In 1975, the world underwent a bout of profound change. Comics were, therefore, no exception. The all-new, all-different Uncanny X-Men served as a mirror of society in addition to a counter-cultural phenomenon. As a result, the X-Men began to speak to the best in ourselves. In a special episode of the ComicsVerse Podcast, Kathy and Justin walk through GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 in its entirety with Kathy providing the audience with a close reading of several pages of the comic book. This X-Men podcast analyzes the themes and motifs found in this comic.

A Little History of GIANT-SIZE X-MEN in your X-Men Podcast

The creative team of writer Len Wein, artist Dave Cockrum, cover artist Gil Kane, letterer John Costanza, and colorist Glynis Wein brought GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 to life. In addition to the tone of the book, the X-Men roster completely changed. Most importantly, the creative team consequently let go of characters Havok, Polaris, Jean Grey, Angel, and Beast. A more international roster of X-Men ensued that included Canadian Wolverine, Native American Thunderbird, African Storm, Soviet Colossus, Japanese Sunfire, German Nightcrawler, and Irish Banshee. The X-Men, therefore, changed forever. Not much time passed until this team of X-Men grew to be Marvel’s top-selling comic book.

This X-Men Podcast Discusses their Cultural Significance

The leap into global politics and attitudes made GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 great. The USSR, Africa, Germany, and Japan all represented countries the United States had a contentious relationship with at some point. GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 broke barriers by featuring characters like Colossus as a hero, therefore, humanizing the cold war the USSR and America engaged in. Native American character John Proudstar made his appearance as the United States seemed to become more aware of its negative treatment of Native Americans.

In conclusion, this X-Men podcast stands alone concerning its analysis of the profound impact this comic made at the time of its release. While aspects of this comic may appear dated to some, one cannot argue this comic did not make a significant contribution to comic book history.

The ComicsVerse staff that appears in the X-Men Podcast are:

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