In 1982, there was simply no hotter book in the Direct Sales marketplace than UNCANNY X-MEN. Riding off of the tremendous success of the Dark Phoenix Saga, the series was rocketed to the absolute pinnacle of the sales charts, at least in comic book specialty shops. X-MEN was super hot, and so the publishers of the Comics Journal, Fantagraphics, made a deal with Marvel to produce a pair of volumes examining this phenomenal success story by directly interviewing all of the principle creative players in the development of the series. To that end, comics historian Peter Sanderson was enlisted to do the interviews, which made sense as he was personally friendly with most of the people involved. Behind this wonderful Michael Golden cover was the first of a two-part treasure trove of information about the making of the All-New X-Men, gathered at a time when it events were still fresh in everybody’s minds and when there was no historical reason yet to inflate one’s creative contributions to the mix, as would occasionally happen in the years to come.
The first person interviewed is Roy Thomas, for whom the original X-MEN series was his first opportunity to write a regular super hero strip, and who had made the suggestion to revive the property as an international team that kicked off the drive to bring X-MEN back. As you’d expect, most of the conversation revolves around the period when Roy was himself writing the series.