X-Men sold so poorly during the 1960s, it was cancelled for several years. When it relaunched in 1975, it became the most successful comic series in the world for decades. 1991's X-Men #1, for instance, sold 8.1 million copies, making it the best selling comic of all time.
Since X-Men seemed unstoppable, an adaptation sounded like the next logical step. Said adaptation arrived with the advent of the X-Men animated series, which debuted in 1992 and became an instant success. Even the creator of the series, Stan Lee, said the writers found more depth in the characters than he ever did while he was writing the comics.
Although there have been about a dozen cartoons based on the team since, the 1992 version is often considered to be the best animated incarnation of the team ever.
However, how X-Men came to be is just as entertaining as the show itself. Nobody thought it would succeed. In fact, one of the show's writers got chosen just a day before he started working on it. The whole thing was nearly cancelled twice by the time the first episode aired.
There are a whole host of fascinating facts about the nineties X-Men show, but these ones are the most mind-blowing of all...
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