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Panel Of The Day 6/12/15

Taking a cue from a previous panel of the day when we featured a comic book ad we bring you 1987’s The Fall Of The Mutants.

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After the unexpected success of the Mutant Massacre crossover the year before featuring (the then current X-Titles) Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor and New Mutants Marvel demanded more. For better or worse going forward we’d now more or less get a company mandated X crossover yearly. Some were ok and some were pretty fucking far from ok (X-Cutioner’s Song I’m looking in your direction). However with this particular crossover the events of each title don’t intersect or dovetail like the previous Mutant Massacre. Here the idea for the crossover is more thematic where each team undergoes a very big and relatively dark change. This is where in the pages of X-Factor Angel first became Archangel, a horseman of Apocalypse spinning out of the events of the last crossover. The X-Men die in an epic battle in Dallas only to be resurrected of course but the world at large watches them die on the news. They are given the Siege Perilous which will come into play a little further down the line and change X-Men history forever.  The New Mutants well…they did New Mutant type things but it did result in the death of member Doug Ramsey.

It’s a pretty dark period for Marvel’s Merry Mutants and this in house comic ad by then X-Men artist Alan Davis perfectly showcases that perfectly.

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Cover Of The Day 2/24/15

Our cover of the day is an excellent variant for All New X-Men #36 by the artist Jock. It’s a slam dunk for me using two of my (and everyone else’s) favorites Rocket Raccoon and Groot and paying homage to the classic 1983 Paul Smith Uncanny X-Men #173 cover.

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Marvel’s Inability To Properly Trade Chris Claremont’s X-Men Run

I’ve ranted before about Marvel’s strange and erratic trade publishing methods and schedule, especially for older material. The newly minted Epic Collection is seemingly trying to correct that a bit and focus on publishing material that is either hard to come by or hasn’t ever been traded before.  Each volume associated with a character or team is numbered but not being put out in chronological order. So for instance (at the time of writing) Daredevil only has one volume published, which is 18. This covers the Fall From Grace storyline from the early 90’s. The X-Men have one volume of the Epic Collection released thus far and it’s Volume 1 which contains the first 23 issues of the 1960’s Stan Lee era.

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So what’s my gripe?

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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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Cover Of The Day 11/28/14

Uncanny X-Men 253

X-Men AGAIN? They certainly have been highlighted by me far more than any other comic in our Cover Of The Day feature. Not only is it the title I know the best, they also have a rich history of artists that worked on it throughout it’s lifespan. By 1989 Chris Claremont’s X-Men had been through the ringer. Having been sucked through the Siege Perilous a few issues prior the entire team had been spit out in different locations across the world and were left at a crossroads trying to find a way back to one another. Marc Silvestri’s cover for #253 perfectly illustrates that separation and the different factions of characters. I love how it’s designed in a way that it pays homage to the old painted movie posters of yesteryear. Jim Lee would very soon become the name more closely associated with this time period of Uncanny X-Men artists, but Silverstri’s work on the title speaks for itself.

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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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