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SDCC 2010: Marvel Breaks Into Guinness

Marvel and Chris Claremont were presented with a special award from Guinness World Records

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The Guinness World Records Book today presented writer Chris Claremont and Marvel Publishing COO, Jim Sokolowski,  with the award for the highest selling single comic book for 1991's X-MEN #1!

We were on the scene as legendary X-writer Chris Claremont, who wrote X-MEN #1, received the recognition on the stage of Marvel's Booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

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deadpool231172
deadpool231172

i thought they would of got a record for biggest/largest print run on a single issue anyway. not just the biggest selling comic of 1991.

Ronan77
Ronan77

I will always fondly remember that comic for all the variant covers it had way before variant covers were really something that was normal. It was also kind of an era based thing, I know being a kid in the 90's that the 90's Xmen stuff was very cool, and at least within all of my comicbook reading friends, this comic is a part of all our collections. it was, at its time, the ultimate introductory comic, and if you were like me, you wanted all 5 covers it had. the Magneto cover of it actually is hanging on a wall in my house just as any other piece of artwork would be, framed and all.

jbak
jbak

The reason why they're recognising it now is probably because it took the majority of 20 years for it to reach that record.

deadpool231172
deadpool231172

jim lee artwork is great,chris claremont writing is incredible as well. he had the longest run on the x-men it must of been twenty years at least.the only problem is everyone brought this thinking it would be worth something in the future,but with an 8 million print run everyone who wanted a copy owned a copy.

vza036
vza036

I totally agree with lenrivv1. I was a kid when that comic book came out and you know why I bought it? Simply put, the artwork on the cover was the greatest piece of art I had seen at the time. There's no way that me and many of my friends picked up that comic because it was written by Chris Claremont. I'm not taking anything away from Claremont because he is extremely vital to making the X-Men what they are but that particular issue was sold by the millions thanks to Jim and his multiple cover layout. Marvel needs to do the right thing and give Jim Lee recognition as well regardless of his current role at DC.

VampiFan
VampiFan

Im sure there is a reason why Jim Lee didnt get noticed.im sure they didnt just snub him. But lets give recognition where it is due for Chris. Hes a great writer and great X-creator and this is very well deserved for him. I wasnt old enough at the time this came out but my dad bought it and I know he bought it for Chris and the X-Men...he wouldnt even have known who jim lee was. And for me i would have bought it because of Chris and not jim lee as well. Now I like Jim Lee he is definitely one of the best artists ever but he was drawing for one of the greatest writers ever

squirrel
squirrel

And that's why that book aint worth squat.

lenrivv1
lenrivv1

And Jim Lee gets none of that recognition? We all know that he's now working for "another" company, but they could have done the right thing and at least had him show up at the presentation. The honest truth is that everybody bought X-men #1 for Jim Lee's art, not for Claremonts writing, no offense. Plus, Guinesss is only now recognizing this? It's 20 years old! lol