Friday, May 16, 2014

X-Men Lineups: 80s

Post Phoenix-Saga 
[Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #138 (1980) to Uncanny X-Men #200 (1985)]

With the departure of the grieving Cyclops, the team was joined by the returning Angel and the young mutant Kitty Pryde. Storm became the team leader and the team soon fought the shape-shifting Mystique and her Brotherhood. The X-Men prevented the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly, whose death would have triggered the Days of Future Past future in which the robot Sentinels would have killed most mutants and super humans; and go on to control New York City. Angel quit the team after having issues with Wolverine's membership in the team and Cyclops returned in time to fight Magneto. 

Lilandra soon faced a coup led by her sister Deathbird, who had the aid of the insectoid alien Brood. The X-Men and the space pirate Starjammers, led by Cyclops' father (unknown to both men), Corsair (Christopher Summers), opposed, and the mansion was destroyed during an attack. The Shi'ar helped rebuild the mansion, providing advanced technology. However, this caused the Danger Room to develop consciousness, mutating it. Its consciousness called out to Xavier, which was ignored as he chose instead to focus on the X-Men's training. Later, Xavier was secretly implanted with a Brood egg, and the X-Men were abducted by the Brood and taken into space. Fearing the X-Men dead, and under subconscious commands from the larval Brood within him, the Xavier gathered a new class of students, the New Mutants. The X-Men survived battles with the Brood in space, and were cured of their own Brood implants by the space-faring Acanti race, returning to Earth with the small dragon Lockheed. They defeated Xavier, who had been transformed into a Brood queen. The Starjammers then assisted in transplanting Xavier's brain into a non-paraplegic cloned body.

Angel was soon kidnapped by Callisto, the leader of a group of disenfranchised mutants called the Morlocks who wanted him to be her partner. Storm claimed leadership of the group, defeating Callisto in a duel to secure Angel's release. Brotherhood member Rogue came to Xavier, desperate for help in controlling her psyche-absorption powers. Xavier made Rogue an X-Man, much to the chagrin of the other members. Cyclops left the team to marry Madelyne Pryor (secretly a clone of Jean Grey created by evil geneticist Mr. Sinister). The X-Men, along with other super-heroes, were taken by the near-omnipotent Beyonder to fight in a contest against Earth villains on Battleworld. After they returned, Storm was accidentally struck by a depowering weapon meant for Rogue, removing her powers. She left the team to cope with the loss. Nightcrawler became leader and Rachel Summers, the daughter of Cyclops and Jean Grey in the Days of Future Past future timeline, joined the team, claiming the mantle of Phoenix. The X-Men soon entered into a conflict involving Alpha Flight and the Asgardian god of lies Loki. They journey to Asgard to rescue the New Mutants and Storm, who were kidnapped by Amora, the Enchantress. 

Professor X (Charles Xavier) 

Storm (Ororo Munroe) 

Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner) 

Wolverine (James Howlett) 

Colossus (Piotr Rasputin)

Angel (Warren Worthington III) 
[Left in Uncanny X-Men #148 (1981)]

Ariel (Katherine 'Kitty' Pryde)

Late Additions

Cyclops (Scott Summers)
[Joined in Uncanny X-Men #150 (1981);
Left the team in Uncanny X-Men #175 (1983) after marriage to Madelyne Pryor;
Made brief appearances;
Rejoined in Uncanny X-Men #199 (1985)]

Rogue (Anna Marie) 
[Joined in Uncanny X-Men #171 (1983)]

Rachel Summers 
[Joined in Uncanny X-Men #188 (1984)]

IssuesTeam Roster

Angel, Colossus, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine
Colossus, Cyclops, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine
Colossus, Cyclops, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine
Colossus, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine
Colossus, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers, Rogue, Wolverine
TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN

Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 5Uncanny X-Men #132-140, Annual #4; Phoenix: The Untold StoryJanuary 20050-7851-1698-2
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 6Uncanny X-Men #141-150January 2008978-0785130130
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 7Uncanny X-Men #151-159, Annual #5; Avengers Annual #10January 2011978-0785135135
Uncanny X-Men Omnibus, Vol. 1Giant-Size X-Men #1; Uncanny X-Men #94-131, Annual #3May 20060-7851-2101-3
TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN

