Over my life span (I’m 41), I’ve had the pleasure of losing myself in the Uncanny X-Men title. To Me, there was no other comic that could come close. So in honor of that, I’m listing my top 25 favorite Uncanny X-Men covers of my time.
The Original X-Men versus the New X-Men. What’s not to like about this cover? Sad thing is, it seems to fall inside the cracks of collectability due to it being sandwiched in between Uncanny X-men 101 and 94.
24 – Uncanny X-Men #266
Gambit and a young Storm on the cover? This folks, introduced us all to that Ragin Cajun that was all the craze back in the 90’s! Thank you, Andy Kubert!
23 – Uncanny X-Men #114
A classic John Byrne cover that may have fooled a few fans back in the day. Never the less, it was an instant classic.
22 – Uncanny X-Men #415
A most awesome cover by Steve Uy that perfectly captures Nightcrawler. Look at this cover. It’s beautiful.
21 – Uncanny X-Men #98
This cover just says action and with the Uncanny X-Men, action is what we love!
20 – Uncanny X-Men #201
Rick Leonardi, a very under rated X-Men artist and Whilce Portacio brought us this magnificent vision of Storm versus Cyclops. After this issue, the X-Men would never be the same.
19 – Uncanny X-Men #13
The sight of the X-Men teaming up with the Human Torch to take on the Juggernaut was a thing of pure beauty.
18 – Uncanny X-Men #378
When I first saw this cover, I just knew that I had to have it. What sort of new team was this? I just had to find out. Spoiler: Cover better than the story.
17 – Uncanny X-Men #19
A long forgotten X-Men antagonist — and eventual member, the Mimic made his debut here with an awesome cover that spotlighted all of his… strangeness.
16 – Uncanny X-Men #169
This was a breathtaking cover that showcased Angel in true peril. I was amazed by this cover then and I’m still amazed now.
15 – Uncanny X-Men #268
This cover right here is the perfect testament to the popularity of Jim Lee during his Uncanny X-Men run. Black Widow, Captain America, and Wolverine in a majestic Hero pose. Simply beautiful.
14 – Uncanny X-Men #316
Joe Madureira was an awesome X-Men artist and this cover right here showed why. And why he never blew up like he should, I’ll never know.
13 – Uncanny X-Men #57
Neal Adams on the X-Men? Come on! This is a no brainer! Plus, could these Sentinels be anymore scarier?
12 – Uncanny X-Men #140
John Byrne drawing the Wendigo versus the X-Men? Man, what else could you hope for on a cover? Alpha Flight? It has that too!
11 – Uncanny X-Men # 242
Can someone please give Marc Silvestri the credit the man deserves? He has drawn some of the most classic X-Men covers of all time and this one here, it’s his second best next to this next one on our list.
10 – Uncanny X-Men #251
Another Marc Silvestri classic that basically gets big bucks in the back issue market simply because of the eerily beautiful cover. Wolverine on a crucifix shaped like an X? Yes, please!
9 – Uncanny X-Men #1
The one that started it all will forever be an iconic cover by any standard. Thank you, Jack Kirby.
8 – Uncanny X-Men #290
Whilce Portacio at his best. Say what you will about his career, but the man knew how to draw the most regal and beautiful Storm ever!
7 – Uncanny X-Men #168
Proof that sometimes simple is the best. This Paul Smith classic cover depicting Kitty Pryde in dire consequence is perfect in every way.
6 – Uncanny X-Men #138
This John Byrne classic is so good that many, many artists have used this cover as a homage for a cover on their book. Something about it just perfectly captured the feel of Cyclops leaving the X-Men.
5 – Uncanny X-Men #213
This is Sabretooth versus Wolverine. What else needs to be said?
4 – Uncanny X-Men #58
Is there any wonder why Neal Adams was such a superstar artist? The man could draw and when it came to the X-Men, he was at his best.
3 – Uncanny X-Men #133
The cover said it all. Wolverine was the only X-Men left standing and he was going all out berserker rage on the Hellfire Club. The cover to one of the greatest Wolverine stories ever.
2 – Uncanny X-Men # 213
My personal favorite X-Men cover as I own like ten copies of this beauty. This cover just captured the X-Men beautifully, portraying them in a rock star fashion that just says, “The best the 80’s had to offer.” If you like posters, grab this one and tape it to your wall.
And number ONE!
1 – Uncanny X-Men #141
This is the most classic, recognizable X-Men cover of all time. It’s been homaged more times than I can count and seriously, this cover told us fans back then that this was no ordinary X-Men story. Nah, this book just got taken to a whole other level and this was the perfect cover for that ascension.