Another rad volume from Marvel and Abrams ComicArts…
One of the things I love about Abrams ComicArts is the publisher’s burgeoning library of Marvel ephemera. Over the last few years, we’ve seen projects such as a boxed set of reprinted 1960s mini-comics, reproductions of Silver and Bronze Age stickers, re-released black light posters (with more on the way) — not to mention the Marvel Value Stamps handbook that’s due in 2023.
Well, you can add another to the library later this summer: The Uncanny X-Men Trading Cards: The Complete Series, featuring the art of Jim Lee and colorist Paul Mounts.
Dig the official blurb — but more than that, check out an EARLY SNEAK PEEK at a bunch of pages, which have been posted to Amazon:
THE UNCANNY X-MEN TRADING CARDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES
By Jim Lee (Illustrator), Paul Mounts (Illustrator), Bob Budiansky (Introduction), Ed Piskor (Foreword)
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of artist Jim Lee’s legendary X-Men trading-card art with this annotated, digest-size collection of the complete 1992 set! Includes 4 bonus cards!
In 1992, Marvel Entertainment commissioned Jim Lee, the young superstar penciller behind X-Men (1991) #1, the bestselling single-issue comic book of the modern era, to create all of the art for a new set of 105 trading cards—a set that would go on to become one of the most celebrated in Marvel history and the gold standard for non-sports trading-card artwork and design. Lee was the first artist to create all of the original artwork for a Marvel card set; his dynamic character portraits, battle scenes, team shots, and innovative nine-card Danger Room puzzle cards helped fuel both the ’90s boom of comic-book trading cards and the general public’s mania for all things X-Men. Fans of the chart-topping comics could turn to the cards for further insight into their favorite characters, as Marvel writers and editors included bios, stats, and trivia for each hero and villain.
The Uncanny X-Men Trading Cards: The Complete Series collects, for the first time, the front and back of each collectible card in the set—including Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Magneto, and Deadpool—along with select scans of Lee’s original and digitally remastered art. It also includes an introduction by and original interviews conducted by writer and set editor Bob Budiansky, with the Marvel staff who helped assemble, design, and create these iconic trading cards.
The Uncanny X-Men Trading Cards: The Complete Series is due Aug. 9, 2022. The 272-page hardcover lists for $24.99.
— Dig This EARLY SNEAK PEEK at the MARVEL VALUE STAMPS Illustrated History Book. Click here.
— MARVEL CLASSIC BLACK LIGHT POSTERS PORTFOLIO to Get Second Trippy Volume. Click here.
June 16, 2022
This is really cool. Now I’d just like a book with all the Marvel cards from the late 80’s/early 90’s. There were at least 3 sets, many of them with great John Romita Sr art. A book with those cards would be fantastic.
June 16, 2022
There’s no doubt in my mind that Jim Lee is a great artist in his own right. ^_^