Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stan Lee Presents!

In the spirit of continuing to cover material related to Giant-Size X-Men #1, I present this painted piece by Dave Cockrum.  This paperback presented the original comic in black and white, with several panels on each page.  Dave's painting really makes the characters come alive.

If you're interested, the book can be purchased at Amazon.com by clicking here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

All New, All Different: Revisited

In 1983, Marvel published Special Edition X-Men, which was basically a reprint of Giant-Size X-Men #1, with a new backup story by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.  It also featured a great wraparound cover by Dave.

Here is a page by Dave that wasn't completely used in published book.  As shown, the top panel was used, and the story jumps ahead to show Kitty Pryde and Magik already in the water.

The inside front cover of the book also has a pinup of the X-Men by Dave.  This was used many years later as the cover of Back Issue Magazine #29.  Interestingly, the magazine mentions that Dave had intended to use the illustration as an Uncanny X-Men cover during his second run on the title.  It's unclear which issue this artwork was originally intended for.

To purchase Back Issue Magazine #29, or to check out other publications by TwoMorrows, click here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

All New, All Different...

Welcome to The Unpublished X-Men, a collection of rare X-Men art.  While this site will feature a lot of unpublished material, it will also show promotional art, commissions and material not published in the main X-Men books.  I had planned on starting with Giant-Size X-Men #1 from 1975, and working my way forward, backward, and sideways throughout the history of the X-men.  To begin with, I would like to feature a number of covers based on the design of Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum's popular cover:

Here's the original iconic design by Gil and Dave.

This What If? cover turns the formula around by featuring the original team.

This Marvel Age cover does the same, but they left out Jean Grey,
since her return from the dead was supposed to be a big surprise
for X-Factor #1.  Note the costume designs, which would change
before that issue came out.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #10 featured Art Adams designs for the
New Mutants, who had to come to the rescue of the X-Men.

Uncanny X-Men 254 by Jim Lee featured the X-Men supporting cast defending Muir Island from the Reavers.

Excalibur 45 shows the Technet as the "N-Men" by Alan Davis.

X-Men 45 by Andy Kubert shows the X-Babies reinvented for the 90's.

This Carlos Pacheco cover shows the new mutants who joined
the team all to briefly in X-Men 70.

X-Statix #1 by Peter Milligan shows old and new members of the ever changing roster.

X-Men Deadly Genesis by Marc Silvestri shows the team of
Giant-Size X-Men #1 as skeletons, an eerie foreshadowing of
the story of Professor Xavier's recruiting a new team of X-Men 
who were destined to die.

Giant-Size X-Men #3 by Dave Cockrum and John Cassaday, sadly,
may be Dave's last X-Men work.  After Dave did this cover, he 
became too sick to complete the interior story.  That story was
 completed by Neal Adams out of respect for Dave.

X-Men Legacy 233 has a comical Deadpool variant cover.

The cover of the Uncanny X-Men Omnibus features a painted version of the original cover by John Watson.

Astonishing X-Men 32 gives us a Marvel Superhero Squad
variant cover.

X-Men Giant-Size shows the very first X-Men in their original
costumes.  The story takes place in the past and the present.

Giant-Size Defenders #1 may be the only cover on this list not X-Men related.  There are many other covers and parodies of the original cover, and they will be featured in later posts.  For now, I've concentrated on covers produced by Marvel Comics.  Add a comment if you know of any that I've missed!

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