A Complete Analysis of the Silver Age of Uncanny X-Men (Issue #1-#66, 1963-1970)

Hey everybody, I’m sorry I haven’t been posting in a little while, but it’s been a busy week full of visiting relatives, moving into a new apartment, and starting graduate school! I just began getting my Masters in Music Industry Leadership at Northeastern in Boston. However I should be back to posting regularly now!

Now that I have finished up reading and reviewing the entire Silver Age of Uncanny X-Men, I thought I’d give a brief overview of the era.

The Silver Age of comics was very different then comics are today. Comics in that era were sillier and more lighthearted. Because of the Comic Code Authority, there was a large amount of censorship in comics so comics did not tend to push any boundaries.

Uncanny X-Men was no exception to the traditional comics of the era. In the 1960s the X-Men comics were frequently silly and a bit ridiculous. There were many crazy storylines that would never appear today.

The Uncanny X-Men of the 1960s may be very different than the current X-Men comics, but I think that they are definitely a necessary read for every X-Men fan. At the bottom of this post, I will post which issues I suggest you read.

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Review of Uncanny X-Men Issue #66

Uncanny X-Men Issue #66 (March 10, 1970)

Story By: Roy Thomas

Art By: Sal Buscema and Marie Severin

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Brief Description: Hulk is on the rampage, but he is the only one who knows how to save Professor X! Can the X-Men stop Hulk in time to save their mentor’s life?

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My Top 20 Marvel Heroes

As I have mentioned before on this blog, I love making lists. Earlier in the year I made a list of My Top 10 Marvel Heroes and I thought it would be fun to expand that list! So here are my top 20 favorite Marvel heroes (20-11)!

20. Elektra: I’ve always been an Elektra fan, but my fandom went way up after I started reading the newest run on Thunderbolts, which I love. What’s not to like about Elketra? She’s a ninja assassin with a badass costume. She is one of my favorite anti-heroes and she is a perfect fit in the new Thunderbolts.

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My Top 10 Favorite Marvel Superheroes

This blog is devoted to Uncanny X-Men, but I am also a big fan of Marvel Comics in general and I decided that I would show some love for my favorite superheroes in the Marvel Universe. Here are my top 10 favorite Marvel characters! As you may have noticed, some of these characters overlap with my My Ideal X-Men Team list!

10. Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze): Ghost Rider was one of my first favorite heroes when I was young because he looked so cool. I still think he looks awesome these days, but that is not the main reason why Ghost Rider is one of my favorite characters. Johnny Blaze is a flawed man and this makes him interesting. Ghost Rider’s power set is also very different and unique. I like Ghost Rider so much that I really enjoyed the two Nicholas Cage movies even though they weren’t very good.

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Review of Avengers Issue #53

Avengers Issue #53 (June 10, 1968)

Story By: Roy Thomas                                                                               Art By: John Buscema

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Brief Description: The Avengers and the X-Men are both trying to stop Magneto, but are they on the same side? Find out why the two epic Marvel teams are battling each other instead of their common foe!

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Review of Uncanny X-Men Issue #45

Uncanny X-Men Issue #45 (June 10, 1968)

Story By: Gary Friedrich                                            Art By: George Tuska and John Buscema

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Brief Description: With Angel still searching for the Avengers, Cyclops escapes from Magneto’s prison and battles to save his team! And in the past, Cyclops tries to rescue Iceman from jail.

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Review of Uncanny X-Men #9

photo 4-1Uncanny X-Men Issue #9 (January 10, 1965) Story By: Stan Lee                                            Art By: Jack Kirby Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Brief Description: Where the lethal Lucifer lurks, he must face…the Avengers! But defeating him could destroy the world, so the X-Men must defeat the Avengers instead! Continue reading