Review: Special Edition X-Men #1

Special Edition X-Men #1 cover
Cover by Dave Cockrum

Special Edition X-Men #1
Published and © by Marvel, February 1983

Title: “Second Genesis!”
Synopsis: When the original X-Men fall prey to a powerful new foe, Professor X gathers replacements to mount a rescue effort.

Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Dave Cockrum

Review: Bronze Age Minute has reviewed this historic lead story from Giant-Size X-Men #1 before (see review). Len Wein’s story remains incredibly efficient, but Dave Cockrum’s line work suffers from the baxter stock used for this reprint; the blacks print darker here, leaving the art looking sludgy. Still a classic, though.


Title: “A Day Like Any Other”
Synopsis: An out-of-sorts Kitty Pryde gives Illyana Rasputin a guided tour of the X-mansion and grounds – but something secret is afoot!

Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Dave Cockrum
Inker: Hillary Barta

Review: This new backup is more info dump then story. Dave Cockrum is a gifted artist but struggles drawing young teens.

Grade (for the entire issue): B

Cool factor: Fans late to the all-new, all-different X-Men bandwagon surely appreciated this affordable reprint.
Not-so-cool factor: So few artists’ work was improved by the “better” baxter format.

Notable: Includes a new wraparound cover and pinup by Dave Cockrum.
Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a $2.25 Canadian variant of this issue.

Character quotable: “Hey – want a tour?” – Kitty Pryde, plot device

Editor’s note: This review was written Feb. 4, 2024.

Special Edition X-Men #1 wraparound cover
Wraparound cover by Dave Cockrum

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