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50 Greatest X-Family Stories: 3-1

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Family (spin-offs of the X-Men) stories of all-time (Here is our previous list of the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories)! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Family stories! Here is a master list of every story featured so far.

Here are the final three!

Enjoy!

3. “The Demon Bear Saga” New Mutants #18-20

It is hard to quite imagine just what kind of a shock it was to go from Sal Buscema as the artist on New Mutants to Bill Sienkiewicz. Buscema is a fine artist, but Sienkiewicz was in the midst of an artistic display that few artists could rival, primarily because artists of Sienkiewicz’s particular skill set rarely stick around doing monthly comic books. Sienkiewicz’s avant garde art style was a major culture shock for traditional superhero art. His stunning and off-kilter designs took panels that would be seemingly average scenes in the hands of other artists and turned them into mini-masterpieces of dynamic design. It was here that the story from Chris Claremont really fit Sienkiewicz’s debut, because the opening arc features a demonic bear that had been haunting Dani Moonstar’s dreams since early in the series. Given that it is a DEMONIC bear, Sienkiewicz is not constrained by physics in how he depicts the bear and giving an artist as creative as Sienkiewicz open access to places like a demonic landscape is just asking for some bizarrely stunning designs and that’s just what we got. The story is about a demonic bear that had haunted Dani Moonstar for years and supposedly killed her parents. She confronts the bear and is nearly killed by it. The bear tries to finish her off in the hospital, but her teammates, the New Mutants, try to hold it off and protect their friend. This story introduced two new supporting characters, an ER nurse named Sharon Friedlander and a local cop named Tom Corsi. These two humans were captured by the Demon Bear and transformed into super-powered Native Americas and then the New Mutants themselves were transported to a demonic world, as the Demon Bear’s powers were growing stronger and it was beginning to affect the REAL world slowly but surely. Ultimately, Magik saved the day and Dani was healed and the Demon Bear turned out to be her parents. Sharon and Tom went back to normal, except now they looked like Native Americans (what a freaking weird ass idea). They both became major supporting characters for the rest of Claremont’s run on New Mutants (which yes, did indeed mean that they would eventually end up wearing leather S&M outfits, as all Claremont characters eventually do at some point or another).

2. “X-Aminations” X-Factor #87

This landmark issue by Peter David, Joe Quesada and Al Milgrom (Al Milgrom, coming through with two appearances in the top 12! Impressive) detailed the cast of X-Factor going to see psychiatrist Doc Samson (who David was then currently writing as a supporting character in the pages of the Incredible Hulk). What made this issue so stunning was that while David had clearly already shown a certain dark edge to the X-Factor characters here and there during his run to this point, for the most part the book had a bit of a light quality to it. This was turned on its ear when David was allowed to share some dark, dark aspects of each of the characters. In addition, overall it was a fascinating exploration of the characters period with some striking artwork by Quesada, then still early in his career as a superstar comic book artist. For instance, it contains the greatest description of Quicksilver’s personality ever. It is so good that later writers have just adopted it wholesale, as it would be a bit of a waste otherwise for them to try to outdo it. Instead, it’s like “Remember that issue of X-Factor? Just read that if you want to know why Quicksilver is the way he is.” David really blew so many people away with this issue that it still holds such a prominent spot in everyone’s minds two decades later (the 2007 “sequel” to this story even made the countdown).

1. Wolverine #1-4

When Marvel decided to expand their publishing approach with the addition of mini-series as a standard publishing tool (rather than a very rare occurrence), there was little doubt that Wolverine would be one of the characters getting one of these new mini-series. However, it likely still took people back at just how GOOD the mini-series was. A lot of these series turned out to be fairly forgettable but when you put the top Marvel writer, Chris Claremont, with the top Marvel artist, Frank Miller, you were bound to get quite a comic book. This series (with finishes by Joe Rubinstein, whose contribution to this series is often overlooked, I think – the guy didn’t just INK Miller, he did finishes – however, since Miller’s brilliance is often demonstrated by his panel DESIGNS rather than his character work, you can easily understand how Rubinstein was fighting a difficult battle for recognition – it’s one that I am sure Klaus Janson has had to deal with over the years, as well – despite Janson drawing the majority of the later issues of Miller’s Daredevil, he was still doing them over Miller layouts, and Miller’s layouts are SO distinctly Miller that it is hard to get out of that shadow). This series takes Wolverine to Japan for an epic battle between Wolverine and the evil ninja Lord Shingen and the Hand (the evil ninja organization from Miller’s Daredevil). We also meet the free-spirited Yukio, who helps Wolverine in Japan. In the end, Wolverine manages to achieve enough of a position of honor that his Japanese girlfriend, Mariko, can agree to marry him. By the way, the first page of this mini-series debuted the phrase “I’m the best there is at what I do.” So for that alone, this series would be pretty memorable.

