This week’s pick for #SuperheroSaturdays is one of our favorite Marvel teams – the X-Men Blue Team. Image is by Ian MacDonald and Anthony Francisco.
The X-Men’s 50 year history has been great! The X-Mansion has been home to dozens — if not hundreds — of mutants over the years. The X-Men Blue Team came during the 1990’s era of X-Men. If you’re a ’90s X-Men fan, odds are the X-Men Blue Team and X-Men Gold Team conjures up a lot of nostalgia for you. While the Gold Team included more experienced members; the X-Men Blue Team was their newer and rougher members. Lead by Cyclops, the team included Beast, Wolverine, Gambit, Rogue, Psylocke and Jubilee.
The initial era of X-Men was consistent with the original team of Cyclops, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Angel, Iceman and Beast. Still, the 70’s and 80’s introduced many new mutants like Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, and Nightcrawler — expanding the X-Men to double digits. Thus, we saw several teams form to fight justice. These included but are not limited to “X-Factor”, “Excalibur”, and “New Mutants”. The “Mutant Genesis” initiative saw sweeping changes to the X-Men line. Under Cable, the New Mutants cut ties with the X-Men, and became “X-Force”. Havok and Polaris took control of “X-Factor” with a number of lesser-known mutants. As the original X-Men returned to the flagship series, the X-Men Blue and Gold teams were formed. While all the X-Men lived at the X-Mansion, the two teams operated independently and went on separate missions.
In 1991, Marvel launched a X-Men book to accommodate the larger-than-ever roster. A new series, titled “X-Men,” would star the Blue team while “Uncanny X-Men” would feature the Gold team. “X-Men” #1 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee introduced the Blue team. Their inaugural mission put them up against Magneto and his Acolytes. In 2017, Marvel relaunched a new version of X-Men Blue, bringing back original X-Men characters with intriguing twists.