8. “Giant Size X-Men” No. 1 (1975)

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

8. “Giant-Size X-Men” No. 1 (1975)  Professor X recruits new members in this deluxe issue by writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum that restarted and reinvigorated X-Men comics. Some are all-new characters – the blue-skinned teleporter Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner, from Germany), weather-controlling Storm (Ororo, from Kenya), metallic-skin-transforming Colossus (Peter Rasputin, from Russia) and superhumanly athletic Thunderbird (John Proudstar, from an Apache reservation). Others had previously appeared in Marvel Comics – the clawed Wolverine (Logan, from Canada), plasma-blasting Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida, from Japan) and screaming Banshee (Sean Cassidy, from Ireland). Cyclops leads them to rescue his teammates Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, Havok and Polaris (Lorna Dane) from Krakoa, the living island. Angel asks, “What are we going to do with 13 X-Men?” Oh, Angel – only 13? Just you wait. (Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum / Marvel)

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