Author: Darren Duncan
Created: 1997 December 18
Updated: 1998 April 25 (minor update; see UXM #192)
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************************************************************ * Continuity of the X-titles * ************************************************************ Version: 1.0.1 Created: 11 July, 1997 Published: 18 December, 1997 Minor Update: 25 April, 1998 (see UXM #192) Author: Darren Duncan E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ============================================================ Introduction ============================================================ Continuity is an unbroken connection or sequence. In the X-titles, it is that which makes each X-issue seem to be part of a greater, ongoing story, rather than an isolated, self-contained story. It is what makes the events of one issue affect the events of other issues. Continuity shows, through a sequence of issues spanning many books, the chronological history of any given character, team, or institution. When properly applied by the writers, it prevents a character from appearing in two books at the same time, or from appearing in New York when he's supposed to be in Nova Roma. This FAQ is meant to be a comprehensive list of all the issues in the various X-titles, displayed in the order that they occur in Marvel history. The list also includes many appearances of X-characters in other books, and in flashbacks from both the X-books and other books. The FAQ does not contain "every" appearance of each character, as they are hard to find, are often insignificant, and are sometimes done gratuitiously without regard for continuity. So we will pretend they never happened. For the sake of simplicity, I also am not including runs of non-X-titles which feature former or future X-characters, such as Avengers, Captain Britain, Champions, and Defenders. ============================================================ Structure ============================================================ This FAQ is a flow-chart which links all of the X-Men series and a lot of the X-Men miniseries and one-shots that were published between 1963 and 1996. The flow-chart shows the chronological order of events, with the earliest events on top, flowing down to the latest events on the bottom. This FAQ focuses on chronological accuracy, and I have made every effort to be complete. Each issue is its own linked item, with few exceptions. Many flashbacks are included, since many key events are told in flashbacks. Reprint issues are not included, as it is simplest to just go with the orignal publications. See the Symbol Glossary below for the meanings of what you see. The continuity information is divided into several sections, listed in the Time Periods Index: ============================================================ Symbol Glossary ============================================================ Series titles mostly appear full-length and in all-caps, and they are quite self-explanitory. So are the issue numbers, each of which appears as "#N". Annuals appear as "Ann#N" and Special Editions appear as "SpEd#N". Volume numbers appear as "vN", and are shown between the series name and the issue number. Limited series are identified with the title suffix of "ls". In cases where there are multiple stories in a book, backup stories are indicated with "/N" following the issue number, where N is the story number within the issue (eg: the third story in a certain annual would appear as "Ann#7/3"). Most of the linked items in the FAQ are entire single stories. In some cases, mostly with limited series, ranges of issues are referred to instead of single issues. Such ranges appear as "#sN-N". Or, only specific parts of an issue are referred to instead of the whole issue. Such instances are indicated with the use of a colon following the issue number. Here are some ways that specific parts are referred to (they may be combined): 1. ":N-N" or ":N-N,N-N" -- these are specific page ranges within the story (eg: pages 1 through 12 of a certain issue would appear as "#21:1-12"). Page references follow the same numbering scheme that the issue itself uses (eg: the issue's page numbers may count only the story pages, or they may count all of the pages, including advertisements). If the issue itself doesn't number the pages for us, then my page references count only the story pages. 2. ":fb" -- this linked item is a flashback shown in the issue; its specific location in the issue may be indicated with a page range. 3. ":ff" -- this linked item is a flash-forward shown in the issue; its specific location in the issue may be indicated. (Flash-forward is an antonym for flashback; it is a jump to the future instead of a jump to the past.) 4. ":tt" -- this story involves time-travel, and it exists in multiple places on the timeline. When you see the ":tt" designation, you will know that that issue is listed again somewhere else in the FAQ. 5. "a" or "b" -- these refer to first or second parts of a story where the exact point of division (what pages) is not known. Or they refer to the first or second parts of a page (the division is between panels). 