Nostalgically revisiting the comics of the 1980s since 2008.
There are a few images floating around like this. I always assumed these were promo pieces for the Muir Island Saga before X-Men #1 but there are things like different costumes on characters and different line-ups that make me think these might be experimentations for the series' new direction.http://cdn.comicartfans.com/Images/Category_6686/subcat_13536/LeeXPromo.jpghttp://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j78/jephyork/X-Men-Poster-Tryptich.jpg
Actually, in my search I just found this forum thread about where the images came from: http://marvelmasterworksfansite.yuku.com/topic/16049/Help-me-identify-Jim-Lee-XMen-art#.UlbqlWQa9RE
Thanks for the help Ian!
Here's another site with info about this time period: http://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/5737/did-chris-claremont-have-to-change-his-long-term-plans-for-the-x-men-in-the-earlWith there being so many images of odd rosters and differing costumes around this time (1990-91) I think it's safe to say that plans for X-Men #1 and Uncanny #281 were set in stone last minute. It seems like Claremont wanted things to go one way but editorial pushed him in another. It makes sense, seeing as he left 3 issues into the new X-Men series over issues with editorial (Mainly how they sided with Jim Lee on issues since he was the new, young, hot talent).
Aaaaand one more post about this: http://secretsbehindthexmen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/x-men-and-x-factor-united.htmlI find this really interesting. I've always viewed the early 90's X-Men as "my" version of the team since it's when I discovered them. I actually saw Chris Claremont at NYCC today, I wonder if he remembers what these images were all about.
Thanks for all this research!