Dark Phoenix trounces The X-Men AGAIN, Professor X PSYCHIC BATTLES Phoenix, and Scott thinks this is a swell time to propose to Jean in "Uncanny X-Men" #136 (August 1980) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver (welcome back, Glynis!) #DarkPhoenixSaga pt8 *Jean and The Phoenix Force return to Earth...
*... yet the most powerful cosmic force in the galaxy chooses to nostalgia-visit Jean's childhood home.
*Phoenix defeats her best friend Ororo physically and emotionally
*there's so much to unpack about Jean Grey's repressed dark side and Logan's instinctual understanding of it that even in 2018, mainstream comic books aren't equipped to handle it. But Claremont & Byrne introduced plenty of kink variables in this epic story that deserve to eventually be explored when pop culture is mature enough to handle it.
*Jean has a moment of clarity, then blasts Wolvie in a moment of re-unclarity.
*Scott battles Jean with the glory of love...
*... but Professor X has a goddamn smackdown w her...
*... which he wins, but only cause Jean fought against the lustful Phoenix glory.
*Scott and Jean GET ENGAGED!!!!!
*that's when The X-Men get teleported to a different galaxy to answer for Jean's genocide, setting up DPS's climactic conclusion.
Wolverine becomes the Wolvie we know, recognize, and love while the rest of The X-Men go from defeated to degraded in "Uncanny X-Men" #133 (May 1980) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver #DarkPhoenixSaga pt5
*Wolverine does ninja-ceiling shit before, for the VERY FIRST TIME, spends an entire issue just shredding motherfuckers down. Specifically, the Hellfire Knights. It becomes a plot point in "The New Mutants" that the knights who survived are so PTSD'ed, Wolverine is literally their greatest fear. And I think some became Reavers too.
*Moira Moira-splains what's up with Jean, and why Mastermind is playing with (a celestial) fire(-god).
#Cyclops on the astral plane where Jean's in the 18th century w Jason Wyngarde, cause love.
*Scott & Mastermind sword fight, but in a symbolic psychic way.
*Wolvie be PLOWIN'
*Mastermind stabs Scott in a symbolic psychic but also maybe fatal way.
*Wolvie's the last variable in effect cause Jean's brainwashed, and the rest of The X-Men are losin'. #XMen#UncannyXMen#Marvel#Wolverine#HellfireClub#JeanGrey#Phoenix#Cyclops#JasonWyngarde#Mastermind#MoiraMacTaggert#Banshee#Storm#Colossus#Nightcrawler#ChrisClaremont#JohnByrne#TerryAustin#GlynisOliver
THIS ICONIC SCENE (depicted poorly in the movies) happens (just before Jean betrays The X-Men, and joins The Hellfire Club) in "Uncanny X-Men" #132 (April 1980) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver #DarkPhoenixSaga pt4 *believing the X-Mansion unsafe, Cyclops defies Professor X's order and instead takes the team to Angel's aerie.
*Warren takes Scott to a butte, and Scott, not known for opening up, opens up...
*... about The Hellfire Club...
*... and Jean...
*The X-Men clean up nice to infiltrate The Hellfire Club, and Piotr feels sociologically guilty cause of course he does.
*FIRST FULL APPEARANCE OF DONALD PIERCE, who later founds THE REAVERS (who go on to fuck up /devastate The X-Men on literally a goddamn Arthurian level). Also Shaw tells Mastermind it's time to flip Jean, and... this has consequences.
*in a shot straight outta a Polanski-at-his-sleaziest film, Wyndgarde whisks a mindfucked Jean Grey away, and Scott, in pursuit, finally discovers MASTERMIND is the mastermind behind Jean's Wyngarde mindfuckery.
*Cyclops gets psychic'ed through a door, and the culprit is fully brainwashed Jean, new Black Queen Of The Hellfire Club.
*X-Men defeated from an attack she herself lead, The Black Queen receives a celebratory toast.
Dazzler dazzles, Kitty & Piotr catch feelings, Phoenix gets darker, and The X-Men hit back hard at The Hellfire Club in "Uncanny X-Men" #131 (March 1980) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver #DarkPhoenixSaga pt3
*Kitty Pryde has gone through Hell in her 12hrs since meeting The X-Men, and I am never not astonished at the bonkers big concern, fear, empathy and protectiveness I feel for this fictional character.
