Giant-Size X-Men

    (Marvel, 1975)
™ and © Marvel Characters, Inc.

1975’s Giant Size X-Men #2 declared itself to be “an annual collection of The X-Men’s greatest battles.” Thirty years later, here’s #3. The lead story, an eight-pager, is cute, but it’s not enough to warrant the purchase. Joss Whedon’s plot is nice (with a little twist for those up on their X-history), and you have to give Neal Adams credit for apparently drawing this despite problems (sorry, but it’s not his best work!), but it’s essentially filler and fluff.

The real meat here consists of the reprints, showing The X-Men’s early battles against The Avengers (a diversion), The Fantastic Four (mind control), and Spider-Man (a misunderstanding). Most of Marvel’s original Giant-Size issues featured a new lead story, backed by reprints. Giant-Size X-Men always was an odd duck; the first issue introduced the All-New, All-Different in a book-length tale, while the second featured All-Old, All-Same reprints. This late arrival is equally odd, in that the new tale is the icing rather than the cake. You may enjoy them, but it’s hardly the thing itself.

— Jack Abramowitz

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#1

  6/1/1975
  $0.50
  $3,700.00
No copies available
Reprints from X-Men (1st Series) #43; 1st appearance of Illyana Rasputin; 1st appearance of Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner); 1st appearance of Storm (Ororo Munroe); 1st appearance of Thunderbird (John Proudstar); 1st appearance of Colossus (Peter Rasputin); Origin of Storm (Ororo Munroe); Origin of Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)Len Wein, Chris Claremont, Roy Thomas, Arnold Drake, Linda FiteDave Cockrum, Werner Roth

#1 (2nd printing)

  9/1/2007
  $0.50
  $1.00
No copies available
Reprints from Giant-Size X-Men #1; 1st Appearance of Colossus (Peter Rasputin); 1st appearance of Illyana Rasputin; 1st appearance of Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner); 1st appearance of Storm (Ororo Munroe); 1st appearance of Thunderbird (John Proudstar); 1st appearance of Krakoa; Origin of Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner); Origin of Storm (Ororo Munroe); Packaged with Marvel Authentics Die-Cast Car Series I; Mini-comic GiveawayLen Wein, Chris ClaremontDave Cockrum

#1 (3rd printing)

  6/1/2017
  $1.00
  $2.50
1 copy available for $17.99
Indicia reads “True Believers: Giant-Size X-Men”Len WeinDave Cockrum

#1 Variation A

  9/1/2019
  $4.99
  $5.25
2 copies available from $5.25
Facsimile EditionLen Wein, Chris Claremont, Roy Thomas, Arnold Drake, Linda FiteDave Cockrum, Werner Roth

#1 Giveaway Version

  10/3/2006
  $0.00
  $1.00
No copies available
Reprints Giant-Size X-Men #1; Target stores exclusive giveaway with X-Men The Last Stand DVDLen WeinDave Cockrum

#2

  11/1/1975
  $0.50
  $79.00
5 copies available from $26.00
Reprints X-Men #57-59Roy ThomasNeal Adams

#3

  7/1/2005
  $4.99
  $4.25
10 copies available from $2.46
Reprints Fantastic Four #28, X-Men #9, 27, 35Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Roy ThomasNeal Adams, Jack Kirby, Werner Roth

#4

  11/1/1975
  $4.99
  $1.75
5 copies available from $1.75
Reprints X-Men #94-95, Classic X-Men #3, and Uncanny X-Men #193Chris Claremont, Len WeinRick Leonardi, Dave Cockrum, John Romita Jr., John Bolton