The 1992 X-Men trading cards return after 30 years. The digest-sized collection The Uncanny X-Men: The Complete Series is scheduled for release on August 16, 2022.
The collection will contain the front and back of all 105 trading cards. It features iconic X-Men characters such as Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Magneto, and Deadpool. The series also includes battle scenes, team shots, and a nine-card Danger Room puzzle map. The backs of the cards contain character bios, stats, and trivia written by Marvel Comics writers and editors.
The card’s images were drawn by comic book artists Jim Lee. Lee began drawing the art for the flagship X-Men title, The creepy X-Menwith issue #248 in 1989. Lee was also the lead artist for the simply titled spin-off series X-Menwhich began publication in 1991. X-Men #1which Lee was working on with the influential X-Men writer Chris Claremont, became the best-selling single-issue comic of modern times. Lee would continue to draw the art for the series for the first 11 issues. While working on the trading card series, Lee was the first artist to create all of the original artwork for a Marvel card set. The trading card collection will feature select scans of Lee’s original and digitally remastered art.
During Lee’s time working on the X-Men, along with Claremont he created the character Gambit. The character was later adapted for the ’90s X-Men Animated series originally voiced by Chris Potterand later from Tony Daniels. Taylor Kitsch played the character in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Although a gambit Solo film with leading role Channing Tatum Developed by 20th Century Fox, the project was later canceled after the company was acquired by Disney. Along with the author, he also created the character Agent Zero John Byrne. Lee is currently the editor and chief creative officer of DC Comics.
The collection also includes an introduction to Bob Budiansky, who was the publisher of the card set. During the 1990s, Budiansky oversaw eleven sets of Marvel trading cards. During his time at Marvel, he was an artist for wrong way driver. As a writer, he helped create the character Sleepwalker Bret Blevins. He was also an editor for Fantastic Four, daredeviland Spiderman. The trading card collection will feature interviews Budiansky conducted with the Marvel employees who worked on the card series. The collection will also include a foreword written by Edward Piskorwho previously wrote and drew the 2017-2018 story X-Men: Great design.
The Uncanny X-Men Trading Cards: The Complete Series scheduled for release on August 16th. In the meantime, fans looking for more ’90s mutants can check out the classic X-Men Animated series currently available to stream on Disney+.
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