Mulder and Scully weren't the first. A brand-new 5-issue comic miniseries will look at the creation of the FBI's "X-Files" office back in the '40s, and the beginnings of a mystery that stretches through the decades.
Here's the official description from IDW:
In the 1940s, a shadowy informant known as "Mr. Xero" directed the FBI to a number of paranormal cases that would soon be classified as "X-Files," which were reserved for the improbable and unexplainable. When faced with an eerily similar "Mr. Zero" in the present, Agent Mulder resolves to uncover the truth about who this mystery person is and their connection to these cases.
"The origins of the X-Files unit of the FBI were only hinted at in the TV show, and we're proud to present the story of how the precursors of our favorite paranormal agents established the division in the late 1940s," says editor Denton J. Tipton. "I think Bing and Millie will become fan-favorites alongside Mulder, Scully, Reyes and Doggett."
"I've always thought the 40s would be a wonderful setting for X-Files, with the Russian red menace, atomic mutations and flying saucers all lurking in the shadows— what I like to think of as 'UFO Noir,'" said [writer Karl] Kesel from an undisclosed location. "Of course, iconic characters like Mulder and Scully are a joy to write, and being given the opportunity to introduce their predecessors— Bing Ellinson and Millie Ohio— well, the truth is it's all a little unbelievable to me. But the unbelievable is what X-Files is all about, isn't it?"
"Bing Ellinson"? Well, to be fair, it's no more ridiculous than "Fox Mulder." And besides, the idea of The X-Files set in the '40s sounds awesome to me. The first issue is currently set for July.
[Via Comic Book Resources]