Browsing comic books is a great source of design inspiration, from character design to landscape concepts. Following on from our first showcase focusing solely on comic book inspiration – From Pencil To Paper, Inspiring Comic Book Art and not longer after I followed on focusing on two comic book artists with a guest post on Abduzeedo – Incredible Illustrations by Mitch & Elizabeth.

Today we focus on one of my favourite set Marvel Heroes, the X-Men. Enjoying them as an animated series on Jetix to feature films! A few facts about the X-men:

The X-Men are a superhero team in the Marvel Comics Universe. They were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963). The basic concept of the X-Men is that under a cloud of increasing anti-mutant sentiment, Professor Xavier created a haven at his Westchester mansion to train young mutants to use their powers for the benefit of humanity, and to prove mutants can be heroes.

Xavier recruited Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast and Jean Grey, calling them “X-Men” because they possess special powers due to their possession of the “X-Gene,” a gene normal humans lack but which gives Mutants their abilities. Early on, however, the “X” in X-Men stood for “extra” power which normal humans lacked. It was alluded that the mutations were incurred as a result of radiation exposure… –Wikipedia

Each week I will be featuring a different Super Hero taken from the DC and Marvel series.

But first, if you haven’t seen the upcoming trailor for X-Men: First Class, please check out this video below:

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Please note that clicking on the illustration preview below will take you to the full sized version and will also give you the opportunity to visit the artistss full portfolio.

XMEN :: Gambit and Rogue by Red-J

XMEN :: Gambit and Rogue by Red-J

xmen first class by amilcar-pinna

xmen first class by amilcar-pinna

xmen colored for practice by MSpicer76

xmen colored for practice by MSpicer76

Xmen… ASTONISH by 2ngaw

Xmen... ASTONISH by 2ngaw

XMEN groupshot final colors by gammaknight

XMEN groupshot final colors by gammaknight

Rogue Xmen by ErikVonLehmann

Rogue Xmen by ErikVonLehmann

Uncanny Xmen 500 alt. cover by CeeCeeLuvins

Uncanny Xmen 500 alt. cover by CeeCeeLuvins

Psylocke -Xmen- by diabolumberto

Psylocke -Xmen- by diabolumberto

printed xmen wizard cover by skage

printed xmen wizard cover by skage

X-Men revived by enchance

X-Men revived by enchance

Gambit by JPRart

Gambit by JPRart

She-Hulk in X-men by silvercenturion

She-Hulk in X-men by silvercenturion

x-men 9 – captain america var by johntylerchristopher

x-men 9 - captain america var by johntylerchristopher

X-Girls by mansarali

X-Girls by mansarali

X-Men Steampunk by Ronron84

X-Men Steampunk by Ronron84

X-Men by Valzonline

X-Men by Valzonline

Dark Phoenix by Candra

Dark Phoenix by Candra

X-Men Annual Cover by diablo2003

X-Men Annual Cover by diablo2003

X Men 205 cvr, Campbell by Eldelgado

X Men 205 cvr, Campbell by Eldelgado

Uncanny X-Men 528 Cover Final by TerryDodson

Uncanny X-Men 528 Cover Final by TerryDodson

X-Men © Marvel Comics

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