When I was a kid, I was all about the Uncanny X-Men. This series had me enthralled with its perfect mix of complex characters and universe-spanning adventures, and just looking at these covers brings back fond memories of reading them and dissecting the stories with my friends. I may have had a half dozen long boxes filled with bagged and boarded comics, but the X-Men comics were the ones I would have grabbed if the house ever caught fire.
These comic books are the ones I collected back in the late 80’s, and are pretty much the only comics I kept out of the great purge of 1990, where I stupidly sold off my collection to my local comic shop, receiving mere pennies for boxes and boxes of gold.
I remember being very proud of my X-Men run, having found almost every issue from #95 and up. There were a few issues that eluded me — I’ll have to track them down one of these days — issue #94 was always the holiest of grails, and I would still love to get a copy, because no X-Men collection is complete without it. I always loved issue #109 because it featured Alpha Flight, and of course the whole Jean Grey/Phoenix storyline was so great. My X-Men comics are not in mint condition, because I read and re-read each and every one of them, but I don’t think I would ever feel the need to trade up to nicer copies. It sounds pretty lofty, but these comics really were a big part of my formative years, and being one of the very few items I held onto all this time, I value them way higher than Overstreet ever would.
The Blogging from A to Z Challenge continues! Check back soon to see what I come up with for “V.”