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Knowledge Waits: 20 Rejected X-Men Covers

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we take a look at 25 X-Men covers that were turned down for publication by Marvel. I used Chris Haizlip's amazing The Unpublished X-Men site for a lot of these.

Here are the covers in chronological order.

Here's Jack Kirby and Chic Stone's rejected cover for X-Men #10...

Here is their published cover...

Here is Werner Roth's rejected cover for X-Men #33...

Here is Gil Kane's rejected replacement cover for the issue...

Here is Kane's published cover...

Here is Don Heck's rejected cover for X-Men #38...

Here is Dan Adkins' published cover....

Here are two rejected covers by Don Heck for X-Men #48...

Here is John Romita and Frank Giacoia's published cover...

Here is Barry-Windsor Smith and Mike Esposito's rejected cover for X-Men #53...

Here is his published cover...

Here is Neal Adams' rejected cover for X-Men #56...

Here is the slightly different published cover...

Here is John Byrne's unpublished cover for Uncanny X-Men #142...

Here is Terry Austin's classic published cover...

Here is Paul Smith's rejected cover for Uncanny X-Men #169...

Here is the published cover...

This probably doesn't count, exactly, but it is close enough. Here is a rejected early cover sketch for Uncanny X-Men #173 by Paul Smith...

Here is his classic published cover...

Here is Barry Windsor-Smith's original cover for Uncanny X-Men #205...

Here is his published cover...

Go to the next page for the next group of ten rejected covers...

Here is Mike Collins and Joe Rubinstein's rejected cover for Uncanny X-Men #264...

Here is Jim Lee's published cover...

Here is a rejected early cover sketch by Jim Lee for X-Men #7...

Here is Jim Lee's published cover...

Here is John Romita Jr.'s rejected cover for Uncanny X-Men #310...

Here is his published cover...

Here is another JRjr rejected cover, which is a weird one, since it looks like the entire plot for the issue in question was squelched, as I don't even know what issue this would be for...

Here is Carlos Pachecho's rejected cover for X-Men #63...

Here is the published cover by Pacheco and Art Thibert...

Here is a rejected cover by Dusty Abell and Drew Geraci for X-Men #75...

Here is the published cover by Carlos Pacheco and Art Thibert (it's possible that the Abell/Geraci cover was meant to be a variant)...

Here is the rejected cover for Uncanny X-Men #388 by Salvador Larroca...

Here is his published cover...

Here is Ethan Van Sciver's rejected cover for New X-Men #119 (rejected because of the cigarette usage)...

Here is Frank Quitely and Tim Townsend's published cover...

Here is Salvador Larroca's original cover design for six interconnected covers for X-Treme X-Men...

Here are the four that they published...

Here is a detail on the Rogue one..

Finally, here is a rejected Paul Smith cover, presumably for Uncanny X-Men #453...

Here is Greg Land's published cover...

That's it! A lot of cool rejected covers!

If you have any suggestions for future Knowledge Waits editions, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

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