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50 Greatest X-Men and X-Men Spinoff Stories Master List

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we did polls of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time as well as the greatest X-Men Spinoff stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories and the 50 Greatest X-Family (spinoffs) Stories!

Click on any story for a write-up on that story.

50 GREATEST X-MEN STORIES

50. The Phalanx Covenant (Generation Next: Uncanny X-Men #316-317, X-Men #36-37, Life Signs: X-Factor #106, X-Force #38 and Excalibur #82 and Final Sanction: Wolverine #85 and Cable #16)

49. The Trial of Magneto” Uncanny X-Men #200

48. “Wounded Wolf” Uncanny X-Men #205

47. “Magik” Uncanny X-Men #160 (plus the Magik mini-series)

46. “I, Magneto” Uncanny X-Men #150

45. “In the Shadow of…Sauron” X-Men #60-63

44. “Imperial” New X-Men #118-126

43. “World Tour” X-Men #114-121

42. “An Age Undreamed Of” Uncanny X-Men #190-191

41. “Rise and Fall of the Shi’Ar Empire” Uncanny X-Men #475-486

40. “Professor Xavier is a Jerk!” Uncanny X-Men #168

39. “House of M” House of M #1-8

38. “Earthfall” Uncanny X-Men #232-234

37. “From the Ashes” Uncanny X-Men #174-175

36. “He’ll Never Make Me Cry” Uncanny X-Men #183

35. “Blood Feud!” Uncanny X-Men #159/X-Men Annual #6

34. “The Rise of the Phoenix!” X-Men #101, 105, #107-108

33. “A Green And Pleasant Land” Uncanny X-Men #235-238

32. “Here Comes Tomorrow” New X-Men #151-154

31. “Second Coming” X-Men: Second Coming #1-2, Uncanny X-Men #523-525, New Mutants #12-14, X-Men: Legacy #235-237 and X-Force #26-28

30. “X-Tinction Agenda” New Mutants #95-97, Uncanny X-Men #270-272 and X-Factor #60-62

29. “SuperNovas” X-Men #188-193

28. “Crossroads” Uncanny X-Men #269, 273-277

27. “X-Cutioner’s Song” Uncanny X-Men #294-297, X-Factor #84-86, X-Men #14-16 and X-Force #16-18

26. “Torn” Astonishing X-Men #13-18

25. “Mutant Genesis” X-Men #1-3

24. “Dancin’ in the Dark” Uncanny X-Men #169-170

23. “Demon” Uncanny X-Men #143

22. “Magneto Triumphant!” X-Men #112-113

21. “LifeDeath” Uncanny X-Men #186, 198

20. “Planet X” New X-Men #146-150

19. “The Sentinels Live!” X-Men #54-59

18. “Second Genesis” Giant-Size X-Men #1

17. “Riot at Xavier’s” New X-Men #134-138

16. “The Brood Saga” Uncanny X-Men #156-157, 162-167

15. “Fatal Attractions” X-Factor #92, X-Force #25, Uncanny X-Men #304, X-Men #25, Wolverine #75 and Excalibur #71

14. “Fall of the Mutants” Uncanny X-Men #225–227, X-Factor #24-26, and The New Mutants #59-61

13. “Asgardian Wars” X-Men and Alpha Flight #1-2, New Mutants Special Edition #1 and X-Men Annual #9

12. “Messiah Complex” X-Men: Messiah CompleX”, Uncanny X-Men #492-494, X-Men #205-207, New X-Men #44-46 and X-Factor #25-27

11. “Inferno” New Mutants #71-73, Uncanny X-Men #239-243, X-Factor #35-39 and a ton of other issues

10. “The Proteus Saga” X-Men #125-128

9. “Unstoppable” Astonishing X-Men #19-24, Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1

8. “To Have and Have Not” Uncanny X-Men #172-173

7. “Mutant Massacre” Uncanny X-Men #210-213, X-Factor #9-11, Thor #373-374, New Mutants #46 and Power Pack #27

6. “Gifted” Astonishing X-Men #1-6

5. “E is for Extinction” New X-Men #114-116

4. “God Loves, Man Kills” Marvel Graphic Novel #5

3. “The Age of Apocalypse” X-Men: Alpha #1, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men #1-4, X-Men: Omega #1 plus a bunch of tie-ins

