is in the form of the Official Marvel Indexes.
They contain the title then the credits.
Characters that appear in each issue are listed
with their last and next appearances listed
(unless the next appearance is in the same
Characters are the X-Men that star in that comic.
Guest Stars are characters that usually appear in
other books and play an important role in the
story. Villains are the bad guys. Supporting
Characters are characters that appear regularly
in stories with the Feature Characters but aren't
members of the X-Men at the time of the issue
(like Archangel [who's a reserve member in
Claremont's issues] and Cecelia Reyes).
Guest Appearances list
characters from other comics that appear but not
in a major role. Other Characters gets all the
rest; not included are characters without full
names who never appear in another story. Cameo
Appearances count characters that appear but not
as part of the story, like when Phoenix thinks
about the missing Cyclops and we see an image of
Then comes details of
flashbacks and special notes (if any), followed
by a brief synopsis.
Paul O'Brien has a
similar X-Men index on his X-Axis site, covering Uncanny X-Men
#280 to #355. His index contains a lot of
interesting detail and behind the scenes
knowledge and critical analysis of these issues
and are well worth checking out.
I also have to say
thanks to the Marvel
which was a major reference point for character
continuity outside of the core titles.