Marvel Fans Debate the Greatest X-Men Illustration of All Time

X-Men followers on Twitter ended 2022 by debating the best illustration of Marvel’s most uncanny heroes, posting quite a lot of examples from all throughout mutant historical past.

The dialogue was kicked off by artist Louie Joyce (A Fistful of Pain, Haphaven), who shared a picture by Japanese illustrator Akira Yasuda — higher often called Akiman — for the 1994 Capcom arcade and console sport X-Men: Children of the Atom. The drawing reveals lots of the main members of X-Men’s well-liked ’90s incarnation — Colossus, Cyclops, Iceman, Psylocke, Storm and Wolverine — standing by the stays of a decapitated Sentinel, and was used because the Japanese cowl artwork for the sport’s Sega Saturn launch. X-Men: Children of the Atom would later go on to usher in a wave of Capcom combating video games that pit Marvel’s heroes in opposition to the Street Fighter characters, ultimately culminating within the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise.

Some of the Best X-Men Artists

In responses to Joyce’s tweet, different Twitter customers dropped photographs that included a poster of Wolverine and Cable that Mike Mignola illustrated and Mark Chiarello coloured in 1991, and the complete panorama unfold that appeared on the quilt of The Uncanny X-Men #275, which was additionally launched in 1991 and illustrated by Jim Lee, with inks by Scott Williams. Notably, The Uncanny X-Men #275’s cowl was resized by Marvel’s editorial group earlier than printing, and Lee and Williams confirmed in 2021 that the artwork operating horizontally on the backside of the complete panorama was redrawn in-house.

Lee’s art work remained a well-liked selection as others chimed in, citing the pages that the now-DC Chief Creative Officer drew for 1991’s X-Men #1, a seminal e book that reintroduced Marvel’s mutants to a brand new viewers with colourful, custom-made outfits. Lee’s X-Men #1 — accompanied by Chris Claremont’s writing and Williams’ inks — offered round eight million copies and obtained the Guinness World Record in 2010 for the Highest Selling Single Comic Book. It additionally impressed the fan-favorite ’90s X-Men cartoon sequence.

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