The cover of one of the most popular and widely distributed comic books of all time will get a unique makeover courtesy of Hasbro at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) this week. The cover of X-men #1 by Jim Lee and Chris Claremont, first printed in 1991, will be recreated using action figures along with several other iconic covers.
Hasbro and Marvel announced today that as part of the celebration of Marvel's 80th Anniversary at SDCC fans will be able to pick up a poster of Jim Lee's cover for X-men #1 at booth #3213 on the show floor. The posters will be given out in two stages starting at 10:30am on Friday, July 19, and again at 4:30pm on Saturday, July 2o. The full poster will be broken into quadrants and only two of those at each pick up day so a double booth visit will be required to collect the whole thing. The action figure recreations of the covers will be displayed throughout the convention. The poster does contain an easter egg so warm up photo shop and get ready to enhance.
X-men #1 represents an important time in Marvel comics in addition to being incredibly popular. So many issues of X-men #1 were printed that to this day original copies can be found in $1 bins at conventions, though many are not in great condition by now. X-men #1 was one of the first Marvel books where the Artist on the book, Jim Lee in this case, could credibly claim to have an equal say in the direction the story of the book would take. Before X-men #1, in most cases, the writer of had sole responsibility for the short and long term plotting of the book.
X-men #1 is also a fantastic early example of Jim Lee's work on the book which further informed the style of the Fox afternoon cartoon, X-men: The Animated Series. The X-men as a cultural phenomenon, and the entire aesthetic of the 1990s, probably owes as much to that show as it does to any film of comic book series.
San Diego Comic Con International runs from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21.