X-Men: Days of Future PastUncanny X-Men #138-143, Annual #4October 20040-7851-1560-9
Essential X-Men Vol. 3Uncanny X-Men #145-161, Annual #5August 2001978-0785106616
Essential X-Men Vol. 4Uncanny X-Men #162-179, Annual #6; X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (b&w)May 2006978-0785122951
Uncanny X-Men: From the AshesUncanny X-Men #168-176August 19990-3129-4391-1
Essential X-Men Vol. 5Uncanny X-Men #180-198, Annual #7-8April 2007978-0785126928

Secondary Titles

New Mutants

Xavier was secretly implanted with a Brood egg, and the X-Men were abducted by the Brood and taken into space. Fearing the X-Men dead, and under subconscious commands from the larval Brood within him, the Xavier gathered a new class of students, the New Mutants. 

For more on the New Mutants, check out 'History - First Series' section of the New Mutants page.

Magneto's X-Men
[Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #201 (1986) to Uncanny X-Men #227 (1988)]

When the X-Men returned, they learnt that Xavier had left Earth for the Shi'ar galaxy to recover from a brutal beating at the hands of anti-mutant bigots. Xavier left a seemingly reformed Magneto as headmaster of the school. Magneto also joined the X-Men. A powerless Storm and Cyclops had a duel in the Danger Room for the leadership of the X-Men. Cyclops lost the duel, leaving the team to spend time with his wife Madelyne and their newborn son.

Rachel Summers soon had the intention of murdering Hellfire Club Inner Circle Black Queen Selene as revenge for the latter's evil deeds. However, she was stopped by Wolverine who injured her, leaving the team. Shortly after, the X-Men and the superhumanly lucky Longshot were turned into children by the invertebrate Mojo and his servant, the mystical Spiral (Rita Wayword). The New Mutants briefly graduated to X-Men status to rescue them. (check Ad-hoc X-Men) When Mr. Sinister's hit-team Marauders slaughtered the Morlocks, the X-Men fought to stop them losing Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler and Colossus to severe injuries. (check Mutant Massacre crossover) New recruits Dazzler, Longshot, Havok and British telepath Psylocke replaced them, with Colossus rejoining after healing from his injuries. The team, without Magneto, and Madelyne Pryor - now abandoned by Cyclops - sacrificed their lives to defeat the Adversary, a sacrifice which was broadcast worldwide. (check Fall of the Mutants crossover).

Magneto (Max Eisenhardt) 

Storm (Ororo Munroe)

Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)
[Injured during Mutant Massacre; 
Left before Uncanny X-Men #213 (1987)]

Wolverine (James Howlett)

Colossus (Piotr Rasputin) 
[Injured during Mutant Massacre;
Left before Uncanny X-Men #213 (1987);
Rejoined in Uncanny X-Men #225 (1988)]

Shadowcat (Katherine 'Kitty' Pryde)
[Injured during Mutant Massacre;
Left before Uncanny X-Men #213 (1987)]

Rogue (Anna Marie)

Rachel Summers 
[Left in Uncanny X-Men #201 (1986)]

Late Additions (After Mutant Massacre)

Psylocke (Elizabeth 'Betsy' Braddock)
[Joined in Uncanny X-Men #213 (1987)]

Dazzler (Alison Blaire)
[Joined in Uncanny X-Men #214 (1987)]

[Joined in Uncanny X-Men #215 (1987)]

Havok (Alexander Summers) 
[Joined in Uncanny X-Men #219 (1987)]

IssuesTeam Roster

Colossus, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine
Dazzler, Havok, Longshot, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine
TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN

