Uncanny X-Men first debuted back in 1963 when Beetle-mania was alive, Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with the world, and death of JFK shocked a nation. It was a time of great change, and Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were able to reflect that change in their comic about a bunch of outsiders trying to save the world. As the years went on, the X-Men continued to inspire readers through the creative talents of Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and others. The mutants became more than just a groovy story about battling the bad guys, and influenced readers that even though society views you as “different” you can make a positive change in the world.
One of the biggest announcements made at SDCC was that the classic X-Men are back. Forget about the Depends-wearing Old Man Logan, or the fact that Xavier’s students once wore S&M-looking leather outfits. Come December, long-time fans will be rewarded with a story that is designed to span the first 280 issues of Uncanny X-Men, appropriately called X-Men: Grand Design. (continue reading here).