6. Colons are sometimes used to show story contents, rather than indicate a part of the issue. "XXptN" indicates that the story is part of a numbered multi-part crossover, such as the Extinction Agenda ("EAptN"). Or the use of ":app" indicates that X-characters just have an appearance in the story, instead of major participation. Brackets are sometimes used to indicate which characters are in the story, or when the story takes place, or other comments. These are the parts of the ASCII arrows which link stories together: v A down-pointing arrow. If it is alone then the issue below it is after the one above it. If it is next to a > or < then it is an end of that arrow. > An end piece for a right-pointing arrow. < An end piece for a left-pointing arrow. - A middle piece for longer horizontal arrow. | A middle piece for longer vertical arrow. / A middle piece for longer diagonal arrow. \ A middle piece for longer diagonal arrow. + A middle piece for two lines that pass over each other v<- The issue below this is after the one above and to the right. ->v The issue below this is after the one above and to the left. -<v The issue above this is before the one below and to the left. v>- The issue above this is before the one below and to the right. <-> The issues on the left and right of this are concurrent. => The issue on the right of this occurs between pages/panels of the one to the left. <= The issue on the left of this occurs between pages/panels of the one to the right. ============================================================ Books Listed in this FAQ ============================================================ This FAQ includes hundreds of issues from dozens of series. But it focuses on the X-titles, which are included in their entirety (newest issues not included). Since the Uncanny X-Men is the longest running X-title, it can be used as a "reference ruler" for all of the other series. If you don't know where a particular series begins, you can find it by finding the issue of Uncanny X-Men (UXM) that it is closest to. Reference Series Issues Included Issues to do 301 - pre CABLE #s 1-4,9-11 #s 5-8,12-pre 142 - 201 DAZZLER #s 1-42 none 234 - pre EXCALIBUR #s 1-34,68-75 #s 35-67,76-pre 318 - pre GENERATION X none #s 1-pre 166 - 274 NEW MUTANTS #s 1-100 none 1 - pre UNCANNY X-MEN #s 1-310 #s 311-pre 234 - pre WOLVERINE #s 1-75 #s 76-pre 201 - pre X-FACTOR #s 1-75,84-93 #s 76-83,94-pre 280 - pre X-FORCE #s 1-5,16-25,32-34 #s 6-15,35-pre 322 - pre X-MAN none #s 5-pre 280 - pre X-MEN #s 1-30 #s 31-pre 300 - pre X-MEN UNLIMITED # 1 #s 2-pre Limited Series that are included: year 3761 ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS AND PHOENIX year 3761 ASKANI'SON 183 - 184 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 219 - 223 FALLEN ANGELS 219 - 220 FANTASTIC FOUR vs THE X-MEN 167 - 207 FIRESTAR 306 - 307 GAMBIT 183 - 192 KITTY PRYDE AND WOLVERINE 199 - 205 LONGSHOT 160 - 160 MAGIK 167 - 168 M S H CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS 180 - 181 M S H SECRET WARS 194 - 195 NIGHTCRAWLER 195 - 206 SECRET WARS II 168 - 172 WOLVERINE 236 - 242 X-TERMINATORS 192 - 193 X-MEN / ALPHA FLIGHT 219 - 220 X-MEN vs THE AVENGERS 179 - 180 X-MEN AND THE MICRONAUTS - 273 X-MEN SPOTLIGHT ON...STARJAMMERS Limited Series that are not yet included: BISHOP CABLE: BLOOD AND METAL DEADPOOL: THE CIRCLE CHASE DEADPOOL v.2 FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS AND PHOENIX ICEMAN ROGUE SABRETOOTH STARJAMMERS STORM WOLVERINE AND GAMBIT: VICTIMS There are hundreds of other issues also included, which is too many to list here. These issues (or most of the story within each) are chronologically out of order with the rest of their series: 1 X-FACTOR #47:fb occurs before UXM #55/2 184 NEW MUTANTS #63:fb occurs between pages of NMU #21 ??? NEW MUTANTS #82 is somewhere between NMU #s 13 and 57 244 EXCALIBUR #20 occurs between EXC #s 9 and 10 244 NEW MUTANTS #92:fb occurs between NMU #s 76 and 77 266 UNCANNY X-MEN #269 occurs between UXM #s 266 and 267 273 UNCANNY X-MEN #s 273 and 274 end with the same event 286 WOLVERINE #60 occurs between WOL #s 57 and 58 ============================================================ Time Periods Index ============================================================ 1. Featurettes and Character Biographies Not Part of Known Continuity 2. Origins of the X-Men Series: prior to UXM #1 3. Original X-Men stories: Uncanny X-Men #s 1-66 4. The X-Men in Transition: between UXM #66 and GSXM #1 5. Origins of the All New, All Different X-Men: prior to GSXM #1 6. All New, All Different X-Men, and more: between GSXM #1 and UXM #200 7. Absense of Xavier, and more: between UXM #200 and XFA #70 8. Beginning of Modern Storyline, and