2. “Days of Future Past” X-Men #141/Uncanny X-Men #142

1. “Dark Phoenix Saga” X-Men #129-137

50 GREATEST X-FAMILY STORIES

50. “The Good and the Famous” X-Statix #21-25

49. “Days of Future Yet to Come” Excalibur #66-67

48. “Road Trip” X-Force #71-75

47. “A World Apart” Exiles #8-10

46. “Renewal” Marvel Graphic Novel #4

45. “Good Omens” X-Statix #1-5

44. “Multiple Issues” X-Factor #14-17

43. “Longshot” Longshot #1-6

42. “Pawns of the White Queen” New Mutants #38-40

41. “Angels and Demons” X-Force #1-6

40. “Judgement War” X-Factor #43-50

39. “The Open Hand, The Closed Fist” X-Force #19

38. “Old Man Logan” Wolverine #66-72, Wolverine: Old Man Logan Giant-Sized #1

37. “Multiple Problems” X-Factor #71-75

36. “The Shiva Scenario” Wolverine #48-50

35. “Slumber Party!” New Mutants #21

34. “Re-X-aminations” X-Factor #13

33. “Magneto Testament” X-Men: Magneto Testament #1-5

32. “The Black Sword Saga” Wolverine #1-3

31. “The Quest for Magik” New X-Men #38-41

30. “The Sword is Drawn” Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn, Excalibur #1-2

29. “Final Execution” Uncanny X-Force #25-35

28. The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix #1-4

27. “The Necrom Saga” Excalibur #42-50

26. Generation Next #1-4

25. “24 Hours” Wolverine #10

24. “Multiple Choice” Madrox #1-5

23. “We Were Only Foolin'” New Mutants #45

22. “Magik” Uncanny X-Men #160/Storm and Illyana: Magik #1-4

21. “Third Genesis” Generation X #1-3

20. “Why Do We Do the Things We Do?” New Mutants Annual #2/X-Men Annual #10

19. “Origin” Wolverine: The Origin #1-6

18. “Endgame” X-Factor #65-68

17. “Soulwar” New Mutants #26-28

16. “Final Chapter” X-Force #125-129

15. “Enemy of the State” Wolverine #20-31

14. “The Longest Night” X-Factor #1-6

13. “Chilhood’s End” New X-Men #20-31

12. Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #1-6

11. “Time and a Half/Overtime” X-Factor #39-50

10. “New Beginning” X-Force #116-120

9 “Fall of the Mutants” X-Factor #24-26

8 “The Cross-Time Caper” Excalibur #12-24

7 “The Apocalypse Solution” Uncanny X-Force #1-4

6. “Home is Where the Heart Is” New Mutants Special Edition #1/X-Men Annual #9

5. “Weapon X” Marvel Comics Presents #72-84

4. “The Dark Angel Saga” Uncanny X-Force #8, 10-18

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

2. “X-Aminations” X-Factor #87

1. Wolverine mini-series #1-4

50 Greatest X-Men Stories: 3-1

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #3-1!

Enjoy!
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50 Greatest X-Men Stories: 6-4

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #6-4.

Enjoy!
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50 Greatest X-Men Stories: 10-7

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

We’ll do five each day from here on out (until we get towards the end, when it’ll probably get down to 3 a day). Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #10-7.

Enjoy!
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50 Greatest X-Men Stories: 15-11

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

We’ll do five each day from here on out (until we get towards the end, when it’ll probably get down to 3 a day). Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #15-11.

Enjoy!
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50 Greatest X-Men Stories: 20-16

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

We’ll do five each day from here on out (until we get towards the end, when it’ll probably get down to 3 a day). Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #20-16.

Enjoy!
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50 Greatest X-Men Stories: 25-21

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

We’ll do five each day from here on out (until we get towards the end, when it’ll probably get down to 3 a day). Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #25-21.

Enjoy!
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50 Greatest X-Men Stories: 30-26

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In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

We’ll do five each day from here on out (until we get towards the end, when it’ll probably get down to 3 a day). Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #30-26.

Enjoy!
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50 Greatest X-Men Stories: 35-31

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

We’ll do five each day from here on out (until we get towards the end, when it’ll probably get down to 3 a day). Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #35-31.

Enjoy!
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50 Greatest X-Men Stories: 40-36

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In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

We’ll do five each day from here on out (until we get towards the end, when it’ll probably get down to 3 a day). Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #40-36.

Enjoy!

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50 Greatest X-Men Stories: 50-41

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the X-Men, we’re doing a poll of the greatest X-Men stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories!

We’ll do 10 this first day and then go to five each day from here on out (until we get towards the end, when it’ll probably get down to 3 a day). Here is a master list of every story featured so far.