*Kitty meets future X-Men and Excalibur teammate Nightcrawler FOR THE FIRST TIME. The evolution of their relationship is trying and wonderful.
*Mastermind's mindfucking mindfuckery rears it's ugly head in the real world as Jean gets more seduced with her own power and darker urges.
*Kitty and Jean. my two favorite X-People meet for the FIRST TIME, this is the emotion, and I am tears and ❤️❤️❤️❤️💔💔💔💔
*Nightcrawler, Dazzler, Phoenix, Cyclops, Shadowcat - what a fun lineup! I would read the hell out of that spinoff.
*Jean reads the Hellfire Knights' minds, starts putting the Jason Wyngarde shit together, and shares none of it with anyone cause that might have been helpful.
*Dazzler dazzles the fuck out of the Hellfire Club.
*Jean Grey and Emma Frost meet. FOR THE FIRST TIME...
*... it goes as well as you'd expect.
*finally, call Tears For Fears, cause Piotr and Kitty are "sewing the seeds of love". ["sweet T4T reference, Beowulf"/"Thanks Beowulf, glad you dug it"] #XMen#UncannyXMen#Marvel#KittyPryde#Shadowcat#JeanGrey#Phoenix#Cyclops#Storm#Wolverine#Nightcrawler#Colossus#Excalibur#HellfireClub#Dazzler#EmmaFrost#WhiteQueen#Mastermind#JasonWyngarde#ChrisClaremont#JohnByrne#TerryAustin#GlynisOliver
FIRST APPEARANCE OF DAZZLER, Jean debuts as Black Queen when Mastermind does what's tantamount to psychic sexual assault, and Scott gets jealous af in #DarkPhoenixSaga pt2 in "Uncanny X-Men" #130 (February 1980) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver
*FIRST APPEARANCE OF DAZZLER. Kitty Pryde will always be my favorite X-Person, but Dazzler is def 2nd or 3rd, especially during the '80's. She began as a coked out collab between Marvel and Casablanca Records, but grew into SO much more. Even today, the day I post this, CBR had an article arguing she's an Omega Level mutant.
*i actually felt bad here for Scott until he had to get all judgmental about the Dazzler fans going in the club. (also, don't worry, Scott, in a decade + change, you'll have MORE than enough moral superiority over Xavier. And in a decade + change after that, you'll murder him)
*FIRST FULL APPEARANCE of Hellfire Club Black King Sebastian Shaw.
*this is literally Kitty's second issue, and this 13yr old is already responsible for being the ONLY HOPE of the entire team.
*WTF? You'd think White Queen Emma Frost would've briefed the Hellfire soldiers on Kitty's power.
*Mastermind, who has now severed Jean Grey's connection to reality more times than Wolverine and Colossus have thrown a #FastballSpecial , debuts her as Hellfire Club Black Queen.
*Shaw watching Jean kiss Jason Wyngarde in the fractured reality turns into Scott watching the love of his life kiss Jason Wyngarde in real reality, and he isn't thrilled.
*Spoiler: you f w Dazzler's show - she'll dazzle the f outta you.
*Kitty comes through and contacts Nightcrawler, and apparently car phones existed in 1980?
*I. FUCKING. HATE. MASTERMIND. HE. IS. A. FUCKING. MONSTER.
The X-Men make their stand against Proteus in their final adventure before #DarkPhoenixSaga (and of the 1970s) in "Uncanny X-Men" #128 (December 1979) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver
*Proteus, son of Moira MacTaggart, possessing the body of his murdered father Joe MacTaggart, gets too Oedipal for comfort in the heart of Scotland.
*The X-Men, who've been clobbered by Proteus TWICE race to confront him cause that's what heroes do. Also, I love the suggestion that X-Men are forced to run where X-Women can fly.
*a quick chart of Proteus' body count/progression.
*Look, Jean Grey is no damsel in distress, and the LAST person who needs some man to save her. That being said, friendly reminder: if you mess w Jean, Wolverine will have feelings about it.
*Proteus' host body eviscerated in the middle of a Summers brothers sandwich.
*and Colossus delivers the killshot to Proteus' true form. Bye Proteus.
*in case any of you were thinking "y'know, that Mastermind seems like a cool guy, I bet he's got some progressive views on feminist gender roles..." (art by John Bolton from a supporting story by Ann Nocenti)
*Mastermind VS White Queen *back cover by John Bolton
The X-Men get clobbered, Moira's husband is a dick, and Wolverine proves there's no healing factor for a crying panic attack in "Uncanny X-Men" #127 (November 1979) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver
*i'd be lying if I said I had any idea what this Havok/Polaris back cover by John Bolton is about. But I support it.