more: between XFA #70 and XME #41 9. Moments of Discontinuity: between X-Men #41 and X-MEN PRIME #1 10. Alternate History of the Age of Apocalypse: between X-Men #41:past and X-Men ALPHA #1 11. An Alternate Present Timeline: Age of Apocalypse, a World Without Xavier: between X-MEN ALPHA #1 and X-MEN OMEGA #1 12. Modern/Post AOA Storyline Begins: between XM PRIME #1 and UXM #333 13. Events Predicted in Future Timelines That Are Now Coming True 14. The Alternate Future Timeline of 2013 AD 15. The Future Timeline of 2062 AD 16. The Future Timeline of 3761 AD (See X-Force #20) 17. The Parallel Timeline of Mojoworld 18. Miscellaneous Future and Alternate Timelines ============================================================ Acknowledgements ============================================================ This FAQ is for everyone's use and enjoyment. I would greatly appreciate anyone's help in improving it. If you have any information, suggestions, comments, criticism or praise then I would love to hear from you. If you see any mistakes or omissions, please let me know, and I can fix them. Send e-mail to the above address. This FAQ was compiled from the continuity information provided by several sources: 1. The initial backbone was based on "The Official Marvel Index to the X-Men" (1994), written by Murray Ward with help from others, and published by Marvel Comics. All information from this source is assumed to be correct unless proven otherwise (and I have found several mistakes). 2. This backbone was modified and supplemented mainly from the countless hundreds of hours of notes that I made since 1993 while I closely read and studied my own issues of the various X-Men titles. I was generally thorough with my research and careful with writing decisions; and therefore, I think the results are very accurate. 3. Daniel McEwen's "dazzler.txt" told me how MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #12 and the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST limited series fit in between issues of the DAZZLER series. Due to its lesser popularity, the Dazzler series is not often documented. But thanks to Daniel, there is at least one complete and well written document covering the series. 4. Borere's X-Men Continuity FAQ v1.0 (Dec, 1995) was helpful as far as that I used its introductary layout as a guide for my own introductions. This document provides one-sentance synopses of most of the X-issues, often using the story name or the cover blurb. But the main feature of the document is that it displays the issues in approximate continuity order, called a "laundry list". I say approximate because the list is one-dimensional, a structure which can not show continuity accurately.* I did not use this document when making my Continuity FAQ, preferring to go directly to the source (or the official X-Men index), but I later used it to confirm that I was on the right track. * That is, with the way that the stories in the X-titles are organized, you simply can not put them all in a one-dimensional list and keep them in order. Most issues do not fit neatly between two issues of other series. I found that it is easier to maintain accuracy in a two-dimensional list. Here, for example, you can say that story A is after story B but not necessarily after story C. ============================================================ Revision History ============================================================ This is the general history of this FAQ, from its inception to the present. All versions were formatted as flow-charts. Up until 1997, they were all done on paper. 1. Late 1993: small charts were made on new '93 and '94 issues as they were read. 2. August, 1994: the first large-scale version copied continuity information from the 1994 Marvel X-Men Index. But the info wasn't properly interpreted and I tried to include all the links. The result was a big mess, and I stopped by UXM #255. 3. Winter, 1995: the second large-scale version was started from scratch. It also copied from the Marvel index, but interpreted it properly and didn't include needless links. This version covered every X-issue in the index, and has since been added to by my own reading and research. It still persists today. 4. 11 July, 1997: the first electronic version of the FAQ was created, with the intention to display on the internet. It was copied from the latest paper version, and includes most of that information. Since then it has been updated seperately. 5. 18 Dec, 1997: the electronic version was first released on the internet, as version 1.0. ============================================================ Featurettes and Character Biographies Not Part of Known Continuity ============================================================ UNCANNY X-MEN #43/2 starring Cyclops UNCANNY X-MEN #47/2 starring Iceman UNCANNY X-MEN #48/2 starring Beast UNCANNY X-MEN #57/2 starring Marvel Girl
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