Enjoy!

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50 Greatest X-Men Stories Master List

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest X-Men Stories! In addition, if you’re so inclined, we also did a Top 50 countdown of the greatest stories featuring X-Men stories (like Wolverine, X-Force, X-Factor, New Mutants, etc.). Click here for that top 50 list.

Click on any story for a write-up on that story.

50. The Phalanx Covenant (Generation Next: Uncanny X-Men #316-317, X-Men #36-37, Life Signs: X-Factor #106, X-Force #38 and Excalibur #82 and Final Sanction: Wolverine #85 and Cable #16)

49. The Trial of Magneto” Uncanny X-Men #200

48. “Wounded Wolf” Uncanny X-Men #205

47. “Magik” Uncanny X-Men #160 (plus the Magik mini-series)

46. “I, Magneto” Uncanny X-Men #150

45. “In the Shadow of…Sauron” X-Men #60-63

44. “Imperial” New X-Men #118-126

43. “World Tour” X-Men #114-121

42. “An Age Undreamed Of” Uncanny X-Men #190-191

41. “Rise and Fall of the Shi’Ar Empire” Uncanny X-Men #475-486

40. “Professor Xavier is a Jerk!” Uncanny X-Men #168

39. “House of M” House of M #1-8

38. “Earthfall” Uncanny X-Men #232-234

37. “From the Ashes” Uncanny X-Men #174-175

36. “He’ll Never Make Me Cry” Uncanny X-Men #183

35. “Blood Feud!” Uncanny X-Men #159/X-Men Annual #6

34. “The Rise of the Phoenix!” X-Men #101, 105, #107-108

33. “A Green And Pleasant Land” Uncanny X-Men #235-238

32. “Here Comes Tomorrow” New X-Men #151-154

31. “Second Coming” X-Men: Second Coming #1-2, Uncanny X-Men #523-525, New Mutants #12-14, X-Men: Legacy #235-237 and X-Force #26-28

30. “X-Tinction Agenda” New Mutants #95-97, Uncanny X-Men #270-272 and X-Factor #60-62

29. “SuperNovas” X-Men #188-193

28. “Crossroads” Uncanny X-Men #269, 273-277

27. “X-Cutioner’s Song” Uncanny X-Men #294-297, X-Factor #84-86, X-Men #14-16 and X-Force #16-18

26. “Torn” Astonishing X-Men #13-18

25. “Mutant Genesis” X-Men #1-3

24. “Dancin’ in the Dark” Uncanny X-Men #169-170

23. “Demon” Uncanny X-Men #143

22. “Magneto Triumphant!” X-Men #112-113

21. “LifeDeath” Uncanny X-Men #186, 198

20. “Planet X” New X-Men #146-150

19. “The Sentinels Live!” X-Men #54-59

18. “Second Genesis” Giant-Size X-Men #1

17. “Riot at Xavier’s” New X-Men #134-138

16. “The Brood Saga” Uncanny X-Men #156-157, 162-167

15. “Fatal Attractions” X-Factor #92, X-Force #25, Uncanny X-Men #304, X-Men #25, Wolverine #75 and Excalibur #71

14. “Fall of the Mutants” Uncanny X-Men #225–227, X-Factor #24-26, and The New Mutants #59-61

13. “Asgardian Wars” X-Men and Alpha Flight #1-2, New Mutants Special Edition #1 and X-Men Annual #9

12. “Messiah Complex” X-Men: Messiah CompleX”, Uncanny X-Men #492-494, X-Men #205-207, New X-Men #44-46 and X-Factor #25-27

11. “Inferno” New Mutants #71-73, Uncanny X-Men #239-243, X-Factor #35-39 and a ton of other issues

10. “The Proteus Saga” X-Men #125-128

9. “Unstoppable” Astonishing X-Men #19-24, Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1

8. “To Have and Have Not” Uncanny X-Men #172-173

7. “Mutant Massacre” Uncanny X-Men #210-213, X-Factor #9-11, Thor #373-374, New Mutants #46 and Power Pack #27

6. “Gifted” Astonishing X-Men #1-6

5. “E is for Extinction” New X-Men #114-116

4. “God Loves, Man Kills” Marvel Graphic Novel #5

3. “The Age of Apocalypse” X-Men: Alpha #1, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men #1-4, X-Men: Omega #1 plus a bunch of tie-ins

2. “Days of Future Past” X-Men #141/Uncanny X-Men #142

1. “Dark Phoenix Saga” X-Men #129-137

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
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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! :)

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