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X-Men was an animated TV series that aired on Saturday Mornings on the Fox Kids network and debuted in 1992. The show was base on Marvel Comic’s popular and long-running comic book series by the same name. The series took three years to go to air after there was poor reception for its 1989 pilot episode Pryde of the X-Men. The animated series underwent many changes from its pilot episode, and throughout its running time, the comic book followed many story lines from the comic books closely, although it stayed away from the comic book’s darker plots. [1]


Coming after the removal of animated series based on toys such as Thundercats and Transformers, X-men is noteworthy because it was instead based on a pre-existing comic book series and not a toy. Additionally Marvel Comics (and not the Fox network) controlled the X-Men comics and were in charge of its writers. Even after the shows final episode was made, after 5 seasons and 76 episodes, the Fox Kids network continued to air re-run episodes until 1998. [2]


The show draws on several prominent storylines from marvel comics such as Astroid M, the Legacy Virus, but some episode were also original to the series. The shows usual cast was comprised of the X-men Professor X, Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Rogue, Gambit, Storm and Jubilee, but many other X-Men such as Colossus had cameos in at least one episode.

X-Men’s Ending

The X-men’s series was very popular and as a result a video game and separate comic book series were created and based on the animated series. Although the show remained popular in its final season, Fox Kids did not pick up the show for a second season.