51 Comments

Great Choice for #1.

All good stories and all in my top 20 (except we can only vote for 10)

X-aminations was my number 2 giving me a total of 3/10 (only 1 less than my original estimate but nowhere near the 8/10 I got for Avengers and XMen)

Obvious choice for #1. And the best.

My number one was number one! First time that has happened on ANY one of these countdowns.

I’m really surprised New Mutants 98-100 didn’t make the list. I loved those issues! I thought nostalgia would put it on the list, even with the Liefeld hate!

This is the most awesome list of the greatest stories ever told lists – kudos to Brian for pulling this off. In some ways making Wolverine a separate list made so much sense – but after seeing this you know that Brian had it right to combine them!! So happy this combines so many non Wolverine issues but still the best of Wolverine..

I have more than half of these in my collection already and most of the balance will be hunted down very shortly. This list (whilst I may not agree with all of it) is the best example of why following these CSBG postings is so valuable for anyone who wants to enjoy comics at their very best.

Can’t wait to see the updated Batman list as the current one is such a poor reflection on the greatest title AFTER the X-Men family!

The Wolverine mini being #1 is no surprise, but I am super happy Demon Bear saga (my #1 choice) made the top 3. What a fun list!

Okay, I don’t know enough abut comics terminology, what’s the diff between ‘inks’ and ‘finishes’?

Nice that the #1 X-spinoff is the very first X-spinoff (and my number one choice, too!).

8/10 on one of the best top 50 lists on this site!

Thanks for all the hard work, Brian.

@fury
Inking is pretty much just going over the lifework of the penciller without too much detail added by the inker. With finishing (though it varies) generally the inker is adding lots of detail missing from the pencils. In some cases the penciller will just do rough stick-figure outlines, or leave out the backgrounds of the pages entirely, trusting the inker to fill in the detail

I guess I just will never understand Wolverine’s popularity. I read the whole mini-series. It was bland, boring, obviously narcisistic. It seemed like a mistake at the time and it looks like a mistake now.

To my mind there was only ever going to be one winner. And it won.

Brian, you said top 4 were close. What are we talking numbers wise?

And any chance of a bubbling under list?

“X-Aminations” makes it a 7/10 total for me. The ones that missed the cut: X-Factor’s “Hard Labor,” the silent X-Force issue where the team gets sucked into Doop and “Messiah War.”

my picks….4/10.

1. New Mutants Graphic Novel
2. X-Factor (2005) #42-50 “The Summers Rebellion
3. Sabretooth “In The Red Zone” One Shot
4. Wisdom #1-6
5. Mystique #7-10 “Tinker, Tailor Mutant, Spy”
6. Mystique #1-6 “Drop, Dead Gorgeous”
7. X-Factor (2005) #39-Birth of Madrox and Siryn’s son
8. X-Force (2008) #17-20 “Not Forgotten
9. Kitty Pryde “Shadow & Flame” #1-5
10. New Mutants; Demon Bear

I knew Demon Bear and Wolverine would be in the top two, that’s why I didn’t vote for them, so I end still at 3/10. Really thought Demon Bear would be two.

How great is the Demon Bear Saga? When I think of New Mutants, I think Demon Bear. Can’t believe it was only tgree issues, I own all three, but it was a Claremont subplot for so long. Great additions with Sharon and Tom, and the art is simply amazing!

When I was going through my big back issue phase of the 90s, I made sure to buy X-Factor 87, as it was pretty much legandary as soon as it was published. When the sequel made the list, I should have known it will be on the list as well.

I own the fourth issue of the Wolverine miniseries, but I have read the entire series, of course. Such an uncanny piece of work.

Brian, thanks so much for doing all of this work. Is there a chance, you could reveal the 60 – 51 slots for those who didn’t like the inclusion of Wolverine on the list? Not sure how we could have not included Logan, he is pretty crucial to the mythos. Plus, having X-Factor 87 as number one would require an asterisk with the footnote of no Wolverine stories.

