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COMIC LEGEND: John Byrne’s X-Men: The Hidden Years was a finite series designed to replace the issues of X-Men that were reprints during the early 1970s (before the All-New, All-Different X-Men took over)
Last week, I discussed John Byrne’s Marvel series from the early 21st Century, X-Men: The Hidden Years, which filled in the blanks on what the X-Men were up to between the end of their original adventures in X-Men #66 and the beginning of the All-New, All-Different X-Men in X-Men #94 (#67-93 were reprints).
In the comments of last week, reader Brian from Canada repeated a common misconception about the title:
what really stung about the series is that it was cancelled abruptly, just nine issues away from its natural conclusion anyway: each issue was supposed to replace the reprints in Uncanny X-Men #67-93 (31 issues), and Quesada killed it at issue 22.
That was an extremely common idea at the time, but apparently it was not the truth. John Byrne did not plan on stopping with 31 issues. He was going to keep doing the book as long as he could, as obviously due to comic book time, ten issues can take place in a single week, so there was no time constraint in that regard.
Byrne, though, did play a bit of a role in confusing people, as he cleverly hid the issue number of where the book WOULD be in the covers of the new series.
Like issue #3 would be #69 if you continued the original numbering, so here is the cover to #3…
and a detail showing where Byrne hid the number 69…
So naturally enough, some readers presumed that that meant that he was just going to do #67-93 and be done with it.
But that was never Byrne’s intent.
Thanks to Brian from Canada for bringing it up and thanks to John Trumbull, Edo Bosnar and Blade X for correcting Brian before I could moderate the comments until now.
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