Secret Wars II OmnibusUncanny X-Men #198, #202-203; Secret Wars II #1-9; New Mutants #30, #36-37; Captain America #308; Iron Man #197;Fantastic Four #282, #285, #288, #316-319; Web of Spider-Man #6; Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #268, #273-274; Daredevil #223; Incredible Hulk #312; Avengers #260-261, #265-266; Dazzler #40;Alpha Flight #28; Thing #30;Doctor Strange #74; Cloak and Dagger #4; Power Pack #18;Thor #363; Power Man and Iron Fist #121; Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #111;Defenders #152; Quasar #8May 2009978-0785131113
X-Men: Fall of the Mutants OmnibusUncanny X-Men #220-227; New Mutants (1983) #55-61; X-Factor (1986) #19-26; Captain America (1968) #339;Daredevil(1964) #252;Fantastic Four (1961) #312;Incredible Hulk (1968) #340;Power Pack (1984) #35October 2011978-0-7851-5822-6
TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN

Essential X-Men Vol. 6Uncanny X-Men #199-213; New Mutants Special Edition #1; X-Men Annual #9; X-Factor #9-10;New Mutants #46; Thor #373-374; Power Pack #27September 2005978-0785117278
X-Men: Mutant MassacreUncanny X-Men #210-213; X-Factor #9-11; New Mutants #46;Thor #373-374; Power Pack#27October 20010-7851-0224-8
Essential X-Men Vol. 7Uncanny X-Men #214-228, Annual #10-11; Fantastic Four Vs. The X-Men #1-4April 2006978-0785120551
X-Men: The Fall of the MutantsUncanny X-Men #224-226; X-Factor #24-26; New Mutants#59-61February 20020-7851-0825-4

Secondary Titles


Bases of Operations
X-Factor Complex, alongside Hudson River, Manhattan's West Side
Ship, New York Harbor
Ship, Mid-Atlantic

Public relations manager Cameron Hodge convinced his former college roommate (Warren Worthington) to use his vast fortune to fund an organization of mutants that pretended to be human mutant hunters but in truth rescued young mutants to protect and train them. Unknown to all, Hodge secretly hated mutants and planned to use X-Factor to fuel public animosity and and anti-mutant agendas. Angel gathered his former X-Men teammates Beast, Cyclops, Iceman and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey) to form the X-Factor. The team used their X-Factor disguises to cover their activities as the heroic mutant X-Terminators. 

Beast was transformed back back to human form and the team battled Apocalypse and his Alliance of Evil, and US government operatives Freedom Force (formerly Mystique's Brotherhood of Mutants). Over time, X-Factor rescued Firefist (Rusty Collins), Artie Maddicks, Skids, Boom Boom, Leech, Caliban and Rictor. Caliban would join the team briefly. 

The media soon discovered that Angel was X-Factor's backer and following his severe injuries during the Morlock Massacre, Hodge manipulated doctors to amputate his wings, wrestled control of his fortune and attempted to murder Angel through a staged suicide, making the world believe him dead. Hodge went on to secretly manipulate and created rifts in the team. X-Factor's frustrations with Hodge came to a head when they fired Hodge, battling his anti-mutant Right organization which attacked X-Factor and attempted to capture their wards. 

X-Factor fought and defeated Apocalypse and his Horsemen, which included an alive Angel as Death. As a result, X-Factor became public heroes. X-Factor eventually reunited with Angel, now the violent metal winged Archangel. 

Over time, the team helped Archangel gradually recover his former humanity, and weathered Beast's temporarily faulty mental processes and transformation back to his blue animal-like form, and Iceman's fluctuating power levels.

They fought battled multiple threats, including Cyclops' ex-wife Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey) in the demonic "Inferno" invasion of New York City, during which the team was reunited with Cyclops' son Nathan Summers. Following "Inferno", the New Mutants stayed with X-Factor for a time with several of X-Factor's wards following the New Mutants, and following X-Factor's extended voyage to outer space to rally a world threatened by the Celestials, X-Factor and the New Mutants joined forces with the X-Men to battle a cyborg-transformed Cameron Hodge and the mutant-rights abusing nation of Genosha in Xtinction Agenda

When Cyclops' son was infected with a techno-organic virus during another battle Apocalypse, Cyclops was forced to send him to the future for healing, eventually returning as the adult Cable. X-Factor then helped saved X-Men associates from the control of malevolent psychic entity Shadow King in Muir Island during the Muir Island Saga. After that, X-Factor members rejoined the X-Men and Cyclops' brother Havok turned the team into a US government-sponsored team.