JAL, Shadow and Flame was my number one! Really wanted it on a list, as it didn’t make the Kitty Pryde list either. Still kicking myself for not voting in that one.

I was also going to make Obnoxio the Clown and the X-Men, as my 10th place vote but choose not too, I would have liked to read Brian’s write up for that

And I guessed right, I knew these three would take the top spots yesterday and figured this would be the order too.

And with these three I’m now 8 for 10 and yet my #1 (Meltdown) still didn’t make it. The first issue of that mini is perhaps my favorite single issue of all time.

I’ve always found the Wolverine mini-series pretty lacking. I bought a trade of it back in the 80s when I was super into Wolverine and everything X-Men, and even then I didn’t think it was that great. I didn’t hate it or anything, I just have never enjoyed it that much either. I’ve always been amazed it’s considered so highly by so many people. I actually just sold off that trade in a garage sale last year.

I ended up 6/10 from my list. The one that didn’t show up that I’m most surprised about if Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure. It was a prestige format book written by Walt Simonson and drawn by Mike Mignola. How could that not get into the top 50?

As always, thanks for putting all this together Brian. This list was fun.

X-Aminations is easily my favourite single issue of all time. Well worthy of the list.

Seriously, X-Aminations was a great single issue, but to see it listed as the second greatest X-Family story is nuts. It has snappy dialogue and says something about several B- and C-list characters, but that’s about it. 23 pages of that ranks ahead of “Weapon X” and the “Demon Bear” saga? That’s like saying that such-and-such episode of Seinfeld is the second greatest achievement in the history of art.

Still, the overall list was great. And even though a lot of us have qualms (I agree that the Wolverine mini is vastly overrated), that’s half of the fun. I’d still put “X-Aminations” in my top ten.

Great list in the end – the only choices of mine which didn’t make it were:

X- club mini by Si Spurrier
Fall of the New Mutants by Zeb Wells

Wish there had been more Exiles and New X-men but the stand out stories made it.

I’m very happy that Demon Bear Saga & X-Aminations were 3 & 2, respectively. Both were on my list.

Demon Bear Saga is the wildest X-story published, at least until the Milligan & Allred X-Force. It is not grounded in logic and literal, sequential storytelling (although Sienkiewicz does a fine job with panel-to-panel continuity). Sienkiewicz draws whatever works, going almost abstract at times. The art is exhilarating. Claremont does his best to hang on, but the story is mostly an artist’s showcase.

X-Factor 87 ranks as one of the best single issues of a super-hero comic published in the modern era. David got to the heart of each character and Quesada & Milgrom made a ” talking heads” issue visually interesting. I got this issue signed by PAD & Joe Q. I’ll give Al Milgrom credit: he’ll never be my favorite pencilled, but his inks over Quesada & finishes with Starlin are excellent.

Ed,

I didn’t vote for either of those, but I quote liked both. Dr. Nemesis made for a great comedic lead in X-Club while Wells had a good handle on the New Mutants during his run. His resurrected Cypher is wonderfully creepy.

If I remember correctly, 7/10 of my choices made it into the countdown. Somewhat disappointed my Generation X choices didn’t make it even on the low end (the three arcs that make up the Counter X stuff).

X-aminations and Demon Bear were both on my list.

X-Factor #87 was a great issue. I didn’t vote for it, but I’m glad to see it in the number two spot. As Brian says, it offers the all time greatest ever explanation for why Quicksilver is the way he is. Doesn’t make Pietro any less of a jerk, mind you, but at least PAD explained what makes him that way.

Unbelievably, I have never actually read “The Demon Bear Saga” or the original Wolverine miniseries. I guess they’re on my list of stuff that I’ve been meaning to pick up for years now, but just haven’t gotten around to. I agree, Sienkiewicz’s artwork on New Mutants was amazing and bizarre. As a kid, seeing it for the first time in later issues, I didn’t know what to think about it!

As for the Wolverine miniseries, I’m glad Brian pointed out the artistic contributions of Josef Rubinstein. Unfortunately, the inker / finisher often gets the short end of the stick. Yeah, Frank Miller is great (or at least he was until he totally lost his marbles about a dozen years ago) but artists like Rubinstein and Janson were an integral part to the finished look of many of the stories he was involved with.

