Paul Gulacy cover
John Buscema/Klaus Janson frontispiece
This was released just as the began to experience their meteoric rise in popularity. There was only one X-title, The Uncanny X-Men, on which John Byrne had just completed his run as artist. Probably the most popular artist of the time, Byrne (assisted by inker Terry Austin), with the help of longtime X-Men writer Chris Claremont, helped boost the popularity of the X-Men, not to mention comics in general, to levels not seen since the Golden Age (late ’30s to the early ’50s).
Unfortunately, standalone stories appearing outside the featured characters’ regular titles that don’t play a big part in their continuity, or that aren’t produced by certain creators, don’t generally garner a tremendous amount of attention. Despite the inclusion of Phoenix’s origin, a cameo by the entire X-Men team in the Nightcrawler story, and far smaller circulation numbers (59,000 vs 259,000), this issue’s guide price (I know, I know… it’s only a guide) is the same as the uneventful The Uncanny X-Men #147 which was released the same month.
Secret Lives Of The X-Men featuring:
- Phoenix – Phoenix died several months prior in The Uncanny X-Men. This story is told as a “flashback” by Sara Grey, sister of Jean Grey/Marvel Girl/Phoenix, recounting an adventure in which Sara is rescued by Phoenix from the clutches of the Sub-Mariner’s arch-nemesis, Attuma. Cyclops & Professor X make cameo appearances in a very brief retelling of Phoenix’s origin.
Chris Claremont story, John Buscema/Klaus Janson art
- Iceman: Winter Carnival – Iceman goes solo to take down computer thieves. Cameo by Yellowjacket.
Mary Jo Duffy story, George Perez/Alfredo Alcala art
- Nightcrawler: Show Me The Way To Go Home – Nightcrawler and early X-Men villain the Vanisher, become trapped in a dimension inhabited by a primitive all-female race. Cameo appearances by Wolverine, Colossus, Storm & Cyclops.
Mary Jo Duffy & Bob Layton plot, Mary Jo Duffy script, Dave Cockrum/Ricardo Villamonte art
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