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Cover Of The Day 1/13/15

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It’s hard to deny the force that was Jim Lee in the 1990s. For better or for worse he helped define a generation of artists and fans alike. Uncanny X-Men #275 was a gatefold cover showcasing the new iteration of the team and the reintroduction to the old Xavier Institute costumes. This issue was the middle of a 4 part story in space featuring the Shi’Ar that would sadly be one of the last stories longtime author Chris Claremont would pen for the series. I think you’ll agree that this cover highlights what Jim Lee does best.

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The Things I Do For Comics – WildC.A.T.S. (Vol. 1) #1-4

In the early 90’s during the Image Revolution I was that comic book company’s prime target audience. Translation: I was young and dumb with some extra money to spare and easily swayed by shiny holofoil covers. All I cared about were how cool the comic books looked. Any time I didn’t understand the story, I just chalked it up to being too young. While Mr. Liefeld made quite an impression on me, it was Jim Lee’s work that I couldn’t get enough of. Loving his art on X-Men, I was thrilled to pick up his new creator owned series WildC.A.T.S.

Full disclosure, I owned a lot of WildC.A.T.S. issues from the 90’s, but was always so disappointed that after about issue #13 or so Jim Lee stopped drawing it. I would pick up issues hoping these were just fill in artists until he came back, which of course never really happened. That didn’t stop me from buying action figures (that were way too tall to coexist with X-Men ones) and even loving the WildC.A.T.S. cartoon from the same era. Recently, I decided to take up the task of re-reading the first 4 issues just to see what the hell was going on back then.

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The Evolutionary Patterns of Homo Superior

You know what’s missing from Marvel comics these days? It’s not just the feeling of permanence in the storytelling or the overall quality in the product they put out on a monthly basis. The notion that the creators are putting their best feet forward and not just taking monthly work to pay the bills while they publish their best stories as creator-owned works? Sure, that’s gone with the wind but there’s something else that used to be a staple of the industry, but seems to be gone for good.

The corner box illustration.

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Ep 087 – Evil Geeks Disassembled: Return To Dimension X – Chris Claremont’s X-Men Part 2

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Welcome to the second part of Biff & Kang’s long form discussion on Chris Claremont’s historic run as writer for the X-Men. This episode focuses on the later portion of his tenure from the often misunderstood (but fascinating) Outback era and the Siege Perilous up to 1991’s launch of X-Men Vol. 2 with artist Jim Lee. We also pick our X-Men dream teams from the Claremont era. So come take a trip down memory lane with us and possibly learn something while you’re at it. Get comfortable and give a listen.

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Evil Geek Book Report – Uncanny X-Men #268

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Biff is taking you back in time (as if you would expect anything else?). We’re going to a quieter and more simple time…1990, before things really got out of control. Today, I’m reviewing a classic, Uncanny X-Men #268 by long time X-Men scribe Chris Claremont and rising Marvel star artist, Jim Lee. This was an issue that tends to be singled out often in Claremont’s legendary run that I hadn’t read or at the very least hadn’t read since I was a little kid. So I figured, why the hell not?

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Cover Of The Day 7/2/14

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I’ve recently been reacquainting myself with my old friends the X-Men and falling in love all over again. Part of it is based on nostalgia for my youth but another part of it based on a franchise that has had some of the most talented writers in the business and some of the worst (paradoxically sometimes they are one in the same). The X-Men’s history contains some classic stories well known throughout comicdom and also boasts a stable of characters equally as famous.

The 90’s were a tough time for comics in general but one bright spot was Jim Lee’s art, especially his work for Marvel. Although we’ve already highlighted one of his X-Men covers, it was hard to resist posting this. He will certainly go down as one of the great X-Men artists and a fan favorite for anyone who was reading during that time period. In my eyes he draws the definitive Wolverine (especially in the brown and tan costume) and Psylocke. I could go on and on about him facilitating a much needed costume overhaul for many of the core team members. Not to mention, I’m crazy for his corner box redesign in the top left corner for the soon to come X-Men (vol.2) It just seemed so cool for the time.

This cover is from Uncanny X-Men #274 in 1991 about half way through his tenure and shortly before they would launch the title into two books. For me, I can’t get enough of it. I love the pulpy aesthic and it taking place in the Savage Land with Ka-Zar helps give it a Tarzan feel. Magneto, a depowered Rogue with a side of Nick Fury? You can’t lose.

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