A group of Marvel Comics artists including Alex Ross, Carmen Carnero, Mark Brooks, and more will pay homage to writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum's classic franchise-redefining Giant-Size X-Men #1 by re-creating the issue page-by-page in their own styles.
37 artists in all will contribute a page each to the re-creation, which will work from Wein's original script. A trailer sets the stage for the special issue:
“The artists were so excited to work on it because the art in this book inspired them all,” said X-Men line Editor Jordan D. White in the book's announcement. “Everybody involved loves this comic book and is doing amazing work. You’ve gotta check it out.”
The announced list of artists involved are Ross, Carnero, Brooks, Kevin Nowlan, Chris Samnee, Marcus To, Siya Oum, Stephen Segovia, Marguerite Sauvage, Bernard Chang, Aaron Kuder, Takeshi Miyazawa, Juann Cabal, Gurihiru, Kris Anka, Phil Noto, Valerio Schiti, Leinil Francis Yu, Matteo Lolli, Ema Lupacchino, Carlos Gomez, Iban Coello, R.B. Silva, Ramon Rosanas, Joshua Cassara, David Baldeon, Marcelo Ferreira, Javier Garron, Rod Reis, Javier Rodriguez, Marco Checchetto, Jen Bartel, Mike Del Mundo, Rahzzah, Pepe Larraz, and Mike Hawthorne.
“As a kid the X-Men was my very first comic and Len Wein and Dave Cockrum were instrumental in influencing me to become a comic book illustrator,” added artist Mark Brooks. “Being able to contribute to the recreation of a book that means so much to me is an honor and a privilege. This assignment along with the accompanying pressure to do Len and Dave justice is one I'm thrilled to take on as a thank you for showing a nerdy kid that it's okay to be different and pave your own path."
“The presence Wein and Cockrum have on comics is too immense to weigh,” artist Mike Hawthorne said. “I can honestly say their X-Men were my first love and it's a privilege to pay homage to these two giants and their contribution to our culture. I drew my page with my heart in hand, sirs. I hope it's enough. Thank you.”
Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 is due out May 27.