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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for collectors, but new readers be (mildly) warned
This book, like all the books in the Marvel Masterworks line, is an excellent addition to any comic fan's bookshelf. The softcover versions are affordable and contain full-color reprints of classic comics in chronological order. These books are a great resource for nostalgic baby boomers, comic book collectors/historians, or curious new readers. They provide a...
Published on May 22, 2011 by Jimmy L.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Talk Than Play
For me I loved this book and hated.I love this book because it is fairly cheap and collects some classic comics in full color.The book itself is very nice.Its made of high quality paper and the remastering of pages are very clean and crisp.For me the marvel masterworks are the nicest looking books on my shelf.The guts of the book I found a bit stale.The characters which...
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for collectors, but new readers be (mildly) warned,
This review is from: X-Men, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (Paperback)This book, like all the books in the Marvel Masterworks line, is an excellent addition to any comic fan's bookshelf. The softcover versions are affordable and contain full-color reprints of classic comics in chronological order. These books are a great resource for nostalgic baby boomers, comic book collectors/historians, or curious new readers. They provide a convenient way to follow the evolution of long-running comics franchises like the "X-Men", the "Fantastic Four", and "Spider-Man" from their humble beginnings.
With any story, it is helpful to go back to the very beginning, to see who everyone is and where they came from. That's what you get with X-Men, Vol. 1. This book collects the very first adventures of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's superhero squad the X-Men. In these stories we meet the original X-Men lineup (Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Ice Man, Marvel Girl and, of course, Professor Xavier) as well as notable villains Magneto, the Blob, Toad, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch. Any fan of the X-Men from cartoon shows, movies, or newer comics will get a kick out of these early stories, where our favorite superheroes are still clean-cut teenagers. It's also neat to see co-creator Stan Lee start developing the characters into the personalities with which we are now familiar.
Marvel Masterworks volumes are excellent, and this stands as one of the most important ones. (The very start of the X-Men!)
However, I must warn new readers and younger X-fans that the stories collected in this volume are from 1963 and 1964, and the comic book style will seem very dated to modern readers. For such a graphic medium, these comic books are very "talky". Lots of speech bubbles crowding up the frames and explaining every move in almost unnecessary detail. And don't expect to see popular characters like Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Colossus, Shadowcat, or Gambit. They wouldn't appear until the 1970s or 1980s. Heck, Beast isn't even blue in these early stories. (The adventures of the all-new X-Men, featuring Wolverine & Co., are being released as "Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men", starting with Vol. 1.)
And while these early stories are interesting from an academic perspective, I wouldn't say they are all great entertainment. Particularly for readers more accustomed to modern comic storytelling. This is a chronological presentation of all of the old comics, not a "best of" collection or a "greatest hits" package. So keep that in mind. The creators were still testing the waters with their characters and storylines.
Still, this is a great place to start if you are interested in the history of one of America's top superhero teams. There's no place to start like the beginning. But know that the X-Men have a long history and that a purely chronological approach to "discovering" the comics might be tedious work. 1960s "X-Men" is definitely worth checking out, but 1970s and 1980s "X-Men" are essential, too, and might be more satisfying to some readers.
