Texas Tech Pop-culture Expert Looks Back on the Origin of X-Men
May 22, 2014
By: Karin Slyker
'X-Men: Days of Future Past' storyline was in comic issues #141-142, and featured
in the 1990s animated series.
The movie “X-Men – Days of Future Past” will make its present-day debut this Friday.
Texas Tech pop-culture expert Rob Weiner says that with Bryan Singer returning as
director, anticipation is high for this film to become a summer blockbuster.
Rob Weiner, associate librarian and pop culture expert, Texas Tech University Library,
(806) 834-5126 office, (806) 780-8775 mobile, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- X-Men was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1963. Lee originally wanted to call
the comic “The Mutants,” but changed it to X-Men, which stands for “extra power.”
- X-Men is one of the most racially diverse teams in all of comics especially in the
- The X-Men movie series in 2000 launched the wave of superhero movies that we currently
- X-Men have been sometimes been called “children of the atom.”
- “Unlike other superheroes, the characters of the X-Men universe are born with their
powers and have often been used a metaphor for civil rights, race, gender and discrimination
of all kinds.”
- “The original 1960s X-Men comic was one of the worst selling books, but when the series
was re-launched in the 1970s, it became one of the most popular comics in history.”
- “The original ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’storyline was only in comic issues #141-142, published in 1981 by Chris Claremont
and John Bryne. The original story took place in the then-future of 2013, and featured
mutants in internment camps put there by mutant hunting Sentinels. The storyline also
was featured in the 1990s animated series.”
- “The partnership of writer Chris Claremont and artist John Bryne is legendary. However,
it was writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum who wrote the ‘Giant-Size X-Men #1’
featuring Wolverine, that launched the 1970s X-Men.”