*"Quality Of Hatred". I love the idea there's hatred connoisseurs who're like "that hatred's inspiring, but that hatred is negligible."
*Moira's husband/Proteus's father is a toxic male fuckhead who won't let Moira out of their marriage, thus no one is sad when Proteus kills him.
*Wolvie got so fucked up, he is literally crying. Scott "cykes" him back to health.
*another scene of Scott realizing how bonkers-powerful Jean is as we stampede towards the #DarkPhoenixSaga .
*Proteus as his Dad v his Mom is unsettling af.
*Scott's all of a sudden willing to make the sacrifice play despite preventing Moira from doing just the same thing earlier this issue.
*Havok + Polaris
Jean Grey officially rejoins The X-Men, FIRST PROPER APPEARANCE OF PROTEUS, and reality gets warped in the incredible "Uncanny X-Men" #126 (October 1979) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver
[to the tune of "Sussudio": "pro-pro-Proteus"]
*reprint back cover of Wolverine warped by Proteus illustrated by John Bolton
*sweet "Little Shop Of Horrors" reference becomes a deeper cut when taken into consideration this came out in 1979 (7yrs before the Frank Oz film, 3yrs before the Broadway musical). At this point "Audrey II" is just a reference to an obscure 1960 Roger Corman film. BUT what really messes with me is the Corman film had the plant called "Audrey Jr". Did Claremont coin "Audrey II"?
*the Muir Isle mutants learn the X-Men are still alive. Havok and Colossus reunite.
*❤️❤️💔Scott IS the worst, but I still ❤️❤️💔 this era of Scott and Jean. So. So. Much. 💔💔💔
*Madrox sacrificed himself (literally) to save Lorna, and we learn Proteus is Moira's SON.
*stupid goddamn motherfucking Mastermind not realizing the horror he's unleashing by mindfucking Jean with more 18th century Victorian delusions (this is the second).
*Proteus reality-warping Wolverine and Nightcrawler.
*Proteus still reality-warping Wolverine and Nightcrawler (now in a supporting story written by Ann Nocenti, illustrated by John Bolton, which serves as a "Directors Cut" of the Wolverine/Nightcrawler/Proteus battle.
*Proteus reality-warping Wolverine.
Today we reach a milestone (cause Marvel thinks all multiples of 25 are a milestone) and lots of table setting in "Uncanny X-Men" #125 (September 1979) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver
*Moira tests Jean's cosmic-level Phoenix powers, confirming Jean Grey is effortlessly bonkers-powerful.
*Magneto's chillin' on Asteroid M in outer space, nursing his wounds after his SECOND VICTORY IN A ROW against The X-Men. His record w this lineup is 2-0.
*FIRST CANONICAL APPEARANCE/MENTION OF MAGDA
*Mastermind (as Jason Wyngarde) brags about being the creepiest sleaze in the Marvel universe who deserves every negative thing that happens to him, and if I saw him in real life, I'd kill him myself.
*OH SHIT. Jean has her FIRST 1800s Victorian mind-fuckery experience. #DarkPhoenixSaga is NEAR.
*Scott Summers hears Jean's still alive, and his first thought isn't "oh really? That's weird, cause instead of grieving, I just immediately jumped into a relationship w Colleen Wing".
*"Human, I... need... you!" is my least favorite thing for a non-human entity to say to me when I'm on the phone with a friend who is also my boyfriend's brother. [to the tune of "Sussudio": "pro-pro-Proteus"]
*reprint back cover by John Bolton
*original cover from reprint
Storm proves FRIENDSHIP is the greatest mutant power of all in "Uncanny X-Men" #124 (August 1979) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver
*gotta hand it to Arcade, he does love his job. Must feel like he's never worked a day in his life.
*Cyclops and Wolvie tell Proletarian that Arcade brainwashed him, and he responds with the classic "NO, YOU DID" defense.
*Shoutout to "BattleStarWars1999"... or as we now know it, "Star Wars, Ep1 TPM" (1999). Also Shoutout to Banshee not spending the whole time shouting "wtf am I doing here, I don't even have powers!" which is probably what I would be doing.
*Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Hulk/Magneto Fire
*great. More crap with The Proletarian.
