Retroactive Special Edition: Uncanny X-Men 1970-1975 (The Reprint Era)

In Retroactive I’ll take you on a visual comic cover tour of the past covering all the covers for a particular series. Each entry will cover an entire year and I’ll always have one comic from DC and one comic from Marvel. At the end of each edition of Retroactive I’ll select my overall favourite cover for that year for each series. Last time on Retroactive we covered The Flash 1966 and Uncanny X-Men 1970. If you need a refresher, just click HEREThis edition however is going to be a little bit different. In the early part of the 1970s, Uncanny X-Men was essentially cancelled only to be resurrected at the end of that same year. When it did come back it came back as reprints of the previously published material. For these “new” issues there was a mixture of reused covers (usually being recoloured from the originals) and some entirely new ones. This Special Edition aims to look at those entirely new covers that saw release from 1970-1975.

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8 thoughts on “Retroactive Special Edition: Uncanny X-Men 1970-1975 (The Reprint Era)

  1. I love the cover to Uncanny X-Men #78 as well, such an exciting and action packed cover. Ass to that the cover telling us they must fave the Menace of Merlin makes you just want to dive in and read this comic. Brilliant choice

  2. I really like UXM # 75.
    Exactly like Rogue, The Mimic is able to absorb the powers of the other mutants: in fact, his feet are really similar to the Beast’s ones, his eyes are as lethal as Cyclop’s ones and he can also fly with a pair of wings.
    How can you beat a villain who can absorve your powers AND the ones of your teammates? Of course you can’t – in fact, The Mimic defeated every single X – Man, and now Professor X is the last man standing.
    The problem is, mr. Xavier isn’t used to fight at all. 9 times out of 10 he just stands behind the scenes and tells his pupils what to do, so seeing him fighting is something very unusual – and I love covers that show unusual situations, that make you open your eyes wide and wonder “What the hell is going on?”
    Another delightfully unusual thing about this cover is its unique perspective. We’re seeing this scene from on high, as if we were observing the scene from a window of the academy the X – Men live in. The cover artist managed to give us the illusion we’re part of the scene he depicted, and this is an objective that only a very skilled artist can achieve.

    • “Another delightfully unusual thing about this cover is its unique perspective. We’re seeing this scene from on high, as if we were observing the scene from a window of the academy the X – Men live in. The cover artist managed to give us the illusion we’re part of the scene he depicted, and this is an objective that only a very skilled artist can achieve.”
      I love how you put everything with my favourite being this analysis. To think a cover from a reprint issue would produce such a write-up. My favourite version of the Mimic character will always be the Exiles version though http://marvel.wikia.com/Calvin_Rankin_(Earth-12).

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selection.

  3. 78 is terrific. In fact, it’s so good that it makes me worry that the comic inside must have been a disappointment. I also like 74 a lot. It’s a really dramatic set up.
    Did Dave Cockrum work on any of these covers before he took over the main penciller’s reins? I know he was one of Marvel’s top cover artists of the era.

    • We are in agreement about the awesomeness of #78’s cover. The original story was from UXM #30 which doesn’t seem to be much loved on various websites. As for Dave Cockrum: I looked it up and he had nothing to do with any of these covers (I guess his time was better spent elsewhere).

      Thanks for the comment!

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