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X-Men: The Hidden Years was a comic book series set in the Marvel Comics universe, which starred the company's popular superhero team, the X-Men. It was written by John Byrne, with illustrations by Byrne and Tom Palmer.

X-Men: The Hidden Years
Cover art for X-Men: The Hidden Years #1
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateDecember 1999 – September 2001
No. of issues22
Main character(s)X-Men
Creative team
Written byJohn Byrne
Penciller(s)John Byrne
Inker(s)Tom Palmer
Letterer(s)John Byrne
Colorist(s)Gregory Wright
Editor(s)Bob Harras
Jason Liebig
Lysa Hawkins
Joe Quesada

Publication historyEdit

The series was intended to fill in the team's chronology during the early 1970s when the original X-Men comic (#67–93) was publishing only reprints of earlier issues. According to Byrne, the series "was clearly finite, since [Giant-Size X-Men #1] was out there as an "end point" for my series, but the way I had it worked out, I could have easily done 100 issues or more before I had to send the team off to Krakoa."[1] However, as part of a retooling of the X-Men line, X-Men: The Hidden Years was cancelled, prematurely ending its run with issue #22.

Hidden Years featured the cast of the original X-Men and their villains, with a few appearances by characters who had not otherwise appeared at that point in time, such as Storm and the Phoenix Force.

See alsoEdit


  • X-Men #94 (November, 1999) (10 page story set between UXM #66 and THY #1)
  • X-Men: The Hidden Years #1-22 (December, 1999 – September, 2001)
  • X-Men: The Hidden Years - The Ghost and the Darkness (contains X-Men: The Hidden Years #1-7) ISBN 1-84653-155-1
  • X-Men: The Hidden Years - Volume One (contains X-Men: The Hidden Years #01-12 and excerpts from X-Men #94) ISBN 9780785159698
  • X-Men: The Hidden Years - Volume Two (contains X-Men: The Hidden Years #13-22) ISBN 9780785159698


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)