*Storm fights Colossus's brainwashing with the power of friendship...
*... and ...
*... Holy Shit, it works!
*The X-Men survive Murderworld, and Arcade, ever the gentleman, leaves a congratulatory note.
*original cover reprinted
*back cover of reprint by John Bolton
Cyclops, defined at this point by his unconditional love for Jean Grey, thinks she's dead for just a few issues and has no trouble immediately dating Colleen Wing in "Uncanny X-Men" #122 (June 1979) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver.
*Scott Summers, who is the reason therapists were invented, wonders why suddenly unconfident Colossus won't open up about his emotions.
*Wolverine, being uncharacteristically selfless, places himself in mortal danger, forcing Colossus to use all of his abilities to prevent him from being killed.
*FIRST CANON APPEARANCE OF MASTERMIND AS "JASON WYNGARDE" (although we already covered him beginning to mindfuck Jean in a reprint issue supporting story). Mastermind's gross-as-fuck, diabolical-as-fuck manipulation of Jean Grey is what sets the #DarkPhoenixSaga into motion. It's coming. It's coming.
*oh this? just Mastermind continuing to be a fucking monster to a fictional character WITH WHOM I AM IN LOVE.
*Storm walks into a heroin den. If you look closely, you'll see one junkie graffiti'ed "White Castle" on the wall.
*ok, seriously folks, how many times do I have to write "DON'T. FUCK. WITH. STORM"? It's like every post. Leave Storm alone. If you fuck w Storm, things will not go well for you.
*Luke Cage and Misty Knight burst on the scene.
*social commentary alert: see second panel for Luke cage dropping truth bombs.
*for the first time since the new team got together, Black Tom and Juggernaut return. Recap - BeoJudgement: Juggernaut: awesome; Black Tom: stupid.
*oh ddddaaaammmMMMMMMMNNNNNNNNN - it's ARCADE, muthafuckas!! Murderworld in the house!!! #XMen#UncannyXMen#Marvel#Cyclops#JeanGrey#Phoenix#ColleenWing#DaughtersOfTheDragon#Wolverine#Colossus#Mastermind#JasonWyngarde#Storm#LukeCage#MistyKnight#BlackTomCassidy#Juggernaut#Arcade#Murderworld#ChrisClaremont#JohnByrne#TerryAustin#GlynisOliver
Canada 🇨🇦 is still the bad guy AND I AM UNSETTLED BY THIS in "Uncanny X-Men" #121 (May 1979) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver
*back cover by John Bolton from the reprint supporting story by Ann Nocenti
*Cyclops and Colossus are attacking CALGARY?? John Byrne, how could you let this happen?
*CANADIAN SUPERHERO TEAM ALPHA FLIGHT
*Snowbird, it's STORM. Of course she can.
*Storm deals w giant Canadian arctic owl.
*when will X-villains listen to me, and recognize they're no match for Storm and/or Phoenix. No point in trying. Just walk away.
*🎶"I put my arm around her waist. Colossus put Sasquatch on the ground with judo" 🎶-Belle & Sebastian song parody
*if X-Men was a Three's Company episode, this is where the screen freezes and goes to credits. *remember a post or two ago where I was pointing out how refreshing it was to see Wolvie and Mariko, where Logan was very sweet, as opposed to with Jean, where he's creepy? Well, he's creepy again.
#XMen#UncannyXMen#Marvel#Cyclops#Colossus#Storm#Wolverine#JeanGrey#Phoenix#AlphaFlight#WeaponX Vindicator #Aurora#Snowbird#Sasquatch#Shaman#Northstar#ChrisClaremont#JohnByrne#TerryAustin#GlynisOliver#AnnNocenti#JohnBolton
FIRST APPEARANCE OF ALPHA FLIGHT (and I'm so disappointed w my country 🇨🇦) in "Uncanny X-Men" #120 (April 1979) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver
*not used to seeing Canada as the bad guys. WHY? Did we do WW2? Did Nazis come outta Winnipeg? (anyways, this Prime Minister sucks, and I'm confident Justin Trudeau does not approve of his direction).
*FIRST APPEARANCE OF ALPHA FLIGHT (VINDICATOR as "Vindicator", NORTHSTAR, SHAMAN, SNOW-BIRD, SASQUATCH, AURORA) Which is a weird way to kick them off, cause they're so wrong. John Byrne's Canadian, did he feel conflicted doing this story?
