13 X-MEN Covers to Make You Feel Good

Just for fun.

Cover for the Vol. 1 trade paperback

As you almost certainly know by now, Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design is a 6-issue distillation of the original series’ first 300 or so issues. Basically, Piskor took decades’ worth of material and boiled it down to a coherent, straightforward narrative, done up in his distinctive cartooning style.

The first two issues, which make up the series’ first volume, have been collected in a nearly Treasury-sized trade paperback that’s out this week. (Click here for more on that.)

Since the first volume captures the first wave of mutantdom, it seemed like a good time for a 13 COVERS spotlight on the X-Men of Lee, Kirby, Thomas, Adams, et al.

Dig it.

Jack Kirby pencils, Sol Brodsky or Frank Giacoia inks

John Buscema pencils, with Buscema or John Tartaglione inks

Kirby pencils, Wally Wood inks

Werner Roth pencils, Dick Ayers inks, Marie Severin alterations

Buscema, with possible John Verpoorten alterations

Roth pencils, John Tartaglione inks

Neal Adams, with John Romita alterations on Cyclops

Barry Windsor-Smith pencils, Vince Colletta inks

Roth and Tartaglione

Marie Severin pencils, Joe Sinnott inks

Kirby pencils, possible Sol Brodsky inks

Adams, with either Adams or Tom Palmer inks

Don Heck pencils, Tartaglione inks

Cover images and credits from the mutant Grand Comics Database.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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