A new X-Men series, now that doesn't come along every...bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha !...Sorry, I couldn't even finish that sentence with a straight face! Okay, so maybe every other week there's a new X-Men series (coming this week: X-Men: The Search for Cyclops' Socks #1!), but once in a while the good folks at Marvel really roll out the adamantium carpet to make a series special...like the time in 1991 when Adjectiveless X-Men #1 came out with...wait for it...four different covers:
Covers to X-Men #1 (October 1991), art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
(Click picture to nineties-size)
For those willing to wait until the four connecting covers had been released, you could also pick up (for a mere 3.95 times the price of a single issue) the deluxe version which featured all the covers in a big fold-out pin-up and all the interior extra pages. And I think it went something like this:
I do like the expanded, deluxe edition: the logo is organically built into the landscape, the green background pops the X-Men's figures more prominently, and Betsy doesn't quite look so much like she overdid it with the QT.
Whoops, no, that's not the X-Men but rather X-Menmania, a startling simulation of the X-Men that's so realistic, you'll swear they're uncanny.
So anyways, there ya go. A pretty-cool mural consisting of four X-Men covers for the same comic that really kickstarted the whole "let's do a bajillion X-Men comic books until we pretty much kill the franchise" trend, but at least it's got some dandy art by Jim Lee from the days when you didn't need to take off your socks to count the number of X-Men. And nobody ever saw Psylocke colored in a citrusy tone, ever again.
Oh, for cryin' out loud.