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The 50 Greatest X-Men of All-Time Pt. 1

The 50 Greatest X-Men of All-Time Pt. 1

In 1963, UNCANNY X-MEN #1 assailed an unsuspecting populace, birthing the mutant race into the Marvel Universe and a phenomenon into pop culture.

50 years later and the X-Men have exploded across countless sagas, numerous incarnations and even various realities. What began as a roster of five teenagers has expanded to include goddesses, aliens, former foes and every manner of mutant imaginable.

In commemoration of the X-Men’s 50th anniversary, Marvel.com brought together a panel of experts, including fans and professionals alike, to select the 50 all-time greatest members of the team. This list will unfold in five parts and feature write-ups as well as information and digital comics links spotlighting each X-Man.

Please let us know what you think of our selections and share your own by tweeting @Marvel on Twitter and using the hashtag #XMen50


First Appearance:
IRON FIST (1975) #14
Joined the X-Men:
X-MEN (1991) #188
Why He’s #50:
“The X-Men may have welcomed more of their old enemies that any other team in comics! While currently back to being a bad guy, for a time Victor Creed was on the side fighting for coexistence. His powers match that of another favorite mutant, Wolverine, but rather than suppress his feral urges, Victor embraces them making him a potent and savage threat to all who cross him. Sabretooth’s time with the team was uneasy and ultimately short-lived, but as one of the most prominent mutants in the Marvel Universe he still deserves a spot on the list!” – Ryan Haupt
Digital Spotlight Comic:
X-MEN (2004) #193


First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #327
Joined the X-Men:
X-MEN (1991) #57
Why He’s #49:
“A clone of Magneto who fully embraced the dream of Charles Xavier and believed that humans and mutants could live in peaceful co-existence, Joseph represented the potential the X-Men’s greatest foe could have had among them. He would sacrifice his life battling his template, but the hope he represented would not soon be forgotten by Professor X, Wolverine, Rogue and his other teammates. Thankfully none of them witnessed his recent return in a twisted form…” – Ben Morse
Digital Spotlight Comic:
X-MEN (1991) #87

48. HUSK

First Appearance: ROM ANNUAL #3
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #413
Why She’s #48:
“The younger sister of Cannonball, Paige Guthrie was already familiar with the triumph and pain that welcomes mutants in the public eye when she joined Generation X, but she still did so and strived to be an overachiever, anxious to shed her Kentucky roots. She got her wish, becoming an X-Man and, eventually, a teacher at the Jean Grey School. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, her sanity began to crumble and she nearly destroyed herself, her fellow teachers, and her students by joining the Hellfire Academy. Thanks to the love of Toad, she was eventually cured before she could do anything irreversible, but what happened to her mental state remains as unclear as where she goes from here.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #437


First Appearance:
Joined the X-Men:
Why She’s #46:
“As long as she has been aware of the X-Men, Hisako Ichiki has longed to be one of them. When she finally got her shot, her first combat situation saw her tossed aside by the fearful alien Ord and her best friend injected with the mutant cure, much to his dismay. Even after the suicide of that friend, she remained a hopeful heart of the team, taking on Wolverine in the hopes of helping him express his grief after the seeming loss of Kitty Pryde. Learning combat skills with Wolverine and tactics from Cyclops, Armor is a next generation X-Man with tremendous potential.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Spotlight Comic: ASTONISHING X-MEN (2004) #36


First Appearance:
Joined the X-Men:
Why He’s Also #46:
“Armando Muñoz takes survival of the fittest to its extreme in ways that would make his namesake do a double-take. His mutant ability passively adapts his body via ‘reactive evolution’ to whatever situation he finds himself in which includes everything from growing-gills underwater to learning alien languages in minutes. Darwin is most closely associated with the team X-Factor, but his time with the X-Men is significant, including going toe-to-toe with the Hulk, only to have his powers shift and teleport him to safety.” – Ryan Haupt
Digital Spotlight Comic:


First Appearance:
CABLE (1993) #15
Joined the X-Men:
X-MEN (1991) #70
Why She’s #45:
“Despite being tenuous allies of the X-Men for years, only one of the underground-dwelling Morlocks ever left the sewers to fight with the Children of the Atom instead of against them: the bone-wielding Marrow. While her early days with the team were fraught with conflict—one in particular left Wolverine with a bone spike lodged in his jugular—her attempt at redemption became earnest around the time Skrull technology granted her control over her powers. This control would not last long, as Sarah lost her mutant powers thanks to the Scarlet Witch's ‘no more mutants’ spell, leaving her body permanently disfigured with excess bone growth.” – Brett White
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #346


First Appearance: NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X (2004) #5
Joined the X-Men:
Why She’s #44:
“Megan Gwynn’s bubbly personality masks a collection of insecurities and longings that are familiar to any teenager—and a few that are not. Pixie has sacrificed some of her soul in the hopes of helping Magik and now carries black magic around in the spaces where that bit of soul used to live. As a result, her cheerfulness carries with it the threat of dark aggression. She has gained the Souldagger and a stronger ability to wield magic, but at what cost?” – Tim Stevens
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #502

43. SAGE

First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #132
Joined the X-Men:
X-TREME X-MEN (2001) #1
Why She’s #43:
“As Tessa, personal assistant to the Hellfire Club's Sebastian Shaw, the future Sage appeared to be one of the bad guys, but she was really using her analytical computer brain to spy on the villains on behalf of Charles Xavier. Now she fights alongside her fellow X-Men, where she's one of the smartest—and most smartly dressed—mutants in any room!” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Spotlight Comic:
X-TREME X-MEN (2001) #41


First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #19
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #27
Why He’s #42:
“As the original publication order goes, Calvin Rankin was the sixth of Charles Xavier's recruits, as well as the first non-mutant X-Man and the first former opponent to join the team. Given the ability to copy other people's powers thanks to a laboratory accident, he took on the abilities of Xavier and the five original X-Men. A headstrong guy, his relationship with the team was troubled from the start, yet he remains a powerful example of the X-Men’s willingness to give anyone a second chance—and a third, and a fourth!” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #29


First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #12
Joined the X-Men:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #412
Why He’s #41:
“Cain Marko, the aptly named stepbrother of the X-Men’s founder Charles Xavier, has a long history with the team. He began as their foe, and over the decades has gone back and forth from antagonist to member. What makes Juggernaut unique for this list is that he is not a mutant at all; he is powered by the Gem of Cyttorak, granting him incredible strength, invulnerability, and making him physically unstoppable once in motion. More recently he has fought against Marvel’s heroes, but Xavier refused to give up on his occasional ally, emphasizing that tolerance and redemption form the cornerstones of his dream for mutant and human coexistence.” – Ryan Haupt
Digital Spotlight Comic:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #435

The countdown continues tomorrow right here on Marvel.com, but in the meantime, share your thoughts on Twitter with us @Marvel using the hashtag #XMen50!
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