*Jean goes for her version of a run.
*Holy. Shit. Of all the things Jean Grey is known for, sense of humor is not one of them. But This. Is A Solid. Caustic. Joke.
*Rare footage of Sunfire not being a dick. *Wolverine's attraction to Mariko is different than his attraction to Jean. With Jean, he's a sleazy creep, but with Mariko, he's a vulnerable schoolboy. (only the second time he tells someone his name is Logan)
*Poor Banshee. Right now his only mutant power is moral support.
*every X-Men villain needs to follow this acct, cause how many times have I mentioned this? DO. NOT. PISS. OFF. STORM.
*John Bolton back cover of a supporting story written/illustrated by Tom Orzechowski
Banshee loses his powers for ELEVEN FREAKING YEARS (*real* years, not comic book years) in "Uncanny X-Men" #119 (March 1979) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver
*Twas the night before Christmas so a Kenyan weather goddess and a demonic-looking German teleporter are flying over volcanos in Japan... you know, that old chestnut.
*"Herr Osama... ?" Eesh. In all fairness, I'm sure Adolf used to be a perfectly acceptable name too.
*The prime minister gives the deal on Moses Magnum, and you better pay attention now, because he will literally never come up again this entire acct.
*just Banshee being awesome. No other reason for showing him, it's not like he'll be de-powered for 11yrs by the end of the issue.
*i'm not 100% clear how the Magnum Force works, but if it's enough to clobber Colossus, I agree, it's a threat.
*weird unnecessary reprint retcon: apparently Moses Magnum was saved by Apocalypse (who hadn't even been invented when this issue originally came out). And, as far as I know, this plot was never brought up again, so... WHY??
*Banshee's Last Stand (for 11years)
*hey Banshee, sure, you lost your powers, but hey! Surprise party!
*Jean arrives from Greece to Scotland, and meets up w Moira MacTaggert, Jamie Madrox, Polaris and Havok, setting up the net sweet story arc...
*back cover illustrated by John Bolton from a supporting story written by Ann Nocenti
#RIPStanLee thank you for giving us X-Men. In your work, you remain forever immortal.
Ok, here's today's issue:
FIRST APPEARANCE OF MARIKO YASHIDA, return of Sunfire, and a supporting story low-key sets the #DarkPhoenixSaga in motion in "Uncanny X-Men" #118 (February 1979) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Ric Vallamonte, colors by Glynis Oliver
*The X-Men, presumed dead after their battle w Magneto 5 issues back, continue their long homecoming, making it from Antarctica to Japan.
*SUNFIRE RETURNS! And his attitude is just as shitty as it was when he quit the X-Men 27-ish issues ago. Turns out Misty Knight has jurisdiction for some reason, which makes no sense, but I'm rolling with it, cause Misty.
*Misty calls Iron Fist long distance to tell him she and Colleen Wing won't be home cause they're working late, and also on a different continent.
*FIRST APPEARANCE OF MARIKO YASHIDA, and Wolverine is instantly smitten. It's actually kinda sweet, opposed to the shitty entitlement he feels towards Jean.
*for only the second time Wolvie (starts to) confess his real name is Logan.
*Moses Magnum reveals he's the one behind this anarchy in Japan. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where he receives an odd Claremont retcon.
*believing the X-Men to be dead, and with too many memories in New York, Jean Grey travels to Greece in an important supporting story by Claremont, illustrated by John Bolton.
*a disguised Jason Wyngarde, aka Mastermind, begins to psychically mindfuck Jean, manipulating her into becoming the Hellfire Club's new Black Queen.
*this sets the iconic #DarkPhoenixSaga in motion, and cements Mastermind as a sleazy ass creepy-as-fuck scum-monster who deserves every bad thing that ever happens to him.
The X-Men save The Savage Land, and close out 1978 in "Uncanny X-Men" #116 (December 1978) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Petra Scotese
*X-Men w Ka-Zar on the cusp of Anartica and The Savage Land aka "Holy Shit I Love John Byrne!!!"
*OH MY GOD JOHN BYRNE - look at the detail! Makes me want to reread early "Next Men".
*Storm back cover by John Bolton from the supporting story in "Classic X-Men" #22 (June 1988) written by Chris Claremont, colors by Glynis Oliver
*ZALADANE. UGH. I can't stand Zaladane. She's not as annoying as Eric The Red. And maybe just a tad less irritating than Selene (but not much). Garokk's all right, but he's not long for this world.
