The X-men are mutant superheroes.
The X-men were created by writer Stan Lee and
artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September
The original X-men line-up consisted of
Professer X, Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, and Marvel
Originally, the X " in X-Men stood for "extra"
power which normal humans lacked. The X-men possess the X gene
which gives them their powers.
Magneto appeared in the very first X-men
Marvel publisher Martin Goodman turned down
Stan Lee's orginal idea, the name, "The Mutants", stating
that readers would not know what a "mutant" was.
The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants featuring
Mastermind, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Toad. Quicksilver
and the Scarlet Witch went on to become good guys in the
The X-men were actually canceled until the new
team in the 70's by writer Len Wein and artist Dave
First appearance of Wolverine was a cameo in
The Incredible Hulk #180 (October 1974). His first full
appearance was in The Incredible Hulk #181 (November 1974)
The first appearance of the new X-men was in
Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975).
The X-men's best known story arc was the 80's
Dark Phoenix Saga.