So, keeping in mind the age of these early "X-Men" tales, this is an excellent volume of vintage Marvel comics. One of the most essential Masterworks books out there. The birth of one of Marvel's major superhero franchises. This is a far cry from today's "X-Men". It's interesting to see how it all began and I encourage any curious reader out there to check this book out, if they are so inclined. If you think you might be interested in the early days of Professor X's team, pick this up. You've got nothing to lose.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The origin of one of the most complex Marvel stories,
This review is from: X-Men, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (Paperback)I highly recommend this to anyone who's become a fan of the X-Men. Like much of the Marvel Masterworks books, this one takes the reader back to the early 1960s, when the original X-Men were a bunch of kids exploring their powers under the guidance of Mr. X. The artwork, styles and text all reflect the time in which the stories are told. In fact, as with Ironman Masterworks Vol. 1, reference is made to the "upcoming" World's Fair in Flushing, Queens. It's not nearly as complex and edgy as the X-Men comics would become, but it's worthwhile as an artifact of the characters, the time in which they lived and American culture as a whole during that time period.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The only way to buy priceless early issues,
This review is from: X-Men, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (Paperback)If you're a fan of the new X-Men (1975 to the present), you might not like this at all. If you are a fan of early Marvel comics, & especially the Jack Kirby/Stan Lee creative magic, then this is the cheap way to read how it all began. The early X-Men are not very powerful (besides Cyclops) & like Spider-Man & Daredevil, they fight common thugs in a few issues. There is also a lot of soap-opera involving Scott's feelings for Jean, (and even Professor X's feelings for Jean!!!!). Like the first few Avengers issues, the art starts out crude, brutally inked by Paul Reinman. (If only the issues of FF, Avengers & X-Men he worked on could be re-inked!) By issue #4 & 5, even Reinman can't ruin Kirby, who is developing at the speed-of-light. Then, the best Marvel inker of 1964, Chic Stone shows up, and you get 5 glorious issues of great art & story, where the X-Men take on Unus, Sub-Mariner, The Avengers, Ka-Zar, & of course--Magneto! I bought my collection used for $5, so I have no complaints!! Long live Jack Kirby!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous collection for comic fans,
This review is from: X-Men, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (Paperback)This collection is a great read not just for pure comic book fans but also for social historians.
Collected here are the first ten issues of X-Men, back before anyone knew whether the series would stick or not... the issues are reprinted in great color, and on thinner page weight more similar to how they would have appeared and felt the first time (a similar collection like the DH Magnus Robot Fighter for instance only covers 7 issues, but takes up considerably more shelf space because of paper stock).
Many have written that the 60's era dialogue-to-art ratio might be jarring for modern readers, and that's true, but it can also be enjoyed much more richly than when first pressed because it is such a wonderful lens on the social culture of the day. Here you have Marvel Girl - a modern, hip, self-actualized teenage girl who's powerful feminist independence is realized through her amazing mental power of psychically pulling out her own chair at dinner!
We see Jean's parents driving away from a school visit in their convertible, wondering what their daughter might be learning at the Institute because the curriculum is, "Government classified," shrugging their shoulders with an, "oh well, maybe some day we'll find out!" Perhaps on their way to a care-free fondue lunch?
This is of, and produced in, a very different time. This is the comic that would be on the stands in Mad Men. The stories have a formula like so many in the day, but they do push the envelopes and advance character relationships. If you like titles such as Mike Allred's The Atomics, this and early Fantastic Four are clear inspirations.
Something that added to the collection for me was also the photographic inclusion of some Jack Kirby original black and white page art, an unused alternate cover for the first appearance of Ka-zar, and a few in-book marvel trade ad pages collected at the back.
It's an enormously enjoyable, charming if politically stunted read, and you'll have almost as much fun asking how Iceman's power works in the vacuum of space as you do with the stories themselves.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice,
This review is from: X-Men, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (Paperback)A awesome beginning to the x-men history. I love how corny the uniforms looked it fit for that time very well.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast from the Past,
This review is from: X-Men Masterworks Vol. 1 (Kindle Edition)I love it. It goes back to the creation of the XMEN with 12 titles a month to get through a story. It is simple and the art work is outstanding.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old school classic,
This review is from: X-Men, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (Paperback)I bought this book to find out more about the original Xmen story line and I did. Glad I purchased this book because I really enjoyed this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Comic say amazing.,
This review is from: X-Men Masterworks Vol. 1 (Kindle Edition)This the real deal guy's. The original version. It has the first 10 X-Men story. I would recommend this for 10+. I didn't find a single word. the characters have amazing personality. It a action packed comic book. So you get it now read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars historic,
This review is from: X-Men, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (Paperback)It's great to get to read where the X-Men originally came from as opposed to believing what is told in the newer (and stupidly written) movies that have come out over the years. I would prefer a cartoon that retold their story or at least summarized these volumes up to the expansion of the team when the comics split the teams into Gold or Blue status.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!,
This review is from: X-Men, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) (Paperback)This is such a great part of comic book history and I am so happy with the new affordable edition. Marvel Masterworks have done a superb job with X-Men, and I hope they continue on with it and the other Marvel classics.
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X-Men, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) by Stan Lee (Paperback - April 8, 2009)