*I love when Cyclops gets to go off.
*Banshee for the save! Storm not so much, as Garokk falls to his death (bye Garokk).
*Wolverine full-page illustrated by THE Frank Miller, probably to promote the new (in 1988) ongoing "Wolverine" solo series.
*Storm doing her graceful goddess schtick
*original cover reprinted on back page
*ok, together maybe Zaladane and Garokk ARE kinda cute (art by Art Adams)
HELLO WE ARE BACK (therapy-mandated, thanks Brigid) FROM BREAK in "Uncanny X-Men" #115 (November 1978) written by Chris Claremont & John Byrne, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Petra Scotese
*"She-Mutant"? What the hell, Sauron? Do you also say "Lady Cop" and "Woman Doctor"?
*wonderful John Byrne splash page where Wolvie proves you can be in the heat of battle, and still drop sweet references to Greek mythology
*look, Wolverine's being mind controlled by Sauron, so Cyke was just doing his due diligence. But you know Scott really enjoyed this.
*"Wha? A Flying Savage?" At first I thought this was more ignorant bs Sauron banter, but then I recalled this place is literally called The Savage Land. If we were in Canada, and Sauron said "wha? A flying Canadian?", I'd probably feel he was just being prudent. Do love that Banshee's ego is bruised Sauron's never heard of him: "Dinna y'know hoo e'am?" Claremont would probably script it. Dude. Moira MacTaggert's in love w you. Your ego should be fine.
*Ka-Zar, I love you, but I have to agree w Wolverine on this one. Sure, he deverted from Sauron to Karl Lykos, but it's not like he'll never Sauron again. It's like how many people has Batman doomed to death by not taking out Joker?
*Jean, thinking all the X-Men other than she and Beast are dead, mourns.
*"What's the point?" I hear ya, Jean. That's how I currently feel about the present content on my unreasonably expensive HBO NOW acct.
*SOOOO CLOSE to the Phoenix saga. Can you feel it coming?
*Colossus in The Savage Land section of Antarctica, topless as Archie in a Gregg Araki-directed episode of "Riverdale" (of which there actually is one) in a backup story written by Claremont, illustrated by John Bolton, colors by Glynis Oliver
*never run into a T-Rex, but reasonably certain if I did, the last thing I'd say is "By the white wolf". Also, what white wolf? There's a white wolf? Is it a white wolf I should know about? Who is this white wolf?
The X-Men teleport halfway across the universe and meet The Imperial Guard (FIRST APPEARANCE) in "X-Men" #107 (October 1977) written by Chris Claremont, pencils by Dave Cockrum, inks by Dan Green, colors by Evelyn Stein.
*Lilandra back cover by John Bolton
*Phoenix transports the X-Men through a stargate to the home of the M'Kraan Crystal, which is apparently located on the very first planet ever formed, and is all that's keeping the universe from being destroyed in a black hole. Despite the Herculean effort it takes her, she still manages to stick the landing, and be the centerpiece of an X-Men tableaux.
*Cyclops' love for Jean is his most relatable, redeeming quality.
*FIRST APPEARANCE OF GLADIATOR AND THE IMPERIAL GUARD
*"I think I have just the thing... A BARRACH'AN SHOVEL-BEAST" (I work that line into conversation every single day)
*Starjammers! FIRST APPEARANCE OF HEPZIBAH
*Lilandra from the supporting story, illustrated by John Bolton, colors by Glynis Oliver
*Gladiator by Art Adams
*"Snap Into It" seems a better, more concise slogan, but you do you, Slim Jims. (bonus advertisement from "X-Men" #106 )
We kick off 1977 w a VERY VERY STUPID "X-Men" #103 (February 1977) written by Chris Claremont, pencils by Dave Cockrum, inks by Sam Grainger, colors by Evelyn Stein
*Nightcrawler is w LEPRECHAUNS
*Again, Nightcrawler is w LEPRECHAUNS
*ICYMI - Nightcrawler is w stupid fucking leprechauns.
*Eric The Red is back, but I don't like Eric The Red, so he's not getting more screentime on this acct.
*Wolverine is referred to for the very first time as "Logan". COOL! Who announces this iconic reveal? A STUPID FUCKING LEPRECHAUN
*the supporting story (art by John Bolton, colors by Glynis Oliver) isn't much better. It's about some asshole no one's ever heard of or gives a shit about, but he has writers block. Until Storm shows all ManicPixieDreamStorm.