X-Factor #1 (1986) - #70 (1991)

Cyclops (Scott Summers)

Marvel Girl (Jean Grey)

Beast (Henry McCoy)

Angel (Warren Worthington III)

Iceman (Bobby Drake)


[Joined in X-Factor #18 (1987)]

Their young wards include:

Rusty Collins

Skids (Sally Bevins)

Rictor (Julio Richter)

Boom Boom (Tabitha Smith)


Artie (Arthur Maddicks)


Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde were severely injured following the mutant massacre event. After they recovered, they joined former X-Man Rachel Summers as well as British heroes Captain Britain and Meggan to form the Britain-based team Excalibur.

Excalibur #1 (1987) - #125 (1998)

Original Team
[Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn #1 (1987)]
Base of Operations: Lighthouse, UK

Captain Britain (Brian Braddock)


Phoenix (Rachel Summers, now Marvel Girl)

Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)

Shadowcat (Katherine 'Kitty' Pryde)



Widget (Kate Rasputin)
[Joined in Excalibur #1 (1988)]

Australian Outback X-Men
[Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #229 (1988) to Uncanny X-Men #250 (1990)]

The team was resurrected by the goddess Roma and went underground, believing that if the world thought them dead, their families would be safe and enemies off-guard. The X-Men relocated their base to the Australia Outback, defeating the cyborg Reavers and seizing their base. They faced Brood-infected mutants, and encountered the mutant slave-based country of Genosha. Embittered by Cyclop's abandonment, Pryor made a pact with the demonic N'astirh, unleashing her latent powers to become the Goblin Queen, assisting a demonic invasion of New York City. The X-Men were re-united with the original X-Men (now X-Factor), learning that Jean Grey was alive. Madelyne died after an attempt to kill Jean failed. A subsequent battle between X-Men/X-Factor and Sinister destroyed the mansion. (check Inferno crossover)

The X-Men drifted apart as team members fell to various threats and crises. When the Reavers launched an attack on the remaining X-Men (Havok, Dazzler, Colossus and Psylocke), they passed through the mystical Siege Perilous, a dimensional portal that grants those who pass through it a new life, to escape.

Storm (Ororo Munroe) 
[Believed dead in Uncanny X-Men #248 (1989)]

Psylocke (Elizabeth 'Betsy' Braddock) 
[Went through Siege Perilous in Uncanny X-Men #251 (1989)]

Dazzler (Alison Blaire)
[Went through Siege Perilous in Uncanny X-Men #251 (1989)]

[Left the team in Uncanny X-Men #248 (1989)]

Havok (Alexander Summers)
[Went through Siege Perilous in Uncanny X-Men #251 (1989)]

Colossus (Piotr Rasputin) 
[Went through Siege Perilous in Uncanny X-Men #251 (1989)]

Rogue (Anna Marie)
[Pushed through the Siege Perilous in Uncanny X-Men #247 (1989)]

Wolverine (James Howlett)

IssuesTeam Roster

Colossus, Dazzler, Havok, Longshot, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine
TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN

X-Men: InfernoUncanny X-Men #239-243; X-Factor #33-40; X-Terminators#1-4; New Mutants #71-73; X-Factor Annual #4.June 2009978-0785137771
X-Men by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee Vol.1Uncanny-Men #244-269;Uncanny X-Men Annual (1970) #13; Classic X-Men #39October 2011Template:USBNT
X-Men: X-TinctionUncanny X-Men #235-238 & #270-272; X-Factor (1986) #60-62; New Mutants (1983) #94-96;August 2011978-0785155317
TitleMaterial collectedPublication dateISBN

Essential X-Men Vol. 8Uncanny X-Men #229-245, Annual #12-13; X-Factor #36-39December 2007978-0785127635
X-Men Vs. The Brood: Day of WrathUncanny X-Men #232-234; X-Men Vs. Brood #1-2September 19970-7851-0558-1
X-Men: InfernoUncanny X-Men #239-243; X-Factor #36-39; New Mutants#71-73December 19960-7851-0222-1
Essential X-Men Vol. 9Uncanny X-Men #244-264, Annual #13June 2009978-0785130796

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