If you were a comic book nerd between the age of eight and about 18 in 1992, chances are you have a stack of Jim Leeit’s x-men trading cards hidden somewhere in your room. For those who missed them, or who missed the trading card craze of the 80s and ‘The 90s in generalit’s honestly hard to overstate how popular these things were, but they were obviously popular enough to be collected in a brand new hardcover book, titled The Uncanny X-Men Trading Cards: The Complete Series.
Cards ruled, not just because of Lee’s art – he was also illustrating the main X-Men comic, and were arguably the most popular artist of the time, but because they served as a sort of X encyclopedia, detailing teams and characters in an expansive but accessible form that the comics didn’t have . Additionally, the backs of the cards contained biographies of individual characters, teams, and important moments in X’s history, as well as with assorted stories, statistics and anecdotes. There was also a nine-card mosaic that could form a scene of the X-Men’s battles in the Danger Room, as well as rare hologram cards. I wasn’t even a fan of the X-Men at the time, and I bought a million of them.
The book will include both the front and back of all 105 cards, as well as “select scans of Lee’s original and digitally remastered art.” The cards will also be annotated and include “interviews, conducted by set writer and editor Bob Budiansky, with Marvel personnel who helped assemble, design and create these iconic trading cards,” all according to the official description. of the book.
The Uncanny X-Men Trading Cards: The Complete Series is due July 5, and you can pre-order it here. If that works out well – and I strongly suspect it will – there are so many more ’90s Marvel trading cards that could get the same treatment…
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