The X-Men Masterworks volumes 7 and 8 covers the intervening years between the X-Men 66 and Giant-Size X-Men 1. But in recent years we’ve had new ‘hidden’ stories that takes place in the same period. In preparing my Hidden Years collection of 22 issues plus the back-up from X-Men 94, for me personally this was too big a bind for me as I like to limit my binds to no more than 20 issues per volume. So I decided to split the series in half, but still needed to beef up the volumes to a nice size.
So what to include with the John Byrne X-Men Hidden Years run? The latter issues were based on the story in Fantastic Four 102-104, so I included the original issues of those. I managed to find other new ‘hidden years’ stories and decided to include those. These are X-Men and Spider-Man 1, the first part of a 4 part series that features Kraven the Hunter; Fantastic Four World’s Greatest Comics 3 and 4 that features the X-Men and sentinels; Spider-Man Family 8 that features an Iceman story, and 9 that features a Marvel Girl story. If anybody know of any other new ‘hidden years’ stories that take place between X-Men 66 and Giant-Size X-Men 1, please let us know.
So for now, my map looks like this:
Vol.1 (16 issues)
X-Men and Spider-Man 1
Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Comics Magazine 3, 4
Spider-Man Family 8, 9
WildCATS / X-Men: The Silver Age 1
X-Men (1991) 94 (backup)
X-Men: The Hidden Years 1–9
Vol.2 (16 issues)
X-Men: The Hidden Years 10–22
Fantastic Four 102-104