*Not pictured, some criminal gets the drop on Storm, and Writer's Block Guy has to save her. Not pictured because that's stupid.
*I DO NOT LIKE THIS ISSUE (cover here, reprinted in "Classic X-Men" #11 (July 1987))
*"The Gifted" s2 premiered last night. I'll watch Amy Acker in anything, but I hope it's better than Season 1.
Storm's origin AND Lilandra's first REAL appearance close out 1976 in "X-Men" #102 (December 1976) written by Chris Claremont, penciled by Dave Cockrum, inks by Sam Grainger, colors by Michele Wrightson; Storm origin penciled by John Romita, Sr., supporting story illustrated by John Bolton, colors by Glynis Oliver.
*Wolverine back cover
*Juggernaut, facing the new X-Men for the first time, asks who will stop him (spoiler: he finds out)
*Banshee and Black Tom work out some family mutant Irish shit. I'm *ok* w Banshee (Siryn's more my speed), but Black Tom annoys the piss outta me.
*Baby Storm in Harlem w her parents!!
*Baby Storm, after an accident that kills her parents, gets trapped in rubble in Cairo, triggering her lifelong claustrophobia.
*Ororo gets free, is taken in by Achmed El-Gibar, becomes master adolescent thief (until her mutation turns her into a weather "goddess")
*i don't care what the canon says, this is the first REAL appearance of Lilandra. Before she was just an ink blot, a Rorschach's test.
*Colossus lays out Juggernaut, answering his question from Panel 2.
*Wolverine in 1976 Times Square.
*original cover, reprinted in "Classic X-Men" #10 (June 1986)
it's Christmas in New York, and everyone's in love in "X-Men" #98 (April 1976) written by Chris Claremont, penciled by Dave Cockrum, inked by Sam Grainger, colors by Elaine Lee
*LOOK HOW HAPPY EVERYONE IS, which makes sense, cause this is the first issue of a 3-Pt story that ends in fucking tragedy, and changes the X-Men forever (really). Bottom right corner - Nick Fury cameo. Bottom middle - Matt Murdock cameo. And see that pretty blond face in the bottom left corner? FIRST APPEARANCE OF AMANDA SEFTON.
*FIRST APPEARANCE OF SENTINELS MK III (first Sentinels created by Dr. Stephen Lang after he took over the Sentinel project following Lawrence Trask's death)
*When will people get the message not to f with Storm??
*Claremont retconned new pages into the issue, penciled by James Fry, to have the previous "Classic X-Men" issue's supporting story of the bigoted ballerina who dumped Colossus into the larger narrative. I am ok with this. Claremont pulls some dubious retcons in "Classic X-Men", but this is a nice touch.
*keeping the love alive in this issue's supporting story (penciled & inked by John Bolton, colors by Glynis Oliver), we get a quiet introspective evening w Jean Grey in love. And considering what X-Men is about to put her through, it's nice.
*i LOVE that Jean and Misty Knight were roommates during this period, and I'll never get tired of being reminded of it.
*Jean and Scott before they're doomed (the first time).
*"X-Men" #98 cover (still only 25cents!)
*reprinted in "Classic X-Men" #6 (February 1986) - when I first saw this Art Adams cover, I laughed cause I thought it looked like Wolverine was the one who shredded Jean's dress. Then I read the issue, and that's exactly what happened. (Wolvie doesn't get interesting til John Byrne shows up)
*John Bolton back cover, combining the theme and images of both the original issue and the supporting story.
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Claremont era begins here w "Giant-Size X-Men" #1 (May 1975) written by Len Wein, illustrated by Dave Cockrum, colors by Glynis Oliver. (apparently Claremont ghost-plotted).
I thought I had a reprint, but what I really had was "Classic X-Men #1 " (September 1986), which integrated 20 new pages written by Chris Claremont, illustrated by John Bolton, colors by Glynis Oliver. It retells the Krakoa story, placing new emphasis on the previous X-Men adjusting to/departing the new roster.
The two creative teams do not blend seamlessly. Check the 1986 urgency of Cyclops compared to the 1975 convo btwn Wolverine and Professor X, back to 1986 Storm and Angel.
I feel I got the gist of the original issue, but not much of a sense of the original issue. But I can't afford Giant-Size #1 . I'm not a millionaire. (or a thousand-aire. I think you can get a real nice copy for $4,000)