Tuesday, 26 August 2014

1995: THE ESSENTIAL X-MEN Issue 1 (Marvel UK)

More foil-enhanced goodness from the dawn of the Modern Age of MARVEL UK (or, if you prefer, the last splutterings of the old business): the launch of the first issue of THE ESSENTIAL X-MEN.  The other, along with Astonishing Spider-man, of the two original Collector's Edition launches.

The range, under Panini's stewardship, has grown considerably since then.  The X-Men CE is still going strong although it's been relaunched and renumbered several times since.


  1. Reading this blog (and others) it seems the period from 1979 to the mid-Nineties was mostly dreadful when it came to Marvel UK's output but the Collector's Editions are very good quality and they lured me back to Marvel in 2007. I don't know why they are called Collector's Editions though - that phrase is usually reserved for something a bit special, not every single issue !

  2. Not sure I can agree with that. Take the Daredevils with Alan Moore's Captain Britain, Frank Miller's Daredevil and Stan Lee's Spider-Man. Or Rampage, reprinting some great Claremont/Byrne X-Men and Iron Fist. Or Marvel Super-Heroes with Original X-Men, Michelinie's Avengers, plus the Champions (well I liked 'em).


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