is without question one of the most successful comic book properties in history. Created in 1963 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, by the ‘80s, the X-Men rose to the top of the sales charts and ignited into a full fledged franchise. From “The X-Men” spawned such successful titles as “Uncanny X-Men,” “X-Factor,” “New Mutants,” “X-Force,” “Excalibur,” “Alpha Flight,” “Astonishing X-Men,” “Ultimate X-Men” and many more. Beyond comic books
, the X-Men have expanded into animated series, toy lines, a plethora of other merchandise and a film franchise earning a climbing total of over $1.85 billion dollars at the box office, worldwide.
As one may have ascertained from that list above, the “X-Men” franchise found a majority of its success in team books, rather than series starring solo characters. As a result, out of hundreds of characters affiliated with the franchise, only a few handfuls have been given an opportunity to find individual success, let alone actually achieving it.
Examining those characters, some statistics about the three most successful solo X-Men characters may surprise you. None of them were original members of the X-Men, nor were their first appearances in the lead “X-Men” or “Uncanny X-Men” comic book series. In fact, the most successful solo character was not even first introduced in an X-Men-related series. Only one of the three is an American (according to current continuity). And only one of them is a longstanding member of an X-Men proper team.
Factors used to determine success are number of solo starring comic books, box office receipts and variety and reach of merchandise.