To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first appearance of the all-new, all-different X-Men, Marvel Comics has announced a new project that presents the team’s first appearance as reimagined by a group of modern artists. Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 is a recreation of the original Giant-Size X-Men #1, with each page of writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum‘s original issue redrawn by a current superstar artist.
The special issue will utilize Wein’s original script for the 68-page original one-shot, with a team of 37 artists, including Alex Ross, Chris Samnee, Carmen Carnero, Rod Reis, Javier Rodriguez, Jen Bartel, R.B. Silva, Pepe Larraz, and dozens more. Adi Granov provides the recreated cover for the issue, seen above.
The project is an interesting one. The recent Project Art Cred, created by Declan Shalvey and Kieron Gillen, highlighted the ways in which different artists interpret the same page of script, and it’ll be exciting to see the similarities and differences in the ways these new artists interpret Wein’s script compared to how Cockrum did it in 1975.
This project also calls to mind The Fantastic Four #9 Project, in which artist (and, full disclosure, friend of mine) Jason Young commissioned a group of indie comics artists, from Chester Brown to Jim Woodring, redraw every page of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby‘s Fantastic Four #9.
The full list of contributing artists is below, and it’s a veritable who’s who of the top artists working for Marvel today. Check that out, along with a video trailer featuring few glimpses of the reimagined art, and look for Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 in stores on May 27th, 2020.
GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: TRIBUTE TO WEIN & COCKRUM #1
Written by LEN WEIN
Art by ALEX ROSS, KEVIN NOWLAN, CHRIS SAMNEE, MARCUS TO, SIYA OUM, STEPHEN SEGOVIA, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE, CARMEN CARNERO, BERNARD CHANG, AARON KUDER, TAKESHI MIYAZAWA, JUANN CABAL, GURIHIRU, MARK BROOKS, KRIS ANKA, PHIL NOTO, VALERIO SCHITI, LEINIL FRANCIS YU, MATTEO LOLLI, EMA LUPACCHINO, CARLOS GÓMEZ, IBAN COELLO, R.B. SILVA, RAMON ROSANAS, JOSHUA CASSARA, DAVID BALDEÓN, MARCELO FERREIRA, JAVIER GARRÓN, ROD REIS, JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ, MARCO CHECCHETTO, JEN BARTEL, MIKE DEL MUNDO, RAHZZAH, PEPE LARRAZ & MIKE HAWTHORNE
Cover by ADI GRANOV