Anyway, here is the list of what I voted for:

1. Excalibur #42-50 by Alan Davis & Mark Farmer
2. Wolverine #17-23 by Archie Goodwin, John Byrne & Klaus Janson
3. Nightcrawler miniseries by Dave Cockrum
4. Magik miniseries by Chris Claremont, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Ron Frenz & Tom Palmer
5. New Mutants #21, “Slumber Party” by Chris Claremont & Bill Sienkiewicz
6. Wolverine #55-57, Death of Mariko arc, by Larry Hama, Mark Silvestri, Dan Green & friends
7. New Mutants Annual #3 by Chris Claremont, Alan Davis & Paul Neary
8. X-Factor #43-50, “Judgment War” by Louise Simonson, Paul Smith, Al Milgrom & Rich Buckler
9. Excalibur #96-100, “London’s Burning” by Warren Ellis, Carlos Pacheco, Casey Jones & friends
10. Wolverine #48-50, “Shiva Scenario” by Larry Hama, Mark Silvestri, Dan Green & friends

So five of my ten picks ended up in the top 50. I am rather surprised that Wolverine #55-57, featuring the death of Mariko, didn’t make the list. Thought it was one of Larry Hama’s best Wolverine stories.

Of course, after I voted, I remembered that I had completely forgotten about the great run of Cable issues by James Robinson, Joe Casey, and Ladronn. I guess if I had re-voted, I would have picked “The Hellfire Hunt” from Cable #48-53 instead of Excalibur #96-100.

I’ve always considered Wolverine #1-4 of a piece with UXM #172-173, probably due to having first read the mini in trade with those issues, and neglected to vote for the latter in the X-Men list because of that. Couldn’t do that this time, and put it on my list at seventh. My parents bought me an (expensive) copy of the first issue when I was 7 or 8, which I’ve since framed and have proudly displayed in my house (it’s in pretty damn good condition considering I only ever pulled it out to read it once). Wolverine+Japan was a surefire combo for a long time in comics, first with KP & Wolverine and then this (and then 30 or so issues of Wolverine’s solo series). But, yeah, this is the best of the lot, no question. Gonna have to reread this this afternoon now.

I gave Re-X-Aminations some love on my list over the original, but X-Aminations is very worthy of the two spot. Really haven’t seen anything like it since, aside from the “sequel.”

The only story I had on my list that didn’t make it was Wolverine #7-8, when Mr. Fixit came to Madripoor. It’s basically two issues of Wolverine just fucking with the Hulk, and it was awesome. It’s my favorite piece of the original Claremont/Buscema run on Wolverine’s solo title. Baran, the prince of Madripoor, was such a cornball.

I can understand why some people might have a problem with the Wolverine series. Over the years it has been so copied and that the whole series can kind of come off as a parody. Since this was the first solo Wolverine story I read as a kid (I wasn’t even familiar with the character. I just bought anything with a #1 on it.) it redefined comics for me.

Phenomenal finish to a phenomenal list! The top three absolutely deserved to be the top three, and in that order. My question is, how is it that the original Wolverine miniseries got #1 on this list, and didn’t even place on the Greatest Storylines list? I was originally disappointed that it didn’t make it into that list. Weapon X, which finished #4 here, did make Greatest Storylines. Go figure.

My list was:

1. Wolverine mini
2. Weapon X
3. X-Factor: Endgame
4. Demon Bear Saga
5. Wolverine #10
6. X-aminations
7. X-Factor Fall of the Mutants
8. Kitty Pryde and Wolverine
9. Excalibur GN
10. Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix

For the record, I’ve never understood all the love for the Asgardian Wars. Having the X-Men alongside gods never really made much sense to me.

Thanks Brian!

HELL YES to X-Factor 87. Going into this Top 3 I was preppared to write a strongly-worded letter complaining about its absence from the entire list. I had hoped it woudl rank but I never thought it’d be #2. Amazing and so well deserved.

Always hated Stinkowicz’s art. I actually stopped buying comics he did. I bought some and could never get past that art style. No thanks.

Ended up with 6/10. I think that this list makes it very clear Peter David is the greatest X-Family writer aside from the greatest X-Men writer in general Chris Clarement. The question is why Peter David has yet to write a main X-Men title (to my knowledge).

And still no X-Men: Legacy. That’s a bummer.

nice been wondering if peter davids xfactor issue where the team sees a shrink and finaly explains why quicksilver is the way he is would even make the cut and its number three of all places number. three. demon bear found the story interesting given how long dani had to deal with the demon bear thing though creeped out it was her parents all along

Funny how I’ve never read X-Factor 87 only because I dropped the whole X-line -except for X-Force- after the crappy X-Cutioner’s Song crossover.

