Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the X-MEN in 1963, debuting in The X-MEN #1, published by Marvel Comics Group. This "uncanny" team brought together mutants, or homo superiors, each with special powers controlled by their x-factor gene. They were considered to be beings of a higher evolution, yet feared and hated by humans for their freakish abilities. They must fight both human military and a brotherhood of evil mutants vying to control earth. This is still a popular and ongoing series in the graphic novel section of the library, collection titles available at http://www.saclibrary.org/.
This comicbook series was popularized on the big screen, starting in 2000, with a wildly successful trilogy; X-men, X2: X-men United, and X3: The Last Stand. The movie franchise features the primary characters of the graphic novels, and attracted some of hollywoods A-List Stars. They are available on the library catalog as well.
Hugh Jackman personified Wolverine with grittiness and humor, Famke Janssen and James Marsden brought good looks, chemistry, and athleticism to the Cyclops and Jean Grey coupling, and Halle Berry broke even more barriers playing the first african american female superhero. Patrick Stewart seemed born to play the enigmatic Professor X.
Though the X-Men look has changed throughout the years, and the movie versions slightly bent the written X-men mythology, both comic and movie versions are considered classics of the genre. Catch up with Five Decades of X-men!