many people complain about not being able to include “The Dark Angel Saga” … am I the only one here that HATES the Archangel concept? I was so happy in the mid-’90s when those metal wings molted off, and I actually stopped reading X-Men for a little while after they brought them back a few years ago. Give me classic feathered Angel in the white-and-blue costume any day.

Daddy X & Joe Ruiz: those stories not only had extra pages, but LOTS of story! Forerunner to the kind of devastating story you’d see in later times, and of course, it’s reminiscent of What If? more than anything else. Fantastic to see all those characters together (and one rather shocking death along the way, of many). Likely to make the 50 list, but yes, not quite a top ten (unless it was your first comics or something). I really like Silvestri’s run; that was one great year of X-Men! The one thing that could keep out a vote for Earthfall is the amazing Genosha saga, since it brought in an important new concept.
@Eric: X-Men Ann 11 is a good choice from that era! You get Alan Davis, too, in the bargain. Claremont playing again with the legendary status of the X-Men.

Where’s the list?

… am I the only one here that HATES the Archangel concept?

Oh, good lord, no. I think it’s pretty stupid.

…but even without giving a crap about Archangel or Psylocke, I found the Dark Angel Saga to be pretty decent.

Monday will have #50-41 rather than splitting #50-41 over Sunday and Monday. SDCC stuff made it so that everything would be so hidden by other topics that I figured it best to wait until after SDCC to start the countdown.

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