Demon Bear is just freakin’ spectacular and was my #7. I’d rank it wayyyy above the highly overrated Wolverine mini.

My two picks that totally UNsurprisingly didn’t make it are

4-Cable: Blood & Metal mini, which I’d actually combine with the Mignola drawn X-Force #8 as a great Cable origin story. And maybe even add X-Force #20-24 as a follow-up of sort with Domino’s return.

and
10- Wolverine: Blood Debt, which I knew had zero chance of getting in but I still enjoyed the hell out of it.
Altho Jazzbo’s comment makes me think maybe I should have chosen Jungle Adventure instead.

The rest of my list was:
1. Wolverine: Enemy Of The State
2. X-Statix Vs Avengers #21-26
3. Uncanny X-Force: The Apocalypse Solution
4. X-Factor #71-75 Multiple Issues
5. X-Statix #1-5 Good Omens
6. Uncanny X-Force: Dark Angel Saga
7. Demon Bear Saga
8. X-Force #125-129 Final Chapter
9. Cable: Blood & Metal
10. Wolverine: Blood Debt

And once again a huge THANK YOU to Brian for putting in all that crazy work for another fun poll.

Now when’s the next one? :p

No appearance of the awesomely fun 1980s Nightcrawler miniseries? It was so much fun!

The best thing about the Demon Bear Saga is how it saved Dani Moonstar. She was slated to be killed off but the art in the Demon Bear story inspired Claremont to keep on writing her…

Predictable enough that the Wolverine miniseries would be number 1, and it was good. Glad to see so many Claremont issues of New Mutants, I would have liked to see even more down the list. Sienkiewicz is brilliant! Especially for that time in formulaic superheroes. Some might argue that he was more groundbreaking than Miller, at least pre Dark Knight and Sin City Miller, but most everyone likes Wolverine best…

Pleasant surprise to see that issue of X-Factor as 2. Congrats to Peter David, one of the under-acknowledged contributors to the X-Men mythos.

Erich: Nightcrawler is the earliest X-Men LS not yet collected. Needs a trade along with the NC segment from Bizarre Adventures 27

The weakest art of Frank Miller’s career combined with Chris Claremont. I can’t see why anyone likes that Wolverine mini.

TBH I though Weapon X might win.

My votes (in which I completely forgot about X-Force/X-Statix):
1 – District X: Mr M
2 – District X: Underground
3 – Madrox: Multiple Choice (24)
4 – The 198
5 – Wolverine: Weapon X (BWS story) (5)
6 – Nyx: Wannabe
7 – Wolverine: Enemy of State (15)
8 – X-23
9 – X-Factor: The Longest Night (14)
10 – Wolverine: Origin (19)

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Yay for Demon Bear! Way to go Dani Moonstar! And kudos to PAD. Have not read the Wolverine mini.

I know I’m in the minority but the sienkowicz art on demon bear was not to my taste. I was a big fan when he first hit comics and was really I guess doing a Neal Adams impersonation. But once his art got experimental I stopped enjoying it. Different strokes for different folks. Mostly a very good list. Didn’t vote but several of my favorites here.

Sam Robards, Comic Fan

September 3, 2013 at 7:54 am

Well, I ended at 4 or 5/10 (I don’t recall if I voted for one of them), and all my picks were Wolverine related. I got:

-Wolverine #10
-Weapon X
-Dark Angel Saga
-Wolverine Mini-Series
-The Apocalypse Solution (maybe)

What I missed were:
-Necrosha: X-Men Legacy
-Age of X
-Messiah CompleX (I thought it was allowed on this list)
-Salvage (X-Men Legacy)
-Wolverine #90 (I think)

Looking forward to another one of these countdowns!

Surprised Wolverine: Save the Tiger didn’t make this list

I was scrambling to figure out what to pick with so many different titles out there to choose from…and wouldn’t you know it, this list actually had my full 10. I’m actually shocked a couple of them made it.
10. – 15 Enemy of the State
9. – 38 Old Man Logan
8. – 18 X-Factor Endgame
7.- 9 X-Factor 25-26 (though I was one who voted from 15 on)
6. – 34 X-aminations 2
5. – 33 Magneto Testament
4. – 12 Kitty Pryde and Wolverine
3. – 5 Weapon X
2. – 2 X-aminations (1)
1. -1 Wolverine LS

For the first and probably last time I have matched numbers, the top two.

