26. “X-Men” No. 1 (1991)

Aug. 28, 2013 | 3:11 p.m.

26. “X-Men” No. 1 (1991)  The pitch to readers (and speculators) was a doozy: a new “X-Men” No. 1 by iconic X-writer Chris Claremont and co-writer/ hot young artist Jim Lee, with five different covers. The Guinness Book of World Records indicates the pitch worked, as this issue is listed as the bestselling comic ever, with more than 8 million copies. The X-Men split into Blue and Gold teams, and take on Magneto. Claremont would be gone after No. 3, ending a remarkable 17-year run on X-books in which he turned an also-ran title into a franchise-spawning bestseller. (It would be years before he returned to mutantdom, most notably on “X-treme X-Men” from 2001-2004.) Lee would leave several issues later to co-found Image Comics (he’s now co-publisher at DC). (Jim Lee / Marvel)

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