“This series (with finishes by Joe Rubinstein, whose contribution to this series is often overlooked, I think – the guy didn’t just INK Miller, he did finishes – however, since Miller’s brilliance is often demonstrated by his panel DESIGNS rather than his character work, you can easily understand how Rubinstein was fighting a difficult battle for recognition – it’s one that I am sure Klaus Janson has had to deal with over the years, as well – despite Janson drawing the majority of the later issues of Miller’s Daredevil, he was still doing them over Miller layouts, and Miller’s layouts are SO distinctly Miller that it is hard to get out of that shadow).”

Literally the worst written sentence ever committed to language. You are a linguistic sadist and should feel bad.

This is a fantastic top 3, and I voted for all three of them. The Wolverine mini-series was also my #1, and I think it’s a perfect comic story. I can understand people not liking Wolverine as a character, but I definitely don’t understand how some of the other commenters can’t see the brilliance of the storytelling in that mini-series.

I had three votes not make it: Cable #20, which was the Legion Quest epilogue issue where all the characters just sort of sit around and wait for the end of reality. And then I voted fore two Jason Aaron Wolverine stories–A Mile in My Moccasins and the 2-part story where Wolverine tries to leave humanity behind, but all of the Marvel super-heroes come find him and help him realize he’s loved and needed. I was surprised the latter one didn’t make the list because during the voting Brian featured it in the week of cool Wolverine moments, so I would have figured it got the boost it needed. And A Mile In My Moccasins is just a perfect Wolverine character study, sort of a mission statement on who Wolverine is, and a nice retcon of Marvel’s editorial mandates on Wolverine being in every comic. Brian, did either of these come close to making the top 50?

As for stuff I didn’t vote for but that I’m still semi-sad to not see make the list…

-Warren Ellis’ Excalibur run, both Dreamnails and The Soul Sword
-Any Casey/Ladronn Cable, particularly the first major story that James Robinson started and Casey finished
-The Fallen Angels mini, even though I’m not a fan, for some reason I expected it to make it on here
-Wolverine: Not Dead Yet, which people were calling a classic Wolverine story at the time
-Ostrander’s first BIshop mini-series, with nice Carlos Pacheco art and the introduction of Shard

But man, this list was great, and a really nice mix between X-Factor, Wolverine, New Mutants, X-Force, and Excalibur.

I wonder if anyone still thinks well of Robert Weinberg’s aborted Cable work. At the time, it was fairly well-received, and a lot of readers were quite upset that Weinberg was booted in favor of the Darko Macan/Soldier X take on the character (which failed in very short order).

the 7 I voted for that didn’t make it (in approximately reverse order)
S.W.O.R.D. miniseries (with Beast, Brand and Lockheed)
New Mutants vol3 iss37 Hot Date (Amara and Mephisto?!)
Nightcrawler (2004) 1-4 the Devil inside
New Mutants 53, 54 Seduced and Abandoned/Ratrace (Claremont’s last issues with more Hellions)
Mystique 7-10 Tinker, Tailor, Mutant, Spy
Excalibur 4,5 Still Crazy after all these years

and my number 3 choice
Nightcrawler (1985 miniseries by Dave Cockrum)

As I mentioned earlier the solo series (other than Wolverine) all did badly

I’m not surprised by the total absence of the very first XMen spin-off (The Beast in Amazing Adventures in 1972)

Cable did particularly badly -not only did he have no solo stories in the list but it also seems the only stories from his team of XForce that made it were while he wasn’t around..

I said during the votin that the interesting part would be seeing how the different branches competed against each other.
Here is my summary of the results.

For First and second place it is too close to call with 8 or arguably 9 each for both The New Mutants and Wolverine
(personally, I would list it as New Mutants 9, Wolverine 8 but I’m certain some people would reverse that).

In Third place, it’s Peter David’s Madrox and X-Factor with 7 stories total between the runs

There is a 3-way tie for 4th place (4 stories each)
Excalibur (The UK-set series) drawn by Alan Davis
Uncanny XForce from Remender
and XForce/XStatix from Milligan and Allred

at 7th place it’s the original XMen..as the original XFactor (3 stories)

then comes New XMen with 2 stories
Generation X/Next with 1 each for 2
Cable’s Xforce sort of gets 2 but one is really New Mutants and neither feature Cable
while Exiles only gets 1
as do the solo series for Longshot and Magneto
and the duo series for Illyana/Storm Kitty/Wolverine and Cyclops/Jean

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